Mohamed Elneny (CM) – While it wasn’t Elneny’s finest display against the Blues, his role as the deepest midfielder is not under threat while Thomas Partey remains absent. Until the Ghanaian’s return, or when Miguel Azeez is given his chance, Elneny stays in.
Emile Smith Rowe (AM) – One the one hand, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Smith Rowe dropped for this one, purely for the sake of fitness and getting him up to speed with the Premier League. However, Arsenal were a better structured attacking unit with him in the side and his 65th minute substitution hints he could get the nod.
Allowing him to start matches and play 60 or so minutes is a much wiser approach to building up that fitness as opposed to giving him 30 or so minutes late on in matches. Your ability to influence is distinctly greater from the off.
Granit Xhaka (CM) – Is there any player who loves clawing his way back from adversity quite like Granit Xhaka? The Swiss performed admirably on Saturday, with his performance capped off by an excellent free-kick just before half-time. Arteta loves him, he won’t be dropped.