Arsenal will travel to Kenilworth Road on Tuesday evening to play Luton Town, hoping for their fourth league win in a row.
The North London club took a four-point lead at the top after defeating Wolves 2-1 on Saturday. With Manchester City, Aston Villa, and Tottenham Hotspur all dropping points over the weekend, the Gunners will go into the game against Luton with a lift.
Mikel Arteta’s team are now on a five-game winning streak in all competitions and will be looking to preserve their fantastic record on the road this season, having conceded only three goals in six outings.
Arsenal Team News
Takehiro Tomiyasu was pulled out against Wolves on Saturday with a probable injury, dealing Arsenal a blow. He’s unlikely to play on Tuesday.
Jurrien Timber (knee), Emile Smith Rowe (knee), Fabio Vieira (groin), and Thomas Partey (thigh) are still out.
Predicted Arsenal lineup vs Luton Town (4-3-3)
David Raya will start in goal again, seeking to keep a clean sheet after missing out against Wolves last weekend.
The loss to Takehiro Tomiyasu is a setback for Arsenal, but Mikel Arteta has a ready-made successor in Ben White.
The England international should join an otherwise same Arsenal defense lineup that includes William Saliba, Gabriel Magalhaes, and Oleksandr Zinchenko.
The aforementioned back four must remain compact and avoid cheap fouls in and around the box.
With Arsenal playing their third game in a row on Tuesday, Arteta may reshuffle his midfield choices. While putting together the Arsenal lineup, the Spaniard may consider Kai Havertz and Jorginho, with the former potentially replacing Leandro Trossard, who played the entire game against Wolves last weekend.
With Rice holding down the fort in midfield, Jorginho may have to settle for a bench position once more. Meanwhile, Martin Odegaard, who scored against Wolves, should resume his role as the creative link between midfield and attack.
Gabriel Martinelli was replaced around the 78th minute, with a midweek trip to Luton Town on the horizon. So he’ll be fresher to start the game than Bukayo Saka, who toiled hard against Wolves before being brought off in stoppage time. Nonetheless, Arteta is anticipated to remain in the Arsenal starting lineup with Saka on the right flank.
Gabriel Jesus will lead the onslaught. The Brazilian will be keen to score against Luton after failing to do so on Saturday, with Eddie Nketiah, whose unimpressive cameo in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Wolves, likely to start again.