Team News: Coquelin in for Diaby, Arteta fit

| October 4, 2012 | 4 Comments


Arsene Wenger has named a full strength first XI against Olympaicos at the Emirates this evening in the Gunners second Champions League group fixture.

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With Abou Diaby injured, Francis Coquelin comes in to fulfill the defensive duties in the midfield which will enable Mikel Arteta who has been deemed fit to start to play the box-to-box position. Cazorla completes the midfield trio.

Upfront it seem Gervinho gets the nod ahead of Olivier Giroud, and the Ivorian will have a free role to switch with Podolski out wide. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain gets the nod out wide.

The defence is unchanged from the weekend, with Mertesacker not even on the team sheet, Johan Djourou will be the backup if required.

Full lineup:

24 Vito Mannone
5 Thomas Vermaelen
6 Laurent Koscielny
28 Kieran Gibbs
25 Carl Jenkinson
22 Francis Coquelin
8 Mikel Arteta
27 Gervinho
19 Santi Cazorla
9 Lukas Podolski
15 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain


23 Andrei Arshavin
20 Johan Djourou
14 Theo Walcott
11 André Santos
12 Olivier Giroud
16 Aaron Ramsey
60 James Shea

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  • ne

    hope le coq won’t dissapoint. He ask for chance, better make sure he nail it…

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