Cech out, Ospina in, my Arsenal vs Ludogorets Razgrad predicted line upChampions League, Match Preview October 18, 2016
The games are coming Kane and Bellerin (thick and fast) at this point in the season, and we switch from our Premier League run of good form, back to Champions League action with the visit of Ludogorets Razgrad tomorrow’s night to The Emirates.
Arsenal’s recent performances have come as no surprise to me after such a successful transfer window where Arsene Wenger addressed our obvious weaknesses very with the acquisition of Granit Xhaka, Lucas Perez and Shkodran Mustafi.
Since the arrival of Mustafi to The Emirates, our defence received a boost and the German international defender has already proved that he’s ready for a starting berth ahead of Per Mertesacker in manager Arsene Wenger’s squad.
Xhaka has also proved that he has the potential to be the box to box midfielder we’ve long been missing, and has also showed he can score goals since he arrived at The Emirates.
Perez has failed to really make his mark for Arsenal due to injury and the emergence of Alexis Sanchez in his favoured centre forward position, but let’s hope his time will come, and perhaps he’ll be given a run out tomorrow night as we face the Bulgarians for the very first time.
Wenger will most probably start David Ospina ahead of Petr Cech as he has been doing in previous Champions League and domestic cup games this season.
I don’t expect any changes in the defence, as the likes of Koscienly, Mustafi, Bellerin and Monreal will maintain their positions unless Arsene Wenger decides to give Kiearan Gibbs the nod ahead of the Spaniard Monreal.
Francis Coquelin is back in the squad to he could return to partner Santi Cazorla in the midfield.
Xhaka’s red card won’t affect the Champions League, instead he’ll miss Saturday’s game against Middlesbrough, next week’s League Cup game with Reading and the trip to Sunderland.
Nigerian international Alex Iwobi recent performances have been impressive and it now looks like he has ground himself out a regular spot in Wenger’s squad, so will probably start alongside the in form Theo Walcott.
French international striker Olivier Giroud remains injured so it expected Sanchez will continue up front, and Lucas Perez may well come off the bench at some stage to give Sanchez a well earned rest ahead out of our next game at home to Boro this weekend.
Here is my Arsenal vs Ludogorets Razgrad predicted line-up: