With Gabriel Magalhaes out of Saturday’s clash with Everton, it got 10x harder for Mikel Arteta’s men, or, has it?
The £25.2m-rated Brazilian has been a revelation ever since he joined the club from Lille in the summer. His pace alongside his ability to defend the wide areas has seen him blossom into a brilliant defender. It’s been noted too with the youngster picking up three consecutive player of the month awards.
But, even with Rob Holding and David Luiz looking like the starting pair, I can’t help but feel the Gunners still have enough to pull off a shock win. The Blues are at home, and in all honesty, will most likely push up looking to secure the win to extend their brilliant run of form.
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That could give ample opportunity to Gabriel’s replacement, Luiz, to use his strengths wisely in trying to find the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in behind what could be a high Everton line.
Moving on to the Gabon forward. He seems to have found his mojo following a brilliantly taken goal against Southampton. His post-match interview suggests that the club captain is raring and ready to kick-start the side’s season come Saturday evening.
You’d also expect the brilliant Bukayo Saka to star and following his sparkling display against the Saints there’s enough of a threat to scare Carlo Ancelotti’s side.
Arsenal are desperate to reboot their campaign this weekend. A win might be far-fetched but it is definitely achievable if the side play on the counter-attack. Luiz and Aubameyang is a terrifying combination if the Brazil international can find the dangerous runs of the African forward, who once again has the fire in his belly.