[3-4-2-1] Wenger to make 5 changes + Sanchez Out in Arsenal vs Crystal Palace Strongest XI

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Arsene Wenger has revealed that both Laurent Koscielny (Achilles) and Nacho Monreal (ankle) should be available to return for the home fixture against Crystal Palace.

The Gunners boss wasn’t quite so certain on the fitness of Mesut Ozil (knee), who “maybe” ready to return.

With the ongoing speculation surrounding his future at the Emirates, it’s unlikely that Alexis Sanchez will be considered.

Meanwhile, Ainsley Maitland-Niles was suffering with illness on Wednesday, and is a doubts so the fit-again Sead Kolasinac will be on standby to start at left wing-back in the 3-4-2-1 formation.

Koscielny and Monreal could replace Rob Holding and Calum Chambers in defence, then, with Shkodran Mustafi appearing the most likely to retain his start in the three-man backline.

Jack Wilshere and Granit Xhaka may again combine in central midfield, although Aaron Ramsey did return from injury last weekend, and provides another option.

The Welshmen could also be used in a more advanced role, particularly if Ozil isn’t risked. Alex Iwobi and Danny Welbeck are the other options in those spots behind lone striker Alexandre Lacazette.

Olivier Giroud remains sidelined, with Santi Cazorla a long-term absentee.


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