Sanchez out, No Mustafi: 4-2-3-1 Arsenal predicted line-up vs Bournemouth
Shkodran Mustafi is fit again but Arsene Wenger should not rush into reinstating him in the starting line-up because the defender’s 100% fitness is important.
If he was not fully match fit to play on Sunday, there should be no reason to force him back into action less than 48 hours later.
In addition to that, Gabriel’s partnership with Laurent Koscielny is improving and since the Brazilian will certainly be needed when injury strikes again in the future, we must allow him to regain as much confidence as possible before Mustafi comes back in.
Arsene Wenger’s strange substitution of fringe players on Sunday means some key stars are still not getting the rest they need as we begin what will be a busy month of January.
Lucas Perez should keep his place in attack on Tuesday while Alex Iwobi continues to fill in for the absent Mesut Ozil in the number 10 role.
It is no secret that Alexis Sanchez loves to play football, but at some point, he has to be given a break in order to prevent him from being knackered for the run-in to the season even if he manages to stay fit for the entire campaign.
Bottom line is; we have to rest Sanchez before we regret it!