New signing starts as Emery makes 2 changes | Expected Arsenal line-up vs Liverpool
Arsenal will look to take home a positive result when they take on Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday. Here is the side Gooner Mac thinks Emery will select
Arsenal will look to bring home a positive result when they take on Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday evening.
Here is the side Gooner Mac thinks Unai Emery will select for the game:
Goalkeeper: Bernd Leno is certain to keep his place between the sticks and Emery will be hoping his No.1 is in good form as he’ll probably be a busy man against Liverpool.
Defence: David Luiz made his debut against Burnley and overall he had a decent game so I think the Brazilian international will keep his place alongside Sokratis this weekend. Calum Chambers will feel unlucky to miss out as he impressed against Newcastle on the opening weekend but he’ll have to settle for a place on the bench.
Sead Kolasinac will be pushing for a recall but I think Nacho Monreal will retain the shirt at left-back with Kieran Tierney still injured while Ainsley Maitland-Niles will continue at right-back in the absence of Hector Bellerin.
Midfield: Granit Xhaka is set to return to the squad after recovering from a bruised back injury that kept him out of the Burnley game last time out so it will be interesting to see how Emery lines-up in midfield.
Matteo Guendouzi has impressed so far this season so the young Frenchman is likely to keep his place which means Joe Willock may be the man to drop out if Xhaka is recalled. Willock has shown huge promise and will no doubt see plenty of game-time this season but Emery may give him a breather at Anfield.
Lucas Torreira is also pushing for a recall on Saturday and the Arsenal boss might be tempted to throw him into the mix to add some defensive stability in front of the back four but I think we’ll see Xhaka alongside Guendouzi.
Attack: Mesut Ozil could be set for a return to the squad after building up his fitness in training this week having missed the opening two matches of the season. However, the German playmaker may have to settle for a place on the bench.
Dani Ceballos is almost certain to start after his magnificent Man of the Match performance last weekend so the on-loan Real Madrid youngster should line-up in the advanced midfield role with Ozil among the subs.
Emery hinted at his press conference this afternoon that Nicolas Pepe is now ready to make his full debut after making two substitute appearances since joining from Lille. The Ivory Coast international is likely to replace Reiss Nelson after a disappointing run-out from him against Burnley last week.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been Arsenal’s match-winner against both Burnley and Newcastle so he’s certain to keep his place but he may start from a wider position from the left side of the attack against Liverpool.
That will allow Alexandre Lacazette to lead the line up front and he’ll be looking to build on his goal against Burnley last weekend. The likes of Nelson and Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be vying for a place on the bench.
Here is how I think we’ll see Arsenal line-up:
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