Taking on one of their biggest tests of the remainder of the season, let’s take a look at our Arsenal predicted lineup to face Liverpool on Wednesday.
Arsenal’s current league form can match any side in Europe’s top-five leagues, with nine wins in 11 games and just one loss – a 10-man last-minute defeat to league leaders Manchester City.
That form faces a huge test in the form of Liverpool, who have already beaten Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in the League Cup this year.
Both teams will be in a stronger position than in that last game, with Liverpool welcoming back Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah (if fit) from AFCON, whilst Arsenal will have their favoured midfield options of Granit Xhaka and Thomas Partey available again.
Mikel Arteta’s side are also in much better form this time around, but Jurgen Klopp’s seem unstoppable at the moment.
Here’s our Arsenal predicted lineup to face Liverpool on Wednesday night.
As usual, it will be Aaron Ramsdale in goal. The goalkeeper picked up a clean sheet with an excellent save or two on Sunday, and he’s competing with Wednesday’s opposite number for the Golden Glove.
Alisson leads the race with 15 clean sheets to Ramsdale’s 12, but Arsenal have a couple of games in hand to potentially catch up a little.
There shouldn’t be many changes in the backline either, with Arsenal keen not to rush back Takehiro Tomiyasu too early again.
Cedric Soares will probably keep his place instead, and join Kieran Tierney, Gabriel Magalhaes, and Ben White in the back-four.
Arsenal are unlikely to want to make many changes in midfield, as the current trio appear to be head and shoulders above any other combination.
That means Thomas Partey anchoring the midfield, with Granit Xhaka ahead of him on the left and Martin Odegaard on the right.
Partey and Odegaard have been in fantastic form, and though Xhaka perhaps isn’t naturally suited to his role, he’s done as well as anyone could have hoped in it.
Bukayo Saka took a bit of a knock in the Leicester City win, so Arsenal fans will be keeping their fingers crossed that he gets the all-clear. He’s too important to leave out if he can be available.
Alexandre Lacazette will start up front, with 10 goal contributions in his last 11 games – and that’s not even including the winning goal against Wolves. He’s stepped up well in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s absence so far.
Gabriel Martinelli will likely also keep his place, but Emile Smith Rowe will be pushing him now that he’s back to fitness.