4-2-3-1: Wenger To Recall 21-Year-Old | Expected Arsenal XI vs Brighton
Arsenal take on Brighton at the Amex Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Here is the side Gooner Mac thinks Arsene Wenger will select for the game:
Arsenal desperately need to get back to winning ways when we take on Brighton & Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Here is the side Gooner Mac thinks Arsene Wenger will select for the game:
Goalkeeper: Petr Cech is expected to retain his place between the sticks this weekend despite shipping another three goals against Man City last night. Let’s hope we see him finally get his 200th clean sheet on Sunday.
Defence: Wenger is expected to stick with a back four and while we were ripped apart by City on Thursday night, I think we might still see the same four defenders selected against Brighton.
Nacho Monreal has been ruled out once again due to a back injury so Sead Kolasinac could keep his place at left-back – although Ainsley Maitland-Niles is an option if the boss wants to freshen things up.
Shkodran Mustafi and Laurent Koscielny have been given a torrid time recently but we don’t really have any viable alternatives waiting to come in as Calum Chambers and Rob Holding have failed to convince this season.
Hector Bellerin has once again been linked with a move away from the club in the papers today but the Spaniard should retain his place at right-back.
Midfield: Granit Xhaka was disappointing yet again last night but he wasn’t the only one and I don’t see Wenger dropping the Switzerland international any time soon.
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Jack Wilshere is facing a late fitness test on a groin injury that kept him out of the City game so he may have to make-do with a place on the bench with Aaron Ramsey keeping his place in midfield.
Attack: Our attack didn’t perform at all against City so big improvements are needed if we’re to salvage anything from this season and Danny Welbeck could make way this weekend as he was woeful last night.
I’m not Alex Iwobi’s biggest fan but he could be recalled as the 21-year-old should be able to offer more protection to the vulnerable Kolasinac down the left side.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Mesut Ozil put in disappointing performances last time out so I’ll be looking for them to step-up at Brighton on Sunday if they retain their places in attack.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be disappointed to have missed a penalty shortly after half time against City but he should once again lead the line up front as Alexandre Lacazette remains unavailable following knee surgery.
Here is how I think we’ll see Arsenal line-up:
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