Maitland-Niles returns, doubts over duo

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Arsenal have confirmed that Ainsley Maitland-Niles is back in full training after recovering from illness.

The England under-21 international missed the home wins against BATE Borisov and Southampton having picked up the bug that was doing the rounds at London Colney.

He’ll likely replace Stephan Lichtsteiner in the starting lineup for Wednesday’s game against Bournemouth with the Swiss still struggling to recover from the back problem that forced him off on Saturday.

Alex Iwobi, arguably our man of the match against the Saints, is also a doubt. He picked up a knock to his right ankle and could be rested ahead of the North London derby at Wembley next weekend.

Having spoken about the importance of rotating his players this week, there could be other changes in midfield. Matteo Guendouzi, Mesut Ozil and Denis Suarez are all options should the boss choose to rest Lucas Torreira, Henrikh Mkhitaryan or Aaron Ramsey.

At the back, there’s also a chance to give more minutes to Dinos Mavropanos who got his first minutes of the season at Manchester City three weeks ago.

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Maul Person
Maul Person

Let’s see what Dinos and Denis can do…

truj
truj

Denis Moore dam dam dam

daremkd
daremkd

I think denis would start instead of iwobi and instead of miki

Jack
Jack

I think he’s more likely to play Ozil tomorrow then bench him at the weekend. The most interesting one will be Iwobi – apart from Auba who else would really play on the left wing?

AlexNuggz
AlexNuggz

As far as I’m aware, Dennis is quite comfortable out there.

Mpls
Mpls

Indeed he’s played more on the left than the right in the past

Hantal
Hantal

I hope we stick with a back four

Laca-Sead
Laca-Sead

love the renewed optimism than comes with the sun!! COYG lets nick 3rd place from the over performing white trash team next door.

iGooner
iGooner

Next.. door? It’s an empty toilet bowl

Runzac
Runzac

Playing AMN will likely force Emery to convert to back three

Mistafi
Mistafi

Unless he plays Jenkinson.

Richie

He can play Maitland-Niles in a back four, no problem.

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

If he has played him in a back 4 on the left, why wouldn’t he on the right?

Berlingoon
Berlingoon

Rightback is an important position against Bournemouth as Fraser seems to develop into quite a classy player for them on the left wing. Will be a handful for whoever plays there.

Giuseppe Hovno
Giuseppe Hovno

Need a strong team. 3 points is 3 points and in the top 4 race each match is as important as the rest

Santori
Santori

I wouldn’t risk Mavropanos.

This is the business end if things and he us largely unproven.

We need stability and common understanding at the back

It’s going to be one of Koscielny (wear and tear issues) or Sokratis and Mustafi or all 3 or maybe Monreal.

Mustafi provided some excellent out balls ftom the back to our forwards one of which led to a quick transition and a superb chance for Laca.

He was slightly culpable fir the offside trap that led to the Redmond chance but so was Sokratis.

In that he did the right thing, got goal side, did not attempt to dive in and provided the extra body when turned in front of the near post to assist Leno.

Also made plenty of good headed clearances.

If we likely line up in a back 4, on account we r at home and to Bournemouth (no disrespect), prob one of Mustafi and Sokratis or Koscielny.

Santori
Santori

Excellent work from Iwobi in recent games.

He is indispensable bc he is one of the few who can take on players and pull the other side out of position.

No surprise all the good work comes Chiefly from the left between Iwobi and Kolasinac.

Both were excellent.

That said if he is carrying a niggle, he needs to be protected for the Spurts game.

Santori
Santori

Midfield may see rotation.

Clearly Granit is instrumental switching focus of play for us and Torreira with his biting tackles neatly complements him

But we need to sustain output over a busy period so Guendouzi will rotate in with one or the other.

Dennis could settle there as well. No mention of mediocre Elneny.

Santori
Santori

Sell Elneny and Jenkinson. Neither up to standard.

But no takers.

Jason daniels
Jason daniels

I want dino to stat. Kosc witll be constantly struggling this season. Its called age