First thing after the international break we’re heading to Anfield, so let’s take a look at our Arsenal predicted lineup to face Liverpool.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal embraces Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal after the Premier League match between Arsenal and Watford at Emirates Stadium on November 07, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal embraces Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal after the Premier League match between Arsenal and Watford at Emirates Stadium on November 07, 2021. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

After a decent run of Premier League fixtures, in which Arsenal racked up six wins and two draws, Mikel Arteta’s side now have to face their first real top-four competitor since the heavy defeat to Manchester City in August.

There are obviously mixed emotions going into the game. On the one hand, it’s an opportunity for Arsenal to show their progress against a top opponent in a match most expect them to lose anyway.

On the other, there are obviously nerves at what a heavy defeat could do to the confidence the team have been steadily building.

Getting a result would be big, but most just want to see the team actually competing for 90 minutes, unlike at the Etihad. Here’s our predicted Arsenal lineup to face Liverpool.

Goalkeeper

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 30: Aaron Ramsdale of Arsenal acknowledges the fans after his sides victory in the Premier League match between Leicester City and Arsenal at The King Power Stadium on October 30, 2021 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
LEICESTER, ENGLAND: Aaron Ramsdale of Arsenal acknowledges the fans after his sides victory in the Premier League match between Leicester City and Arsenal at The King Power Stadium on October 30, 2021. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Aaron Ramsdale remains Mikel Arteta’s number-one choice in goal, following another clean sheet in his last game for Arsenal.

Bernd Leno will surely try to push the England man over the next month or so, as there are no other competitions to get matches in until the League Cup quarter-final on December 21st. For now, Ramsdale seems to be the clear favourite.

As a side note, Arsenal’s current youth goalkeeper backups Arthur Okonkwo and Karl Hein both appear to be injured. That’s not a big deal as long as Ramsdale and Leno stay fit, the goalkeeper situation is just becoming a little more fragile now.

Defence

Kieran Tierney in training with Arsenal, Calum Chambers in the background (Photo via Arsenal on Twitter)
Kieran Tierney in training with Arsenal, Calum Chambers in the background (Photo via Arsenal on Twitter)

Assuming there are no problems for Gabriel Magalhaes and Takehiro Tomiyasu coming back from international duty, they should both start alongside the well-rested Ben White.

Both Kieran Tierney and Nuno Tavares have also been away on international duty, though Tierney was with the Scotland first team and Tavares was with the Portugal u21s.

Neither of them appear to be the obvious choice for the Liverpool fixture. Both are playing well, Tavares has started most of Arsenal’s recent games, but Tierney has much more experience with these kinds of games.

It’s a 50/50, but we’re predicting Arteta to opt for experience and Tierney.

Midfield

Essential Arsenal news 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 5 of Arsenal in action during the game Burnley Turf Moor Lancashire United Kingdom Copyright: Simon Whitehead/News Images

The big question here is whether Thomas Partey will be fit. Arsenal are reportedly hopeful he will be, and if he is, he’ll surely start alongside Albert Sambi Lokonga. If not, Ainsley Maitland-Niles will likely get another game. Granit Xhaka remains absent.

In the two wide positions, it’s hard to see past Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka.

Forwards

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 22: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal reacts as he goes off after being substituted during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium on October 22, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal reacts as he goes off after being substituted during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium on October 22, 2021. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

There was a minor injury scare for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on international duty with Gabon, but for now, it looks like he’s going to be alright. If so, he’ll likely start ahead of the rested Alexandre Lacazette.

Martin Odegaard seems to be pushing to take that spot off Lacazette, and he put in an encouraging cameo display against Watford. Still, once again, we’re predicting Arteta to opt for experience this time.

Arsenal predicted lineup vs Liverpool

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