Predicted Arsenal Starting XI To Take On Bayern Munich – The Ox Dropped?

By on February 18, 2014

Alex Oxlade Chamberlain

Arsenal play host to Bayern Munich on Wednesday night in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie.

The Gunners head into the game off the back of Sunday’s 2-1 win over Liverpool in the FA Cup and Arsene Wenger is expected to make several changes to his side after resting a number of first team players.

Wojciech Szczesny will almost certainly return in goal despite the impressive performance of Lukasz Fabianski on Sunday, while Bacary and Kieran Gibbs will also be recalled to make up Arsenal’s ‘first choice’ back five.

With Mikel Arteta suspended for the game, Jack Wilshere is likely to come back in having been rested at the weekend and he’ll take his place alongside Mathieu Flamini in midfield.

Santi Cazorla was a second half substitute against Liverpool and I expect he’ll start ahead of Lukas Podolski on the left, but it’s difficult to know who Arsene will go with on the right. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been in superb form of late and it would be harsh to drop him. However, Tomas Rosicky was fully rested on Sunday suggesting he’ll play a major role in this game.

Olivier Giroud will also be recalled up front in place of Yaya Sanogo – who made his debut at the weekend – and Mesut Ozil will of course retain his place in attack. Here’s the team I think Wenger will pick:

This is a reasonably balanced side but my worry would be a lack of pace. With Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott, we lack the pace to really hurt a team so we’ll have to rely on our passing game if this is the team that Arsene picks.

What team would you go with? Share your suggestions below.

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5 Comments

  1. Colin

    February 18, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    It would seem logical, but playing Wilshere and Cazola with Ozil is a waist. Ozil plays much better with people like Ox and Ramsey as he can split defences with perfect passes. Niether Wilshere nor Cazola play that way. That is why it seems that Ozil isn’t playing well when he is in the same side as them.

    • Sphinx37

      February 19, 2014 at 1:12 am

      I agree with you Cazorla always drift to the middle where Ozil operate. That forces Ozil to move to left side where he is limited. Plus Wilsher have the same tendencies as Carzorla. My preferred line up is to play Ox on the the right wing and poldski Lon the left. Or you can play 4-3-3 with Cazorla play left half back and and Ox, Ozil and Poldeski or Groued on the left.

  2. Ahmed oniwonlu

    February 18, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    Gud p.m 2 my faithful gooners.i think d best sellection for dis game shld be.: Scezney- sagna- per – kosc – gibbs – flamini – roscik – ox / gnabry – santi – ozil – giroud. Subs; podolski ,fabianski ,wilshere ,monreal ,jenk ,gnab / ox ,bendtner. It ll be foolish of wenger to use cazorla nd rosiscky on d flanks cos there will be no motility.thank u.

  3. marc

    February 19, 2014 at 4:54 am

    i would start flamini along will,ozil behind giroud and ox and pold/roscisky on wings. with this line-up we can have enough pace.

  4. Gunner land

    February 19, 2014 at 9:35 am

    With the forms of both carzola and ox it will be unnecessary to drop any of the players. For me the best is to partner rosicky with flamini and drop wilshire. Rosicky can tackle more than wilshire and can turn his opponents inside out and make key passes.

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