My Preferred Arsenal Starting XI To Play Everton

By on December 5, 2013

It’s Everton up next as Roberto Martinez brings his side to the Emirates on Sunday afternoon off the back of Wednesday nights impressive win over Manchester United.

This game starts a crucial four-match run that may very-well define our season and we head into it in confident mood having secured a routine 2-0 win over Hull City to maintain our four-point lead at the top of the league.

Arsene Wenger made a number of changes on Wednesday so we should see the likes of Kieran Gibbs, Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere and Olivier Giroud return to the starting eleven this weekend.

Bacary Sagna will hopefully overcome a slight hamstring problem to face the Toffees as his experience will be vital in seeing-off the impressive Merseyside outfit.

Santi Cazorla has been a little below par in recent games and I think we might see Jack start out on the left with Walcott coming in on the right. Theo wasn’t deemed fit enough to start against the Tigers after a bout of sickness but I think this could be the game he finally gets a start after over two months out of the starting eleven.

So here’s the team I’d like to see start this weekend:

What do you think? Agree with my team? What would yours be?


  1. Chippy Brady

    December 5, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    “Santi Cazorla has been a little below par in recent games”- did you actually watch the game last night

    • Murf

      December 6, 2013 at 11:30 am

      Exactly my thoughts. I was at the game and he was fantastic. Best player on the pitch.

  2. Chippy Brady

    December 5, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    if I was going starting Theo it would be to keep Oviedo back and keep Pineear occupied on our right hand side- not because Santi is not playing well, because he is

  3. mike

    December 5, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    I feel flamini will start bcos of his aggresive nature, nd he psyches the team too..

    • Twig

      December 5, 2013 at 10:40 pm

      Flamini has a little bit groin niggle.

  4. RP7

    December 5, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    Flamini over Arteta for me

  5. mr 4bay

    December 5, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    Wel i tink the team is ok like that so that we wil have a bench

  6. b johnson

    December 5, 2013 at 10:30 pm


    • tngermaine

      December 6, 2013 at 2:34 am

      Please stop talking u know nothing about arsenal or arteta’s important role in the team.

      • hs

        December 6, 2013 at 9:48 am

        ps the reason your writing is big is u bumped the button u can change it if u do a little search around

    • Junzi

      December 6, 2013 at 6:46 am

      b johnson. The way you’re talking makes it seem like you don’t actually watch the games. either that or you just don’t have a ‘football brain’.

      Also chill with the caps bro.

    • hs

      December 6, 2013 at 9:44 am

      i,m your idiot u have no idea what your talking about Walcott is direct very quick and is an option to play with at least 1 real winger not 2 inside midfielders pushed wide

    • Ette nigeria

      December 6, 2013 at 12:12 pm

      Why most u insult. Every body is entitled to his or her opinion. So stop that

    • Aterta

      December 6, 2013 at 10:40 pm

      Thats a lie aterta is one of our best players don’t be ungrateful an fake

    • Aklied

      December 7, 2013 at 8:35 pm

      Do you real know aterta, you are joking. Do you watch games

  7. jonathan

    December 5, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    It is you who is the idiot if you think arteta brings nothing to the side. His determination and leadership are important not to forget that he’s done a good job protecting the defence long before flamini came back. Perhaps not as effective as flamini but a very important squad player none the less

  8. Austin Parker

    December 5, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    This is a good team

  9. Chris

    December 5, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    I would like to see Santi in for Ozil because he needs some rest. I’d also like to see Verms get some time to give the BFG a break. I think a big reason he was off last year was the lingering back problem. He is rusty now, but the only way to knock that off is to get out there and play. I don’t want to be in a position where we are forced to play him due to an injury without such a long layoff.

  10. ao

    December 6, 2013 at 12:33 am

    While I agree it would be good to get Verm some action on the field, now is not the time to be risking our defensive solidity. After the Chelsea match fixtures will continue to come thick and fast and against lesser teams we will have the luxury of affording Verm some time to work out whatever issues he has and hopefully return to top form.

    On another note, if Flamini is healthy we definitely need him in the squad to stop Ross Barkley’s marauding runs from the midfield and cut of supply up to to Mirallas and Lukaku. Tough call regarding Santi v. Wilshere v. Ozil… While I would like Ozil to get a rest, I’m not sure if this is the match to do it in as we need a win and need to be charging full steam ahead prior to the City match at the Etihad, which will be our most difficult of the campaign so far. But, Wenger knows best and I think Cazorla will take the field in place of Ozil either Sunday or mid-week against Napoli to ensure he is fresh for the City match next Saturday.

  11. Asab

    December 6, 2013 at 1:07 am

    I’ll have carzola on the left and Wilshire on the right and use Walcott as a impact player until he is 100% fit plus I’ll have Flamini instead of arteta.

  12. Nizam

    December 6, 2013 at 1:08 am

    Everton will be tough and so are Mc and Chelsea.The blues ,imho,will harass and hustle the gunners to deny the latter less time and space to play the passing game.They will defend in numbers . So Arsenal shd shoot on sight and without warning to catch the defence off guard.
    After that Napoli,MC and Chelsea.Ten points from these four games will be a good return.MC have won 7 games on the trot. At some point they will have to draw or lose.Btw,in the Hull game Ramsey went down in the box. I have seen penalties given for such incidents. I don’t know why.
    As said before some of these refs may have an intense dislike for the gunners like the FA,
    If Arsenal can win the epl,it will be quite an achievement considering the obstacles.

  13. tngermaine

    December 6, 2013 at 2:31 am

    Carzola is not an effective left winger, we either buy a top striker in Jan or a LW.

  14. ellis grimes

    December 6, 2013 at 3:11 am

    i would start szscesny sagna mertesacker koscielny gibbs ramsey arteta wilshire ozil cazorla

    wilshere is not as effective on the left

  15. Weke mutoko

    December 6, 2013 at 4:15 am

    i prefer flamini rather than arteta


    December 6, 2013 at 5:41 am

    Arteta has the experience needed in such games.
    Ozil,Rosicky,Carzola any one of them can play any position up front. Walcott should come into play 2nd half after tiring them(everton).

  17. bleiz

    December 6, 2013 at 6:34 am

    i will like to see carzola in the starting line up..our xi should look like this…szczeny sagna gibbs per coscn flamin ramsey carzola ozil giroud and wilshere

  18. Isaac

    December 6, 2013 at 7:12 am

    I believe AW sees their performances in training and so he is in the best position to pick his XI and dependin on his game plan. anybody can start after first sortin out each players fitness…

    • icent

      December 6, 2013 at 7:35 am

      Yes u are right. Wenger knows d best tin to do cos he is d manager. Though Everton is doing well so far dis season bt i still see us beating them. It is sure 3 points for us.

  19. Izuchukwu Okosi

    December 6, 2013 at 9:43 am

    I would want Nacho Monreal to play on Sunday and Niklas Bendtner as well while Gibbs and Olivier Giroud to play the Napoli and Man City games

    • Snowman

      December 6, 2013 at 1:53 pm

      You would start with Bendtner?? Are you mad. Everton are not Hull!!!

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    December 6, 2013 at 10:35 am

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  21. malachi

    December 6, 2013 at 10:59 am

    i tink theo should be bench cos he has ntin 2 ofa nw,i prefare flamini 2 arteta

  22. johnba

    December 6, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    this isn’t the good time to experiment k. there is also a sayin that you dont change ur winning team. we av to go into de game with all our arsenals so we can do de kill. really don’t expect many changes to be made unless an injury cause that.

  23. tekraymond

    December 6, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    Sum writins here r just funny ..’Arteta brings nuttin to d team’ ..’Cazorla below par of recent’ ….hw do u guys watch dese matches ??

  24. Perrygrovesworld

    December 6, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Always hated Arteta.. Very average, and this current crop is far from average! He is poor defensively and scarily slow. The less he features, the more fluent we are. Not really a proper gooner either- no mates in the dressing room. Mediocre. And The Arsenal are in a very different place right now.
    Jus Sayin’

  25. ajuru samuel

    December 6, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    wenger knows d best,but with flamini n sagna injured…arteta and jekinson wil feel d void..

  26. Tblack wilshere

    December 7, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Ao can u start bendtner in such a game,cnt u compare d team work of giroud 2dat Dane?am nt impres wit u tot,d team ix gud,wenga no d best 4ux,wi ar goin 2smile at our enemy


    December 7, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    I think the team is Ok..but just a small piece of advise-Ozil should get little fittines as you can observe from his last plays.
    He is a very talented young player only fittines needed..
    Walcott need much time in the pitch to get back to his best.
    About jenkinson he just need confidence in himself things will be perfect with him

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    December 23, 2013 at 3:18 pm

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