If Arsenal are to give themselves any chance of salvaging something from this game, the starting line-up cannot look the way it did against Watford, Chelsea and Hull City.

Discipline, pace and character will be largely required to fight for a result at the Allianz Arena. And unfortunately, players like Mesut Ozil, Olivier Giroud, and perhaps Alex iwobi are unlikely to boast all of those attributes at this time.

Theo Walcott might have a decent scoring record but Lucas Perez, a man who scored a hat-trick in our last Champions League outing, and has proven on several occasions that he has something genuine to offer, has to be handed a start.

If fit, Danny Welbeck’s directness when with the ball and hard work when without possession will be needed while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s recent performances in the central role should be rewarded with another start.

Normally, this would be a game for the passionate Francis Coquelin but his current form suggests otherwise and therefore, Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny have to step in.

EXPECTED LINE-UP

 

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