Preferred Arsenal Starting XI vs Fenerbache

By on August 26, 2013

Arsenal take on Fenerbache in the second leg of our Champions League play-off clash on Tuesday night holding a commanding 3-0 lead from the first leg.

Goals from Gibbs, Ramsey and Giroud have put us firmly in control and it would take something of a miracle for us not to reach the group stages now.

Arsene Wenger has claimed at his press conference on Monday that he’ll make few changes as he doesn’t want to take anything for granted, but I think with Tottenham coming to the Emirates on Sunday this is a perfect opportunity to rest some players.

Here’s the starting eleven I’d like to see start tomorrow night:

Wenger confirmed Wilshere is starting and I’d give Emmanuel Frimpong a chance to impress alongside him and give Aaron Ramsey a well-earned rest. Nacho Monreal is also in need of game-time after missing most of pre-season with a back injury so we could protect Gibbs for the Spurs game and give the Spaniard a start. Theo Walcott could also be rested ahead of Sunday with youngster Serge Gnabry handed a rare start.

Fenerbache were extremely poor in the first leg and this eleven would be capable of beating them, plus it would give some of our key men a rest ahead of Sunday’s big north London derby.

However, let me be clear here; this isn’t the team I think WILL start, it’s the team I’d like to see start. Wenger will no doubt only rest one or two and play a much stronger side than I’ve picked.

What would be your preferred starting eleven?



  1. afc

    August 26, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    No no no. play the same 11 from Fulham get the job done, score some goals and be ready for the weekend. no messing around with frimpong and gnabry. If it aint broken don’t fix it

  2. wondrinfree

    August 26, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    I expect Kos will play.

  3. Dash

    August 26, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    That’s right ! If it aint broken, don’t fix it. Confirm qualification first ,then rest some players midway in the game

  4. matt

    August 26, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    Can’t see it buddy…I fully expect that Arsene will start with his strongest IX available. Even though the derby is importantant, 3 points can be hauled back over a season. Qualification to the group stages is paramount due to it’s financial implications. Expect Kos back in and Baccy back to fullback.


    August 26, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    Yes I would like to see Frimpong play he is the only DM we have

  6. Cazicky

    August 26, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    I hope it looks a long the lines of this. Plyers need to be rested for the crucial match against spuds
    We’ve pretty much got this in the bag, so it shouldnt hurt if we rest a few players. and its a nice opportunity to get some young guns out.
    Yeah but dont play 11 youngsters lol

  7. Sani t mamman

    August 26, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    Yeah, i like to see mr accident master in tomorrow match, frimpong at the dm.

  8. Ayelotiti mudashir

    August 26, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    Mr wenger why can’t you buy player before then.

  9. Marcjean

    August 26, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    Another disappointing week,if spurs beat Arsenal without new signings.Arsene Wenger will feel the wrath of the fans worldwide.It’s going to be the talk of the season.

  10. Allan1340

    August 26, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    Are u out of your mind Frimpong when was last time he played? He is unpredictable and agresive and we do not need a red card in such a important game . I believe Wenger knows better what he has to do. The only think we can do now is trust him and let the man alon

  11. Michael

    August 27, 2013 at 2:29 am

    Use our fist eleven to beat them flat

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