Wenger Makes 2 Changes: Predicted Arsenal Starting XI To Face QPR

By on December 24, 2014

Lukas Podolski

Arsenal will be looking to close in on the top four when they take on Queens Park Rangers at the Emirates on Boxing Day. Here is the side Gooner Mac thinks Arsene Wenger will select:

Goalkeeper: Wojciech Szczesny has returned to full fitness after a month out with a pelvic injury and has regained the No.1 shirt so I expect the Pole to once again start on Friday.

Defence: Laurent Koscielny continues to be sidelined by a calf injury but he could be back to face West Ham on Sunday. Nacho Monreal is fit again and I think we might see the Spaniard line-up alongside Per Mertesacker in the heart of defence. They compliment each-other well and Mathieu Debuchy needs a rest after starting the last three games after a lengthy spell on the sidelines, so I think the boss may start Calum Chambers at right-back before swapping him out for Debuchy on Sunday.

Midfield: Arsene has very few options to rotate in the middle of the park as Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey all remain unavailable through injury. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain didn’t look 100% fit against Liverpool but we don’t have much choice but to start him on Boxing Day. There’s a chance Arsene may give Flamini a rest and hand Francis Coquelin a rare start but I’m not convinced he’ll do it.

Attack: Theo Walcott is back in the squad but I think it’s too soon to start him so he’ll likely be among the substitutes. Alexis Sanchez could certainly do with a breather and this is an ideal opportunity, so I think we may see Lukas Podolski come in on the left to start with Danny Welbeck and Olivier Giroud in attack.

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

What do you think of the team and what eleven would you pick?

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2 Comments

  1. GoonerEris

    December 24, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    I think we would see Debuchy start at RB; he sure doesn’t require a rest as he is a strong lad. The other picks look fair but we cannot underestimate QPR for one moment.

  2. khalifa

    December 24, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    please arsene, next transfer window get two strong defenders and one strong holding midfielder with all that we are going to be a stronger team than before and will be at the right track of competing to the titles, us fans wants best for Arsenal and we see the weakness that the team has got…so please Sir do the signings and its for the best. thank you!

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