PRE-SEASON GAME 1:
Throughout the season I will be posting small match reviews before every game, with the line-up I’d use for the game in question. This is game one of pre-season on Saturday against Borehamwood, a team in the national league (5th division). As far as line-ups go, I have almost no idea what we will see. The Arsenal website has referred to this as an “Arsenal XI” and have stated some first team players, who will have had 2 full weeks of training, will feature.
I think Emery will give some youngsters, and just some players he doesn’t know much about a chance in this game. In goal, I don’t think Leno will feature as he will only have had 1 full week of training. I think Martinez will probably be sold this summer, so it’ll be one of Macey or Cech and I’m going for Macey for reasons stated above. Bellerin will start at right back with Lichtsteiner on holiday and Jenkinson most likely on his way out. Kolasinac at left back and I’ve gone for Holding and Mavropanos at centre-back as I think either one will be shipped out on loan and Emery will want to see who he thinks needs that. In midfield we are missing several players such as Xhaka, Elneny, Torreira, Ozil and Iwobi so youngsters Maitland-Niles and Willock could start. In the front three I’ve gone for Nelson and Reine-Adelaide, with Perez, Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan likely to feature off the bench.
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