My Preferred Starting XI To Face Cardiff City

By on November 28, 2013

We’re away to Cardiff City on Saturday and a win will see us move seven points clear at the top of the league.

The team news was announced earlier and on the whole things are looking positive. Lukas Podolski is closing in on a comeback but the Ox won’t feature until the New Year.

Defence: Kieran Gibbs missed the win over Marseille with illness but is back in the squad this weekend. Nacho Monreal was excellent in midweek but I think we’ll see Gibbsy return at left-back. The rest of the defence should remain unchanged.

Midfield: Mikel Arteta was rested for the midweek win over Marseille and while Arsene Wenger is likely to restore him to the starting line-up this weekend, I’d prefer to see Aaron Ramsey start alongside Mathieu Flamini in the middle of the park.

Attack: Jack Wilshere has started against both Southampton and Marseille so it’s likely he’ll be given a breather meaning we could see Theo Walcott make his first start for about two months.

Santi Cazorla didn’t start last time out so he should come back in, most likely for Tomas Rosicky, while Olivier Giroud will lead the line up front. This is the line-up I’d like to see start:

This team should be more than capable of coming back from Wales with three points, and we’d have the likes of Jack Wilshere, Tomas Rosicky and Mikel Arteta on the bench if we need to mix things up.

What do you think of my team? You agree with it?



  1. sam nkeera

    November 28, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Manager Wenger , i salute you but i kindly request that start to give Jenkson time to play bse Sagna can also have fatigue.

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  3. Foolishgooner

    November 28, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Excellence thoughts and line up mate. I would rest Sanga, Ozil, Giroud at some point.. If it is a comfortable lead/match, I would definitely make the subs half hour mark for (Jenkinson, Wilshere and Gnabry). Theo can slide in the strikers role! Cheers..

  4. gotzereusozil

    November 28, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    no relaxed, must win, strongest team in lineup , monreal in, carzola out. Rest sagna ozil ramsey giroud once we’re safe

    • anthonya

      November 29, 2013 at 11:32 am

      how can you replace Cazorla with Monreal in starting line- up?

  5. Allan1340

    November 28, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Jenkinson in stead fo Sagna???!!!! Are you kidding me??? The lad is good but not that good and Wenger knows best that’s why he is in market to buy an experience right back.

  6. WengerBoy11

    November 29, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Resting Sagna for Jenkinson would be the most stupid thing a manager can do…Cardiff are capable of anything..surprises!!!

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