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Tierney And Aubameyang To Be Rested, Partey To Return | Predicted 4-2-3-1 Arsenal Lineup Vs Molde

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Arsenal are hoping to bounce back to winning form on Thursday as they lock horns with FK Molde in the UEFA Europa League. The Gunners could secure their place in the knockout round of the competition with a win this midweek, having secured nine points from their first three matches. It could also relieve some of the pressure off Mikel Arteta following two disappointing performances against Aston Villa and Leeds United.

Predicted 4-2-3-1 Arsenal Lineup Vs Molde

Defence

Arsenal must keep their players fresh ahead of their game against Wolves on Sunday. So we are expecting a few chops and changes from the side that featured against Leeds United on the weekend.

David Luiz did not make the squad in the last game as he and his partner had welcomed a baby girl recently. Arsenal are still missing Pablo Mari and Sead Kolasinac while Calum Chambers remains a doubt, meaning the Brazilian could make his return to the starting lineup, alongside Shkodran Mustafi in central defence.

Elsewhere, Kieran Tierney is guaranteed to be rested following a hectic international window followed by a game against Leeds United on the weekend. The Scot is set to make way for Ainsley Maitland-Niles at left-back. Similarly, Cedric Soares should come into the side, at the expense of Hector Bellerin on the opposite flank.

There could be a change in goal as well, with Bernd Leno making way for new signing Runar Alex Runarsson despite a positive performance against the Whites.

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Midfield

Arsenal are still missing Mohamed Elneny due to Covid-19 this week but could be boosted by the return of Thomas Partey. The Ghanaian international is tipped to start alongside Granit Xhaka in midfield, thus leaving out Dani Ceballos.

Unfortunately for Arteta, Bukayo Saka will most definitely be out after sustaining a nasty knock in the last game. His absence means Joe Willock could retain his place in the side. He might even appear in the number ten slot as he did against Leeds United.

Attack

Moving forward, Arsenal are dealing with a couple of injury-related absentees. Gabriel Martinelli still needs some time before he can fully recover from his knee while Willian picked up a knock against Leeds United. They are both expected to miss out this week.

Nonetheless, Arteta is set to make wholesale changes in the attacking unit, with Eddie Nketiah and Reiss Nelson coming in at the expense of Willian and Nicolas Pepe. The Ivorian, who picked up a straight red on the weekend, is still an option, however, as his three-game suspension is not applicable in European competitions.

Alexandre Lacazette, meanwhile, should spearhead the Arsenal attack, replacing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The Frenchman will be desperate to find the back of the net following a disappointing start to the campaign.

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