Preferred line-up


Debuchy – Mertesacker – Koscielny – Gibbs

           Rosicky – Coquelin

       Ox – Cazorla – Podolski


This will be a tough match defensively and therefore Debuchy, Mertesacker and Koscielny cannot be rested while Gibbs comes in for Monreal.

After that show at West Ham, Coquelin is the first name on the team sheet and he should be partnered by the returning Rosicky who has a lot of hustle in him offensively and defensively.

Sanchez looked too tired at Upton Park and he should be rested for Podolski who has been deserving a start for ages now. Oxlade-Chamberlain is another fitness concern but if Sanchez is rested, then the energy and creativity from the flanks will have to come from the Ox.

And with Welbeck unlikely to make this one, Walcott – who knows a thing or two about playing upfront – should be given the go-ahead this time.

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