Can Jack and Ollie combine in the final Europa League Group Game?
What about Theo and the rest?
Manager Arsene Wenger appears to be switching formations, in this case making just one change from the 11 who lost at Cologne. It’s a big one, however. Out goes a central defender, Per Mertesacker and in comes Theo Walcott, who will surely play off the shoulder of BATE’s last man back.
Interesting, very interesting. Could this signal that the days of three at the back are over? Could eighty minutes of quality attacking after switching to a 442 formation–even if it came up short vs Manchester United this past Saturday–have convinced Wenger that this is the way forward?
Even with a fully changed starting group from that match, I believe Wenger wants his entire squad–his cup 11 and his PL group–working on the same system.
What do you think?
Of course, that’s more of a long term question. For tonight, here are the team sheets.
Arsenal Ospina, Debuchy, Holding, Chambers, Maitland-Niles,Coquelin, Elneny, Wilshere, Walcott, Giroud, Welbeck. Subs Macey, Reine-Adelaide, Akpom, Nelson, Nketiah, Sheaf, Willock.
I’ll be trying to describe at least some of the action tonight even if I’m unlikely to know one BATE player from the next. Please chime in in the comments section if you can provide some aid.
Given that we’ve already won the group, tonight’s match is probably more to see if the team–and the individual players–can show enough intensity and overall quality to suggest that we’re a truly deep squad with guys who might seamlessly make the leap into the group that plays in our Premier League matches. Who do you predict might stand out in this regard? Will we see that sort of effort, or, given that the match is truly a dead rubber, will it be more of a training exercise?
We shall see and again, please join me in the comments…
Go on then…