It could all go 'Per-shaped' with Per Mertesacker's early return in Turkey later today, but let's hope it doesn't go 'pear-shaped' at Besiktas as well (although I don't think it will).
I have to credit the blog, 'A Cultured Left Foot', for that headline. I loved it so much, I thought I'd use it myself.
Enough digression. Mertesacker has enough nous and experience to do a good job, even if he's not fully fit.
This could have been Iggy Miguel's big chance, but clearly Arsene Wenger doesn't have quite enough faith in him.
When the stakes are this high, my question is what would you do: go for a fully fit Miguel or a half to three-quarters fit Mertesacker?
As much as I rate Miguel, I'd probably choose the German: mainly because he's less likely to make a costly mistake.
With Koscielny suffering from an Achilles problem and Gibbs out with his hamstring, the back four could look like this: Debuchy, Chambers, Mertesacker, Monreal.
That should be good enough to ensure a decent result in Turkey, but we can't afford to be complacent.
If we do we'll be like cheapskates at Christmas complaining that 'this Turkey is tough'.
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