The Gunners are set for a challenging visit from Premier League favourites Manchester City on Saturday, and Arsene Wenger has a serious job to do to motivate his crop of players.
The latest team news will do little to help the Gunners chances, while there are no fresh injury troubles, Aaron Ramsey appears to be a few weeks off while Nacho Monreal is the most likely to return first. Laurent Koscielny will still be out for a number of weeks.
The injuries mean there will be no changes at the back. We need a high level of understanding between the backline and cannot afford to play such a high line again otherwise City’s pace will destroy us.
Wenger will probably go with Arteta and Flamini as the midfield partnership. It has worked for us on occasions but Arteta looks tired and will get cut apart by the likes of Silva and Nasri.
Kallstrom had a good debut. Featuring for 20 minutes against Swansea he worked hard, got stuck in and showed composure. He would add some much needed strength and height to our midfield, plus he can play as our box to box midfielder with Flamini dropping a bit deeper. Wenger is no doubt considering the possibility. His freshness alone is enough to make him a serious contender.
Oxlade-Chamberlain looks set for a role on the right again, Wenger won’t be using Gnabry after some of his recent statements suggesting he doesn’t want to apply too much pressure on some of his younger players, including Sanogo. Although the Ox is only 20 himself, he’s proven invaluable since his return from injury especially from the wing.
Lukas Podolski enjoyed a match-winning performance against Swansea… Minus the ‘winning’ part thanks to the last gasp own goal. While he may have played an integral part in the Gunners comeback it’s difficult to see Wenger playing the German from the start. Cazorla offers more defensive cover and is perhaps a bit more reliable. Tomas Rosicky looks set to start in the No10 role, and will switch seamlessly among the front three no doubt.
Olivier Giroud will be up top, he notched against Swansea and hopefully he can break his horrendous duck against top class opposition. He looks to be very fatigued, but we need our handsome Frenchman at his best linking up with the midfielders.
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