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Arsenal predicted XI: Mesut Ozil to be reinstated to starting lineup against Wolverhampton Wanderers

Arsenal predicted XI: Mesut Ozil to be reinstated to starting lineup against Wolverhampton Wanderers

Arsenal really have gone off the boil recently, not winning any of their last three games in all competitions. The run has seen them lose to Sheffield United and draw at home to Crystal Palace despite taking a two-goal lead.

The creativity in recent games has been a bit of a worry for Unai Emery’s side, especially in their last two home games. Against the Eagles and Bournemouth, all three of the goals from the north London side have come from set-pieces.

The worrying thing about the game against the Cherries is that the Gunners had just one shot on target from open-play throughout the entire 90 minutes despite their victory (via WhoScored).

So given the conundrum, how will Arsenal’s Basque-born manager line up against Wolves?

The defence sorts itself out after three of the back four – Sokratis, David Luiz and Calum Chambers – were left in London for Wednesday evening’s clash against Liverpool.

Despite calls from the north London faithful to see a change of partnership at centre-half, Sokratis and Luiz have started every Premier League game since the 2-1 win over Burnley. It will be hard to see Emery uprooting this partnership in a crucial game for the Gunners.

Granit Xhaka faced a fiery reception from the fans after his substitution last weekend, and after his actions caused tensions to boil over, it’s hard to see him starting tomorrow.

Therefore, you can expect to see Lucas Torreira partner Matteo Guendouzi in the middle of the park as two defensive midfielders. Torreira is the club’s only other natural defensive midfielder in the squad, and you’d think he’d be a like-for-like replacement for the Swiss midfielder in the number-six role (via Transfermarkt).

The 4-2-3-1 formation is chosen specifically for the introduction of Mesut Ozil as an attacking midfielder in the middle of three attackers.

The Germany international was in brilliant form on Wednesday evening, playing two key passes and getting one assist (via WhoScored). His 65th-minute substitution suggests Emery has him in his plans for the clash against Nuno Espirito Santo’s side tomorrow.

The final three players pick themselves if you’re brutally honest. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been in brilliant form for the Gunners, scoring seven league goals in just 10 appearances. His goals have been so crucial that without them the side would be languishing in 19th place in the top-flight (via Zach Lowy).

And while Gabriel Martinelli did impress against Jurgen Klopp’s men, he played the full 90 minutes while Alexandre Lacazette remained on the bench, giving the 28-year-old the edge in terms of securing a starting place tomorrow.

Nicolas Pepe has hit form at the right time for the Emirates Stadium faithful, scoring two goals and creating both from corners in the 2-2 against Palace last weekend.

Arsenal fans, how would you line up tomorrow? Let us know your thoughts!

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