Arsenal will be aiming for their second successive win of the Premier League campaign when they make the visit to South Wales to face Cardiff City. The north London side have possessed a defensive vulnerability since the start of the campaign but they should still fancy their chances of picking three points versus the Bluebirds, who are yet to open their goal tally for the season.
Petr Cech has been Unai Emery’s first-choice pick for the goalkeeping position and that is unlikely to change for the weekend. The 36-year-old will be eyeing his maiden clean sheet of the campaign.
In defence, the combination may remain the same from the previous weekend and this should witness Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal retain their positions on the left side of the defence.
Likewise, Emery may stick with the experienced combination of Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis Papastathopoulous in central defence despite the team conceding six goals from the opening three matches.
Onto the midfield, Mateo Guendouzi could drop to the bench for the Sunday meeting after being found guilty of vacating his midfield positions at regular intervals versus West Ham United.
In his absence, we are anticipating the industrious Lucas Torreira to partner Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey in the central of the park and the latter could slot into an advanced midfield position among the trio.
Further forward, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are genuine candidates to start on the right and left side of the pitch and should this be the case, Mesut Ozil could start from the bench after recovering from an illness which kept him versus West Ham.
Upfront, Alexandre Lacazette should make his first start of the Premier League campaign after impressive from the bench in each of the previous three outings. The Frenchman should take up the position of Alex Iwobi, who has featured on the left wing in the past two games where Aubameyang had led the line.
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