Arsenal are set for a quick return to Premier League action on Friday, so let’s take a look at our predicted lineup to face Aston Villa.

LONDON, ENGLAND : Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal reacts during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Crystal Palace at Emirates Stadium on October 18, 2021. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND : Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal reacts during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Crystal Palace at Emirates Stadium on October 18, 2021. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

On Monday night, Alexandre Lacazette salvaged a late draw for Arsenal at home to Crystal Palace, but the team really need to get back to winning ways now. Just a few days after that Palace clash, they’re back at the Emirates Stadium to face Aston Villa.

Arsenal do play again on the Tuesday after the Villa game. But it’s a League Cup clash, and Mikel Arteta will probably rotate for that fixture.

As a result, there’s no real reason Arteta shouldn’t pick his strongest available side on Friday. Most of them will likely get over a week off afterwards before their next start. Here’s our Arsenal predicted lineup to face Aston Villa.

Goalkeeper

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 02: Aaron Ramsdale of Arsenal gives instructions during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Arsenal at American Express Community Stadium on October 02, 2021 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)
BRIGHTON, ENGLAND: Aaron Ramsdale of Arsenal gives instructions during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Arsenal at American Express Community Stadium on October 02, 2021. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

There’s unlikely to be a change here, despite Aaron Ramsdale conceding more than one goal in an Arsenal game for the first time on Monday.

There was nothing Ramsdale can do about the first goal, and he was unsighted for the second, so blame shouldn’t be attributed to the goalkeeper. He made a few good saves and passes as well, so he’s likely to remain ahead of Bernd Leno.

Defence

LONDON, ENGLAND: Teemu Pukki of Norwich City is shut out by Ben White and Gabriel Magalhaes of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Norwich City at Emirates Stadium on September 11, 2021. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Teemu Pukki of Norwich City is shut out by Ben White and Gabriel Magalhaes of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Norwich City at Emirates Stadium on September 11, 2021. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Again, there probably won’t be changes in this area of the pitch, even after a game where Arsenal conceded twice. Arteta clearly favours the back four of Kieran Tierney, Gabriel Magalhaes, Ben White, and Takehiro Tomiyasu over any alternatives.

They’re a very young defence, and they’re going to have games where things go wrong, but playing together consistently should see them improve over time.

Midfield

Premier League Burnley v Arsenal Thomas Partey 5 of Arsenal in action during the game Burnley Turf Moor Lancashire United Kingdom Copyright: Simon Whitehead/News Images
Premier League – Burnley v Arsenal – Thomas Partey of Arsenal in action during the game at Turf Moor. Copyright: Simon Whitehead/News Images

Something probably does need to change in midfield, as the trio of Thomas Partey, Emile Smith Rowe, and Martin Odegaard doesn’t really seem to be working at either end right now.

Albert Sambi Lokonga will feel hard done by that he wasn’t awarded a free-kick in the build-up to Palace’s second goal, and he otherwise made a positive cameo from the bench. We’re predicting him to start this time.

But with Bukayo Saka a doubt after he was volleyed out of the air by James McArthur, Partey, Smith Rowe, and Odegaard will probably all still start, just with Smith Rowe in the front three instead of in midfield.

Forwards

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 18: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal acknowledges the fans after the Premier League match between Arsenal and Crystal Palace at Emirates Stadium on October 18, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal acknowledges the fans after the Premier League match between Arsenal and Crystal Palace at Emirates Stadium on October 18, 2021. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

For the first time in a while, it does at least seem possible that Gabriel Martinelli or Alexandre Lacazette might come back into the Premier League starting lineup. But there’s also a sense that they have the most value as impact substitutes right now.

As a result, we’re predicting Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe to keep their places, with Smith Rowe replacing Saka in the front three after Saka’s injury.

Predicted Arsenal lineup vs Aston Villa

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