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Arsenal updated predicted XI: Arteta changes formation, £25m man and debutant included

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Arsenal updated predicted XI: Arteta changes formation, £25m man and debutant included

Arsenal have a tricky return to Premier League action this weekend following the international break.

The Gunners will head to Manchester City for a Saturday evening kickoff, where Mikel Arteta will be hoping to overcome his former mentor once again.

While Arsenal were heavily beaten in their last Premier League meeting with the Citizens back in June, the North Londoners did triumph in their FA Cup semi-final tie en route to the trophy.

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This term, meanwhile, the Gunners have picked up nine points from their opening four games, with Liverpool the only side to have beaten them in the league thus far.

So, who could Arteta pick for the game?

In goal, Bernd Leno is a shoe-in to start, while widespread reports that Kieran Tierney will now be available suggest he’ll make the XI too.

The £25million man’s reported availability would be a huge boost for Arteta, who could make use of him in a variety of different ways.

 

Combined with Thomas Partey’s long-awaited arrival, the Arsenal boss could opt for a 4-2-3-1, with Tierney as left-back in a four-man defence of Gabriel, David Luiz and Hector Bellerin.

Partey, meanwhile, is fully match fit so he should have no problem slotting into the XI right away, where the debutant could form a double pivot with Granit Xhaka.

This would enable Dani Ceballos to move up into a No. 10 position – something which he previously said he’d be keen on – where he can focus on creating scoring chances.

We predict Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Willian would be named either side of the Spaniard, while Alexandre Lacazette leads the line.

Arsenal predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Leno; Bellerin, Luiz, Gabriel, Tierney; Partey, Xhaka; Willian, Ceballos, Aubameyang; Lacazette

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