Picking the Best Potential Arsenal Lineup to Face Huddersfield on Saturday

Arsenal will expect to extend their unbeaten record to 21 games in all competitions when they host Huddersfield at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

The Gunners took four points from two tough matches this week, beating Tottenham in Unai Emery’s first North London derby last weekend before drawing 2-2 against Manchester United on Wednesday, although the match was soured by injury problems.

This is Unai Emery’s most likely lineup against the Terriers.

1. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Bernd Leno (GK) – Leno has now started eight consecutive Premier League matches. He seems to be more comfortable with passing out from the back than Petr Cech, so he is a more natural fit for Unai Emery’s style of play.

Hector Bellerin (RB) – Having moved into a right wing back position in Arsenal’s last three matches, Bellerin is likely to return to a more reserved role on Saturday, but he will still get forward at every opportunity.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos (CB) – Rob Holding’s season-ending injury will probably force Emery to return to four at the back, with the experienced Sokratis starting for the tenth time this season.

Shkodran Mustafi (CB) – A defensive liability at the best of times last season, Mustafi has looked a lot more comfortable this season and scored his second goal of the season against Manchester United.

Sead Kolašinac (LB) – Kolašinac’s teammates have rallied around him this week after his error cost Arsenal victory at Old Trafford. He’ll soon come under pressure for his place in the team, with Nacho Monreal nearing a return to fitness.

2. Midfielders

Lucas Torreira (CM) – Torreira’s tenacity in midfield has made him an immediate hero with the Arsenal fans, and his goal against Tottenham last weekend will have done his popularity no harm.

Granit Xhaka (CM) – Often the target for stinging criticism in recent seasons, Xhaka seems to be benefiting from Torreira’s presence. He missed Wednesday’s match with a suspension but is now back in contention.

Alex Iwobi (AM) – With Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil both doubtful, Iwobi is likely to start behind the main striker. The versatile Nigerian is another who has improved significantly under Emery’s influence.

3. Forwards

Henrikh Mkhitaryan (RW) – One of the few who hasn’t yet stepped up under Emery, Mkhitaryan must take advantage of Arsenal’s injuries to make a case for himself before he is dropped from the team.

Alexandre Lacazette (CF) – Lacazette has scored after coming on as a substitute in Arsenal’s last two games, earning the right to start. He scored the opening goal in the corresponding fixture last season.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (LW) – Aubameyang became the first player to hit double figures in the Premier League this season with his brace against Tottenham, and he should be confident of adding to his total here.


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