2 – Danny Drinkwater vs. Santi Cazorla
With Aaron Ramsey out injured, Santi Cazorla is likely to be the man pulling the strings behind the striker, whoever that may be. Mesut Ozil is unlikely to be ready to start whilst Alex Iwobi, another candidate for that role will miss the game with a thigh problem. Cazorla was influential in the ‘almost’ comeback against Liverpool on Sunday after he came off the bench. Although there are long term concerns over his fitness, Santi will be crucial in making Arsenal tick in this game. Danny Drinkwater will be the man in his way. A player who is far less fashionable than the Spaniard, Drinkwater will be looking to replicate last seasons form that got him into the Euro 2016 preliminary squad. In the opening match against Hull, Danny struggled without his former teammate N’Golo Kante alongside him. It’s fair to say that Drinkwater may have to work a little bit harder off the ball to compensate for Kante’s loss. When these two sides have met previously, Kante has often been on the heels of Cazorla no matter where the Spaniard popped up, this helped blunt the Gunners attack and stop them ticking. Drinkwater and King / Mendy will have their hands full this time around.