Arsenal entertain Burnley in their first home game of the new Premier League season. The Gunners got off to a solid beginning with a 1-0 victory on the road to Newcastle United and they have the opportunity to build the momentum with a second straight league triumph to start the season.
Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac are in contention for the encounter after making their respective returns to training following the security concerns in relation to the attempted car-jacking incident last month. Elsewhere, Rob Holding, Hector Bellerin, Dinos Mavropanos and summer signing Kieran Tierney are definitely out for the game while Granit Xhaka remains an injury doubt.
Bernd Leno had a relatively comfortable game against the Magpies last weekend where he was able to secure a rare away clean sheet. The German is expected to start in goal against Sean Dyche’s men.
In the defence, Ainsley Maitland-Niles should continue in the right-back position following an impressive display at Tyneside where he provided a sublime defensive-splitting cross for Aubameyang’s winner.
On the opposite end, Nacho Monreal may get the nod over Kolasinac, who may not be entirely prepared after the situation around him for the past few weeks.
At the heart of the backline, we are anticipating Sokratis Papastathopoulos to partner summer signing David Luiz, meaning that Calum Chambers will drop to the bench despite putting up a solid display last weekend.
With Xhaka’s injury concern, manager Unai Emery may be tempted to pair Lucas Torreira alongside Matteo Guendouzi, given the former can help out with the tackling while the latter makes his forward runs.
Elsewhere, we are anticipating a maiden Premier League start for Dani Ceballos in an attacking midfield role ahead of both Mesut Ozil and young graduate Joe Willock.
In the front line, the fans may finally get to witness the gaudy attacking trident of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe.
In this case, Aubameyang will certainly feature on the left side of the attack with Pepe on the opposite flank while Lacazette, who seems to have completely recovered from an ankle sprain, should lead the line.
Predicted Arsenal lineup: Bernd Leno, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, David Luiz, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Nacho Monreal, Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi, Dani Ceballos, Nicolas Pepe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette
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