Rob Holding is likely to start ahead of David Luiz while Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny should form the midfield partnership for Arsenal against Aston Villa.
Unai Emery has opted to retain Petr Cech between the posts for Arsenal as they host a high-flying Watford
Alan Smith believes Arsenal will have to be content with a top four finish for yet another season while Rob Holding is likely to leave the club on loan in January.
Lucas Perez starts up-front for Arsenal as Arsene Wenger looks to build momentum with an away win against Nottingham Forest in the EFL Cup.
Arsenal are reportedly eyeing Omer Toprak and Simon Kjaer as potential targets to solve their central defensive crisis.
Arsenal are reportedly interested in securing the services of Lukas Klostermann from RB Leipzig to bolster their defence ahead of the season.
Arsenal ended their pre-season tour of the United States with a 3-1 win over Mexican side Chivas Guadalajara at the StubHub Centre in Carson, California.