The Ox Out: Predicted Arsenal Starting XI To Face Chelsea

By on October 3, 2014

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Arsenal take on Premier League leaders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon, here is a predicted team by Gooner Mac:

Goalkeeper: There have been some fans calling for Wojciech Szczesny to be dropped after his sending off against Galatasaray. While it was a poor error from the Polish international I don’t see Arsene Wenger leaving him out in such an important game.

Defence: I don’t think we’ll see any changes from the back-four that started in midweek. Mathieu Debuchy is still out injured so I expect Calum Chambers to continue to deputise at right-back. Nacho Monreal could be back in the squad after overcoming a back complaint, but I doubt he’ll replace Kieran Gibbs if he is passed fit.

Midfield: Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey remain on the sidelines so Wenger has a decision to make in midfield. Santi Cazorla played very well in a central role in midweek but I don’t see Wenger keeping him their away at Chelsea. Therefore, Jack Wilshere should come back in alongside Mathieu Flamini with Cazorla possibly moving to the left.

Attack: With Cazorla on the left that would see Alexis Sanchez move back over to the right wing with Alex Oxlaade-Chamberlain unfortunate to drop out. Mesut Ozil enjoyed another fine game in the middle against the Turks so it would be disappointing to see move from that role behind the in-form Danny Welbeck – who hit a superb hat-trick on Wednesday night.

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

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

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13 Comments

  1. Akande Akinlolu

    October 3, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    I agree with this too but wilshere must be told to restrain himself from usurping the no 10 from ozil. Also I hope our back 4 resist joining the attack too often, because trust Mourinho to rely solely on counter attack.

  2. Goonerific

    October 3, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Where have you read this news? I can’t find any other source that says the ox is injured??

  3. Nathan Akeodi

    October 3, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    Good 1 bt i see wenger playing chambo we need three gud direct players.

  4. sam

    October 3, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    I agree totally with this formation just that its unfortunate that ox has to be bench. but i for see him coming in if there is need to attack more

  5. austine

    October 3, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    What ever formation chelsea ll overcome arsenal

  6. ANIAH PIUS

    October 3, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    arsenal will win chelsea 3-0 on sunday

  7. francis

    October 4, 2014 at 12:58 am

    hahahaha how can arsenal win 3-0,is it a joke or feeling sleepy.which striker my friend think twice blues all the way

  8. francis

    October 4, 2014 at 1:03 am

    even bench can score arsenal five with the lines of salah and co

  9. Eng. oladele

    October 4, 2014 at 11:47 am

    We hope its we just beat chelsea 2-1

  10. DAVID BONGATE

    October 4, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    arsenal has the potential to win against chelsea.ARS 4 CHLS 2

  11. David Bongate

    October 4, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    arsenal players needs to know that the game wil be hard.they should play as a team not as an individual.we need to see the squad which played against galatasary.i hope ARSL wil win the match!

  12. Ken

    October 5, 2014 at 1:09 am

    I will rather prefer OX to Cazorla position while Cazorla for Ozil, then we have a chance to win.

  13. Ken

    October 5, 2014 at 1:13 am

    OX will give us pace and can defend, while Sanchez can hold his own side, Cazorla can do all Ozil can do and possible defend too, Wilshere and Flamini should just sit back and protect the back four, then we have a chance of winning…

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