Arteta to Make THREE Changes in Strong 3-4-3 Predicted Arsenal XI vs Wolves

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Calum Chambers (knee), Pablo Mari (ankle), Gabriel Martinelli (knee) and Bernd Leno (knee) remain out, while Mesut Ozil (back) faces a late fitness check ahead of Saturday’s match at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Mikel Arteta also reported “a few issues” from the win over Norwich City, adding that the Gunners have been “playing a lot of games in the last few days and some players are recovering”.

Lucas Torreira is fit, at least, and could feature in the matchday squad for the first time since early March.

Perhaps the biggest signpost to some of Arteta’s team selections at Molineux was the regulars he omitted for the comfortable win over the Canaries.

Eddie Nketiah, Nicolas Pepe and Bukayo Saka were all substitutes in Gameweek 32+ so could return this weekend, with Alexandre Lacazette and Reiss Nelson perhaps in line to make way.

One of Sead Kolasinac or Kieran Tierney could also drop out to accommodate Saka down the left, with both of those players having been used as a left-sided centre-half since Arteta switched to a 3-4-3.

The Arsenal head coach has operated in a wing-back system in the last three matches in league and cup, winning them all, so may persevere with his new set-up at Molineux.

Arteta had indeed matched Sheffield United, who play in a similar formation to Wolves, in the FA Cup quarter-final last weekend.

Hector Bellerin now faces a challenge from the fit-again Cedric Soares at right wing-back, while Joe Willock and Ainsley Maitland-Niles are alternatives in central midfield and Rob Holding is an option at centre-half.

Granit Xhaka, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Shkodran Mustafi have been Arteta’s three ‘undroppables’ in the post-restart era to date, starting all four league matches from Gameweeks 30+ to 32+.

The Gabonese forward was handed a breather in the FA Cup last weekend, so is fully expected to continue in attack in the West Midlands.

Matteo Guendouzi appears to be surplus to requirements and likely won’t feature, however.


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