[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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  1. JOEL

    December 12, 2020 at 8:09 pm

    So you think that Arteta should play the same side which performed so valiantly against Spurs!…Whilst I appreciate that Arteta’s choices are limited surely the time has come to make a few changes.To continue with the ponderous slow and ineffective double pivot of Xhaka and Cebellos doesn’t make any sense.Both Willian and Lacazette seem to have forgotten how to move into,and how to create space around themselves; and Bellerin doesn’t even seem to know how to take a throw-in let alone defend against anyone with a semblance of attacking flair….Whilst I’m all for allowing certain players to repreive themselves I think that these have now gone past that particular juncture in their time at Arsenal.

    • Raz Ndjavera

      December 13, 2020 at 12:32 pm

      Arteta you aren’t a good coach at all. How could you want to play the Brazilian flops William at the expense of Nails or Luiz at the expense of Saliba? Come on the team lacks creativity, but most creative midfielder in Ozil is overlooked.During your playing days, you never came close to all those players you ignore
      Face the music and resign.

  2. Ekene ThankGod

    December 12, 2020 at 8:26 pm

    mikel please play formation 3,4,3 and you will win your game almghty God bless

  3. Geoff

    December 12, 2020 at 10:37 pm

    There is. No justification for picking same players who have lost us so many games already with no leaders .its time to make radical changes and plan for next year..The following need to be dropped now . Bellerin,Xaka,willianand Laca
    In should come Chambers,Maitland Nile’s,Smith – Rowe,Willock. And ensure that Balogon comes off the bench at half time should Nketiah not get a goal
    This sends a strong message to slackers . kids are our future

  4. Todd

    December 12, 2020 at 10:43 pm

    Give Saka a rest.

    Put Auba back out on the left. He’s better coming in from the left. I simply do not understand all the fans clamoring for him to play through the middle. Tell him to relax and have fun. Let him know there’s no pressure for him to perform (in other words, lie). If he doesn’t perform in this game, sub him off, and then make him start all future games from the bench. This is his last chance to regain his form as a starter. If he can’t perform against Burnley, then maybe by coming on as an impact sub in future games he can regain some hunger for goals!

    Put Eddie through the middle (put Balogun on the bench and give him a taste of Premier League football if either Eddie doesn’t perform, or we get a comfortable lead).

    Play Willian on the right (but only if Nelson isn’t fit). Once Nelson is fit, Willian drops down to 3rd in the RW pecking order: Pepe, Nelson, Willian.

    Xhaka should be okay vs Burnley since he’ll have time on the ball, but we should offload him in January.

    Partner him with Willock (to give us more going forward).

    Bellerin?!?! I have him on Fantasy team and I still don’t want him in the side!!! Play AMN or Soares at RB. Leave Bellerin out of the squad completely so he can get a head start on packing up his belongings for a January move. Absolute fraud of a defender. He’s constantly tucking into the middle in an effort to hide. He knows he can’t defend, and he hopes that by hiding in the middle his massive deficiencies in this area won’t be exposed! And he sucks going forward as well! If you don’t give him the ball behind the defense, it’s just going to get passed back to Holding. EVERY.SINGLE.TIME. I call him “Backwards Bellerin”.

  5. Nati

    December 13, 2020 at 7:09 am

    Aubameyang – out
    William – out
    Xhaka – Out
    Ceballos – out
    As soon as possible

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