How Arsenal should line up: pick your team to face Wolves

Written by Edward Pitt

February 2, 2021

How should Arsenal line up against Wolves

Arsenal got just a point out of there 0-0 draw with United last time out. Quite simply, if we win this game then that looks like a good point. If we lose it then we won’t be too pleased with dropping points against United. Arsenal are at that point in their season where we need to win every game that we, on paper, should be winning if we are to stand any chance of getting into those Champions League spots. It will be incredibly difficult to go on such a run, but certainly not impossible. United did so in the second half of last season to claim 3rd place.

Leno: His save against Fred last week was unbelievable looking back at it. I don’t think there are many ‘keepers in the league playing as well as he is right now

Bellerin: Once Tierney is fit again, I want to ideally see Cedric at RB. But with Tierney ruled out, I expect to see Bellerin back at RB and Cedric filling in at LB

Holding: He’s probably one of the first names on the team sheet right now. He has been so dependable recently, and we will need him at his best to contain new signing Willian Jose

Gabriel: David Luiz was shaky against Southampton, and then amazing against Manchester United. I would say he thrives in those types of games where he needs to concentrate so much and we are defending significantly more. In this game, Wolves are going to sit deep and try to catch us on the break. I think we should see Gabriel come back in for this one

Cedric: Cedric is on really impressive form considering most of his recent minutes have been at LB. His delivery is really good and he seems to always make the right decision

Partey: Partey was a slight concern, but it appears as though he will be fit again and available for selection. He wasn’t at his best against United, but still had a decent game. And we know that when he is at his best he is going to boss the midfield

Xhaka: To begin with I’d keep Xhaka in the lineup for this game. He has been playing really well recently. However, if we do find ourselves in need of a goal and a way of breaking down the opposition, Ceballos may be ready to come on for some minutes off the bench

Saka: He was ruled out against United with a slight hip injury and will be assessed late for this game. But images show him back in full training with the squad. If he is fit, he goes straight back in on the right hand side. He perhaps would have been a difference maker against United if we had him

Odegaard: Now this one is perhaps a bit controversial, but I would rest Smith Rowe for this game (have him available to bring on if necessary). His form has been brilliant, but he is a player with a history of injuries and there are some big games over the next month or so. This game will be one of sustained possession, one which suits Odegaard’s style. Plus, at some point we need to see this guy, why not in this game

Pepe: Aubameyang is back with the first team and could well be available, but Pepe is showing glimpses of good form. Something which I bemoaned earlier in the season was when Pepe had 2 or 3 really good displays, only to be replaced by Willian, in turn killing his confidence. I want to see him given a few games in the side. Plus, I think the balance on our left hand side will be better with Pepe, rather than having two right-footers

Lacazette: He is playing really well and I am expecting that to continue. It isn’t a game for strikers who play on the shoulder, we are going to need someone we can fizz the ball into and he can hold it up and lay off to others

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