The predicted lineup for Arsenal as the Gunners are set to face Fulham in the opening week of the 2020/21 Premier League campaign
The Premier League is finally back and this campaign would certainly be one filled with surprises after most of the clubs have carried out some lucrative signings over the summer. Arsenal is set to travel to the Craven Cottage to face Fulham this Saturday in the afternoon in the first match week of the Premier League. Mikel Arteta would be hoping for a top-four finish this season and a perfect start to the campaign might be the crucial foundation stone for a successful campaign.
Mikel Arteta and his men will be hoping to clinch all three points in their first game of the season after winning the Community Shield in a nail-biting penalty shootout. However, the north London side may not start with their best line up after a few unfortunate late injuries in the senior squad. Nonetheless, here is the predicted starting eleven for Arsenal.
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GOALKEEPER- BERND LENO
The German goalkeeper Bernd Leno will make his way back into the starting eleven for the Gunners tomorrow after a successful recovery. In form Emiliano Martinez would have to warm the bench against Fulham, however, the player is also reportedly close to signing for Aston Villa, according to The Sun.
Nonetheless, Leno’s return is certainly a positive one as the German has been one of the Premier League’s best shot stoppers last season and his skills will be put to test at the Craven Cottage tomorrow.
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DEFENCE- TIERNEY, SALIBA, AND HOLDING
The Gunners face a severe injury crisis in their backline as Shkodran Mustafi, Calum Chambers and Pablo Mari are sidelined for several more weeks after sustaining long term injuries. Former Chelsea defender David Luiz has reportedly felt severe discomfort in his neck and the Brazilian might just miss the game against Fulham.
With Luiz and Mustafi out, it is highly expected that Rob Holding will cover the role of David Luiz at the Craven Cottage this Saturday. The Gunners new signing, Gabriel Magalhaes will most likely not start against Fulham as Arteta might just go for the more experienced William Saliba. Magalhaes will certainly start later on, however, the player needs time to adjust to life in England and to the Premier League before showcasing his talent.
Kieran Tierney will most likely take the left-centre back position to complete the 3-4-3 formation that Arteta prefers to play. The Scottish international put a top performance in the UEFA Nations League against Israel that ended as a 1-1 draw, however, the 23-year-old will be hoping to put on the very same performance against Fulham as well to cement a place in the starting eleven.