Arsenal’s injury list is looking pretty good at the moment with both Francis Coquelin and Carl Jenkinson returning to the squad this week. Per Mertesacker and Danny Welbeck are still out until next year, but Wenger has revealed that both Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey are expected back soon. “They continue their preparation as they have been out for a long time. I think they need sharpening up now but they are not far away.” Le Prof said.
As for tonight’s game Wenger said yesterday that the squad will similar to this weeks. “For tomorrow we have a similar squad to the one that faced Swansea. There are no injuries and everyone is available.”
But surely he will not field the same first XI for this midweek match? After last year’s home defeats to Monaco and Olympiakos, Wenger will surely be wary of making too many changes, but there is also the wish that we don’t have all our players burning out by playing twice a week. But for starters it is nearly certain that David Ospina will be back between the sticks, but I wonder what changes he will make to the outfield players?
Will Gabriel or Holding get a game to give the awesome pairing of Koscielny and Mustafi a rest? We have already discussed the dilemma of playing Xhaka or Coquelin, but perhaps Elneny or Jeff could come in and give Cazorla a well-earned break.
I don’t think he will leave out Ozil and Alexis will not want to be on the bench, as they seem to prefer playing every single game. But maybe this is the right game to force Sanchez to rest while giving another game to Lucas Perez?
Who do you think should play, and who should be rested?