Arsenal are riding a wave at the moment, a winning wave. On Wednesday night they will welcome Bulgarian outfit FC Ludogorets to The Emirates stadium where they will hope to all but secure Champions League qualification with 3 points.
The Gunners may be on a great run, but in the last couple of games against Burnley and Swansea, the warning signs have been there. Arsene Wenger needs to ensure he tweaks the starting eleven in order to continue getting the best results.
GK: David Ospina
The Colombian is certain to get his place back between the sticks for this European tie, and with Cech not in his best form, Ospina will be keen to impress.
RB: Hector Bellerin
CB: Skhodran Mustafi
Important to keep this duo playing together. Individually they both look great, but against Swansea there were a couple of miscommunication instances that resulted in the 2nd Swansea goal and nearly more if it wasn’t for Swansea’s poor finishing.
CB: Laurent Koscielny
Same as above.
LB: Kieran Gibbs
Nacho Monreal has not been at his best this season and when Gibbs has featured from the bench he has looked very good. I think it would only be fair for Wenger to reward Kieran for that form with a start on Wednesday.
CM: Granit Xhaka
Xhaka may have had a poor game on Saturday but I think he needs to keep playing in order get to his best and adjust to this Arsenal team. He will also be banned for at least one Premier League game, so he will get his ‘rest’ then. Now it would be good to keep him in the team and give him some more minutes in a very winnable game.
CM: Mohammed Elneny
The Egyptian has seen his game time heavily limited and I think it would be extremely harsh to leave him out of this one. With Santi Cazorla playing a lot of football of late and being essential to the way Arsenal play, it is important Arsene Wenger preserves him so that he can play all season. Elneny is more than capable to come into this fixture and perform.
AM: Mesut Ozil
Ozil hasn’t been at his best this season but with another goal on Saturday, he is at least looking sharp in his finishing. I think he needs to keep playing and not get rested until Aaron Ramsey is back and full fit.
RM: Theo Walcott
Walcott is on fire at the moment so lets keep him in the team. He has a good Champions League record and his brace helped us get the 3 points in a 2-0 win over FC Basel last season.
LM: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Alex has really struggled lately, but now is the time for him to come in and prove everyone wrong. He made a good cameo appearance against Swansea and he was unlucky not to pick up two assists. This game would be a good chance for him to find some form.
ST: Lucas Perez
Alexis has been doing very well and that has seen Lucas struggle to get into the team. But with the Chilean forward looking a bit tired, it’s important we do not run him into the ground. I think Wenger should give Lucas a chance to impress for this fixture.
My XI to face Ludogorets
Bellerin – Mustafi – Koscielny – Gibbs
Xhaka – Elneny
Walcott – Ozil – Oxlade