Arsenal take on Sheffield United at the Emirates Stadium back in the Premier League on Sunday, ahead of the October international break.

Arsenal’s Spanish manager Mikel Arteta reacts on the touchline on September 19, 2020. (Photo by WILL OLIVER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

After a couple of trips to Anfield in the Premier League and in the League Cup, Arsenal are returning to London to try and get their league form back on track.

Thankfully, the Gunners are far from the only team to drop points so far. The two Manchester clubs have also lost a game already, whilst Spurs and Chelsea have lost one and drawn one. So Arsenal need to maintain their current advantage with a win this weekend.

Just as a quick disclaimer, it’s the final week of the transfer window right now. Arsenal may well make a signing before Sunday’s match, but for the purposes of this prediction, we’re assuming they haven’t yet.

That said, let’s look at our predicted Arsenal lineup for the Sheffield United clash.

Goalkeeper

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 17: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal and Bernd Leno of Arsenal interact at full-time after the Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal FC at Etihad Stadium on June 17, 2020 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Peter Powell/Pool via Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND: Mikel Arteta and Bernd Leno of Arsenal interact at full-time on June 17, 2020. (Photo by Peter Powell/Pool via Getty Images)

Once again, we’re predicting Bernd Leno to start in goal. This isn’t exactly a difficult call at the moment. Until the German international picks up an injury or suffer a severe lapse in form, he’s going to keep his place for the league games.

Centre-Backs

Arsenal's Spanish first-team manager Mikel Arteta (R) talks with Arsenal's Scottish defender Kieran Tierney (L) on the touchline 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)
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta (R) talks with Kieran Tierney (L) on the touchline on September 12, 2020. (Photo by PAUL CHILDS / POOL / AFP)

It seems pretty likely Arteta sticks with a back three for now, in the absence of any new midfield signings. Kieran Tierney will probably start on the left, with Rob Holding the most likely on the right.

It’s a toss-up between Gabriel Magalhaes and David Luiz in the middle, but Gabriel is surely winning that battle on form right now.

William Saliba is still easing into first-team contention and Sokratis is returning from injury but closing in on a transfer. Shkodran Mustafi, Calum Chambers and Pablo Mari are out with injuries.

Midfield and Wing-Backs

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 23: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal battles for possession with Hamza Choudhury of Leicester City during the Carabao Cup third round match between Leicester City and Arsenal at The King Power Stadium on September 23, 2020 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Rui Vieira - Pool/Getty Images)
LEICESTER, ENGLAND: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal battles for possession with Hamza Choudhury of Leicester City on September 23, 2020. (Photo by Rui Vieira – Pool/Getty Images)

For a game like this, I think you have to go with Bukayo Saka at left-wing-back. Ainsley Maitland-Niles is the superior defender, but Saka is usually the man you want to unlock an opposition backline.

Given Sheffield United have zero goals in three games, picking the right players to break them down is surely the priority.

Hector Bellerin will start on the right, with Granit Xhaka and Dani Ceballos the most likely in the middle. Again, the likes of Mohamed Elneny and Lucas Torreira (if he’s still here) are players you pick when defending is the priority.

Forwards

Arsenal's French striker Alexandre Lacazette (L) celebrates scoring the opening goal with Arsenal's Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (R) who provided the assist during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and West Ham United at the Emirates Stadium in London on September 19, 2020. (Photo by Julian Finney / POOL / AFP)
Arsenal’s French striker Alexandre Lacazette (L) celebrates scoring the opening goal on September 19, 2020. (Photo by Julian Finney / POOL / AFP)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette are both likely to start, as usual. I still feel like Willian has the edge over Nicolas Pepe in Mikel Arteta’s thinking right now.

Perhaps that could change before Sunday, but I think we’ll see the same front three as against Liverpool. That means Reiss Nelson and Eddie Nketiah will also miss out on the starting lineup. Gabriel Martinelli is the only forward recovering from an injury.

Predicted Lineup

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