Signs are good that Arsenal will field their strongest attack on Saturday

Saturday could be the day that we finally get to see the formidable line-up of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nicolas Pepe and Alexandre Lacazette all in action for Arsenal.

All three are fit and it is now totally up to Unai Emery if he decides to start the trio against Burnley.

There are still some outstanding injury issues, most notably in defence with Kieran Tierney, Rob Holding and Dinos Mavropanos all out until October but Arsenal is getting closer and closer to being able to field their strongest team.

We also know that Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac have been back in training, though I find it doubtful that they will be risked in Saturday’s game.

Emery is going to have some decisions to make, does he start with David Luiz and change a defence that kept a clean sheet last week? Does he bring back Lucas Torreira? What about Dani Ceballos, does he go with the midfielder from the start as well? And what about the youngsters Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson?

The announcement of the official team line-up on Saturday, usually released one hour before kick-off, will be one of the most eagerly awaited in a very long time. Well, since the Europea League final.

31 Comments

  1. Sparkles says:

    I’ll be pleased to see the trio of ALP (Auba-Laca-Pepe) start against Burnley but I have a feeling Pepe may not start because UE stated last time that he was lacking fitness after returning from the AFCON. I that happens, I’ll rather have RN on the RW in the stead of Mhiki.

    1. Tas says:

      I think Auba called them PAL ?

  2. ArsenalWhy says:

    Great news. I hope we get to see Pepe and Ceballos a little more in this game.

    OT.. man, what has happened to Alexis Sanchez, from being so good with us scoring from all over the field to being so bad with man u. Rumour going around is they want to offload him now.

    1. gotanidea says:

      – Man United’s fast tempo has exposed Sanchez’s lack of pace
      – His energy has decreased a lot due to aging process, so he cannot run around like the energizer bunny anymore
      – He is not the focal point of Man United’s attack, unlike at Arsenal

      Or

      – He loves Arsenal so much and plans to destroy Man United from inside
      – Arsenal paid him to be their Trojan horse at Old Trafford

      1. gooner4life says:

        Do you not mean duracell bunny?

  3. gotanidea says:

    I think Emery would keep most players of the winning team and replace Nelson with Pepe

    1. Jay2 says:

      Pepe with Mikhi

  4. Innit says:

    ………..Leno
    Niles..Chamb..Sok..Monreal
    Torreira..Ceballos..Guendouzi
    Pepe…Lacazette…Aubameyang

  5. Okiror says:

    i predict we shall see toreira replace xhaka, pepe replace nelson and auba will play on the left, lacazette in d middle this game is the best experiment to test our strongest team ahead of 2 big matches against liverpool and tottenham, i can not predict who will play number 10 but am sure the young lad guendouzi will keep his place alongside toreira

  6. Pablo Piccasso says:

    If Lacca is fit, he has to start so that his got a full game before we face Liverpool. Similarly, Ceballos and Luiz has to start, while Pepe can be introduced in the second half.

    My preference would be.

    Leno
    AMN Luiz Chambers Monreal
    Xhaka Guendo
    Mkhi Ceballos Auba
    Lacca

    Pepe and the young stars can be introduced in the second half depending on how the game is moving.

  7. Okiror says:

    also we need Ozil to play some minutes bse i dont think ceballos and pepe will be ready for kind of fight we shall need against tottenham and liverpool, but they need to play atleast for 45miutes against burnley at home

  8. Okiror says:

    O.T these who go to d emirates please suport ashburton army and make some noise

  9. S.J says:

    My preference.

    Mkhitaryan… Aubameyang… Pépé…

    Guendouzi… Xhaka… Ceballos…

    Monreal… Luiz… Chambers… A.M Niles

    ….Leno

    Let’s see what our new signings can do before the trip to Liverpool.

  10. Sue says:

    OT.. Sol has left Macclesfield, surprised at that, thought he was doing alright

    Knowing who we have to come back.. things are looking good right now.. we have options!!! I’m really looking forward to a strong line up on Saturday, with PAL unleashed!!

    1. GOONERBRI says:

      Bring him to the Emirates as defensive coach! Can’t do worse.

  11. mayert says:

    Unai Emery loves Xhaka, Mkitaryan and Aubameyang so these are guaranteed starters tomorrow.

    Add Leno, AMN, Sokratis, Monreal, Guendouzi, Pepe, Chambers and Willock. That’s 4-2-3-1 starting 11 for you.

    Leno
    AMN..Chambers..Sokratis..Monreal
    Guendouzi…..Xhaka
    Pepe…Willock…Mkitaryan
    Aubameyang

  12. Lenohappy says:

    @Sue, yes cambell was doing alright,am guessing maybe he’s had a better offer from another club.

    1. Sue says:

      Yes, you’re probably right Lenohappy… watch this space!

    2. Targaryen says:

      Nop. The club is broke and haven’t paid any salaries to old Sol and his players in months.

  13. RSH says:

    Read that Xhaka may miss the next match actually. If that is the case I would like to see a Torreira/Ceballos/Willock midfield. Maybe Guendouzi, but I think Torreira and Guend. against a team that sits back is not the best idea. And Joe can still match Burnley’s physicality. I do wonder if we will see David Luiz start. Emery must be thinking about what his CB pairing is going to be against LFC the week after, and wouldn’t want to hand Luiz his debut then…

  14. ken1945 says:

    Hoping to see luis play, simply because a team like Burnley will sit back and try to catch us on the break – a good game for him to settle in at the expense of Soks.

    Also a great game to introduce PAL into the equation, especially if Burnley do sit back – we will need speed to unlock them.

    What a great position for UE to be in though, if only our three defenders, Bellerin, Holding and Kierney were fit…just imagine what the bench would look like – over to you coach and good luck!!!

  15. mohd says:

    good luck arsenal

  16. Tommogun58 says:

    Xhaka may be injured thank god,so Willock will hopefully keep his place, play them all CEB,LUIZ,PEPE, and of course the sublime Lacca and Auba.Great, I cant wait to see this lot having a go on Saturday.
    Sue, I believe Sol left on mutual terms so could be anything really.

    1. Sue says:

      We’ll find out soon enough, Tommogun58 ?

  17. Mihado ? says:

    Prefer a CB of Luiz and Socrates

    LENO.

    AMN…. LUIZ… SOC…. MONREAL

    WILLOCK.. TORIERRA.. CEBALLOS/OZIL

    PEPE…. LACA…. AUBA

    1. jon fox says:

      SOKRATIS? This site is for football lovers, not wrestling lovers!

  18. Gooner Sumant says:

    So if not LAP, we can see a MAP or we can have a NAP haha

  19. Tommogun58 says:

    Cant wait to see LAP all playing together,and Luiz in for Sumo Socratis or chambers and willock for the useless Xhaka.
    Sue, looks like Sol resigned because he hasn’t been paid for 4 months.His right hand man left last week for the same reason and some of the players are close.

    1. Sue says:

      4 months?? Well that makes sense then, Tommogun58!!

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