Arsenal expected 4-2-3-1 v Middlesbrough: Defender axed in two changes
By Dominic Toner
Arsenal are expected to make two changes for their Premier League clash against Middlesborough on Monday.
The Gunners travel to the Riverside for a league clash and need three points to keep their top-four hopes alive.
Arsene Wenger could make two alterations from the team that suffered a heavy 3-0 away defeat to Crystal Palace in their last match.
Petr Cech and Laurent Koscielny may come back into the starting line-up after being absent through injury.
Meanwhile, Emiliano Martinez and Gabriel are set to be axed from the side.
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Arsenal defender Gabriel has been given the opportunity to impress in the last three league games, but has not done much to keep his spot.
The north London club are assessing pair Cech and Koscielny on Friday ahead of their next match and both can be expected to go straight into the starting line-up if they are passed fit.
Cech is set to be an obvious replacement for third-choice goalkeeper Martinez, who was not helped by his poor defence against Palace.
Koscielny could come back into the side to give the defence a better set-up and partner teammate Shkodran Mustafi at centre-back.
Meanwhile, Arsenal full-backs Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal are expected to continue in the side.
Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny are likely to stay as the central midfield partnership, despite being completely overrun against Palace.
The Gunners were short of attacking ideas at Selhurts Park, but Theo Walcott, Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck are expected to be given another lifeline to impress.
In other Arsenal team news, Harry Redknapp has delivered a scathing verdict on the club’s squad.