Walcott Out – Three Key Changes Wenger Is Likely To Make For Basel Clash

So we are once again in action on Wednesday night as Swiss champions FC Basel come to town for the matchday two of Champions League.

In our last game, against Chelsea, each and every player on our team played his part, and it’s impossible to drop anyone from the team on the basis of form.

However, squad rotation is critical when you are playing on multiple fronts, and even though I don’t see Arsene Wenger making many changes to his starting eleven, there are some possible suspects who could be given a break for tomorrow’s game.

Obviously, we are not counting Petr Cech since David Ospina is our number one goalkeeper in Champions League games.

Here are three players who could find themselves out of our starting eleven tonight

1) Theo Walcott

The 27-year-old winger put in a real shift against Chelsea and could find himself on the bench tonight. Walcott has started all our six league games this season, and this might be the perfect time to give him a breather.

Lucas Perez might get the nod ahead of Walcott in the wide position. The forward, who is well capable of playing in wide positions, was dropped from our starting eleven for the Chelsea game despite scoring a brace against Nottingham Forrest in the League Cup during midweek.

The game against Basel could be a perfect reward to Perez for his performance in his first start for the club.

2) Laurent Koscielny

The France international missed our opening game of the season against Liverpool, but following that game, he has been ever present in our defence.

Koscielny is, no doubt, one of the best centre-backs in the world right now, but he’s on the wrong of 30 and could do with a much-deserved break. The season is going to be long and tiring and we need the Frenchman to stay fit for the entire season.

Brazilian centre-back Gabriel, who made his comeback from his ankle injury in the win over Nottingham Forrest, could replace Koscielny in the starting eleven.

3) Francis Coquelin

The French midfielder suffered a knee injury against Chelsea, and he is expected to spend at least three weeks on the sidelines.

Granit Xhaka quite ably replaced him on Saturday, and I am backing the Swiss international to be a strong presence in our midfield against his former club tonight. Three changes that we could make for Basel game

So we are once again in action on Wednesday night as Swiss champions FC Basel come to town for the matchday two of Champions League.

In our last game, against Chelsea, each and every player on our team played his part, and it’s impossible to drop anyone from the team on the basis of form.

However, squad rotation is critical when you are playing on multiple fronts, and even though I don’t see Arsene Wenger making many changes to his starting eleven, there are some possible suspects who could be given a break for tomorrow’s game.

Obviously, we are not counting Petr Cech since David Ospina is our number one goalkeeper in Champions League games.

Here are three players who could find themselves out of our starting eleven tonight

1) Theo Walcott

The 27-year-old winger put in a real shift against Chelsea and could find himself on the bench tonight. Walcott has started all our six league games this season, and this might be the perfect time to give him a breather.

Lucas Perez might get the nod ahead of Walcott in the wide position. The forward, who is well capable of playing in wide positions, was dropped from our starting eleven for the Chelsea game despite scoring a brace against Nottingham Forrest in the League Cup during midweek.

The game against Basel could be a perfect reward to Perez for his performance in his first start for the club.

2) Laurent Koscielny

The France international missed our opening game of the season against Liverpool but following that game he has been ever present in our defence.

Koscielny is, no doubt, one of the best centre-backs in the world right now, but he’s on the wrong of 30 and could do with a much-deserved break. The season is going to be long and tiring, and we need the Frenchman to stay fit for the entire season.

Brazilian centre-back Gabriel, who made his comeback from his ankle injury in the win over Nottingham Forrest, could replace Koscielny in the starting eleven.

3) Francis Coquelin

The French midfielder suffered a knee injury against Chelsea, and he is expected to spend at least three weeks on the sidelines.

Granit Xhaka quite ably replaced him on Saturday, and I am backing the Swiss international to be a strong presence in our midfield against his former club tonight.

Our £30 million signing has managed only two starts in all competitions for us, and tonight’s game will be an excellent opportunity for him to make a claim for his place in the starting eleven.

Our £30 million signing has managed only two starts in all competitions for us, and tonight’s game will be an excellent opportunity for him to make a claim for his place in the starting eleven.

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