4-2-3-1: Xhaka is back! – Our best line-up vs Ludogorets
Our impressive continued as we defeated Sunderland 4-1 in a league game on Saturday. It was tense for a bit in the second half, but then our handsome French striker popped up with a quick brace, and everything was okay with the world once again.
Now, our attention turns towards Champions League as we travel to Bulgaria to take on Ludogorets on Saturday. We embarrassed them 6-0 in the return fixture, so they might have a point to prove against in front of their home fans.
Ludogorets were certainly no pushovers and gave a good account of themselves in the first half. So, we can’t really take this tie for granted and we will have to go for the kill in this game. We are top of our group on goal difference ahead of Paris Saint-Germain, and I believe our home game against the French champions will eventually decide the group winners. However, before that, we need to make sure that we get another three points on Tuesday.
Arsene Wenger has avoided making too changes to his team in Champions League game so far, but since we have North London derby on Sunday, I can see him making a few in this game.
Here’s how I think our starting lineup will look like on Tuesday.
David Ospina will come back into the starting eleven.
I expect the same back that played against Sunderland to feature for us in Bulgaria.
Hector Bellerin will play in the right-back spot. Kieran Gibbs was impressive in the absence of injured Nacho Monreal against the Black Cats, and I don’t expect Wenger to risk Monreal ahead of the North London derby.
Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi will keep their places in the centre of our defence.
I am backing Francis Coquelin to keep his place in the squad, but I can see Granit Xhaka replacing Mohammed Elneny in the starting eleven.
Santi Cazorla is still supposedly short of full fitness, and I don’t expect Wenger to risk him ahead of the NLD.
I can’t see Mesut Ozil not starting on Tuesday. He is one of the few players in our squad who can’t be replaced without compromising on the quality of the team.
Theo Walcott was absent against the Black Cats, and I don’t expect to be back in action before the NLD. In his absence, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will keep his place on the right wing.
Alex Iwobi has been ineffective in our recent games, but I am still back the Nigerian to start the game on Tuesday.
Olivier Giroud announced his return to fitness with a match-winning brace against the Black Cats. I think Wenger will like to keep Sanchez fresh for the game against that another team from North London team. We should be able to beat Ludogorets without Sanchez and full preview and the latest odds with Coral suggest so too.
The French striker is more than a capable striker to lead our attacking lines, and I am backing him to get his first start of the season in Bulgaria.