After a big win over top-four rivals West Ham, let’s take a look at our Arsenal predicted lineup for the trip to Leeds United.
Arsenal shot up into a somewhat false position in the top-four on Wednesday, after a big win over West Ham United.
The Gunners are ahead of West Ham in fourth, but Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur both have the games in hand they need to overtake Mikel Arteta’s side with wins.
For the time being, it’s a boost to be back sitting in the top four, and to have beaten a rival for the European places so convincingly.
Next up, Arsenal travel to a struggling Leeds United side, and they can’t afford to slip back into their recent run of away defeats. Let’s take a look at our Arsenal predicted lineup to face Leeds.
Aaron Ramsdale will start, as he gets involved in the hunt for the Golden Glove. The goalkeeper is up to eight clean sheets, putting him hot on the heels of Alisson and Ederson on nine – both of whom have played more games than Ramsdale.
It’s not impossible the German goalkeeper doesn’t make it back for the League Cup, and it will be interesting to see if Arteta puts faith in Okonkwo for that game.
As well as Tavares did in his spell in the team, Tierney seems to have won his place back with his performances, and he should start on Saturday.
Granit Xhaka and Thomas Partey are building their partnership at the moment, and it’s just a shame we’re so close to losing Partey to AFCON. Arteta is unlikely to rest the Ghana international when he knows these are his last chances to use him pre-tournament.
Ahead of them, it has to be Martin Odegaard. Emile Smith Rowe did well and scored against West Ham, but with Gabriel Martinelli’s injury substitution, Smith Rowe is probably going to be needed on the left.
The striker may have had his penalty saved, but he provided an assist and put in a strong all-around performance against West Ham.
As mentioned, Smith Rowe will probably come into the team on the left, with Bukayo Saka a sure thing to keep his spot on the right.