Arsenal predicted line-up against city rival Fulham

By on March 10, 2023

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Following a hard-fought 2-2 draw against Sporting CP in the Europa League, Arsenal will now face off against Fulham at Craven Cottage in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

Despite leading early on in the game, the north London club had to settle for a 2-2 draw versus the Portuguese outfit. So, Mikel Arteta’s side will have to utilise the home advantage and finish the job off next week in the second leg to secure their place in the quarter-finals.

But, first, Arsenal will have to overcome the challenge of in-form Fulham in the Premier League in order to maintain their five point cushion at the top and continue their title charge.

The Gunners have won the last four consecutive games in the league and they will be looking to make that five this Sunday. But, the north Londoners will have to be at their very best to come away with all three points from this encounter.

Expected Arsenal line-up

Following a Thursday rest, Aaron Ramsdale will return to Arsenal’s goal in this fixture and Matt Turner is set to demote to the bench after a poor midweek outing.

William Saliba is expected to keep hold of his place in the Gunners’ starting eleven and Gabriel Magalhaes will be recalled at the back to be paired up with the Frenchman. Meaning Jakub Kiwior would be among the substitutes after a tough Arsenal debut against Sporting.

Ben White is likely to be deployed at right back and Oleksandr Zinchenko is set to continue on the opposite side. So, Takehiro Tomiyasu will be on the bench alongside Kieran Tierney – who is set to return to the squad after recovering from illness.

Thomas Partey will return to start in the holding midfield position, replacing Jorginho. Granit Xhaka could keep hold of his place in the engine room and Martin Odegaard should return after recovering from illness. In that case, Fabio Vieira would be among the substitutes despite impressing last time out.

Arsenal currently lack centre-forward options as Eddie Nketiah and Leandro Trossard are sidelined with injury problems. On the other hand, despite returning to full training, Gabriel Jesus is expected to remain sidelined this weekend as Arteta doesn’t want to rush him back after a serious knee injury.

Therefore, Gabriel Martinelli will continue to lead the Gunners’ line and on either side of the Brazilian, Reiss Nelson and Bukayo Saka could complete the front three. Emile Smith Rowe might once again find himself on the bench.

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