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Key duo return in 3-4-2-1: The Arsenal XI that can beat Liverpool

By on August 25, 2017

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Arsenal head to Anfield to take on Liverpool on Sunday looking to bounce back from last weekend’s defeat at Stoke City. Here is the team I’d like to see Arsene Wenger select as it has the potential to bring home the three points….

Goalkeeper: Cech

Cech hasn’t been at his best so far this campaign but he’s still a better all-round goalkeeper than Opsina so I’d stick with him on Sunday.

Defence: Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal

Koscielny is back in contention after serving his three-game suspension so the skipper will come straight back in to the side and his return will be a huge boost as our defence has been a shambles without him.

There has been speculation linking Mustafi with a move away before the window closes but I don’t see anything coming of it and the German should keep his place on the right side of defence.

Monreal was deployed in the middle of the back three against Stoke and predictably it was a disaster. I’m still not a huge fan of him playing on the left but at least he’s more suited to that role than in the middle.

Holding and Mertesacker will battle for a place on the bench but Chambers is still recovering from a minor injury so won’t be in contention.

Midfield: Bellerin, Xhaka, Ramsey, Kolasinac

It might seem a little too simple for Mr Wenger but perhaps this weekend we will finally see Kolasinac play in his preferred left wing-back role and we’ll have all our players playing in their rightful positions again!

Rumour has it that Oxlade-Chamberlain has told the club he wants to leave so I don’t see how he can be selected this weekend and I think it will be a blessing as we’ll be far more balanced with Bellerin back on the right.

I still worry about our central midfield department as the Xhaka-Ramsey partnership isn’t working but it’s the best we’ve got until Wenger finally addresses this glaring issue.

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Attack: Ozil, Sanchez, Lacazette

We couldn’t finally see Sanchez back in an Arsenal shirt on Sunday as the Chilean international has been declared fit and available for selection after recovering from an abdominal injury.

Wenger says he hasn’t decided whether to start him just yet but I think we’d be mad not to as we desperately need his creativity back in the side for this vital game. Welbeck is the man most likely to make way as he was hugely frustrating against Stoke last weekend. If only he could finish….

Ozil has come under criticism already this season but you can throw all the pass-completion and chances created stats you want my way, I still think he needs to do more when we’re not in possession. If he doesn’t put the work in against this Liverpool side, then we’re going to be in trouble of Sunday.

Lacazette would be my pick up front with Giroud on the bench as an impact sub. I’m keen to see how Laca will link-up with Sanchez and Ozil as it has the potential to be an excellent attacking trio.

This would be my team:

This eleven has the potential to bring home the three points as long as we keep things tight at the back and don’t get caught in possession in midfield [Xhaka!]. However, who’d be surprised if Wenger stuck with The Ox at wing-back and started Giroud up top??

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2 Comments

  1. Herbert Siziba

    August 25, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    Monreal for our sake has no place in that set up.

  2. joe71

    August 26, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    Why should Ozil play when he refuses to put in the work load time and time again? Why can’t that dinosaur see this and stick Welbs or Chamberlain in there, who work much harder and are very direct. Welbs should fall deep, since he cannot score; then simply get the ball to those that can. We should be playing to his strengths.

    We cannot afford lazy people tomorrow otherwise those guys will not see the ball all game. The dinosaur has certain players he loves and does not care how badly they play, but always picks them.

    Nobody wants to sign Ozil and he is asking for £300k a week. God help whoever gets him.

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