Arsene Wenger could not really have gone into to this key Champions League group stage clash with Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday night, where they need a convincing win to have any chance of topping their group and a loss could even threaten their qualification.
Saturday saw what was probably the nadir of the Gunners' season so far; they dominated Manchester United at Emirates Stadium in the Premier League and should have won comfortably, but still managed to get beaten in ridiculous circumstances.
One piece of good news was that centre-back Laurent Koscielny is back in the squad
Wayne Rooney's breakaway goal on 85 minutes all but sealed the three points for the Old Trafford club, adding to Kieran Gibbs' comical own goal, and there was widespread dissent around the ground directed at a dejected looking Wenger.
It meant their worst start to a Premier League season in 32 years and the bad news was not consigned to the result only - there are now some serious fitness issues the French tactician will have to deal with come Wednesday morning.
Jack Wilshere was guilty of missing a golden opportunity in the first half and could have assisted one on another occasion if his touch had not let him down. In that move he received a hefty tackle on his right ankle and will miss the game, with some reports suggesting he could be out for up to eight weeks.
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Wenger also confirmed on Tuesday that Wojciech Szczesny would miss the match following the collision with Kieran Gibbs for Manchester United's first goal, which forced him to be subbed off. Emiliano Martinez was his replacement and will start the match, while Theo Walcott missed Saturday's game and remains sidelined.
However, one piece of good news was that centre-back Laurent Koscielny is back in the squad, he has been out for the best part of two months after being struck with chronic tendonitis in both achilles. He may be back in training, but it would feel like a big risk to start him on Wednesday.
Danny Welbeck's inclusion had been questioned by some ahead of the press conference for the Dortmund clash, but Wenger confirmed it was nothing and the England striker was available.
Predicted Arsenal Starting XI vs Borussia Dortmund
Martinez; Mertesacker, Monreal, Chambers, Gibbs; Arteta, Ramsey, Cazorla, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Alexis, Welbeck.
What do you think of the line-up? Wold you do any differently? Do you think Wenger will try something new? Leave a comment below to let us know...
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