Torreira & Laca to Start - Predicted Arsenal XI to Play Crystal Palace

Torreira & Laca to Start - Predicted Arsenal XI to Play Crystal Palace

Alex Iwobi in action against Crystal Palace | Credit: Getty


Arsenal have got another chance to improve on their winning streak and make it twelve straight wins in all competitions when they visit Selhurst Park on Sunday. Ahead of the match, I will be giving a prediction on how I feel the lineup will be by the time we face Crystal Palace.

To begin with, Bernd Leno is who I will pick to begin in goal going by his recent display between the sticks. Petr Cech is back from a short break caused by an injury and even as he is more experienced in the art, I will pick his understudy to make the starting side tomorrow.

Hector Bellerin will no doubt resume at right back. He was rested against Sporting and should be back in our next encounter. If before kick-off I see the official lineup and his name is not there then I will be so sure he has surely gotten injured or fallen ill.

In centre-defence, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Rob Holding will be my pick. The former continued well for us following his comeback in the Europa League, so he deserves to maintain his place alongside Holding who has also greatly improved under the new boss.

We had to make use of a strange option at right-back when Sead Kolasinac and Nacho Monreal both missed out with fitness issues and as it stands, either of them would definitely get a start should they pass late tests that will be conducted today. I would really love to see a natural player there. Monreal won't be a bad option.

Granit Xhaka after playing out of position recently should resume his normal spot while Matteo Guendouzi despite his impressive performance should give way for Lucas Torreira. The latter's involvement in the team cannot be belittled. He has rescued us a lot since joining in the summer transfer window. Aaron Ramsey should also be dropped. He won't be bad as a substitute.

Mesut Ozil, Alex Iwobi, Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should lead the attack. I have little doubt about the first two starting but the next two are usually not played togetjer but judging from their partnership so far this season, the boss should try as much as possible to deploy both against Crystal Palace and in subsequent games.

Below is my full lineup prediction for Arsenal vs Crystal Palace:

Starting XI: Leno, Bellerin, Sokratis, Holding, Monreal, Xhaka, Torreira, Ozil, Iwobi, Lacazette, Aubameyang.

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