With the international break behind us, Arsenal fans will be delighted to have an Arsenal game to look forward to this coming weekend. We face Watford away in the late Saturday game, so let’s look at what team Wenger has available to play at Vicarage Road…
Both Petr Cech and David Ospina are available for selection, Cech as first choice keeper will no doubt play. Ospina did not cover himself in glory over his blunder in the game against Peru and will be avoiding Alexis Sanchez for a few weeks – so, it’s as you were in goal, Ospina to return for next week’s Europa Cup game.
With a serious injury to Shkodran Mustafi while on duty for Germany, Wenger will have to call on his compatriot and club captain, Per Mertesacker to partner Nacho Monreal and Laurent Koscielny if the Frenchman can come through a late fitness test on his troublesome ankle problem. The trio will made the back three in a new 3-4-3 formation Wenger now finds to work for us.
It is expected that in a match when Arsenal are chasing the clubs at the top of the league, the best and most experienced players will start, then the midfield positions should not be difficult to call, starting from the wing backs, Bellerin and Kolasinac (also a slight doubt with a hip injury) hold their position with Xhaka and Ramsey will partner in the centre of midfield.
Ozil has missed Arsenal’s last two matches due to (sulking) injury but he’s available for selection this weekend and should get the nod for a rare start. Coming back from the international break where his country missed out on a place in the Russia 2018 World Cup, Alexis Sanchez will want to get back on the pitch, though Wenger could start him from the bench after his gruelling travel schedule. Let’s hope the players can all get back to focusing onto what’s important, actually winning football matches. Playing regularly well for Arsenal is a way of proving he still got that last season’s magic and hopefully he’ll be jetlag free and partnered with Alexandre Lacazette upfront to bang in a few and make up some ground on the top sides in the Premier League and Tottenham.