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Arsenal face Chelsea in the Premier League on Wednesday, let’s take a look at our predicted lineup for the London derby clash.
Arsenal and Chelsea go into Wednesday’s match in embarrassingly different circumstances.
Chelsea are trying to secure top four before their FA Cup final this weekend and the Champions League final later this month. Arsenal are trying to keep their hopes of a top-seven finish alive, relying on multiple teams above them imploding.
All the same, it’s a derby, and Arsenal may as well at least try to restore some pride by winning it. Here’s our Arsenal predicted lineup for the match.
Bernd Leno should start. Despite losing his clean sheet to an excellent finish at the weekend, Leno had a good game in terms of coming out to claim crosses and distributing the ball quickly. Mat Ryan was also ill, so it’s unlikely he comes in on Wednesday.
I’m a bit torn on whether Arteta will start Mohamed Elneny or Dani Ceballos alongside Partey. It could go either way, but given Chelsea’s threat on the counter, perhaps the Arsenal manager will opt for the extra defensive contributions of Elneny.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should start up front, after his rest at the weekend. Gabriel Martinelli didn’t make a hugely compelling case to take his place centrally on Sunday, and Alexandre Lacazette is still working his way back after injury.
As for the wingers, Saka will probably move back to the right-wing. It’s a close thing between Nicolas Pepe and Martinelli on the left, but Pepe probably just about has the edge.
Despite Willian’s positive performance on Sunday, he hasn’t shown the consistency this season for us to trust him to maintain that form two games in a row.
Predicted Arsenal lineup vs Chelsea
Aubameyang + Elneny in: How Arsenal could line up vs Villarreal
Arsenal host Villarreal in the second leg of their Europa League semi-final on Thursday, let’s take a look at our predicted lineup for the clash.
Arsenal have a one-goal deficit to overturn in midweek, as they try to make the Europa League final with a win over Unai Emery’s Villarreal. The Gunners lost 2-1 away from home, meaning a goal and a clean sheet would be enough to go through.
From that perspective, Arsenal had the perfect warm-up for Thursday with a 2-0 win over Newcastle United at the weekend. But it’s sure to be a different game with the pressure on and the knowledge that every goal conceded makes the job much harder.
Dani Ceballos is suspended and there are still a few major injury doubts, but Mikel Arteta will try to go as strong as he can for such a big game. Here’s our Arsenal predicted lineup to face Villarreal.
Mat Ryan kept a clean sheet at the weekend, but Bernd Leno will probably come back in for this one. Leno made a vital save in the first leg to keep the tie alive and is still edging the number one goalkeeper spot.
That probably means Granit Xhaka at left-back again, and Rob Holding at right-centre-back. If Holding is starting, it will probably be Pablo Mari alongside him, as Arteta doesn’t often opt for the Gabriel-Holding pairing anymore.
Calum Chambers is also likely to come back in to complete an unchanged back four from the first leg.
It’s harsh on Gabriel Martinelli, who played very well against Newcastle United. But Pepe has been the key man for Arsenal in the last few Europa League knockout games and Saka remains a big threat, particularly with Aubameyang and Odegaard to play off.
Arsenal Predicted Lineup vs Villarreal
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How Arsenal could line up vs Leicester City
Arsenal return to Premier League action with a trip to Leicester City on Sunday, let’s take a look at our predicted lineup for the clash.
After scraping through in the final minutes of their Europa League tie against Benfica, Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal return their focus to domestic competition for a couple of games.
First up, they face Leicester City, on the back of the Foxes’ disappointing Europa League exit to SK Slavia Prague. Brendan Rodgers’ side will be looking to bounce back and consolidate their current spot in the top four.
With this game coming so soon after Thursday’s trip to Athens, you’d expect a few chances from Arteta. But he’ll know this is a tough game and likely stick with his starters wherever he thinks it’s safe to do so. Here’s our Arsenal predicted lineup.
Arsenal lineup – Goalkeeper
Bernd Leno didn’t make a save in the second leg against Benfica, but he had no chance with the goals and at least he avoided a red card after rushing out to try and salvage something following Dani Ceballos’ poor headed pass. He should keep his place.
Arsenal lineup – Defence
Largely, we’re expecting a similar back four to the one that played against Benfica. There’s no real necessity to drop Gabriel Magalhaes or David Luiz, but perhaps Kieran Tierney will drop out for Cedric Soares after his recent injury problems.
Arsenal lineup – Midfield
Thomas Partey is fit again, but rushing him back into the starting lineup is ill-advised. Ceballos may well get an immediate shot at redemption after his midweek mistakes by starting again alongside Granit Xhaka instead.
Martin Odegaard has now made more starts in 11 days than he did in his final four months with Real Madrid. It may also be a good idea to give him a rest and let Emile Smith Rowe take over at 10 for this one. Smith Rowe came off early against Benfica.
Arsenal lineup – Forwards
We’re predicting some changes at the front, given the recent busy schedule. Smith Rowe moving into the 10 position leaves a gap on the left, whilst Bukayo Saka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang realistically need a rest.
Alexandre Lacazette can come in up front, with Nicolas Pepe on the right, but that leaves an opening on the left. Willian is likely to fill it, in the absence of the usual alternatives of Pepe, Saka, and Smith Rowe.
It won’t go down well with the Arsenal fans, but Willian had a decent cameo against Benfica and it seems like Arteta plans to use Gabriel Martinelli centrally rather than on the left.
Predicted Arsenal lineup vs Leicester City
Arsenal lineup vs Benfica:
Starting XI: Leno, Bellerin, David Luiz, Gabriel, Tierney, Ceballos, Xhaka, Saka, Odegaard, Smith Rowe, Aubameyang
Subs: Ryan, Hein, Cedric, Chambers, Pablo Mari, Elneny, Partey, Willian, Pepe, Nketiah, Martinelli, Lacazette
Tierney to start: How Arsenal could line up vs Benfica
Arsenal travel to Athens for the second leg of their Europa League tie on Thursday, let’s take a look at our predicted lineup for the clash.
Mikel Arteta made his priorities clear last week, picking his strongest side against Benfica before rotating a few players out against Manchester City at the weekend.
The manager knows Arsenal’s best hope of a positive end to the season is through success in the Europa League, so defeat in the second leg would be very damaging. As a result, we expect him to pick a strong side in Athens.
Although they didn’t get the win in Rome, arguably Arsenal outperformed their opponents, so you wouldn’t expect a huge number of changes from that much. Here’s our Arsenal predicted lineup.
Bernd Leno will start in goal, with Mat Ryan on the bench. Karl Hein looks the most likely to step up and join Ryan on the bench from the Arsenal academy after he made the squad last week.
Pablo Mari and Rob Holding started against Manchester City, but they’re likely to come out for Gabriel Magalhaes and David Luiz, who seem to be the first-choice pairing at the moment.
There are a few possible combinations at full-back. Kieran Tierney will probably start if he’s ready, but he’s only recently back from injury and played 90 minutes against Manchester City. Cedric Soares is the likely alternative if Arteta decides against Tierney.
Arguably, Cedric also has a shot at getting into the team at right-back. Hector Bellerin didn’t play particularly well against City and he’s started eight in a row. But we feel Arteta will select Tierney and Bellerin for this one if at all possible.
This is another area of the pitch where individual fitness is going to play a part in the selection. Thomas Partey seems to be edging closer, but we’re expecting him to be just short to start against Benfica.
Instead, Dani Ceballos will replace Mohamed Elneny to come back in alongside Granit Xhaka. Ahead of the two of them, Martin Odegaard will probably keep his place so Emile Smith Rowe can start on the left again.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has had a couple of off-games now, but we’re still expecting him to start.
Even though his accuracy was off in the first leg, Aubameyang still had all of Arsenal’s best chances. Arteta will surely pick the striker and expect him to hit the target this time.
Bukayo Saka has to start, ideally on the right, leaving the left side open for Emile Smith Rowe or Nicolas Pepe. Smith Rowe had a rest at the weekend, only playing a few minutes from the bench, so he’s probably the player to get the nod.
Arsenal Predicted Lineup vs Benfica
Pepe replaces Smith Rowe: How Arsenal could line up vs Manchester City
Arsenal return to Premier League action with a match against Manchester City on Sunday, so let’s take a look at our predicted lineup.
With the Benfica Europa League tie still very much in the balance at 1-1, Arsenal have to briefly shift their focus to facing the Premier League leaders.
Manchester City are 10 points clear at the top of the table on the back of a 17-game winning streak, defeating Spurs, Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal during that run. So this game is evidently no big deal.
Given the busy schedule at the moment, and the fact he’s just named the same team twice in a row, we’re expecting a few changes for this one.
Here’s our predicted Arsenal lineup to face Manchester City.
Bernd Leno will start as usual. After his run of clean sheets at the start of the year, he’s gone a couple of games without one, but you can hardly blame him given the chances he’s faced.
Mat Ryan should make the bench.
After his substitute appearance on Thursday, this would be a good time to reintroduce Kieran Tierney. Getting him up to speed ahead of a tough fixture list is key.
Rob Holding could come back in to give David Luiz a rest, but we’re predicting another start for Gabriel Magalhaes at left-centre-back. You never know, but Manchester City doesn’t seem like the best game to reintroduce Pablo Mari after injury.
We’re not expecting many changes in the middle, largely due to the lack of alternatives.
Without Thomas Partey, Mohamed Elneny is the only real option to replace Granit Xhaka or Dani Ceballos. But Partey should be back before too long to give Ceballos a rest, and Xhaka rarely seems to need one, so we’re predicting them both to start again for now.
Similarly, Nicolas Pepe can offer Smith Rowe a break on the left.
We’re clearly getting into the territory of overplaying Bukayo Saka a bit, but Arsenal also just can’t afford to rotate their entire front three at once.
Taking Saka out would probably mean moving Pepe to the right (despite playing all his recent games on the left), and putting Willian or Gabriel Martinelli on the left, which is a lot of changes at once. So we’re predicting another start for Saka.
Predicted Arsenal lineup vs Manchester City
Midfielder recalled: How Arsenal lineup vs Leeds United
Mikel Arteta faces a number of crucial choices ahead of Arsenal’s game this weekend so how will Arsenal lineup vs Leeds United?
For the first time in a while, the Arsenal team got a proper break this week. After playing in the early kickoff against Aston Villa on Saturday, they had until the following week on Sunday to wait for their next fixture.
As a result, they’ll hopefully come back refreshed and ready to put things right. A couple of defeats on the bounce haven’t done much for confidence, but we’ll just have to hope they inspire the side to get back to winning ways ahead of the Europa League’s return.
Here’s our Arsenal predicted lineup to face Leeds United on Sunday.
Arsenal lineup vs Leeds United – Goalkeeper
After his suspension, Bernd Leno should come back into the Arsenal team. Mat Ryan did a good job against Aston Villa, and it’s a positive to have him available when Leno isn’t, but the German international remains the number one for now.
Arsenal lineup vs Leeds United – Defence
We aren’t expecting too many changes in defence. Obviously, Kieran Tierney is going to return to the team when he’s fit, but there’s no suggestion he is yet.
David Luiz is back from his suspension and might replace Gabriel Magalhaes. Pablo Mari could even come in after his recovery. But Gabriel seems to be finding form again after his shaky return from Covid.
As a result, we’re predicting the same back four as against Villa, with Cedric Soares joining Gabriel, Rob Holding, and Hector Bellerin.
Arsenal lineup vs Leeds United – Midfield
There’s no official word on the length of Thomas Partey’s injury just yet, but it looks like he’ll miss at least a game or two. The good news is that Dani Ceballos is back from injury and made the bench for the last couple of games.
Ceballos should be able to start alongside Granit Xhaka, with Emile Smith Rowe ahead of them as usual. Arteta kept picking Smith Rowe when the games were coming thick and fast, so he’ll surely stick with him for this one after a week’s break.
Arsenal lineup vs Leeds United – Forwards
Even though they blanked in the last game against Aston Villa, Nicolas Pepe, Bukayo Saka, and Alexandre Lacazette still seem like Arsenal’s most balanced front three at the moment.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang didn’t even make it to 10 touches in his half an hour against Villa. It’s not his fault, but the team is just better set up for a striker like Lacazette right now.
When Tierney returns, that’s when I’d expect Aubameyang to make it back into the starting lineup. Those two worked well together, in a way we haven’t seen from Aubameyang and Cedric.
Predicted Arsenal lineup vs Leeds United
Arsenal have just announced their team for the game against Aston Villa and Mat Ryan gets his first start for Arsenal:
Arsenal lineup: Ryan, Bellerin, Holding, Gabriel, Cedric, Xhaka, Partey, Saka, Smith Rowe, Pepe, Lacazette
Subs: Runarsson, Chambers, Mari, Elneny, Ceballos, Odegaard, Willian, Martinellie, Aubameyang
After an incredibly frustrating defeat to Wolves, let’s have a look at the Arsenal team we predict Mikel Arteta to select to bounce back against Aston Villa.
The less said about the Wolves game, the better, but it’s fair to say the Arsenal squad will be feeling a sense of injustice. They now need to channel that into motivation to get a result away at Villa Park on Saturday.
One bit of good news going into this game is that Arsenal don’t have another for over a week afterwards. The next midweek is for FA Cup fixtures, so Arteta’s squad can rest up.
As a result, we’re not predicting a huge number of changes. Obviously, there are one or two required by the red-card suspensions for Bernd Leno and David Luiz, but here’s how we think Arsenal will line up overall.
We know this is one position where Arteta has to make a change. Bernd Leno picked up a one-match ban for his handball on Tuesday, and this is that one match.
The big question is whether Mat Ryan will be fit. If he is, you’d expect him to start, given the amount of Premier League experience he has compared to Runar Alex Runarsson. Otherwise, Runarsson will be making his first league start in England.
Right now, it looks like Ryan has passed his late fitness tests. Icelandic reporter Hjörvar Hafliðason, who seemingly has links to Inaki Cana and Runar Alex Runarsson, claims Ryan will start.
It’s hard to see many changes from the back four that finished the match against Wolves on Tuesday.
If Arteta sounded pessimistic on Ryan’s fitness, he was even more so on Kieran Tierney, admitting Tierney “wasn’t close at all” to playing in midweek. As a result, Cedric Soares should start.
David Luiz is out with his suspension, and Pablo Mari is only just returning from injury, so Gabriel Magalhaes is nailed on to start at left-centre-back. Rob Holding will probably keep his place on the right, with Hector Bellerin at right-back.
One small positive consequence of the red cards against Wolves was that a couple of players came off earlier than expected. Thomas Partey was one of them, leaving the field to make way for Runarsson. As a result, he should be able to start this one too.
Granit Xhaka will surely start alongside him, as the pair are forming a good partnership at the base of Arsenal’s midfield.
It’s hard to call who will get the nod in front of them. For the time being, Arteta seems to be keen to continue giving Emile Smith Rowe chances if at all possible. Tuesday seemed like a chance to rotate with Martin Odegaard, but it didn’t happen.
After Smith Rowe was forced to complete the full 90 against Wolves for a team with nine men, after his recent injury problems, surely this time he has to rest.
Like Partey, Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe came off early against Wolves, with Lacazette making way for Gabriel at half-time and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang replacing Pepe.
You’d think that would mean both are available to start against Villa. It seems like Pepe is also a better fit than the alternatives on the left while Arsenal are playing a right-footed left-back, as they are at the moment.
Bukayo Saka has to start on the right, as he remains one of Arsenal’s main threats in attack. He was unlucky not to get a single goal from his explosive start on Tuesday.
That means Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Willian, and Gabriel Martinelli on the bench.
Arsenal Predicted Lineup vs Aston Villa
Arsenal’s team for their match vs Wolves has been released:
Wolves: Patricio, Boly, Coady, Kilman, Semedo, Neves, Moutinho, Neto, Adama, J. Willian, Podence
Subs: Ruddy, Hoever, Silva, Gibbs-White, Vitinha, Leander Dendoncker, Richards, Otasowie
Arsenal: Leno, Bellerin, David Luiz, Holding, Cedric, Xhaka, partey, Pepe,. Smith Rowe, Saka, Lacazette
Subs: Runarsson, Gabriel, Chambers, Elneny, Ceballos, Odegaard, Willian, Martinelli, Aubameyang
Looking to get back to winning ways on Tuesday, let’s have a look at our Arsenal predicted lineup away to Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Arsenal extended their Premier League unbeaten run to seven games with a draw against Manchester United at the weekend, but Mikel Arteta’s side aren’t really in a position to be celebrating dropped points.
The Gunners are still a way off the European places, and they need to keep winning to maintain any hope of finishing the season in them.
Arteta will probably need to make a few changes in midweek, however, having started almost exactly the same team against both Southampton and Manchester United last week. Here’s our Arsenal predicted lineup vs Wolves.
After Mat Ryan’s knock ahead of the weekend, there’s even less doubt about the starting goalkeeper. Bernd Leno played excellently and kept another clean sheet against Manchester United, so he’ll keep his place here.
Gabriel Magalhaes and Pablo Mari are both potential options to give David Luiz a rest, but Mari is still a fitness doubt at the moment. It’s hard to see Arteta dropping both Luiz and Holding at once, so Holding will probably keep his place alongside Gabriel.
Unfortunately, Kieran Tierney is still unavailable, so Cedric Soares is likely to start at left-back. That leaves Hector Bellerin to start at right-back, given the alternative is Cedric.
Granit Xhaka put in a good performance at the weekend and is likely to continue to keep his place in the side. He’s one of those rare players who doesn’t often need a rest, and he’s also important to the team right now.
We’d all like to see Thomas Partey alongside him, but the Ghana international has had all those injury problems lately and it would be a risk to include him as a starter again. The same goes for Emile Smith Rowe.
As a result, we’re predicting a couple of changes in midfield, with Dani Ceballos and Martin Odegaard coming in. This is partly what Odegaard was brought in for, to help ensure we get the best out of Smith Rowe by not overplaying him.
It’s hard to see anyone other than Alexandre Lacazette starting up front. Eddie Nketiah is available, but right now he’s only playing when Arteta absolutely has to rest Lacazette. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is seemingly quarantining.
If Bukayo Saka is fit, he’ll surely come back in. Nicolas Pepe worked hard and completed another 90 minutes on Saturday, so a rest might be a good idea for him.
Gabriel Martinelli and Willian only played 45 each at the weekend, so it could be either of them against Wolves on the left. Martinelli is surely the bigger goal threat, which is important in Aubameyang’s absence, so we’re putting him in.
Arsenal Predicted Lineup vs Wolves
Arsenal have welcomed four players back to training from their various complaints but Kieran Tierney is still struggling with his calf injury and will not play any part.
Kieran Tierney has been out since 23 January with a sore right calf and it’s not clear when he will return to action.
Speaking to the press before Arsenal’s game against Wolves, Mikel Arteta said, “We don’t know yet [if Tierney and Bukayo Saka will return].
“Today we’ve got a training session and they haven’t been able to train with us yet, so I think it will be really difficult for them. But I don’t know, we’re going to try to last-minute see how they are feeling.”
Later on, Arsenal issued another update, stating, “Kieran is continuing to be assessed for discomfort in the right lower leg. Kieran is unavailable for Tuesday’s match.”
Bukayo Saka, however, is back in training and will be tested before the game on Tuesday night.
Pabloi Mari (right calf), Dani Ceballos (left calf) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (quarantine) have all joined Saka in full training and will all undergo a test before the game.
For those wondering why Alex Runarsson was back on the bench at the weekend, it’s because Mat Ryan has a hip injury that will also keep him out on Tuesday night.
Arsenal hope to welcome him back in training before the end of the week.
Early Arsenal team news vs Manchester United: Odegaard, Partey, Aubameyang
As Arsenal prepare to face Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, some information is emerging about which players might be involved.
Starting off with the bad news, Chris Wheatley reports that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang won’t be available for the game. There was some speculation that he might have trouble with quarantine after going to visit his family over his mother’s health issue.
The rest of the updates are largely positive. TheAFCBell write that Thomas Partey passed his late fitness test on Friday, so he’ll make the squad. Martin Odegaard will also reportedly feature in the matchday squad.
Emile Smith Rowe, another injury doubt after Tuesday, looks to be ready for involvement as well. He was in training on Friday with the team, and James Benge reports that it was just cramp that forced him off against Southampton.
Similarly, Kieran Tierney trained with the squad in the last couple of days. Sam Dean reported earlier this week that the left-back’s injury is nothing serious, and he should be available for United.
Mikel Arteta wasn’t giving anything away on the injuries in his press conference, as you’d expect.
There are still a couple of unknowns ahead of kick-off. Pablo Mari and Dani Ceballos returned to training this week, but it’s not clear whether either are available to feature. Ceballos is by far the more likely of the two.
To sum up, it looks like Arsenal will be missing Aubameyang, Mari, and possibly Ceballos. The rest of the squad should be available for selection, and debutant Odegaard will be involved for the first time – likely on the bench at first.
Looking to keep their unbeaten run going against tough opposition, let’s take a look at our Arsenal predicted lineup vs Manchester United.
Even if they have just lost at home to bottom-of-the-league Sheffield United, Manchester United are still among the top teams in the division. Arteta will need to pick his strongest available side to get a result on Saturday.
Arsenal are on a run of five wins in six matches in the Premier League, since their Boxing Day rejuvenation. But the real test is keeping it going in the tougher fixtures now. The win away to Southampton was a good start, but it was only a start.
Yet Arsenal fans will have some optimism, particularly given their recent results against United. Many might consider placing a bet on Arteta’s side using comeonbetting.com.
Here’s our Arsenal predicted lineup to face Manchester United this weekend.
Bernd Leno will start, barring injury. He almost made a wonder-save to prevent Southampton’s only goal on Tuesday, and he made plenty of other difficult stops to keep the hosts to just one. Before that, he was on a run of four Premier League clean sheets.
But it’s good to see Mat Ryan involved with the squads immediately after his loan move. Hopefully, he can put some pressure on the German to keep performing.
Runar Alex Runarsson seems to have dropped out of contention for starts, amid the rumours of a possible loan away.
Even if he doesn’t leave, the goalkeeper may find games difficult to come by in the next few months, given the risk that Arsenal have to leave out another non-homegrown player. You’d think he’s high on the list of candidates for exclusion with Ryan and Leno around.
David Luiz did not have a good day against Southampton, and Pablo Mari is only just returning to training after injury this week. As a result, Gabriel Magalhaes seems like the most sensible choice at left-centre-back right now.
It’s true that Gabriel also had a poor first half against Southampton in the previous game, but he very much improved after the break. Some rustiness was expected after his recent absence. Plus, he played very well against United in the away match.
Rob Holding will probably start alongside him, with Hector Bellerin at right-back. Cedric Soares played well at left-back on Tuesday, but if Kieran Tierney’s back it’s difficult to leave him out, and the signs are that he will be.
Granit Xhaka is likely to keep his place, but the other two spots in the midfield really depend on how the injury situation develops in the next couple of days. Thomas Partey, Emile Smith Rowe, and Dani Ceballos all have question marks around their availability.
Reports suggest Partey ‘should be fine’ after his early substitution, which would be a big boost after his performance at Old Trafford.
Thomas Partey has recovered well from the Southampton game. He will have one last check today, but is expected to be fit to face United.
— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) January 29, 2021
If Smith Rowe isn’t available, Martin Odegaard is fit and eligible for selection. But perhaps this game would come too soon for him, after only a couple of days training with his new side. Then there’s Willian, who replaced Smith Rowe on Tuesday.
Given Smith Rowe’s injury has only been described as ‘discomfort’, we’re going to stay optimistic that he can start the match, even if he has to come off early.
Nicolas Pepe is one of only a few players who played the 90 minutes of both matches against Southampton – though he did come off in injury time in the second.
It’s not impossible he starts on the left once again, but perhaps it’s more likely Gabriel Martinelli gets a game. Particularly if Tierney is available, as they probably suit each other better with the left-foot right-foot combination.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is another option, but his current circumstances are somewhat unclear. It’s possible he’ll have to quarantine after visiting his family. So we’re leaving him out, for now.
For the other two positions, there shouldn’t really be any debate. Alexandre Lacazette up front, Bukayo Saka on the right. They each got an assist for the other’s goal on Tuesday.