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How Arsenal could line-up against Sunderland in Carabao Cup Match


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Focusing on the EFL Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday evening following a positive run of three games in the EPL, Arsenal is expected to make a number of changes to their starting team.

The North London side host Sunderland at the Emirates Stadium having retained the same starting eleven for the last four games.

But they will introduce several Cup regulars, such as young striker Eddie Nketiah and the defensive duo of Rob Holding and Calum Chambers.

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Mohamed Elneny set to leave for AFCON in Cameroon-Nuno Tavares and Ainsley Maitland-Niles are among other fringe players set to play a part against Sunderland.

But Pablo Mari and Albert Sambi Lokonga were recently ruled out until after the festive period due to the then contacting the coronavirus.

All the same, Sead Kolasinac is yet to be back from an ankle issue, so Tavares should get the nod to replace the resting Kieran Tierney at left-back.

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While first-choice goalkeeper makes way for second choice goalie Bernd Leno. Having hit the news line following Arsenal’s recent run of form, Captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s absence is set to continue for disciplinary reasons.

So French star Alexander Lacazette would take his place as the centre forward and Skipper on Tuesday, though Nigerian-born Folarin Balogun gives Mikel Arteta a wild card option.

In support of the French man, Nketiah and Nicolas Pepe are likely to feature on the flanks, with the former having scored in each of the last two rounds.

Emile Smith Rowe may be offered the chance to shine from the onset, but Bukayo Saka will be preserved with a packed fixture schedule ahead for Arsenal.

Arsenal possible starting line-up

Bernd Leno; Cedric Soares, Rob Holding, Calum Chambers, Nuno Tavares; Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Mohamed Elneny; Nicolas Pepe, Emile Smith Rowe, Eddie Nketiah; Alexander Lacazette.

 

This article was updated 1 month ago

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