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Arsenal's predicted XI to face Basel vs 2010 line-up

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Arsenal take on FC Basel at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night in search of their first Champions League victory this campaign.

It's all square in Group A heading into the second round of fixtures, with the Gunners securing a point at Paris Saint-Germain two weeks ago and Ludogorets holding Basel to a 1-1 draw at St Jakob-Park.

Arsene Wenger's men will be heavy favourites to claim all three points against their Swiss opponents, especially so given their recent form.

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Since defeat to Liverpool on the opening day, Arsenal have won five out of seven games and most recently secured an impressive 3-0 victory over Chelsea.

What will also work in the north Londoners' favour is the sheer quality of their squad - something they didn't have in 2010.

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On this day six years ago, Arsenal took on Partizan in the Champions League group stages and, despite emerging as 3-1 victors, their squad was really rather bad.

Let's see how the 2010 line-up compares to tonight's predicted XI.

ARSENAL'S 2010 XI

Goalkeeper - Lukasz Fabianski

FK Partizan v Arsenal - UEFA Champions League

Defence - Bacary Sagna, Johan Djourou, Sebastien Squillaci, Kieran Gibbs

Pierre Boya (L) of Partizan Belgrade cha

Midfield - Jack Wilshere, Alex Song, Denilson

FK Partizan v Arsenal - UEFA Champions League

Attack - Tomas Rosicky, Marouane Chamakh, Andrey Arshavin

Members of Arsenal football team pose be

Believe it or not, this side claimed victory away to Partizan thanks to late strikes from Sebastien Squillaci and Marouane Chamakh.

They would eventually reach the last 16 but lose to Barcelona 4-3 on aggregate.

And here's the side likely to face Basel.

ARSENAL'S PREDICTED 2016 XI

GK - DAVID OSPINA

Petr Cech might be Arsenal's No.1 goalkeeper, but David Ospina is expected to feature after his heroics against PSG.

RB - HECTOR BELLERIN

Not yet a definitive upgrade on Bacary Sagna, but Hector Bellerin has the potential to be one of football's best right-backs.

Arsenal v Chelsea - Premier League

CB - LAURENT KOSCIELNY

A world-class defender, Laurent Koscielny has become indispensable to Arsenal.

CB - SHKODRAN MUSTAFI

Shkodran Mustafi - a £35 million summer signing from Valencia - is a significant improvement on both Johan Djourou and Squillaci.

Hull City v Arsenal - Premier League

LB - NACHO MONREAL

It's because of Nacho Monreal that Kieran Gibbs lost his starting role at left-back - and rightly so.

CDM - GRANIT XHAKA

Wednesday night will be an emotional night for Granit Xhaka, who came through Basel's youth system and has since developed into a fine midfielder.

Arsenal v Chelsea - Premier League

CDM - SANTI CAZORLA

Arsenal's chief creator from deep, Santi Cazorla is a class act. There's a chance he might be rested against Basel, though.

CAM - MESUT OZIL

Arsenal's record signing, Mesut Ozil is in phenomenal form and just the player fans were calling for back in 2010.

Arsenal v Chelsea - Premier League

RM - THEO WALCOTT

Theo Walcott was injured for the 2010 clash with Partizan but is starting to finally realise his potential.

LM - LUCAS PEREZ

It's expected Alex Iwobi will be rested against Basel and replaced by Lucas Perez, who still has a point to prove at Arsenal.

Arsenal Training Session

ST - ALEXIS SANCHEZ

Alexis Sanchez or Marouane Chamakh. I'll let you decide that one.

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