3-4-2-1: Strongest probable Arsenal line-up to defeat Liverpool

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By Pat

Given our shambolic Premier league start, Arsenal are already in a pickle this season with Arsene Wenger condemned to prove to his critiques that he’s the right man to continue at the helms of the Gunners affairs.

Arsenal travel to Merseyside to play Liverpool this Sunday and it will be our biggest test in the league hitherto. The win against Leicester City was unconvincing as we came back from behind twice to win the game while the defeat to Stoke City convinced the jury that the Gunners may not fare any better this season.

Arsenal are very shaky defensively but they have been boosted in attack by the return of Alexis Sanchez who could be part of the party. The Chilean has been sorely missed after returning late to training – due to an extended break, and an abdominal injury has kept him on the sideline. However, he is unlikely to start but a substitute appearance is certain.

We run a rule of Arsenal’s probable line up against Liverpool.

Goalkeeper

For the Premier League games, Petr Cech will continue to man in-between the sticks for Arsenal but he’ll take the second seat in competitions other than the EPL. He has conceded five goals in the league but he’s not to blame solely as our defence have played like school boys.

Defence

We expect Arsene Wenger to stick with a three man defence but the return of Laurent Koscielny would inadvertently strengthen the Gunners back line. Koscielny will displace Nacho Monreal as the last man in defence and on his right will be Shodran Mustafi while Monreal is expected to return to the left side of a back three.

Midfield.

Granit Xhaka has earned plaudit for his recent display in midfield. Xhaka appears to be the pivot of the Gunners team setup, Ramsey will play closest to him but in the stead of a free-role player.

Arsene Wenger made a mess of the midfield against Stoke and his set up was terrible as Bellerin played from the left, and his attacking prowess was affected.

The midfielders will be flanked by Hector Bellerin on the right, while Kolasinac is expected to play as the left wing back, utilising their attacking and defensive strengths,

Attack

Welbeck was a shadow of himself against Stoke City, we expect him to be benched and contract rebel Chamberlain given the nod to play in his stead. Ozil will reclaim his position in attack while new boy Alexandre Lacazette takes the lead in attack.

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