By Matt Farr
Arsene Wenger has made six changes to the Arsenal team to play Basel in Wednesday night’s Champions League encounter.
David Ospina, Kieran Gibbs, Rob Holding, Aaron Ramsey, Alex Iwobi and Lucas Perez come into the side following the 5-1 victory over West Ham on Saturday.
Wenger has ignored calls from fans to rest some of his key players ahead of a busy December period in the Premier League, with Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Laurent Koscielny also named in the starting XI.
The wait is over…
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Arsenal face Stoke, Everton and Manchester City in the space of just eight days, as they hope to maintain pressure on league leaders Chelsea.
The Gunners have already qualified for the knockout-stages, but they must beat the Swiss side to have any chance of finishing top of Group A.
Paris Saint-Germain currently sit above Arsenal in the group based on their head-to-head record, but could slip to second if they are beaten by European minnows Ludogorets – and Arsenal win.
The Gunners have been eliminated in the last-16 in the past six seasons, and have finished second in their group in each of the past five.
Their repeated failure to top the group has seen them come across European heavyweights such as Barcelona and Bayern Munich at an earlier stage, whom they have struggled to overcome.
However, while the Gunners will be keen to put an end to the trend, as it stands, both Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are also second in their respective groups. This means that Arsenal cannot meet either side in the next round.