Ramsey, Giroud To Start: 3-4-3 Arsenal Predicted Lineup To Keep Their UCL Hopes Alive Against Everton
Arsenal are one of the three clubs fighting for a place in the Champions League next season but a win in their final game of the season might not be enough for them to finish in the top-4 spots this season. They are currently just a point off Liverpool in the 3rd place but face a tricky test against Everton at the Emirates this weekend.
The Toffees are fresh from a victory over Watford and will look to finish the season on a high. They will look for nothing less than all three points and Arsenal have to be at their best to deny them. Wenger will field his best XI in what is the penultimate game of their campaign and here is the predicted lineup he might field for this tie:
Santi Cazorla remains the only long-term absentee for Arsenal ahead of this game. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is expected to miss out due to an injury while midfielder Aaron Ramsey is declared fit. Center back Laurent Koscielny will face a late fitness test but might be rested with an eye on the FA Cup final.
Expected lineup (3-4-3):
Petr Cech has had his moments this season but has generally been solid and should keep his place in between the sticks for this game. The three-man defence system has worked well for Wenger and he should stick with it for this game.
With Koscielny not yet back in action, Wenger might stick to Rob Holding on the right and Nacho Monreal on the left of Shkodran Mustafi, who has been solid at the heart of the Arsenal defence recently.
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Swiss international Granit Xhaka has picked up some fine form recently and has been the first choice for Wenger in the last few games. He should start alongside Aaron Ramsey who is back to full fitness after missing out on the previous game.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is ruled out for this game which should see Hector Bellerin play at the right wing-back role. With Monreal playing as a centre back, Wenger has little choice but to go with Kieran Gibbs at the left flank.
The Gunners have used a variety of strikers this season. Lucas Perez and Danny Welbeck are fit for this tie but Wenger is expected to use Olivier Giroud as the target man for this game. Former La Liga duo Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil should keep their places behind Giroud and will have huge roles to play.
Here is how they would line up:
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