Arsenal face Leeds United at the Emirates Stadium in the League Cup on Tuesday, let’s take a look at our predicted lineup for the last-16 clash.
On the one hand, it’s the League Cup, a competition where Arsenal historically rotate and give opportunities to young players. But they are facing Premier League opposition, and Arteta does seem to be taking the competition pretty seriously.
There’s also the fact that Arsenal just have such a huge squad right now. They can rotate the entire starting lineup without calling up a single youth player and they’ll still have to leave a few first-team players out.
That’s roughly what we’re predicting Arteta to do. He can still go pretty strong with a group of first-teamers whilst simultaneously resting his Premier League side.
Here’s how we think he’ll do it, in our Arsenal predicted lineup to face Leeds United.
Bernd Leno will probably come back into the team, after his clean sheet in the last round against AFC Wimbledon. These are the only games we seem likely to see Leno play at the moment, with Aaron Ramsdale nailing down the Premier League starting spot.
The injury to Kieran Tierney and the recent regularity of starts for the rest of the back four suggests we may well see a few of Arsenal’s lesser-used players in the defence on Tuesday.
To avoid Nuno Tavares having to play three games in just over a week, Sead Kolasinac could come in for his first appearance since August. Rob Holding will surely start at centre-back, with Cedric Soares taking Takehiro Tomiyasu’s place at right-back.
Gabriel Martinelli and Eddie Nketiah have been struggling for minutes lately, and this is a good chance for the two of them to come back into the team. Nicolas Pepe should start alongside them, given he didn’t feature on Friday.