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As expected Arsene has selected the same team that defeated Stoke City last weekend. Hector Bellerin and Aaron Ramsey missed the midweek defeat in the CL but have been restored to the line up in place of Mathieu Debuchy and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. It looks to be a ding dong battle in midfield so it is great to see both Aaron and Francis Coquelin back in the side. It should be an interesting match, let us hope we can  take the points this time.

Arsène Wenger has shuffled his pack a little bit as the Gunners prepare to face a Dinamo Zagreb in hot form, with the Chelsea game looming around the corner, Arsène has been forced into making a few changes to the team that dismantled Stoke City on the weekend. Arsène Wenger had already shown his intentions before the game by leaving Hector Bellerin and Aaron Ramsey at home.

I thought changes would be made to freshen up the team today but I kinda thought those changes would have to include Alexis and Cazorla who have not looked sharp in recent weeks but the boss has stuck by them today and has made changes in other areas. Oliver Giroud is one of those who look to be firing on empty so it's great to see him rested ahead of Wembley. Koscielny who had flu recently has also dropped out as has Aaron Ramsey. Interesting to see Ospina continue in goal, I have a feeling he will be called upon in the final. Anyway here is to a good performance today.

Per Mertesacker has overcome his ankle injury to keep his place in the starting 11. The German was hurt in last weekend's clash against Reading but has won his fitness battle. Gabriel is not in the squad so perhaps it is the Brazilian who is nursing an injury. Hector Bellerin has been given a huge vote of confidence as the young Spaniard has been brought back into the team ahead of the experienced Mathieu Debuchy. The Frenchman takes a seat on the bench and will be both right back and centre back cover. Aaron Ramsey keeps his place on the right of attack while Oliver Giroud replaces Danny Welbeck in attack.

There is of course the slight possibility that Mesut Özil will shift to the flank allowing Ramsey to slot alongside Cazorla but I think that is pretty unlikely. Mesut Özil has kept his central role for many weeks now. The good news for Ramsey is that the German loves to drift into wide positions and chances are that Ramsey will seek to fill those positions.

Arsene has gone for a midfield heavy looking side as Danny Welbeck takes his place on the bench while Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey look set to play ahead of Francis Coquelin with Mesut Özil likely to start from a wide position. Arsenal were well and truly dominated at Anfield earlier in the season so Arsene could well be trying to fight back for some of the ball.

So changes have been made to the team but not exactly what I was expecting. Alexis Sanchez remains in the team which is somewhat of a surprise given his recent showings. Watch him pull out a man of the match performance now. Mesut Özil has not traveled with the squad so either he is being rested or he is ill. Theo Walcott is still left on the bench so the writing looks very much on the wall for his future.

  • 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