Tomorrow at 12:45, Arsenal take on Tottenham at White Hart Lane in what has surprisingly become a clash for the Premier League title.
The Gunners latest outing saw them succumb to an awful 2-1 home defeat to relegation-threatened Swansea City, which have the majority of the Arsenal faithful, if not all of them, booing the team and manager off the pitch.
The loss leaves Arsene Wenger’s men in third place, three behind second placed Spurs and six adrift of table toppers Leicester City, and the chance of lifting their first Premier League title in 12 years hanging by a thread.
Arsenal have failed to record a victory in their last four games in all competitions. The last time they won was back on Valentine’s Day, beating Leicester City 2-1 at the Emirates.
They now travel to an in-form Spurs side who are now considered one of the favourites to win the Premier League title, and a win against Arsenal tomorrow afternoon would go a long way to back up these claims.
It is simply a MUST win game for Arsenal if they are to stand any chance of winning the Premier League title this season.
Laurent Koscielny and Petr Cech have both been ruled out for the game due to injuries, with Jack Wilshere, Tomas Rosciky, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Santi Cazorla still all sidelined.
So with this in mind and bragging rights at its highest ever, what should Arsenal’s starting XI look like?
Here is how I think the team should be set out:
Bellerin Mertesacker Gabriel Monreal
Campbell Ozil Sanchez
Since Cech is unavailable, David Ospina is a given, with Gabriel replacing Koscielny to play alongside Per Mertesacker.
Aaron Ramsey has not impressed me recently but he is more than likely to start. However, I believe he needs to be benched and bring in Mathieu Flamini in, a guy who knows the importance of the North London Derby.
Joel Campbell ahead of Theo Walcott, who was useless against Swansea and United. Despite Alexis Sanchez’s dip in form, he has to play, with Mesut Ozil behind the striker.
Olivier Giroud has not been at the races for the past few games where as Danny Welbeck has been since his return to the side, so Welbz in for Olivier.