Ahead of the game, Mikel Arteta will have to make crucial decisions based on which of his players are absent. Bukayo Saka is ruled out from the game after suffering a knock in the game against Crystal Palace.
Granit Xhaka is also recovering from a long-term injury. Here's how the Gunners starting XI could look like tonight:
The Spanish tactician could stick to the system he used against Palace which is the 4-3-3 diamond formation with Aaron Ramsdale keeping his place between the sticks.
Gabriel and Ben White are expected to keep their spots in the heart of the defense with Tierney and Tomiyasu protecting the backline and assisting the attack from the flanks.
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Despite making a mistake the last time out, Albert Sambi Lokonga is in contention to be in tonight's game. However, Thomas Partey is likely to be favored in the defensive-midfield position.
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The duo of Emile Smith-Rowe and Martin Odegaard is expected to occupy the other positions in the middle of the park.
As for the positions up front, Alexandre Lacazette, who came off the bench to score the equalizer against Palace, could be rewarded with a start in the central position.
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With Lacazette occupying the center-forward spot, Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang will be moved to the left wing while Nicolas Pepe plays on the right.
Here's what we're talking about below:
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The Gunners will be hoping to break their 'Friday match day curse' as they have tasted back-to-back defeats in games played on a Friday night, scoring no goals in those clashes.
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