Arsenal: 2020 in review
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta will be hoping for relief from his side’s Premier League form by beating Manchester City in the Carabao Cup quarter-final tonight. Arsenal have won every game this season which hasn’t been in the Premier League but come up against a City side who have won the League Cup for each of the past three campaigns. Express Sport have picked a Gunners XI we expect to line up at the Emirates tonight.
Goalkeeper – Leno
Arsenal need to win and therefore need their best goalkeeper playing.
Runar Alex Runarsson has looked shaky in his appearances in the Europa League but got away with it due to the goals Arsenal scored at the other end.
However, Pep Guardiola’s side will prove a tougher test than the likes of Rapid Vienna and Dundalk.
Bernd Leno should therefore start between the posts.
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Defence – Bellerin, Luiz, Gabriel, Kolasinac
Arteta changes formation more often than Arsenal score at the moment.
But a back four looks likely tonight, with summer signing Gabriel returning following his suspension.
Kieran Tierney could be rested, giving Sead Kolasinac his first appearance in three weeks.
Hector Bellerin is likely to come back in at right-back after being left out against Everton, with David Luiz set to partner Gabriel.
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Midfield – Elneny, Ceballos, Willock
Arsenal are still without Thomas Partey due to injury and Granit Xhaka through suspension.
Mohamed Elneny was poor against Everton but could keep his place due to a lack of alternatives.
Arsenal need more from Dani Ceballos or it looks increasingly likely that his loan move won’t be made permanent at the end of the season.
Joe Willock should start, with Elneny and Ceballos giving him the freedom to make runs into the box and provide a goalscoring threat.
Attack – Pepe, Lacazette, Nelson
Despite Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang still being absent with a calf problem, Arteta has an abundance of attacking options to choose from.
But sadly for him, none of them are in good form at the moment.
Nicolas Pepe could get the nod over Willian, with Reiss Nelson hoping for a start on the opposite flank.
Alexandre Lacazette should come in for Eddie Nketiah, after the England under-21 international failed to impress against Everton.
Expected Arsenal XI to play City in full: Leno; Bellerin, Luiz, Gabriel, Kolasinac; Elneny, Ceballos, Willock; Pepe, Lacazette, Nelson.
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