Wenger Makes 2 Changes: Predicted Arsenal Starting XI To Face Crystal Palace

By on August 14, 2015

Arsenal will be desperate to bounce back from last weeks disappointment when they take on Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon. Here is the side Gooner Mac thinks Arsene Wenger will select for the game:

Goalkeeper: Petr Cech endured a miserable competitive debut last week with the Czech international at fault for both goals during our loss to West Ham but I don’t think there’s any reason to think he won’t be back between the sticks on Sunday, and I think he’ll put in a fine display this weekend.

Defence: Wenger confirmed today that Hector Bellerin is back in contention after recovering from a knock so the Spaniard could come back in to replace Mathieu Debuchy at right-back.

Otherwise I think we’ll see the same defence that faced the Hammers with Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker in the middle, and Nacho Monreal at left-back – although Kieran Gibbs is pushing fro a recall.

Midfield: The boss surprisingly broke up the successful partnership of Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin last Sunday with Aaron Ramsey coming in to the centre of the park. This saw Santi moved out wide for much of the game. It didn’t work in my opinion but I wouldn’t be surprised if the boss continues with this formation tomorrow.

Jack Wilshere is already back in training following his ankle injury but this game will come too soon.

Attack: Alexis Sanchez is back in contention after getting a full weeks training under his belt but I still think it’s a little early for him to start. As previous stated, I think we’ll see Cazorla on the left with Mesut Ozil in the No.10 role behind the striker.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could make way for Theo Walcott on the right with Olivier Giroud continuing to lead the line up front. Danny Welbeck remains out with a knee injury.

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

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


  1. Charlie Mclaren

    August 14, 2015 at 11:39 pm

    Apart from the error leading to the second goal The Ox was the outstanding player against West Ham. His 9 successful dribbles past opponents was better than anyone in the Premier League in the opening weekend. He was also decisive against Chelsea. Forget reputations, Wenger would have to be mad to drop him.

  2. Frank

    August 15, 2015 at 12:43 am

    I think ramsy will start on the bench. Wenger changed our shape the last game and we paid the price for that.

  3. Richard

    August 15, 2015 at 12:59 am

    I would be surprised if the team changed much. I think belle run will return. I think we may see Sanchez from the start though if we don’t , I would prefer to see the oz on the left Ramsey on the right and cazorla in the centre

  4. Marley J Wills

    August 15, 2015 at 2:24 am

    Wenger knows he played the wrong team against West Ham and will take no chances so expect to see Sanchez back on the left with the Ox on the right with Bellerin back in as Debuchy is’nt looking good at all, which puts Cazorla in the middle, leaving Ramsey on the bench to learn a thing or two as Cazorla knows how to give Ozil space. Gibbs is faster than Monreal and that speed is going to be needed against the Palace wingers so we might have a change at at back. Gabriel needs to be fighting for the BFG’s spot so i’d get him off the bench to partner Kosh once we put 3 goals past em. COYG

  5. wasike james

    August 15, 2015 at 6:29 am

    ospina should start in goal,bellerin on the right flank ,kos and paulista at centre,gibbs on left. coq and carzola in the middle. sanchez ,ozil and walcott in attack. then giroud as a lone striker. this team is capable of ripping palace apart. why maintain the losing team?

    • Hard Ogura

      August 15, 2015 at 10:06 am

      I agree with you James, but Wenger prefers that slow build up from behind why he prefers Per to Gabriel. I f he really wanted destruction of the opponents he would field Ox instead of Ozil in the above line up, then drift Sanchez behind Giroud and the opponents would just see firework only

  6. George baguma

    August 15, 2015 at 9:03 am

    I think wenger should Drop Giroud and Starts with Sanchez in front we use information of 4:4:2 ramsy should be Droped he did nothing in last weekend against West ham.

  7. jacob uchee

    August 15, 2015 at 10:26 am

    according to me, let the lineup be like this
    am sure that this candidates will bring success inteat of playing Giroud upfront. but next week we need to see new faces we are tired with this players.

  8. jason timms

    August 15, 2015 at 11:39 am

    cant Believe you lot would not drop Ozil. i would kick him out the Emirates full stop never mind olay him HES CRAP

  9. xantho

    August 15, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    arsene Wenger should start Sanchez and use Walcott on the flank let giroud continue as cf and also drop Ramsey

  10. xantho

    August 15, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    ozil is tired he should be on bench

  11. Chi

    August 15, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    This should be the line up:
    Bellerin Kocielney Mertesacker Gibbs
    Ramsey Cazorla
    ox Giroud Sanchez(Walcott if sanchez not fit)

    Mesut Ozil has had enough chances and still hasnt proven himself, whereas cazorla and ramsey have proven themselves in past seasons

  12. wasike james

    August 15, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    mesut ozil is a football genius he needs to be kept in the lineup. the gud thing about him is that he may not be be productive in build up play bt can jst make one or two killer passes. he also has timed -movements. the lineup shld be this way; ospina bellerin paulista kos gibbs carzola coq walcott ozil sanchez then giroud. cech shld be changed coz he is still nervous afta making two gud errors,gibbs should come in coz he is faster than monreal. rmsey is slow and debuchy had a game to forget. walct loves running behind defenders so he suits this game. paulista is pacy and and alert always. sanches can harass palace defence. carzorla is gud in through passes and giroud can keep defendrs’ heads ache for aeriel duels. so this is a tactical approach wenger ! try it and see the fruits while go with the west ham lnup and freeze on ua chair. nit palz.

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