After a gruelling run of Premier League games, Arsene Wenger can at last give some Arsenal first team players a much-needed rest as we travel to the City ground to take on Nottingham Forest in the Third Round of the FA Cup.
Our team is likely to be yet another makeshift side as we have lost quite a few senior players to injury in the last few weeks, with Saed Kolasinac the latest victim to join the ranks on the treatment table. Arsenal Wenger told the media this morning. “From before Chelsea, nothing has changed,” he said. “Kolasinac, Koscielny, Monreal, Ramsey, Giroud are all out.
“From Wednesday night we certainly lose Granit Xhaka, who finished with a tight groin.
“I will rotate a little bit because play three games in six days.”
So it will not be anywhere near our best team against the Championship side, but who is Wenger likely to play. We certainly won’t be putting out just academy players in a competition we have won for the last two years but it is hardly going to be as strong as usual.
The players I expect to see will include Ospina, Mertesacker, Danny Welbeck, Theo Walcott, Francis Coquelin, Mathieu Debuchy, Elneny, Reiss-Nelson and maybe Ben Sheaf and Reine-Adelaide. We are very short of defenders so Wenger may have to send out Chambers and Holding to play alongside the BFG.
Who do you think will make up our starting XI on Sunday?