With Arsenal officially out of the Champions League race, it may be time to see some serious rotation against Liverpool. here’s how they could line up.
Arsenal‘s race for the top four came to an unceremonious end, leaving them grasping at straws to get back into Europa League. But the impetus may be more on the FA Cup. It’s hard to say yet, but that will become pretty evident by the kind of side Mikel Arteta sends out there against Liverpool.
In all likelihood, we will see some heavy rotation. We’ve been fighting through multiple matches a week with very little rotation to try to claw into a top-four spot but now that it’s impossible, that FA Cup match-up against Manchester City takes on added implications as it could spot us an FA Cup in a season that has otherwise been the start of a new project.
As usual, we have injuries and exclusions to talk about going into this match. The usual are out for the season still—Bernd Leno, Pablo Mari, Gabriel Martinelli, and Calum Chambers. Aside from that, Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi remain a distance thought. It’s unlikely we will see them again in an Arsenal shirt.
Lastly, Eddie Nketiah will miss out again due to the suspect red card that I’m still not convinced was deserved.
Not a whole lot else to think about with this one. All we need to talk about now is how Arteta will deploy the troops. He’s been stuck on the 3-4-3 lately and for want of getting into the sensational, I’m going to have to stick with the 3-4-3. If there is one thing that has become clear about Arteta, it’s that he borrows a lot from Arsene Wenger, and Wenger was not one for change.
If anything, Arteta would veer back to the 4-2-3-1, but I don’t think that’s on the docket yet. The 3-4-3 has been pretty successful despite the result against Spurs.
Let’s talk about personnel. We’ll start at the back in goal.
Emiliano Martinez will keep his spot. I’m just as excited about seeing him out there as I was about Bernd Leno. That’s a special place to be.
On to the centerbacks.