There is no doubt that today’s away game against 8th-placed West Brom is a must-win for Arsenal, after finding ourselves 5 points below 4th-placed Liverpool in the table, but who will Wenger choose as his best XI for such an important match.
Wenger blamed the 12 day gap between games as the reason for Arsenal’s poor start against Liverpool a few weeks ago, then he claimed a lack of confidence for the start against Lincoln last week, but as most of our first team played last weekend and scored many goals in the second half then neither of those should apply this time around.
So I think Arsene will play mostly the side that faced Lincoln with just a few changes.
For starters Cech will return in goal as per Wenger’s policy, and the defence is unlikely to be changed either except for Monreal replacing the injured Gibbs, and Bellerin, Mustafi and Koscielny as our usual mainstays.
With the Ox going off injured last week, I think our central midfield will be comprised off Coquelin and Xhaka, and Ozil to return to his normal berth. I’m guessing Wenger will want Elneny to get some minutes at some point, maybe after Xhaka gets his usual yellow card?
Up front? I don’t think birthday boy Walcott will start after his snub from England, so I’m choosing Alexis, Iwobi and Giroud as our forward line, with Theo waiting on the bench to inject some pace late in the game.
Who do you think will be the starting line-up?