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Arsenal legend Charlie Nicholas believes Arsene Wenger must leave Granit Xhaka out of the Gunners’ starting line up for the clash with West Bromwich Albion.
The Swiss midfielder has started all of the Gunners’ Premier League matches so far this season, but former Arsenal striker Nicholas feels Xhaka needs to be dropped with Mesut Ozil playing deeper against Tony Pulis’ side.
Talking to Sky Sports, Nicholas said: “Sanchez comes in because Welbeck’s injured, there’s the replacement.
“Do Arsenal seriously need a holding midfield player when you’re playing at home?
“They might say ‘well they’ll be too attack minded’. But they’re attack minded when they have a holding midfield player so I would leave Xhaka out.
“I would consider leaving him out and say “I’m going to go with Ozil, Ramsey.
“You’d take the risk at home, Arsenal need to start getting a bit of momentum, getting the fans right behind them again.
“They’ve actually got a run of games coming up that they have that opportunity now.
“Maybe Everton away [is their next big game], I know they’re not doing great but that’s an awkward one for Arsenal.
“They need the momentum, they need the belief in the fans to start coming through.”
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