Arsenal will be eyeing their first victory of 2022 when they entertain Burnley in the Premier League tomorrow.
The Gunners have been disappointing since the turn of the year, but there have been some positives over the past four games.
The club were terrific in the opening half against Manchester City on New Year’s Day, but things fell apart after the interval.
They have not played in the league since with the north London derby postponed, but have exited both Cup competitions.
While the club can’t compete for silverware anymore, it could be a blessing in disguise as they can concentrate on the league.
The Gunners could go into the winter break in the top four with a win if West Ham and Tottenham Hotspur drop points.
Hammers and Spurs face difficult trips to Manchester United and Chelsea respectively.
Aaron Ramsdale had a difficult outing in the second leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final, conceding twice to Diogo Jota.
He still remains an undisputed league starter, and has been ever-present since September with several stand-out displays. He should start in goal ahead of Bernd Leno, who has been linked with a January exit.
Takehiro Tomiyasu made his injury comeback in midweek without training after injuries to Cedric Soares and Calum Chambers. He was dispossessed 18 times, but manager Mikel Arteta came to his defence citing his fitness concerns.
The right-back has become a huge fan favourite, and there are no question marks over his ability. He will be determined to prove himself tomorrow with a strong showing.
On the opposite end, Kieran Tierney should be a confirmed starter. The same should be the case with Ben White and Gabriel Magalhaes at the heart of the backline.
White and Gabriel have played together since the September international break. The partnership should remain intact with Gabriel serving his suspension in the FA Cup.
In midfield, Mikel Arteta will have to cope without Granit Xhaka and Thomas Partey, who are suspended while Mohamed Elneny remains out on African Cup of Nations duty.
This leaves Albert Sambi Lokonga as the only specialist senior defensive midfielder. Martin Odegaard and Emile Smith Rowe should play in front of him in a three-man pivot.
Further forward, Arteta may stick with the same combination from Thursday. Bukayo Saka had a difficult game against Andrew Robertson, and will be keen to redeem himself.
Gabriel Martinelli, however, had the better of Trent Alexandre-Arnold on occasions from the left wing, but was unfortunate that he could not convert the chances created.
Alexandre Lacazette looked off the pace, but he was substituted early. He looks on course to lead the line ahead of Eddie Nketiah with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang potentially unavailable.
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