Arsenal’s predicted starting XI against Liverpool

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Two games, two wins: Unai Emery can be happy with his and his team’s work so far this season.

However, Newcastle and Burnley are opponents he would have expected to beat when looking at his team’s schedule. A trip to Anfield to face the European champions is a far different proposition.

So, how will the former Sevilla boss set up his team for the big game? Here, we try to predict the Gunners’ starting XI.

He has been selected for the first two games so far, and there is no reason why Bernd Leno will not be between the sticks for this one as well. An easy choice for Emery here.

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The Gunners have so far set up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, but their 47-year-old manager is no stranger to mixing things up from a tactical point of view. Liverpool’s attacking threat will no doubt be in the back of his mind, and as such, he could set up in a 5-3-2 formation.

That would mean Ainsley Maitland-Niles at right wing-back and Sead Kolasinac in for Nacho Monreal on the opposite side of the defence, with David Luiz and Sokratis joined by Calum Chambers at the heart of the backline.

Arsenal will need energy against a high-pace Reds team, which should see the impressive Matteo Guendouzi keep his place, whilst Dani Ceballos’ vision and guile will be an asset going forward. Granit Xhaka is now fit, meanwhile, and has returned to full training. The Switzerland international brings a bit of bite to the side, and should therefore be included in what could well be Arsenal’s toughest away game this season in the Premier League.

Nicolas Pepe is yet to start for the north London outfit since his record-breaking arrival in the summer. Whilst the fans will want to see him in action soon, it would be unwise to start him in a match of this magnitude. With both Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang having scored in the last match, their confidence will be high and they should therefore be given the nod to prove themselves again as a front two.

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