Arsenal predicted XI vs. Napoli

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger faces a dilemma over a number of stars facing burnout this week, as the Gunners prepare for their Champions League Group F clash against Napoli tomorrow night with qualification in sight.

Wenger's men need only to avoid defeat by three goals or more to secure their place in the last 16, which puts Arsenal in a tricky situation in terms of their approach to the encounter.

The Gunners have shuffled their pack with success in recent weeks, but Wenger must be wary of burnout as a hectic December schedule including clashes with Manchester City and Chelsea looms large.

With rotation a necessity Theo Walcott could well make his first start since returning from abdominal surgery, after being forced to settle for the role of impact substitute in the past fortnight.

Walcott's inclusion should see Jack Wilshere drop to the bench, after he filled in on the right flank in Sunday's 1-1 draw with Everton.

Arsenal beat Napoli in a convincing 2-0 victory at the Emirates earlier this season, in a match which saw Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini form an effective shield in central midfield.

Given their success in September Arteta and Flamini should return to that role, with Aaron Ramsey pushed further forward to play just behind Olivier Giroud ahead of Santi Cazorla.

Mesut Ozil also enjoyed arguably his best performance in an Arsenal shirt in that Napoli match and should continue tomorrow night in an advanced midfield role, despite perhaps needing a rest.

In defence the same back four that featured against Everton should continue, with Bacary Sagna injured, allowing Carl Jenkinson to continue at right-back.

Arsenal predicted XI vs. Napoli

Szczesny, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Arteta, Flamini, Walcott, Ozil, Ramsey, Giroud

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