Wenger Makes 2 Changes: Predicted Arsenal Starting XI To Face Sunderland

By on December 3, 2015

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Arsenal will look to get back to winning ways when they take on Sunderland on Saturday afternoon. Here is the side Gooner Mac thinks Arsene Wenger will select for the game:

Goalkeeper: Petr Cech is a certainty to keep his place in goal with David Ospina as back-up on the bench.

Defence: Laurent Koscielny is a slight doubt with a hip injury that he sustained against Norwich last weekend but I expect the Frenchman will be cleared to start alongside Per Mertesacker in the heart of defence.

Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal are firmly our first choice full-backs so they should once again start at the back.

Midfield: Unfortunately it looks like Santi Cazorla is set for a lengthy spell on the treatment table with a knee injury so with Francis Coquelin, Jack Wilshere and Mikel Arteta also out, we have a real problem in midfield.

Thankfully Aaron Ramsey is back so he should move in to the middle alongside Mathieu Flamini over the coming weeks.

Attack:  Alexis Sanchez is out for around three weeks with a hamstring injury that he suffered during the 1-1 draw at Carrow Road so Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could start on the left after making his comeback last weekend.

Theo Walcott could be in the squad for the first time since picking up a calf injury against Sheffield Wednesday in October but I don’t think Arsene will risk him from the start so Joel Campbell should retain his place on the right.

Mesut Ozil will of course start in the No.10 role and Olivier Giroud will continue to lead the line up front – if Arsene decides against throwing Walcott straight back into action.

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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