Football in England is back! The first night of the comeback will see Arsenal visit Premier League defending champions Manchester City in an interesting encounter on Wednesday night.
Though there will be no crowd watching the game live in the stadium, millions will be tuning in on their televisions, hence, the pressure will be no less on the players.
In terms of playing form, the Gunners were on a good run before the lockdown but they did have a few injury worries.
Now, having had more than three months time to recover and rest, we expect manager Mikel Arteta to have an almost fully fit squad to pick his XI from as he faces off against his former boss Pep Guardiola.
Here’s how we think Arteta will line his XI up for the Gunners’ first game back after the restart.
GK - Bernd Leno
Leno was Arsenal’s main man before the lockdown. The German international is set to take the gloves for this game and beyond.
RB - Hector Bellerin
The club’s vice-captain had a good run of games to shrug off his long-term injury before the break. He should start at right-back on Wednesday night.
CB - David Luiz
Luiz is Arsenal’s first-choice centre-back at the moment. He is probably one of the first names on the team sheet.
CB - Sokratis
Sokratis was in very good form at the back prior to the lockdown. The Greek international is in line to partner David Luiz at the heart of the Arsenal defence.
LB - Kieran Tierney
Tierney had a long-term injury before the break. However, the three-month gap has allowed him to recover and get back into shape. The Scotsman should start at left-back against City.
CM - Granit Xhaka
Xhaka has been one of the better players under Arteta. The former captain should slot into the central midfield. Its a tough game though after such a long break.
CM - Dani Ceballos
With Torreira a doubt for this game, we predict Ceballos will partner Xhaka in midfield.
RW - Nicolas Pepe
Though Reiss Nelson has been pushing for a place in the starting XI, Pepe should get the nod ahead of him on the right-wing. The Ivorian still has a point to prove, and performing well against the defending champions wouldn’t be a bad idea!
CAM - Mesut Ozil
Ozil had a good run of form going prior to the lockdown. The former German international still has it in him to nail down that attacking midfield spot. He should start at the Etihad.
LW - Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Not many would question Aubameyang’s inclusion in the team. The club captain is certain to lead the team out against City. He will be hoping to score and regain his form after the long break.
ST - Alexandre Lacazette
Eddie Nketiah did well as a striker in March, however, Arteta might just go with experience and pick Lacazette to lead the line against a side like City. The Frenchman has a point to prove though, as his form before the break wasn’t that good.