Willian (RW) – Say what you want about Arteta, but he sure is persistent. It’s got to the point where it feels as if he has to keep selecting Willian in order to vindicate the ludicrously expensive three-year deal.
Regardless of whether it’s worked out or not, he’ll get another crack of the whip on Sunday. Ideally as a No. 10 in a 4-2-3-1, but probably not.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (ST) – How long will the goal drought continue? It’s gone from unfamiliar territory to firmly behind enemy lines now. Whether he’s scoring or not though, he still has to play. And, he will play.
Just stop starving him of service, he’s starting to get used to it. Which is equally worrying.
Bukayo Saka (LW) – If anything good will come out of Sunday then Saka will be involved in it. Arteta has quickly realised that having left him out of the FA Cup final and the opening day of the season, as he’s now such a certified starter that he doesn’t even travel for European matches.