Midfield reshuffle in three Wenger changes: Best possible Arsenal XI to face Crystal Palace
By Will Butcher
Arsene Wenger should reshuffle his Arsenal midfield on Monday night if he wants to secure three points against Sam Allardyce’s Crystal Palace.
The Mirror revealed on Tuesday that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Aaron Ramsey have returned to training, but that Wednesday’s clash against West Ham was too early for a start.
The midfield duo came on as substitutes during the last 10 minutes of the 3-0 win, as goals from Mesut Ozil, Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud scored to earn all three points.
However, Wenger must hand Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ramsey a return to the starting line-up as central midfield partners to give the Gunners an attacking boost from deep.
They would join Olivier Giroud in starting, while Mohamed Elneny, Granit Xhaka and Danny Welbeck making way for the Gunners.
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Rookie goalkeeper Emi Martinez is set to remain between the sticks, with the Gunners suffering a goalkeeper crisis that sees David Ospina and Petr Cech sidelined with muscle injuries.
The defence remains the same for the north London outfit from Wednesday’s 3-0 win over London rivals West Ham, with Laurent Koscielny another on the treatment table.
Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ramsey partner each other in the middle of the park, sitting behind Mesut Ozil who finally ended his goalscoring drought with the Gunners against West Ham.
The Germany international last scored on December 10 for the north London outfit, and he should join Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez in attacking midfield in an attempt to terrorise Crystal Palace’s defence.
Following his goal against the Hammers after coming off the bench, Giroud must also be handed a start in place of Welbeck in what will be a must-win game for the Gunners in pursuit of a top-four finish.
In other Arsenal news, Wenger has praised this 24-year-old ace.