Should Arsenal rest Cazorla for ‘massive’ game against Ludogorets?

When Arsene Wenger gives a press conference ahead of an Arsenal game there is usually one of the players there with him to answer questions from the attendant football media, and it is almost always one of the players that the manager plans to be in the starting line-up for the game.

So judging by the fact that it was the French central midfield star Francis Coquelin sat next to the boss today ahead of the Champions League match at home to Ludogorets Razgrad, I assume that Le Coq is set for his first Arsenal start since picking up a knee injury in the Premier League win over Chelsea.

That leaves the question of who will play alongside him in the middle and I have a feeling that it will be either Granit Xhaka or Mohamed Elneny and not Santi Cazorla. Even though Coquelin describes this European match as a massive game for us in an report I think Wenger will also be thinking about squad rotation.

Coquelin said, “It’s a massive game, especially as it is at home.

“We know we’re going to have two more tough games away too, against Ludogorets and Basel, plus a home game against Paris Saint-Germain. So it’s massively important to get the three points on Wednesday.”

With Xhaka out for the next three Premier League matches I think it will be him that gets the nod in the Champions League, with the Spaniard saved for the even more important EPL game at the weekend. Maybe the energy and work rate of Xhaka will be more useful against the Bulgarians anyway, while Arsenal could do with as fresh a Cazorla as possible against Boro on Saturday.

What do you think Gooners?


Tags Coquelin Elneny Xhaka


  1. Cazorla should be rested. He is getting on a bit and we have more than enough talent in midfield without him. Save him for the League games.

  2. I think this could be a game for El Neny to start. I don’t think it would be a risk because I’m sure he is hungry to do well and he is definitely good enough to play against Ludogorets.

  3. My lineup for today :
    Bellerin Gabriel Koscienly Gibbs
    Elneny Xhaka
    Chamberlain Ozil Iwobi
    Bench :Martinez, Mostafi, Maitland Niles, Coquelin, Cazorla, Sanchez, Walcott.
    I think this team is strong enough to win the match.

  4. if there is one starter that doesn’t need rest, it’s Cazorla cos he wasn’t called up by Spain and rested through out the 2weeks international break.


    best possible lineup

  5. i believe that we should start with our strongest line-up and then depending on the score make the substitutions accordingly!!

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