[Image] Willian & Lacazette start, key man out: My 4-2-3-1 Arsenal line-up vs Burnley

By on December 12, 2020

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Arsenal take on Burnley at the Emirates on Sunday night. This is the team I’d like to see Mikel Arteta select for the game…

Obviously Bernd Leno will return in goal after being rested for the Europa League win over Dundalk and we should see plenty of changes from the side that played on Thursday night.

I hope Arteta goes with a back four against Burnley with Gabriel, Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney all set to return. David Luiz remains a slight doubt with his head injury so Rob Holding could start with the likes of Shkodran Mustafi, Pablo Mari, Calum Chambers and Cedric Soares dropping out.

Thomas Partey has been ruled out for ‘a few games’ after aggravating his thigh injury against Tottenham last weekend. It’s a huge blow for Arsenal but we’ll have to make-do without the Ghanaian international over the festive period.

Mohamed Elneny is pushing for a start after scoring a stunner against Dundalk while Ainsley Maitland-Niles could be an option after impressing in midfield against Rapid Vienna recently. However, I think they’d be a bit defensive at home to Burnley so I’d go with Dani Ceballos alongside Granit Xhaka.

Alexandre Lacazette seems to have found himself a new role as a deeper No.10 and I’d give him another chance to impress in that position tomorrow. It’s not like Arsenal have an abundance of No.10’s to choose from!

Perrie-Emerick Aubameyang is in a rut but we have to persist with him. It’s all well and good talking about giving Eddie Nketiah or Folarin Balogun [what a talent!] a chance but we can’t forget Auba is world class when he’s in confident mood. He just needs a goal to get back on track.

I hope we see Bukayo Saka starting on the left flank against but right-wing is more contentious. Nicolas Pepe is still suspended and Reiss Nelson has been carrying a knock so Willian is probably the best option. Let’s hope he finds some form as he’s been woeful recently. Gabriel Martinelli is back in full training and played 45 minutes for the U23s last week but he’s not ready for the first team just yet.

This would be my line-up:

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