Predicted Arsenal Starting XI To Face Norwich

By on October 17, 2013

Arsenal get back to Premier League action when we welcome Norwich City to the Emirates this weekend.

We currently sit top of the league, ahead of Liverpool on goal-difference, but could be down to second by the time we kick off with the Merseysiders playing Newcastle in the lunchtime kick off.

Arsene Wenger revealed the latest team news on Thursday and on the whole things are looking positive. Bacary Sagna is rated at 80% fit so could return but I’d like to see Carl Jenkinson retain his place with the Frenchman being given an extra few days rest before the Borussia Dortmund game next week.

Midfield has become a hotly contested area with Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini all vying for starting spots. Ramsey is surely a dead cert to start while Flamini has almost made himself indispensable after some fine displays.

Wenger has elected to play Ramsey on the right in recent weeks to accommodate Arteta but with Rosicky available again I’d like to see the Czech international start out wide with Flamini and Ramsey in the middle.

Santi Cazorla is also back in contention after recovering from a foot injury so we could see him start on the left wing. Wilshere could potentially start in the ‘hole’ behind Giroud with Mesut Ozil a doubt after picking up a knock in midweek. He faces a fitness test but I’d give him a rest with Dortmund coming up.

Here’s is the team I’d go with:

What do you think about our team? What would your starting eleven be? Share your suggestions below.

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35 Comments

  1. Kaylow knack

    October 18, 2013 at 12:02 am

    With wenger we believes in goonerz no doubt u can do betta.

  2. shan

    October 18, 2013 at 12:16 am

    My central midfield pair would be Flamini and Arteta and my attacking midfield trio would be Gnabry, Cazorla and Rosicky…I would keep Wilshere, Ozil and Ramsey on the bench. ..we have a lot of matches coming up in the next few weeks

    • Sam

      October 18, 2013 at 12:36 am

      If we want to win the league then we shouldn’t mess with our team selection. We should play the best team available, points in the bag. Maximum points from these type of games will decide where the title ends up. Take each game as it comes, play the best team and get the maximum .

    • Tony Laudrap

      October 18, 2013 at 6:11 am

      Jst a gunner 4 lyf

    • Kamuglosh

      October 18, 2013 at 8:53 am

      No,l wud da 3benched ones coz all games are crucial enough 4 da club’s honour

  3. Benzero77

    October 18, 2013 at 2:47 am

    I’ll have it that way.

  4. chris

    October 18, 2013 at 3:20 am

    i don’t wilshere is creative enough to play in that central role. That position is meant for people like Ozil and Cazorla who knows when to release ball not someone that holds ball unnecessarily and get kicked for it all the time.

  5. Aziz, KL-Malaysia

    October 18, 2013 at 3:52 am

    Spot on, I would predict the same line-up.
    Arteta on the bench, yes – he can come in replace Ramsey if we are 2-3 goals up to stabilize the defending side. Sure to rest Ozil for the Dortmund game. Wilshere to go out around 70 min, then Rosicky moves to no 10 spot in the hole behind striker, with Gnabry coming in (he got more decisive runs at defence than TW).

  6. Enias Tom Hamuzwe

    October 18, 2013 at 4:44 am

    This line up is okay but we can rest an extra player to fit Gnabry seeing we have Dortmund coming.

  7. Materixweb

    October 18, 2013 at 5:26 am

    Nice line up… but i think Aaron Should rest and arteta to play… important matches ahead.

  8. John simiyu

    October 18, 2013 at 5:28 am

    We should field the best team we have in order to be sure of collecting maximum points before the next big games comes up,these early points will at some stage prove to be very important.go gunners go.

  9. Tim

    October 18, 2013 at 6:17 am

    With d current depth in the squad, it is wise 2 rest passing king, Ozil.

  10. Sam

    October 18, 2013 at 6:33 am

    I can agree with Sam.if every are ok there is no need to bench our best players just bcos we have champions league to play. And u no 2 well that we are tomping the table,we cant aford to drop now.

  11. Mopah

    October 18, 2013 at 6:37 am

    I can agree with Sam.if every are ok there is no need to bench our best players just bcos we have champions league to play. And u no 2 well that we are tomping the table,we cant aford to drop now.

  12. Mopah

    October 18, 2013 at 6:38 am

    I can agree with Sam.if every one are ok there is no need to bench our best players just bcos we have champions league to play. And u no 2 well that we are tomping the table,we cant aford to drop now.

  13. husny

    October 18, 2013 at 6:57 am

    i think cazorla should come in at attacking midfield….nd wilshare stl occupy that left possition…if ozilousis is nt available….3 points in the bag plzzzz

  14. hopson ironye

    October 18, 2013 at 7:00 am

    i expected line up 2 be ramsey starting on d left whl cazorla start. 4rm inner right and jack should start 4rm inner left

  15. waxy

    October 18, 2013 at 7:02 am

    it vry unresonable 2 play cazorla and rest ozil. We r tokin ov the most anticipated combination in our side. Play them all 2 give them tym 2 gel b4 dortmund gem…9c lineup though

  16. ireayo

    October 18, 2013 at 7:23 am

    gnabry,jenkinson,monreal,rosicky,vamaeleen and viviann shoukd be given opportunity tomorrow.

    • Afuruku paul

      October 18, 2013 at 8:19 am

      U are talking about moreal jekinson and ko now later u wil be blaming wenger for everytin….

  17. Tor enoch

    October 18, 2013 at 7:50 am

    So far as arsenal team is in form anybody can be at the starting,but ozil and cazorla should rest for the nxt game.arsenal 3- 1 norwich city

    • yinka

      October 18, 2013 at 8:16 pm

      I tink we should start Cazola to gain match fitnes against CL

  18. Afuruku paul

    October 18, 2013 at 8:13 am

    If everybody is fit we should not think of benching any body both ozil cazorla should make the team we should keep champions league aside and take the three points…

  19. Hardeykunlay

    October 18, 2013 at 8:20 am

    up gunners
    that’s right

  20. Mr Abdulhakim

    October 18, 2013 at 8:38 am

    That selection is ok.Let Ozil rest,but Artetal and others b on the bench.

  21. BILLY

    October 18, 2013 at 8:41 am

    I think some of those players who never got game time during internationals should be involved.

  22. Harbdoulaye skippo

    October 18, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Up gunners,u ar right.let field d strong team first cos three point is most essential

  23. Ntokozo Gama

    October 18, 2013 at 9:13 am

    i have to agree wt Sam, we need to take each game as it comes, for now we need to collect maximum points so we rather play the best available team for each match. we myt be winning but i feel we still struggling a bit as evident by failing to keep a clean sheet even wt weaker opposition.

  24. Antique Gunmen

    October 18, 2013 at 9:25 am

    The starting is ok, but Cazorla should play in his best position, in the centre. We also need Gnabry and Ryo on the bench, 2 flank players who has pace factor, somethin’ that missed from WBA game. And offcourse the OZ, just in case we need an extra attempt to break Norwich defense.

  25. darmas momanyi

    October 18, 2013 at 9:31 am

    line up is ok but include ozil and carzola 2 c tea combination ahead of dortmond go go go arsenal

  26. Dammy

    October 18, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Let wenger use d appropriate team that will secure three crucial points, regardless of who he starts or moves to the bench. 3points all the way.

  27. Baasil

    October 18, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Why people think Flamini doesn’t need a rest too

  28. Voyage Vanpersie vela

    October 18, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    Let Wenger field de players dat wil giv us ol 3points,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,go Gunners go,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  29. Shola

    October 18, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    Nice line up though, but i think my own line up should be
    GK-Szczesny
    DF-Jenkinson Mertesacker Koscielny Gibbs
    DM-Flamini Ramsey
    RM-Gnabry
    LM-Wilshere
    CM-Cazorla
    ST-Giroud

  30. Shola

    October 18, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    Nice line up though, but i think my own line up should be
    GK-Szczesny
    DF-Jenkinson Mertesacker Koscielny Gibbs
    DM-Flamini Rosicky
    RM-Gnabry
    LM-Wilshere
    CM-Cazorla
    ST-Giroud

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