Arsene Wenger will be more concerned with the performance of the Arsenal players today than their opponents. He has, however, made special mention of the Rovers and Scotland striker Jordan Rhodes. The 23-year old has got 20 goals from 30 games since signing from Huddersfield, and Wenger has warned his team that he is one of those players who just has the knck of scoring, so they must not allow him any freedom in the box.
Wenger has proved how seriously he is taking this match by starting with Koscielny and Vermaelen as the central defenders. He also keeps Arteta in the centre and Giroud as the centre forward, while bringing in a few others who have not played so much recently.
Coquelin, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Monreal,
Arteta, Diaby, Rosicky
Gervinho, Giroud, Oxlade-Chamberlain
Hopefully Gervinho and Chamberlain will be keen to impress, and their direct runs and skill at going past players will offer Giroud plenty of chances to keep his good scoring record going. The midfield should have plenty of energy and invention to dominate the game and create lots of chances while not being too gung-ho.
It’s good to see Coquelin back, and Wenger may be thinking about the Bayern game in giving him a chance at right back. If he does well, it gives Arsenal the option of switching Sagna to left back against the Germans. We have a very strong bench, with Wilshere, Walcott, Podolski and Cazorla on it, but Wenger will hope that the starters can get the job done.
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