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Ozil out, Welbeck starts in 3-4-2-1: The Arsenal XI that would beat Watford

By on October 13, 2017

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Arsenal get back to Premier League action tomorrow when we take on Watford at Vicarage Road. Here is the team I’d like to see Arsene Wenger select….

Goalkeeper: Cech

Ospina showed once again why he’s not good enough for Arsenal with another gaff for Colombia during the international break so I’d certainly stick with Cech tomorrow.

Defence: Holding, Koscielny, Monreal

Koscielny is facing a late fitness test on an Achilles injury that’s kept him out of our last two games but as long as he’s passed fit he should obviously return to the back three.

Mustafi has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a hamstring problem so there is a void to be filled and my preferred option would be Holding ahead of Mertesacker.

Finally, Monreal should make up the back three as our Spaniard has been in excellent form so far this season. Let’s hope it continues tomorrow.

Midfield: Bellerin, Ramsey, Xhaka, Kolasinac

Kolasinac is a minor doubt after picking up a hip problem while away on international duty but the Bosnian is expected to be passed fit to start in the left wing-back position.

Bellerin will obviously keep his place on the right while Xhaka should continue his partnership alongside Ramsey in midfield. Wilshere is extremely close to breaking in to the side and I’d like to see him given some minutes this weekend but for now we’ll stick with Xhaka/Rambo.

Attack: Welbeck, Sanchez, Lacazette

Ozil is back in contention after recovering from a knee injury but I’d personally leave him on the bench for what is expected to be a trick away fixture at Vicarage Road.

Instead, I’d go with Welbeck in attack as he’s available again after overcoming a groin problem and I think his pace and work-rate would be very useful against Watford tomorrow.

Sanchez will be assessed today after returning late following his disappointment with Chile but he should be alright to start in attack while I’d go with Lacazette over Giroud up front.

Olivier will be a dangerous weapon to have off the bench while we’ve also got the likes of Walcott and Iwobi [as well as Ozil] to call upon, so Wenger has plenty of options in the final third.

This would be my team:

This eleven is more than capable of beating Watford this weekend. The big problem would be if Koscielny and Kolasinac were ruled out – in which case we’d be stuffed.

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One Comment

  1. Garrett

    October 13, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    confirmed lineup: Xhaka, Cech, Sanchez, Mertesacker, Koschelny, Kolsanic, Monreal, Iwobi, Bellerin, Lacazette, Ramsey.   
    Bench will be Ozil, Coquelin, Walcott, Giroud, Welbeck, Wilshere, Jeff Reine – Adelaide

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