After clinching an impressive victory in the Premier League last time out against Leicester, Arsenal return to top-flight action when they take on Burnley at Turf Moor.
Mikel Arteta’s side came from behind to beat the Foxes, with goals from David Luiz, Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe seeing them overturn an early deficit to take home all three points from the clash at the King Power Stadium.
Should Partey start today?
Sean Dyche’s Burnley await them on early Saturday afternoon, and with a European place for next season well within the Gunners’ sights, there’s no questioning Arteta will once again go with a strong side even with the looming Europa League game against Olympiakos in mid-week.
With that in mind, below is a look at how Arsenal might line up.
In goal, Bernd Leno will once again keep his place in between the sticks as the side’s number one, while the back four could see one key change with Hector Bellerin coming in at right-back in place of the £75,000-a-week earning Cedric.
In midfield, Thomas Partey is surely pushing for his first start after coming back from injury, and he could replace Mohamed Elneny to partner Granit Xhaka in the engine room.
Further forward, Arteta has some big decisions to make after both Willian and Pepe delivered some impressive performances after being given the nod to start – the former set up two goals in his last two games, while the latter of course found the back of the net himself.
With Olympiakos on Thursday, and the duo in form, Arteta may feel like he can once again rest Bukayo Saka, while Martin Odegaard should come in for Emile Smith Rowe after he picked up a problem and was forced off against Leicester – the Gunners boss did give some good news, however, when he confirmed that it wasn’t serious.
Alexandre Lacazette should keep his place up front, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in line to come in on Thursday.
Predicted XI: Leno; Bellerin, Luiz, Mari, Tierney; Partey, Xhaka; Pepe, Odegaard, Willian; Lacazette.