Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger may consider resting some of his stars for the clash against Hull City on Wednesday night.
The Premier League leaders have made a fine start to the season, and goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny’s form has been one of the major positives for the Gunners. The Pole will almost certainly start between the sticks.
At the back, Arsenal will be without Bacary Sagna, and Carl Jenkinson is set to replace the Frenchman, who is out with a hamstring injury. Nacho Monreal could come in on the opposite flank, although Per Mertesacker and Lauren Koscielny are unlikely to be touched.
In defensive midfield, Aaron Ramsey is in the form of his life and can’t be dropped, whilst Mathieu Flamini could be his partner after coming off the bench at the weekend.
Wenger has plenty of choices in attacking midfield, and this game represents the perfect opportunity to rest Mesut Ozil ahead of the hectic Christmas schedule at the Emirates Stadium.
Theo Walcott is primed for a start after returning from injury in recent weeks, whilst Tomas Rosicky could get the nod ahead of Jack Wilshere on the left for the Gunners. If Ozil does miss out, then Santi Cazorla will be tasked with creating the chances behind the striker in a 4-2-3-1 formation.
Up-front, it’s hard to see Arsenal starting anyone but Olivier Giroud, although Danish international Nicklas Bendtner is waiting in the wings should the manager decide to continue rotating.
Arsenal predicted starting XI v Hull City:
Szczesny; Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Flamini, Ramsey; Walcott, Cazorla, Rosicky; Giroud.