Predicted Arsenal Starting XI To Take On Aston Villa – Gnabry To Start?

By on January 11, 2014

Serge-Gnabry

Premier League leaders Arsenal are in the Midlands to take on Aston Villa on Monday night looking to make it four wins on the bounce.

Arsene Wenger was handed a devastating injury blow this week with the news that Theo Walcott will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury. The attacker was forced off during the latter stages of last weekend’s 2-0 win over Tottenham and it was confirmed on Monday that he ruptured his cruciate ligament and will be out for 6 months.

With Walcott injured, it opens the door for Serge Gnabry to stake his claim for a regular starting spot. The young German was excellent against Spurs and has done enough to keep his place in the side against Villa.

Thomas Vermaelen is out with a knee injury so Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny are certain to start at the back, and Nacho Monreal is also likely to keep his place with Kieran Gibbs a major doubt.

Mikel Arteta and Jack Wilshere should start in the centre of midfield with Aaron Ramsey still out with a thigh injury, although Mathieu Flamini is also pushing for a start.

Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud are back after recovering from knocks while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is expected to be among the subs after playing 45 minutes for the under-21’s on Thursday after five months out with a knee injury.

Here’s my predicted team:

What do you think of our team? What would your line-up be? Share your suggestions below.

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3 Comments

  1. Don nick

    January 11, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Rosisky should start while Gnabry should play second half

  2. Dominic Konneh

    January 11, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    One could almost see Wenger overemphasizing the start of Gnabry

  3. nikkogunners

    January 11, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    If i was doing an effective team, i would have a system adjustment to 4.1.4.1. I would bring in Podolski and have Carzola go to the centre to Assist Ozil. Wilshere would start from the Bench.

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