Arsene Wenger has had relatively little to release in the area of team news with the expected casualties making up his absentee list.
Polish goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski remains out through injury meaning young Wojciech Szczesny will retain his spot in the starting eleven.
Szczesny has kept two clean-sheets in the two games since his return, which will hopefully do him wonders in terms of confidence, particularly since we face a very efficient United attack
Frenchman Olivier Giroud appealed the red card he received at Fulham, but was predictably turned down. His ban remains at three matches meaning he is only in contention for the last match of the season.
The Frenchman said on the absentees:
The players who played last week at Fulham should all be available. We lose Giroud of course because he’s suspended but that’s it.
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Fabianski is not available. It’s still week-to-week for him.
The most interesting question that has come out of Giroud’s three-match ban is obviously who takes up the role of the spearhead of attack.
The two most viable options lie in Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski. I prefer the latter, but in saying that Walcott up top would allow Chambo to unleash himself on the wing.
Obviously neither player is adept and holding up the ball, but in terms of all-around ability I would put Podolski up there everytime. He has pace and is ruthless in front of goal. Keep Walcott on the wing and use Chambo if he is looking ineffective.
The other potential disaster of a choice would be Gervinho up top. The Ivorian has pace, but I he just lacks that ability to release the ball at the right time or get a good strike on goal.
What do you guys think? Feel free to leave a comment below!