It’s Brentford vs Arsenal in the Premier League tomorrow and here’s our predicted XI featuring Thomas Partey.
The Gunners have had a brilliant start to the season, but the loss against Manchester United at the start of this month was a difficult one to take. We bounced back against FC Zurich in the Europa League, but we expect Mikel Arteta to make as many as seven changes from that game when we take on Brentford tomorrow.
Predicted Arsenal XI vs Brentford
Arteta named a very different lineup in Switzerland to what we’ve seen in the Premier League this season. He wanted to give many of our fringe players a chance, but we expect him to go with a very strong XI tomorrow.
Aaron Ramsdale, Ben White and William Saliba should all return to join Gabriel Magalhaes and Kieran Tierney at the back. Oleksandr Zinchenko has been reported as a doubt for this game, and it makes no sense to risk him.
Granit Xhaka is likely to keep his place in the side, but the big news is expected to be the return of Thomas Partey in the middle of the park. The Ghanaian has been out with an injury since after our game against Bournemouth, but he’s back in full training now, and we expect to see him in action tomorrow.
Martin Odegaard should replace Fabio Vieira in the number 10 role, while Gabriel Jesus and Bukayo Saka will likely come back into the side in place of our goalscorers in Switzerland, Eddie Nketiah and Marquinhos.
Martinelli should keep his place on the left flank.
Predicted Arsenal XI vs Brentford: Ramsdale, White, Saliba, Gabriel, Tierney, Xhaka, Partey, Odegaard, Saka, Jesus Martinelli.
Partey’s return is a huge boost
Even though Arsenal won each of the first five games of the season, our best performances came in the first three – when Partey started in the middle of the park.
Mohamed Elneny came in for the Ghanaian against Fulham, while Albert Sambi Lokonga started in the number six role in our win over Aston Villa at the end of last month.
Both of those players didn’t particularly do anything wrong in those two games, but we definitely missed Partey’s world-class quality in front of our backline.
Now that he’s back in training and hopefully ready to start tomorrow, we should be able to bounce back after our disappointing defeat at Old Trafford last time out in the Premier League.