With a huge North London Derby coming up on Sunday, could Arsene Wenger choose to rotate as Arsenal travel to Bulgaria to face Ludogorets?
As usual, we’ll see David Ospina in goal and I think we’ll see a slightly rotated back four with Kieran Gibbs still at left-back and Carl Jenkinson at right-back.
Although Nacho Monreal is injured, Gibbs’ performance against Sunderland on Saturday would be enough to keep his place regardless. Also, I imagine the boss might want to save Hector Bellerin’s legs for the weekend and Jenks was good against Reading in the EFL Cup last week.
Granit Xhaka returns from his three-match ban and since Santi Cazorla is out and Aaron Ramsey has only just returned to fitness, I think we’ll see a midfield duo of Mohamed Elneny and our Switzerland international.
Mesut Ozil will likely keep his place, as will Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alex Iwobi on the wings but I’m praying that we rest Alexis and start Olivier Giroud. Not only does the Frenchman need to get some game time under his belt after being out with a toe injury but he should be rewarded for his brace against Sunderland.
Plus, we really should be keeping Alexis as fresh as possible for the Derby.
But hey, knowing Wenger he could just field the same starting XI as he did against Sunderland for all I know!