Now that we have had all the players returning from the internationals, and have been given a full injury update by Arsene Wenger, how would you pick the Arsenal starting XI to face West Brom on Saturday?
The best news we’ve had is that Hector Bellerin will be back on the firm, but that has been tempered by the fact that Laurent Koscielny has got Arsene Wenger worried about his state of mind. The big problem with that is that Gabriel only arrived back from South America yesterday, along with Alexis Sanchez, and their fitness will have to be taken on trust. It is going to be hard for Wenger to choose who partners Mertesacker (who has had two weeks rest) at the back.
With the Ox and Ramsey still unavailable, Wenger will simply have to give in to Alexis’ desire to play again, despite playing two full games for Chile in on the other side of the world in the last fortnight. Let’s hope he doesn’t suffer from jetlag. I know I do every time I return to the UK…..
One thing is absolutely certain is that Olivier Giroud will be leading the line as Theo Walcott is still going to be out for another “week or two”, and I think, without any other options, Campbell will yet again play on the right. So anyway, I am going to take a stab at predicting Wenger’s choices for tomorrow with the limited assets at his disposal…..
Sanchez Ozil Campbell
Monreal Gabriel Mertesacker Bellerin
Can anyone see Wenger changing any of those?