Arsenal will look to continue their excellent run of form when they play hosts to Everton in the Premier League on Sunday. The Gunners are coming on the back of a narrow 1-0 win over Olympiacos and have won three of their last four matches in all competitions. Hence, they will be confident about their chances this weekend as they look to move up the league standings.
Here is how Arsenal could line up against the Toffees on Sunday.
Predicted 4-2-3-1 Arsenal Lineup Vs Everton
Mikel Arteta started with Sokratis as the right-back in midweek, but the Greek defender ended up picking up a knock. In any case, Hector Bellerin is favourite to return to his customary position, ahead of Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
On the opposite flank, Sead Kolasinac was once again in the substitute’s bench in the win over Olympiacos. The Bosnian is likely to start this time around at the expense of Bukayo Saka while Kieran Tierney remains out injured.
Shkodran Mustafi also took a knock in midweek. But, we expect the German international to return to full fitness in time and retain his place at the heart of the four-man backline, alongside David Luiz. Both the defenders performed brilliantly in the last game alongside Bernd Leno, with the German tipped to retain his place in between the sticks, ahead of Emiliano Martinez.
In midfield, Matteo Guendouzi is more than likely to return to the bench after an underwhelming display against Olympiacos. Lucas Torreira missed the trip to Greece due to illness, but the Uruguayan might be in contention to start this weekend. However, we fancy Dani Ceballos to get the nod ahead of both Guendouzi and Torreira in the double-pivot.
The Spaniard is set to partner Granit Xhaka, who has become one of the key components of Arteta’s rejuvenated Arsenal squad that has been doing well recently. But, the ex-Gladbach star will be hoping for an improved performance, as he looked shaky in the win over Olympiacos.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was really useful in the left flank on Thursday. And he is, therefore, more than a likely starter at left-wing, which would see Gabriel Martinelli returning to the bench.
Joe Willock is also expected to make way for Mesut Ozil, who was allowed a parental leave. The German will operate as the lone number ten, with Nicolas Pepe and Aubameyang being deployed in the wider attacking slots.
And finally, the Arsenal attack will be spearheaded by Alexandre Lacazette, whose goal helped the club seal a narrow away victory over Olympiacos.