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Arsenal predicted lineup
For their next Premier League fixture, Mikel Arteta’s side travel to Old Trafford, so let’s take a look at our Arsenal predicted lineup vs Manchester United.
Arsenal are on a poor run in the Premier League after a strong start, losing three of their last four matches and if you check this page you might be able to win money to offset any on-pitch disappointment. Two defeats to Liverpool and Manchester City were perhaps understandable, but the Leicester City loss was much more frustrating.
Unfortunately, the fixture list isn’t getting easier right now, with another big-six away trip coming up this weekend. Arsenal need to try and get back on track away to Manchester United, who have started almost as poorly in fairness, and sit two points lower in the table (from one game fewer).
Let’s run through our Arsenal predicted lineup vs Manchester United.
Bernd Leno will start and continue his run in the team, effectively taking on the full-time number one spot after Emi Martinez’s departure. Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson will make the bench.
There really aren’t many options here. Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerín should start because they’re clearly the best two full-backs at Arteta’s disposal. Gabriel Magalhaes and Shkodran Mustafi should make the lineup too because they’re basically the only centre-backs available.
Pablo Mari, Calum Chambers, David Luiz, and Rob Holding are all recovering from injury problems. Sokratis Papastathopoulos is ineligible for Premier League action. I just don’t see William Saliba making his debut away to Manchester United, despite his availability.
For now, based on the game against Leicester City, it looks like Arteta’s first-choice midfield is Granit Xhaka, Dani Ceballos and Thomas Partey.
Personally, I would prefer to play Partey in the deep central role, Ceballos on the right to support the winger and the full-back, with Bukayo Saka on the left. But with the injury concern to Saka, that may not be a possibility even if Arteta agreed with me.
So the likes of Mohamed Elneny and Joe Willock will drop to the bench, whilst Mesut Özil is ineligible given he wasn’t on Arsenal’s Premier League squad, as we know.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette are almost certain to start. Frustratingly, Arteta still doesn’t seem to want to consider any lineup where Aubameyang plays down the middle.
We’re predicting Willian to start at the time of writing, though if he starts against Dundalk on Thursday, Nicolas Pépé may take his place instead. Assuming Saka isn’t back in time, the player who starts on Sunday will probably just be the player that didn’t start on Thursday.