Arsenal return to the Premier League with a match against Fulham this weekend, let’s have a look at our predicted lineup for the clash.
Arsenal have had a couple of good results this week, comfortably beating Sheffield United 3-0 before thrashing Slavia Prague 4-0 away from home to qualify for the Europa League semi-finals.
Before that, Mikel Arteta’s side have a couple of Premier League fixtures to deal with. First up, they face Fulham at home, hoping for a similar result to the 3-0 away win from the opening day of the league season.
Although they’ve lost their last four games, Fulham have made a minor resurgence in recent months, beating the likes of Everton and Liverpool and only losing 1-0 to Spurs. So it’s not quite as much of a foregone conclusion as in September to November.
With no game until next Friday, Arteta can name his strongest side, bearing in mind that some of them may need a rest after Thursday’s win. Here’s our predicted Arsenal lineup.
There really aren’t many viable alternatives to Holding at right-centre-back, whilst Xhaka is starting to look very important to Arsenal’s build-up play from the back, especially in matches where they’re trying to break a defensive opponent down.
Admittedly, this does make it difficult for Cedric Soares to get into the team. He may have to settle for substitute appearances like the one on Thursday for now.
With Xhaka in defence, Dani Ceballos and Thomas Partey should start at the base of midfield. Martin Odegaard’s fitness remains uncertain, so we’re predicting Emile Smith Rowe to keep his place ahead of the other two.
Nicolas Pepe and Bukayo Saka have both earned further starts with their excellent performances on Thursday as well. It would be a shame to see either of them missing out, though Gabriel Martinelli and Willian are both available.
To keep the momentum going, we’re expecting Arteta to stick with what’s working – Pepe and Saka.