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Wenger Makes 8 Changes: Predicted Arsenal Starting XI To Face Brighton

Arsenal will be looking to book their place in the 5th round of the FA Cup when they take on Brighton on Sunday. Here’s the side I think Arsene Wenger will pick

Wojciech Szczesny

Arsenal will be looking to book their place in the fifth round of the FA Cup when they take on Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday afternoon. Here is the side I think Arsene Wenger will select:

Goalkeeper: It’s going to be interesting to see who Arsene goes with in goal. Wojciech Szczesny has been left out for the last three matches after his disappointing display against Southampton but I think we’ll see the Pole recalled on Sunday with David Ospina dropping to the bench.

Defence: The boss is expected to rest Laurent Koscielny which should see Calum Chambers come in alongside Per Mertesacker at the back. Hector Bellerin should start at right-back if he passes a late fitness test while I think we’ll see Kieran Gibbs return at left-back to give Nacho Monreal a breather.

Midfield: Wenger is likely to make several changes to his midfield after last weekend’s win over Manchester City with Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla rested. This should see Tomas Rosicky restored to the starting eleven while the boss has already confirmed Mesut Ozil will make his first start since returning from injury. Francis Coquelin has established himself as our holding midfielder in recent weeks so we might see him rested with Mathieu Flamini back in the side.

Attack: Theo Walcott is also a confirmed starter so he’ll replace Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the right with the Ox a doubt with a groin problem. Hopefully we’ll see Alexis Sanchez rested as we don’t want to risk him burning out or picking up an injury so Joel Campbell could start on the left – despite speculation linking him with a move. There has been talk that Chuba Akpom could start but I think the boss will go with Olivier Giroud up front and bring the youngster on in the second half.

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

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



  1. wisdom

    January 23, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    This squad can beat any I love to see Gnabry play.

  2. Hassan hass

    January 23, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    gnabry should start

  3. marc

    January 23, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    Gnabry and Campbell on wings. Theo to spearhead the attack

  4. Panther

    January 24, 2015 at 12:07 am

    Gnabry is not fit enough to play yet as for the obsession with the 4/1/4/1 formation, it only works with the right DM. Coquelin has the legs and youth to cover the spaces and make tackles; we have seen Flamini hasn’t. If Wenger picks the players high lighted in this article the formation should be 4/2/3/1, with Rosicky playing in the 2 infront of the back 4. Ozil or Walcott don’t track back enough so I fear in a 4/1/4/1 formation with those players Arsenal will be far too open.

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