Key Man Fit, Wilshere & Lacazette Recalled? | Expected Arsenal XI vs Tottenham
Arsenal take on Tottenham at Wembley on Saturday lunchtime. Here is the side Gooner Mac thinks Arsene Wenger will select for the game:
Arsenal will be desperate to come away with a positive result to stay in the hunt for the top four when they take on Tottenham at Wembley on Saturday lunchtime.
Here is the side Gooner Mac thinks Arsene Wenger will select for the game:
Goalkeeper: Petr Cech will be handed a late fitness test after limping off against Everton last week with a calf problem. The 35-year-old hasn’t trained this week but reports suggest he’ll be fit so I think Cech will once again start between the sticks with David Ospina on the bench.
Defence: The defence looked much more solid against Everton last time out and while Wenger could be tempted to go with a back three/five against Spurs, I think the boss will stick with a flat back four.
Nacho Monreal was withdrawn at half-time last weekend due to illness but the Spaniard is expected to be passed fit this weekend so he should retain his place at left-back.
Hector Bellerin will no doubt start at right-back while I expect Shkodran Mustafi to once again partner Laurent Koscielny in the middle of defence with Calum Chambers and Rob Holding battling for a place on the bench.
Midfield: Jack Wilshere was named as a substitute against Everton so he’ll be pushing for a recall this weekend but there is virtually no chance Aaron Ramsey will be dropped after scoring a hat-trick.
Therefore, if Wenger sticks with the same formation I think we’ll see Ramsey line-up alongside Granit Xhaka with Wilshere having to make do with a place on the bench again.
Attack: Our new signings clicked instantly last weekend as we put five past the Toffees and I don’t see how Wenger can change things too much in attack after that performance.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang looked a real threat and scored on his debut so I think he’ll keep his place up front with Alexandre Lacazette having to make-do with a place among the substitutes. It’ll be disappointing for the Frenchman but he needed a rest and I’m sure he’ll still get plenty of opportunities throughout the second half of the season.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan put-in a superb performance last weekend that saw him register three assists so no doubt he’ll keep his place in attack alongside Mesut Ozil.
Alex Iwobi put in a solid display against Everton and I think he’ll keep his place as his hard-working attitude will be needed against Tottenham.
Here is how I think we’ll see Arsenal line-up:
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