Two weeks to go till our season-opener against Newcastle, so the next few friendlies are important games to get the team ready. With three wins and a draw (after 90 minutes of footie) Arsenal had some good results and, as per my hardly commented on post yesterday, there are some positive developments within the team and the way we play.
Today’s friendly against Lyon at the home of football should provide another opportunity to test the team’s tactics and interactions. The addition of Ceballos also offers food for thought. Will he start or come of the bench? And who will he replace, Willock or Mesut or Mkhi?
So how will we line-up? I am expecting us to go with our strongest possible first 11 or thereabout. I am hoping we will see Ceballos straight away but not for the in-form Mesut or Willock but for the still looking rusty Mkhi. With the possible arrival of Pepe, it would not surprise me if it’s the Armenian who will make way for him this summer.
So attack is Ceballos – Laca – Auba – Mesut. Then two in the (deep) centre of midfield: Xhaka and Willock (expect Matteo G to replace JW28 at some point in the game). At the back it should be Leno – AMN – Sok – Mus – Nacho (expect Jenkinson, Chambers and Kola to make appearances too).
So here is my anticipated starting 11 for the Lyon encounter:
If you are lucky enough to be at the game – enjoy! COYGs.