Koscielny Out, Arteta In: Predicted Arsenal Starting XI To Take On Hull

By on October 16, 2014

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Arsenal get back to Premier League action when they entertain Hull City at the Emirates on Saturday afternoon. Here is a predicted line-up for the game:

Goalkeeper: Some fans were calling for Wojciech Szczesny to be dropped before the international break after a couple of inconsistent displays but I don’t see Arsene Wenger changing his No.1 any time soon.

Defence: We have problems at the back as Laurent Koscielny has been ruled out with tendinitis. Calum Chambers would usually step in but he’s suspended so Wenger is expected to start Nacho Monreal alongside Mertesacker. The only other alternative would be to hand Isaac Hayden his league debut but I think the boss will go with experience. Hector Bellerin will start at right-back with both Chambers and Debuchy unavailable.

Midfield: Our problems are easing in midfield with Mikel Arteta back in the squad having returned to training this week. The Spaniard should start alongside Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla with Mathieu Flamini dropping out if Wenger goes with his 4-1-4-1 formation. Aaron Ramsey is due back in training on Monday but this game comes too soon.

Attacker: Mesut Ozil has been ruled out for at least six weeks so Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could start on the right with Alexis Sanchez on the left. Theo Walcott will play for the Under-21’s on Friday but isn’t expected to feature in this game. Danny Welbeck will continue to lead the line despite picking up an ankle knock for England on Sunday night.

Here is how I think Arsene will line-up on Saturday:

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

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One Comment

  1. bc

    October 17, 2014 at 7:58 am

    I think arteta might be saved for Wednesday but otherwise I agree. Flamini, has “overtaken” arteta as the slowest player in the midfield and with arteta being a better passer, creator, tackler and also the captain, flamini in my eyes is very much a squad player now. Having said that my first choice formation is 4411 and that means no room for arteta when everyone is fit. My belief is that Ramsey and wilshire will work out how to be the new Vieira and petit and when required and if fit diaby can be that Gilberto type needed for the big games. He then slots in alongside wilshire and ramsey with either sanchez or ozil making way to allow a slight formation change. That’s how it worked back in the first 9 years of wenger now let’s make it happen again.

    Szczesney
    Debuchy mertesacker koscielny gibbs
    Walcott wilshire ramsey sanchez
    Ozil
    Welbeck

    Ospina
    Bellerin chambers hayden monreal
    Chamberlain diaby arteta podolski
    Cazorla
    Giroud

    Martinez
    Moore ajayi oconnor ormonde-ottewill
    Gnabry flamini Coquelin campbell
    Rosicky
    Sanogo

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