After a few league wins, let’s take a look at our Arsenal predicted lineup to face Sunderland in the League Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday.
Mikel Arteta is likely to rotate heavily for this match. Facing League One opposition in the League Cup, the Arsenal manager has to feel he can rely on his backup side to get a result.
It’s worth mentioning that our predicted lineups are likely to get less and less reliable as the Covid cases continue to spread. If Arsenal’s game even goes ahead, we aren’t going to know exactly who can play until the day of the match.
With that all in mind, here’s our Arsenal predicted lineup to face Sunderland.
Bernd Leno has been out for a few games with a groin injury, but he returned to the bench at the weekend against Leeds United. Not a moment too soon, as he should now get a chance to start against Sunderland.
It will be interesting to see whether Arteta opts for Aaron Ramsdale or Arthur Okonkwo on the bench for the game. Perhaps that will tell us a little about how he views this competition.
Cedric Soares came on for Takehiro Tomiyasu against Leeds United, and there’s no point risking Tomiyasu for this game, so it should be a start for Cedric this time.
Smith Rowe probably needs to get a start under his belt after his recent injury, so it’s a different situation for him compared to many of the other Premier League regulars. He needs a game, whilst they need rests.
Personally, I’d love to see Folarin Balogun starting, as would most of the Arsenal fanbase. But I have my doubts Arteta will go for that, and I just get the feeling he’ll opt to start Lacazette and bring Balogun off the bench instead.
That would be a shame, but Balogun will just have to make the most of whatever minutes he can get.