Aubameyang To Start? Wenger Makes 3 Changes | Expected Arsenal XI vs Everton

By on February 1, 2018


Arsenal will be looking to get back to winning ways when they take on Everton at the Emirates on Saturday evening.

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


Goalkeeper: There are growing calls for David Ospina to be recalled after Petr Cech dropped a clanger at Swansea on Tuesday night but I think Wenger will stick by his number one this weekend.

Defence: It will also be interesting to see if the boss freshens things up at the back as the defence was woeful at the Liberty Stadium but I don’t really see how we can improve the personnel as we had our best back four on show.

Wenger may choose to bring in Sead Kolasinac at left-back to try and deal with Theo Walcott and give Nacho Monreal a rest – but it will be difficult to leave the Spaniard out as he’s been largely excellent this season.

Otherwise, I think we’ll see the same as against Swansea with Hector Bellerin at right-back and Shkodran Mustafi alongside Laurent Koscielny in the middle of defence – although they will be looking to put-in much improved performances.

Midfield: Jack Wilshere should be back in contention after missing the trip to Swansea through illness so I hope we see him come straight back in to the side as he’s been in fine form.

Mohamed Elneny has been selected for the last two games and done a decent job but I think the Egyptian international might drop out this weekend.

Granit Xhaka should almost certainly be dropped as he’s cost us time and again by not tracking runners but Wenger seems reluctant to axe him so no doubt he’ll keep his place.

The good news is we could see Aaron Ramsey playing alongside Wilshere ahead of Xhaka so I’ll be keen to see how they get on together.

Attack: All eyes will be on Wenger to see if he’ll hand record signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang his debut but I think he’ll ease the Gabon international in to action from the bench. He’s never played in the Premier League before and will have only had one training session with his new team mates so expect to see him among the substitutes.

However, hopefully Henrikh Mkhitaryan will make his full debut after coming off the bench against Swansea and I’d love to see him deployed alongside Mesut Ozil in attack.

Our playmaker will be looking to celebrate after confirming he’s signed a new contract with Arsenal so hopefully he puts in a top class display against Everton.

With Olivier Giroud sold to Chelsea and Aubameyang expected to be on the bench, Alexandre Lacazette is set to lead the line up front and no doubt he’ll be looking to impress as he needs to perform to keep his place in the team.

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


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