Ozil + Giroud Start: Predicted Arsenal Starting XI To Face Everton

By on August 22, 2014
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Arsenal face a tough trip to Goodison Park to play Roberto Martinez’s Everton on Saturday night. Here is a predicted starting line-up from Gooner Mac.

Goalkeeper: With David Ospina still on the sidelines, no doubt Wojciech Szczesny will start in goal once again.

Defence: Kieran Gibbs remains out with a hamstring injury so Nacho Monreal will continue at left-back. Arsene Wenger has confirmed he’ll make a check on Per Mertesacker before the game but I think that despite his lack of match practice, the boss will want his experience for such an important game and it will also give him a run-out ahead of Wednesday’s crucial second leg with Besiktas.

Calum Chambers doesn’t deserve to be dropped but Arsene has also been vocal that he doesn’t want to rush the teenager’s development, so I can see him pulling the youngster after having to start him in the first three games.

Midfield: Mikel Arteta is out with an ankle injury so Mathieu Flamini is likely to be drafted in alongside Aaron Ramsey in midfield. Jack Wilshere is probably going to get a rest as he faded badly during the second half on Tuesday.

Attack: Mesut Ozil is available again and I’d expect him to get 60 minutes under his belt. The Ox has impressed off the bench recently so I wouldn’t be surprised if he replaced Santi Cazorla on the left as the Spaniard was extremely poor in midweek. Alex Sanchez makes up what is a very exciting trio behind Olivier Giroud, with the Frenchman likely to keep his place up front despite a lackluster performance last time out.

Here’s the team I think Arsene will go with:

What do you think of the team? What side would you select for the game?

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3 Comments

  1. MAFUNDO

    August 22, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    The line up would be ok but the problem is GERIUOD who completes the whole 90minutes of the game without a single shot on tgt. I wld wish to see Carzola in the squard and Senoga…… Arsenal has no NO.9. SUCCESS TO U GUNNERS

  2. MAFUNDO

    August 22, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    I dont see Gunners taking EPL, because of the squard. Arteta can not manage the pressure, welshier is good bt still young to handle the experienced players, Rosiscky also old, no No. 9 like that one of Henry,Arsenal needs a big Squard with big names to add on the likes of OZIL, MARTESKER, CARZOLA, SANCHEZ, KOSYLIN, GIBBS, and Dibuchy is a defender who can not handle the pressure as he panics alot

  3. Daniel

    August 22, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    I would like to see a front trio of Sanchez ox and Campbell leave giroud on the bench. This will give us pace and directness. Could somebody tell me what happened to diaby??

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