Arsenal’s midfield of Dani Ceballos, Joe Willock and Matteo Guendouzi looked incredibly impressive against Burnley. However, Unai Emery has a massive decision to make in midfield ahead of the big game against Liverpool at Anfield.
Granit Xhaka missed the last game due to a back problem but he is expected to be fit for the weekend. Lucas Torreira, who returned late after featuring for Uruguay in the Copa America, looked ready when he came on in the second half against Burnley and he could well push for a start against the Reds.
Willock has looked like a veteran in Arsenal’s midfield in the last two games but will a game at Anfield against the European champions be too much? The Gunners’ midfield against Burnley averaged an age of just over 20 but Emery could bring back an experienced campaigner in Xhaka on Saturday.
Ceballos has to start after an incredible home debut last weekend. But sacrificing either Willock or Guendouzi after how well they have done recently could prove to be a huge dent to their confidence ahead of a long season.
Should Xhaka come straight back in?
Xhaka will bring in the risk of being overrun in midfield against a Liverpool side who are as deadly as anyone in their counter-attacks. However, Emery has to do what’s best for the side and the Swiss international’s overall influence could see him start ahead of one of the two youngsters.
Ceballos’ work rate will be of massive importance in tough games like this and his willingness to drop deep to recover the ball will ease Xhaka’s job on Saturday. Emery’s best option at the moment is a midfield of Xhaka, Torreira and Ceballos with the latter playing slightly ahead of the other two.