Aubameyang and Willock start, Predicted Arsenal lineup (4-2-3-1) to face Lyon
Arsenal are back at their home stadium on Sunday where they are scheduled to face French side Lyon in the Emirates Cup.
The Gunners have enjoyed an impressive pre-season campaign to date and they have three more games to play before the new league season kicks off.
Unai Emery’s side tackled Real Madrid in their most recent friendly where they let a two-goal lead slip in a 2-2 draw in normal time, before the latter won the penalty shootout.
Still, there were positives with both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette scoring their first pre-season goals and Emery will be hoping that the duo can find a purple patch ahead of the new campaign.
Bernd Leno played no part in the recent friendly encounter against Los Blancos. The German is likely to replace Damian Martinez in goal for the visit of Sylvinho’s side.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Shkodran Mustafi did not feature in the recent friendly with minor knocks, but the duo have since returned to training at the London Colney base.
Maitland-Niles and Sead Kolasinac seem the likelier pair to feature in the right and left-back roles respectively, while Emery may stick with the central defensive combination of Calum Chambers and Sokratis, which fared well against Real Madrid until the latter was sent off.
In the midfield, Granit Xhaka and Joe Willock seem the outright choices to start the game and the latter will be hoping to continue his good impression on the manager.
Arsenal, however, will have more midfield cover for the friendly with both Matteo Guendouzi and summer signing Dani Ceballos reporting for training. Their involvement may mostly be reduced to a cameo role at best.
Further forward, Mesut Ozil should continue to feature in the number 10 with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan out wide while Alexandre Lacazette should feature ahead of Eddie Nketiah upfront.
Predicted Lineup: Bernd Leno, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Calum Chambers, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Sead Kolasinac, Granit Xhaka, Joe Willock, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Mesut Ozil, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette