Arsenal host Leicester City in the Premier League on Wednesday night, as they look to get their quest for Champions League football back on track.
The Gunners will be high on confidence after their semi-final win over Manchester City and with Liverpool losing at the weekend and the Manchester sides playing each other in midweek, Arsenal have a chance to gain some ground in the race for the top four. 3 points would put the Gunners right back in the mix – but how should they line up? I take a look below.
Goalkeeper: Petr Cech
Cech has not won enough points for Arsenal this season, but on Sunday he helped his team reach the final with a wonder save from Yaya Toure’s shot. He will keep his place between the sticks and rightly so after that key FA Cup moment.
Defence: Gabriel, Laurent Koscielny, Rob Holding
Arsenal need to keep this back 3 together for a bit. Mustafi is a top defender but he’s not fit at the moment and he has struggled recently. I do feel, however, that he would do really well as a right centre-back in this formation, but whilst Gabriel is playing well – keep him there. Holding was arguably man of the match against City at the weekend and he just looks so comfortable in this team. It’s amazing really considering his age and the fact he’s playing in a new formation – Arsenal look like they’ve signed a real gem for just £2million.
Midfield: Hector Bellerin, Granit Xhaka, Aaron Ramsey, Nacho Monreal
Oxlade-Chamberlain was man of the match at Wembley, but he picked up a knock and Arsenal should not risk him against Leicester City if there is any question marks over his fitness. Bellerin will be fresh and ready to impress, I’m sure he can also thrive in this new wing back role. The rest of the midfield should remain the same. Ramsey was the only player to put in a concerning performance at Wembley, but there’s no point in changing too much when the team is on a high.
Attacking Midfield: Mesut Ozil
I would like to see Arsenal go with a 3-4-1-2 rather than a 3-4-3 as this allows for us to play with two strikers and also put Ozil in his favourite number 10 position.
Strikers: Alexis Sanchez, Danny Welbeck
Giroud has struggled in this new system, so despite the misses at the weekend I would like to see Welbeck partner Alexis in a two-man attack. The duo have a high work rate and lots of pace, so I would like to see Arsenal press high with these two setting the tone. Welbeck desperately needs a goal, because every other part of his game is perfect – and really suits Arsenal and this new formation.