We’re understandably on a high following our fantastic win over Olympiacos, but need to make sure we don’t get brought crashing down to earth upon our return to Premier League action. Away to Aston Villa is a very, very winnable game, but we’ve seen what complacency can do in the English top flight.
Despite 3 games in seven days, Arsene Wenger should still be able to name a very strong side for our trip to Villa Park.
Here’s how we think Arsenal will line up against Aston Villa:
GK) Petr Cech
If Arsene Wenger drops Cech again this season, then it better be because he’s injured. We’ve seen how key the Czech has been, and he needs to start whenever possible.
RB) Hector Bellerin
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The Spaniard hasn’t looked fully recovered from his short spell on the sidelines, but still needs to start ahead of the likes of Mathieu Debuchy.
LB) Nacho Monreal
Monreal is another player we really can’t afford to drop at the moment, as he makes us far more reliable at the back. He often looks questionable when left one-on-one, but he’s been steadily improving week after week since he arrived.
CB) Per Mertesacker
There have still been plenty of people calling for Gabriel Paulista to replace the giant German, but his performance against Olympiacos suggests he deserves to keep his starting spot.
CB) Laurent Koscielny
As Rio Ferdinand said, Laurent Koscielny is far and away the best defender in the Premier League (via The Independent). We miss him badly when he’s injured, so it’s a huge boost that he’s currently fit.