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Ramsey Dropped! The Arsenal XI That Should Face Crystal Palace
Arsenal need to bounce back from last weekends debacle quickly which means three points are a must when we visit Crystal Palace on Sunday. This is the team I’d put out for the game:
Yes, he had a nightmare debut, but Cech will be back. No question. He’s world class and was also let down by those in front of him. I’m expecting a much improved display on Sunday.
Defence: Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs
Koscielny also had a poor game against the Hammers but again, he’s world class so there’s no question of leaving him out after one bad match. Mertesacker should also keep his place alongside him in defence.
Bellerin is fit again and I’d bring him straight back in to the starting eleven. Debuchy needs to earn the first team shirt. I thought Monreal was badly at fault for the first goal last week as he was completely the wrong side of Kouyate and I’ve said many times I’d like to see Gibbs restored at left-back.
Midfield: Cazorla, Coquelin
Okay, I know it’s controversial but it’s time Wenger took a brave decision. We simply can’t fit Coquelin, Cazorla and Ramsey into a balanced midfield. Cazorla and Coquelin struck up a superb partnership last season so why change a winning formula this year?
Yes, Rambo is a great talent and ideally he’d start, but Cazorla is our heart-beat at the minute and Ramsey out wide just doesn’t work for me, so I’m afraid I’d leave him out for the good of the team.
Attack: Walcott, Ozil, The Ox
Walcott was left on the bench versus West Ham but I’d bring him back in to start on the right with The Ox over on the left, and they can interchange throughout the game. Ozil should obviously start in the No.10 role.
Sanchez is available after getting another full weeks training under his belt but it’s still too early for him to start in my opinion, so I’d use him as an impact sub.
Giroud came under fire again last week after another questionable display but his physical presence is important, especially away against a tough Palace team, so I’d stick with him up front.
This would be my team:
That would be my line-up, but I have a feeling Arsene will stick with Cazorla out on the left or maybe even shove Ozil out there to accommodate Ramsey. It is a real problem, but at least it’s a nice one to have….