Arsenal travel to Switzerland to face Basel in their final UEFA Champions League Group Game on Tuesday night
Wenger’s men won the reverse fixture 2-0. and will travel to Switzerland confident of another victory.
Wenger’s will be hoping for a shock result in the other Group A tie between Paris Saint-Germain and Ludogorets, as they have to better PSG’s result in order to top the group. This is very unlikely, however, and Wenger is likely to name a changed side from the one that defeated West Ham 5-1 in the English Premier League on Saturday.
Francis Coquelin will definitely miss out through suspension, having picked up his second yellow card against Paris Saint-Germain. Olivier Giroud will return to the squad, as will Lucas Perez who played in the loss to Southampton last week.
David Ospina will replace Petr Cech as has been always the case in the Champions League this season, while it is likely that Kieran Gibbs will also come in for Nacho Monreal.
Alexis Sanchez – who had a back issue against West Ham but still managed to bag a hat-trick – will likely be rested which means that one of Giroud or Perez could start in his place.
Speaking to Arsenal.com, Wenger delivered this update on his team :
“It’s basically the same squad [as the one against West Ham],” confirmed Wenger. “Coquelin has been replaced by Olivier Giroud in the squad. So, overall, it’s about stability.”
There will also likely be starts for Mohamed Elneny and Aaron Ramsey, while Mesut Ozil could be rested. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will likely retain his place in the side after a very impressive second half against West Ham, which means that Alex Iwobi will probably be relegated to the bench once again.
Arsenal face Basel tonight at 1945 UK Time.