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Aubameyang to return - How Arsenal could line up against Burnley

The captain of the Gunners was left out of the starting XI for the game against Leicester, but should make a comeback this weekend

 
9:51am on Friday 5th March 2021
By
Martin Macdonald

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta nearly has a full squad available for this weekend's Premier League encounter with Burnley.

Emile Smith Rowe is the only doubt for the game against the Clarets as he limped off with an injury in the previous league game against Leicester, which Arsenal won 3-1.

Arteta has confirmed it is not a significant injury suffered by the 20-year-old, but it remains unclear at this point whether he is fit enough to feature in the starting XI or whether he will even be risked for the Burnley fixture.

In the match against Manchester City, Rob Holding suffered a concussion and subsequently missed the Europa League win against Benfica, but he returned to the squad for the Leicester game to be an unused substitute, so looks to have fully recovered.

For the game against Leicester, Arteta made significant changes to his starting XI, with the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Thomas Partey, Bukayo Saka, Deni Ceballos, and Hector Bellerin all given a rest.

It worked out, as the Gunners put in one of their best performances of the season versus the Foxes, with David Luiz, Alexandre Lacazette, and Nicolas Pepe all getting on the scoresheet.

Arteta will need to find a balance to his changes as some of the players who game into the starting line-up against Leicester impressed.

Bernd Leno will start in goal, possibly behind a back four of Bellerin, Holding, Gabriel, and Kieran Tierney.

Ceballos could return at the expense of Mohamed Elneny, with Partey kept for the vital Europa League showdown with Olympiacos this midweek.

Even though Lacazette scored against Leicester, Aubameyang will probably return up top.

Pepe was excellent against Leicester so will likely retain his place on the right, with Martin Odegaard in the number 10 role and Saka on the left.

Willian is pushing for a start, too, however.

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