I am quietly confident that Arsenal are set for a resounding win this weekend against Aston Villa, even without Alexis Sanchez, to set us up for an even easier win at White Hart Lane next Saturday morning. This is my predicted line-up for the game.
Ospina is nailed on to continue between the sticks. Three games, three clean sheets. Nuff said.
Defenders: Koscielny and Mertesacker will continue their partnership, and hopefully both will look to improve to keep Gabriel watching from the subs bench. Bellerin has proved he is a better right back than Chambers and his attacking prowess will be used fully against Villa. Monreal is definitely my preference over Gibbs on current form.
Coquelin’s proposed new contract may persuade Wenger to stick with the youngster as DM, but, as he is on four yellow cards, it may be prudent to play Flamini and save Le Coq for the Spuds next week. Rosicky was awesome against Brighton and I would love to see him and Cazorla play alongside each other and BOTH play to their best form. Ramsey will have to do with a place on the bench for now.
Without Alexis, Welbeck or Oxlade-Chamberlain, I can only see one front three line up. Giroud in the middle, and Ozil and Walcott out on the wings. Obviously I’m worried about putting Ozil on the flank right now, so I would be happy for Cazorla to move to the wing and leave Ozil in the centre.
This side I would consider capable of beating anyone in the world, so a convincing win without Sanchez would definitely put the wind up Spurs ahead of next weeks crucial clash…..