Arsenal face Sheffield United on Saturday, trying to keep their recent winning run at the Emirates Stadium going.
Mikel Arteta’s team won their last two games at the Emirates against Manchester United and Leeds United, but they could only manage a draw against Crystal Palace last weekend.
They have a chance to keep the winning home run going against a third ‘United’ though, Sheffield United on Saturday at 15:00 GMT.
Anyone paying attention to the Premier League this season knows this won’t be easy. Sheffield are a few places above Arsenal in sixth, with the joint-second-best defensive record in the division and the sixth best away record in the league.
Let’s have a look at our Arsenal predicted lineup against Sheffield United.
As usual, Bernd Leno will take his place in the Arsenal net. He conceded to a deflection against Crystal Palace but kept a clean sheet in his last home game. Emi Martinez did too, but he’ll remain on the bench for now.
It’s unlikely anyone is going to break up the defensive pairing of David Luiz and Sokratis Papastathopoulos right now. Calum Chambers is out, Rob Holding is still working to rediscover full match sharpness, Konstantinos Mavropanos is on loan.
Shkodran Mustafi is still available, but out of favour under Arteta.
There are problems at left-back, with Sead Kolasinac’s injury struggles making him a doubt. Bukayo Saka should fill in instead, with Kieran Tierney still out.
It’s a similar story at right-back. Hector Bellerin is out of this one, so Ainsley Maitland-Niles will continue to deputise.
Lucas Torreira is another doubt, giving Matteo Guendouzi the chance to step up into a starting role. Dani Ceballos still hasn’t even made an appearance from the bench yet, so it seems unlikely he’ll start.
Granit Xhaka and Mesut Özil will fill the other two midfield spots. Emile Smith Rowe is now on loan, and Joe Willock isn’t featuring much under Arteta so far.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will miss out with his suspension. Alexandre Lacazette should keep his spot up front, but there’s an opening on the left.
With Saka at left-back and Reiss Nelson looking more like a right-wing option under Arteta, Gabriel Martinelli is the obvious choice. Nicolas Pepe should start on the other side, given his encouraging form.