My Preferred Starting Eleven To Face Crystal Palace – Agree?

By on October 25, 2013

It’s back to Premier League action tomorrow as we take on Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

We’re looking to get back to winning ways after our long unbeaten run was ended by Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday, although we still haven’t tasted defeat in the league since the opening day of the season.

We face Chelsea in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night and I think this may have an affect on the side Arsene Wenger puts out. If we had a Champions League tie or a Premier League match, I could see the boss making a few changes against Palace.

But since he’ll be fielding a weakened side in the cup in midweek, I think we’ll see our strongest eleven selected tomorrow.

That means we should see the usual back five stay the same, while Olivier Giroud will lead the line up front. The big decision Wenger has to make is in midfield where we now have a wealth of options.

Mathieu Flamini is back after missing the Dortmund game with concussion. For me, he has to start and I don’t like the idea of moving Aaron Ramsey out to the flank so I’d like to see Rambo and Flamini start in the middle – which I think is our best central midfield pairing right now.

This means dropped Mikel Arteta, which the boss doesn’t seem to like doing, so if the Spaniard does start expect to see Ramsey on the right side of midfield. This would likely mean that Jack Wilshere will miss out as Santi Cazorla is almost certain to start after an excellent 30 minutes in midweek.

Here’s the team I’d like to see start against Palace:

Agree? What team would you pick?


  1. Afc

    October 25, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Rosicky for wilshere. Then swap Ramsey or ozil for wilshere if we need a change late on. I think if wilshere plays it must be in the midfield not the wings. Bring gnabry on late for more wing pace and drive

  2. babasola tokoya

    October 25, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    wilshere should not start this next match as he was the missing link in that match dortmound match anmd the match improved when he was replaced with carzola and arteta should come in instead of wilshere and should pair with flamini in midfield while ramsey should play wing right

  3. chopper4001

    October 25, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    I think he’ll start Gnabry on the wing, to try and provide more width (and cover).


    October 25, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    I think that Gnabry is going to start on the right wing.

    And Bendther for Giroud simply just to rest him for the Chelsea class (Hopefully).

    ANd jenkinson for sagna

    And I think he will play Vermaelen to shush him for a while…I mean come on this is Palace not Madrid or Something

    I hope we could see Viviano playbin this match…

  5. dilip

    October 25, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Why forget arteta he is key man drop wilshere and ramsey .for me team like szczesny,sagna,per,koscielny,gibbs,arteta,flamini,rosick,ozil,cazorla,giroud.

    • Afc

      October 25, 2013 at 3:32 pm

      You clown why drop Ramsey? Arteta is slow and weak.


    October 25, 2013 at 6:32 pm


  7. Morpheus

    October 25, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    i think some youngster might grab some playing time here. The likes of Thomas Eisfeld and Gnabry can be used to cover up oezil and wilshere place respectively. The Verminator has got the chance to show wenger that he’s dumb to drop him too,playing alongside mertesacker to cover up chamakh aerial ability,i think they could make a really great partnership back there. With this squad,i think we could make the palace cry all night

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