Arsenal face West Bromwich Albion on Sunday, let’s take a look at our predicted lineup for a match that means a lot more to the opposition.
After elimination from the Europa League on Thursday, it’s hard to find much motivation for the remainder of the Premier League campaign.
Arsenal can still technically qualify for European competition (and by that I mean the Europa Conference League) by finishing seventh, but it’s largely out of their hands now.
All Mikel Arteta’s side can do is try and end the campaign with a few wins. It would also be nice to actually win a home game before fans return.
Meanwhile, West Bromwich Albion are playing for their Premier League lives. If they lose to Arsenal, they go down to the Championship. Even a draw realistically sends them down. Here’s our predicted Arsenal lineup for the match.
Mat Ryan has probably earned another chance after his clean sheet last weekend. Bernd Leno also kept a clean sheet on Thursday, but he’ll likely start the following game against Chelsea, so it wouldn’t be a big issue to give Ryan another match to prove his worth.
At left-back, Kieran Tierney is back, but he was forced into playing 80 minutes on Thursday when he wasn’t supposed to be starting, so you’d expect him to get a rest. Cedric Soares can come in for him, assuming Granit Xhaka is also absent.
After performing pretty well against Newcastle United, Hector Bellerin was poor against Villarreal, and after two games in a row he’ll probably drop out. Calum Chambers is the only right-back available to take over if Cedric is at left-back.
Thomas Partey continues to look a bit off the pace and had to run the midfield largely on his own against Villarreal, so a rest would make sense.
Aubameyang was playing through less-than-ideal conditions after his battle with malaria, simply because he was the only experienced striker available for the last week. He can rest up for the Chelsea game.