The Gunners host Sunderland at Emirates on Saturday afternoon for their first Premier League tie since their bland draw with Manchester United.
Wojiech Szczesny is likely to reprise his role between the sticks despite potential repercussions for pulling his obscene gesture after his red card against Bayern. As long as his heads in the right place he’s the best we’ve got.
At the back the only change is likely to be the inclusion of Nacho Monreal in Gibbs’ absence. The Englishman is confirmed to be out for the weekend, and the Spaniard will be wanting to replicate the form he demonstrated against Liverpool in the Cup.
In midfield Mikel Arteta will return and hopefully Wenger will opt for Jack Wilshere centrally rather than Mathieu Flamini. Ahead of the deeper two, a possibly rest for Mesut Ozil should be a consideration. Tomas Rosicky would be a natural replacement to allow Cazorla out wide, that said playing the Spaniard centrally could allow Podolski some much needed and deserved gametime.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain looks set for another start on the right, he’s been Arsenal’s best attacking outlet in recent weeks and we really need his pace. Gnabry is another option but the Englishman will be the preferred option.
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Upfront Yaya Sanogo has started back to back games and has impressed. But Olivier Giroud apparently is in a better frame of mind and should start up front again. We really need him firing again.
Arsenal then have a weeks break until their next clash, so Wenger should be able to field a pretty strong lineup.
Here is our predicted lineup:
Sagna Merts Kosc Monreal
The Ox Podolski
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