Arsenal prepare to return to action after the international break with a match against Liverpool, so let’s take a look at our predicted team.

Arsenal's Spanish manager Mikel Arteta (C) gestures during the English Premier League football match between Aston Villa and Arsenal at Villa Park in Birmingham, central England on February 6, 2021. (Photo by Shaun Botterill / POOL / AFP)
Arsenal’s Spanish manager Mikel Arteta (C) gestures during the English Premier League football match between Aston Villa and Arsenal at Villa Park in Birmingham, central England on February 6, 2021. (Photo by Shaun Botterill / POOL / AFP)

Even though the Slavia Prague game the following Thursday is arguably much more important, we’re still expecting Mikel Arteta to go as strong as possible against Liverpool this weekend.

For a start, there are five days between the two games. But there’s also the fact we’re just coming out of the international break, meaning many of Arteta’s first-choice side arguably need a game to get going again as a team.

Arsenal also can’t give up on the league entirely. Even if you believe a top-four finish is dead and buried, the other European places are still very much up for grabs with a win against Liverpool and the favourable fixtures afterwards.

Here’s our Arsenal predicted lineup for their clash with Liverpool.

Goalkeeper

Arsenal's German goalkeeper Bernd Leno celebrates saving a penalty during the English League Cup fourth round football match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on October 1, 2020. (Photo by PETER BYRNE/AFP via Getty Images)
Arsenal’s German goalkeeper Bernd Leno celebrates saving a penalty during the English League Cup fourth-round football match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield in Liverpool, north-west England on October 1, 2020. (Photo by PETER BYRNE/AFP via Getty Images)

Despite going away on international duty, Bernd Leno hasn’t had a particularly busy week thanks to Manuel Neuer. He should come back pretty well rested and ready to go with a start against Liverpool, particularly with his penalty heroics in their last meeting.

Defence

ROME, ITALY : David Luiz and Gabriel Magalhaes of Arsenal look on during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between SL Benfica and Arsenal FC at Stadio Olimpico on February 18, 2021. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)

The centre-back positions are a pretty easy pick, given Gabriel Magalhaes and David Luiz appear to be first-choice options under Arteta at the moment and neither of them went away on international duty.

Assuming Kieran Tierney is fit after his busy break, he’ll start. The big question is which one of Cedric Soares, Hector Bellerin, and Calum Chambers is selected on the right. After Cedric got the nod for the North London derby, perhaps he’s the safest guess.

Midfield

Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League - Emirates Stadium Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta centre celebrates with Thomas Partey left and Granit Xhaka after the Premier League match at Emirates Stadium, London. Picture date: Sunday March 14, 2021. Copyright: xulian Finney
Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur – Premier League – Emirates Stadium Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta centre celebrates with Thomas Partey (left) and Granit Xhaka after the Premier League match at Emirates Stadium, London. Picture date: Sunday, March 14, 2021. Copyright: Julian Finney

Switzerland captain Granit Xhaka hasn’t had much time off in the last couple of weeks, but he never seems to need very much. He’ll probably come straight back into the Arsenal starting lineup alongside Thomas Partey.

Partey only played one match for Ghana due to Covid restrictions, and it was last Sunday, so he’ll be fairly well-rested.

Martin Odegaard is likely to start ahead of them. Despite an injury scare in his opening game for Norway, he seemed to come through the other two alright and was withdrawn with 10 minutes to go on Tuesday.

Emile Smith Rowe is an injury doubt, so Odegaard remains the most likely choice despite making three international starts.

Forwards

21st March 2021 - London Stadium, London, West Ham United versus Arsenal. Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal celebrates after scoring for 3-3 in the 82nd minute. Photo: Shaun Brooks
21st March 2021 – London Stadium, London, West Ham United versus Arsenal. Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal celebrates after scoring for 3-3 in the 82nd minute. Photo: Shaun Brooks

Bukayo Saka had to pull out of international duty with his hamstring problem, whilst Nicolas Pepe only played the first of Ivory Coast’s two international matches, so Pepe looks the more likely to start on the right.

That leaves Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Willian, and Gabriel Martinelli as realistic options for the other two positions.

The feeling is that Lacazette will start up front, after a few positive recent displays. But Aubameyang also seems the most likely of the remaining three to make the team. They both started against West Ham, so we’re predicting the same again.

Arsenal Predicted Lineup vs Liverpool

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