Despite the sale of Alex Song to Barcelona and the injury sustained by Abou Diaby in the defeat to Chelsea, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has a plethora of midfield options available to him at the Emirates Stadium.
Jack Wilshere and Emmanuel Frimpong are set to return from long-term problems, with the comeback of the former anticipated in particular.
However, both players, as well as Tomas Rosicky who is on his way back from a less serious injury, face a significant fight for a place in the starting line-up.
New signing Santi Cazorla has shone in the most advanced position of Wenger's preferred midfield three, immediately installing himself as the attacking lynchpin of the team since joining from Malaga.
His success has pushed Mikel Arteta back into a more defensive role but the former Everton star has adapted quickly to his new duties and looks a steady presence in a deeper position that allows him to initiate attacking moves.
Alongside the two Spaniards, meanwhile, Diaby has drawn comparison to Yaya Toure after delivering a series of purposeful, driven performances but now faces three weeks on the sidelines with a thigh injury.
What is Wenger's best midfield combination? Should Wilshere be immediately returned to the starting XI or should the French coach stick with a trio that has generally impressed in 2012-13? If the young England international is to play, who should he replace?
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