Report- Arsenal team news vs Huddersfield: Predicted line up – Ozil update | Football | Sport

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Updated: December 8, 2018
Arsenal team news vs Huddersfield: Predicted line up – Ozil update | Football | Sport

Arsenal have several key players injured ahead of their Premier League clash with Huddersfield this afternoon.

The Gunners will be without both Mesut Ozil and Rob Holding against the Terriers while Aaron Ramsey is also doubtful after picking up a minor injury in midweek.

The trio of absentees could force Arsenal to change shape this weekend, reverting from a 3-4-2-1 back to a 4-2-3-1 formation.

Ozil has been sidelined for the last week after suffering a back spasm, with some suggesting it has potentially been caused due to his love of the video game Fortnite.

Manager Unai Emery did not rule Ozil out of featuring this afternoon, although the German has not played since the 1-1 draw with Wolves last month.

Meanwhile, Holding is out for the next six to nine months after suffering a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee against Manchester United.

The 23-year-old had been playing as part of a back three during Arsenal’s 20-match unbeaten run, but a lack of fit centre-backs could see the Gunners switch to a flat back four.

Club captain Laurent Koscielny is nearing full fitness and could allow Emery to continue with his favoured formation, although the Frenchman is not expected to feature against Huddersfield.

When asked about Koscielny, Emery said: “He played 85 minutes on Tuesday and our plan is that he can maybe be with us in the 18 on Saturday.

“And also maybe he can play against Qarabag in the Europa League.

“He’s working with us with very big performances every day in training.

“He’s playing for the under-23s with good feeling. The next step is for him to be with us.”

Ramsey’s setback has been described as minor and the Welshman is in contention to play this afternoon, while Nacho Monreal is also closing in on a return to action.

Sead Kolasinac has been impressing in the Spaniard’s absence although an error leading to a goal against United in midweek could prove costly for the Bosnian.

Granit Xhaka is available again after suspension while Lucas Torreira is expected to partner the Swiss international in midfield.

Alexandre Lacazette shone off the bench against United and should be rewarded with a start, potentially shunting Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang out to the left wing.

Arsenal predicted line-up vs Huddersfield Town – Premier League

(4-2-3-1): Leno; Bellerin, Mustafi, Papastathopoulos, Kolasinac; Xhaka, Torreira; Iwobi, Ozil, Aubameyang; Lacazette