The international break left us craving for Premier League football after the transfer window slammed shut in dramatic style, so now it’s back to business as usual with the Gunners traveling to Sunderland this Saturday.
For Gooners, deadline day marked an exciting end to what has been a frustrating summer. Mesut Özil signed for a record breaking £42.5m and we cannot wait to see the German international in action this weekend.
Arsene Wenger remained coy on starting the attacking midfielder, with the former Madrid man only just linking up with his new team mates for the first time this week, however with the confirmed absence of Tomas Rosicky it is quite likely Özil will get the nod.
The defence pretty much picks itself with Koscielny, Sagna and Mertesacker coming through their internationals unscathed while Gibbs is well rested and raring to go.
Both Wilshere and Ramsey will be automatic selections unless Wenger throws a curve ball and includes Flamini, while Walcott and Cazorla will almost certainly start on the wings. Olivier Giroud ousted Benzema from the French national team lineup in midweek and will once again lead the line for the Gunners.
Sagna Koscielny Mertesacker (c) Gibbs
Likely substitute appearances:
Flamini: The Frenchman who played exceptionally when substituted on for a crook Wilshere in the derby win, will almost certainly make an appearance whether it be in place of Wilshere or Ramsey throughout the match, or he could start. The main provocative for starting him would be to rest one of the young British duo who have played a lot of football recently, with Ramsey the most in-form of the two.
Monreal: Whether it be through injury, fatigue or formation change, we can expect to see the Spaniard. Gibbs could be pushed higher onto the wing if Wenger opts to not start Özil (see alternate formation below) meaning Monreal could play from the first whistle as the left back.
Gnabry: The young German could be in line for his first Premier League appearance this season on the wing. The Gunners have a lot of games on the horizon so Wenger will start utilizing both Gnabry and Ryo over the coming weeks.
Possible alternate lineup:
Sagna Koscielny Mertesacker (c) Monreal
What are your thoughts Gooners?? Wilshere could be afforded a rest with Flamini’s fresh legs available, while Özil may not be thrust into the limelight right off the bat. So Wenger has some decisions to make, but generally there shouldn’t be too many surprises.
Comment below with your thoughts and ideas!