Wenger Makes 4 Changes: Predicted Arsenal Starting XI To Take On West Brom

By on May 22, 2015

Arsenal will be looking to end the Premier League campaign on a high note when they take on West Brom at the Emirates on Sunday afternoon. Here is the side Gooner Mac thinks Arsene Wenger will select:

Most people would expect the boss to make wholesale changes with the FA Cup final in mind, especially given the fact we’ve all-but secured third spot. However, Wenger claimed at his press conference this morning that the side will be similar to the team that drew with Sunderland in midweek.

He told Arsenal.com:

“I might rest one or two maybe but overall I believe that the team will be similar to the team that played on Wednesday night.”

I’d personally like to see him give several players a breather as we look jaded, but I can only go with what the boss decides, so this is my predicted team…..

Goalkeeper: I think the boss will stick with Wojciech Szczesny as our cup keeper meaning he’ll play in the final next week, so David Ospina should keep his place in goal on Sunday. If Szczesny does start against West Brom, then expect Ospina to play at Wembley.

Defence: I’d be surprised if the boss doesn’t make a few changes at the back for this game. Nacho Monreal was rested in midweek so I’d expect him to come back in while Gabriel could be handed a rare start with Laurent Koscielny given a well deserved rest.

Mathieu Debuchy is back in full training but is expected to be short of fitness so Hector Bellerin should start at right-back.

Midfield: Santi Cazorla has been below par in recent games and I think it’s time he was given a rest. Francis Coquelin is likely to come back in having been left out in midweek.

Jack Wilshere made his first start in over six months against Sunderland but it would be a big ask for him to start again four days later so I think we’ll see him drop back to the bench.

Attack: With Wilshere likely to drop out, we should see Theo Walcott make a rare start on the right. He’s put in a couple of impressive cameo’s in recent games so certainly deserves a chance in the first team.

Danny Welbeck has been ruled out once again after failing to recover from a knee injury while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is back in training after a hamstring problem but he won’t be in contention this weekend.

I’d personally like to see the likes of Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud given a rest ahead of the FA Cup final but judging by Wenger’s comments, all three are likely to start again on Sunday.

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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