Arsenal return to Champions League action on Wednesday evening, as they welcome FC Basel to the Emirates Stadium in their second Group A fixture.
The Gunners go into the game off the back of a brilliant 3-0 home victory over Chelsea, as they dismantled their London rivals in the first half with goals from Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil.
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Arsene Wenger will be delighted to have picked up his first Premier League win in the fixture since October 2011, however it came at a cost as Francis Coquelin looks set to miss the next three weeks.
They will also be without Olivier Giroud due to suspension as he picked up a red card in their 1-1 draw away to Paris St-Germain on matchday one.
It is the first competitive meeting of the two sides and could be a potential banana skin for the Gunners, as their opponents have become specialists at getting results against English clubs over the years.
Basel have lost just one of their 10 Champions League encounters against Premier League opposition – a 3-1 loss at home to Manchester United back in 2002 – and are unbeaten away from home in England with one win and four draws.
They head into the clash in good form too, unbeaten in their last six games in all competitions and also drew 1-1 in their first group fixture against Ludogorets.
With Coquelin sidelined Granit Xhaka is set to come into the midfield and face his brother Taulant Xhaka, who he also went head-to-head with in the European Championships in France back in the summer.
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David Ospina is rumoured to replace Petr Cech for the midweek clash, while Aaron Ramsey, Danny Welbeck, Gabriel and Per Mertesacker are all still unavailable.
The visitors will make the trip without defender Manuel Akanji and midfielder Kevin Bua, as head coach Murat Yakin could be tempted to start Seydou Doumbia after he scored his sixth goal of the season from the bench in their 3-1 win over St Gallen.
If Arsenal can replicate their performance on Saturday they should have too much for their Swiss counterparts to handle and are favourites to pick up their first win of the European campaign.
Potential Arsenal Starting XI (4-2-3-1): Ospina; Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Xhaka, Cazorla; Walcott, Ozil, Iwobi; Sanchez
Potential FC Basel Starting XI (4-4-1-1): Vaclik; Lang, Tuchy, Balanta, Traore; Delgado, Calla, Taulant Xhaka, Elyounoussi; Fransson, Doumbia