Arsenal return to Premier League action on Saturday with the day’s late fixture at home to Everton.
Arsene Wenger’s side were one of the busiest teams in the just concluded January transfer window, with high profile incomings and outcomings most notably Alexis Sanchez moving to Manchester United with Henrikh Mkhitaryan going the other way as part of the deal as well as Gabonese star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joining from Borussia Dortmund.
The Gunners, however, were quite underwhelming in their last league outing, losing 3-1 to struggles Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium and will be looking for a much better result as well as an improved performance when Everton visit the Emirates. The Merseyside Blues overcame Leicester City 2-1 in their last game courtesy of 2 goals from former Arsenal man Theo Walcott.
The issue of what system will be adopted by Wenger with £55m man Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan now in the team has been up for debate since both moves became a possibility, but I feel given their defensive frailties against The Swans, the veteran boss will favour a 4-3-3 formation.
Petr Cech will be hoping to put in a much better display against Everton on Saturday as he is expected to start despite his error on Tuesday night.
In defence, Hector Bellerin will continue at right back, Sead Kolasinac should come in at left back with Nacho Monreal dropping to the bench. Laurent Koscielny and Shkrodan Mustafi should keep their places in the heart of the defence.
Midfield should see fit-again Jack Wilshere come in for Elneny to slot into the midfield three alongside Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka.
In attack, Henrikh Mkhitaryan should get his full debut as should Aubameyang with Alex Iwobi and Alexander Lacazette dropping to the bench. Mesut Ozil fresh off signing a new 3-year extension is also expected to start.
Predicted Lineup 4-3-3
Bellerin, Koscielny, Mustafi, Kolasinac
Ramsey, Xhaka, Wilshere
Ozil, Aubameyang, Mkhitaryan