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Arsenal predicted XI tonight: £27m man returns as Mikel Arteta hands 25-year-old his debut

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Arsenal predicted XI tonight: £27m man returns as Mikel Arteta hands 25-year-old his debut

Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal will hope to make up for their Premier League defeat at Liverpool on Monday by overcoming the same opponents at the same ground in the League Cup tonight.

The Gunners were second best against Jurgen Klopp’s Reds, who ran out 3-1 winners at Anfield earlier this week.

However, Arsenal have shown in recent months that they’re more than capable of beating the Merseysiders, as per the Community Shield and the tail end of the 2019-20 league season.

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And with Liverpool likely to make widescale changes, the game could be there for the taking for the North Londoners.

That said, Arteta is expected to ring the changes at his end too.

Bernd Leno is likely to make way for summer signing Runar Alex Runarsson, the 25-year-old having joined Arsenal for a reported £1million fee as Emiliano Martinez’s replacement.

Gabriel Magalhaes could also start – taking David Luiz’s central spot – after being rested on Monday, with Kieran Tierney and Rob Holding either side of the £27million man.

 

While William Saliba is pushing for his competitive Gunners debut, it’s unlikely that Arteta will risk him from the off, while Sead Kolasinac likely won’t play as he’s reportedly close to leaving.

On the flanks, fit-again Cedric Soares could take over from Hector Bellerin on the right, while Bukayo Saka, who was rested on Monday, could replace Ainsley Maitland-Niles on the left.

Dani Ceballos is likely to return to the XI after coming off the bench last time out, while 21-year-old Joe Willock could be given a chance to stake his claim for a regular starting place.

And up front, Eddie Nketiah is expected to lead the line after scoring in the last round against Leicester, with Nicolas Pepe and Reiss Nelson either side of him.

Arsenal predicted XI (3-4-3): Runarsson; Holding, Gabriel, Tierney; Cedric, Willock, Ceballos, Saka; Pepe, Nketiah, Nelson

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