ARS vs NEW Dream11 : Weakened Arsenal open their 2019-20 campaign against a Newcastle side who look extremely bleat at the moment
Ahead of their imminent league opener against Newcastle, Arsenal have made their ambitions of breaking into the top 4 clear this season. Speculated to have just a transfer budget of 45 million, the side ended up emerging as one of the highest spenders in the bygone transfer window with the side splashing out a staggering amount to rope in a slew of players into their side.
Spending in excess of 100 million, the club ended up spending a record transfer amount for the club on rightwinger Pepe. Joining him was Dani Ceballos from Real Madrid on loan along with William Saliba, Tierney and Luiz in defence, the most important area of the side the club needed to rectify ahead of their soiree in the newest edition of the league.
Although the club have ended up doling out a massive amount on new signings, the squad still remains far from stable with the backline hardly looking strengthen at the moment. It was an area of contention for the side with callous defending seeing them squander away a top 4 spot last season as the club went onto throw away the massive lead accorded to them.
With William Saliba loaned back, Tierney injured for atleast a month and David Luz someone whose defending is akin to Mustafi’s, it remains to be seen how the side will end up faring in this campaign. They enter the fray of today’s match with a paper thin squad, one that is bereft of Sead Kolasinac and Ozil with the two out owing to security reasons and the club still not sure on the participating of Alexander Lacazette.
Elsewhere, Newcastle have been in embroiled in a massive mess with the owners refusing to spend money, the club getting a new manager and several of their players leaving. It has left the club in tatters, an apathy they’ll be looking to break free off with an unlikely win against Arsenal today.
Although Arsenal head into the encounter as firm favourites, the dearth of players in their squad at the moment could see this match being contested between two equally balanced sides. Arsenal are known to crumble at the back and if Newcastle’s new strikers can pile the pressure on their backline, expect Arsenal to easily let in atleast one goal past them.
This should be a relatively high scorer, one where both the sides find the goal but Arsenal’s depth in the attacking side of things should see them emerge from this match with a win.
Probable Playing 11
- Mesut Ozil and Kolasinac have been ruled out of this match citing security threats to the two players.
- Alexander Lacazette continues to remain a doubt for Arsenal with no news of his recovery from an ongoing injury issue.
Dubravka, Manquillo, Schar, Lascelles, Willems, Ritchie, Shelvey, Longstaff, Almiron, Saint-Maximin, Joelington
Leno, Maitland-Niles, Sokratis, Luiz, Monreal, Torreira, Xhaka, Ceballos, Guendozi, Aubameyang, Lacazette
Match: Newcastle Vs Arsenal
Date And Time: 11th August, Sunday- 6:30pm IST
Venue: St. James’ Park, Newcastle
Where To Watch: Star Sports Select 1/HD
- Dubravka, Willems, Longstaff, Joelinton
- Maitland-Niles, Torreira, Ceballos, Aubameyang
Dream 11 Picks
Goal-Keeper for ARS vs NEW Dream11
With a cleansheet unlikely in this one, we have decided to indulge ourselves in the better goal-keeper for this match, more so the one who’ll face a barrage of shots. And it’s clearly going to be Newcastle’s Martin Dubravka, someone who has over the course of the last two reasons shown that he’s a more than adept shot stopper. Expect him to get in some good save points today, making him the ideal choice here.
Defenders for ARS vs NEW Dream11
Our decision behind picking up players over here was going ahead with all the attacking options, defenders who maraud their way forward up the pitch and into the side’s attacking sojourns as well. This sees us bring in both the fullbacks from Arsenal with Nacho Monreal and Ainsley Maitland Niles coming into our playing 11.
Centreback David Luiz comes in as well for us after completing a move to the club for 8 million on the final day of the transfer window in a move from Chelsea.
Midfielders for ARS vs NEW Dream11
With Ozil bound to miss this encounter, all the onus of taking the freekicks and corners will be on Lucas Torreira for this one. His involvement in these areas along with his role as a CDM makes him a good pick, seeing him offer potential through both tackles and a likely assist.
New signing Dani Ceballos could end up playing his first match for Arsenal with Ozil out of this encounter and he comes in as well for us. From Newcastle we have gotten in their wide attacking players with Arsenal always vulnerable at the back. It’s a narrative which sees us opt for the duo of Isaac Hayden and Miguel Almiron with us expecting atleast one to score today.
Strikers for ARS vs NEW Dream11
Although we wanted to get in Alexander Lacazette, uncertainty over his participation see us keep him out for this one. In his absence, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang will see several chances fall his way as the lone striker for this one and he could easily end up scoring atleast one of them.
New signing Joelinton from Newcastle completes our Dream 11 side.
Captain And Vice-Captain
Aubameyang is chosen as our captain for this match while Torreira is the vice-captain.
Dream 11 Disclaimer
All our selections are based on in-depth and astute analysis of the players partaking in the match, their performances in recent time, how the two teams have fared in the footballing fraternity over the course of the last year and a perusal of other reasoning. Please incorporate a slew of factors while crafting your own side with this article serving as a guide to the match and players who are expected to dole out the maximum points.