By Bulldog Drummond
We’re having real technical problems this weekend chez Untold hence Blacksheep’s message at little earlier, but after helpful hints and whatnot from EE we are back on, although with interruptions to the service. So this is going to be a quick piece on a possible line up.
It seems Mr Wenger is going to hold some players back to keep them from for Thursday, but obviously the number of options is limited.
One possibility is to give a game to Konstantinos Mavropanos who was signed earlier in the season. The thinking being he needs to get used to the big occasion, so he might as well start at Old Trafford.
The local paper in Manchester gives us a squad of
Bellerin, Nelson, Nketiah, Osei-Tutu, Welbeck, Cech, Chambers, Iwobi, Mavropanos, Mkhitaryan, Willock, Xhaka, Kolasinac, Ospina, Aubameyang, Maitland-Niles, Holding.
That is 17 players whereas we normally have 18, but maybe they counted Maitland Niles or Osei Tutu as two players.
Not everyone goes along with the above list however and suggestions elsewhere give a line up along the lines of
Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal
Xhaka, Ramsey, Maitland-Niles,
Iwobi, Aubameyang Welbeck
with a bunch of youngsters on the beach. That gives Aub a chance to play which he will undoubtedly want in order to show that he means real business for next season.
It leave Henrikh Mkhitaryan out of the game, and that may be to ensure he is fully recovered by next thursday for the second leg against Atletico Madrid
A variant in the back line could see Chambers come in, instead of Koscielny, in order to protect his body from further injury.
Two other options could be to play Wilshere and Lacazette. Given Jack’s occasional injury problems it might well be wise to leave him out, and given that Laca is our prime centre forward who we will need to get at least one away goal in the Europa second leg, holding him back could be worth while.
Anyway, the intermittent broadband connection that we have at the moment means that it is probably wise for me to stop jabbering at this moment and put up what I have for fear that the broadband might once again vanish for good.
Sorry about this, we hope to be back to normal by tomorrow, if not sooner. Do post comments – we’re really trying to get this issue resolved.
Oh and here’s a quicky from the bloggettas: “Marca are pretty certain, Luis Enrique is going to be Arsenal’s new manager.”