Norwich v Arsenal
Barclays Premier League
Kick off: May 11, 2014 3:00 PM BST
The Gunners visit Norwich City having secured fourth place with their biggest game of the season coming six days later in the FA Cup final. It’s likely Wenger will make some adjustments to keep his squad fresh and prevent any injury problems.
In goal, Wenger has to choose whoever he wants in the final. Should it be Cup ‘keeper Fabianski who is set to depart, then he has to get a game under his belt before the clubs biggest match in years. If Szczesny is preferred against Norwich then why drop the clubs best goalkeeper for the Cup final especially with Flappyhandski (sorry old habit), is on his way out in the summer?
I believe Fabianski deserves a proper send off after some brilliant displays in the Cup this season, so he should start against the Canaries. Another side of the coin is Szczesny’s impressive 37-appearances this season, and he will be eager to end the campaign playing every match.
Aaron Ramsey missed last weekends trip to West Brom with a minor injury and is expected to return to the squad. Wenger said he is available but whether he will start or not is unknown. He should be wrapped in cotton wool for the final.
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Abou Diaby has returned to the first team fold, named among the substitutes at Emirates on Sunday. He hasn’t had a run out since March last year and should be given a chance to shine especially with the World Cup on the horizon. Jack Wilshere could partner him in midfield to allow Mikel Arteta a break too and get his first run out in a couple of months.
The rest of the side will likely get a sprinkle of rotation, the only potential changes at the back could be the re inclusion of Kieran Gibbs and Thomas Vermaelen. The wings could also do with a freshen up, Cazorla appears the likeliest for a rest with Tomas Rosicky a potential starter. Ozil may be rotated, but Wenger may hope the match provides an opportunity for the German maestro to improve his confidence.
Up front, Olivier Giroud looks set for a rest and the match provides a perfect platform for Yaya Sanogo to have a crack at breaking his duck.
Here is our predicted lineup:
Sagna Merts Verm Gibbs
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