Arsene Wenger revealed in his press conference that Alexis Sanchez is facing a late fitness test, and that he might take a gamble on the Chilean.
He said: “Alexis I would say has a 60:40 chance to be available and be back in the squad. He has two decisive days – Friday and Saturday. He is fit; he has worked very hard, and the decision we have to take is whether to take a gamble or not on his injury.”
New signing Mohamed Elneny might also feature, and Tomas Rosicky is still short on match fitness after recovering from an injury.
Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck, Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla will miss out with injuries.
Predicted Line Up [4-2-3-1]
Petr Cech will start between the sticks.
Arsene Wenger doesn’t like to temper with his defence. The centre-back pairing of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker will start. And Nacho Monreal and Hector Bellerin will start as full-backs.
Mathieu Flamini struggled in the draw vs. Liverpool and if Elneny is fit enough to start then expect him to make his debut for the Gunners. Aaron Ramsey will partner him in the midfield.
Mesut Ozil is untouchable in his current form, and he will play in the attacking midfield position.
Joel Campbell was one of the best performers in the draw vs. Liverpool, and he will definitely start. The only selection dilemma for Wenger will be to choose between Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez to play on the opposite flank.
My guess is Wenger would like to play safe and start with Walcott and maybe bring Sanchez on for the last half hour of the game. Olivier Giroud will lead the lines.
Predicted line up: Cech, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Elneny, Ramsey, Ozil, Walcott, Campbell, Giroud