Wenger Makes 2 Changes: Predicted Arsenal Starting XI To Take On Monaco

By on March 16, 2015

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Arsenal will be looking to turn around a 3-1 first leg deficit when they take on Monaco in the Champions League on Tuesday night. Here is the side Gooner Mac thinks Arsene Wenger will select:

Goalkeeper: David Ospina kept another clean sheet on Saturday and I think it’s safe to say he’ll once again start between the sticks on Tuesday.

Defence: Gabriel Paulista is back in training after a hamstring injury but I doubt he’ll start so Laurent Koscielny will once again play alongside Per Mertesacker at the back. Hector Bellerin is expected to come back in to replace Calum Chambers at right-back while I think Nacho Monreal will keep his place on the left. We need to keep it tight at the back and the Spaniard is more conservative than Kieran Gibbs.

Midfield: Francis Coquelin will continue in the holding role but it’s going to be interesting to see what Wenger does in front of him. Aaron Ramsey returned with a MOTM display against West Ham on Saturday so should have done enough to convince the boss to keep him in the team. Santi Cazorla is expected to be recalled after being rested at the weekend so that could see Mesut Ozil moved out wide.

Attack:  Theo Walcott didn’t take his chance to impress against the Hammers after missing several good chances in front of goal so Arsene may decide to drop him and play Ozil on the right in order to accommodate both Ramsey and Cazorla in the middle. Alexis Sanchez is almost certain to start while I’d expect Olivier Giroud to be given a chance to redeem himself against Monaco after an excellent run of form following his first leg nightmare.

Here is how I think we’ll see Arsenal line-up:

What do you think? What line-up would you like to see start?

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2 Comments

  1. Chris

    March 16, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    I think this may be about right. But the problem is playing Ozil right and Sanchez left ….. both will naturally turn inwards. Thus the mid field will be even more congested … which is what Monaco will bank upon. They can afford to defend in numbers and hit us on the break (as per last time).

  2. Urbanus muthama

    March 17, 2015 at 10:33 am

    I think it might be a good thing to repeat the saturday’s starting 11,Then bring in Santi and Welbeck to increase the tempo later like it happenned. It’s like Ozil and Carzola need to be alternated for each seems to enjoy it best when alone in the Mid.

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