We’ve got a make or break game against Dinamo Zagreb this Tuesday evening, and nothing short of victory will do if we want to qualify from the group stages. A win would leave us with a chance of progression, a loss will almost certainly see us ejected from not only the Champions League, but Europe altogether for the season.
The team Arsene Wenger picks will say a lot about his intentions this campaign, and will show whether he’s putting all his focus on the Premier League or whether he’s going to do his best to keep fighting in the Champions League.
Here’s how we think Arsenal will line up against Zagreb:
GK) Petr Cech
Wenger would probably love to pick David Ospina for this game, but if he’s looking to progress then he really can’t afford to. If he picks the Colombian and he makes a serious mistake, then the Frenchman would never live it down.
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RB) Hector Bellerin
There’s a strong chance that Mathieu Debuchy could start ahead of Bellerin, as the young Spaniard has only just returned from injury. For those that want to see us continue in the Champions League though, hopes will be high that Bellerin is fit to start.
LB) Nacho Monreal
Kieran Gibbs seems to be being used as more of an attacking player at the moment – whether it’s from the start or off the bench – with injuries leaving us depleted across the forward line. Monreal seems likely to continue at left-back, but it really could be Gibbs.
CB) Laurent Koscielny
First choice whenever he’s available, the Frenchman should keep his spot for the clash with the Croatians.
CB) Per Mertesacker
Wenger has been rotating the centre-backs a little this season, and Gabriel has shown himself to be an able bodied replacement to either player. The Brazilian may well start, but we’re not sure who he would replace.
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