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

By on September 18, 2014

Arsenal will look to win their first game since the opening day of the Premier League season when they take on Aston Villa at Villa Park on Saturday afternoon. Here, Gooner Mac predicts the starting eleven Arsene Wenger will select.

Goalkeeper: Some fans have called for David Ospina to be handed his debut after some questionable performances by Wojciech Szczesny in recent games. However, I don’t see Arsene changing his No.1 so early in the season.

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Defence: Mathieu Debuchy is out for the foreseeable future so Wenger has to decide who best will replace the Frenchman. Hector Bellerin made his debut in midweek but with Calum Chambers recovering from tonsillitis, I can see the former Saints defender coming in. Kieran Gibbs will keep his place ahead of Nacho Monreal.

Midfield: Jack Wilshere picked up an ankle knock against Dortmund and although it’s not thought to be serious, I don’t think the boss will take any chances with him. Aaron Ramsey is likely to keep his place despite some poor form of late. Mikel Arteta was well below par in midweek but I really don’t see Wenger dropping his skipper. He’s more likely to give him a chance to bounce back and prove his doubters wrong.

Attack: With Wilshere out, we could see Wenger revert back to a more familiar 4-2-3-1 formation which means Mesut Ozil could finally be deployed in his favoured position. Santi Cazorla has been unfortunate to be left out in recent games and he could come in to the side this weekend.

Here’s how Arsenal could line-up:

What do you think of the team? What side would you put out?

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15 Comments

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  2. bc

    September 18, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    Personally I would drop sorry rotate as many as possible. Cazorla chamberlain rosicky diaby podolski campbell should all get a shot on Saturday. That’s my front 6 arteta flamini Ramsey welbeck sanchez and especially ozil need to know that recent performances are simply sh….not good enough.

    • arsenal4eva

      September 19, 2014 at 2:28 am

      Campbell at left flank. Ozil at 10, n Sanchez on da right..Ramsey, Flamini at da middle

  3. Muhammad bauchi

    September 18, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    good idea

  4. Ishaq pious

    September 18, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    Sorry arsenal its our time we are d blues

  5. Rick

    September 19, 2014 at 3:36 am

    Get OX to run at defenders and stop the pussy footing
    in front of goal.

  6. jackson

    September 19, 2014 at 4:24 am

    wenger need to give pod nd ox chance

  7. chrispinus baraza

    September 19, 2014 at 5:47 am

    i would prefer wenger to take out cazorla and play rosicky on the wing and take out welback and play campbell upfront for him to see the pace of the game

  8. Rick

    September 19, 2014 at 6:28 am

    Watch how Apoel stifle wc Barcelona and lost only 1-0.I can’t see
    Wenger playing this way to nick a result.
    AV will be fresh and confident and if Arsenal play the same predictable style,believe me ,the most they can get is a draw.

  9. bonaroca

    September 19, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Bonaroca: I am at the moment an anti Arteta playing away I would have preferred that Bellerin should keep his place and Callum should partner Ramsey

    Or otherwise I would have Callum instead of Bellerin, Ramsey to cover the experienced but slow Mert paticularly on breakaways partnered by Casarol and use the Ox on the other wing this will give more space to Ozil to distribute the three forwards with a good scoring record.

  10. simple simon

    September 19, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    please mr wenger give campbell a chance.

    • samweli

      September 19, 2014 at 6:42 pm

      wenger please give a chance to rosick -cazola-podoski-camble

  11. Richard

    September 19, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    I don’t trust welbeck, atleast Podolosk

  12. musa

    September 19, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    what is the problem of thomas rosiky

  13. Maurice Jos

    September 19, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    This is my line up, 1. Ospina 2. Bellerin 3. Gibbs 4. Diaby 5. Kosielny 6. Mertesacker 7. Rosicky 8. Campbell 9. Welbeck 10. Ramzy 11. Sanchez. Subs Ozil, czecsney, chamberlain, wilshere, chambers, podolski.

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