Arsenal are going into this crucial league game against West Ham which could have a great bearing on our season, but they will also have to have one eye on the Champions League game just three days later. The question is; Will Wenger take a chance on resting any of our stars with that game in mind? I personally don’t think so. Every game from now is a Cup Final in our race for the Top Four, and we need to take advantage of any possible slip from our rivals.
After our win away at Man United, the team must surely believe they can cause problems to Monaco and hopefully win by the necessary three goals, but first of all we must make sure of the three points on Saturday, preferably with a confidence boosting scoreline.
Szczesny was used against Man United, but surely David Ospina must return for both these upcoming matches. We know for sure that Koscielny and Mertesacker will be the centre-backs in Gabriel’s absence, and I imagine that Monreal will be left-back after his Man-of-the-Match performance last time out. Hector Bellerin will also to be eager to impress again after being given his new contract.
The midfield could be tricky to predict if Wenger decides to rest Ozil or Cazorla, but I’m sure that Coquelin will definitely be on the pitch. I also have a feeling that Ramsey will be alongside him after his cameo last week. Wenger never seems to rest Ozil so I’m guessing this game will be no different with Cazorla being given a well-deserved rest.
Olivier Giroud was given a break on Monday and Welbeck covered well, but I think Wenger will revert to Giroud in the middle, with Welbeck and Duracell-Bunny Sanchez causing havoc down the flanks.
Would you suggest any changes to that with Monaco looming on the horizon?
For the first time this weekend, we will be using a new app on Android or Apple for the fans to interact on Matchday, and this important game looks perfect to give it a first run out. Everyone can download the app on this link, and then join the Fan Club called Just Arsenal News. If you are asked for a code to join our Fan Club it is 1942M.
Lets get lots of JustArsenal regulars signed up and we’ll give it a test run on Saturday!