Ospina & Mertesacker Out: My Arsenal Starting XI To Face Everton

By on February 27, 2015

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Arsenal will look to put Wednesday’s disappointment behind them when we welcome Everton to the Emirates on Sunday. This is the side I’d like to see picked for the game….

Once again, I’m going to call for Szczesny to be restored in goal. I think Ospina should have done better for all three goals in midweek and he once again proved to me that he’s not an upgrade on Szczesny. Will Arsene make the call? I doubt it.

The defence was a shambles on Wednesday and I would certainly make changes. Mertesacker had a nightmare so Gabriel should come in to make his second start since joining in January.

Bellerin showed his nativity after being caught too far up the field on several occasions against Monaco so I’d bring Chambers in and instruct him to defend first, attack later.

Gibbs was also culpable in midweek but we need one of our full-backs to offer something going forward, not both, so with Chambers and Gibbs I think we have a better balance.

Wilshere has had yet another ‘minor’ set back so is unavailable. Ramsey is back in training but I doubt he’ll be in contention just yet and with Arteta also still out, we don’t have too many options to mix things up in the centre of midfield.

Cazorla and Ozil were both poor in midweek but I’d give them another chance at home to Everton. The Ox would be my choice if Arsene wants to change things but I think he showed against Monaco that he’s not ready for a regular central role just yet.

Waclott’s been unfortunate not to start more in recent weeks and I think it’s because the boss is worried about a lack of protection to Bellerin at right-back. With Chambers starting in my team, I think it makes it easier to give Theo a start in front of him.

Giroud was the biggest disappointment on Wednesday and I think he’s going to be feeling sorry for himself after his horror show. We can not afford to have our striker missing that many chances at the highest level so I’d start Welbeck up front with Sanchez on the left.

This is the side I’d like to see play. We still look a little open in midfield but without Ramsey or Wilshere available, we have little choice but to stick with Cazorla and Ozil, and to be fair, they’ve both been playing well until Wednesday.

In reality, I expect Arsene to go with Ospina, Monreal and probably Giroud. Either way, nothing but three points will do on Sunday…




  1. saminu aliyu

    February 27, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    Wenger out henry in

  2. rahaizad ali

    February 28, 2015 at 2:00 am

    Even if you put Szchesney in goal we still concede the goals. Szchesney is not the solution to our problems.

  3. Real gunner

    February 28, 2015 at 7:36 am

    Our problem not szczesny or ospina however ospina is still better….

    Our problem is welbeck(cant score goal) giroud ( un normal) per ( too slowly like snail)

  4. Doc

    February 28, 2015 at 7:55 am

    Boring Article !

  5. baron

    February 28, 2015 at 8:02 am

    don’t put csn in goal ospina is better,we have two proble giroud et per,we want a streer as diogo,akun.bellerin he can be the first choise full back.

  6. peter adams

    February 28, 2015 at 8:47 am

    itink we shud try walcoat as a central striker with sanchez n ox wingers…..ospina shud b given achance to colect hiz mistakes

    • Edmond

      February 28, 2015 at 7:31 pm

      I support ur comments, let Mr Wenger act like a man

  7. emmanuelluka

    February 28, 2015 at 8:50 am

    What a very interesting lineup. Sub shuld b ox 4 wlct, rscky 4 ozl, grud 4 wlbck. Luvly. 3point online.

  8. may7heaven

    February 28, 2015 at 9:32 am

    Chambers rarely achieves anything productive down the right flank. Bellerin has the pace to get back – but AW needs to ‘ava a word’. Coquelin’s been good of late but looked exposed against Monaco. We need to bring the Ox back in to bolster the MF. Welbeck as our out&out striker??? His endeavour’s been great but he doesn’t offer enough goal threat. Play Sanchez as CF.

    And Gooners please don’t boo Giroud if he comes on tomorrow. It’s embarrassing – he wears an Arsenal shirt and booing won’t help him or us.

  9. Cal

    February 28, 2015 at 11:54 am

    Henry in Wenger out? please… Once Henry is ready then yes, Wenger will step down but the longer he stays on the better!

    I like your team selection (esp change of keeper) – would keep Giroud in, he will be more determined than anyone to score and settle things.
    Chambers or Belerin? Not sure, probably stick with Belerin, I think he just had the wrong instructions on this occasion. He is really impressing for me.
    Chambers has been quite average so far…
    Welbeck can come in as a super sub, depending on the situation of the game

  10. deji

    February 28, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    What a gud selection ahead of sunday clash but prefer Bellerin to chambers. Kudos to Arsene and best of luck to arsenal team.

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