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Arsene Wenger has fielded a much stronger team than I expected him to do today. For a start I certainly did not expect Petr Cech to start the game but it is interesting to see that Ospina does not make the bench, perhaps there is more going on there than meets the eye. Mathieu Debuchy however is on the bench and I was hoping he would have given Bellerin a rest. Iwobi has been preferred to the Jeff and it will be interesting to see who out of the Ox or Iwobi starts centrally.

Arsène Wenger has stuck with the same 11 that triumphed over Manchester City 2-1 last Monday night. With the games coming thick and fast over this festive period, Arsene had a decision to make. Would he make rotate tonight and for the game coming up against AFC Bournemouth? The other option was to send the same successful 11 to go again tonight and hope they can do the business in a ground that has proved to be a tricky venue for us in recent years, even if the Saints form is not so great today. Hopefully we can get through the game without further injuries and also hopefully picking up some very important 3 points to boot.

Tough call for the boss to make today given that Joel Campbell put in his best performance in an Arsenal shirt so far against Zargreb in midweek but as I explained in my preview, Aaron Ramsey is the type of player you want to have away from home, games in which you need to wrestle the control in our favour and have another passing option in the middle of the pitch. We have missed his impact on the side so I am very pleased to have him back once more. It means that Joel Campbell drops down to the bench and that gives us some options from the bench should the need arise.

The Gunners are hoping to shake off the disappointment of the weekend with tonight's match against Dinamo Zagreb at the Emirates. Only victory today will give us any hope of making the knock out rounds and that is assuming that Bayern Munich can do to Olympiacos what they have done to pretty much everyone else at the Allianz Arena.

  • 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