Arsene Wenger rested his whole first eleven that started against Everton at Goodison Park for the 2-1 extra time win against Norwich City in the Carabao cup on Tuesday.
This did not stop the North Londoners from pulling a late winner in extra time thanks to young gun Eddie Nketiah who came of the bench to equalise just 15 seconds later. This means that Wenger’s first choice XI should be fighting fit for the next league game against Swansea City this weekend at The Emirates.
Petr Cech was rested in the midweek and will be fresh for the league match. The veteran goalie had a mix up with Nacho Monreal leading to a late goal for Everton on Sunday, but would hope to be keeping a clean sheet this week against Swansea. David Ospina remains sidelined, so Matt Macey will probably be Cech’s backup keeper.
A back line that played in the match against Everton is expected to maintain their position. Shkodran Mustafi is still expected to be out until next international break while Rob Holding will continue to learn from the likes of Mertesacker, Koscielny and Monreal all of who should be fit for Saturday.
Granit Xhaka’s error that leads to Everton’s first goal could mean Wenger thinks twice about playing him, perhaps choosing this game to give Wilshere his first league start in a while or even Elneny who played with Wilshere in the League Cup in the week. With the scintillating form of Bellerin and Kolasinac, they should hold their place in the team while Ramsey also keeps his place having had a nice rest this week.
The dynamic front three of Ozil, Sanchez and Lacazette produced three goals and two assists between them the first time they played together against Everton. It will only take an injury scare for Wenger to change the lineup for this Swansea encounter which I think most Arsenal fans would expect to win.