Arsenal starting XI for Liverpool – NO Cazorla!

Arsene Wenger has been faced with a couple of key decisions as he prepared his Arsenal team for a massive game in the fight for the top four and to keep alive our fading hopes of a Premier League title this season.

Assuming that Danny Welbeck is available after the knee injury that saw him sent home early from England international duty turned out to be not as bad as first feared, the Gunners will start with him on one sdie and Alexis Sanchez on the other side of Olivier Giroud in a forward three.

One of the decisions for the manager was who to play in the central attacking midfield role behind the forwards, with Aaron Ramsey and Francis Coquelin completing the midfield. And I think that Wenger will go for Mesut Ozil over Santi Cazorla, as the German has been in great form and has had an extra couple of days rest after the international games.

Wenger´s other big decision is whether to start Per Mertesacker or Gabriel alongside Laurent Koscielny and I think our new Brazilian will get the nod, for the extra pace he has to cope with Liverpool´s attack if nothing else. Monreal should return after a nice two weeks off and our young Spanish right back will complete the back line.

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Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal
Ramsey, Coquelin, Ozil
Alexis, Giroud, Welbeck

This line up should be too much for Liverpool as long as the players start fast and play well. COYG

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