Predicted Arsenal Starting XI To Take On Cardiff

By on November 28, 2013

Arsenal will be in Wales on Saturday to take on Cardiff City looking to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League.

The Gunners head into the game sitting four points clear but with none of their direct rivals playing until Sunday, the north Londoners have the chance to open up a seven point gap.

Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Kieran Gibbs is available again after missing the 2-0 win over Marseille through illness. He should come back in for Nacho Monreal at left-back, despite the Spaniard impressing in midweek.

Midfield is now a highly-competitive area but I think Mikel Arteta will be recalled to play alongside Mathieu Flamini in the middle of the park. Wenger seems to favour these two together, particularly away from home.

Jack Wilshere is almost certain to get a rest after starting his last two games games so we could see Aaron Ramsey moved out to the wing. Santi Cazorla is expected to be recalled in place of Tomas Rosicky in attack.

Theo Walcott is pushing for a start but may have to settle for a place among the subs again as Wenger cautiously  introduces him back into first team action following a lengthy injury lay-off.

Lukas Podolski is still a few weeks away from being n contention while we won’t see Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain until the New Year.

Here’s my predicted team:

What do you think of the team? What side would you start? Leave your suggestions below.

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9 Comments

  1. Adessanmi taiwo taofeek

    November 28, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    Predictn ws ok for me

  2. Adeniran A Adeola

    November 28, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    I prefer, Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, in the back four, then, Ramsey and Flamini, in midfield, Ozil, Arteta, Cazorla, then Giroud in the front.

  3. Tatenda

    November 28, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    the prediction is ok but flamini and arteta should not play in the same team. to me they are the same and they play the same role. wenger should drop 1 of them to the bench and bring back ramsey to the midfield where he is more effective and played excellently for us. the right attack should be given to natural wingers like granbry, walcott or rosicky

    • Mr Magooner

      November 28, 2013 at 8:45 pm

      My thoughts exactly @Tatenda. Arteta and Flamini together was a disaster against man u, we need atleast one box-to-box midfielder.I really love the way Wilshere runs at the opposition when he’s playing there, but Ramsey is better against opposition who will probably be looking to frustrate our free flowing play. I wanna see more of Rosicky on the wing or Gnabry even, someone pacy as well as skillful.

  4. Kabtanka

    November 28, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    I think the idea to drop one is positive coz we need to prioritize the attacking options when ur opponents are so that threat

  5. Kabtanka

    November 28, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    I mean not so that threat you need to launch a massive attacking options and as we know we r learning from the mistakes, I don’t know whether you ve encountered our weaknesses during the much against MU, I believe the manager gave the consideration to the defense

  6. Widson

    November 29, 2013 at 3:21 am

    Fulamin nd ramsey should start on mildfield nd walcot to replace giroud give him arest

  7. Amechi enemchukwu

    November 29, 2013 at 7:41 am

    I like dat let drop giroud 4 rest nd use walcot

  8. Da flirt

    November 29, 2013 at 10:43 am

    I refer ramsy&flamini, den walcott, ozil, cazorla& giroud up front

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