Despite the fact that the terrible run of luck that Arsenal have had to cope with for well over a year now still shows no real sign of going away, at least Arsene Wenger now has a stronger squad to choose from. Even though it looks highly unlikely that the boss will be able to call on the awesome Alexis Sanchez, the attacking side of our team should still be pretty fearsome.
And the way that the visitors to the Emirates in the FA cup have been playing, it is just as well. It looks like it will be vital for the whole Gunners team to play well and the defensive side must be solid as it could be a real nightmare if Middlesborough get their noses in front.
But being at home gives Arsenal the best chance and the onus must be on us to break down their resistance, which means that we need our attack to be really on the ball. So I wonder if it is time to bring Mesut Ozil back into his favoured central role.
I am not suggesting that Santi Cazorla has not doe great stuff there this season, but if both are on form, Ozil should carry that bit of extra quality to spot an opening and execute the move. It is going to be tight and the game could be decided on one moment of genius.
And the German should be full of confidence after his impressive games in the wide forward position, so now might be the perfect time to put him in the middle. It would also allow Wenger to play Welbeck, Walcott and Giroud as a very pacy and powerful front three that can make the most of Ozil’s skills.
Is it number 10 time for Ozil?