With the final day of the season upon us, and a trip to Wembley the only game left on the Gunners agenda, Arsenal need to find their scoring boots after having failed to find the back of the net in each of their last three home games.
For Arsenal the match against West Bromwich Albion today has to be all about preparing the team for the FA Cup final and Aston Villa.
On the injury front striker Danny Welbeck is still unavailable with a swollen knee and could also miss the trip to Wembley. Mathieu Debuchy has returned to training but even if Wenger does have plans to use him in the final we feel he is best left to regains his stamina on the training ground.
The big dilemma for Wenger today is if he should rest players or play his best XI hoping that they can regain the form that saw them start the second half of the season so strongly.
If it were us we would stick with the team we would put out at Wembley, but Wenger is not us and we think will air on the side of caution, preferring to rest some tired legs while also removing the possibility of picking up any serious injuries ahead of the final.
Now this is a decision only Wenger can make, and having played Wojciech Szczesny in all the teams other cup ties it would seem an extreme punishment to drop the Pole for the final in place of Ospina. If it were us and we had decided that Szczesny will be in nets at Wembley, we would play him today to give him some game-time experience ahead of the big match.
Wenger may however stick with Ospina leaving Villa to guess who they will face at Wembley, so we will stick with the Colombian in goal for today’s match against the Baggies.
In the heart of the Gunners defence Wenger has the option of playing Gabriel and resting either Per Mertesacker or Laurent Koscielny, and given the Frenchman’s work rate this season it is him we feel could be side-lined for this afternoons match leaving the Brazilian to pair with the German at the heart of the Gunners defence.
Hector Bellerin has been outstanding at right-back, but this represents Wenger with the opportunity to rest the Spaniard by bringing in Calum Chambers, while on the left side of the pitch Kieran Gibbs could come in for Nacho Monreal.
This is where the game with Aston Villa could be won, and with this in mind we expect Wenger to rest Santi Cazorla, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez while leaving Aaron Ramsey to play his preferred role in the middle of the park where he proved so dominant against Sunderland midweek.
Tomas Rosicky will take over from Ozil playing behind Olivier Giroud while jack Wilshere will take over from Alexis Sanchez out on the left, giving Theo Walcott the opportunity to show why he should be in the team starting out wide on the right flank.
Every week when we produce a predicted starting line-up it is always Olivier Giroud spearheading the Arsenal attack, and we can only hope Wenger address’s that situation over the summer by signing a player like Jackson Martinez who would go a long way in showing the Gunners mean business.