Arsene Wenger has taken the unusual step of announcing his starting lineup for the Champions League game with Galatasaray 24 hours in advance.
The Gunners have arrived in Istanbul knowing qualification to the knockout stages is assured and with what Wenger has stated is only a ‘10%’ chance of topping the table.
Informing press at the weekend that he was planning to rotate his squad, it appears the Frenchman has gone with the following line-up.
Debuchy, Mertesacker, Chambers, Bellerin
Oxlade-Chamberlain, Flamini, Ramsey
Campbell, Sanogo, Podolski
Wojciech Szczesny and Mathieu Debuchy are the most eye-catching returnees, the Frenchman making his first start since the 2-2 draw with Manchester City in September, while bench boys Lukas Podolski and Joel Campbell also get run outs.
Six youngsters Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Gedion Zelalem, Chuba Akpom, Stefan O’Connor, Alex Iwobi and Glen Kamara will all be on the bench, with Emiliano Martinez providing back-up in goal.
Despite training today the likes of Tomas Rosicky, Danny Welbeck and the not registered Olivier Giroud have stayed in London.
Obviously this is the team at the moment…but you know, there’s still time for a couple of players to slip over at the hotel buffet in the morning.