Arsenal team news: Predicted 4-2-3-1 line up vs Real Madrid – Ozil and Aubameyang return | Football | Sport
The Gunners are likely to field their strongest possible side when they face Zinedine Zidane’s men at FedEx Field.
Unai Emery has been heavily rotating his squad throughout the pre-season tour and has been rewarded with four victories from four matches so far in the US.
And the Spaniard is not expected to change a winning formula here, with a host of high-profile names set to return to the starting XI after being afforded a rest last time out against Fiorentina.
A youthful outfit comfortably saw off La Viola 3-0 with Eddie Nketiah bagging his third and fourth goals of pre-season while Joe Willock was also on the scoresheet.
Nketiah may have to be content with a place on the bench despite his hot streak as Alexandre Lacazette returns to lead the line.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang may also feature if Emery deploys the Gabon international out wide in a 4-2-3-1 formation.
Mesut Ozil should occupy the No 10 role while Henrikh Mkhitaryan is most likely to start on the right flank.
Willock was a substitute last time out and could come into midfield alongside the returning Granit Xhaka.
Meanwhile, Emery has hinted at his preferred full-back options, saying: “Sead Kolasinac, I want to improve his performance in all but above all we’re working a lot with him and Ainsley [Maitland-Niles] to be strong defensively in a back four.
“We are going to use this system, if not we can change because we can achieve the performance with another system.”
Sokratis Papastathopoulos should return at centre-back and could be joined by Callum Chambers with Shkodran Mustafi out of favour and Laurent Koscielny having refused to travel as he nears a summer exit.
Finally, Bernd Leno will replace Emiliano Martinez in goal after the German was given a 45-minute run-out against Fiorentina.
Arsenal predicted line-up vs Real Madrid – International Champions Cup
(4-2-3-1): Leno; Maitland-Niles, Chambers, Papastathopoulos, Kolasinac; Willock, Xhaka; Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Aubameyang; Lacazette