We have a must win game against Bayern Munich this Tuesday night if we want to remain in the Champions League, and the team Arsene Wenger puts out will say a lot about where his focus lies this season.
If he fields his strongest team then we’ll know he still hopes to go far in Europe, any significant rotation will suggest he’s looking to rest players ahead of our clash with Everton and is prioritising the Premier League.
Here is how we think Arsenal will lineup against Bayern Munich:
GK) Petr Cech
After his performances in the first two Champions League games, David Ospina seemed likely to be dropped anyway. Arsene Wenger has had his hand forced though, with the Colombian returning from national duty with an injury (via Arsenal.com).
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RB) Hector Bellerin
Mathieu Debuchy has looked incredibly rusty when fielded so far this season, and we’ve looked a far better and more balanced team with Hector Bellerin in the side.
LB) Nacho Monreal
This is one of the more uncertain positions, as Kieran Gibbs has been solid when he’s actually played. Monreal is unquestionably our first choice, but if there’s one position that wouldn’t suffer a huge amount from rotation it’s left-back.
CB) Per Mertesacker
Gabriel Paulista is set to return to the squad after missing the Watford game (via Arsenal.com), but with the reason for his absence not 100% known, it’s unclear whether he’ll be fit enough to start. And if he is fully fit, is he even first choice as far as Wenger is concerned?
CB) Laurent Koscielny
Unquestionably our first choice central defender, but he too has only recently returned from injury. We could see any number of combinations at the back, but hopefully Koscielny is involved.
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