Predicted Arsenal lineup vs Luton Town: Midweek rotation

  • Arsenal host a Luton side that could be without 13 players due to injury
  • Bukayo Saka is "fine" for Wednesday's game
  • A good opportunity for Mikel Arteta to rotate

Gabriel Jesus could get a chance up top on Wednesday
Gabriel Jesus could get a chance up top on Wednesday / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/GettyImages
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Despite the lack of action, Sunday's game in Manchester undoubtedly took years of the lives of Arsenal supporters, and there's no respite in midweek with the Gunners ina ction on Wednesday night.

Gooners will be hoping for a more serene outing against a Luton Town outfit that could be without 13 first-teamers for their second visit to north London in five days. The Hatters are fighting for their lives in the drop zone, but they've been competitive in almost every fixture against 'Big Six' opposition this season.

They're somewhat of an annoyance, but their absences will hinder their ability to hurt Mikel Arteta's title chasers.


Predicted Arsenal lineup vs Luton Town

Declan Rice
Declan Rice in action on at Manchester City / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/GettyImages

Here's how Arsenal could line up against the Hatters.


Goalkeeper & Defenders

David Raya (GK) - Arsenal's defensive brilliance meant Raya barely had to break a sweat for a clean sheet at the weekend.

Takehiro Tomiyasu (RB) - Tomi is back in the fold, and he could be rotated into the side on Wednesday having played 30 minutes on Sunday. Ben White gets a breather.

William Saliba (CB) - Fresh off his stellar display in Manchester, Saliba will match up against a less potent threat in midweek.

Gabriel (CB) - The ever-available Gabriel was immense at the weekend, and while Arteta could make a couple of changes for this one, I suspect he'll rotate his backline.

Oleksandr Zinchenko (LB) - Starts have been hard to come by for Zinchenko as of late, and for good reason. He hasn't done enough during his cameo appearances to warrant usurping Jakub Kiwior. However, he could get a chance against the Hatters.


Midfielders

Declan Rice (CM) - Arteta will want to offer Rice some respite ahead of a demanding April, but he'll want to start his enforcer and hopefully have the game wrapped up early on so he can start withdrawing Arsenal's stars.

Thomas Partey (CM) - His legs are going, but the sequences of progressive quality with the ball remain. Partey could add another dimension to the Gunners during the run-in.

Martin Odegaard (CM) - The skipper's tireless effort went unrewarded on Sunday as he struggled to produce with the ball. It'll be a different game on Wednesday, with Odegaard poised to be heavily involved.


Forwards

Leandro Trossard (RW) - Trossard had some success playing off the right last season, and Arteta could use the Belgian in favour of Bukayo Saka, who's fine but fatigued.

Gabriel Jesus (ST) - Jesus has reduced in promience since returning from his latest injury setback with Kai Havertz coming to the fore. However, we could see the boss alter things up and allow Jesus to find some scoring form.

Gabriel Martinelli (LW) - Having enjoyed a cameo on Sunday, Martinelli should get an hour under his boots against Luton.


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