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Granit Xhaka will be available despite his red card on Saturday since this is not a domestic fixture. Aaron Ramsey is not expected to be match fit in order to make the squad while Olivier Giroud is likely to remain out of action.

Danny Welbeck and Per Mertesacker, who are still recovering after knee surgeries, are the rest of the players who are still sidelined.

Reasons for Selection

Despite Arsene Wenger’s inevitable decision to start David Ospina, the better idea would be to stick with Petr Cech in goal. After all, this is the Champions League and your best goalkeeper has to be the one called upon.

Somehow, the Arsenal manager may see Wednesday’s home clash with an unfancied Ludogorets side as the closest thing to a League Cup fixture and rest some players.

To be fair, that would not be too bad an idea. Judging by his display on Saturday, Nacho Monreal appears to be the first name on the list of players in need of a break and therefore Kieran Gibbs has to be given a rare opportunity to play.

Mohamed Elneny deserves a chance as well since his contribution is likely to be required very soon when Granit Xhaka starts serving his three-game ban domestically.

Apart from those changes, Wenger should not tinker with his squad too much and break up what is an impressive momentum in attack. The front four has to stay that way.


Line Up vs Ludog

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