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How Arsenal will line-up at Wolves with Soares making debut, Holding coming in, Saka returning and Nketiah up front

MIKEL ARTETA is primed to rotate his Arsenal squad for their trip to Wolves on Saturday evening.

Mesut Ozil continues to be assessed by physios after missing the 4-0 thrashing of Norwich with a bad back.

How Arsenal could line up for their game against Wolves at Molineux

But the good news for the Gunners gaffer is that he has plenty of strength in reserve as he battles to gain a European spot.


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Bukayo Saka is one of those set to jump straight into the starting line after signing a new deal that increased his wages ten-fold to £30,000 a week.

Expect him to fill in for Kieran Tierney in the left wing back position after the Scotland star played in the last three games.

On the opposite flank, Cedric Soares looks likely to finally make his full Arsenal debut after scoring off the bench against the Canaries.

Behind them, Rob Holding is set to slot into a back line that includes David Luiz and Shkodran Mustafi.

Granit Xhaka and Dani Ceballos – who Arsenal will not sign permanently from Real Madrid – will be given playmaker duties in the middle of the park.

Alexandre Lacazette failed to find the net against Norwich so Eddie Nketiah would be a welcome choice up top.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – who got to 50 goals faster than any Arsenal player – and Nicolas Pepe will weave their magic around the 21-year-old.

Arteta recently spoke of the need to rotate his side and give the young players putting in the hours in training the chance to shine in matches.

Asked how close he is to getting his perfect starting XI, Arteta said: “I think this is something that is always in constant evaluation.


“Things change very quickly from one week to another. You have to see players’ reactions when things are going for them or when they have a difficult moment, or bad results.

“It’s part of the process but everyone’s getting chances and the young players – not that I’ve given them the chance – they deserve it with the work that they’re putting in, and as well the work that the staff and academy members have done in the past with them to get them ready for the stage they are at.

“We are evaluating a lot of things at the moment, as well as trying to get the best possible performances and the wins that we need to climb the table.”



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