TEAM: My Preferred Starting XI To Face Norwich – Sanogo Starts!

By on May 9, 2014

It’s the end of the Premier League season and we take on Norwich City at Carrow Road on Sunday afternoon with little left to play for other than pride, and Arsene is likely to have one eye on next weeks FA Cup final. Here’s my preferred line-up:

Goalkeeper: If Wenger plans to play Fabianski in the final, then Szczesny should start this weekend.

Defence: Gibbsy is back in the squad after recovering from a hamstring injury so I’d give him a run-out to get his match fitness back up ahead of the FA Cup final. We should rest Sagna and Koscielny with Jenkinson and Vermaelen starting at the back.

Midfield: Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey are likely to be our starting pair next week so give them a rest and start Flamini alongside Wilshere – who’s back in the squad after two months out.

Attack: Ozil should certainly be given a breather so Cazorla can play in the ‘hole’ and Rosicky is almost certain to start as well. We don’t have many other options as The Ox, Gnabry, Miyachi and Walcott are all out so Podolski is going to need to start on the left.

Striker: I’m hoping Arsene plans to use Giroud from the start in the final so youngster Sanogo should start against Norwich and give the Frenchman a rest.

Here’s the side I’d go with:

This side should still be good enough to get a result at Norwich – who are already doomed to drop down to the Championship. Thankfully we can sit back and enjoy a stress free final day and look forward to a huge FA Cup final next week.



  1. Henry root

    May 9, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    Why not use Kallstrom and Diaby and give Eisfeld a run in the squad at least. I would have Akpom and Zelalem on the bench and I would rest Mertesacker and play Hayden.

    • GREg

      May 10, 2014 at 1:57 am

      I agree. Kallstrom and Diaby. Arteta needs a rest i wouldn’t even pick him to travel to norwich. And Flamini or Zalalem as subs for either one of them. Wilshere on bench. Cazorla rested. He’s worked hard needs a breather Ozil got one why not him. And Podolski for Gnabry instead. MY PREFERED TEAM WOULD LOOK LIKE THIS: Sczny

      Jenko, Per, Vermalen, Gibbs
      Kallstrom, Diaby
      Gnabry, Rosicky, Ozil



  2. Richie

    May 9, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    I would use Kallstrom and Diaby too. I wouldn’t play Cazorla or Mertersacker either, why risk them? I would however play Fabianski even if he is going to start the final because he could do with some match time to sharpen him up.

    • GREg

      May 10, 2014 at 1:58 am

      Only reason i would play Sczezny is to give him a chance to win a golden glove by hopefully keeping a clean sheet. Otherwise I would’ve prefered he was rested aswell.

  3. olaseyinde samuel

    May 10, 2014 at 3:58 am

    I will like you to rest carzola,podolski and gibbs,,use some players that you have not been using before,either we win or lose,its means nothing,though we will win it,but lets think about the final,there you need to use all the useful squad,so please rest some key players that you have been using before against the final….goodluck…

  4. Ezekiel

    May 10, 2014 at 6:21 am

    My stating line up wil be. Vivano, Jekinson, Hyden, vamelen, morel. Kasrom, Diaby. Zalem, Rosisky, Poldosky, Sanogo.


    May 10, 2014 at 11:41 am

    MY own starting 11 against norwich goes like this(fabianski b’cus wenger will surely start seszny @ wembley then jenkinson hayden vermalen monreal in defence kalstrom wilshere diaby in midfield rosicky sanogo podolski in attack while ozil. Carzola koscielny giroud flamini gibbs with loaning keeper should make the bench

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