Arsenal predicted lineup vs Aston Villa: Lacazette replaces Saka
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Arsenal predicted lineup vs Aston Villa: Lacazette replaces Saka

Arsenal return to action just four days after their dramatic draw on Monday night, with Mikel Arteta’s men hosting Aston Villa on Friday.

The Gunners needed Alexandre Lacazette to score an equaliser with virtually the last kick of the game to earn a point against Crystal Palace at the Emirates.

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It was an underwhelming performance from Arsenal, who had initially taken the lead from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

But Lacazette certainly staked a claim for a greater chance. The Frenchman was superb after coming on with 23 minutes remaining.

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And he has left Arteta with food for thought. But perhaps, the Arsenal boss’ hand may be forced given an incident in the first-half of the 2-2 draw.

Bukayo Saka was taken off at half-time after taking a kick from James McArthur. McArthur was booked for the incident, but many felt that he should have seen red.

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The Palace midfielder seemingly has no way of arguing that he was unaware of Saka being alongside him when he took a swipe.

And with that, Saka is now seemingly a doubt for Friday.

It would be a huge blow to not have the youngster. But perhaps his absence would open the door for Lacazette.

Aubameyang could then feature on the left.

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But there are other options. Albert Sambi Lokonga could come in to give Arsenal more of a presence in midfield.

Or perhaps Gabriel Martinelli could get a rare start. He looked lively after coming on against Palace. And that would allow Aubameyang to stay up front.

But with Lacazette making the key impact, perhaps the most likely option sees the Frenchman start…

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