Depending on how quickly the Arsenal and Chile star Alexis Sanchez gets back to match fitness and into the swing of the new season, the Gunners will have to manage between one and four games without our best player of last season. And with all the talk of how much our slow start cost us last time and how important it is for us to hit the ground running this year, Arsene Wenger has a big decision on his hands about who to use in that left forward position.
I think that Danny Welbeck would be the manager´s first choice if he was fit but it looks like the England striker is still carrying a minor injury problem and unless he sees some action during our two Emirates Cup games this weekend, I cannot see him starting against Chelsea and Wenger will want to have his starting line up set by then.
Assuming that Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott will occupy the other two forward positions, who will take the place of Alexis? It could be young Chuba Akpom and if the 19-year old can impress and get himself on the scoresheet this weekend then he has a good chance to claim that spot.
After that we are looking at players that are not specialist forwards, such as Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and even Aaron Ramsey if the boss goes with Coquelin and Cazorla in the middle. So Gooners, who would you go for in the Alexis position?