Arsenal vs Aston Villa predicted XI: Ground can be made up

Arsenal, Cedric Soares (Photo by PAUL CHILDS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Arsenal, Cedric Soares (Photo by PAUL CHILDS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) /
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Arsenal, Lucas Torreira
Arsenal, Lucas Torreira (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images) /

Central Midfield

One of the few places that I can safely predict since there are really only three options to fill two positions, and one never changes.

Granit Xhaka, like David Luiz, will keep his job because no one else can play it. Mikel Arteta has been outspoken in his praise for Xhaka and all he does for this club and as long as that’s the case, and as long as Xhaka doesn’t burn himself out, he will continue to play every single match for the foreseeable future. I’m just fine with that, and so are you.

Next to him, I could see Dani Ceballos getting a breather. He’s been such a huge part of the Gunners recent string of successes, but with the cluster of fixtures, it’s likely that Lucas Torreira will get himself a start here.

Plus, given the nature of the match, one in which we will probably have to defend the counterattack more than we’ll have to worry about establishing a foothold, Torreira is better suited for the match.

A very, very unsure front three next.