So Arsenal face Newcastle this weekend, and although we are pinning all our hopes on winning the Europa League to get back into Europe’s elite competition, we still have to worry about our League position, especially with Chelsea’s comeback earlier today and Burnley’s relentless chase to try and overtake us.
So this match is very important in many ways, if nothing else we drastically need to improve our away form. We may actually be unbeaten in our last seven games but our away form in the League has been totally awful and we have only gained one solitary point in our last five games. This must change so we desperately need a win on Sunday especially as Burnley and Chelsea are going to meet next weekend.
So which team would you pick for this game? We don’t have another game for a week so Wenger is free to play his very best XI to try and get the points. Cech is certain to play even if Ospina recovers from his injury, and Granit Xhaka will be back in contention and will probably replace Aaron Ramsey who was injured on Thursday. Wenger played Hector Bellerin, Laurent Koscielny, Shkodran Mustafi and Nacho Monreal in Russia but I think he will stick with that line-up with Burnley so close behind us.
Jack Wilshere looked to be struggling when he came on at CSKA, but Elneny earned another start after his heroics in Russia, so I am thinking Elneny, Xhaka and Iwobi will be our midfield. Aubameyang will definitely be back as striker and I think Welbeck and Ozil (obviously!) will be supporting him.
So here is my team choice…..
Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal
Elneny, Xhaka, Iwobi
Who would you pick?