Arsenal are back in front of their home fans this afternoon with a big Premier League clash against their north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
Their previous game prior to the recent international break saw Arsenal beat Brentford 3-0 away from home.
Speaking ahead of today’s showdown in Friday’s press conference, Gunners manager, Mikel Arteta, didn’t go into details about his players’ injury situations but suggested that the trio of Oleksandr Zinchenko, Thomas Partey and Kieran Tierney will be “part of the team.”
With that in mind, here’s our prediction for Arsenal’s starting XI.
In goal, having played in all of the club’s league games in this campaign, it would make sense for Aaron Ramsdale to keep his place in the team.
Ahead of him, for the back four, we predict that Ben White will be at right-back, with the duo of Gabriel Magalhaes and William Saliba taking up the two centre-back roles.
Then at left-back, despite Arteta’s tight-lipped update on Zinchenko and Tierney, we think that it will be the Scotsman who lines up on this occasion to make up the defensive line.
Moving into the midfield, if Partey, who has been described as “phenomenal” this season by journalist Thierry Nyann is fit enough to start, we think that the Gunners boss will have him in the starting XI alongside Granit Xhaka.
Just ahead of those two, we think that club captain, Martin Odegaard will start ahead of Fabio Vieira, who is currently picking up a weekly wage of £45k-per-week, on this occasion.
Then on the wings, having both started all seven of Arsenal’s league games in this campaign, it would be no surprise to see Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka start.
Finally, on a similar level to the two previously mentioned wingers, it seems likely that Gabriel Jesus will start through the middle as Arsenal’s main striker.