Posted on Wednesday, 3rd October 2012 by Tony Merakli
Following our rather unlucky yet deserved loss, due to our over performance, to Chelsea last Saturday, we welcome Greek champions Olympiakos to The Emirates for the second of our six Champions League Group stage matches.
We will be looking to get back to winning ways after suffering our first defeat of the season over the weekend, and there is no better way to do this than take out our frustration on Olympiakos, a club we have met on a number of occasions.
Last season, when we played the Greeks at home, we managed to come out as 2-1 winners and undoubtedly we’ll all be hoping to bag the three points again.
Abou Diaby has been ruled out for three weeks due to a thigh strain, while Mikel Arteta is suffering from a minor ankle injury, but could still feature in the game. In addition, Jack Wilshere is finally off the treatment table and available to Arsene Wenger.
With this in mind, and a London derby just a round the corner, what should our starting line-up look like tonight?
Well taking into account that the names mentioned above are actually ruled out of action, here is how I would play it:
Jenkinson Mertesacker Vermaelen Gibbs
Following a poor performance against Chelsea, I reckon Laurent Koscielny should be replaced by Per Mertesacker.
With Diaby definitely out and Arteta a doubt, I would like to see Francis Coquelin sit in the Spaniard’s position, while Aaron Ramsey takes the role of Diaby. However, if Arteta is fit then he should start, as he is a big player for us.
Upfront I would like to see the trio of Lukas Podolski, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Olivier Giroud. However, I can almost guarantee Gervinho will be picked ahead of AOC, and I also reckon Giroud will not start after his last minute against Chelsea. But I think he needs to redeem himself and this would be the perfect opportunity to do this.
So, who do you guys reckon should start for us tonight against the Greeks?
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Tags: Aaron Ramsey, Abou Diaby, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arsenal, Arsene Wenger, Francis Coquelin, Gervinho, Jack Wilshere, Laurent Koscielny, Lukas Podolski, Mikel Arteta, Olivier Giroud, Olympiakos, Per Mertesacker, The Emirates
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