Two games left to play, and it’s in our hands. We decide whether we play Champions league football next season or not.
Tomorrow night we take on relegation threatened and FA Cup winners Wigan at The Emirates, and nothing but a win will do.
Although it looks like an easy three pointer on paper and while many Arsenal fans will be glad to see their side playing a team fighting to stay in the Premier League, I am actually a little cautious about this fixture. We all know how teams perform against us at home and after a terrific win against City at Wembley on Saturday afternoon, and knowing they MUST win to stand a chance of staying in the Premier League, Wigan will be well up for it.
On the other hand this is a massive fixture for The Gunners. The club know they must win tomorrow if they want the chance to acquire a top four finish this season.
We haven’t played since the 4th of May, so our lads should be well rested and eager to go, while Wigan have only rested for two days. So in theory we should have the upper hand in terms of fitness, but perhaps Wigan have the momentum on their side, which is a little concerning.
Both teams need the win for very different reasons and this, arguably, will be a tightly contested game. Hopefully, for our sake and health, it’s not.
Arsene Wenger will have a near enough full squad to pick from (excluding Abou Diaby who is still injured and Olivier Giroud who is suspended).
But who should the Frenchman start against The Latics tomorrow night?
Well here is how I think Wenger should play it:
Jenkinson Mertesacker Koscielny Gibbs
Three clean sheets in his last four games should see Wojciech Szczesny keep his place in the side, while Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny have been forging a good understanding with each other.
Kieran Gibbs at left-back while I’d like to see Carl Jenkinson replace Bacary Sagna who has been poor recently.
A lot of you are probably asking ‘where is Jack Wilshere’, well, I don’t think he is at it at the moment and needs to refocus.
Aaron Ramsey deserves another start alongside Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky should play just ahead of them.
Santi Cazorla on the left and Theo Walcott on the right with Lukas Podolski spearheading the attack.
This is a side more than capable of trouncing Wigan tomorrow night at home. Hopefully, they deliver the goods!
So, who do you guys reckon should start for us against Wigan?
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