Ramsey & Mertesacker Out: The Arsenal XI That Should Face Chelsea

By on April 23, 2015

Danny Welbeck

It’s the big one this weekend as Arsenal entertain Premier League leaders Chelsea at the Emirates on Sunday afternoon. This is the side I’d like Arsene Wenger to go with….


Szczesny was criticised for his part in the Reading goal last weekend and he certainly didn’t do enough to reclaim the first team gloves, so Opsina should come back in this weekend.

Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal

I think it’s fair to say the Debuchy risk didn’t pay off last week as he was well short of match fitness and it was a miracle he made it through the 120 minutes. Therefore, Bellerin should be restored at right-back on Sunday.

Gibbs also looked rusty and we can’t afford that against Chelsea so Monreal should start along with Koscielny. Mertesacker is a big doubt after picking up an ankle injury at Wembley so Gabriel is expected to start.

Cazorla, Coquelin

The big decision for Wenger is what to do with the midfield. He’s tried to shoehorn Ramsey in by playing him on the right wing in recent weeks but it hasn’t worked for me as he keeps drifting inside leaving the team unbalanced.

So as difficult as it will be, I think it’s best for the team if we leave Rambo on the bench. Cazorla makes the team tick so he needs to keep his place alongside Coquelin in the centre of midfield, which means Wilshere will also have to make-do with a place among the subs once again.

Welbeck, Ozil, Sanchez, Giroud

I’d bring Welbeck in for Ramsey as he’d offer us pace and width down the wing, and he also works hard to protect Bellerin which will be important against Hazard.

Obviously Ozil and Sanchez will keep their places in attack with Giroud coming back in to start through the middle. The Frenchman made a huge difference when he came on last week so there’s no doubt he should start up top on Sunday.

This would be my line-up:

I think this is close to the side Arsene will actually pick on Sunday, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he stuck with Ramsey playing on the right. I ‘m not a fan of it, but I suppose you can’t really argue with our results lately.

Either way, we go into the game in excellent form so hopefully Wenger can end his hoodoo against Mourinho this weekend.



  1. cyps sk junior

    April 23, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    It’s a nice one though monreal some times ,,,,,

  2. TAR

    April 23, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    With the pace and counter attack play…I’d opt for Gibs than Monreal. .

  3. A7med

    April 23, 2015 at 11:52 pm

    Gibbs can not defend to save his life. And his pace is overrated.

  4. widson

    April 24, 2015 at 12:27 am

    Its anice one ,what is needed is pace in our wing.gunners for life

    • vere Jonathan

      April 24, 2015 at 6:35 am

      Arsenal 2 Chelsea 1
      I’m kenya

      • Robert Opiyo

        April 24, 2015 at 3:40 pm

        I like that and i i’m hopful, thats the result

    • Chuka

      April 24, 2015 at 11:32 am

      Pace on our wings against a team that’s coming for a draw and sure to pack the bus?

      Welbeck and Alexis are usually the guilty parties whenever we lose posession in attack.

      This isn’t a video game. Welbeck’s pace won’t matter against chelsea’s banks of four.

  5. Ahmed

    April 24, 2015 at 7:05 am

    its fine iwould have changed by lating Ramsey play but all other lineup iagree with and iwish Arsene will choose

  6. Ahmed

    April 24, 2015 at 7:07 am

    its fine iwould have changed by lating Ramsey play instead but all other lineup iagree with and iwish Arsene will choose

  7. Oge jenny

    April 24, 2015 at 8:12 am

    I agree with that lineup Arsenal need to play Massive Attack & Massive Defence against chelsea is a must win game for Arsenal Up Gunners!! #COYG

  8. Segun

    April 24, 2015 at 8:58 am

    Good line up,guess the same line up defeated Monaco and manutd.. Arsenal 1 Chelsea 0.

  9. nuel

    April 24, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Welbz should start ahead of Ram, so I go wit dis 4mation #COYG


    April 24, 2015 at 9:16 am

    d lineup is good but masive attack masive defend . upguner’s

  11. Teemooney

    April 24, 2015 at 9:40 am

    I like dis formation, up gunners

  12. apiu anyar

    April 24, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    That line-up is not bad but I preferred welkot instead of welbeck at the start.

  13. Jamie

    April 24, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    Up gunners.i believe with this information….Arsenal FC 3-1 Chelsea FC..massive defence and attack

  14. victor

    April 24, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    It is a good team and am Sure arsenal will win the game

  15. Cleophas Mafunga

    April 24, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    All best wishes for Wenger n our Arsenal

  16. Josephus Boimah

    April 24, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    I prefers a Gabriel and Koschiely central back.

  17. deogracuous leo

    April 25, 2015 at 5:07 am

    I love the squads wenger placed this tym n its a must win fo gunners bse ozil is pure class player w Alexis playing his best football ever in his life plus Giroud on form and santi too nice we can win 3 n Chelsea 1 , deo Leo frm Uganda.

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