New signing starts as Emery makes 2 changes | Expected Arsenal line-up vs Burnley
Arsenal take on Burnley at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Here is the side Gooner Mac thinks Unai Emery will select for the game:
Arsenal will look to make a it back-to-back Premier League wins when they take on Burnley at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Here is the side Gooner Mac thinks Unai Emery will select for the game:
Goalkeeper: Bernd Leno made the perfect start to the new campaign after keeping a clean sheet during our win over Newcastle last weekend and he’s certain to retain the gloves on Saturday.
Defence: Arsenal kept a morale-boosting away clean sheet last weekend and the players will be looking to build on it against Burnley with another shut-out. We have injury problems to contend with at the back as Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney remain unavailable while Rob Holding is highly unlikely to be involved as he’s still lacking match fitness.
However, Sead Kolasinac could be back in the squad after returning to training earlier this week having missed the trip to St James’ Park following fresh security incidents involving him and Mesut Ozil. Emery says he’ll make a late decision over their involvement but I think Nacho Monreal will retain the shirt at left-back.
David Luiz is pushing to make his first appearance since joining from Chelsea but Calum Chambers impressed against Newcastle and it would be harsh to leave him or Sokratis out so the Brazilian may have to wait a little while longer. Ainsley Maitland-Niles was excellent at St James’ Park and he’ll continue at right-back.
Midfield: Granit Xhaka is a doubt after suffering bruising to his lower back and legs so he’ll face a late fitness check but I don’t see it being enough to prevent him from starting against Burnley on Saturday.
Lucas Torreira is pushing for a recall but Matteo Guendouzi was excellent against Newcastle so I think he’ll keep his place. Summer signing Dani Ceballos is another player hoping to force his way into the starting eleven but Joe Willock has impressed throughout pre-season and last weekend so I don’t see any reason Emery would leave him out.
Attack: Mesut Ozil could be back in the squad after returning to training this week but I think a place on the bench is the best he can hope for after missing the Newcastle match – plus Emery says he’s been ill this week.
However, Alexandre Lacazette is expected to be recalled to the starting eleven after being an unnamed substitute last time out. The Frenchman wasn’t deemed fully fit last week due to an ankle knock but he’s got another week’s training under his belt so I think we’ll see Laca starting against Burnley.
That may see Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pushed out to the wing despite him scoring a fine winners at St James’ Park but the Gabon international loves to play with Lacazette and I’m excited to see how their partnership develops this season.
Fans are desperate to see Nicolas Pepe make his full debut after his cameo off the bench last time out and Emery has hinted our record signing could line-up against Burnley on Saturday. Reiss Nelson did well in patches against Newcastle but he could make way for Pepe.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan was woeful in the first half against the Geordies and while he improved after the break, I still think he’ll be dropped this weekend with Arsenal fielding a mouth-watering attack consisting of Pepe, Aubameyang and Lacazette.
Here is how I think we’ll see Arsenal line-up:
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