The Gunners host fellow Londoners Fulham at Emirates on Saturday afternoon and will hope to make quick work of the Premier League strugglers. In saying that, they’re not to be taken lightly with some familiar faces among their ranks.
Wenger revealed some bad news in his latest injury update, Nacho Monreal is a major doubt for the tie due to his foot injury while Tomas Rosicky looks unavailable after his nose surgery. The likes of Ramsey, Arteta and Vermaelen are all short and will not make their returns this weekend.
Starting at the back, Kieran Gibbs will be restored to the lineup in the wake of Nacho Monreal’s injury and after overcoming his own injury. The rest of the backline will be as usual.
In midfield Mathieu Flamini will get the nod with Jack Wilshere alongside him, Mesut Ozil will start ahead of the duo but the dilemma with selection lay in the wings.
Wenger has plenty of options, two for either flank. Serge Gnabry, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Santi Cazorla and Lukas Podolski.
Rosicky’s likely absence will be a big blow, the Czech has been immense of late and his experience will be missed. Santi Cazorla struggled against Villa, and should probably be dropped for Podolski who has hardly featured since his return to fitness. The German can offer us plenty of much needed width and has had a strong and fruitful understanding with Gibbs in the past.
On the right it’s difficult to say, The Ox is only just returning to fitness while Gnabry has proven his calibre with some brilliant displays recently, Personally I’d like to see Serge handed another start and Chambo enter later on.
Olivier Giroud will occupy the centre forward role, he was brilliant on Monday and managed to get onto the scoresheet once again. Bendtner has a slight chance of making the Coventry fixture next week, as he continues his battle for fitness after sustaining an ankle injury when scoring the winner against Cardiff. Wenger is more optimistic for a return for the ‘Great’ Dane after the Cup tie.
Here is our predicted lineup against Fulham:
Sagna Merts (c) Kosc Gibbs
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