Arsenal face Middlesbrough in the Premier League this weekend, with an extraordinary winning streak aiming to be extended in the Premier League after recent wins over Swansea, Burnley, Chelsea and Watford.
The Gunners have also been in stunning form in the Champions League also, with the most recent victory coming in midweek after Mesut Ozil inspired a six-goal rout of Bulgarian outfit Ludogorets.
However, there are concerns for Arsene Wenger to have to contend with, after Santi Cazorla picked up a problem against the minnows on Wednesday.
“We’ll see how he is today,” said the Frenchman after the Ludogorets game.
However, Wenger had positive news on both Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey, who have been sidelined for weeks with injuries.
“They are progressing well,” he added. “Olivier Giroud could maybe be involved on Tuesday [against Reading], but Aaron certainly will need one more week sharpening up. He could be available [next weekend]. Fitness-wise, he is 90 percent there.”
“We have the squad, and we have to show that we have the quality,” Wenger said. “To maintain the energy in the team for 10 months will depend on the players, on me, and a little bit on the injury side.”
Arsenal’s clash against Middlesbrough is another important step to that elusive Premier League title.
With Cazorla expected to miss out, we’ve chosen Mohamed Elneny to partner Francis Coquelin in midfield.
Elsewhere, we expect Alex Iwobi to make a return to the starting eleven in place of Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain.
Otherwise, it’s an unchanged team from the outstanding defeat of Ludogorets.
Callum Connolly, Pundit Arena.