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Walcott starts in 3-4-2-1: The Arsenal XI that would thrash Brighton

By on October 1, 2017

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Arsenal need to go in to the international break on a high with a win when we entertain Brighton at the Emirates this afternoon. Here is the team I’d like to see Arsene Wenger select….

Goalkeeper: Cech

I thought Ospina was poor for both goals on Thursday and it just emphasises why he isn’t our no.1. Cech should certainly come back in between the sticks today.

Defence: Mustafi, Mertesacker, Monreal

Koscielny is a major doubt with an Achilles injury. It’s hampered him for the past two years and there is no point risking him today so I’d keep Mertesacker in the side.

Mustafi should keep his place in the back three while Monreal will come back in to the team after being rested in midweek. Holding would therefore be the man to make way.

Midfield: Bellerin, Ramsey, Xhaka, Kolasinac

Wilshere was excellent against BATE Borisov but I doubt he’s fit enough yet to start two games in such quick succession so he’ll have to make do with a place on the bench.

Ramsey and Xhaka are expected to be recalled in midfield meaning Elneny will make way despite putting in a solid shift on Thursday night.

Bellarin and Kolasinac will resume their positions in the wing-back roles with youngster Maitland-Niles and Nelson dropping out after impressing in Belarus.

Attack: Walcott, Sanchez, Lacazette

Ozil has once again been ruled out with an on-going knee problem but he should be available again after the international break.

Walcott showed once again on Thursday night that he continues to be a goal threat with a brace against BATE so I think he’s done enough to keep his place in attack.

Sanchez should be recalled after being rested last time out while Lacazette should also come back in to the side with Giroud dropping to the bench.

Iwobi is back in training after recovering from a knock but I’d have him as an option from the subs bench while Welbeck continues to miss out with a groin problem.

This would be my team today:

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One Comment

  1. Khalix

    October 1, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Walcot is only good against very good against weak and generous opposition like BATE. He can’t take on opposing defenders even if his life depended on it. He keeps on turning back every time he sees a defender in front of him. His freightening pace has somehow disappeared. His “potential” is gone. I would rather start with Reis’s boy and later introduce Giroud by shifting Lacazzette to the left.

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