Arsenal have the opportunity to maintain their perfect start to the Premier League campaign when they face Liverpool on the road on Saturday evening.
The Gunners have a dismal recent record against the Reds at Anfield (three defeats on the bounce) but they will go into the game with plenty of optimism with the quality recruits added to the squad over the summer.
Bernd Leno has been assured between the sticks during the opening two games. The Germany international is the club’s first-choice goalkeeper and is expected to start against the European champions.
In the defence, no changes are likely with Hector Bellerin, Kieran Tierney and Rob Holding still far off from first-team contention. Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Nacho Monreal should slot into the right and left-back positions respectively with David Luiz once more partnering Sokratis at the heart of the backline.
In the centre of the park, Granit Xhaka should re-enter the fray after recovering from a lower back and leg problem. The Swiss should captain the side and accompany Matteo Guendouzi at the heart of the midfield. In this case, Gunners graduate Joe Willock will drop to the bench after starting the opening two league games.
In the attack, Dani Ceballos should get the nod over Mesut Ozil despite the latter’s return to training. Ceballos bagged a couple of assists during his maiden appearance at the Emirates Stadium last weekend and that should be more than sufficient to hand him with another run in the number 10 role. The Spaniard will be key to unlocking the Reds backline with his strong passing abilities.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette scored in the recent encounter against Burnley and the duo are bound to feature from the off at Anfield. Alongside the duo, Nicolas Pepe should earn his maiden start for the Gunners after showing glimpses of his quality off the bench in the past two games. Aubameyang and Pepe should feature on the left and right wing respectively with Lacazette leading the line.