Mikel Arteta & co. will welcome Premier League champions Liverpool to Emirates stadium this evening in Matchday 30 of the 2020/21 season.
The Gunners head into the game, aiming of bounce back to winning ways after remarkable fightback at West Ham United, as the homeside took a 3-0 lead before Mikel Arteta’s side came back to draw the game before the international break.
And ahead of latest fixture against the Reds, who managed to win just four of the 14 league games they have played this year, Mikel Arteta & co. have a couple of fresh injury concerns hampering their preparations.
Two of Arsenal’s brightest youngsters in Emile Smith-Rowe and Bukayo Saka are struggling with thigh and hamstring injuries respectively.
Saka has been struggled with a hamstring strain, which saw him missed Gunners 1-0 defeat to Olympiacos in the Uefa Europa League.
The 19-year-old versatile player made returned to the Arsenal starting lineup against West Ham before the international break, but was forced to withdraw from England squad due to same injury problem and stayed put at Arsenal to receive treatment.
However, the winger, who involved in individual training in recent days taken a major step towards being available for selection once again as on Friday he was involved in a session alongside his team-mates.
But Emile Smith-Rowe, who sat out of England Under-21s’ devastating European Championships defeat by Croatia on Wednesday night due to a hip issue, wasn’t involved in a training session with his team-mates on Friday morning.
Meanwhile, David Luiz is totally out of the game while Willian and Granit Xhaka will face latest fitness before consider involve in Matchday squad.
And despite the absence of Luiz alongside Smith-Rowe at London Colney training based yesterday, there are alot of positive vibes as Alexandre Lacazette, Thomas Partey included Gabriel Martinelli full focus on mouthwatering encounter with Reds at Emirates tonight.
Lacazette alongside Partey was showed practice a wide array of impressive finishing techniques while rest of Mikel Arteta’s squad put through their paces at club training based.
Partey has impressing in shooting practice, as he finding the net with a stunning strike from range, and hoping of taking the spirit into the highly-anticipated fixture with Jurgen Klopp’s side at the Emirates later today.
Lacazette, meanwhile, showcasing a wide array of impressive finishing techniques, as Frenchman hoping of continue his impressive form in front of goal when his side encounter with Liverpool on Saturday night.
With club skipper Aubameyang drifting in and out of form, Lacazette’s more consistent end product has been vital to Arteta’s team. He has also scored in Arsenal’s last two Premier League meetings with Liverpool, so the visitors will be well aware of his threat.
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In Luiz’s absence, Rob Holding and Gabriel Magalheas should form the central defensive partnership for Arsenal, who will line up in their usual 4-2-3-1 formation against Liverpool.
Kieran Tierney, who produced man-of-the-match display in Scotland last two games expected to be the full-backs alongside Hector Bellerin while Bernd Leno is a certainty in goal.
Up ahead in midfield, Thomas Partey will be a part of the engine room and will hope to have Granit Xhaka as his partner. If the Swiss international is unable to start then Dani Ceballos will take his spot in the side. Meanwhile, Martin Odegaard should reprise the no. 10 role, especially amid uncertainties over Smith Rowe’s participation.
It is the potential absence of Saka, though, that will be most concerning and Nicolas Pepe is likely to be deployed on the right-wing, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang taking his place on the left flank. Finally, Alexandre Lacazette will lead the line for Arsenal against Liverpool.
Arsenal predicted XI: Leno; Bellerin, Holding, Gabriel, Tierney; Partey, Xhaka; Pepe, Odegaard, Aubameyang; Lacazette