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

Arsenal, Cedric Soares (Photo by PAUL CHILDS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
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Arsenal, Reiss Nelson
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Front Three

I say “unsure” because I honestly have no idea how Arteta will approach filling out the front three. Especially now that Eddie Nketiah is back in the mix after serving the suspension for a red card that Mikel Arteta clearly didn’t agree with. It’s not like he choked a guy out and Arteta will leave him on the bench.

Rather, Arteta will probably want to get Nketiah back in there as soon as he can, and that’s why I’m predicting his return to the starting XI here, even with Alexandre Lacazette in such good form. Rotation isn’t a demotion, it’s a rest.

On the right side, I do believe it’s time to get Reiss Nelson back in there. He was instrumental in the victory over Liverpool and that has to earn him a rotational start here.

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Lastly, because we have to have one veteran in this attack, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should keep his spot. But again, these three are the positions I’m least confident in predicting. If we see something completely different, I wouldn’t be surprised.