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Ozil Dropped, Iwobi & Aubameyang To Start | 4-4-2 Predicted Arsenal Lineup Vs Burnley

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Anas Molla
An ageing teenager who apparently still likes Twenty One Pilots and HIMYM. Also fascinated by Greek and Egyptian mythology and history. Still waiting for my man Milos Raonic to win a Grand Slam.

Arsenal will look to end their awful run of form in the Premier League when they meet Burnley on Sunday. The Gunners are winless in their last four league matches, three of which have ended in defeats. But, they will have a spring in their steps after reaching the Europa League final and will look to use that momentum to end the campaign on a positive note.

Unai Emery is likely to revert to a four at the back formation against Burnley this weekend. We could also expect a few rotations, especially after a strenuous win against Valencia in midweek.

Predicted 4-4-2 Arsenal lineup vs Burnley

Defence

Bernd Leno will return in goal, replacing cup goalkeeper Petr Cech. The German international will be eyeing his seventh clean sheet of the campaign.

Stephan Lichtsteiner, meanwhile, will replace Ainsley Maitland-Niles in the right back position. The veteran defender impressed against Brighton last weekend. His presence in the backline will solidify the Arsenal defence. Sead Kolasinac, on the other hand, could be given the nod ahead of Nacho Monreal in the left-back slot.

Shkodran Mustafi might return to central defence, at the expense of Laurent Koscielny. The German will partner the ever-present figure of Sokratis at the heart of Arsenal’s four-man backline.

Midfield

Lucas Torreira is likely to receive a breather, having started against Valencia in midweek. Matteo Guendouzi will replace the Uruguayan international.

Granit Xhaka will partner Guendouzi at the base of Arsenal’s 4-4-2. They will form the double-pivot, which might play a key role as Arsenal look to dominate the proceedings this weekend.

Elsewhere, the two wide-midfield roles will be occupied by Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi, with Mesut Ozil likely to start on the bench. Both the attackers will have a point to prove after struggling to create many chances in recent weeks.

Attack

The Arsenal attack will be led by the trusted offensive duo of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Both of these players have been in terrific goalscoring form, having combined 48 goals between them in all competitions this season.

Aubameyang, in particular, is coming on the back of a hat-trick against Valencia in midweek. And the Gabonese international will be keen on extending his scoring tally with yet another excellent performance against Burnley this weekend.

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