COMMENT By Dominic Toner
Arsene Wenger should make six changes to the Arsenal side for their Champions League tie against Ludogorets.
The Gunners face the Bulgarian side on Tuesday night and will have one eye on their Premier League clash with Tottenham on Sunday.
The north London club are currently second-placed in the league and only behind leaders Manchester City on goal difference.
Arsenal recorded a comfortable 6-0 victory against Ludogorets in the home match of the group stages and should feel confident making several changes to the side for the reverse fixture.
David Ospina, Carl Jenkinson, Gabriel, Rob Holding, Granit Xhaka and Olivier Giroud should come into the side for the European encounter.
Petr Cech, Hector Bellerin, Shkodran Mustafi, Laurent Koscielny, Francis Coquelin and Alexis Sanchez should be rested ahead of the crucial league fixture with bitter rivals Tottenham.
This Arsenal team would have the correct balance of youth and experience to get past Ludogorets, and Wenger could hand youngsters such as Ainsley Maitland-Niles or Jeff Reine-Adelaide an opportunity from the bench.
Colombian international Ospina should continue in goal and maintain his record of starting every European game this season, meaning veteran Cech can be rested for the league matches.
Arsenal were fairly untroubled by the Ludogorets defence in the home game and will expect to dominate possession once again, so giving senior players Bellerin, Koscielny and Mustafi a rest would be a sensible move.
Xhaka should return to the side after a domestic suspension and Wenger could look to unleash the returning Aaron Ramsey against Spurs.
The Gunners should maintain a strong frontline to ensure they pick up the three points and they could secure their place in the knockout rounds with a win, depending on the Paris Saint-Germain result against Basel.
Frenchman Giroud should be handed a start after his two goals from the bench against Sunderland and he will also hope to force his way into the starting team against Spurs.
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