Arsene Wenger will be invigorated by the return of Shkodran Mustafi as Arsenal prepare for the visit of Big Sam and his new Crystal Palace side.
Arsenal finished off a great week by coming from a goal behind to beat Stoke 3-1. After a Charlie Adam penalty had put the Potters ahead, strikes from Theo Walcott, Mesut Ozil, and Alex Iwobi gave Arsenal the three points, leaving them safely in second place after Chelsea's win over West Brom.
Kieran Gibbs starts on the left side of the defence with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain being Wenger's choice for left midfield. Xhaka is replaced by Coquelin, who partners Cazorla in the holding midfield role.
Arsene Wenger never once contemplated selling Theo Walcott this summer, despite his inconsistent form over the last few seasons The Arsenal winger has been in fine form this season, having notched 7 goals in 9 appearances in all competitions. However, the midfielder had a very indifferent 2015/16 campaign, having already matched his league total of 5 goals last season. Despite this, Arsene Wenger has claimed that the thought of selling Walcott didn’t cross his mind, according to ITV : “Look, I haven’t spoken to anybody because I was not ready to let him go. I always wanted to keep him.” Wenger was also understandably full of praise for the 27 year old, citing his mental qualities as integral to his game : “What I’ve seen of him is that he lets the passion for the game come out of his body. That’s what you want from him. “I’ve felt that since he’s played with more freedom, maybe he lets his feelings […]
Arsenal eked out a narrow 3-2 win over Swansea thanks to a double from Theo Walcott and sturdy defending after Granit Xhaka saw red
English winger Theo Walcott has been the subject of much criticism over the past couple of seasons, but Arsenal fans were forced to eat their words as the 27-year-old continued his excellent form by scoring a brace against FC Basel.
The England international continued his superb form by scoring a brace to help Arsenal beat FC Basel 2-0 in their Champions League group stage encounter on Wednesday.
Arsene Wenger has handed start to in-form duo Theo Walcott and Granit Xhaka as Arsenal face Basel in their first home game of Champions League this season.
Another week of Premier League action saw Manchester City, Everton and Tottenham consolidate their positions in the top three, while Arsenal and Liverpool registered important wins against Hull City and Chelsea respectively.
The Gunners were dominant in their 4-1 victory against Hull City on Saturday. Arsenal fans took to Twitter to celebrate the resurgence of their much criticized old boy and another quality performance from their South American sensation.