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Arsenal women lineup vs Reading women

Sunday, 12 September 2021, 2pm ko

Arsenal: Zinsberger, Maritz, Williamson, Beattie, Catley, Walti, Maaum, Little, Mead, Miedema, McCabe

Subs: Williams, Goldie, Wubben-Moy, Patten, Houssein, Iwabuchi, Hennessy, Parris

Next men’s match: Burnley vs Arsenal

Turf Moor, 18 September 2021, 3pm ko

Lineup will be released at 2pm (UK) on Saturday, 18 September 2021

Last match: Arsenal vs Norwich, 11/9/21

Arsenal Starting XI

Ramsdale, Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tierney; Lokonga, Maitland-Niles; Pepe, Odegaard, Saka; Aubameyang.

Subs: Leno, Tavares, Cedric, Mari, Chambers, Partey, Smith Rowe, Martinelli, Lacazette

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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

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

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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

Arsenal Predicted Lineup to face Norwich City created using Chosen11.com
Arsenal Predicted Lineup to face Norwich City created using Chosen11.com

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.

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
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

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
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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25th August 2021 – The Hawthorns, West Bromwich, West Midlands, England EFL Cup Football, West Bromwich Albion versus Arsenal – Arsenal players celebrate Alexandre Lacazette’s goal. Photo: Graham Wilson

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

Predicted Arsenal lineup to face Manchester City created using Chosen11.com
Predicted Arsenal lineup to face Manchester City created using Chosen11.com

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.

Arsenal Predicted Lineup vs West Brom

Arsenal predicted lineup vs West Brom created using Chosen11.com
Arsenal predicted lineup vs West Brom created using Chosen11.com

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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Brentford v Arsenal Premier League – Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka (centre) and Kieran Tierney show dejection as they concede their second goal during the Premier League match at the Brentford Community Stadium, Brentford. Copyright: Daniel Hambury

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

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
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

Arsenal predicted lineup to face Chelsea created using Chosen11.com
Arsenal predicted lineup to face Chelsea created using Chosen11.com

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 predicted lineup to face Brentford created using Chosen11.com

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

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
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):

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
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

rangers vs arsenal
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.

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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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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.

Arsenal face Chelsea in the Premier League on Wednesday, let’s take a look at our predicted lineup for the London derby clash.

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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

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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 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.

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 21: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal reacts during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester City at Emirates Stadium on February 21, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by John Walton - Pool/Getty Images)
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.

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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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