The XI Arsenal must pick to beat Ludogorets
Pushing themselves to pole position in Champions League Group A with seven points from their first three games, Arsenal‘s progression to the knockout rounds of the tournament appears to be a mere formality.
Indeed, second-placed PSG still have a good chance of beating the Gunners to top spot but there’s now a six-point margin between the qualification and elimination places, with the French champions only behind on goal difference.
They say ten points is enough to guarantee a spot in the Round of 16 and although that’s not always the case, most will expect Arsenal to reach that threshold when they face Ludogorets Razgrad on tonight.
There are certainly easier places to travel than Bulgaria but Arsene Wenger’s boys demolished the European minnows 6-0 last time out, with Mesut Ozil grabbing the first hat-trick of his career.
However, that creates a few tricky dilemmas for Le Prof. On the one hand, Arsenal can’t turn up the opportunity of an easy win and subsequent qualification; on the other, facing such weak opposition is a fantastic chance to give overlooked stars some much-need game time.
With that in mind, we’ve picked an Arsenal XI that meets both criteria.