Arsenal are embarking on what is set to be an extremely vital few weeks starting with a blockbuster tie with last season’s Champions League Runners-up Borussia Dortmund at Emirates.
There are plenty of options available at Arsene Wenger’s disposal now, however one decision he will not have to make for Tuesday night is for the defensive midfielder role. Mikel Arteta partnered Mathieu Flamini once again in the Gunners 4-1 win over Norwich City at the weekend, however the Frenchman suffered a concussion after a nasty head collision made him see double, consequently he is unable to partake in the fixture as revealed by Wenger in the team news.
The Arsenal boss also dropped a hint that he may be forced into some rotation, however this will be quite minimal. Aaron Ramsey will expect to return to the starting lineup after sitting out the first 39 minutes on Saturday, while Tomas Rosicky could also enter the fray in place of the freshly-fit Santi Cazorla. The Spaniard has looked lethargic, not quite match-fit and perhaps not really ready for a high intensity match it seems, he potentially could be the main change from the weekend’s side.
Wilshere operated well on the right flank as an inverted winger against Norwich, cutting in on his favoured left foot and again was on the score sheet. It was the first time in his Arsenal career that he’s found the net on consecutive occasions, and he finished off what was one of the most beautiful team goals you may ever see!
Sagna Koscielny Mertesacker Gibbs
Ramsey Arteta (c)
Wilshere Rosicky (or Cazorla)
The backline picks itself, while in central midfield Arteta and Ramsey are nailed on for starts unless something unexpected comes up. Ozil of course will continue ‘in the hole’ behind Olivier Giroud. The only question mark that remains is whether the Gunners boss opts for Rosicky or Cazorla to operate on the wing, Wilshere also appears nailed on for a starting birth.
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