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Arsene has kept the faith with the side that beat Swansea 4-0 last weekend. Bellerin, Gibbs and Coquelin have all returned to the squad but all three are on the bench rather than forcing their way into the starting line up. I thought we may see both full backs come into the side but maybe that was expecting too much so soon

Going back to Maitland-Niles, he played right back against Notingham Forest earlier in the season and did a very good impression of Hector Bellerin in the way he played. He is quick and technically good but obviously you have to take into consideration the opposition but I am happy to see him given another go in that role. What that quite says about Carl Jenkinson I don't know. Maybe he is close to a loan move away somewhere so he has been held back or maybe the manager has lost faith in him which would be pretty sad.

So that is pretty much as what most expected right? Ramsey will be playing out wide and that was the one question mark I had before the line up. But I am very surprised to see Oxlade-Chamberlain not in the team this evening as he started from the bench on Sunday. I guess it was a choice between Ox and Giroud. If Arsene went for Alexis as our central striker then Ox would have replaced him on the left I guess. It's quite a front footed midfield and that will be intriguing to see.

A win though would be sweet as though wouldn’t it? We need to keep up our confidence before our trip to City on the weekend. We may well have to grind this one out a little as I expect the home side to be very defensive in their approach but hopefully we can keep Lukaku quiet and we can find a way through a couple of times during the 90 minutes. I'm picking Theo as a one to watch tonight, hopefully his goal and the return of Bellerin can help him go on another scoring run during an important part of the season

So Arsene has gone with the same 11 that beat Hull City last weekend which means a return to the bench of Granit Xhaka and Lucas Perez after their impressive League Cup performances. Many are having a meltdown about our central midfield, I would personally perfer to see how the players who are starting actually perform on the day first. I know, I am a little backwards like that.

  • 15 Sep 2015
    So let me stop reminiscing of days gone by and let me focus on our Welsh wonder. Let me start off by saying that I think it is quite obvious that Aaron Ramsey is better in central midfield. His partnership with Mesut Özil, his running from deep and his underrated ball winning ability makes him a ...Read more