Predicted Arsenal Starting XI To Face Marseille

By on September 17, 2013

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Arsenal get their Champions League campaign underway on Wednesday night as they take on Ligue 1 outfit Marseille.

The Gunners warmed up for the game with a 3-1 win away at Sunderland on Saturday and while the match saw Mesut Ozil make an impressive debut, striker Olivier Giroud picked up a knee knock which makes him a slight doubt for the Marseille clash.

Arsene Wenger claims he’ll give the striker a late fitness test but the Frenchman is confident he’ll be fit. Ozil is also understood to be suffering from ‘tight muscles’ but he should also start.

The only change I foresee from the side that beat the Black Cats is the fit again Per Mertesacker coming in for Carl Jenkinson, with Bacary Sagna reverting to right back. Therefore this is my predicted starting eleven.

Jack Wilshere played out on the left on Saturday and is likely to do so again with the Arsenal squad decimated by injuries. Santi Cazorla is out for up to four weeks while Lukas Podolski, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Tomas Rosicky are also missing, leaving Wenger with few options on the left side of midfield.

He could opt to play full-back Nacho Monreal further forward but I think he’ll stick with the side that impressed at Sunderland, and this team is ore than capable of getting a positive result in France.

What would your starting eleven be for the game? Share your suggestions below.

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15 Comments

  1. Klaus.PJ

    September 17, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    He could play Vermaelen as LB and Gibbs on the winger position, he’s a better crosser than Monreal. Anyway, there are still options. Agree though that Jack will be the obvious solution, got more drive and better passing, more sniff for goal.

  2. Tod..

    September 17, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Fairly balance squad, considering wat we hv now.

  3. Ebenezer

    September 17, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    We must go for a win to help us with ur campaign.

  4. Peter Shaw

    September 17, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    In spite of all the obvious difficulties Arsenal and Wenger have had,The Gunners had a potential top four squad in place long before the last day of the Window.
    Now, they are within touching distance of true greatness. More spectacular signings will certainly come now, and they still have an academy and a depth largely unrecognised.
    To maintain top four for all these years, whilst getting into the new stadium with their very solid bank account still standing, has matched all the ‘silverware’ the others have picked up between them. Hail Wenger!
    Be careful what you wish for, all you twits of little faith.

    • Jordan gooner

      September 17, 2013 at 12:36 pm

      I completely agree and endorse your comments. I wish these so called supporters,who are so critical of the club,would get lost!

    • John Gee

      September 17, 2013 at 12:47 pm

      Where have all the “Arsene Out” brigade gone. They should all be ashamed of themselves.

      • Duc

        September 17, 2013 at 6:23 pm

        We’re still here and as right as we ever were. Quit being herded and see the bigger picture; AW is now and has been for a long time, a disaster. F him and his free French signings.

    • JP

      September 17, 2013 at 5:23 pm

      Agree100 percent. There was not a second during the window that I blamed anything on Wenger. It was very sad to see our Gooner family so divided. Wenger deserves a personal letter of apology from the supporters calling for his head. We are blessed to have such a long standing manager who can make the difference in a player joining our squad or not. Why would anyone believe another gaffer would get better results consistently, or have the blessing of the top brass to spend money in players. I love this club, Wenger and the squad. We must support and encourage in the good and the bad times. Screw what the oil funded clubs do and focus on our business and performance and thank god we have Wenger

  5. ogban

    September 17, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    I shudder to think what would happen if we have any more injuries in attack and midfield!

  6. Aian serry

    September 17, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Hope everything goes on well.

  7. Wayne

    September 17, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Arsenal have worked miracles over the past years with the new stadium and all, would like to see anyone else try to stay top four without a sugar daddy and building a new stadium

    • Suren

      September 17, 2013 at 2:19 pm

      I agree with u Wayne. Only manager would “might” stay in top 4 would be Sir Alex in the world. Now he’s gone, Arsene Wenger is the best manager in the world.

  8. awas s ugwu

    September 17, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    i think that the only place that we lack option is in defence’ if our star midfilder countinues scoring that’s all

  9. john h

    September 17, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    This team is more than caperble of getting all 3 points

  10. Maiko Jm

    September 17, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    The team is ok but i wonder where Hayden and Akpom can fit.

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