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Out-of-favour attacker starts: My Arsenal XI to take on Swansea
It’s time to forget the debacle at Hillsborough and concentrate on the Premier League as we head to Wales to face Swansea on Saturday afternoon. This is the starting eleven I’d like to Arsene Wenger pick:
No decision to be made here. Cech starts.
Defence: Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal
If we learned anything from Tuesday’s defeat it’s that our back-up defenders just aren’t up to the task. Debuchy, Gibbs and Chambers were all terrible against Sheffield Wednesday and should be nowhere near the first team for important games.
Mertesacker didn’t cover himself in glory either so I’d go with Gabriel alongside Koscielny in the middle of defence on Saturday. Bellerin and Monreal to start in the full back slots, obviously.
Midfield: Cazorla, Coquelin
Arsene has quite rightly ruled out moving Cazorla out to the wing so the Spaniard will continue his impressive partnership alongside Coquelin in the middle of the park.
Attack: Campbell, Ozil, Sanchez.
The big decision is who to start on the right-wing. Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain have been ruled out until the international break and with Wilshere, Rosicky, Welbeck and Ramsey also out, Arsene has a real problem.
Some have suggested using Gibbs or Debuchy in a more advance role but that’s not an option for me against Swansea. The boss has indicated he’ll use either Iwobi or Campbell and I’d go with the out-of-favour Costa Rican, simply due to his superior experience.
Obviously Ozil and Sanchez will start. Let’s pray neither pick up an injury any time soon or we’re really screwed.
Giroud is now going to have to lead the line for the next three games as we literally have no other options up front.
This would be my team:
It pretty much picks itself with the exception of right wing. The team is still full of quality so hopefully we can still get a result at the Liberty but it’s going to be a huge ask for this same eleven to play for the subsequent games against Bayern and Tottenham.