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Youngster starts in 4-2-3-1 line-up: My Arsenal XI To Face Watford
Arsenal will look to keep their slim title hopes alive when we entertain Watford at the Emirates on Saturday afternoon….this is the team I’d like to see Arsene Wenger go with.
Cech is back in full training after recovering from a calf injury. Arsene says he’ll hand him a late fitness test and if he fails to make it, then obviously Ospina should keep his place in goal.
Defence: Bellerin, Koscielny, Gabriel, Monreal
Gabriel put in a solid display alongside Koscielny against Everton before the international break so I don’t see any reason to change things this weekend.
Bellerin is obviously going to keep his place at right-back while Monreal is ahead of Gibbs on the left side of defence.
Midfield: Coquelin, Elneny
Ramsey isn’t expected back from his thigh injury until next weekend and while Wilshere and Rosicky are back in full training, they’re still lacking match fitness so neither are available for selection on Saturday.
With Cazorla and Oxlade-Chamberlain at least three weeks away from fitness, we have little option but to stick with Elneny alongside Coquelin and I don’t think it’s a bad thing as the Egyptian international has been excellent in recent weeks.
Attack: Iwobi, Ozil, Sanchez
Iwobi was outstanding against Everton two weeks ago so he certainly deserves to keep his place in the starting eleven this weekend. He had a bout of food poisoning while away with Nigeria but should be fully fit by now.
Ozil and Sanchez would fill the other two attacking spaces in my line-up meaning the likes of Walcott and Campbell would have to make-do with places on the bench.
Welbeck has been excellent since returning from injury and he was on the score-sheet again at Goodison Park before the break so it’s a no brainer so me – he has to start ahead of Giroud up top this weekend.
This would be my line-up:
So I’d stick with the same outfield players that beat Everton so convincingly two weeks ago. We didn’t put a foot wrong that day so why change a winning formula?