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Predicted Arsenal lineup

Arsenal take on Liverpool for the third month in a row next Monday, aiming for another good result against the Premier League champions.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal reacts following the Premier League match between Arsenal and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on September 19, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Will Oliver - Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal reacts on September 19, 2020. (Photo by Will Oliver – Pool/Getty Images)

When Arsenal prepared to host Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium in July, they were on the back of a couple of bad results. First, there was the disappointing draw against Leicester City, then defeat to Spurs leaving the season on a knife-edge.

Everything changed after that match. Arsenal beat Liverpool, used the momentum to defeat Manchester City and Chelsea to win the FA Cup, before facing off against Liverpool again in the Community Shield and winning again.

Now, Mikel Arteta has the task of carrying their positive end-of-season run forwards. His side already have a couple of wins in their opening Premier League games, but they’ve lost their last five at Anfield, and last won there back in 2012.

Whether you’re confident that run will change or pessimistic about Arsenal’s chances, you can put money on the game with Betway Football. Now let’s have a look at our predicted Arsenal lineup for the Liverpool clash.

Goalkeeper

BASEL, SWITZERLAND - SEPTEMBER 06: Goalkeeper Bernd Leno of Germany makes a save during the UEFA Nations League group stage match between Switzerland and Germany at St. Jakob-Park on September 06, 2020 in Basel, Switzerland. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
BASEL, SWITZERLAND: Goalkeeper Bernd Leno of Germany makes a save on September 06, 2020 in Basel, Switzerland. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

Bernd Leno will start, as the undisputed number one goalkeeper at the club right now. Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson could well make the bench after signing from Dijon.

Centre-Backs

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Gabriel of Arsenal tackles Michail Antonio of West Ham United during the Premier League match between Arsenal and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on September 19, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Will Oliver - Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Gabriel of Arsenal tackles Michail Antonio of West Ham United on September 19, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Will Oliver – Pool/Getty Images)

As long as they’re available, it seems likely Kieran Tierney, David Luiz and Gabriel Magalhaes will all start. Tierney and Luiz started in both of the recent wins over Liverpool, and Gabriel’s form should be enough to keep him in the side.

That would mean Rob Holding dropping to the bench on this occasion. Shkodran Mustafi, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Pablo Mari still aren’t quite fit, whilst William Saliba is unlikely to be thrown into a league game at Anfield just yet.

Midfield and Wing-Backs

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29: Joe Gomez of Liverpool battles for possession with Ainsley Maitland-Niles of Arsenal during the FA Community Shield final between Arsenal and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium on August 29, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Justin Tallis/ pool via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Joe Gomez of Liverpool battles for possession with Ainsley Maitland-Niles on August 29, 2020. (Photo by Justin Tallis/ pool via Getty Images)

With Tierney in the back three, it’s between Bukayo Saka, Sead Kolasinac and Ainsley Maitland-Niles for left-wing back. Maitland-Niles is consistently impressing in the big games, so I’d bet on him.

Hector Bellerin should start on the right, with Granit Xhaka in the middle. Most likely alongside Dani Ceballos, as they still seem to be Arteta’s number-one pairing.

That leaves Mohamed Elneny on the bench along with Joe Willock. Matteo Guendouzi and Mesut Özil remain unlikely to feature in a Premier League squad, whilst Lucas Torreira edges towards a transfer.

Forwards

Arsenal's Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates scoring their third goal during the English Premier League football match between Fulham and Arsenal at Craven Cottage in London on September 12, 2020. (Photo by PAUL CHILDS / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by PAUL CHILDS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Arsenal’s Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates scoring on September 12, 2020. (Photo by PAUL CHILDS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette will start. It’s a guess which one of Willian or Nicolas Pepe joins them in the front three, though. For now, I’d gamble on Willian, due to his higher defensive workrate for a game like this.

Reiss Nelson and Eddie Nketiah will remain on the bench, with Gabriel Martinelli still pushing to recover from his injury before the end of 2020.

Predicted Lineup

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