Burnley visit the Emirates tonight as Arsenal prepare for their first Premier League outing since their unbeaten came to an end at St Mary’s Stadium last weekend.
The Gunners have recently been plagued with injury crisis which includes some key players. Unai Emery now faces a tough challenge of formulation a perfect starting XI to get his side back to winning ways.
Here’s how we think Emery will take his pick for the match against Burnley:
Goalkeeper: Bernd Leno
Right-back: Stephan Lichtsteiner
Since Hector Bellerin is confirmed to miss at least the next two weeks due to a minor knock, the Swiss international is expected to step up in his place.
Bellerin has been one of the stand-out performers this season and it goes without saying that he’ll be missed.
Centre-backs: Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Nacho Monreal
Sokratis was finally back in action against Tottenham after sustaining a minor injury a couple of weeks ago. The Greek international is expected to start alongside Nacho Monreal who will have the task of playing out of position at centre-back.
The gaffer has probably realised playing Granit Xhaka at centre-back not only compromises the team’s defensive prowess, but also its creative outlet in midfield.
Left-back: Sead Kolasinac
The Bosnian suffered an injury not long ago and will have to be assessed ahead of the game vs Burnley.
Kolasinac is back in full training, but he could be left out as a precaution.
Centre-midfielders: Granit Xhaka, Lucas Torreira and Aaron Ramsey
Xhaka had severely been missed at midfield, leaving the team without a creative outlet. His return would surely assure an improvement in that area.
Lucas Torreira brings out the best in everyone around him and playing him alongside Aaron Ramsey could be a dominant midfield-three against Burnley.
Attacking midfielder: Mesut Özil
After mass speculations regarding a bust-up between the boss and Mesut Özil, the former PSG manager finally put to rumours to rest after confirming the German’s place in today’s starting XI vs Burnley.
Strikers: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette
These two are undoubtedly the club’s best attackers and having them start together would offer a great boost to the side’s attacking prowess.