TEAM: Cazorla OUT – My Arsenal Starting XI To Play Chelsea

By on October 3, 2014

Santi-Cazorla Arsenal

Arsenal face a daunting trip to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea this weekend, this is the team I’d like to see Arsene Wenger put out.

Szczesny has come under some criticism for his sending off against Galatasaray, and rightly so. It was a real lapse in concentration and it’s something the Pole certainly needs to work on in his game.

However, I think it would be harsh to drop him for Ospina after this mistake. In my opinion, he’s still our best goalkeeper and Sunday is no time to experiment in a position that is going to be vital this weekend.

The back four should remain unchanged. Monreal could be back in contention but I don’t see him replacing Gibbs while Chambers is doing just fine at right-back in the absence of Debuchy.

With Rambo and Arteta still out, Flamini is certain to start again and I’d like to see Wilshere come back in having been rested in midweek. It’s going to be a tough decision on who to leave out but I’d go with Cazorla.

The Spaniard was excellent on Wednesday but so too was The Ox and I think the youngster will give more in terms of tracking back, and Chambers is going to need a lot of protection this weekend!

Hopefully Arsene keeps Ozil in the middle as he was in great form again on Wednesday. I’d certainly start Sanchez as he was combining well with hat-trick hero Welbeck last time out and the pace of our forward line could cause Chelsea some problems.

This is how I’d line-up:

I think it’s a well balanced side and although Santi will be unlucky to be left out, I feel this is the best team to go with for this game. What team would you go with?



  1. slugboy

    October 3, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Nah, stick with caz. He was great in midweek. No flow with wilsh

  2. bob

    October 3, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    id stick with Caz and play wilsh instead of ozil!

    • fredrickson

      October 3, 2014 at 1:35 pm

      Clearly mr bob watches the back of his TV..how can you prefer dat wilshire to king ozil..u clearly not reasoning..santi shld b a starter..he used the same team he used in d mid-week against chelsea

  3. emmy true gooner

    October 3, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Who ever is picked should go out there and do us. Just another with different approach.Goodluck to Arsenal

  4. young_gunnerz

    October 3, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    I think this isth best team+ formation for that game. Santi can be a liability because he likes to make risky dribbles in his own half. W e need some1 to sit along side Flamini to help out and wilshere has the energy to do so. The only worry would be that Wilshere may make a rash tackle and see red or give away a dangerous free kick or pen. He does not have the technique for tackles. Flamini will get the obligatory yellow.I don’t think we can choose a better team than the 1 he has at his time

  5. JJ

    October 3, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    wilshere would be more risky than cazorla in midfield, sloppy, slowly, no brain, no off ball running, moving directly, mistime challenge, too obvious action. He is skillful, but he is not good at holding, timing and quick thinking.

  6. paulo

    October 5, 2014 at 4:44 am

    y not carzola to start instid of wlshere? wlshere is coster team in less mind

  7. Fechou Negocio

    February 7, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts about arsenal.

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