It’s the opening match of the season and Arsenal face off against Liverpool with a host of first team players missing. There is a slight defensive crisis which could call for some changes from Arsene Wenger.
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Match: Arsenal v Liverpool
Stadium: Emirates Stadium
Kick Off (GMT): Sun 14th Aug 16.00
Arsenal are slight favourites for the match but face a tough test against Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.
Here’s how we think Arsenal will line up:
GK) Petr Cech
The Czech goalkeeper is undoubtedly Arsenal’s best option between the sticks and will take to the field if fit. He got 90 minutes against Manchester City last Sunday and made a number of impressive saves. Here’s hoping that Petr Cech performs better on this season’s opener than he did last year against West Ham United.
RB) Hector Bellerin
The young Spaniard will begin 2016-17 as Arsenal’s first choice right back and should stay there for the duration of the season. He impressed during pre-season and should keep his place.
CB) Calum Chambers
Calum Chambers is the most experienced centre back Arsenal can pick from and Wenger will probably go with the former Southampton man.
CB) Nacho Monreal
It wouldn’t be surprising if The Boss elected to play Nacho Monreal as a centre back rather than throw new singing Rob Holding in at the deep end. The Spaniard has played there a number of times in recent seasons and has always looked solid.
LB) Kieran Gibbs
With Monreal in the centre we expect Kieran Gibbs to come in at wing back. The Englishman didn’t have the best of seasons last year but looked good whenever he played during the summer.