Returning home after a terrible run of away games, let’s take a look at our Arsenal predicted lineup to face Southampton.
Arsenal have lost their last three away fixtures in a row, getting thrashed by Liverpool before picking up an embarrassing zero points against Manchester United and Everton.
The good news is that the next two games are at home, where Arsenal’s record is much better.
Mikel Arteta’s side haven’t lost a home game since the first of the season against Chelsea, and they’ve won seven of the following eight.
They absolutely must get back to winning ways now, and here’s our Arsenal predicted lineup to face Southampton on Saturday.
Aaron Ramsdale made a couple of good saves against Everton, and he had little chance with either of the goals, both stemming from fantastic shots by Demarai Gray.
Bernd Leno was back in training ahead of the Everton game, but clearly still not quite fit for the squad that day, with Arthur Okonkwo taking his place once again. Presumably, Leno will be back on the bench by Saturday.
Kieran Tierney returned to the starting lineup against Everton on Monday and provided an assist, but it was notable that he didn’t complete the full 90 minutes.
Whether he’s still carrying his injury a bit or Arteta simply preferred to bring Nuno Tavares on, the end result is a fair amount of doubt that Tierney will keep his place on Saturday.
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Granit Xhaka is back, and our feeling is that Arteta will want to get the Swiss international’s partnership with Thomas Partey going.
Arsenal really need the Ghana international to return to his best as soon as possible, and that seems the most likely with an experienced partner like Xhaka.
Albert Sambi Lokonga is a bit unlucky to lose his place, but he’ll get plenty of chances when Partey heads off to AFCON.
Ahead of Xhaka and Partey, Martin Odegaard will probably start. Barring the penalty at Old Trafford, the Norway international seems to be finding some form, creating quite a few chances and scoring in his last two games.
While doubts remain about Emile Smith Rowe’s fitness and Gabriel Martinelli has an injury, we could be set to see a start for Eddie Nketiah.
Though he missed a good chance, the forward did well on the left against Everton, creating strong opportunities for Odegaard and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Bukayo Saka should start on the right.
Up front, it will probably be a return to Aubameyang. He and Alexandre Lacazette are both on extended goal droughts at the moment.
At least with Aubameyang, it seems like he just needs to get the finish right. Lacazette doesn’t even seem to get chances when he plays.