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My Preferred Arsenal Starting XI To Play Liverpool
Arsenal are at Anfield to take on Liverpool on Saturday afternoon, here’s my preferred starting eleven for the game.
Goalkeeper: Simple choice, Wojciech Szczesny. The Pole has been in excellent form this season and unless he picks up an injury between now and kick off, he’ll certainly start in goal.
Defence: Thomas Vermaelen may return to the squad but I can’t see him starting this game. Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny have forged an excellent partnership and will continue this weekend. I would like to see Kieran Gibbs return at left-back though as I think he’s just got the edge over Nacho Monreal. The Spaniard has done well in recent weeks but I think Gibbsy is superior defensively so should come back in. Sagna will start at right back once again.
Midfield: The big question mark is whether Jack Wilshere will be passed fit. Arsene Wenger says it’s a ‘maybe’ but I think he’s being cautious and we’ll see Jack return to the starting eleven alongside Mikel Arteta. Aaron Ramsey remains out with a thigh injury and Mathieu Flamini is still suspended so our options in the centre of the park are limited.
Attack: Wilshere’s return may see Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain pushed out to the right-wing. The Ox put in an excellent display against Crystal Palace in the middle so will be unlucky to be displaced, but he can be equally good on the wing. Cazorla and Ozil will also start behind Olivier Giroud which may mean Tomas Rosicky will have to make-do with a place on the bench. I’d love the Czech international to play because we need his high intensity game, but I don’t see who else we can leave out.
So my team would be:
This team is certainly capable of getting a positive result at Anfield. A win would see us extend our lead over City and Chelsea to five points ahead of their games this weekend, while it would open up an 11 point gap to fourth which could almost guarantee us a top-four finish.
What team would you pick?