Arsenal are facing a new injury crisis at the worst possible time this week, as they prepare to salvage their hopes of making it through to the knockout stages of the Champions League against Dinamo Zagreb.
Midfield bedrock Francis Coquelin is facing three months out due to a knee ligament injury he picked up in Saturday’s defeat to West Bromwich Albion, while captain Mikel Arteta also faces a spell on the sidelines – not though his performance warranted inclusion in the side!
However, there is good news in the shape of Aaron Ramsey. The Welshman is set to return to the squad after five weeks out with a hamstring problem. However, the clash could come too soon for him to play from the start with a spot on the bench seeming more likely.
See how we think the Gunners will line up below…
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GK: Petr Cech
He may have praised young Matt Macey in the week, but there’s no doubt he’ll remain first choice for this encounter.
LB: Nacho Monreal
One of the few players to come out of the Albion defeat with a shred of dignity.
CBs: Per Mertesacker & Laurent Koscielny
They may be slow and not fully fit, but their experience should be enough to keep Dinamo at bay.
RB: Hector Bellerin
Now back in the side after injury, he could have a lot of success down Dinamo’s flank.