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Dream Arsenal line-up vs Brentford as Gabriel Martinelli misses out and Partey partners Rice

Arsenal’s dream lineup to face Brentford in the Premier League sees Gabriel Martinelli miss out as Thomas Partey partners Declan Rice

Arsenal’s massive March continues with a final Premier League game before the international break following their Chelsea clash being postponed. Perhaps more important however is the proximity of this game to the UEFA Champions League clash with FC Porto just a few days after.

Arteta therefore needs to find the balance in his team, whilst monitoring the latest regarding differing levels of availability of his players over the next four days. Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka are both potential doubts whilst the Spaniard has welcomed back some previously absent players to the group in the past week.

With that said, football.london takes a look at what a dream Arsenal XI might look like come Saturday evening. There is one change to the team that is enforced with the switch of David Raya – who cannot play against his parent club – and Aaron Ramsdale coming in for what could be his final appearance for the club

The back four inevitably remains consistent. Jakub Kiwior and Ben White have continued to impress in the wide areas with William Saliba and Gabriel Magalhaes remaining headstrong in the middle of the defence

Into midfield and Jorginho’s form has been outstanding and he will be key for the clash with Porto on Tuesday but that is why Thomas Partey should start on Saturday as the minutes are managed between the pair. The Italian can certainly make an impact later in the game and get warmed up for the midweek test but rotation will be important here.

Martin Odegaard continues therefore and partners Declan Rice and Partey forming what many believe is the strongest available midfield when fully fit. There is little doubt that Rice has been excellent since stepping into this advanced midfield role and perhaps it gives a glimpse of what the future may hold beyond just this season.

Kai Havertz will be occupying the centre-forward position once again as the German continues to impress in what needs to be a consistent presence with the front three. Three goals and two assists in the last three Premier League games is a brilliant return and a message to silence his biggest critics – more goals, please!

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