Arsenal XI without Sanchez – who to replace the Gunners’ best player?
Following the news that Alexis Sanchez is a doubt for Arsenal’s game against Aston Villa, here’s a look at how the Gunners could line up without the in-form Chilean, who joins a long list of other injured players in Arsene Wenger’s squad.
The 26-year-old has a hamstring problem and it is not yet clear how long he will be out for, but this lineup illustrates quite how much weaker the team could look in his absence, even if the likes of Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott are now ready to be playing more regularly after suffering lengthy layoffs themselves…
Goalkeeper and defence:
With Mathieu Debuchy also out injured again, Arsenal may have to field new signing Gabriel at right-back. The Brazilian can play in either full-back role despite preferring central defence, but the Gunners have little choice in that position at the moment. The rest of the defence is as usual, with David Ospina likely to continue in goal at the expense of Wojciech Szczesny.
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