I am making the assumption that Emmanuel Frimpong is fit enough to play after completing the whole 90 minutes in the last two under-21s games. Arsenal would therefore have the option of Aaron Ramsey, Francis Coquelin or Frimpong to play alongside Mikel Arteta in the middle of the pitch against Schalke, so who should it be?
Ramsey struggled again on Saturday against Norwich, but then again so did everybody. He has looked good at times but perhaps he needs a game off. His confidence is still fragile and another bad game could cause him some problems.
Frimpong, if he’s fit, could provide strength, steel and energy alongside Arteta, freeing the Spaniard up to look forward more and assist Cazorla in creating chances. The problem with Frimpong is that he has not played at the top level for a while and he does have the tendency for rash challenges.
European referees are more likely to issue cards for challenges you see every week in the Premier league, and Arsenal could end up with 10 men in a crucial champions league game.
For me, Coquelin should get the nod. He is a more rounded player who is chomping at the bit. He has already played in both champions league games, the Capital One cup games and in the Premier league against Southampton. What are your thoughts, Gooners?