Arsenal face Galatasaray on Wednesday and are depleted due to several midfield injuries.
Arsene Wenger has said Jack Wilshere is fit, but may not start against Galatasaray, especially with Chelsea in mind. But with Abou Diaby, Aaron Ramsey and Mikel Arteta not in the squad, can Arsenal really afford not to start Wilshere?
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Taking this all into account, this is Arsenal’s most likely line up for the crucial Champions League fixture.
Szczesny; Chambers, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs; Flamini, Chamberlain; Alexis, Ozil, Cazorla; Welbeck
Bench: Ospina, Bellerin, Hayden, Rosicky, Coquelin, Podolski, Campbell
Chamberlain can take up a deeper midfield role, allowing Alexis, Ozil and Cazorla to sit behind Welbeck. That attacking foursome will be the key to Arsenal unlocking a tough Galatasaray side. Flamini’s defensive attitude will free up Chamberlain to be a bit more explorative through the middle.
If Arsene Wenger chooses another option he may go for Tomas Rosicky is the centre of midfield, and allow Chamberlain to offer width. Lukas Podolski is another option on the left, and despite not impressive against Southampton, Arsenal need all their squad players to be able to contribute in games like this. Last chance saloon for Lukas?
Wenger also noted in his press conference that Serge Gnabry and Theo Walcott would join training next week, seeing them return after the international break.