Arsene Wenger has suggested Theo Walcott may start Sunday’s trip to Swansea and it may come at the expense of Santi Cazorla. Meanwhile Jack Wilshere’s return could mean bad news for out of sorts Aaron Ramsey.
Unfortunately there’s no room to improve players-wise at the back. A defensive line that had kept back to back clean sheets in the domestic league imploded on Tuesday night in the 3-3 draw with Anderlecht, but there’s more to blame than just the defenders though.
Further forward, Arsenal had the ability to keep hold of the ball and pass Anderlecht out of the game. But the loss of Mikel Arteta and a poor performance from the Gunners midfield pack threw the match away.
Laurent Koscielny will not be returning to the squad this weekend so we will see the same defensive unit as the past couple of weeks. Mathieu Flamini will be in the holding role with Arteta hamstrung, while Wilshere could replace Ramsey who continues to struggle for form since returning from injury. He’s lost the simplicity that personified his game over the past 18 months and needs to get back to basics.
Theo Walcott missed the Champions League tie in midweek as he slowly eases back to fitness, remaining an unused substitute on Tuesday night but could earn his first start of the season. Wenger admits the Englishman is a potential starter and he definitely should. If he’s fit enough to go on international duty next week, he’s fit enough to start for us. He should be replacing Cazorla in the lineup.
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Alexis Sanchez has been potent in behind the striker and continues to spark this Arsenal attack into life. We can only hope he continues his fine work in behind Danny Welbeck with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain continuing to emulate the Chilean’s high work rate from the wing.
Here’s the predicted lineup: