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Who will start for Luton Town against Arsenal?

Date: Tuesday 5th December 2023

Kick-off: 8:15pM (GMT)

Venue: Kenilworth Road

Amidst an injury crisis, Luton Town welcomes Arsenal to Kenilworth Road. Following a disappointing second-half defeat at Brentford the Hatters will be looking for an improved performance tonight back at home. We face the possibility of only having one fit sent centre-back tonight, against the top of the league title contenders who score goals for fun, an ominous prospect. Rob Edwards didn't give too much away in his press conference, stating that Mengi and Lockyer will be given every opportunity to be fit for tonight, with a similar story for Alfie Doughty. So here is Oak Road Hatter’s starting XI.

Let's hope to make it 12 unbeaten at Kenilworth road against Arsenal!

Team News and Oak Road Hatters Predicted XI:

Ruled out for the game: Andersen (hamstring), Burke (hamstring), Lokonga (ineligible), Nakamba (knee), Potts (ankle), Woodrow (calf).

A doubt for the game: Doughty (hip), Mengi (knee), Lockyer (back).

As ever, Thomas Kaminski keeps his place.

Airing on the side of optimism, in front of him will be Kabore (RWB), Osho (RCB), Lockyer (CB), Bell (LCB), and Doughty (LWB). Mengi’s injury looked the most serious out of his and Locks’ injuries and as such misses tonight. As mentioned earlier Edwards mentioned in his press conference that Doughty could be available for tonight, in a game like this I think Edwards would be silly not to play him even at 90%.

We stick with the same two of Pelly (CM) and Barkley (CM) in the middle of the park, the pair having a very difficult job tonight. However, it would not be out of the question for Clark to start after a very poor performance from Luton’s longest-serving player at the weekend.

Opting for quite a mix of upfront we start on the front three of Brown (RW), Adebayo (ST), and Ogbene (LW). It is harsh for Chong to miss out, but in a game that we will be sure to have very few chances in, the man who has scored two-in-two has to start. The Morris versus Adebayo debate has been one for a few weeks now, and after another disappointing performance from last season's star man, he drops to the bench.

Kaminski, Kabore, Osho, Lockyer, Bell, Doughty, Pelly, Barkley, Brown, Adebayo, Ogbene.

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