Arsenal will be hosted by Bulgarian side Ludogrets in the Champions League tomorrow and the Gunners will be looking to come-off the game with the three points at stake in order to maintain their lead in Group of the Champions League table.
The Champions League game presents an opportunity for Arsene Wenger to tweak his large team, as he’ll have his eyes on the North London derby game against Tottenham this weekend. Players like Aaron Ramsey, Granit Xhaka and Gabriel Paulista may be handed a start.
This is how we think Arsenal will line-up against Ludogret
David Ospina has been dubbed the Champions League goalkeeper for Arsenal and rightfully so, he has earned his place in-between the sticks for Arsenal in the Champions League. His heroics helped Arsenal earned a point at Parc des Princes when the played Paris Saint Germain.
Mustafi and Kosclieny have both forged a rock solid partnership at the heart of defense for Arsenal but we expect the latter to be rested. Gabriel Paulista is most likely to pair Mustafi as shield for Ospina.
Monreal reportedly missed training today and so we expect Gibbs, who did very well against Sunderland in Arsenal’s Premier League game to retain his place at right back with Hector Bellerin on the right full back position.
This is the most competitive area of Arsenal’s team and it will certainly present a selection headache for Arsene Wenger.
Elneny played very well against Sunderland and so we think he will be paired with Xhaka, who has missed the last four matches for Arsenal, while Ramsey will play ahead of the pair. This will give a breather to Ozil and Coquelin, whom obviously will be lined up against Tottenham.
Wenger has resorted to playing Alexis Sanchez as his lead attack. The Chilean will be retained as the point man while we’ll have him flanked by Iwobi and new boy Lucas Perez.