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After a spectacular victory in an intense North London derby against Tottenham, Arsenal lost to FC Koln in a Europa League encounter. However, they made up for it with a win against Burnley and are in line to face Huddersfield Town at the Emirates stadium. It is important for the Gunners to pick up 3 points in this game to solidify their chances of a top-4 finish but the newly-promoted side cannot be taken lightly.
Huddersfield have proven to be a surprise package this season. Sitting at 11th spot, the club beat Manchester United but lost against Manchester City in their previous game. They were also subjected to a loss against Bournemouth but they will look to get back to winning ways.
The biggest piece of news for Arsenal is the fact that Mesut Ozil will miss this game as well due to an illness. Besides that, Arsene Wenger has no fresh injury concerns and is likely to stick with the same players to ensure they do not drop any more points, even though they have a colossal clash coming up against Manchester United.
Cech continues to be a formidable figure for the Gunners and illustrated his influence further with several well-timed saves against Burnley in their last match. He will be crucial against an unpredictable Huddersfield Town and Wenger is expected to start him.
Koscielny is the spine of this Arsenal team and it is imperative that he starts for the Gunners. A certain starter.
Monreal has been at his consistent best for the Gunners so far and Wenger should hand him a start against Huddersfield.
Mustafi has been decent enough at the back and he works well with both Monreal and Koscielny, making it likely for his name to grace the teamsheet on Wednesday.
Bellerin was quite impressive against Spurs but in the match against Burnley, he was quite ineffective. That said, Wenger is still expected to deploy him and hopefully, he will do better for the Gunners this time.
Xhaka was encouraging against Burnley. He made some well-timed tackles and passes to keep the game fluid and his midfield power will be required against Huddersfield.
After Aaron Ramsey’s lacklustre display against Burnley, Wenger could opt to bring in Coquelin to provide some much-needed steel in the midfield.
Kolasinac continues to be one of Arsenal’s most influential players and his dominance on the left will be crucial in keeping Huddersfield at bay.
Sanchez’s displays continue to lack passion. He was impressive against Spurs but in their previous encounter, he hardly looked interested. That said, his influence up front will be crucial for Arsenal and Wenger is likely to deploy him in his usual role.
Alex Iwobi (LW)
Although Jack Wilshere and Danny Welbeck are equally likely to start, Wenger might just go ahead with Iwobi since a win against Huddersfield is crucial for the club’s ambitions this season.
Alexandre Lacazette (CF)
The Frenchman will hope to get his name on the scoresheet against Huddersfield and is expected to start on Wednesday.