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Arsenal lineup vs Liverpool

Ramsdale, Cedric, White, Gabriel, Tierney, Lokonga, Xhaka, Saka, Lacazette, Martinelli, Nketiah.

Arsenal subs: Leno, Holding, Mari, Chambers, Tavares, Patino, Salah-Eddine, Hutchinson, Biereth

Liverpool lineup (for real): Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Henderson, Milner, Jota, Minamino, Firmino.

Subs: Kelleher, Konate, Gomez, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jones, Tsimikas, Williams, Morton

Arsenal lineup vs Nottingham Forest

Arsenal: Leno, Cedric, White, Holding, tavares, Lokonga, Patino, Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli, Nketiah

Subs: Ramsdale, Tierney, Chambers, Mari, Lacazette, Kolasinac, Biereth, Salah-Eddine, Hutchinson

Arsenal lineup vs Manchester City

Arsenal: Ramsdale, White, Tomiyasu, Gabriel, Tierney, Partey, Xhaka, Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli, Lacazette

Subs: Leno, Smith Rowe, Maitland-Niles, Holding, Cedric, Pepe, Tavares, Lokonga, Elneny

Manchester City: Ederson, Cancelo, Dias, Laporte, Ake, Rodrigo, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Sterling, Jesus, Mahrez
Subs: Steffen, Walker, Gundogan, Grealish, Fernandinho, Kayky, Mbete, Palmer, McAtee

Arsenal lineup vs Norwich

Arsenal: Ramsdale, White, Holding, Gabriel, Tierney, Partey, Xhaka, Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli, Lacazette

Subs: Leno, Tavares, Mari, Elneny, Patino, Lokonga, Pepe, Smith Rowe, Nketiah

Arsenal lineup vs Sunderland

Arsenal: Leno, Cedric, White, Holding, Tavares, Elneny, Odegaard, Smnith Rowe, Pepe, Nketiah, Balogun

Subs: Ramsdale, Tierney, Gabriel, Partey, Xhaka, Patino, Saka, Martinelli, Lacazette

Arsenal lineup vs Leeds United

Arsenal: Ramsdale, Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tierney, Partey, Xhaka, Odegaard, Martinelli, Saka, Lacazette

Subs: Leno, Holding, Chambers, Tavares, Cedric, Elneny, Pepe, Smith Rowe, Nketiah

Arsenal lineup vs West Ham United

Arsenal: Ramsdale, Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tierney, Partey, Xhaka, Odegaard, Martinelli, Saka, Lacazette (c)

Subs: Okonkwo, Holding, Tavares, Elneny, Maitland-Niles, Lokonga, Smith Rowe, Pepe, Nketiah

Arsenal lineup vs Southampton

Arsenal: Ramsdale, Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tierney, Partey, Xhaka, Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli, Lacazette

Subs: Okonkwo, Holding, Cedric, Tavares, Lokonga, Maitland-Niles, Smith Rowe, Pepe, Nketiah

Aubameyang dropped for disciplinary breach

Arsenal lineup vs Everton

Arsenal: Ramsdale, Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tierney, Partey, Xhaka, Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli, Lacazette

Subs: Okonkwo, Holding, Cedric, Tavares, Lokonga, Elneny, Pepe, Nketiah, Aubameyang

Granit Xhaka is back in the starting lineup, a month before expected:

Arsenal lineup vs Manchester United

Arsenal: Ramsdale, Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tavares, Elneny, Partey, Martinelli, Odegaard, Smith Rowe, Aubameyang

Subs: Okonkwo, Tierney, Holding, Maitland-Niles, Lokonga, Pepe, Saka, Lacazette, Nketiah

Manchester United: de Gea, Lindeleof, Maguire, No 7, Rashford, Fred, Fernandes, Dalot, Sancho, Alex Telles, McTominay

Subs: Henderson, Baily, Jones, Lingard, Mata, van de Beek, Amad, Greenwood, Martial

Mail on Sunday

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Arsenal's Spanish manager Mikel Arteta gestures on the touchline during the English FA Cup third round football match between Nottingham Forest and Arsenal at The City Ground in Nottingham, central England, on January 9, 2022. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL/AFP via Getty Images)

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BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JANUARY 09: Kim Little of Arsenal walks off the pitch after the Barclays FA Women's Super League match between Birmingham City Women and Arsenal Women at St Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium on January 09, 2022 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Postponed: Arsenal women’s game vs Reading

Arsenal's FA WSL game against Reading, that was due to take place on Sunday, has been postponed.
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 11: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal applauds the fans following victory in the Premier League match between Arsenal and Southampton at Emirates Stadium on December 11, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Back-3 again: How Arsenal could line up vs Spurs if the match goes ahead

Though a postponement is looming, let's take a look at our Arsenal predicted lineup to face Spurs should the game go ahead.

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Patino full debut: How Arsenal could line up vs Nottingham Forest

Coming up against Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup third round on Sunday, let’s take a look at our Arsenal predicted lineup for the clash.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 11: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal applauds the fans following victory in the Premier League match between Arsenal and Southampton at Emirates Stadium on December 11, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal applauds the fans following victory in the Premier League match between Arsenal and Southampton at Emirates Stadium on December 11, 2021. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

After the Liverpool League Cup match was postponed, Arsenal have had a week off between their clash with Manchester City and their FA Cup game this weekend, so the whole squad will be rested for the trip to Nottingham.

All the same, Arsenal have a trip to Anfield and a North London derby coming up next week, so Mikel Arteta is likely to make some changes to his starting lineup.

Arteta will be the man leading the team, having recovered from his infection and returned to training. Here’s the Arsenal side we’re predicting him to select against Nottingham Forest.

Goalkeeper

Bernd Leno in training with Arsenal (Photo via Arsenal on Twitter)
Bernd Leno in training with Arsenal (Photo via Arsenal on Twitter)

Bernd Leno should start in goal, as Arsenal’s cup goalkeeper this season. Aaron Ramsdale will be available to make the bench, and Arthur Okonkwo is back in training as the third-choice option after a recent absence.

Defence

LONDON, ENGLAND: Rob Holding of Arsenal warms up ahead of the Premier League match between Arsenal and Crystal Palace at Emirates Stadium on October 18, 2021. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Rob Holding of Arsenal warms up ahead of the Premier League match between Arsenal and Crystal Palace at Emirates Stadium on October 18, 2021. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Gabriel Magalhaes is unavailable through suspension, but he may well not have been picked to start this match anyway. Rob Holding should come in alongside Ben White, as Arteta doesn’t even seem to trust Calum Chambers or Pablo Mari to start in the cup games.

In the full-back positions, Nuno Tavares and Cedric Soares could give Kieran Tierney and Takehiro Tomiyasu a rest ahead of a busy week.

Midfield

Arsenal's English midfielder Charlie Patino, who scored a goal on his debut, applauds supporters on the pitch after the English League Cup quarter-final football match between Arsenal and Sunderland at the Emirates Stadium in London on December 21, 2021. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP)
Arsenal’s English midfielder Charlie Patino, who scored a goal on his debut, applauds supporters on the pitch after the English League Cup quarter-final football match between Arsenal and Sunderland at the Emirates Stadium in London on December 21, 2021. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP)

Arsenal’s midfield has been ravaged since the last game. Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny left for AFCON, Ainsley Maitland-Niles is off on loan to AS Roma, and Granit Xhaka has been mysteriously absent from training.

If Xhaka has Covid-19 or a knock, Arsenal are low on options to replace him. Arteta may decide to turn to Charlie Patino for a full debut alongside Albert Sambi Lokonga at the base of midfield.

Other options include pushing Chambers or White up into midfield, or dropping Emile Smith Rowe or Martin Odegaard back. But this does seem like a good opportunity to give Patino a chance.

Ahead of him, Smith Rowe will likely give Odegaard a rest. The young England international has earned a start with all his goals off the bench.

Forwards

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 21: Eddie Nketiah of Arsenal celebrates with the match ball following their side's victory in the Carabao Cup Quarter Final match between Arsenal and Sunderland at Emirates Stadium on December 21, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Eddie Nketiah of Arsenal celebrates with the match ball following their side’s victory in the Carabao Cup Quarter Final match between Arsenal and Sunderland at Emirates Stadium on December 21, 2021. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Once again, Arsenal are a little low on options here, following the AFCON call-ups for Nicolas Pepe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Bukayo Saka may well be set to keep his place, though academy star Omari Hutchinson has been in training and could make the bench to come on when Saka needs a rest.

Folarin Balogun is edging closer to a loan move, so Gabriel Martinelli might also keep his spot on the other side. But Eddie Nketiah can come in up front, having recovered from Covid.

Arsenal predicted lineup vs Nottingham Forest

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Arsenal predicted lineup vs Nottingham Forest created using Chosen11.com

Partey to stay: How Arsenal could line up vs Manchester City

After a run of five wins, let’s take a look at our Arsenal predicted lineup to face league leaders Manchester City.

NORWICH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal speaks to press prior to the Premier League match between Norwich City and Arsenal at Carrow Road on December 26, 2021 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Harriet Lander/Getty Images)
NORWICH, ENGLAND: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal speaks to the press prior to the Premier League match between Norwich City and Arsenal at Carrow Road on December 26, 2021. (Photo by Harriet Lander/Getty Images)

There’s no hiding from the fact that this next game is tougher than any Arsenal have come through recently. Manchester City aren’t just the best team in the league right now, they’re also one of the sides Arsenal simply can’t beat in recent seasons.

But with the recent postponement of the Wolves clash and a Saturday-Thursday gap after the City game, Arsenal really have no other match to prioritise. Mikel Arteta may as well go all-out and at least try to keep their recent run going.

Here’s our predicted Arsenal lineup for the Manchester City clash on Saturday.

Goalkeeper

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 22: Aaron Ramsdale of Arsenal celebrates their third goal scored by Emile Smith Rowe (not in picture) during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium on October 22, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Aaron Ramsdale of Arsenal celebrates their third goal scored by Emile Smith Rowe (not in picture) during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium on October 22, 2021. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

Barring fitness or illness issues, Aaron Ramsdale will start in goal, after yet another clean sheet against Norwich City. Bernd Leno will make the bench.

Defence

LEEDS, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 18: Joe Gelhardt of Leeds United battles for possession with Takehiro Tomiyasu of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Leeds United and Arsenal at Elland Road on December 18, 2021 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)
LEEDS, ENGLAND: Joe Gelhardt of Leeds United battles for possession with Takehiro Tomiyasu of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Leeds United and Arsenal at Elland Road on December 18, 2021. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

We’re going to be optimistic here and predict the return of Takehiro Tomiyasu to the side. The right-back recently tested positive for Covid-19, along with every other right-back at the club, but he hopefully has enough time to recover.

Tomiyasu was already absent from training for the week before the Norwich City game, but we don’t know how much of that was the knock he picked up recently, and how much was Covid isolation.

If most of it was the latter, he should be back in time. If not, Arsenal will be waiting on Cedric Soares and Calum Chambers to see if either of them recover first.

If none of them are ready, Rob Holding can step in again.

The rest of the back three will be Kieran Tierney, Gabriel Magalhaes, and Ben White.

Midfield

LONDON, ENGLAND: Thomas Partey of Arsenal shoots during the warm up prior to the Premier League match between Arsenal and Southampton at Emirates Stadium on December 11, 2021. (Photo by Justin Setterfield / Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Thomas Partey of Arsenal shoots during the warm-up prior to the Premier League match between Arsenal and Southampton at Emirates Stadium on December 11, 2021. (Photo by Justin Setterfield / Getty Images)

There’s another major doubt here, relating to Thomas Partey. We don’t have official confirmation yet that Ghana will allow Partey to play this game before leaving for AFCON, but it’s seeming more likely now.

Partey would slot into the side alongside Granit Xhaka as usual, with the in-form Martin Odegaard ahead of them.

If Ghana do decide to refuse Arsenal’s request, Albert Sambi Lokonga would surely be next in line to replace Partey.

Forwards

NORWICH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Norwich City and Arsenal at Carrow Road on December 26, 2021 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)
NORWICH, ENGLAND: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Norwich City and Arsenal at Carrow Road on December 26, 2021. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

Gabriel Martinelli, Bukayo Saka, and Alexandre Lacazette all seem likely to keep their places, though Emile Smith Rowe is really knocking on the door to replace someone – most likely Martinelli or Odegaard.

Eddie Nketiah will probably make the bench as the Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang situation drags on. Aubameyang will be off to AFCON with Gabon anyway.

Predicted Arsenal lineup vs Manchester City

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Arsenal predicted lineup vs Manchester City created using Chosen11.com

Tomiyasu to return: How Arsenal could line up vs Norwich City

As we prepare to kick off the busy festive period, let’s take a look at our Arsenal predicted lineup to face Norwich City on Boxing Day.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 11: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal applauds the fans following victory in the Premier League match between Arsenal and Southampton at Emirates Stadium on December 11, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal applauds the fans following victory in the Premier League match between Arsenal and Southampton at Emirates Stadium on December 11, 2021. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Arsenal have put together a run of wins since this month’s defeat to Everton, beating Southampton, West Ham, and Leeds United in the league before thrashing Sunderland to reach the semi-finals of the League Cup.

Things are really going to get busy now, with three Premier League games in less than a week leading into the two-legged League Cup semi-finals and the FA Cup trip to Nottingham Forest.

Arsenal’s next midweek off will be in mid-to-late January, and they’ll face this period with a diminished squad due to AFCON and the growing threat of Covid infections.

For now, however, most of Arsenal’s players are set to be available as Mikel Arteta’s side prepare to take on Norwich City this weekend.

We’re expecting Arteta to go as strong as possible, especially when you never know which games are going to be postponed. You may as well pick up the points while you have the chance and worry about the next game afterward.

Here’s our Arsenal predicted lineup for the clash.

Goalkeeper

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 11: Aaron Ramsdale of Arsenal celebrates after their side's third goal, scored by Gabriel Magalhaes (Not pictured) during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Southampton at Emirates Stadium on December 11, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Eddie Keogh/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Aaron Ramsdale of Arsenal celebrates after their side’s third goal, scored by Gabriel Magalhaes (Not pictured) during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Southampton at Emirates Stadium on December 11, 2021. (Photo by Eddie Keogh/Getty Images)

Bernd Leno made his post-injury return to the side against Sunderland, but Aaron Ramsdale remains the clear first-choice option in goal.

Even though Leno didn’t do anything particularly wrong in the Sunderland match, you could see the difference in and out of possession when Ramsdale isn’t in the team.

Defence

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 11: Gabriel Magalhaes of Arsenal celebrates with teammates Ben White and Granit Xhaka after scoring their side's third goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Southampton at Emirates Stadium on December 11, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Gabriel Magalhaes of Arsenal celebrates with teammates Ben White and Granit Xhaka after scoring their side’s third goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Southampton at Emirates Stadium on December 11, 2021. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Gabriel Magalhaes and Ben White both featured for at least part of the Sunderland match, but neither completed the full match, so they should both be available to start this one.

Neither Kieran Tierney nor Takehiro Tomiyasu played any minutes on Tuesday, but there is the slight injury doubt around Tomiyasu after his early substitution in his last Premier League game.

At the time, Tomiyasu’s injury didn’t seem to be anything too serious, and we haven’t heard anything further about it, so we’ll assume he’s fit to start. If he isn’t, it will be Cedric Soares, given Calum Chambers’ Covid-19 absence.

Midfield

LONDON, ENGLAND: Thomas Partey of Arsenal shoots during the warm up prior to the Premier League match between Arsenal and Southampton at Emirates Stadium on December 11, 2021. (Photo by Justin Setterfield / Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Thomas Partey of Arsenal shoots during the warm-up prior to the Premier League match between Arsenal and Southampton at Emirates Stadium on December 11, 2021. (Photo by Justin Setterfield / Getty Images)

This will likely be the last chance for Thomas Partey to feature ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations, so he should definitely start alongside Granit Xhaka. Martin Odegaard came off early against Sunderland, so he should be ready to complete the midfield.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles has been ill lately, and Albert Sambi Lokonga has had Covid-19, so neither of them have been available, and Mohamed Elneny played 90 minutes against Sunderland.

Arsenal don’t really have too many alternative options in midfield right now. They’ll have even fewer when Elneny and Partey head off.

Forwards

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 15: Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal looks on whilst wearing the captain's armband during the Premier League match between Arsenal and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on December 15, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal looks on whilst wearing the captain’s armband during the Premier League match between Arsenal and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on December 15, 2021. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

The front three pretty much picks itself at the moment, with Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli nailed on for starts, and Alexandre Lacazette extremely likely to join them in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s probable absence.

Emile Smith Rowe is seemingly ready to start matches again after his injury, it’s just hard for him to displace a couple of Arsenal’s Player of the Month candidates in Martinelli and Odegaard.

Eddie Nketiah’s hat-trick may have him in contention for plenty more minutes in January when Aubameyang is at AFCON, but perhaps not immediately, given he’s just played 90 minutes.

Arsenal predicted lineup vs Norwich City

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Arsenal predicted lineup to face Norwich City created using Chosen11.com

Smith Rowe to start: How Arsenal could line up vs Sunderland

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.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 11: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal applauds the fans following victory in the Premier League match between Arsenal and Southampton at Emirates Stadium on December 11, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal applauds the fans following victory in the Premier League match between Arsenal and Southampton at Emirates Stadium on December 11, 2021. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

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.

Goalkeeper

Bernd Leno Arsenal, APRIL 29, 2021 - Football / Soccer : UEFA Europa League Semi-finals 1st leg match between Villarreal CF 2-1 Arsenal FC at the Estadio de la Ceramica in Vila-Real, Spain.
Bernd Leno – Arsenal, APRIL 29, 2021: UEFA Europa League Semi-finals 1st leg match between Villarreal CF 2-1 Arsenal FC at the Estadio de la Ceramica in Vila-Real, Spain.

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.

Defence

LONDON, ENGLAND: Rob Holding of Arsenal is challenged by Rodrigo Moreno and Adam Forshaw of Leeds United during the Carabao Cup Round of 16 match between Arsenal and Leeds United at Emirates Stadium on October 26, 2021. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Rob Holding of Arsenal is challenged by Rodrigo Moreno and Adam Forshaw of Leeds United during the Carabao Cup Round of 16 match between Arsenal and Leeds United at Emirates Stadium on October 26, 2021. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

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.

Nuno Tavares can come in for Kieran Tierney at left-back, with Rob Holding and Calum Chambers getting rare starts in the centre of defence. Pablo Mari is out with Covid.

That will allow Tierney, Gabriel Magalhaes, and Ben White a rare rest ahead of the hectic festive period coming up.

Midfield

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LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 07: Ainsley Maitland-Niles of Arsenal battles for possession with Juraj Kucka of Watford FC during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Watford at Emirates Stadium on November 07, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Arsenal also have the option to make a full cast of changes in midfield, with Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Mohamed Elneny, and Emile Smith Rowe coming in.

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.

Among the rested group should be Martin Odegaard, Thomas Partey, and Granit Xhaka. Albert Sambi Lokonga is out with Covid.

Forwards

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: Nicolas Pepe of Arsenal during the Carabao Cup Second Round between West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal at The Hawthorns on August 25, 2021 in West Bromwich, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND: Nicolas Pepe of Arsenal during the Carabao Cup Second Round between West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal at The Hawthorns on August 25, 2021. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Nicolas Pepe and Eddie Nketiah seem likely to come in on the wings. Neither have been at all popular in Arteta’s recent team selections, but they remain the primary backups on either side.

With no Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Gabriel Martinelli starting the Premier League games on the left, there’s no obvious alternative to Alexandre Lacazette up front.

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.

Predicted Arsenal lineup vs Sunderland

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Smith Rowe back in: How Arsenal could line up vs Leeds United

After a big win over top-four rivals West Ham, let’s take a look at our Arsenal predicted lineup for the trip to Leeds United.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 15: Gabriel Martinelli celebrates with Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal after scoring their team's first goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on December 15, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Gabriel Martinelli celebrates with Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal after scoring their team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on December 15, 2021. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Arsenal shot up into a somewhat false position in the top-four on Wednesday, after a big win over West Ham United.

The Gunners are ahead of West Ham in fourth, but Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur both have the games in hand they need to overtake Mikel Arteta’s side with wins.

For the time being, it’s a boost to be back sitting in the top four, and to have beaten a rival for the European places so convincingly.

Next up, Arsenal travel to a struggling Leeds United side, and they can’t afford to slip back into their recent run of away defeats. Let’s take a look at our Arsenal predicted lineup to face Leeds.

Goalkeeper

LONDON, ENGLAND: Aaron Ramsdale of Arsenal celebrates his sides third goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium on October 22, 2021. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Aaron Ramsdale of Arsenal celebrates his side’s third goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium on October 22, 2021. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

Aaron Ramsdale will start, as he gets involved in the hunt for the Golden Glove. The goalkeeper is up to eight clean sheets, putting him hot on the heels of Alisson and Ederson on nine – both of whom have played more games than Ramsdale.

Bernd Leno is still yet to return to the Arsenal squad after his groin injury, with Arthur Okonkwo making the bench consistently.

It’s not impossible the German goalkeeper doesn’t make it back for the League Cup, and it will be interesting to see if Arteta puts faith in Okonkwo for that game.

Defence

Kieran Tierney in a pre-season friendly with Arsenal (Photo via Arsenal on Twitter)
Kieran Tierney in a pre-season friendly with Arsenal (Photo via Arsenal on Twitter)

Arsenal’s defence seems to have settled again, after the back-and-forth between Kieran Tierney and Nuno Tavares.

As well as Tavares did in his spell in the team, Tierney seems to have won his place back with his performances, and he should start on Saturday.

Gabriel Magalhaes, Ben White, and Takehiro Tomiyasu remain nailed-on starters, and you wouldn’t expect any of them to drop out of the side after strong performances against West Ham.

Midfield

Arsenal v Wimbledon 22 September 2021, London - Carabao Cup Football - Arsenal v AFC Wimbledon - Will Nightingale of AFC Wimbledon and Thomas Partey of Arsenal smiles - Photo: Charlotte Wilson / Offside.
Arsenal v Wimbledon 22 September 2021, London – Carabao Cup Football – Arsenal v AFC Wimbledon – Will Nightingale of AFC Wimbledon and Thomas Partey of Arsenal smiles – Photo: Charlotte Wilson / Offside

Granit Xhaka and Thomas Partey are building their partnership at the moment, and it’s just a shame we’re so close to losing Partey to AFCON. Arteta is unlikely to rest the Ghana international when he knows these are his last chances to use him pre-tournament.

Ahead of them, it has to be Martin Odegaard. Emile Smith Rowe did well and scored against West Ham, but with Gabriel Martinelli’s injury substitution, Smith Rowe is probably going to be needed on the left.

Forwards

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 15: Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal looks on whilst wearing the captain's armband during the Premier League match between Arsenal and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on December 15, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal looks on whilst wearing the captain’s armband during the Premier League match between Arsenal and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on December 15, 2021. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Whether or not Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is available, Alexandre Lacazette is performing well enough that he should start against Leeds.

The striker may have had his penalty saved, but he provided an assist and put in a strong all-around performance against West Ham.

As mentioned, Smith Rowe will probably come into the team on the left, with Bukayo Saka a sure thing to keep his spot on the right.

Predicted Arsenal lineup vs Leeds United

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Arsenal predicted lineup to face Leeds United created using Chosen11.com

Lacazette again? How Arsenal could line up vs West Ham

Looking to get a winning run going against a rival for the European places, let’s take a look at our Arsenal predicted lineup to face West Ham.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal looks on following defeat in the Premier League match between Everton and Arsenal at Goodison Park on December 06, 2021 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal looks on following defeat in the Premier League match between Everton and Arsenal at Goodison Park on December 06, 2021. (Photo by Naomi Baker / Getty Images)

Mikel Arteta went with an unchanged Arsenal lineup in Saturday’s win over Southampton, but the performance was very much an improvement on the limp display away to Everton earlier in the week.

Critics may put that purely down to Southampton’s struggles at the back, with emergency loan goalkeeper Willy Caballero slotting in behind a changed defence due to suspensions and injuries.

Arsenal’s task is to show they can put in a similar performance against West Ham on Wednesday, and Arteta is likely to stick with a similar team to try and do it. Here’s our Arsenal predicted lineup to face West Ham United.

Goalkeeper

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 11: Aaron Ramsdale of Arsenal celebrates after their side's third goal, scored by Gabriel Magalhaes (Not pictured) during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Southampton at Emirates Stadium on December 11, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Eddie Keogh/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Aaron Ramsdale of Arsenal celebrates after their side’s third goal, scored by Gabriel Magalhaes (Not pictured) during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Southampton at Emirates Stadium on December 11, 2021. (Photo by Eddie Keogh/Getty Images)

Another clean sheet for Aaron Ramsdale and another top performance from the summer signing suggests he’ll continue to keep his place in the team against West Ham.

Bernd Leno still hasn’t even returned to the matchday squad, so there’s little chance he’ll be starting on Wednesday. Arthur Okonkwo should make the bench again if Leno is still out.

Defence

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 11: Gabriel Magalhaes of Arsenal celebrates with teammates Ben White and Granit Xhaka after scoring their side's third goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Southampton at Emirates Stadium on December 11, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Gabriel Magalhaes of Arsenal celebrates with teammates Ben White and Granit Xhaka after scoring their side’s third goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Southampton at Emirates Stadium on December 11, 2021. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Kieran Tierney’s return to the Arsenal team has been marked with a couple of assists, even if Nuno Tavares was showing good form before that. Tierney will likely keep his place on Wednesday.

The rest of the back four remain very predictable. Mikel Arteta has confirmed Gabriel Magalhaes didn’t pick up an injury against Southampton, he was simply withdrawn as he was on a yellow card, so he’ll start alongside Ben White and Takehiro Tomiyasu.

Midfield

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 11: Martin Odegaard of Arsenal scores their side's second goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Southampton at Emirates Stadium on December 11, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Eddie Keogh/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Martin Odegaard of Arsenal scores their side’s second goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Southampton at Emirates Stadium on December 11, 2021. (Photo by Eddie Keogh/Getty Images)

Granit Xhaka and Thomas Partey looked much better in the Southampton game than they had against Everton, and Arteta will hope they’re getting back into a rhythm together. You’d expect both to start, particularly for a big game like this.

Ahead of them, Martin Odegaard is making himself difficult to drop with three goals in his last three games. He seems as likely to start as anyone right now, particularly with Emile Smith Rowe still working his way back in after injury.

Forwards

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LONDON, ENGLAND: Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal applauds the fans as he is substituted during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Southampton at Emirates Stadium on December 11, 2021. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang continues to be absent for disciplinary reasons, after having the club captaincy stripped from him this week.

Alexandre Lacazette may now have won his place after finally ending Arsenal’s centre-forward goal drought against the Saints.

On the wings, Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka played well enough to retain their spots as well. Smith Rowe will be pushing to reclaim the wide-left role from Martinelli, but there’s no rush to put him back in when Martinelli is performing like this.

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Aubameyang back in: How Arsenal could line up vs Southampton

Returning home after a terrible run of away games, let’s take a look at our Arsenal predicted lineup to face Southampton.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal looks on following defeat in the Premier League match between Everton and Arsenal at Goodison Park on December 06, 2021 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal looks on following defeat in the Premier League match between Everton and Arsenal at Goodison Park on December 06, 2021. (Photo by Naomi Baker / Getty Images)

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.

Goalkeeper

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 02: Aaron Ramsdale of Arsenal gives instructions during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Arsenal at American Express Community Stadium on October 02, 2021 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)
BRIGHTON, ENGLAND: Aaron Ramsdale of Arsenal gives instructions during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Arsenal at American Express Community Stadium on October 02, 2021. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

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.

Defence

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal gives instructions during a break in play during the Premier League match between Everton and Arsenal at Goodison Park on December 06, 2021 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal gives instructions during a break in play during the Premier League match between Everton and Arsenal at Goodison Park on December 06, 2021. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

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.

Tavares seems the more likely to be the lucky left-back selected right now, and if you’re feeling lucky you should try out Griffon Casino. As usual, we expect Gabriel Magalhaes, Ben White, and Takehiro Tomiyasu to start in the other three defensive positions.

Midfield

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06: Martin Odegaard (L) of Arsenal celebrates with teammate Gabriel Martinelli after scoring their side's first goal during the Premier League match between Everton and Arsenal at Goodison Park on December 06, 2021 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND: Martin Odegaard (L) of Arsenal celebrates with teammate Gabriel Martinelli after scoring their side’s first goal during the Premier League match between Everton and Arsenal at Goodison Park on December 06, 2021. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

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.

Forwards

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 02: Gabriel Martinelli of Arsenal looks on during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on December 02, 2021 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND: Gabriel Martinelli of Arsenal looks on during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on December 02, 2021. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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.

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Lokonga to return: How Arsenal could line up vs Everton

After a disappointing defeat to Manchester United, let’s take a look at our Arsenal predicted lineup for Monday’s trip to Everton.

MANCHEavSTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 02: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal walks onto the pitch after their sides defeat in the Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on December 02, 2021 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Manchester, ENGLAND: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal walks onto the pitch after their sides defeat in the Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on December 02, 2021. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

The Premier League’s top three pulled further away from the rest in midweek, whilst the trailing pack just grew more congested. There’s now a three-point gap between fourth and eighth.

Arsenal sit fifth, ahead of Spurs by a point having played a game more, and now just two points clear of Manchester United. They need a win against Everton, who have dropped down to 14th.

Arsenal haven’t had the best recent record at Goodison Park though, failing to win on the last three attempts.

As Mikel Arteta looks to change that, here’s our predicted Arsenal lineup to face Everton.

Goalkeeper

LONDON, ENGLAND: Aaron Ramsdale of Arsenal celebrates his sides third goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium on October 22, 2021. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Aaron Ramsdale of Arsenal celebrates his side’s third goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium on October 22, 2021. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

Aaron Ramsdale will keep his place in the team, given little of the blame for the three goals Arsenal conceded to United can be laid at his feet.

There’s also the fact that Bernd Leno missed the United match through injury, and may not be fit by Monday anyway. In that case, Arthur Okonkwo will presumably keep his place on the bench.

Defence

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07: Nuno Tavares of Arsenal in action during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Watford at Emirates Stadium on November 07, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Nuno Tavares of Arsenal in action during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Watford at Emirates Stadium on November 07, 2021. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

It’s hard to see many changes in defence, as Arteta seems pretty committed to the current back-four.

Once again, there’s a question over whether Kieran Tierney or Nuno Tavares starts at left-back. Arteta has opted for Tavares every time over the last few weeks, so we would be foolish to bet against another start for the summer signing.

As for the other three positions, we’re very likely to see more minutes for Gabriel Magalhaes, Ben White, and Takehiro Tomiyasu.

Midfield

Albert Sambi Lokonga A at the EPL match Arsenal v Norwich City, at the Emirates Stadium, London, UK on 11th September, 2021.
Albert Sambi Lokonga during the EPL match between Arsenal and Norwich City, at the Emirates Stadium, London, UK on 11th September 2021

Albert Sambi Lokonga should come back into the team, as he’s arguably Arsenal’s best-performing central midfielder at the moment.

Conversely, Thomas Partey will likely keep his place not because he’s earning it, but because Arsenal need him to start stepping up if they’re going to achieve anything this season.

Martin Odegaard will likely start ahead of them, after a mixed game at Old Trafford where he scored and conceded a penalty.

Forwards

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 22: Gabriel Martinelli of Arsenal in action during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Emirates Stadium on August 22, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Gabriel Martinelli of Arsenal in action during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Emirates Stadium on August 22, 2021. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

There’s a lot of talk about Gabriel Martinelli, and his performances in the last two games probably have him deserving of a start, but it’s just hard to see how he gets one.

The fact is, Martinelli’s strong performances have come on the right-hand side, not up front or behind the striker.

So the only way in for him is if Arteta drops Bukayo Saka, and that seems unlikely, especially when Martinelli has just played his first 90 minutes of the season a few days before this game. It was a different story on Thursday, with Saka carrying an injury.

Emile Smith Rowe will probably keep his place on the left, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is similar to Partey in the sense that he’ll start because Arsenal need him to find form.

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Martinelli to start: How Arsenal could line up vs Manchester United

Travelling to Old Trafford for a big game against Manchester United, let’s take a look at our Arsenal predicted lineup for Thursday.

LONDON, ENGLAND : Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal reacts during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Crystal Palace at Emirates Stadium on October 18, 2021. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal reacts during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Crystal Palace at Emirates Stadium on October 18, 2021. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

The defeat to Liverpool was certainly disappointing, but it wasn’t hugely unexpected.

Everyone knows that Liverpool, Manchester City, and Chelsea are some way ahead of the rest of the league right now, so you need more than a bit of luck to beat them.

Either side of that game, Arsenal have been winning matches against teams they really do need to beat to stay in contention for top four. Playing the likes of Watford or Newcastle United at home absolutely has to result in all three points.

So the real test of where Arsenal are comes in the form of a trip to Manchester United.

This isn’t a game Mikel Arteta’s side is guaranteed to lose, but nor is it one they’re expected to win. The performance and result will tell us something about the team.

Here’s our Arsenal predicted lineup to face Manchester United.

Goalkeeper

LONDON, ENGLAND: Aaron Ramsdale of Arsenal celebrates his sides third goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium on October 22, 2021. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Aaron Ramsdale of Arsenal celebrates his side’s third goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium on October 22, 2021. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

It’s going to be Aaron Ramsdale, barring injury. He added his sixth clean sheet in 10 Premier League games at the weekend, following a strong performance at Anfield despite the heavy defeat. Bernd Leno should be on the bench as usual.

Defence

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 27: Gabriel Martinelli celebrates with teammates Ben White and Gabriel Magalhaes of Arsenal after scoring their team's second goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Newcastle United at Emirates Stadium on November 27, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Gabriel Martinelli celebrates with teammates Ben White and Gabriel Magalhaes of Arsenal after scoring the team’s second goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Newcastle United at Emirates Stadium on November 27, 2021. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Takehiro Tomiyasu, Gabriel Magalhaes, and Ben White should all start. The big question is whether Arteta sticks with Nuno Tavares, or if he switches to Kieran Tierney.

Tavares has now played five league matches in a row, despite Tierney being available for the last three. Arteta stuck with him despite his mistake against Liverpool, and the summer signing rewarded that decision with an assist against Newcastle.

But Tierney is probably a better fit for the bigger games right now, and with three games in just over a week, it’s not a bad idea to rotate between the two from a fitness perspective.

Midfield

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 27: Gabriel Martinelli of Arsenal scores their team's second goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Newcastle United at Emirates Stadium on November 27, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Gabriel Martinelli of Arsenal scores their team’s second goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Newcastle United at Emirates Stadium on November 27, 2021. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Thomas Partey and Albert Sambi Lokonga are another pair that seem extremely likely to keep their places for the game in Manchester.

Like Tavares, Lokonga didn’t have his best game against Liverpool, but he really bounced back in the win over Newcastle.

Emile Smith Rowe will probably start on the left, but Arsenal will be left sweating on Bukayo Saka’s injury status.

Given the tight turnaround, Arteta may need to look elsewhere for his wide option on the right. Gabriel Martinelli’s goal may have earned him the chance to make a start. Nicolas Pepe is also available, and we wouldn’t completely rule him out either.

Forwards

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 18: Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal celebrates after scoring their team's second goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Crystal Palace at Emirates Stadium on October 18, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal celebrates after scoring the team’s second goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Crystal Palace at Emirates Stadium on October 18, 2021. (Photo by Catherine Ivill / Getty Images)

Even though they haven’t been in the best goalscoring form lately, it seems pretty likely Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette start this one.

Once again, it’s an experience thing, as the two of them have been here before and know this kind of game well.

Martin Odegaard and Lacazette are probably neck-and-neck in terms of their chances of starting games right now, so like with Tavares and Tierney, it may just come down to fitness rotation.

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Tierney to start: How Arsenal could line up vs Newcastle United

Aiming to bounce back from defeat at Anfield, let’s take a look at our Arsenal predicted lineup to face Newcastle United on Saturday.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 20: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal looks dejected following their side's defeat in the Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on November 20, 2021 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal looks dejected following their side’s defeat in the Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on November 20, 2021. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Arsenal’s 10-game unbeaten run came to an emphatic end with a heavy defeat to Liverpool at the weekend, but they have the chance to turn things around against the Premier League’s bottom side on Saturday.

Newcastle United travel to the Emirates Stadium, and with no game for five days on either side of the match, Mikel Arteta isn’t going to have any restrictions on his starting lineup – barring the injuries to Granit Xhaka and Sead Kolasinac.

Here’s our Arsenal predicted lineup to take on Newcastle United.

Goalkeeper

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 02: Aaron Ramsdale of Arsenal gives instructions during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Arsenal at American Express Community Stadium on October 02, 2021 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)
BRIGHTON, ENGLAND: Aaron Ramsdale of Arsenal gives instructions during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Arsenal at American Express Community Stadium on October 02, 2021. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

Aaron Ramsdale was one of few players to come out of Arsenal’s match against Liverpool with some credit, making a number of top saves to keep the score down. It’s pretty likely he keeps his place over Bernd Leno.

Defence

Kieran Tierney of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal at Selhurst Park on May 19, 2021 Crystal Palace v Arsenal - Premier League Copyright: Sebastian Frej
Kieran Tierney of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal at Selhurst Park on May 19, 2021. Copyright: Sebastian Frej

We’re predicting one change in defence, with Kieran Tierney coming in for Nuno Tavares.

Tavares had a tough day away at Anfield, which will happen as a young and inexperienced player, but Arteta can take him out of the spotlight and give Tierney his first Arsenal minutes since October 18th.

The rest of the defence should stay as it’s been for a while now, with Gabriel Magalhaes, Ben White, and Takehiro Tomiyasu all starting.

Midfield

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LONDON, ENGLAND: Ainsley Maitland-Niles of Arsenal battles for possession with Juraj Kucka of Watford FC during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Watford at Emirates Stadium on November 07, 2021. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Thomas Partey should start, but his midfield partner is up for debate. Albert Sambi Lokonga didn’t have his best game against Liverpool, but Ainsley Maitland-Niles wasn’t a huge improvement in the 37 minutes he spent on the pitch either.

It’s a bit of a toss-up, but perhaps Maitland-Niles has the edge after his Man of the Match performance in the previous home game against Watford was followed by an underwhelming start from Lokonga.

Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe should keep their places in the wide positions.

Forwards

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 22: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal reacts as he goes off after being substituted during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium on October 22, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal reacts as he goes off after being substituted during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium on October 22, 2021. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette will probably both keep their places, as Arsenal have done well against the league’s lower sides with the duo up front.

Though it’s arguably now the case that their places are more under threat now. The duo need to step up and start scoring again, as it’s been three games for Aubameyang and five games for Lacazette since they contributed to a goal.

Martin Odegaard will probably be the most hopeful of breaking back in and taking Lacazette’s place. Gabriel Martinelli is another option up front.

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Xhaka to return: How Arsenal could line up vs Tottenham Hotspur

With the chance to overtake their North London rivals with a two-goal win, let’s take a look at our Arsenal predicted lineup to face Spurs.

Arsenal v Norwich City Premier League Arsenal Manager Mikel Arteta gives instructions to Nicolas Pepe of Arsenal during the Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium, London Copyright: Paul Chesterton
Arsenal v Norwich City Premier League Arsenal Manager Mikel Arteta gives instructions to Nicolas Pepe of Arsenal during the Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium, London Copyright: Paul Chesterton

Three games into the season, Arsenal were rock bottom of the Premier League table and Spurs were top.

But after consecutive wins and defeats respectively, there’s now just a three-point gap between the two sides.

A two-goal win would see Arsenal overtake their local rivals, but any win would be vital to gain some momentum after a terrible start.

With no midweek game following Sunday’s match, there’s no reason for Mikel Arteta to hold back with his selection.

Here’s our predicted Arsenal lineup to face Spurs.

Goalkeeper

Arsenal v Norwich City Premier League Aaron Ramsdale of Arsenal during the Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium, London Copyright: Paul Chesterton
Arsenal v Norwich City, Premier League – Aaron Ramsdale of Arsenal during the Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium, London. Copyright: Paul Chesterton

Aaron Ramsdale seems likely to keep his place, after three clean sheets in his first three Arsenal appearances.

This would be his first real test as a shot-stopper, given the chance he’s faced so far, but he’s already shown good qualities in the air and with the ball.

There were some rumours from Germany that Bernd Leno was going to get his spot back for this game, so that’s worth mentioning.

But Arteta claimed he hadn’t made the decision at that stage.

Defence

Gabriel of Arsenal celebrates his team's win after the final whistle after the game, at Turf Moor. COLORSPORT / ALAN MARTIN
Gabriel of Arsenal celebrates his team’s win after the final whistle after the game, at Turf Moor. COLORSPORT / ALAN MARTIN

This one seems like an easy decision.

Kieran Tierney should start at left-back, Gabriel Magalhaes and Ben White at centre-back, with Takehiro Tomiyasu at right-back.

There’s no-one even particularly close to showing strong enough form to displace one of those four right now.

Nuno Tavares has looked lively in his cameos, but Tierney is still a nailed-on starter at the moment.

Of course, we won’t see this back four all season, not with the recent injury records Tierney, Gabriel, and Tomiyasu have.

Fortunately, they all seem to be fit for the derby.

Midfield

Manchester City v Arsenal - Premier League - Etihad Stadium Arsenals Granit Xhaka walks past manager Mikel Arteta after being sent off during the Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. Picture date: Saturday August 28, 2021. Copyright: Nick Potts
Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka walks past manager Mikel Arteta after being sent off during the Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. Picture date: Saturday, August 28, 2021. Copyright: Nick Potts

This is the area of the pitch where there’s the biggest question mark around Arteta’s selection.

He could stick with the same trio that started against Burnley, with Thomas Partey behind Emile Smith Rowe and Martin Odegaard.

But this is a very different game to the Burnley fixture. Plus, Granit Xhaka is available.

Like it or not, he probably has a good chance of coming back into the side, particularly given his experience in this fixture.

I just have a sneaking suspicion Xhaka will return next to Partey, with only one of Odegaard and Smith Rowe slotting in ahead of them.

My bet is on Odegaard.

Forwards

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during the Mind Series match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London. Copyright: Mark Pain
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during the Mind Series match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London. Copyright: Mark Pain

Nicolas Pepe, Bukayo Saka, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will probably all reprise their roles from last weekend, though Alexandre Lacazette might be pushing for a start given his record against Spurs.

Lacazette has four goals and two assists in eight Premier League North London derbies, including three goals in the last three home games.

It’s not implausible that he gets a place in the team on that basis.

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Heavy rotation but no debuts: How Arsenal could line up vs AFC Wimbledon

Taking on AFC Wimbledon in the next round of the League Cup, let’s take a look at our Arsenal predicted lineup for the fixture.

Mikel Arteta Arsenal head coach at the EPL match Arsenal v Norwich City, at the Emirates Stadium, London, UK on 11th September, 2021.
Mikel Arteta Arsenal head coach at the EPL match Arsenal v Norwich City, at the Emirates Stadium, London, UK on 11th September, 2021.

After a couple of wins in the Premier League, Arsenal return to the League Cup for the third round, the last round where new teams are introduced into the competition.

The Gunners have already played one League Cup fixture, knocking out West Bromwich Albion 6-0. They now face AFC Wimbledon at the Emirates Stadium, ahead of the North London derby this weekend.

Given such a big game is coming up a few days later, we’re predicting heavy rotation from Mikel Arteta. Here’s our predicted Arsenal lineup to face AFC Wimbledon.

Goalkeeper

Bernd Leno during the Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, London Copyright: Mark Pain
Bernd Leno during the Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, London. Copyright: Mark Pain

Given Aaron Ramsdale’s form, he has to be the favourite to start against Tottenham Hotspur. But Bernd Leno should get a chance in this game, and it’s an opportunity he’ll want to take to win his spot back.

Defence

Nuno Tavares scores vs Rangers
Nuno Tavares scores vs Rangers

Arsenal certainly have enough options for full rotation in defence. Nuno Tavares should start at left-back, with Pablo Mari and Rob Holding coming in at centre-back.

Calum Chambers and Cedric Soares are both available to take Takehiro Tomiyasu’s place at right-back, but Cedric made the squad at the weekend, so he’s probably the favourite to start.

That will allow the first-choice back-four of Kieran Tierney, Gabriel Magalhaes, Ben White, and Tomiyasu to rest up ahead of the Spurs clash.

Midfield

Albert Sambi Lokonga A at the EPL match Arsenal v Norwich City, at the Emirates Stadium, London, UK on 11th September, 2021.
Albert Sambi Lokonga A at the EPL match Arsenal v Norwich City, at the Emirates Stadium, London, UK on 11th September, 2021.

Albert Sambi Lokonga and Ainsley Maitland-Niles both seem pretty likely to come into the team, especially given Thomas Partey and Emile Smith Rowe were both forced off early against Burnley.

There really aren’t many alternatives in the number 10 position, so Arteta may need to call on Martin Odegaard once again, after his winning goal at the weekend.

It would be nice to see an academy player getting a call-up, and Kido Taylor-Hart or Omari Hutchinson are certainly capable of filling in, or perhaps Salah Eddine Oulad M’Hand or Ben Cottrell.

The issue is that none of them have even seemed close to a first-team appearance recently, so it would be a bit of a jump to suddenly start one of them.

Forwards

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25th August 2021 – The Hawthorns, West Bromwich, West Midlands, England EFL Cup Football, West Bromwich Albion versus Arsenal – Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal celebrates his goal. Photo: ActionPlus / Graham Wilson

Arteta has quite a few strikers to give a game to, with Alexandre Lacazette, Eddie Nketiah, and Folarin Balogun all fit and waiting behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Arsenal boss can get at least two of those three into the team by pushing one of them wide, likely Nketiah or Balogun with Lacazette up front. Nketiah will probably make it into the team on seniority.

Gabriel Martinelli should get a chance on the other wing, as he’s the most natural fit out wide from the players remaining.

Another possibility is that Arteta might choose to drop Lacazette back to the 10 position, playing Balogun up front. But a front four of Lacazette, Balogun, Martinelli, and Nketiah really lacks balance, so it’s a risky call.

Finally, one option would be to switch to a back three, playing Tavares and Cedric as wing-backs with a third centre-back (either Kolasinac or Chambers) joining the side. That would allow both Odegaard and Smith Rowe to rest, but it would be a bit negative.

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Partey to start: How Arsenal could line up vs Burnley

Facing Burnley in another Premier League fixture on Saturday, let’s take a look at our Arsenal predicted lineup for the clash.

Mikel Arteta Arsenal head coach at the EPL match Arsenal v Norwich City, at the Emirates Stadium, London, UK on 11th September, 2021.
Mikel Arteta Arsenal head coach at the EPL match Arsenal v Norwich City, at the Emirates Stadium, London, UK on 11th September, 2021.

After finally getting a first Premier League win on the board against Norwich City, Arsenal travel to Turf Moor to face Burnley, who sit two places below the Gunners in the table. It’s another must-win game, particularly with Spurs coming up the following weekend.

Due to the lack of European football this week and a lower-league cup draw next week, there’s no reason why Mikel Arteta shouldn’t name his strongest team against Burnley. Here’s our predicted Arsenal lineup for the fixture.

Goalkeeper

Arsenal v Norwich City Premier League Aaron Ramsdale of Arsenal during the Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium, London Copyright: Paul Chesterton
Arsenal v Norwich City Premier League Aaron Ramsdale of Arsenal during the Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium, London Copyright: Paul Chesterton

Whether or not you believe the reports that Bernd Leno is going to return to the team when Arsenal face Tottenham Hotspur, all sources appear to be in agreement that Aaron Ramsdale has the goalkeeper spot for now. We expect him to start.

Defence

Takehiro Tomiyasu A at the EPL match Arsenal v Norwich City, at the Emirates Stadium, London, UK on 11th September, 2021.
Takehiro Tomiyasu at the EPL match Arsenal v Norwich City, at the Emirates Stadium, London, UK on 11th September, 2021.

Arsenal’s back four against Norwich City currently looks like their strongest defence available, with Kieran Tierney at left-back, Gabriel and Ben White in the centre of defence and new signing Takehiro Tomiyasu at right-back.

It would be a surprise to see any changes, particularly after the clean sheet against Norwich. Any squad players looking for minutes have the League Cup game against AFC Wimbledon a few days later.

Midfield

Arsenal v Norwich City Premier League Thomas Partey of Arsenal blocks a cross from Milot Rashica of Norwich during the Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium, London Copyright: Paul Chesterton
Arsenal v Norwich City Premier League Thomas Partey of Arsenal blocks a cross from Milot Rashica of Norwich during the Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium, London Copyright: Paul Chesterton

Granit Xhaka is still suspended, Mohamed Elneny is injured, so Thomas Partey, Albert Sambi Lokonga, and Ainsley Maitland-Niles are the three likely options for the two deeper midfield positions.

Partey is probably ready for a start now, and Lokonga is the player in better form at the moment, so we’re tipping those two to make the lineup.

Ahead of them, it seems pretty likely Martin Odegaard will continue to start. If Emile Smith Rowe does come back into the starting lineup, it will probably be wide on the left, rather than in the middle.

Forwards

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Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates scoring their first goal of the game during the Premier League match at The Emirates Stadium, London. Picture date: Saturday, September 11, 2021. Copyright: Tess Derry

With Arsenal’s only Premier League goal this season, and four in all competitions, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should start up front.

Bukayo Saka and Nicolas Pepe could well keep their places alongside him, but Smith Rowe is an option to replace one of the two, as is Gabriel Martinelli. It’s an interesting call for Arteta. We’re predicting Saka and Pepe starting again.

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New signing to debut: How Arsenal could line up vs Norwich City

Arsenal return from the international break to face Norwich City on Saturday, let’s take a look at our predicted lineup for the clash.

Brentford v Arsenal - Premier League - Brentford Community Stadium Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta reacts after the final whistle during the Premier League match at the Brentford Community Stadium, London. Picture date: Friday August 13, 2021.
Brentford v Arsenal – Premier League – Brentford Community Stadium Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta reacts after the final whistle during the Premier League match at the Brentford Community Stadium, London. Picture date: Friday, August 13, 2021.

Arsenal currently sit bottom of the Premier League table with no wins and no goals in their first three games. The good news is that they’ll now face one of only two other teams to fail to pick up a point – Norwich City.

The Gunners absolutely have to get their season going with a win, particularly at the Emirates Stadium in front of their own fans. Here’s our predicted lineup for the match.

Goalkeeper

Bernd Leno of Arsenal in action during Premier League match between Arsenal and Everton at the Emirates Stadium in London - 23rd April 2021 Arsenal v Everton, Premier League, Football, The Emirates Stadium, London, UK - 23 Apr 2021 Photo by Holly Allison/TPI/Shutterstock
Bernd Leno of Arsenal in action during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Everton at the Emirates Stadium in London – 23rd April 2021. Photo by Holly Allison / TPI / Shutterstock

It seems likely Bernd Leno keeps his place in the team, though Aaron Ramsdale is certainly putting the pressure on. Ramsdale kept a clean sheet against West Brom and another in the international break friendly against Brentford – for what it’s worth.

Still, Leno has been away during that same international break keeping a clean sheet for Germany. Despite the criticism often aimed at him, he prevented quite a few more goals against Chelsea and Manchester City and will probably continue to start.

Defence

Ben White with Arsenal (Photo via Arsenal.com)
Ben White with Arsenal (Photo via Arsenal.com)

Thankfully, Ben White is back from his Covid-19 absence, and he should start at right-centre-back. Kieran Tierney is also still a nailed-on starter, but the other two positions are a little harder to call.

Gabriel Magalhaes is closing in on full fitness, but he’s still only recently back from his extended injury absence. We’re predicting Mikel Arteta to stick with Pablo Mari for now, but it could go either way.

As for the right-back position, Hector Bellerin is gone, but Cedric Soares and Calum Chambers remain to provide competition for new signing Takehiro Tomiyasu.

Our prediction is that Tomiyasu will make his debut, given how keen Arteta was to push the deal through and the fact neither Cedric nor Chambers have really managed to nail down their spots.

Midfield

Albert Sambi Lokonga in training with Arsenal (Photo via Arsenal.com)
Albert Sambi Lokonga in training with Arsenal (Photo via Arsenal.com)

Thanks to Granit Xhaka’s red card and Mohamed Elneny’s injury, Arsenal’s midfield options are a bit short right now. Thomas Partey is supposedly close to a return, but he wasn’t ready to feature in the international break friendly against Brentford.

As a result, Arteta may have to turn to Albert Sambi Lokonga and Ainsley Maitland-Niles, as basically his only available deep midfielders.

Ahead of them, you get the sense Arteta may have to choose between Martin Odegaard and Emile Smith Rowe. With Nicolas Pepe, Bukayo Saka, and Gabriel Martinelli to squeeze into two wide positions as well, it’s difficult to find room in the team for both.

It’s not ideal to give up Odegaard’s chance creation when you’re struggling for goals as badly as Arsenal are, so we’re giving him the nod.

Forwards

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during the Mind Series match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London. Copyright: Mark Pain
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during the Mind Series match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London. Copyright: Mark Pain

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should start up front, though Alexandre Lacazette is definitely putting the pressure on him.

Pepe and Saka are the likely choices either side, with Saka in good form over the international break and Pepe back from illness to provide an assist in the Brentford friendly.

Youngsters Martinelli and Folarin Balogun will have to wait for chances, likely in the Carabao Cup against AFC Wimbledon in mid-September, and Eddie Nketiah remains out injured for now.

Arsenal Predicted Lineup vs Norwich City

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5 changes: How Arsenal could line up vs Manchester City

After a big League Cup win, Arsenal need to carry that momentum into the Premier League. Let’s take a look at our predicted Arsenal lineup to face Manchester City.

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Carabao Cup West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal celebrates scoring a goal to make it 0-2. Copyright: Simon Whitehead / News Images

After no goals in their first two Premier League games, Arsenal lifted spirits with a 6-0 win over West Bromwich Albion in the League Cup.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang starred with three goals and an assist, but Nicolas Pépé, Bukayo Saka, Martin Ødegaard, and Alexandre Lacazette were all involved in the scoring as well, an encouraging sign for the coming league fixtures.

Unfortunately, Arsenal’s next game is about as tough as it gets, away to Manchester City.

Mikel Arteta has no reason to hold back, given the international break coming up afterwards, but his side will need to be at their best to have any chance at all. Here’s our predicted Arsenal lineup to face Manchester City on Saturday.

Goalkeeper

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25th August 2021 – The Hawthorns, West Bromwich, West Midlands, England EFL Cup Football, West Bromwich Albion versus Arsenal – Aaron Ramsdale of Arsenal celebrates his team’s first goal after 17 minutes. Copyright: Graham Wilson

Aaron Ramsdale played well and kept a clean sheet against West Brom, but it seems pretty likely Bernd Leno will come back in anyway. At least there’s some competition for the position now, and we can only hope that pushes both of them on.

Defence

Kieran Tierney vs Chelsea via Daily Record Sport Twitter
Kieran Tierney vs Chelsea via Daily Record Sport on Twitter

Gabriel Magalhaes is back in training, but it seems more likely he’ll rejoin the starting lineup after the international break. Ben White is also still a doubt for this match after his positive Covid-19 test last week. As a result, Pablo Mari and Rob Holding will probably start.

Nuno Tavares played at left-back in midweek, giving Kieran Tierney a rest after he struggled with cramp against Chelsea. Tierney should be available to come back in.

On the other side, Calum Chambers may return to the side after he performed well against West Brom. It’s a tight call between him, Cedric Soares, and Hector Bellerin at the moment, so it makes sense to pick the player in form.

Midfield

Martin Odegaard of Arsenal during the Carabao Cup match between West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal at The Hawthorns, West Bromwich, England on 25 August 2021. Copyright: David Horn
Martin Odegaard of Arsenal during the Carabao Cup match between West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal at The Hawthorns, West Bromwich, England on 25 August 2021. Copyright: David Horn

Granit Xhaka is pretty certain to start, fresh from his recent new contract. Albert Sambi Lokonga will probably come back into the side whilst Thomas Partey remains absent.

Martin Odegaard surely has to have a place in the side after his performance against West Brom as well. That obviously makes it difficult for Emile Smith Rowe to feature in midfield, but it’s very possible the youngster starts out wide instead.

Forwards

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With a hat-trick and an assist in midweek, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will surely start up front.

There’s some competition though, with Alexandre Lacazette performing well in his cameo, Nicolas Pepe and Bukayo Saka both involved in goals as well, and Smith Rowe still to come back in.

Our prediction is that Lacazette and Pepe will be the unlucky pair to miss out on starts, with Saka, Odegaard and Smith Rowe backing up Aubameyang.

Predicted Arsenal lineup vs Manchester City

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2 new signing debuts: How Arsenal could line up vs West Brom

Arsenal take on West Brom in the League Cup on Wednesday looking for their first win of the season, let’s take a look at our predicted lineup for the clash.

Mikel Arteta in training with Arsenal (Photo via Arsenal on Twitter)
Mikel Arteta in training with Arsenal (Photo via Arsenal on Twitter)

Mikel Arteta is likely to rotate for this match, partly because these cup competitions are the only way some players are going to get minutes, and partly because all the injuries and Covid-19 disruptions are going to put a strain on the current starting lineup if he doesn’t.

Those injury and illness absences will make it difficult to make changes in a few positions, but for the rest you’d expect heavy rotation.

The exciting part about that is we might get to see a couple of debuts (or a second debut in one particular case). Here’s our Arsenal predicted lineup to face West Brom.

Goalkeeper

Aaron Ramsdale
Aaron Ramsdale

This seems like a good chance to hand Aaron Ramsdale his Arsenal debut, so it’s one that Arteta should take. If you don’t give players chances in these sorts of games, they aren’t ready for the games that really matter.

Bernd Leno made a couple of great saves against Chelsea at the weekend, but he’s not going to be too upset about missing the League Cup second round.

Defence

Nuno Tavares scores vs Rangers
Nuno Tavares scores vs Rangers

Nuno Tavares probably would have come in for this game anyway, but he’s definitely going to now that Kieran Tierney has an injury problem. On the other side, Calum Chambers could come in to replace Cedric Soares, with Hector Bellerin also injured.

At centre-back, Ben White is going to be out, Gabriel Magalhaes isn’t yet back, and with Chambers at right-back that only leaves Pablo Mari and Rob Holding starting again.

Midfield

Martin Odegaard after signing for Arsenal on a permanent deal (Photo via Arsenal.com)
Martin Odegaard after signing for Arsenal on a permanent deal (Photo via Arsenal.com)

As long as Martin Odegaard’s visa issues are resolved in time, Arteta has three players available to bring in to his midfield: Odegaard, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, and Mohamed Elneny.

Maitland-Niles is also probably a good pick as he spent the last half a season on loan with West Brom, so he’ll be comfortable facing their players. Plus he needs to be in the shop window if he’s not going to be involved for Arteta when it matters this season.

With Thomas Partey still injured, and Granit Xhaka, Emile Smith Rowe and Albert Sambi Lokonga all starting the first couple of games of the season and likely to start the next too, this is a chance to give them a rest.

Forwards

Folarin Balogun of Arsenal in action during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium, London, England on 22 August 2021. Copyright: Vince Mignott
Folarin Balogun of Arsenal in action during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium, London, England on 22 August 2021. Copyright: Vince Mignott

Arsenal are really low on options in the front three. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will probably be saved for the Manchester City game after recovering from Covid-19, and there’s no guarantees Alexandre Lacazette will have recovered by then.

Willian also had Covid-19, and he wasn’t really in contention for matches anyway. Bukayo Saka is clearly still building his fitness and seems unlikely to start, whilst Gabriel Martinelli is injured – though hopefully it’s nothing serious.

That leaves Folarin Balogun to start up front, Reiss Nelson to fill in on the left and another likely start for Nicolas Pépé. There really aren’t many other options, barring Smith Rowe slotting in on the left. But Smith Rowe is another better rested for City – if possible.

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Bukayo Saka to start: How Arsenal could line up vs Chelsea

Arsenal take on Chelsea in their first Premier League home game of the season on Sunday, let’s take a look at our predicted lineup for the clash.

Brentford v Arsenal - Premier League - Brentford Community Stadium Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta reacts after the final whistle during the Premier League match at the Brentford Community Stadium, London. Picture date: Friday August 13, 2021.
Brentford v Arsenal – Premier League – Brentford Community Stadium Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta reacts after the final whistle during the Premier League match at the Brentford Community Stadium, London. Picture date: Friday August 13, 2021.

After the poor opening-day defeat to Brentford, Arsenal don’t have a simple task bouncing back in their next couple of league games, as they’ll face Chelsea and Manchester City.

Chelsea are up first, at the Emirates Stadium, following Arsenal’s recent pre-season defeat in this exact fixture. Winning goalscorer Tammy Abraham is unlikely to be available this time around, but there’s just the small matter of facing Romelu Lukaku instead.

Mikel Arteta is undoubtedly going to pick the best team available to him for the match, but there are a few injuries and potential illness issues that will force his hand in some areas of the pitch. Here’s our Arsenal predicted lineup to face Chelsea.

Goalkeeper

Bernd Leno of Arsenal FC during the UEFA Europa League match, Semifinal, between Villarreal CF and Arsenal FC played at La Ceramica Stadium on April 29, 2021 in Villarreal, Spain. Copyright: Sergio Ruiz
ESP: Villarreal CF – Arsenal FC. UEFA Europa League, Semifinal Bernd Leno of Arsenal FC during the UEFA Europa League match, Semifinal, between Villarreal CF and Arsenal FC played at La Ceramica Stadium on April 29, 2021 in Villarreal, Spain. Copyright: Sergio Ruiz

Bernd Leno will inevitably start in goal, with Arsenal’s limited goalkeeping options cut down even further by Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson’s illness and subsequent unavailability last weekend. Rúnarsson may well be back by Sunday, but Leno will still start.

The good news is that Karl Hein and Arthur Okonkwo are getting more first-team chances than they may have expected, and one or both will join the squad again as they did against Brentford.

Defence

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There are unlikely to be many changes in the back four, simply because there aren’t too many players available for Arteta to bring in.

Kieran Tierney and Ben White are both clearly in Arteta’s first-choice lineup anyway, and Gabriel Magalhaes is still injured so Pablo Mari’s spot isn’t under threat. The only possible change is at right-back, but we’re predicting Arteta will stick with Calum Chambers there anyway.

Midfield

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Brentford v Arsenal Premier League Arsenals Granit Xhaka shows dejection at a missed chance during the Premier League match at the Brentford Community Stadium, Brentford. Copyright: Daniel Hambury

Again, there isn’t a huge capacity for changes here. Granit Xhaka and Albert Sambi Lokonga are the best options in the deeper midfield positions with Thomas Partey injured, and Emile Smith Rowe is effectively the only choice in front of them.

The situation only emphasises the need for Arsenal to get Partey fit again and make at least one midfield signing before the transfer window closes. But for this match, they’ll have to work with what they have.

Forwards

UEFA Europa League Group B, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 10/12/2020. Dundalk vs Arsenal Arsenal's Folarin Balogun celebrates scoring his side's fourth goal of the game. Copyright: INPHO / Ryan Byrne
UEFA Europa League Group B, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 10/12/2020. Dundalk vs Arsenal Arsenal’s Folarin Balogun celebrates scoring his side’s fourth goal of the game. Copyright: INPHO / Ryan Byrne

Bukayo Saka looked bright in the latter stages of the game against Brentford, and he’s now likely in a much better position to start matches again, having had a few weeks to build his fitness.

Saka will probably start opposite Nicolas Pépé, but it will be very interesting to see who ends up in the centre-forward position. Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are still doubts with their illnesses, leaving Folarin Balogun and Gabriel Martinelli to fight it out.

It honestly could be either of them, but if Balogun isn’t going to get chances up front when Lacazette, Aubameyang, and Eddie Nketiah are all out, when will he? So if he’s not imminently set for a loan, he surely has to start this match.

Predicted Arsenal Starting Lineup vs Chelsea

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2 competitive debuts: How Arsenal could line up vs Brentford

Arsenal kick off the Premier League season against Brentford on Friday, let’s take a look at our predicted lineup for the clash.

Mikel Arteta in training with Arsenal (Photo via Arsenal on Twitter)
Mikel Arteta in training with Arsenal (Photo via Arsenal on Twitter)

After some very mixed results in pre-season ended on a low note with defeats to Chelsea and Spurs, Arsenal will be hoping those matches have helped fire them up for the new campaign.

First up, they travel away to promoted Brentford in the Premier League opener on Friday. Mikel Arteta has most of his squad back from their holidays, with only Lucas Torreira still abroad, but not everyone will be fit and ready for Friday.

Here’s our predicted Arsenal lineup to face Brentford this week.

Goalkeeper

Bernd Leno during the Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, London Copyright: Mark Pain
Bernd Leno during the Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, London Copyright: Mark Pain

Given Arsenal’s failure to bring in a goalkeeper so far this window, the fact they’re still rotating between Karl Hein and Arthur Okonkwo in the pre-season squads and the high likelihood Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson leaves this window, there’s only really one option here – Bernd Leno.

Defence

Ben White with Arsenal (Photo via Arsenal.com)
Ben White with Arsenal (Photo via Arsenal.com)

Three of the back four should be pretty easy to predict, with Kieran Tierney obviously starting on the left, and Pablo Mari and Ben White in central defence.

Calum Chambers is the only player who could realistically displace the centre-backs, given Gabriel Magalhaes and Rob Holding’s fitness problems, and it seems very unlikely he starts ahead of White.

Instead, Chambers might be a better bet at right-back, but Hector Bellerín and Cedric Soares are also options. It’s not an easy call, with Bellerín starting against Spurs, Chambers against Chelsea, and Cedric against Watford in the last three games.

Chambers has probably been the most impressive of the three in pre-season, so we’ll guess that he’ll get the nod.

Midfield

Albert Sambi Lokonga in a pre-season friendly with Arsenal (Photo via Arsenal on Twitter)
Albert Sambi Lokonga in a pre-season friendly with Arsenal (Photo via Arsenal on Twitter)

With Thomas Partey absent through injury, there really shouldn’t be much debate over the three midfield positions. Granit Xhaka has to start, and Albert Sambi Lokonga has looked more up to the task of filling in for Partey than Mohamed Elneny in pre-season.

Ahead of those two, Emile Smith Rowe is basically the only option. At the moment, the alternative to Smith Rowe is Willian, who wasn’t even selected for the squad against Spurs.

Forwards

Nicolas Pepe left celebrates with team-mates after scoring their side s first goal of the game during the Premier League match at Selhurst Park, London. Picture date: Wednesday May 19, 2021. Copyright: Justin Setterfield
Nicolas Pepe left celebrates with team-mates after scoring their side s first goal of the game during the Premier League match at Selhurst Park, London. Picture date: Wednesday May 19, 2021. Copyright: Justin Setterfield

Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli are back, and Saka did feature in a cameo appearance against Spurs, but it seems a bit soon for either of them to start this match. Hopefully, they’ll both make the bench, because Arsenal may well need them.

With Eddie Nketiah out injured and Folarin Balogun yet to break into the starting lineup, Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will likely take their places in a front three along with Nicolas Pépé.

Predicted Arsenal lineup vs Brentford

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Arsenal absolutely smashed West Brom in the second round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night.

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Carabao Cup West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 14 of Arsenal celebrates scoring a goal to make it 0-2 West Bromwich The Hawthorns West Midlands United Kingdom Copyright: Simon Whitehead/News Images Simon Whitehead/News Images

Arsenal started shakily in a game that saw our new reserve left-back deployed at right-back, but once they found their rhythm there was no stopping them and West BRrom were brushed aside with barely a whimper.

A Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hattrick on his 150th Arsenal appearance, along with an assist, would have been enough to see this game over the line, but then we wouldn’t have seen Bukayo Saka’s superb goal, nor Nicolas Pepe’s or Alexandre Lacazette’s, just two minutes after coming on as a sub.

This was, of course, a young West Brom side, but let’s make no mistake, Arsenal could have scored 10 in when you factor in saves and the number of times they hit the woodwork (3), and when was the last time we could say that?

Arsenal got nine of their 14 shots on target telling me somebody has been making them do shooting drills.

Finally.

It’s also worth noting that against Chelsea, only one player was rated 7, everybody else was below that. Against West Brom, only one player was below 7.

Next up, City, but we’ll all just to agree that doesn’t count.

Arsenal lineup vs West Brom (a):

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25th August 2021 The Hawthorns, West Bromwich, West Midlands, England EFL Cup Football, West Bromwich Albion versus Arsenal Aaron Ramsdale of Arsenal celebrates his team& x2019s first goal after 17 minutes 0-1 from Aubameyang Copyright: Graham Wilson

Ramsdale, Tavares, Chambers, Holding, Kolasinac, Elneny, Xhaka, Odegaard, Pepe, Saka, Aubameyang

Subs: Leno, Mari, Maitland-Niles, Sambi, Smith Rowe, Martinelli, Lacazette

Arsenal goals vs West Brom

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4-1: Arsenal play behind-closed-doors friendly against Millwall

Arsenal managed to find a replacement friendly for their planned Florida Cup game on Saturday, facing Millwall at London Colney, reportedly winning 4-1, and they’ll be showing the game at 4pm.

London Colney training pitches (Photo via FootballTrainingGrounds.com)
London Colney training pitches (Photo via FootballTrainingGrounds.com)

Earlier this week, Arsenal had to cancel their participation in the Florida Cup after a few positive Covid cases in the staff. That meant calling off Saturday’s planned friendly against Inter Milan, and the following match against either Everton or Millonarios.

But the majority of the squad were kept isolated from those that tested positive and have now had a few more days of testing to confirm they’re safe from infection, so Arsenal are planned to hold two replacement friendlies behind closed doors.

According to multiple sources including Arsenal Fixture News, the plan was first to play a friendly against Millwall behind closed doors at London Colney on Saturday, July 24th.

There was obviously a risk that Arsenal wouldn’t be able to find an opponent, given the short notice, but fortunately, it seems Millwall were available. It was a nice early reunion with Daniel Ballard, who is on loan with Millwall from the Gunners.

Unfortunately, the game wasn’t streamed live, given it was at London Colney and behind closed doors. They have the capacity to stream fixtures at their training centre, they just almost never do.

In all honesty, we thought we’d be lucky to even learn the score, let alone get a match report or a highlights package. It seems that Arsenal won the game 4-1 with goals from Chambers, Lacazette, Pepe and Balogun.

There’s no word if Millwall’s ‘1’ was a header from a set-piece but we can find out from 4pm UK time as Arsenal will be showing the match for free on Arsenal player.

Rangers vs Arsenal lineups

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Rangers vs Arsenal

Rangers: McGregor, Tavernier, Bassey, Lundstram, Goldson, Hagi, Defoe, Davis, Kamara, Roofe, Balogun

Subs: McLaughlin, Itten, Simpson, Patterson, Jones, Wright, Kelly, Edmundson, Hastie, Mayo, Arfield, Middleton

Arsenal: Okonkwo, Cedric, Holding, Pablo Mari, Tavares, Elneny, Partey, Smith Rowe, Pepe, Balogun, Aubameyang

Subs: Hein, Chambers, Bellerin, tierney, Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles, Willock, Nelson, Willian, Nketiah, Lacazette

Arsenal’s first match of pre-season is here so let’s take a look at how they lineup against Hibs:

Hibs vs Arsenal dressing room via @Arsenal
Hibs vs Arsenal dressing room via @Arsenal

Arsenal: Okonkwo, Cedric, Clarke, Mari, Kolasinac, Nelson, Elneny, Maitland-Niles, Willian, Nketiah, Aubameyang

Subs: Hein, Rekik, Hutchinson, Pepe, Partey, Balogun, Smith Rowe, Lacazette, Bellerin, Henry-Francis

Hibs: Macey, McGinn, Hanlon, Porteous, Stevenson, Newell, Gogic, Boyle, Allan, Bradley, Nisbet

Subs: Dabrowski, Brydon, Campbell, Hallberg, Magennins, Wright, Mackay

Hibs vs Arsenal dressing room via @Arsenal
Hibs vs Arsenal via @Arsenal

Lokonga to start: How Arsenal could line up vs Chelsea

Arsenal will finally be back in front of their fans on Sunday, so let’s take a look at our predicted starting lineup for the Chelsea clash.

Mikel Arteta in training with Arsenal (Photo via Arsenal on Twitter)
Mikel Arteta in training with Arsenal (Photo via Arsenal on Twitter)

With only a couple of friendlies to go until the Premier League season starts, Arsenal and Mikel Arteta are likely to take their upcoming friendlies against Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur pretty seriously.

Friendlies or not, they’re also London derbies, so there’s a little bit of pride at stake. Combine that with how little time there is left to prepare for the season and you’d expect Arteta to name a strong lineup to start the match.

At the same time, there are probably still a couple of positions up for grabs in the team to face Brentford, so nothing is nailed-on just yet. Here’s our predicted Arsenal lineup to face Chelsea.

Goalkeeper

Bernd Leno in training with Arsenal (Photo via Arsenal on Twitter)
Bernd Leno in training with Arsenal (Photo via Arsenal on Twitter)

Bernd Leno is back after the Euros, and he needs a game to get up to speed, so he’s likely to take up the spot in goal.

Arthur Okonkwo and Karl Hein both got chances over the last few pre-season friendlies, and they’re likely to join the squad again given Arsenal are yet to sign an experienced deputy to Leno.

Defence

Kieran Tierney in a pre-season friendly with Arsenal (Photo via Arsenal on Twitter)
Kieran Tierney in a pre-season friendly with Arsenal (Photo via Arsenal on Twitter)

Ben White should have completed his move to Arsenal by Sunday (he hasn’t at the time of writing), but it still might be an ask for him to start the match given the tight turnaround. We’re likely set for another round of pairing Pablo Mari and Rob Holding instead.

In the full-back positions, you’d expect Kieran Tierney and Calum Chambers to be the first-choice options at the moment, though there’s certainly competition from Nuno Tavares, Cedric Soares, and Hector Bellerin – despite rumours of an exit.

Midfield

Emile Smith Rowe in a pre-season friendly with Arsenal (Photo via Arsenal on Twitter)
Emile Smith Rowe in a pre-season friendly with Arsenal (Photo via Arsenal on Twitter)

Emile Smith Rowe is the only real option for the number 10 position, with Willian still filling in as a backup in that role at the moment. Behind him, Thomas Partey is sure to start, and it might be an opportunity for Albert Sambi Lokonga to make his first start.

Granit Xhaka may well be available again too, with his transfer to AS Roma dragging on. Mohamed Elneny, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, and Joe Willock are all options too, but Sambi Lokonga did well against Millwall so he’s our prediction to make the side.

Forwards

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in a pre-season friendly with Arsenal (Photo via Arsenal on Twitter)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in a pre-season friendly with Arsenal (Photo via Arsenal on Twitter)

With Bukayo Saka not yet back, Gabriel Martinelli away at the Olympics, and Willian filling in at 10, there’s still not much competition for Nicolas Pepe on the right. Reiss Nelson is an option but remains out of favour under Arteta.

In the other two positions, it just feels like Arteta is going to pick Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang together. Folarin Balogun and Eddie Nketiah are the alternatives, with Balogun fresh from his goal in the Millwall game.

Predicted Arsenal lineup vs Chelsea

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Tavares scores: Rangers 2 vs Arsenal 2 – with goals

Arsenal played out a 2-2 draw with Rangers to end their mini-tour of Scotland.

Nuno Tavares scores vs Rangers
Nuno Tavares scores vs Rangers [via Arsenal]
Nuno Tavares scored for Arsenal to equalise after Leon Balogun had scored for Rangers from a free-kick.

Rangers retook the lead with another set-piece header before Eddie Nketiah scored in the 83rd minute to make it 2-2.

Thankfully, Arsenal have hired a new set-piece coach from Manchester City to replace the one that left.

Rangers vs Arsenal lineups

After defeat to Hibernian FC, Arsenal are preparing to face Rangers in their second pre-season fixture, so let’s take a look at their lineup for the match.

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Rangers vs Arsenal

Rangers: McGregor, Tavernier, Bassey, Lundstram, Goldson, Hagi, Defoe, Davis, Kamara, Roofe, Balogun

Subs: McLaughlin, Itten, Simpson, Patterson, Jones, Wright, Kelly, Edmundson, Hastie, Mayo, Arfield, Middleton

Arsenal: Okonkwo, Cedric, Holding, Pablo Mari, Tavares, Elneny, Partey, Smith Rowe, Pepe, Balogun, Aubameyang

Subs: Hein, Chambers, Bellerin, Tierney, Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles, Willock, Nelson, Willian, Nketiah, Lacazette

Rangers vs Arsenal predicted lineup

As expected in their first pre-season fixture, Arsenal made plenty of changes throughout the match to ensure everybody on the bench got at least a few minutes.

You’d expect the same against Rangers, but we’re predicting Mikel Arteta will start a team more similar to the one that finished the match against Hibernian, so they all get a chance to compete in a first-half against fresher opponents.

That said, here’s our predicted Arsenal lineup to face Rangers on Saturday.

Goalkeeper

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ROME, ITALY: Karl Hein of Arsenal warms up prior to the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between SL Benfica and Arsenal FC at Stadio Olimpico on February 18, 2021. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)

We now know Arsenal have brought a batch of youth goalkeepers on the trip, including Arthur Okonkwo, Karl Hein, James Hillson, and Tom Smith. The likes of Runar Alex Runarsson and Dejan Iliev appear to have been left behind, possibly to secure transfers.

Our prediction is that Hein and Okonkwo will continue to get chances though, with Hillson and Smith acting as the backups, as that seems to be the hierarchy within the academy. So we’re picking Hein for a start in goal.

Defence

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Departure of Nuno Tavares, Benfica player, to London, at Humberto Delgado airport. Departure from Nuno Tavares to London Lisbon, 07/02/2021 – Copyright Luis Alves

Nuno Tavares’ paperwork should be sorted by the time this game comes around, so that gives him a chance to feature from the start for his new club. On the other side, Hector Bellerin only played the final 27 minutes against Hibs, so he’ll likely get a chance to start.

At centre-back, Arsenal have a bit of a problem, because so few senior defenders have made the trip. Pablo Mari is really the only one, and he played the entire 90 minutes against Hibs.

As a result, we may be set to see youth players Harry Clarke and Omar Rekik starting together.

Midfield

Ainsley Maitland-Niles warming up ahead of the pre-season friendly against Hibs (Photo via Arsenal on Twitter)
Ainsley Maitland-Niles warming up ahead of the pre-season friendly against Hibs (Photo via Arsenal on Twitter)

After Mohamed Elneny made a 75-minute appearance and with Jack Henry-Francis unlikely to start (as well as he played against Hibs), we’ll probably see Thomas Partey and Ainsley Maitland-Niles in the middle – as they only played 45 minutes each on Tuesday.

Forwards

Emile Smith Rowe back in pre-season training (Photo via Arsenal on Twitter)
Emile Smith Rowe back in pre-season training (Photo via Arsenal on Twitter)

Arsenal played somewhat of a front four against Hibs, with two wide players and two up front. All eight players only played a half each in that match, so it’s feasible that any four of them could make a start.

Our guess is that Arteta will start this match as he finished that one, with Folarin Balogun and Alexandre Lacazette backed up by Emile Smith Rowe and Nicolas Pepe.

Predicted Arsenal lineup to face Rangers

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1st team of pre-season: How Arsenal could line up vs Hibs

Arsenal kick off pre-season with a friendly against Hibernian FC on Tuesday, let’s look at our predicted team for the clash.

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Arsenal predicted lineup – Arsenal’s Spanish manager Mikel Arteta looks on during the English FA Cup fourth round football match between Southampton and Arsenal at St Mary’s Stadium in Southampton, Hampshire, on January 23, 2021. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP)

After returning to training this week from their summer holiday, the Arsenal squad are preparing for their Edinburgh training camp and a couple of fixtures in Scotland against Hibs and Rangers.

For unexplained reasons likely related to quarantines and isolation periods, not every available player has returned to training with Arsenal just yet.

It’s possible they’ll feature in the Hibs friendly anyway, but for now, we’re going to assume the Arsenal side will largely be made up of the players who have been in training already over the last week. Here’s our predicted Arsenal lineup for that match.

Arsenal Predicted Lineup – Goalkeeper

Arsenal's Icelandic goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson comes on after Arsenal's German goalkeeper Bernd Leno leaves the field on being red carded during the English Premier League football match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Arsenal at the Molineux stadium in Wolverhampton, central England on February 2, 2021. (Photo by Catherine Ivill / POOL / AFP)
Arsenal’s Icelandic goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson comes on during the English Premier League football match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Arsenal on February 2, 2021. (Photo by Catherine Ivill / POOL / AFP)

Bernd Leno is on holiday and Mat Ryan has left, so Runar Alex Runarsson is the most senior goalkeeper and the most likely to start this match.

Arthur Okonkwo has a fresh new contract and has been promoted to the first team, so he’ll likely get some minutes too. So far there’s been no sign of Dejan Iliev in training photos, nor Karl Hein, but they’re both possibilities for a squad spot.

Arsenal Predicted Lineup – Defence

Pablo Mari in training with Arsenal (Photo via Chris Wheatley on Twitter)
Pablo Mari in training with Arsenal (Photo via Chris Wheatley on Twitter)

The only senior defenders we’ve seen in training so far are Sead Kolasinac, Pablo Mari, Calum Chambers, and Cedric Soares, so that’s probably the back four that will start against Hibs.

Left-back Nuno Tavares has joined in the last couple of days, so he’ll likely get his debut from the bench. Centre-backs Harry Clarke and Omar Rekik look to be stepping up from the u23s for a pre-season chance as well.

There’s no sign of Rob Holding yet, but he should be involved soon. William Saliba is closing in on a loan move, and Gabriel Magalhaes is injured.

Arsenal Predicted Lineup – Midfield

Emile Smith Rowe in action during the Premier League match at Selhurst Park, London. Picture date: Wednesday May 19, 2021. Copyright: Frank Augstein
Emile Smith Rowe in action during the Premier League match at Selhurst Park, London. Picture date: Wednesday, May 19, 2021. Copyright: Frank Augstein

Again, our team prediction will be based on the midfielders we’ve actually seen in training so far, so Emile Smith Rowe, Thomas Partey, and Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

Granit Xhaka is away on holiday, as is Lucas Torreira. Matteo Guendouzi has left the club, and there’s no sign of Joe Willock or Mohamed Elneny just yet. Ideally, those two, Miguel Azeez and a few other youngsters will join the squad.

Arsenal Forwards

Reiss Nelson with the Arsenal u23s at Meadow Park (Photo via Arsenal Academy on Twitter)
Reiss Nelson with the Arsenal u23s at Meadow Park (Photo via Arsenal Academy on Twitter)

With Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli on international duty, this is another area where numbers are limited. There’s also no sign of Willian, Alexandre Lacazette, or Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, though you’d expect them all in training very soon.

For the time being, that leaves Reiss Nelson and Nicolas Pepe to start on the wings, with either Eddie Nketiah or Folarin Balogun up front. The backup wing spots will have to be filled by u23s, with Kido Taylor-Hart close to a new deal.

Nketiah and Balogun will likely both get chances in the coming weeks, but there’s an element of keeping Nketiah in the shop window that has me predicting he’ll start.

Arsenal Predicted Lineup vs Hibs

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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's Spanish manager Mikel Arteta (L) gestures on the touchline as Manchester City's English midfielder Raheem Sterling (R) looks on during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium in London on February 21, 2021. (Photo by John Walton / POOL / AFP)
Arsenal’s Spanish manager Mikel Arteta (L) gestures on the touchline as Manchester City’s English midfielder Raheem Sterling (R) looks on during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium in London on February 21, 2021. (Photo by John Walton / POOL / AFP)

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.

Goalkeeper

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Bernd Leno of Arsenal in action during Premier League match between Arsenal and Everton at the Emirates Stadium in London – 23rd April 2021 Arsenal v Everton, Premier League, Football, The Emirates Stadium, London, UK – 23 Apr 2021 Photo by Holly Allison/TPI/Shutterstock

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.

Defence

Kieran Tierney back in Arsenal training (via Arsenal)
Kieran Tierney back in Arsenal training (via Arsenal)

Rob Holding is the only right-centre-back available until David Luiz returns, and Calum Chambers played well on Sunday, so they’ll probably keep their places.

Kieran Tierney can come back in at left-back, although Bukayo Saka did a great job filling in at the weekend.

The other change I’m expecting is Pablo Mari coming in for Gabriel Magalhaes. I’m not sure it’s a change I’d make myself, but Mikel Arteta seems to want to rotate between the two every game.

Midfield

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Martin Odegaard should start in the number 10 position, with Emile Smith Rowe forced off with an injury over the weekend. Thomas Partey is also an obvious choice for the midfield.

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.

Forwards

Newcastle United v Arsenal - Premier League - St James Park Arsenal s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang right scores their side s second goal of the game during the Premier League match at St James Park, Newcastle upon Tyne. Issue date: Sunday May 2, 2021. Copyright: Stu Forster
Newcastle United v Arsenal – Premier League – St James Park Arsenal s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang right scores their side s second goal of the game during the Premier League match at St James Park, Newcastle upon Tyne. Issue date: Sunday, May 2, 2021. Copyright: Stu Forster

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

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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.

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LONDON, ENGLAND: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal reacts during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester City at Emirates Stadium on February 21, 2021. (Photo by John Walton – Pool/Getty Images)

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.

Goalkeeper

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Villarreal CF v Arsenal UEFA Europa League Gerard Moreno shot at goal for Villarreal CF is saved by Bernd Leno of Arsenal during the UEFA Europa League match at Estadio de la Ceramica, Villarreal Copyright: Focus Images

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.

Defence

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Newcastle United v Arsenal – Premier League – St James Park Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka warming up before the Premier League match at St James Park, Newcastle upon Tyne. Issue date: Sunday, May 2, 2021.Copyright: Lindsey Parnaby

The two players Arsenal were hoping might come into the defence and change this game were David Luiz and Kieran Tierney, but it seems both are likely to miss out through injury.

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.

Midfield

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Newcastle United v Arsenal – Premier League – St James Park Arsenal s Mohamed Elneny celebrates scoring their side s first goal of the game during the Premier League match at St James Park, Newcastle upon Tyne. Issue date: Sunday, May 2, 2021. Copyright: Stu Forster

There’s no Dani Ceballos, but without Tierney there’s also not much chance of Xhaka moving into midfield. As a result, Mohamed Elneny will probably start alongside Thomas Partey.

Ahead of them could be Martin Odegaard or Emile Smith Rowe, and it’s a close thing either way. Odegaard finished the week strongly and probably has the edge right now.

Forwards

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Newcastle United v Arsenal – Premier League – St James Park Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang right scores their side’s second goal of the game during the Premier League match at St James Park, Newcastle upon Tyne. Issue date: Sunday, May 2, 2021. Copyright: Stu Forster

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has to start up front, in the absence of Alexandre Lacazette. Bukayo Saka and Nicolas Pepe will probably keep their places on the wings.

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.

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Arsenal lineup – Mikel Arteta has choices to make ahead of Leicester City vs Arsenal (Photo by Nick Potts – Pool/Getty Images)

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

LONDON, ENGLAND: Bernd Leno of Arsenal celebrates with teammate Pablo Mari of Arsenal after making a penalty save during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Emirates Stadium on December 26, 2020. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Bernd Leno of Arsenal celebrates with teammate Pablo Mari of Arsenal after making a penalty save during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Emirates Stadium on December 26, 2020. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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

LONDON, ENGLAND: Cedric Soares of Arsenal is challenged by Raphinha of Leeds United during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Leeds United at Emirates Stadium on February 14, 2021. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Cedric Soares of Arsenal is challenged by Raphinha of Leeds United during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Leeds United at Emirates Stadium on February 14, 2021. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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.

That only leaves Hector Bellerin (or Calum Chambers, perhaps) to start at right-back.

Arsenal lineup – Midfield

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LONDON, ENGLAND: Granit Xhaka of Arsenal reacts during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester City at Emirates Stadium on February 21, 2021. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

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

Arsenal's French striker Alexandre Lacazette warms up ahead of the English Premier League football match between Aston Villa and Arsenal at Villa Park in Birmingham, central England on February 6, 2021. (Photo by Catherine Ivill / POOL / AFP)
Arsenal’s French striker Alexandre Lacazette warms up ahead of the English Premier League football match between Aston Villa and Arsenal at Villa Park in Birmingham, central England on February 6, 2021. (Photo by Catherine Ivill / POOL / AFP)

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

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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.

ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 18: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal looks on ahead of the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between SL Benfica and Arsenal FC at Stadio Olimpico on February 18, 2021 in Rome, Italy. SL Benfica face Arsenal FC at a neutral venue in Rome behind closed doors after Portugal imposed a ban on travellers arriving from the UK in an effort to prevent the spread of Covid-19 variants. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal looks on ahead of the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between SL Benfica and Arsenal FC at Stadio Olimpico on February 18, 2021. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)

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.

Goalkeeper

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ROME, ITALY: Bernd Leno of Arsenal looks for a pass during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between SL Benfica and Arsenal FC at Stadio Olimpico on February 18, 2021. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)

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.

Defence

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ROME, ITALY: David Luiz and Gabriel Magalhaes of Arsenal look on during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between SL Benfica and Arsenal FC at Stadio Olimpico on February 18, 2021. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)

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.

Midfield

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WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND: Dani Ceballos of Arsenal runs with the ball during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal at The Hawthorns on January 02, 2021. (Photo by Tim Keeton – Pool/Getty Images)

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.

Forwards

Arsenal's Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reacts after missing a goal opportunity during the UEFA Europa League round of 32 first leg football match between SL Benfica and Arsenal at the Olimpico stadium in Rome on February 18, 2021. (Photo by Alberto PIZZOLI / AFP)
Arsenal’s Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reacts after missing a goal opportunity during the UEFA Europa League round of 32 first leg football match between SL Benfica and Arsenal at the Olimpico stadium in Rome on February 18, 2021. (Photo by Alberto PIZZOLI / AFP)

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

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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.

Arsenal's Spanish manager Mikel Arteta reacts at the final whistle during the English Premier League football match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Arsenal at the Molineux stadium in Wolverhampton, central England on February 2, 2021. (Photo by Nick Potts / POOL / AFP)
Arsenal’s Spanish manager Mikel Arteta reacts at the final whistle during the English Premier League football match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Arsenal at the Molineux stadium in Wolverhampton, central England on February 2, 2021. (Photo by Nick Potts / POOL / AFP)

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.

Goalkeeper

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ROME, ITALY: Bernd Leno of Arsenal looks for a pass during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between SL Benfica and Arsenal FC at Stadio Olimpico on February 18, 2021. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)

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.

Defence

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 02: Kieran Tierney of Arsenal looks on during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal at The Hawthorns on January 02, 2021 in West Bromwich, England. The match will be played without fans, behind closed doors as a Covid-19 precaution. (Photo by Rui Vieira - Pool/Getty Images)
WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND: Kieran Tierney of Arsenal looks on during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal at The Hawthorns on January 02, 2021. (Photo by Rui Vieira – Pool/Getty Images)

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.

Hector Bellerin will likely start at right-back. He hasn’t had a rest for a while, but neither has Cedric Soares. One of them has to play.

Midfield

Martin Odegaard of Arsenal and Pascal Struijk of Leeds United during the Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium, London. Picture date: 14th February 2021. (Photo by David Klein / Sportimage)
Martin Odegaard of Arsenal and Pascal Struijk of Leeds United during the Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium, London. Picture date: 14th February 2021. (Photo by David Klein / Sportimage)

We’re not expecting many changes in the middle, largely due to the lack of alternatives.

At least one of Martin Odegaard and Emile Smith Rowe have to start in the number 10 position, and Smith Rowe is probably more in need of a rest, so Odegaard will keep his spot.

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.

Forwards

Arsenal's French striker Alexandre Lacazette warms up ahead of the English Premier League football match between Aston Villa and Arsenal at Villa Park in Birmingham, central England on February 6, 2021. (Photo by Catherine Ivill / POOL / AFP)
Arsenal’s French striker Alexandre Lacazette warms up ahead of the English Premier League football match between Aston Villa and Arsenal at Villa Park in Birmingham, central England on February 6, 2021. (Photo by Catherine Ivill / POOL / AFP)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had an off game on Thursday, and whilst he’s sure to bounce back, it’s probably a good time to give him a rest and bring Alexandre Lacazette back in.

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

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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?

Arsenal's Spanish manager Mikel Arteta (C) gestures during the English Premier League football match between Aston Villa and Arsenal at Villa Park in Birmingham, central England on February 6, 2021. (Photo by Shaun Botterill / POOL / AFP)
Arsenal’s Spanish manager Mikel Arteta (C) gestures during the English Premier League football match between Aston Villa and Arsenal at Villa Park in Birmingham, central England on February 6, 2021. (Photo by Shaun Botterill / POOL / AFP)

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

LONDON, ENGLAND: Bernd Leno of Arsenal celebrates with teammate Pablo Mari of Arsenal after making a penalty save during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Emirates Stadium on December 26, 2020. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Bernd Leno of Arsenal celebrates with teammate Pablo Mari of Arsenal after making a penalty save during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Emirates Stadium on December 26, 2020. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND: Cedric Soares of Arsenal is challenged by Kyle Walker-Peters of Southampton during The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Southampton FC and Arsenal FC on January 23, 2021. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND: Cedric Soares of Arsenal is challenged by Kyle Walker-Peters of Southampton during The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Southampton FC and Arsenal FC on January 23, 2021. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

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

Arsenal's Spanish midfielder Dani Ceballos controls the ball during the English Premier League football match between Fulham and Arsenal at Craven Cottage in London on September 12, 2020. (Photo by BEN STANSALL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Arsenal’s Spanish midfielder Dani Ceballos controls the ball during the English Premier League football match between Fulham and Arsenal at Craven Cottage in London on September 12, 2020. (Photo by BEN STANSALL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

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

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND: Nicolas Pepe of Arsenal celebrates with team mates (L-R) Alexandre Lacazette and Hector Bellerin of Arsenal after scoring their side's first goal during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Arsenal at Molineux on February 02, 2021. (Photo by Nick Potts - Pool/Getty Images)
WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND: Nicolas Pepe of Arsenal celebrates with teammates (L-R) Alexandre Lacazette and Hector Bellerin of Arsenal on February 02, 2021. (Photo by Nick Potts – Pool/Getty Images)

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

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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.

Mikel Arteta File Photo File photo dated 08-11-2020 of Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta.Copyright: Andy Rain
Mikel Arteta File Photo File photo dated 08-11-2020 of Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta. Copyright: Andy Rain

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.

Goalkeeper

Mat Ryan after signing for Arsenal (Photo via Arsenal.com)
Mat Ryan after signing for Arsenal (Photo via Arsenal.com)

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.

Defence

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND: Cedric Soares of Arsenal is challenged by Kyle Walker-Peters of Southampton during The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Southampton FC and Arsenal FC on January 23, 2021. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND: Cedric Soares of Arsenal is challenged by Kyle Walker-Peters of Southampton during The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Southampton FC and Arsenal FC on January 23, 2021. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

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.

Midfield

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND: Thomas Partey of Arsenal runs with the ball during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Arsenal at Molineux on February 02, 2021. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND: Thomas Partey of Arsenal runs with the ball during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Arsenal at Molineux on February 02, 2021. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

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.

Forwards

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND: Nicolas Pepe of Arsenal celebrates with team mates (L-R) Alexandre Lacazette and Hector Bellerin of Arsenal after scoring their side's first goal during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Arsenal at Molineux on February 02, 2021. (Photo by Nick Potts - Pool/Getty Images)
WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND: Nicolas Pepe of Arsenal celebrates with teammates (L-R) Alexandre Lacazette and Hector Bellerin of Arsenal after scoring their side’s first goal during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Arsenal at Molineux on February 02, 2021. (Photo by Nick Potts – Pool/Getty Images)

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

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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.

Manchester United's Norwegian manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (L) and Arsenal's Spanish manager Mikel Arteta (R) bump fists after the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium in London on January 30, 2021. - The game finished 0-0. (Photo by Alastair Grant / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED
Manchester United’s Norwegian manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (L) and Arsenal’s Spanish manager Mikel Arteta (R) bump fists after the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium in London on January 30, 2021. (Photo by Alastair Grant / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED

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.

Goalkeeper

LONDON, ENGLAND: Bernd Leno of Arsenal looks on after he makes a save during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on January 30, 2021. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Bernd Leno of Arsenal looks on after he makes a save during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on January 30, 2021. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

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.

Defence

Gabriel Magalhaes in training with Arsenal (Photo via Arsenal on Twitter)
Gabriel Magalhaes in training with Arsenal (Photo via Arsenal on Twitter)

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.

Midfield

Arsenal's Norwegian midfielder Martin Odegaard (L) chats with Arsenal's Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka (C) and Manchester United's Swedish defender Victor Lindelof (R) on the pitch after the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium in London on January 30, 2021. - The game finished 0-0. (Photo by Andy Rain / POOL / AFP)
Arsenal’s Norwegian midfielder Martin Odegaard (L) chats with Arsenal’s Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka (C) and Manchester United’s Swedish defender Victor Lindelof (R) on January 30, 2021. (Photo by Andy Rain / POOL / AFP)

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.

Forwards

Arsenal's English striker Bukayo Saka celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the English Premier League football match between Southampton and Arsenal at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton, southern England on January 26, 2021. (Photo by Frank Augstein / POOL / AFP)
Arsenal’s English striker Bukayo Saka celebrates scoring his team’s second goal during the English Premier League football match between Southampton and Arsenal at St Mary’s Stadium in Southampton, southern England on January 26, 2021. (Photo by Frank Augstein / POOL / AFP)

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

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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.

Arsenal's English striker Bukayo Saka celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the English Premier League football match between Southampton and Arsenal at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton, southern England on January 26, 2021. (Photo by Frank Augstein / POOL / AFP)
Arsenal’s English striker Bukayo Saka celebrates scoring his team’s second goal during the English Premier League football match between Southampton and Arsenal at St Mary’s Stadium in Southampton, southern England on January 26, 2021. (Photo by Frank Augstein / POOL / AFP)

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.

Arsenal injury news

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.

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LONDON, ENGLAND: Thomas Partey of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Leicester City at Emirates Stadium on October 25, 2020. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

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.

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SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND: Mikel Arteta, Alexandre Lacazette, and Hector Bellerin of Arsenal celebrate on January 26, 2021. (Photo by Andy Rain – Pool/Getty Images)

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.

Goalkeeper

LONDON, ENGLAND: Jorginho of Chelsea has his penalty saved by Bernd Leno of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Emirates Stadium on December 26, 2020. (Photo by Andrew Boyers - Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Jorginho of Chelsea has his penalty saved by Bernd Leno of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Emirates Stadium on December 26, 2020. (Photo by Andrew Boyers – Pool/Getty Images)

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.

Defence

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Arsenal’s Brazilian defender Gabriel celebrates scoring the equalising goal to make it 1-1 during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Emirates Stadium in London on November 29, 2020. (Photo by CATHERINE IVILL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

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.

Midfield

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND: Thomas Partey of Arsenal runs with the ball away from James Ward-Prowse (L) and Ibrahima Diallo (obscure/R) of Southampton during the Premier League match between Southampton and Arsenal at St Mary's Stadium on January 26, 2021. (Photo by Frank Augstein - Pool/Getty Images)
SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND: Thomas Partey of Arsenal runs with the ball away from James Ward-Prowse (L) and Ibrahima Diallo (obscure/R) of Southampton during the Premier League match between Southampton and Arsenal at St Mary’s Stadium on January 26, 2021. (Photo by Frank Augstein – Pool/Getty Images)

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.

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.

Forwards

Arsenal's English striker Bukayo Saka celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the English Premier League football match between Southampton and Arsenal at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton, southern England on January 26, 2021. (Photo by Frank Augstein / POOL / AFP)
Arsenal’s English striker Bukayo Saka celebrates scoring his team’s second goal during the English Premier League football match between Southampton and Arsenal at St Mary’s Stadium in Southampton, southern England on January 26, 2021. (Photo by Frank Augstein / POOL / AFP)

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.

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