Arsenal’s form has improved of late as they went from losing their first two games after football resumed a fortnight ago before winning their subsequent two, and they are now only six points from a European spot.
This highlights that this evening’s game against bottom of the league Norwich City is crucial so that they can continue to push for a top seven position.
Here is the Transfer Tavern predicted Arsenal starting XI, which sees Mikel Arteta make five changes for the fixture.
With Bernd Leno still injured, Emiliano Martinez, who has performed well in the German’s place, will remain in between the sticks.
However, with Arsenal needing the three points and David Luiz limping off 54 minutes into their last game against Sheffield United, Arteta might revert to four at the back and stick with the central defensive pairing of Shkodran Mustafi and Rob Holding, who helped the Gunners to keep a clean sheet in their last Premier League game against Southampton.
Granit Xhaka, who returned from injury to play against the Blades, picked up the joint-best SofaScore rating out of the Arsenal side with 7.3 that day and he will be crucial in the middle of the pitch to stopping the Canaries’ attacks.
Alexandre Lacazette started against Sheffield United but lacked a goal scoring threat and, with youngster Eddie Nketiah scoring against the Saints last week and receiving praise from Arsenal legend Sol Campbell, it would be very harsh for Arteta not to let him start this evening’s game.
Club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang did not start in the FA Cup fixture, with Arteta clearly wanting to rest him for the Premier League game, and he will likely be playing on the left wing.
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