Wenger Makes 2 Changes: Predicted Arsenal Starting XI To Face Watford

By on October 15, 2015

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Premier League football returns as Arsenal take on Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday evening. Here is the side Gooner Mac thinks Arsene Wenger will select for the game:

Goalkeeper: Wenger is unlikely to make too many changes from the side that beat Manchester United before the international break which means Petr Cech is expected to continue between the sticks this weekend.

Defence: Laurent Koscielny is facing a late fitness test to see if he can return after a hamstring injury. If the French international is ruled out, then Gabriel should be partnered by Per Mertesacker at the back.

Hector Bellerin should retain his place at right-back while Nacho Monreal is expected to keep his place ahead of Kieran Gibbs on the left side of the defence.

Midfield: Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini are both back in contention after recovering from hamstring injuries but they are likely to be on the bench as Francis Coquelin should continue in the holding role alongside Santi Cazorla.

Jack Wilshere is still at least a month away from recovering from ankle surgery.

Attack: Aaron Ramsey is likely to play on the right wing once again with Mesut Ozil expected to start in the number 10 role. However, we could see Alexis Sanchez rested after he played 180 minutes for Chile this past week despite carrying a hip injury.

Arsene hinted at his press conference this morning that he could give him a breather so Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could start on the left side of attack. Theo Walcott expected to retain his place up front despite Olivier Giroud scoring twice for France earlier this week.

Here is how I think we’ll see Arsenal line-up:

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What do you think? What line-up would you like to see start?

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2 Comments

  1. bonaroca

    October 15, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    Bonaroca:- I have noted your team chosen to play against Watford. No match away is easy, but Arsenal having a heavy programme ahead,I would prefer to rest “KOSC” and play “MERKS”instead. In my opinion I would even give a rest to “CASROL” and “COLEQ” and play “FLAMINI” and “ARTETA” at least even for the first half. For this match I would still have the “OX” “GIRAUD” “WALCOTT” with “OZIL” being the play maker.

    This does not mean that I am under rating Watford, far from it, but I think the if Mr Wenger has kept these players as a back up then I am convinced that these players are a good enough back up for which ever game is being played.

  2. Jon Femi

    October 17, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    I agree with Bonaroca, though I think the Coq should still start with either Arteta or Flamini. Rest Alexis and Walcott, let the Ox start alongside Giroud. And in defence let Koscielny start with Gabriel if fit. And for crying out loud give Gibbs a chance. He did well against England…

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