Arsenal expected 4-2-3-1 v Middlesbrough: Trio omitted after stunning victory
By Harvey Byrne
Arsene Wenger is expected to make three changes for Saturday’s clash against Middlesbrough, despite the stunning 6-0 victory over Ludogorets on Wednesday.
Regular league goalkeeper Petr Cech is likely to come back into the starting eleven over Colombian ace David Ospina.
Meanwhile, defender Kieran Gibbs is expected to leave the line-up with Nacho Monreal replacing him and youngster Alex Iwobi will be likely to come in for midweek goal scorer Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
The changes are expected with Wenger favouring Cech, Monreal and Iwobi in a league campaign, which has seen the Gunners start in impressive form.
They currently sit joint top of the league with Manchester City and have won their last six matches in the league.
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They will be expecting to take the full three points against Middlesbrough at home, but Wenger won’t take any chances on the club’s 12-year wait for a league title.
Defensive midfielder Granit Xhaka is currently suspended after being sent off in the last league clash against Swansea, meaning Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla are likely to keep their place in the club’s midfield.
Attacking trio Mesut Ozil, Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez all scored against Ludogorets and they have been in scintillating form in front of goal in the new campaign.
Between them they have scored 12 of Arsenal’s 19 goals in the league and the Chile international has adapted to his new role as a striker impressively.
This means that Olivier Giroud, who returned to training in the week is expected to take up a role on the club’s bench against the north east outfit.
In other Arsenal teamn news, Bellerin hailed a “great night” against Ludogorets on Wednesday evening.