26-Year-Old To Start As Wenger Makes 11 Changes | Expected Arsenal XI vs Burnley
Arsenal take on Burnley at Turf Moor on Sunday afternoon. Here is the side Gooner Mac thinks Arsene Wenger will select for the game:
Arsenal will be hoping to break in to the top four of the Premier League with a win when we take on Burnley at Turf Moor on Sunday afternoon.
Here is the side Gooner Mac thinks Arsene Wenger will select for the game:
Goalkeeper: David Ospina was back between the sticks on Thursday night as he kept goal during the defeat to Cologne but Petr Cech is set to return against Burnley.
Defence: We should see wholesale changes in defence with Laurent Koscielny, Shkodran Mustafi and Nacho Monreal all set for recalls after being rested in the Europa League.
Per Mertesacker was solid against Cologne while Rob Holding and Mathieu Debuchy didn’t put a foot wrong either but they will all make way tomorrow afternoon.
Mustafi made an excellent return to action against Tottenham last weekend and he was hugely impressive in the middle of the back three so we should see the Germany resume that role with Koscielny and Monreal either side.
Midfield: I was underwhelmed when I saw our midfield on Thursday night and sadly my fears were realised as we were extremely poor in the middle third.
Francis Coquelin and Mohamed Elneny is a very reserved midfield pairing and they lack any sort of creativity while Calum Chambers offered little in the right wing-back role.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles was the best of the four and he impressed in the first half but the youngster will still make way tomorrow with Sead Kolasinac returning.
Hector Bellerin will also be recalled on the right with Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka resuming their partnership in midfield.
Attack: Our attack was very disappointing against Cologne as Olivier Giroud offered little up front – even though I felt he didn’t get much support from those behind him.
I still feel Jack Wilshere is better suited to the central midfield role than in attack. He worked hard on Thursday and showed glimpses of his talent but not enough to force his way in to the starting eleven tomorrow.
Danny Welbeck was lively in the first half before being substituted at half-time while Alex Iwobi offered a bit more purpose after the break but neither did enough to show Wenger they should start against Burnley.
Theo Walcott has been ruled out through illness so I fully expect the boss to recall our attacking trio of Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette tomorrow after they were rested in midweek.
Lacazette has been left out of some big away games this season and Burnley is a tough place to go but I still expect the 26-year-old to spearhead the front line tomorrow afternoon.
Here is how I think we’ll see Arsenal line-up:
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