I was one of the Arsenal fans who were surprised to see that Arsene Wenger did not either find a permanent buyer or another long term loan deal for Francis Coquelin this summer. After his loan spell at the German club Freiburg did not really go as hoped, the 23-year old Frenchman seemed to have had his last chance with Arsenal.
But Wenger kept hold of him and so I assume that he might still be in the plans of the Gunners boss. And his versatility could be a major reason for that and could see him start his first senior game of the season away to Borussia Dortmund.
His favoured role is as a defensive midfielder but he has played quite a few times at right back and the injury to Debuchy and a bit of illness for Chambers has opened up a p[lace for him. Wenger might go for the more attacking Bellerin but I think that would be a bit risky at the Westfelenstadion where you do not want to concede an early goals.
I would also stick with Flamini in the middle to give us more energy and bite, while there are plenty of threats further up the pitch. I think the German factor means that Podolski will start on the left with Ozil in the number 10 role. So it is between Ramsey and Wilshere in the box-to-box role and purely on current form it has to be Jack.
Coquelin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs
Flamini, Wilshere, Ozil
Alexis, Welbeck, Podolski
Is this team capable of recording another great win in Dortmund as we did last season?