Wenger Makes 5 Changes: Predicted Arsenal Starting XI To Take On Chelsea
Arsenal will be looking keep the pressure on Chelsea when they host the league leaders at the Emirates on Sunday. Here is the side we think Wenger will select:
Arsenal will be looking keep the pressure on Chelsea when they host the league leaders at the Emirates on Sunday afternoon. Here is the side Gooner Mac thinks Arsene Wenger will select:
Goalkeeper: Wojciech Szczesny started in last weeks FA Cup semi-final but the boss is expected to recall David Ospina this weekend.
Defence: There will also be changes at the back as Per Mertesacker is a major doubt after picking up an ankle injury at Wembley so Gabriel is likely to partner Laurent Koscielny in the middle of defence.
Mathieu Debuchy started his first game in over three months last weekend but was well short of match fitness so Hector Bellerin is expected to be recalled on Sunday. Kieran Gibbs also looked rusty so Nacho Monreal should come back in at left-back.
Midfield: The manager has confirmed that Mikel Arteta and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will continue to miss the out but Jack Wilshere is back in contention – although I don’t think he’ll start so a place on the bench is the best he can hope for.
Francis Coquelin will continue in the holding role and I think we could see Arsene stick with the same front six that’s played in the last three games. That would see Santi Cazorla play in a deeper role with Aaron Ramsey out wide.
Attack: I’m not a huge fan of Rambo on the right and I’d prefer to see Welbeck or Walcott out there to give us more natural width but Wenger has gone with Rambo in recent games so I expect he’ll stick with that winning formula this weekend and I suppose he will help counter the threat of Eden Hazard.
Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez are certain to keep their places while Olivier Giroud will be recalled up front after making a real impact off the bench against Reading last week.
Here is how I think we’ll see Arsenal line-up:
What do you think? What line-up would you like to see start?
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