Arsenal will look to pick up where they left off before the international break as they make the trip north to face Sheffield United on Monday night in the Premier League.
The Gunners edged past a keen Bournemouth side in their last game and won 1-0 at the Emirates, with David Luiz getting the only goal of the game.
Their only defeat of the season so far has been against Liverpool at Anfield which ended in a 3-1 loss.
However, it won’t be an easy task to get past Chris Wilder’s Blades after his side almost caused an upset against the European Champions themselves, a Georginio Wijnaldum strike being the only difference at Bramall Lane back in September.
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So what starting XI should Unai Emery select on Monday evening? Here is what we think the Spaniard should do to deliver another three points on the road and continue the Gunners’ good run…
Bernd Leno should keep his place in between the sticks as Emery’s clear No.1, starting all of Arsenal’s games so far this season.
But we recommend significant changes amongst the defence – Kieran Tierney should line up at left-back and make his Premier League debut with the returning Hector Bellerin on the right, after both recently completed a full ninety minutes for the Gunners in the Europa League.
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Arsenal fans deserve to get their wish and see Callum Chambers play in his natural position as a centre back alongside David Luiz. While the England international has brought two clean sheets in his last three starts, regular Sokratis – who started Arsenal’s last game – has a Whoscored rating of just 6.66 this term.
Ahead of them in the midfield, we propose Granit Xhaka as the anchor between Matteo Guendouzi and Dani Ceballos. The 23-year-old Spaniard will be critical in this game as his creativity could decide the outcome of the match against what looks almost certain to be a water-tight Sheffield United backline.
Alexandre Lacazette could be available again after injury but we want to see 18-year-old Bukayo Saka fill in once more on the left of the front three. The youngster had a superb game at Old Trafford earlier in the season and Lacazette probably isn’t ready to start from the off anyway. Nicolas Pepe should feature on the right and will be expected to provide more output after assisting against Bournemouth.
Of course, we’re giving talisman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang the nod up top. He’s scored seven goals in eight Premier League games this term.