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Mikel Arteta To Ring In The Changes | Predicted 4-3-3 Arsenal Lineup Vs Molde FK

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Jack O’Brien
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Arsenal face Molde on Thursday hoping to extend their winning run to three games in all competitions. The Gunners are coming on the back of a famous 1-0 win over Manchester United on Sunday while they have also won both of their Europa League fixtures. So a win this midweek could help them move one step closer towards securing a place in the knockout round.

Predicted 4-3-3 Arsenal Lineup Vs Molde FK

Defence

There could be a shuffle in the defensive unit as Mikel Arteta looks to keep his pack fresh ahead of an important clash against Aston Villa on Sunday.

Shkodran Mustafi was on the bench in the last game and should return to the side. David Luiz, unfortunately, is a doubt and is unlikely to be rushed back into the side. So we can expect Mustafi to partner Sead Kolasinac at the heart of the four-man backline once again.

There could be changes elsewhere too, with Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney making way for Cedric Soares and Ainsley Maitland-Niles in the fullback positions.

Runar Alex Runarsson, meanwhile, made his Arsenal debut against Dundalk last week. He, too, is expected to return to the side, replacing Bernd Leno in between the sticks.

Predicted 4-3-3 Arsenal Lineup Vs Molde FK - Mustafi will return to the side.
LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 23: Shkodran Mustafi of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Everton FC at Emirates Stadium on February 23, 2020, in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Midfield

Arteta is more than likely to make wholesale changes in midfield with Dani Ceballos, and Granit Xhaka tipped to replace the duo of Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny in the double-pivot, both of who were tireless in the win over Manchester United.

Joe Willock, meanwhile, could get the nod ahead of Bukayo Saka in the additional midfield role, having starred in the win over Dundalk. The Englishman could almost operate as a number ten.

Attack

Changes are in order in the attacking department as well, with Eddie Nketiah almost guaranteed to feature. The forward will likely operate in the number nine role, after impressing in the last game against Dundalk.

Willian started ahead of Nicolas Pepe against Manchester United on Sunday, so Arteta could revert that change, with the latter coming into the side once again. Reiss Nelson, too, is tipped to be recalled after emerging as one of the best players in the win over Dundalk. He will be looking to make an impression once again as he pushes for a regular starting place in the Premier League squad.

 

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