My Preferred Arsenal Starting XI To Play Liverpool

By on February 6, 2014

Arsenal are at Anfield to take on Liverpool on Saturday afternoon, here’s my preferred starting eleven for the game.

Goalkeeper: Simple choice, Wojciech Szczesny. The Pole has been in excellent form this season and unless he picks up an injury between now and kick off, he’ll certainly start in goal.

Defence: Thomas Vermaelen may return to the squad but I can’t see him starting this game. Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny have forged an excellent partnership and will continue this weekend. I would like to see Kieran Gibbs return at left-back though as I think he’s just got the edge over Nacho Monreal. The Spaniard has done well in recent weeks but I think Gibbsy is superior defensively so should come back in. Sagna will start at right back once again.

Midfield: The big question mark is whether Jack Wilshere will be passed fit. Arsene Wenger says it’s a ‘maybe’ but I think he’s being cautious and we’ll see Jack return to the starting eleven alongside Mikel Arteta. Aaron Ramsey remains out with a thigh injury and Mathieu Flamini is still suspended so our options in the centre of the park are limited.

Attack: Wilshere’s return may see Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain pushed out to the right-wing. The Ox put in an excellent display against Crystal Palace in the middle so will be unlucky to be displaced, but he can be equally good on the wing. Cazorla and Ozil will also start behind Olivier Giroud which may mean Tomas Rosicky will have to make-do with a place on the bench. I’d love the Czech international to play because we need his high intensity game, but I don’t see who else we can leave out.

So my team would be:

This team is certainly capable of getting a positive result at Anfield. A win would see us extend our lead over City and Chelsea to five points ahead of their games this weekend, while it would open up an 11 point gap to fourth which could almost guarantee us a top-four finish.

What team would you pick?


  1. sib

    February 6, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    Given Liverpool are missing all their first choice back four of Enrique, Agger, Sakho and Johnson together with Lucas their best Defensive CM we need to go at them.

  2. olamide

    February 6, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    A must to win, Go there to Librate Gunners

  3. Elijah

    February 6, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    All the way gunners to the top

  4. Prof Ben-G Dbest

    February 6, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    I thank God for The formation…

  5. Aggrey kweyu

    February 6, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    y cnt we start with Niko upfront?

    • of London

      February 6, 2014 at 7:29 pm

      niko is gud BT we nid giroud physicality to trouble pool defence

  6. kris

    February 6, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Pls wenger should start Gibbs instead of monreal

  7. Jones

    February 6, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    ‘Pool has never been a problem as the boys(Arsenal) always play them without tension, am sure it’ll be a win for us…

  8. sirak

    February 7, 2014 at 6:54 am

    I prefer rosicky on the place of wish are.

  9. charley donald

    February 7, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Pls, don’t use moreal but gibs and start roscyk.

  10. t-shirt j america

    December 3, 2014 at 1:16 am

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on arsenal.

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