Having progressed in the Carabao Cup and comfortably sitting in top spot of their UEFA Europa League group, it seems Arsene Wenger’s team rotation is working pretty well for him so far.
With defender Calum Chambers the only casualty of Arsenal’s ‘second team’ options, it hands another opportunity for some of the big squad players to get a much-needed rest ahead of Premier League weekend game.
France international Alex Lacazette, Chilean Alexis Sanchez, Franchman Laurent Koscielny and Czech star Petr Cech are all expected to be dropped for the clash that will travel to Eastern Europe, Belarus ahead of Thursday’s Europa League match.
An away fixture at BATE Borisov hardly sounds pretty good but the likes of England international midfielder Jack Wilshere and winger Theo Walcott will be delighted to have some vital game time.
Here’s how Arsene Wenger’s starting XI might look like:
Goalkeeper David Ospina, with just two appearances so far this League season, the second choice goal tender is tipped to man the post ahead of Cech who has been performing to his very best at the moment.
At the back,Rob Holding, Per Mertesacker, Nacho Monreal should get the job done.
If not broken, why fix a backline that proved their worth in the English FA Cup final and are now understanding each other to fend off any goal threat that any European team offer.
I feel three fringe defenders will have a rather easy night in Belarus on Thursday, but with German Mertesacker and Nacho Monreal the team must be careful not to play too high defensive line because BATE Borisov have pacey players upfront
.In the midfield, Hector Bellerin, Egyptian Mohamed Elneny, Englishman Jack Wilshere, Ainsley Maitland-Niles should have no trouble on the night.
Upfront, England international forward Theo Walcott, Frenchman Olivier Giroud and Nigerian Alex Iwobi should bang in the goals.