Play Fantasy Arsene Wenger - how do Gunners beat Braga?

By Graham McNorthbank

We're barely a month into the season and as us Gooners look forward to the opening game in this season's Champions League campaign, Arsene Wenger and his staff are dealing with an injury crisis that sees six first team players sidelined - seven if you include Emmanuel Frimpong.

Abou Diaby became the latest victim last weekend following a shocking challenge against Bolton and he joins Robin van Persie (ankle), Thomas Vermaelen (Achilles), Nicklas Bendtner (groin), Theo Walcott (ankle) and Aaron Ramsey (leg) on the sidelines.

With Johann Djourou playing for the Reserves against Man Citeh last night and Vermaelen ruled out for at least a further few days, I can't see beyond the same central defensive partnership that featured against Bolton at the weekend.

But with both Bacary Sagna and Gael Clichy rested against Bolton, I'd expect them to rotate places on the bench with Kieran Gibbs and Emmanuel Eboue.

Arsene Wenger has warned that Braga shouldn't be taken lightly and anyone who has beaten Sevilla in the qualifiers has to have something about them.

Thankfully Abou Diaby's injury doesn't look too bad but I expect Samir Nasri to come back in, perhaps at the expense of Tomas Rosicky, who still needs to be treated with kid gloves to ensure he doesn't sustain another of the injuries that have blighted his career.

Elsewhere in midfield, I reckon Le Boss will stick with Cesc Fabregas and Alex Song and complement them with Jack Wilshere and Andrey Arshavin to control the centre of the park and support Marouane Chamakh as our lone striker.

Addict XI


Sagna Squillaci Koscielny Clichy


Nasri Fabregas Wilshere Arshavin



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