Wenger To Make 3 Changes: Predicted Arsenal Starting XI vs Watford

By on August 26, 2016

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Arsenal will look to collect their first win of the new season when they take on Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday afternoon. Here is the side Gooner Mac thinks Arsene Wenger will select for the game:

Goalkeeper: Petr Cech is almost certain to keep his place in goal ahead of David Ospina.

Defence: Laurent Koscielny made a successful return to the first team last weekend and was outstanding in defence during our 0-0 draw at Leicester City despite almost missing the game with a minor back problem.

The Frenchman showed no sign of the injury at the King Power so should be fit to play at Watford and I’d expect Rob Holding to keep his place after a very assured performance against the champions.

Per Mertesacker and Gabriel both remain injured while Nacho Monreal and Hector Bellerin should retain their positions in the full-back roles.

Midfield: Granit Xhaka put in a solid performance on his full debut against Leicester and I’d expect the Swiss international to keep his place but we could see Mohamed Elneny come in for Francis Coquelin in the middle of the park.

Jack Wilshere is still working his way back to full fitness so I think we’ll see him once again on the bench this weekend and he’ll hope to get some minutes in the second half but Aaron Ramsey is out with a hamstring injury.

Attack: Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud weren’t fit enough to start against Leicester but they both came off the bench and will have got another full weeks training in this week so I expect the pair to start against Watford.

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That means Alexis Sanchez should revert back to the wing and with Alex Iwobi out with a thigh problem, the Chilean could start on the left with Theo Walcott keeping his place on the right side of attack.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Santi Cazorla will feel unfortunate to drop out but they will be useful options from the bench.

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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