So another week of Emery’s training goes by and we are still waiting for the Gunners to how some defensive resilience. All of Arsenal’s current injury problems are to defenders with the big worries being Sead Kolasinac and Ainsley Maitland-Niles as they are only alternatives to Nacho Monreal at left-back. We can forget about seeing our nominal captain Laurent Koscielny for some time, and there would be no chance of Carl Jenkinson playing even if he was fit.
This week I am convinced that Lucas Torreira needs to start in central midfield to give Mustafi and Sokratis some help in defence when Monreal and Bellerin go flying forward, as they are very wont to do.
Cech will continue in goal behind our usual four defenders, and I would like to see Guendouzi and Xhaka on either side of Torreira although I think Emery will bring Ramsey back into the equation.
There will still be no room for Lacazette as Aubameyang will continue as centre-forward. Will Ozil be back? I think he will and I also believe Nkhitaryan will continue on the other side.
So here is my line-up….
Bellerin – Mustafi – Sokratis – Monreal
Ramsey – Torreira – Xhaka
Ozil – Aubameyang – Mkhitaryan
That would certainly be a strong enough side to dispose of Cardiff, but will Emery agree? Do you?