Two free-scoring strikers are vying for a starting spot, reserve options in midfield are putting pressure on the starters and the worst of the injury crisis may be about to ease.
Even at full strength Arsenal will face quite the challenge in overcoming the Premier League champions, although it is one that Arteta’s side have proven themselves up to on two separate occasions in recent months.
Three wins from three against Jurgen Klopp would be quite the achievement for Arteta in his fledgling managerial career but what does he need to do to give himself the best possible chance of victory at Anfield?
football.london writers suggest the best possible XI for the task below…
Tashan Deniran-Alleyne (football writer)
Arsenal have tasted success against Liverpool in recent months, but Monday’s game will show just how far they’ve come under Mikel Arteta.
The Reds rarely lose at home and they always score, so the Gunners need to be resolute at the back and also be ruthless in attack as they will create chances at Anfield.
Two big decisions facing Arteta are in his back three. David Luiz and Kieran Tierney should be available, so I would be tempted to go with the same defensive set-up that started the Community Shield win.
And that also means Mohamed Elneny gets the nod in midfield over Dani Ceballos who did say he struggled to cope with Liverpool’s pressing in the game at Anfield a year ago.
These are the games Willian has been brought in for and he needs a big performance, while I’d start Eddie Nketiah over Alexandre Lacazette as the central striker.
Tashan Deniran-Alleyne’s team: Leno; Holding, David Luiz, Tierney; Bellerin, Elneny, Xhaka, Maitland-Niles; Willian, Nketiah, Aubameyang
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James Benge (senior writer)
It’s intriguing how few of the positions in this side you feel are absolutely guaranteed. Such is the advantage of having so many players in fine form.
I was intrigued by Tashan’s suggestions that Elneny come in for Ceballos and it is fair to note he was a borderline liability at Anfield 13 months ago. But so much has changed since then and if I had to trust an Arsenal midfielder to do the hard work in midfield it would be the Spaniard.
The back three is another are where you could make a convincing case for several players. Rob Holding is improving steadily and looks a good fit on the right of the back three, which would allow Luiz to play in his best position in the centre.
And yet Gabriel Magalhaes has started so well since joining from Lille that it feels incumbent on Arteta to trust him on the biggest of occasions. That means putting him in the middle of the back three. If Tierney is fit he simply must start.
The final issue worth serious consideration is Willian or Nicolas Pepe. As Tashan notes, you want an experienced veteran in your team for games like this. Equally having the Ivorian, Bukayo Saka and Eddie Nketiah on the bench gives Arteta plenty of potential gamechangers.
James Benge’s team: Leno; David Luiz, Gabriel, Tierney; Bellerin, Ceballos, Xhaka, Maitland-Niles; Willian, Lacazette, Aubameyang