TEAM: My Preferred Arsenal Starting XI vs Man Utd – Ozil Dropped?

By on February 11, 2014

Manchester United visit the capital tomorrow for a vital clash at the Emirates Stadium. Arsene Wenger has called for a response from the Arsenal players following our disastrous 5-1 defeat to Liverpool on Saturday afternoon, and let’s hope he gets it. Here’s my team:

Goalkeeper: No contest. Wojceich Szczesny will start the game. The Pole was unlucky to be on the wrong end of a 5-1 battering last time out, so let’s hope he gets better protection tomorrow.

Defence: Thomas Vermaelen remains out through injury but he wouldn’t have started anyway as Per and Kos have the centre-back positions nailed on, despite their poor showing at Anfield. Bacary Sagna is also a dead-cert to start but I’d like to see Kieran Gibbs come in for Nacho Monreal for this game. I’m not sure why Arsene has left Gibbsy out in recent weeks, but it’s time he’s recalled.

Midfield: Aaron Ramsey is still injured and Mathieu Flamini serves the third game of his suspension so we have little options in the middle of the park. Mikel Arteta looked knackered on Saturday and Wilshere didn’t look 100% match fit either but they’re going to have to soldier on for this game.

Attack: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain wasn’t as affective out on the right on Saturday and things clearly weren’t working in the attacking third. So I’d like to see Tomas Rosicky brought in and I’d also try playing Mesut Ozil out on the right side. I’ve seen several fans call for the German to be dropped after his disappointing display against Liverpool but he’s being used as a scapegoat and is far too talented to leave out the starting eleven for a game of this magnitude.

Ozil was impressive playing on the right in the second half against Southampton and he might find he has a little more space out wide, so why not give it a go. It would also allow Santi Cazorla the chance to play in his preferred central role. The three behind Giroud can, and often do, rotate throughout the game anyway so these positions aren’t fixed.

So here’s the team I’d go with:

This team is more than capable of beating a poor United side tomorrow. I’ll be extremely disappointed if we fail to pick up the three points as we won’t have a better chance to put one over the champions.

What do you think of my team? What would your’s be?


  1. shady leroy

    February 11, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    Seriously something like this is what I have been expecting to see the attacking of this nature is something man u will be hard to cope with,ur team selection is superb then podi,ox and gnbry to come in as sub…if only d proff will see this

    • adams

      February 11, 2014 at 10:24 pm

      Yes this is wat im expecting tommorow,kierangibbs from leftback this is wat every body expecting against Liverpool,GOONERS FOR LIFE?

  2. Victor Monday

    February 11, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    The prof does whatever he likes

  3. olush papa

    February 11, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    The best team currently. I agree 100 %. May be with ramsey and flames for wheelchair n mikel respectively once the duo returns. But wait n see le prof….

  4. Michael

    February 11, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    Arsenal will do to United tomorrow what Liverpool did to Arsenal on Saturday. I’m going for a 4-1 dominated by Arsenal.

  5. Dee-one.

    February 11, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    Nice selection. Hope the prof will give us something of this nature. Kind of wonder what AW thinks atimes. Missing Rambo badly!

  6. Noah naheem

    February 12, 2014 at 3:19 am


  7. master p

    February 12, 2014 at 8:23 am

    a better team selection but for me giroud need to be dropped guys let’s call for podloski .


    February 12, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    That is agoodtream which will try and win this match 2 day

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