To say the winter transfer window was underwhelming is completely under exaggerating. All season we’ve said: “let’s wait til January, then we’ll bring in a striker to provide backup for Giroud”. Instead we’ve ended up with a 31-year-old Swede on loan in the centre of the park, who may have suffered a back injury during his first training session with the Gunners if the reports are to be believed.
Now we mustn’t be hasty in slamming ol’ Kimmy, we are after all suffering in the heart of midfield with the likes of Ramsey (6 weeks, thigh), Flamini (3 games, suspended), Wilshere (1 game min, ankle) all unavailable this weekend while Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky have just returned from injury. The latter two will probably be the first choice central partnership against Palace, with Kallstrom unlikely to be among the substitutes.
At the back we will be fine as long as we do not suffer any significant injuries for the remainder of the season. However this is a big ‘but only’. Sagna, Koscielny, Mertesacker and Monreal seem set to start, with Gibbs seemingly behind the Spaniard in the pecking order.
Mesut Ozil will orchestrate attacks in his favoured No10 role, while my preferred set up would involve in-form Cazorla and Lukas Podolski on the flanks. Wenger has been reluctant to field the duo together however so Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain or Serge Gnabry could occupy the right wing with Santi on the left.
Olivier Giroud will almost certainly start up top.
Here are is our predicted lineup:
Sagna Merts Kosc Monreal
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