3. Fabio Vieira
Kai Havertz has so far been utilised by Arteta in a fluid role that sees him occupy a variety of positions. However, defining the German’s role in Arteta’s subtly new setup has been tough.
Nevertheless, Havertz simply hasn’t done enough to warrant a start on Sunday. While it’s simply too early to write him off yet, it’d be best if he sat out of the limelight for a little while.
If Havertz is dropped, then Arteta has a big decision to make. Does he opt for security and start both Partey and Declan Rice or does he go bold and utilise Fabio Vieira in a role similar to one Granit Xhaka performed last season? While Vieira cannot replicate what Xhaka provided without the ball, last week he showed potential from a creative perspective in the left half-space and down the left flank.
The Portuguese creator starred off the bench against Fulham and played a leading role in Arsenal’s second-half resurgence, but has he done enough to warrant a start in such a big game?
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