Wenger Makes 4 Changes: Predicted Arsenal Starting XI To Take On Aston Villa

By on May 28, 2015

Arsenal will be looking to retain the FA Cup when they take on Aston Villa at Wembley on Saturday evening. Here is the side Gooner Mac thinks Arsene Wenger will select:

Goalkeeper: I think the boss will stick with Wojciech Szczesny as our cup keeper meaning David Ospina should drop to the bench. Arsene stuck with Fabianski in last years final so I think he’ll do likewise with our No.2 this time around.

Defence: Laurent Koscielny will return alongside Per Mertesacker after being rested against West Brom last weekend so Gabriel should make way.

Kieran Gibbs kept his place at left-back last time out so I wouldn’t be surprised if he was picked ahead of Nacho Monreal at left-back on Saturday. 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 was back to his best against the Baggies so I’d expect him to start alongside Francis Coquelin once again on Saturday.

Jack Wilshere was excellent last week but I have a feeling he’ll be dropped back to the bench this weekend. It will be harsh, but he’s only recently returned to full fitness and I think the boss will prefer to use him as a sub.

Attack: With Wilshere likely to drop out, we should see Aaron Ramsey return to the right-wing where he’s been playing in recent weeks.

The big question is whether Theo Walcott keeps his place after an excellent hat-trick against West Brom. It’s always difficult to leave a player out after such a performance but Arsene hinted at his press conference that he will recall Olivier Giroud and use Walcott as an impact sub. I think it will be the wrong decision, but it’s the bosses decision.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made his comeback with a cameo appearance off the bench last weekend but he’s highly unlikely to start, while Danny Welbeck has been ruled out once again after failing to recover from a knee injury.

Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez are certain to start in attack, so this is how I think we’ll see Arsenal line-up against Villa:

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

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5 Comments

  1. slineklang

    May 28, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    Leave Ramsey out. He slows down the counter attacks. Wants to show off fancy football only. Put Theo on the right. Leave Schzezny out. He is a jinx. We lost or drew many games in the 1st half of the season due to him. Put Ospina in. No time for loyalty. If you don’t win the trophy season is indeed a disaster.

  2. Panther

    May 29, 2015 at 12:52 am

    I think Walcott should start on the right so for me, it’s a choice between Ramsey or Cazorla to start along side Coquelin in the engine room of midfield. This is no time for Wenger to shoot himself and the team in the foot buy playing Ramsey wide right and Giroud as centre forward. Ramsey and Giroud play well together but not when Ramsey’s stuck out on the wing,it leaves the team lacking the ability to run in behind.

  3. Aussie Jack

    May 29, 2015 at 2:34 am

    If that`s the side forget the FA Cup. Ramsey in the middle or nowhere.
    Walcott on the wing. Ospina no risk. Monreal not Gibbs (if fit).
    Recommend early subs not eleventh hour stuff.

  4. Temmie

    May 29, 2015 at 7:42 am

    monreal n not Gibbs, walkout n not Ground

  5. sargin

    May 29, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    Walckot not Ground plz Wenger dnt let’s suffer from hrt attach!!!

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