Arsenal face Aston Villa in the penultimate of their premier league season after a pair of great victories against Liverpool and Manchester City. The Gunners are in a tough spot with regards to the position in the league table and have to rely on the FA cup to secure a safe passage to the Europa League next season.
Assuming that a few stars are likely to be rested, here is how the Arsenal XI may look like in the fixture against Aston Villa:
Emi Martinez has performed admirably well for the Gunners in the absence of Bernd leno and he will retain his place in the starting XI for this fixture.
The 3-man defense played with a warrior-like spirit against Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final. David Luiz, Shkodran Mustafi, and Kieran Tierney clicked as a unit against the Citizens and their collective display has drawn praise from fans and pundits alike.
Arteta is likely to revert to a back four against Aston Villa with Rob Holding coming in for Shkodran Mustafi. David Luiz is likely to partner him at the heart of the defense with Kieran Tierney and Cedric Soares on the flanks.
The Xhaka-Ceballos pivot has clicked for Arsenal in the recent fixtures. The overworked duo is likely going to be given a rest for the fixture. Lucas Torreira is likely going to start alongside Dani Ceballos and Bukayo Saka in a midfield three. Granit Xhaka is likely to start from the bench.
The front three of Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Nicolas Pepe were in fine form in the games against Liverpool and Liverpool.
Aubameyang is likely to start on the left wing as he seeks to finish the season as the league’s top scorer. Eddie Nketiah is likely to start upfront and Reiss Nelson on the right to complete the Arsenal starting XI.
Mesut Ozil is likely to miss out again from the starting XI.
Key absentees: Bernd Leno, Calum Chambers, Shkodran Mustafi, Gabriel Martinelli