Back in Premier League action on Saturday, let’s take a look at our Arsenal predicted lineup looking to get revenge on Brentford.
An unprepared Arsenal side suffered an embarrassing 2-0 defeat to Brentford on the opening day of the season, but Mikel Arteta’s team have since turned things around to join the hunt for a top-four spot – as Brentford attempt to steer clear of relegation.
Arsenal need to keep winning to have any chance of fighting off the three or four other teams fighting for a single Champions League qualification place, and in a home game against Brentford three points is a must.
Whilst the irregularity of the current schedule makes it difficult to build momentum, the upside is that Arsenal should be able to name close to their best eleven.
Let’s take a look at our Arsenal predicted lineup to face Brentford.
Aaron Ramsdale continues to fight for the Premier League Golden Glove, hitting 11 with his clean sheet against Wolves to secure his spot in the top three. Ederson (14) and Alisson (12) are ahead of him, but both have played many more games at this stage.
Bernd Leno should be back after his Covid-19 absence against Wolves, but he’ll have to keep waiting for his moment as things stand.
Takehiro Tomiyasu wasn’t quite ready to return to the Arsenal squad last Thursday, but another week and a half will hopefully give him the time he needs to be available again.
The rest of the back four will likely remain unchanged, with Kieran Tierney, Gabriel Magalhaes, and Ben White joining Tomiyasu in what most fans would probably agree is Arsenal’s strongest defence using the current squad.
Despite picking up first-half yellow cards against Wolves, Xhaka and Partey managed to avoid further suspensions, and neither of them are close to the 10-booking limit yet.
Given the limited alternatives, that seems to be the only way they’d drop out of the team right now. Ahead of them, Odegaard’s position has only been further solidified by the fact Emile Smith Rowe will probably be needed in the front three.
Following Gabriel Martinelli’s red card, Arsenal are going to have to make at least some kind of change in forward areas. The least disruptive switch would be to bring in Smith Rowe for Martinelli and keep the other two positions the same.