Arsene Wenger is desperate for Arsenal to get a fast start in the League against Leicester tonight, but as usual on the opening day, we don’t have a fully fit squad to choose from yet. We have the ever-injured Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla unavailable, but we also have a few players that are simply not fit enough to play yet.
The really bad news is that Alexis Sanchez is not available, as Wenger said the other day: “He had a little abdominal strain that he caught on Sunday morning in training, before he came to Wembley,”
“He had a scan two days ago and he’s out for a while – we don’t know if it is two weeks or one more week, but he will not be available. We think he will not play at Stoke.”
The also explained about our other problems in his pre-match conference. “I have plenty of uncertainties about the players who didn’t play against Chelsea,”
“For example Ramsey, Ozil, Mertesacker… and of course Koscielny is suspended.
“I have players coming back who have not played, like Mustafi. Alexis will not be available for example, so I cannot go into the game with too many uncertainties. I can take a gamble on one, maybe maximum two, but I focus more on the players who had the right number of competitive minutes in recent weeks.”
So who will he choose from the available players that are fit and ready? I am going to go for….
Holding Mustafi Monreal
Oxlade Coquelin Xhaka Kolasinac
Ozil Lacazette Welbeck
What do you think?