Avoidance of the ignominy of north London derby defeat came at a heavy cost for Arsenal, who saw Aaron Ramsey, Mikel Arteta and Jack Wilshere succumb to injury at the Emirates.
The first two mentioned are expected to miss both the Champions League clash with Galatasaray and the visit to Chelsea on Saturday, while Wilshere is a doubt to face the Turks.
However, such is the depth of the roster that Arsene Wenger should still be able to call upon a well-seasoned central band capable of gleaning a reasonable result from the first of the clashes at the very least.
In the absence of the trio, the deep-midfield pool for the fixtures, which the Gunners are 11/20 and 4/1 to win respectively, is somewhat depleted.
Yet, barring any further damage to the balsawood division ahead of Tuesday evening, the Gunners still have a sufficient variety of players to cater for most formational needs.
Between Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain, Tomas Rosicky, Mathieu Flamini and Abou Diaby, the Arsenal boss has enough central midfielders to play either 4-1-4-1 or 4-2-3-1, the configurations he has used so far this term.
Flamini would have to get the nod over his countryman in the most withdrawn role in the first setup mentioned, simply on fitness, but the returning Diaby is a viable replacement when his erratic teammate gets his inevitable yellow card.
In front of him the experience and class of Rosicky could act as the ideal counterweight to the dynamism offered by derby goal hero ‘The Ox’.
The latter proved himself a superb option in the two as part of a 4-2-3-1 against FC Bayern Munchen last season when stationed alongside Arteta, who did the tackling work which can delegated to Flamini against Cesare Prandell’s side.
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