Arsenal face Newcastle today at the Emirates stadium and luckily for us we are not handed the late kickoff, and so, we could pile pressure on the Manchester City who play later in the day.
Newcastle are on a familiar spot at the moment, where they lie 18th, battling to avoid the relegation waters and that may be the reason behind their current run of form. In the last five games played, they have won the likes of Liverpool and Tottenham while recording narrow loses to the West Brom and Everton.
The Gunners have to take them seriously if we are to avoid the potential banana skin awaiting us. Wenger has finally opted to rotate the team, which makes it difficult for me to predict who plays in what spot. As it stands now, only Petr Cech and Mesut Ozil have their spots locked down.
Petr Cech will start ahead of David Ospina. The latter reportedly tabled a proposal for an exit earlier this week.
The centre back pairing should have Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny occupying their respective spots.
Although Mathieu Debuchy has been agitating for more game time of late, I do not see him playing today’s game. Expect Hector Bellerin in the right back position while Nacho real plays from the left of the defence.
The heart of the midfield is sure to have Mathieu Flamini and Aaron Ramsey. Flamini missed the last game but has been confirmed by Wenger to be fit for this game.
Mesut Ozil mans the position behind the striker. He has been exempted from some training sessions of late and will be looking to run riot today
Joel Campbell could return to right wing while Theo Walcott plays from the opposite side. Oxlade Chamberlain was impressive. However, I don’t expect the manager to play him ahead of Campbell who is more defensively minded.
Giroud is sure to start against a physically strong Newcastle side. He failed to score in the last game but will be hoping to find his scoring boots today.