Key man returns as Emery makes 2 changes | Expected Arsenal line-up vs Tottenham
Arsenal take on Tottenham at the Emirates on Sunday afternoon. Here is the side Gooner Mac thinks Unai Emery will select for the game:
Arsenal will look to get back to winning ways when they take on Tottenham at the Emirates on Sunday afternoon. Here is the side Gooner Mac thinks Unai Emery will select for the game:
Goalkeeper: Bernd Leno will have been disappointed to concede three goals against Liverpool last weekend but the German stopper is certain to keep his place between the sticks versus Tottenham on Sunday.
Defence: David Luiz had an afternoon to forget at Anfield as he needlessly gave away a penalty with a tug on Mo Salah before being spun by the Egyptian for Liverpool’s third. Some fans may want to see Calum Chambers being given a recall but I think Emery will stick by Luiz with the Brazilian starting alongside Sokratis once again.
It will be interesting to see who starts at left-back as Nacho Monreal is being strongly linked with a move back to Spain before the European window closes. Therefore, Sead Kolasinac could come in to make his first start of the season. Kieran Tierney is due back in full training next month but for now he’s still on the sidelines.
Hector Bellerin is also doing well in his recovery from a knee ligament injury but the Spaniard won’t be available for a few weeks yet so Ainsley Maitland-Niles will continue at right-back against Tottenham.
Midfield: Granit Xhaka came in for some criticism following his display against Liverpool and personally I’d like to see Lucas Torreira come in this weekend but Xhaka is clearly one of Emery’s favourites and I expect him to retain his place.
Torreira could come in for Matteo Guendouzi to give us an extra ‘bite’ in midfield but the young Frenchman has been playing well this season so I think Emery will stick with him this weekend.
The boss went with a diamond formation last week but he’s expected to revert to three in the middle of the park against Spurs so one of Joe Willock or Dani Ceballos are likely to make way. Willock has shown huge potential during the opening games but I fancy Emery to go with Ceballos despite his disappointing performance against Liverpool.
Attack: Alexandre Lacazette is pushing for a recall after only making a late cameo appearance at Anfield due to a niggling ankle injury. The problem has improved this week so Lacazette is expected to start against Spurs.
It will be interesting to see how Arsenal line-up but Emery is being tipped to unleash his new-look front three with Lacazette coming in to partner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe in attack. There is no way Aubameyang will be left out and Pepe showed against Liverpool he’s going to cause defences all sorts of problems so I’m excited to see how the trio play if Laca is recalled this weekend.
Emery will have options on the bench as the likes of Reiss Nelson and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are pushing to feature while Mesut Ozil is also back in contention after failing to make the trip to Anfield due to a lack of fitness.
Here is how I think we’ll see Arsenal line-up:
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