Arsenal vs Dundalk Predicted Lineup: A Totally Different Side

Arsenal, Reiss Nelson (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Arsenal, Reiss Nelson (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images) /
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Arsenal, Mikel Arteta, Reiss Nelson
BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 26: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal speaks to Reiss Nelson (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images) /

Reiss Nelson (RW) – Arsenal fans won’t be best pleased if Nelson doesn’t start. Willian is likely to be fit and in with a shout, but it’s the 20-year-old who everyone wants to see play. If he does get the nod, which I think he will, then I hope Arteta allows him to play with some freedom and be encouraged to take on his man every time he gets the ball.

Eddie Nketiah (ST) – What’s lacking (well, one thing) from recent tepid attacking displays has been adequate movement from the forward line. Alexandre Lacazette loves dropping off and being involved in the phases, but Nketiah make clever runs in between defenders to attack spaces in behind as opposed to in front. If Smith Rowe plays, he should get more scope to do so.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles (LW) – Again, Willian could come in to add some experience into the side, but with Maitland-Niles not getting much in the way of minutes lately it’ll do him some good to get a run out. Whether him and Nelson swap flanks to strike up partnerships with their closest midfielder we’ll have to wait and see. AMN’s runs off the ball could help unlock a stubborn Dundalk back line.