Arsenal travel to Bulgaria to take on Ludogorets tonight in the fourth Champions League gameweek.
The Gunners are in fine form in all competitions currently, and that form has led us joint-top of the Premier League, as well as sitting top of our European group at present. We also beat tonight’s rivals 6-0 in the reverse encounter, and will be confident of continuing that form further.
A win for our side could see us qualify for the knock-out rounds with two matches to spare, should Paris Saint-Germain avoid defeat in Switzerland when they take on Basel tonight.
Arsenal will have to try and obtain their qualification tonight without some key stars, with Santi Cazorla, Theo Walcott, Nacho Monreal and Hector Bellerin missing tonight.
Ospina looks set to continue his run in the Champions League, while Granit Xhaka will likely make his return to action, having been banned from the previous Premier League encounters. I’m predicting this match to have come too early for the likes of Olivier Giroud or Aaron Ramsey to start, but you can expect them to come on from the bench at some point.
The likes of Carl Jenkinson and Kieran Gibbs are near-guaranteed to start due to the absences of our Spanish full-backs, while Arsene Wenger may opt to try and shuffle his team with the crunch tie with Tottenham coming up this weekend, which could lead to more changes than we have preempted.
Possible Arsenal XI:
Jenkinson Koscielny Mustafi Gibbs
Oxlade Ozil Iwobi
Arsenal are full of confidence at present, and having put six past them at home, will be hoping for a comfortable win on our travels. We will surely win this despite the amount of changes that Wenger opts to make, and I’m aiming for a 0-3 win in Bulgaria. Oxlade didn’t impress at the weekend, but has been doing well outside of the league, and I reckon he will grab himself a goal should he start as expected today.
Do you agree with the starting line-up? Could Ludogorets give us a tough game today?