Arsenal team news: Gunners predicted XI to face Burnley as defensive crisis continues


Arsenal team news: Gunners predicted XI to face Burnley as defensive crisis continues

Unai Emery could be forced to field a makeshift defence when Arsenal welcome Burnley to the Emirates in the Saturday lunchtime kick-off.

The Gunners’ defensive crisis shows no sign of letting up – with Rob Holding, Hector Bellerin, Konstantinos Mavropanos and Shkodran Mustafi all ruled out.

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Sead Kolasinac faces a late fitness test, while Emery can at least welcome Sokratis back from suspension.

With the Arsenal boss committed to a back three, it seems Granit Xhaka may have to fill in, as Nacho Monreal pushes out to wing back.

At the other end of the pitch, Emery must decide whether to recall out-of-favour Mesut Ozil, who he dropped for ‘tactical reasons’ in the Carabao Cup defeat to Tottenham on Wednesday.

Arsenal have suffered a dip in form

Meanwhile, Alexandre Lacazette has started the previous two games on the bench, both of which ended in defeat.

The Gunners boss will surely be tempted to reform the Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang partnership which enjoyed so much success earlier in the season.

Here is how talkSPORT.com expects Arsenal to line up as they bid to stop the rot…

Leno; Sokratis, Koscielny, Xhaka; Lichtsteiner, Torreira, Guendouzi, Monreal; Iwobi, Lacazette, Aubameyang