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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.