Wenger Makes 3 Changes: Predicted Arsenal Starting XI To Face Sunderland

By on October 23, 2014

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Arsenal get back to Premier League action when they take on Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Saturday afternoon. Here is a predicted team from Gooner Mac.

Goalkeeper: Wojciech Szczesny is set to return from his European ban which will see 22-year-old Emiliano Martinez drop back to the bench. David Ospina remains out for the foreseeable future with a thigh injury.

Defence: Our defence was a mess on Wednesday night and unfortunately it doesn’t look like Laurent Koscielny will be back for the trip to Sunderland this weekend so Nacho Monreal is likely to continue his partnership alongside Per Mertesacker at the back. Calum Chambers and Kieran Gibbs are expected to fill the full-back slots.

Midfield: Jack Wilshere is suspended after picking up his fifth booking of the season against Hull last weekend so Aaron Ramsey should keep his place in midfield and could be joined by Santi Cazorla in a more central role.

Mikel Arteta is pushing for a recall after recovering from a calf injury so he should replace Mathieu Flamini in front of the defence.

Attack: With Cazorla in the middle it could see Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain come in to the side, although Lukas Podolski is also pushing for a start after scoring the winner against Anderlecht on Wednesday night. Danny Welbeck is fit despite picking up a minor knock last night so he’ll lead the line with Alexis Sanchez in support.

Here’s how I think we’ll line-up this weekend:

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

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7 Comments

  1. Sylvia

    October 23, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    I promise you there will be different in the game because jack wilhere wil not play Arsenal will win the game exccept it was meant to b draw.

  2. TimsGr8

    October 24, 2014 at 7:50 am

    i’ll bet any thing that the first 20 mins must ve decided the game(won us the game) for us just because Wilshere will not be there. He’s currently a waste factor in our team! He plays with his brain below his knees not above his shoulders.

    • kamba cassim

      October 25, 2014 at 10:31 am

      The unfortunate part is that Wilshere is expected in the next game. What a curse!

  3. gift

    October 24, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    as guns i am sure we will win this game but why not use costa rica man and podolysk they gave me sleeping well in cl.

  4. mutukwa crispen

    October 24, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    pliz try to use joel and podosik this weekend

  5. popcorn

    October 24, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    …………………szcez……………..
    Hector……Per…….Chambo……..Gibbs
    …………..Rambo……Flamini……………
    Alexis…………………………………….Pod
    ………………..Santi…………………….
    ………………..Welbz…………………..

    My preferred 11 for saturday.

  6. chrispinus baraza

    October 24, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    wenger why cant give joel campbell and lukas podolsky regular thirty minutes of secont half so that they can prove their game and improve games

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