Wojciech Szczesny has been ‘rested’ for tomorrow night’s Champions League tie with Bayern Munich.
The Polish keeper will stay in London as Lukas Fabianski comes back into the squad for the first time this season. Although Vito Mannone has played 13 times it’s believed that Fabianski will start the game.
It’s something of a gamble for Arsene Wenger but perhaps he feels Szczesny could do with some competition, and unless he plays other keepers he’s existing in something of a comfort zone.
Although he’s made a few mistakes this season – most notably in the recent win over Aston Villa – he did put in a match winning performance against Sunderland just a couple of weeks previously.
The reality is, however, that neither Fabianski, who has spoken of his desire to leave, or Mannone, provide genuine competition to the Arsenal number 1.
Meanwhile, Lukas Podolski has been confirmed as an injury absentee while Abou Diaby has travelled to Munich.
Full squad: Fabianski, Mannone, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Gibbs, Arteta, Coquelin, Ramsey, Diaby, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Rosicky, Cazorla, Walcott, Giroud, Gervinho, Arshavin