Mikel Arteta is desperate for a Premier League win, so let’s take a look at our predicted Arsenal lineup for Burnley as he tries to get one.
Mikel Arteta left a few players out of his squad to face Dundalk on Thursday, which is a very strong indicator those players will start at the weekend.
Among them are Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Bernd Leno, Granit Xhaka, Hector Bellerin, and David Luiz. It’s possible Arsenal are just being cautious with Luiz after the cut to his head, as he’s yet to feature in a squad since then.
As for the rest, here’s our predicted Arsenal lineup for Burnley.
It seems unlikely Arteta makes many changes at the back either. He’s not going to drop Gabriel Magalhaes, and there isn’t really an alternative to Kieran Tierney with Sead Kolasinac out. Rob Holding seems to be in favour with the Arsenal boss too.
Hector Bellerin is the only one whose current form could lead to a change, but clearly not, given he was left at home on Thursday. So I’d expect the same back four as against Spurs.
Granit Xhaka should start after his absence on Thursday, likely alongside Dani Ceballos given Thomas Partey is injured. In the current system, Alexandre Lacazette is likely to start ahead of them. Again, it’s hard to see many alternatives here.
With Nicolas Pepe still out through suspension, and Reiss Nelson injured, Willian will have to start ahead of them. Bukayo Saka should keep his place on the other side, as it’s hard to drop the youngster right now.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will take his place up front after a rest on Thursday. Before the Dundalk game, Arteta insisted Aubameyang isn’t undroppable, but it’s hard to see Eddie Nketiah or anyone else getting the nod ahead of him this weekend.
Gabriel Martinelli is closing in on a long-awaited return, but he’s going to feature again for the u23s before he makes his first-team comeback.