Reasons for Selection
Players like Petr Cech and Hector Bellerin are expected to be back in the starting eleven after their absence on Tuesday night. But it is still unclear whether Kieran Gibbs will continue his run at left-back with both him and Nacho Monreal struggling to be fit for this weekend.
In midfield, Santi Cazorla cannot be risked even if he is deemed fit to play because there are several options available to feature in his role. Some may say the Spaniard is indispensable and that no one does the job like him but Granit Xhaka has shown enough signs going forward that he deserves to play regularly regardless of his disciplinary concerns.
Next to the Switzerland international should be Francis Coquelin who is arguably the best at protecting the back-four out of all of Arsenal’s holding midfielders. Much of the team which performed so well against Chelsea last month should be retained and therefore Alex Iwobi has to return to the line-up.
In attack, either Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain or Theo Walcott has to start because there is little width and raw pace being offered when Aaron Ramsey is playing there.
The biggest question is who plays upfront and the answer should be Alexis Sanchez. Olivier Giroud has scored three times in his last two appearances but he is still a ‘Plan B’ player at best and makes a bigger difference when he is deprived of the luxury of being main striker.