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Tierney & Xhaka Misses Out | Strongest Arsenal Lineup Judging By Performances This Season

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Jack O’Brien
A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.

With the ongoing international break, it is perhaps an ideal time to evaluate the performances of the Premier League clubs so far this season, following four weeks of exciting action in the English top-flight.

Arsenal have been among the best-performing sides in the league so far. And here, at The 4th Official, we will take a look at how the Gunners can best line up when club football resumes next weekend.

Strongest Arsenal Lineup Judging By Performances This Season

Defence

The defensive department will be a tough group to pick given how many Arsenal have at the moment.

Sead Kolasinac is an automatic exclusion, following his awful run of performances. However, the Bosnian international could be joined by Kieran Tierney, as we do prefer Gabriel Magalhaes in the left-sided centre-back role.

David Luiz and Rob Holding have both performed well, so they are automatic starters, forming the three-man backline alongside Gabriel, who has, in fact, been one of Arsenal’s top performers this season.

There is absolutely no competition in goal, with new signing Runar Alex Runarsson yet to make a single appearance for the Gunners. So Bernd Leno will start in between the sticks.

Strongest Arsenal Lineup Judging By Performances This Season - Gabriel is a starter.
LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 19: Gabriel Magalhaes of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on September 19, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Midfield

Arsenal raised a lot of eyebrows with the deadline day signing of Thomas Partey. Unfortunately, the Ghanaian is yet to make a single appearance for the club, so he is ineligible to be included in this lineup.

As far as performances are concerned, Mohamed Elneny has been a surprise package and does get the nod ahead of the experienced Granit Xhaka, who has had a mixed start to the campaign so far. The Swiss international could also be in danger of losing his place in the starting lineup following the arrival of Partey.

Dani Ceballos will be starting alongside Elneny in the double-pivot, having emerged as Arsenal’s key weapon in central midfield.

Elsewhere, Hector Bellerin is an automatic starter in the right wingback slot while Bukayo Saka should be preferred ahead of Sead Kolasinac/Kieran Tierney and Ainsley Maitland-Niles on the opposite flank.

Attack

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hasn’t found his goalscoring form just yet. But, the Arsenal forward is an automatic pick at left-wing, with Nicolas Pepe getting the nod ahead of new signing Willian and Reiss Nelson on the opposite flank.

Finally, the Arsenal attack will be spearheaded by Alexandre Lacazette, who is preferred over Eddie Nketiah due to his better work-rate and physical prowess.

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