Wenger Makes 2 Changes: Predicted Arsenal Starting XI To Take On Burnley

By on April 9, 2015
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Arsenal will be looking to close the gap on the league leaders when they take on Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday evening. Here is the side Gooner Mac thinks Arsene Wenger will select:

Goalkeeper: Wojciech Szczesny faces a late fitness test on a rib injury but David Ospina has firmly established himself as the Arsenal No.1 so I expect him to once again start this weekend.

Defence: Laurent Koscielny also faces a late test on the thigh injury that he picked up against Liverpool last week but I don’t think Arsene will take any unnecessary risks with the Frenchman so unless he’s 100% fit, I think we’ll see Gabriel Paulista come in to start alongside Per Mertesacker at the back.

Mathieu Debuchy could return to the squad after being declared fit by the boss but after such a long time out, he’s going to be rusty so I think we’ll see Hector Bellerin continue at right-back with Nacho Monreal now seemingly ahead of Kieran Gibbs on the left.

Midfield: Francis Coquelin will continue in the holding role but it’s going to be interesting to see who Wenger picks alongside him. Aaron Ramsey played from the right against Liverpool but I wouldn’t be surprised if Santi Cazorla is given a rest with Ramsey dropping back into the middle.

Jack Wilshere, Abou Diaby and Mikel Arteta are all pushing to return to the squad after coming through a run-out for the Under-21’s in midweek but I don’t think we’ll see any of the trio start this weekend.

Attack:  With Ramsey back in midfield that could see Danny Welbeck recalled on the right-wing with Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez keeping their places in attack. Olivier Giroud will continue to spearhead the front-line after scoring his 10th goal in as many games last time out.

Here is how I think we’ll see Arsenal line-up:

What do you think? What line-up would you like to see start?

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