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Torreira and Ozil start, Predicted Arsenal lineup (4-2-3-1) to face Wolverhampton Wanderers


Written by Ed Davison

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Arsenal will be eyeing their first Premier League win in three matches when they welcome Wolverhampton Wanderers to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

The north London giants have struggled for consistence since the previous international break and they have registered just one win from four matches across all competitions.

Most recently, the Gunners played out a 5-5 thriller in normal time against Liverpool in the League Cup fourth round, but they were eventually on the losing side with the Reds prevailing through a penalty shoot-out.

Predicted Lineup:

Goalkeeper:

Argentine goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez had a difficult evening at Anfield in midweek where he conceded more times than any of his previous four appearances. Regardless of this, he will drop to the bench with Bernd Leno considered as the club’s first-choice shot-stopper for the Premier League.

Defence:

Unai Emery has generally played with two different central defensive partnerships this term. The pair of Shkodran Mustafi and Rob Holding had a tough night at Anfield and they are expected to be replaced with Sokratis and David Luiz.

At left-back, Kieran Tierney appears set for a second league start on the bounce and he could be accompanied by Hector Bellerin on the right side of the backline. Bellerin had a good game in Merseyside despite the outcome and the Spaniard stands the chance of making his first league appearance in nearly 10 months.

Midfield:

Granit Xhaka recently issued an apology for his angry reaction towards the club’s faithful following his substitution in the 2-2 Premier League draw against Crystal Palace.

Still, the Switzerland international may not be mentally prepared for the forthcoming clash and the same has been pretty much confirmed by Emery in his pre-match press conference.

In this case, Matteo Guendouzi will definitely have a new midfield partner. Lucas Torreira should be rewarded with a rare league start this season on the back of the midweek display where he bagged the first Gunners goal.

Attack:

Mesut Ozil made his first appearance in more than a month in midweek and he was impressive with his distribution and laid on a superb back-flick assist for Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ goal.

The German was substituted shortly after the hour mark of that game but Emery has since hinted that the decision was primarily taken with a view to the Wolves clash. He is likely to start in the number 10 position.

Elsewhere, there are no selection doubts with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe expected to occupy the wide attacking roles while Alexandre Lacazette should lead the line once more.


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