Wenger To Make 2 Key Changes: Predicted Arsenal XI vs Liverpool
Arsenal take on Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday afternoon. Here is the side Gooner Mac thinks Wenger will select for the game:
Arsenal will look to bounce back from their defeat at Stoke City last weekend when they take on Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.
Here is the side Gooner Mac thinks Wenger will select for the game:
Goalkeeper: Petr Cech hasn’t enjoyed a positive start to the season but he’s Wenger’s first choice goalkeeper and no doubt he’ll keep his place ahead of David Ospina tomorrow.
Defence: Laurent Koscielny is back from his ban after serving a three-game suspension so the French international will come straight back in to the defence, which will be a major boost.
There are plenty of rumours linking Shkodran Mustafi with a move away from Arsenal at the minute so it will be interesting to see if he starts. I’m not too sure how much foundation there is behind the speculation but we don’t have too many top class alternatives so I think the German international will keep his place.
Nacho Monreal was forced to play in a central role against Stoke last weekend but with Koscielny returning we should see the Spaniard move back to the left side of the back three.
Midfield: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is being strongly linked with a move to Liverpool or Chelsea so I don’t see how he can be selected to start at Anfield. That would allow Sead Kolasinac to play in his more natural left wing-back role after playing in the back three during our first two games.
Hector Bellerin would therefore move across to the right wing-back role after being deployed on the left last weekend so we should look a lot more balanced against Liverpool.
Granit Xhaka dropped another clanger against Stoke so the Swiss international really needs to up his game as losing possession in dangerous areas against this Liverpool attack will be suicidal.
Aaron Ramsey is certain to keep his place alongside Xhaka and I hope the Welshman is more reserved with his approach tomorrow as we need to keep things tight and protect the back four.
Attack: Alexis Sanchez is back in contention after recovering from an abdominal injury so we should see the Chilean international come straight back in to the attack.
Danny Welbeck is the man likely to make way as Mesut Ozil should keep his place despite a relatively disappointing start to the new season. Ozil’s work when we’re in possession can’t be argued but he needs to do more when we don’t have the ball, especially against a dangerous Liverpool side.
Alexandre Lacazette is favourite to keep his place up front meaning Olivier Giroud will have to make-do with the role of ‘impact sub’ once again along with Theo Walcott and Alex Iwobi.
Here is how I think we’ll see Arsenal line-up: