Wenger To Make 8 Changes: Predicted Arsenal XI vs Brighton

By on September 30, 2017

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Arsenal will be looking to keep pace with the top four when they take on Brighton & Hove Albion at the Emirates on Sunday afternoon.

Here is the side Gooner Mac thinks Arsene Wenger will select for the game:

Goalkeeper: David Ospina started during the 4-2 win over BATE Borisov but number one goalkeeper Petr Cech is certain to be recalled tomorrow afternoon.

Defence: Wenger has confirmed that Laurent Koscielny is a doubt for the game with an on-going Achilles injury that’s hampered him for some time so I don’t think we’ll risk the Frenchman at home to Brighton.

Therefore, Rob Holding could keep his place in the back three with Shkodran Mustafi also retaining his place while Nacho Monreal should be recalled with Per Mertesacker the man to make way.

Midfield: Sead Kolasinac has recovered from a minor knock and is passed fit so he should return at left wing-back while Hector Bellerin is expected to resume his position on the right.

Granit Xhaka is certain to get a recall in the middle of the park and with Aaron Ramsey needed further forward, we could see Mohamed Elneny start for the third game in succession.

Reiss Nelson and Ainsley Maitland-Niles will make way after impressive displays against BATE while Jack Wilshere is also likely to drop to the bench despite picking up the MOTM award in midweek.

Attack: Mesut Ozil has been ruled out once again as he continues to nurse a minor knee injury and with Alex Iwobi also a doubt and Danny Welbeck still recovering from a groin injury, we suddenly don’t have too many options in attack.

Therefore, Ramsey could be deployed in a more advanced role – just as he was against West Brom last Monday – although Theo Walcott staked his claim with a brace in the Europa League.

Alexandre Lacazette should get a recall up front after being rested last time out so Olivier Giroud will drop out despite scoring his 100th goal on Thursday night while Alexis Sanchez is also expected to come back in to the attack.

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

3 Comments

  1. Eris

    September 30, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    No way will Holding be trusted to start this game. For him, it’s going to be a gradual re-introduction back to first team/premiership duties. I also don’t see how Elneny will be made to play all 3 games in 6 days; besides, internationals are coming and if we are not going to overload him, best to rest him because Egypt will play him in both games they have coming. It will be Xhaka and Ramsey central and Iwobi for the No. 10 type role.

    But then, who can predict what Wenger comes up with?

  2. Eris

    September 30, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    So, for me, it will be Cech, Mustafi, Per, Monreal, Bellerin, Xhaka, Ramsey, Kolasinac, Iwobi, Alexis, Lacazette.

    Jack, Giroud, Maitland-Niles or Theo to come on as subs.

  3. Akan

    September 30, 2017 at 11:58 pm

    Please please please, play either Jack Wilshire or Maitland Niles alongside Elneny. Anyone but Xhaka

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