For the first time in a while, there are some real question marks over our lineup this weekend. Injuries and suspensions will play their part, but with a number of players ready to return to action and Arsene Wenger potentially looking to rest a few stars ahead of our trip to Southampton, the manager has a few decisions to make.
Here’s how we believe Arsenal will line up against Burnley this weekend:
GK) David Ospina
As much as we’d love to never see the Colombian between the sticks again, Wenger isn’t likely to have a better chance to give him some game time than this. If he does make a mistake that costs us the game, there will be absolute ructions from fans though.
RB) Calum Chambers
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Who plays at right-back is likely to say a lot about what happens post January, and to be honest it’s unclear who Wenger will plump for. Hector Bellerin could start, although he’ll need a rest at some point, and this seems like the best time to give him one. If Mathieu Debuchy gets the nod then it would suggest he won’t be moved on this January and Wenger is still hoping his compatriot will play a part this season, but if he’s left out then it’s hard to see him salvaging his Arsenal career. The final option is Calum Chambers, who hasn’t really shone at right-back, but with a lack of other options may start. If he doesn’t start at right-back then he may replace Laurent Koscielny at centre-back, but Wenger will want to keep at least a few senior faces in the side.
LB) Kieran Gibbs
The left-back spot is a position we don’t actually have too many concerns about, as Gibbs and Nacho Monreal rotate quite well. The Spaniard is likely to play in the Premier League next week, so this weekend should see Gibbs take his place.
CB) Gabriel Paulista
Per Mertesacker is unavailable following his red card against Chelsea, so Gabriel Paulista will almost certainly start. Whether it’s next to Koscielny or Chambers however, remains to be seen.
CB) Laurent Koscielny
The Frenchman has been rotated occasionally this season, and could potentially miss out again this weekend. We expect him to keep his place though, so there’s at least a bit of experience in the back line.
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