Arsene Wenger has made five changes as we play host to Olympiacos in the Champions League, with the team looking very different to the one that put five past Leicester City this past weekend.
This is a must win game after our disappointing performance against Dinamo Zagreb, and Wenger’s team reflects that. We’ve got a massive game against Manchester United this weekend, but the manager has still put out an incredibly strong team tonight.
Petr Cech is rested, with David Ospina coming into the team. Hector Bellerin’s inclusion suggests Wenger has lost a bit of faith in Mathieu Debuchy after a number of poor performances this season, but Kieran Gibbs deservedly gets a start.
Gabriel Paulista is available after being suspended against Leicester, and there are suggestions this season that he and Laurent Koscielny will be our first choice pairing.
There’s fantastic news in midfield, with Francis Coquelin returning to the side after injury. He is such a huge part of our team, and has been superb alongside Santi Cazorla in midfield.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alexis Sanchez are either side of Mesut Özil, which shows that Wenger isn’t resting too many of our big guns ahead of Man United’s trip to the Emirates.
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Theo Walcott continues up front due to Olivier Giroud’s suspension, while the likes of Aaron Ramsey and Joel Campbell are on the bench if impact players are needed.
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We should be brushing a team like Olympiacos aside easily, but after a number of poor performances we can’t afford to take anyone for granted.