Gabriel & Ox Start: My Arsenal Starting XI To Take On Aston Villa

By on December 11, 2015

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Fresh from our heroics in Europe, we head to Villa Park on Sunday looking to climb to the top of the Premier League table…here is the side I’d like to see start the game.

Goalkeeper: Cech

Petr Cech should start in goal, obviously.

Defence: Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal

I think Gabriel has been a little unfortunate lately as he’s barely seen any first team football, so I’d give him a game at Villa. They have pace in attack and could target Mertesacker so let’s give him the afternoon off.

Koscielny, Bellerin and Monreal should all retain their places in the back four.

Midfield: Flamini, Ramsey

This will be our first choice midfield for a few weeks yet as Arsene insists Wilshere won’t make a return before the end of the month. So with Cazorla and Coquelin also out, it will be Flamini alongside Ramsey in the middle of the park.

Attack: Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Walcott

Sanchez could return to training next week as he looks to make a swift return from a hamstring injury but this game comes too soon. Campbell was excellent in midweek but The Ox needs minutes to get his sharpness back so I’d give him the nod on the wing.

Walcott made a successful return in midweek but he too is understandably still rusty and we need him firing against Man City next weekend, so he should continue in attack along with the genius that is Mesut Ozil.

Striker: Giroud

Giroud should be buzzing after Wednesday night’s heroics in Athens. The big man was sensational and he’s silenced some of his critics, myself included. Let’s hope he takes that form into the game on Sunday.

This would be my line-up:

That would be my team….who would you pick?



  1. Simon

    December 11, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    Ye make sense rotating the squad abit against a weak Aston Villa team

  2. chris

    December 11, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    Why ‘rest’ Campbell now he is playing so well and has his confidence high ?

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