TEAM: My Preferred Arsenal Starting XI To Face Hull – Ozil?

By on April 17, 2014

Arsenal can go one step closer to securing fourth place with another win over Hull City on Sunday afternoon, this is the team I’d go with:

Goalkeeper: Despite some encouraging displays in the FA Cup by Fabianski, Szczesny is our first choice in the league and should remain so.

Defence: Arsene Wenger has ruled out Kieran Gibbs with a hamstring injury and Nacho Monreal is a doubt with a leg problem but he’s likely to come through a late fitness test to be passed fit. Thomas Vermaelen did well filling-in on the left on Tuesday but I’d go with Nacho if he’s fit. Otherwise the defence should remain unchanged.

Midfield: Aaron Ramsey came off the bench to make a positive impact against West Ham so I’d bring him back in to the starting eleven after his rest in midweek. Mikel Arteta needs a well earned breather after two gruelling matches and with Mathieu Flamini now back from his ban, the Frenchman can step in. Kim Kallstrom did okay on Tuesday but not enough to keep his place.

Attack: The big news is that Mesut Ozil should be back in the squad, but after five weeks out with a hamstring injury I’d ease him back in by giving him 30 minutes as a substitute. Santi Cazorla was excellent against West Ham in the middle and Lukas Podolski deserves to keep his place after an impressive brace. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was given a complete rest in midweek so he should be fresh to start on the right.

Striker: Big Olivier Giroud continues to frustrate, showing both sides of his character on Tuesday with poor misses followed up by a sensational goal, but there’s no doubt he’s still a better option that Sanogo.

This is how my team would look:

Everton’s defeat to Palace last night has put fourth place back in our hands so let’s tighten our grip with another three points against Hull. Our injuries are slowly clearing up and the return of Ozil should be a big boost, so hopefully we’ll get the job done.

What do you think of my team? 



  1. lastborn

    April 17, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    The squad is okay but Nacho Monreal should not come into the squad at all,because this is a great chance for arsenal to secure forth place.

    • The Arsenal

      April 17, 2014 at 4:07 pm

      I conquer with you, Nacho can cost us the much. He is not up to it therefore Verm should continue.

  2. raul dmellow

    April 17, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    Let Vermealen fill in as LB. He has done fantastically well as a LB. Nacho Monreal and Gibbs are the weak link. Vermealen defensive play allows Podolski the freedom on the left flank. Vermealen goes forward on when needed. Unlike our so called fascinating full backs. Sagna and gibbs are good players but they never take up their defensive responsibilities. Its the truth,a full back shouldn’t always be in the opposition half. Anyway otherwise the squad is good. I hope Cazorla replicates his performance against West Ham on Sunday. Coyg. Get a convincing win and increase the goal difference.

  3. Uche Emekwue

    April 17, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    I agree with you, except Nacho. Vermaleen should continue. He did well against West Ham. Up gooners!

  4. Damilarey

    April 17, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    I vehemently disagree with usage of Monreal when Vermaelen is fully fit & gaining back his confidence, other wise, I concour with the rest of the players picked/predicted

  5. etimigba nathaniel pere

    April 17, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    admin ur nt serius, flamini is nt too defensive, u made three wrong prwdictions and the real tin is Goalkeeper (Szczseny) deffence(mertesacker,kocielny,sagna,vermealen) defmid (kallstrom) midfield(cazorla,ramsey,podolski,theOx) attack (Sanogo)

  6. oby

    April 18, 2014 at 3:58 am

    verminator for nacho all day flamini shud also start for arteta.otherwise the squard is a good one.COYG!!!

  7. Ismail Reloaded

    April 18, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Don’t agree with you on 1. Monreal over Verminator. 2. Although I would start Giroud over Sanogo it does not means he is better than Sanogo. Hope to see Sanogo start in the Final.

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