DM) Mathieu Flamini
The Frenchman seems convinced that he’s no longer a defensive midfielder, and is seen regularly marauding forward into the box. We miss Francis Coquelin badly, but Flamini is really the only option we have. There’s always a chance Wenger will experiment with Calum Chambers, but the youngster doesn’t seem ready just yet.
CM) Aaron Ramsey
Ramsey is relishing playing in midfield once again, and is thriving during Santi Cazorla’s enforced absence. He offers something very different to the Spaniard, and we tend to see him between the lines and making runs beyond the strikers regularly. There are question marks over whether he and Flamini work in midfield, but time will tell.
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CAM) Mesut Özil
It seems ridiculous to be justifying Özil’s inclusion in the side, as his performances really speak for themselves. There were a few concerns over a “tight calf” before the Olympiacos clash (via the Daily Mail), but if he’s fully fit then he’s the first name on the teamsheet.