Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger could take the opportunity to rest some key first team players this weekend.
The Frenchman saw his side slip to defeat at the hands of Borussia Dortmund earlier this week, with one or two of Arsenal’s regulars looking slightly fatigued and in need of a temporary break.
With Crystal Palace managerless at the moment, Wenger may never get a better chance to rest certain players ahead of a very important period heading into a busy winter schedule.
If he does rest certain stars, then it means an opportunity for some of the squad players to come into the side and give him a positive selection headache ahead of apparently tougher fixtures.
Here are five Arsenal players who may get a chance this weekend.
Jenkinson is unlucky that Bacary Sagna has been as consistent as he has been for such a long period.
Jenkinson is more than capable of slotting in at right-back, using his pace to cope with any wide attacks that Palace put together. He’s also good enough to cover on the right side of central defence if he spots danger in that position or if the centre back gets caught up the field.
Vermaelen is Arsenal’s captain when he’s in the side and he’s only missed out as Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny have forged an effective and successful relationship.
He can slot into the side for either, which would mean Wenger handing him the chance he’s been looking for over the last few weeks. If he plays, Vermaelen should be very determined to make it as difficult as possible for Wenger to drop him again.
If Wenger decides he wants to give primary left-back Kieran Gibbs a rest then Nacho Monreal is more than capable of coming into the back four.
He’ll definitely be disappointed that he’s not in the side at the moment and that’s something, which could work to Arsenal’s advantage. Monreal is a competent defender who is sensible when going forward so the Gunners would lose nothing in selecting him.
Arsenal missed Theo Walcott against Borussia Dortmund, they needed someone with a lot of pace down one of the flanks.
With Walcott unavailable through injury, teenage winger Serge Gnabry could find himself being handed a chance in midfield. He’s done well when he’s played so far this season and his pace and skill in possession make him a real threat in Arsenal’s attack.
Wenger may choose to give Olivier Giroud a rest this weekend after he worked his socks off against Dortmund.
The Frenchman has been in great form in the Premier League this season but this could be an ideal match for Wenger to throw Bendtner into the mix to see if he can do a job in attack.
The Dane should relish the opportunity to prove to Wenger and the club's fans that the club doesn't need to sign another centre forward this winter.
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