Kallstrom Starts – Predicted Arsenal Starting XI To Face Wigan

By on April 10, 2014

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Arsenal take on Wigan Athletic at Wembley on Saturday evening in the semi finals of the FA Cup. Here is a predicted line-up by Gooner Mac.

Arsene Wenger confirmed our mounting injury worries at his press conference on Thursday morning and we could be without up to 11 first team squad players for whats arguably the most important game of our season so far.

The boss revealed that Kieran Gibbs, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Tomas Rosicky are all major injury doubts for the game but he’ll give them until the last minute to prove their fitness.

If Gibbs fails to make it, it’s likely we’ll see an unchanged back four as Laurent Koscielny is still short of fitness following a calf injury, but Arsene did confirm that Lukasz Fabianski will start in goal in place of Wojciech Szczesny and Aaron Ramsey will make his first start since picking up a thigh injury against West Ham back on Boxing Day.

Mathieu Flamini is suspended and with The Ox and Rosicky doubts and Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere still injured, we might have no choice but to hand a start to January loan signing Kim Kallstrom. We are down to the bare bones and can’t even call on Ryo Miyaichi – who’s been ruled out for the season – while Serge Gnabry also missed the Everton game through injury, so Arsene may decide to play the Swede alongside Arteta and move Ramsey further forward.

This would see Santi Cazorla start on the right side with Lukas Podolski once again on the left. Hopefully Oxlade-Chamberlain and/or Rosicky are passed fit to give us more options in the attacking third, but I’m basing this predicted team on the assumption they are unavailable, so I don’t see Arsene having much choice over who he picks in attack.

Olivier Giroud has been pretty poor lately but with just Yaya Sanogo to choose from behind him, I think we’ll see the Frenchman lead the front-line. Here’s the team I think we’ll see on Saturday if none of the injury doubts are passed fit:

What do you think of my team? What team would you play? Share your views below…

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7 Comments

  1. Goonerette

    April 10, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    Injuries everyday! Heartbroken

  2. Tijani Abdulroqeeb Roqmaster

    April 10, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    y ar dis guys having injury, arsenal medical crew ar not not working

    • Alexxus

      April 11, 2014 at 12:53 am

      I would stick to that team with the exception of Giroud!!!

  3. biodun

    April 10, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    Once more Arsenal has an ‘important’ match to play and we all know how our team performs in important matches. Why can’t we play Fabianski in goal, Jenkinson at Rb, Mertersacker and Sagna CD, Vermaelen lb, Arteta,Kallstrom, Rambo, Cazorla,Giroud, Podolski . Surely this line up will give more confidence than the Vermaelen in central defence and Monreal at LB. That has proved to be pretty weak and useless in previous matches. But its part of Wenger’s legend to play the same team, same style for all games…no wonder his once enviable reputation is being rubbished daily. A manager must be able to change strategy/personel. Wenger has been to rigid and may eventually lose this FA cup chance due to his stubbornness.

    • Christopher

      April 11, 2014 at 1:02 pm

      Good point and best back 4 available.RB Jenkinson,CD Mertersacker,CD Sagna,LB Vermaelen.I would not let this Monreal boy anywhere near the team as he causes sheer havoc with the back 4 due to his lack of positional sense.Forget about Arteta also unless he can hold his position behind Kallstrom and Ramsey.Sanogo instead of Giroud would be my choice as i think he would cause their defence more problems because he is really an unknown.

  4. Goonerous

    April 12, 2014 at 6:12 am

    Fabianski
    Monreal-Mertesacker-Sagna-Jenkinson
    Kallstrom-Ramsey
    Podolski-Rosicky-Cazorla
    Sanogo
    (left – right)

    I think this team is capable of overcoming Wigan

    • abdul

      April 12, 2014 at 7:58 am

      Gk:fabianski
      rb:sagna cb:mertesaker cb:vermaelen lb:moreal
      cm:kallstrom & Arteta
      rm:cazorla
      cam:ramsey
      lm:podolski
      st:sanogo

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