An injury picked up by Per Mertesacker during the FA Cup win over Reading could hand Gabriel Paulista an extended run in the first team.
After being rested for Week 27 against Everton, Per Mertesacker may be rested again for Week 28 in order to give him an extended rest.
Per Mertesacker, Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil were particularly poor as Arsenal went down 3-1 to Monaco at the Emirates.
Arsene Wenger needs Per Mertesacker to be his rock with injuries continuing to rock the Arsenal defense and in Week 9 that's exactly what the German was.
Per Mertesacker didn't deliver the sort of strong fantasy performance you'd expect in a week when Arsenal kept a clean sheet.
La Gazetta dello Sport is reporting that Arsenal have beaten Juventus and Roma to the signing of Greek international center back Kostas Manolas.
Germany XI: Neuer; Lahm, Boateng, Hummels, Höwedes, Schweinsteiger, Khedira, Müller, Kroos, Özil, Klose
Germany XI: Neuer; Mustafi, Mertesacker, Boateng, Howedes; Lahm, Schweinsteiger; Kroos; Ozil, Gotze, Muller.
Germany XI: Neuer; Boateng, Hummels, Mertesacker, Howedes; Schweinsteiger, Lahm, Kroos; Ozil, Podolski, Muller
Ghana XI: Dauda; Afful, Mensah, Boye, Asamoah; Rabiu, Muntari, Boateng; Atsu, A. Ayew, Gyan
Germany dominated in every phase of the game in a match that was decided by halftime as they roll over Portugal 4-0.
Arsenal players make up a full half of the non-Bundesliga contingent on Germany's final 23-man World Cup roster with Real Madrid, Chelsea and Lazio the other clubs outside of Germany represented.
Per Mertesacker and Tomas Rosicky both committed their immediate futures to Arsenal as they signed for 3 years and one year respectively.
Arsenal take one point away from their scoreless draw against Chelsea (at Emirates Stadium) and now sit at the top of the table in a tie for 1st place alongside Liverpool with 36 points.