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Odegaard Makes His Starting Debut | Predicted 4-2-3-1 Arsenal Lineup Vs Wolverhampton Wanderers

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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.

Arsenal are hoping to continue their solid momentum in the Premier League as they lock horns with Wolves on Tuesday. It could be an ideal opportunity for the Gunners to push further up the table and a win is likely to help them potentially get level on points with arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur. They are the undisputed favourites as well, having remained unbeaten in their last seven league encounters.

Predicted Arsenal Lineup Vs Wolverhampton Wanderers

Defence

A late call saw Arsenal leave Kieran Tierney out of the team against Manchester United, in a precautionary measure. One could expect the Scot to make his return to the starting lineup, replacing Cedric Soares at right-back. Hector Bellerin, on the other hand, should continue on the opposite flank, although the Spaniard will be under pressure in light of Cedric’s recent form.

Mikel Arteta could face a major selection dilemma in central defence. David Luiz, in particular, was the best performer in the draw with Man United. But, he has started way too many games in recent weeks and could be given a breather, with Gabriel Magalhaes potentially making his way back into the team.

The Brazilian could renew his central defensive partnership alongside Rob Holding, with Pablo Mari being another option for Arteta. No other changes are expected in defence, though, as Bernd Leno looks to continue in goal ahead of this season’s two new signings in Runar Alex Runarsson and Mat Ryan.

Predicted Arsenal Lineup Vs Wolverhampton Wanderers - Gabriel to return.
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

Dani Ceballos is a doubt heading into this game but could be forced into the starting eleven if he does recover in time. The Spaniard could replace Thomas Partey, who has had his problems with injuries and simply cannot be risked ahead of another important clash against Aston Villa next weekend.

Granit Xhaka should partner Ceballos as usual, with Mohamed Elneny and Partey himself serving as potential alternatives. Elsewhere, Emile Smith Rowe should be given a breather, thus paving the way for Martin Odegaard to make his starting debut for Arsenal. It will be interesting to see how the Norwegian fares against the Wolves this week.

Attack

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang still remains a doubt in this fixture due to personal problems. Fortunately for Arsenal, Alexandre Lacazette has been in sublime form in his absence and should once again spearhead the attack.

The Frenchman will be aided by the two wide attackers in Bukayo Saka and Nicolas Pepe, who has been doing well recently and should get the nod ahead of Gabriel Martinelli on the left flank. Willian is an alternative, in case, Saka fails to recover in time.

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