Arsenal will be looking to return to winning ways on Saturday against Huddersfield who sit rock bottom of the Premier League.
The Gunners have many injury problems at the back with Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Hector Bellerin both ruled out of the game, while Shkodran Mustafi is also a doubt for Saturday’s match but could still feature.
The good news for Arsenal fans is that Henrikh Mkhitaryan returned to action with the Under-23s and is an option for Unai Emery.
Here’s how Arsenal may line up against Huddersfield for Saturday’s clash.
1. Goalkeeper and Defenders
Bernd Leno (GK) – The German stopper has been a mainstay in the Arsenal 11 and should keep his place between the sticks. There wasn’t a lot the German could have done in their last game to stop the goals against Manchester City either.
Stephan Lichtsteiner (RB) – There’s been a lot of talk about Arsenal’s right back situation with the Swiss veteran looking like he’s past it now at 35, but due to a lack of options with Bellerin and Ainsley Maitland-Niles out injured it looks like he will start.
Laurent Koscielny (CB) – A massive boost for Emery has been the return of Koscielny, arguably the club’s best defender. The vastly experienced centre back has slotted in brilliantly since his return from injury and even bagged a goal last time out against City.
Shkodran Mustafi (CB) – Injury permitting, Mustafi should start. There has been talk of Arsenal potentially playing Monreal in the middle but it may be down to a late fitness test if he starts or not.
Nacho Monreal (LB) – It looks as if Monreal has the edge over fellow left back Sead Kolasinac and will get the nod as the Spaniard may help new signing Denis Suarez down the left hand side.
Lucas Torreira (CM) – The Uruguayan has been one of the first names on the team sheet this season and that doesn’t look to be changing anytime soon. He bagged the winner in the reverse fixture this season, however, will be on more defensive duties this time out.
Mattéo Guendouzi (CM) – The young Frenchman has had a fine debut season in the Premier League and will no doubt slot into the team as one of the three midfielders in a system that has favoured the Arsenal boss.
Denis Suarez (CM) – The Spaniard came off the bench against City and looks set to replace Kolasinac to make his full debut. He will offer more of an attacking threat and with Arsenal likely to have more of the possession he could just thrive in the role.
Aaron Ramsey (CAM) – Ramsey hasn’t been in Emery’s plans this season but can still be an asset to the team. With Mesut Ozil looking out of favour the Welshman could start in an attacking role on Saturday.
Alexandre Lacazette (ST) – This season the France international has been an integral part of Arsenal’s season and his partnership with Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang is crucial if they are to get into the top four. He only needs one more goal to reach double figures this season and will no doubt be eager to hit the milestone.
Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang (ST) – The Gabonese striker has been a revelation this season and is arguably the club’s most important player. He’s got 15 goals this campaign and will be looking to add to that tally at the John Smith’s Stadium.