Premier League football returns after the international break with the Gunners heading to Goodison Park to take on an Everton side still eyeing their first win of the season. Last Word on Football predicts how Arsenal will line up as they look to continue their unbeaten.
Arsenal Predicted Lineup vs Everton for September 17
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Gabriel Jesus to Start for First Time This Season
Arsenal head to Everton on Sunday off the back of an inspired victory at the Emirates over old foes Manchester United. Gunners’ fans will be hoping that the win will inspire their side to reach new heights after a start to the season which has been uncomfortable to watch at times.
Their recent win saw Gabriel Jesus feature off the bench firing in their third of the match in the 11th minute of injury time.
He has since featured twice for Brazil aiding his recovery from a knee operation in August. Expect Jesus to start the match in Merseyside as he may well be key in breaking down a notoriously well-organised Sean Dyche defence.
Consistency at the Back Key
Aaron Ramsdale will start in goal but Arsenal fans may well be introduced to summer signing David Raya later this week as the Gunners return to the Champions League at the Emirates when they take on PSV.
Gabriel Magalhaes impressed on his return to the starting lineup last time out so expect him to make up a familiar back four alongside Ben White, William Saliba, and Oleksandr Zinchenko.
Fans will be delighted to hear that club captain Martin Odergaard is close to signing a new long-term deal at the club. He will certainly play in midfield with Declan Rice and Kai Havertz likely to remain alongside him. Fabio Vieira’s cameos from the bench have been impressive so far this season but Mikel Arteta is likely to persist with Havertz in the league for the time being.
Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli will combine with Jesus upfront with both appearing on international duty for their respective nations.
Arsenal’s Recent Form and Tactics
The Gunners look much more comfortable with their setup in the win against Erik ten Hag’s side. The experiment of Thomas Partey as an inverted right-back made the North London team look unbalanced at times.
Zinchenko’s return to the starting lineup last time out showed just how important he is to Arteta’s charges by controlling the pace and tempo of the match. The title-chasing squad will be aiming to collect three points on a ground where they have failed to do so since 2017.
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— Arsenal (@Arsenal) September 14, 2023
Arsenal Injuries to Consider
They are relatively injury-free compared to the big clubs around them. The long-term absence of Jurrien Timber is an unfortunate blow after he completed his move in the summer. Partey is likely to be absent from the club after missing the Manchester United clash and not attending international duty with Ghana.
Arsenal Predicted Lineup
Ramsdale, White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko, Rice, Havertz, Odergaard, Saka, Jesus, Martinelli
See how we got on last week here