Campbell Starts: Arsenal Starting XI To Face Crystal Palace

By on August 15, 2014

Football returns tomorrow as Arsenal take on Crystal Palace at the Emirates on Saturday evening. Here is the team I’d like to see Arsene Wenger go with.

David Ospina is injured so Wojciech Szczesny is guaranteed to start in goal.

Mathieu Debuchy and Kieran Gibbs are certs to start in the full-back roles, while Calum Chambers is in-line to make his competitive debut as Per Mertesacker isn’t match fit having only returned to training on Monday.

Thankfully, Arsene says Laurent Koscielny should pass a late fitness test on an Achilles injury to take his place in defence.

With no new defensive midfielder on board yet, it leaves us with a hole to fill in front of the defence. Mikel Arteta is likely to start but I’d go with Jack Wilshere alongside Aaron Ramsey.

We suddenly have a lot of options in attack and I’d love to see Arsene go for it with pace! Olivier Giroud is probably going to spearhead the attack but I’d go with Alexis Sanchez through the middle as this would allow The Ox to start on the right wing.

With Mesut Ozil not available yet, I’d go with Santi Cazorla in the ‘hole’ which would leave room for Joel Campbell to start on the left. This would give us some serious pace in the team and with Santi supplying the killer passes, we would cause Palace all sorts of problems.

Here’s how my team would line-up:

In reality, I’d expect the boss to start Arteta and Giroud instead of The Ox and Campbell, but I’d love to see us start the season on a positive note by going with youth and pace.

Palace are in turmoil after Tony Pulis left the club, so let’s take advantage and get an early win on the board tomorrow.

What team would you pick for the game? 


  1. Blazor

    August 15, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    I like the back 4 choices, Mertz even on his best days not even close to Chambers, so I’ll leave him on the bench. The holding mid-field is a big concern Arteta is to slow not strong enough for the position; Wilshire is not diciplined to stay back and secure the post on top of that he passes are horible, so I am afraid he will give the ball to the oponents in a dangerous place, Ramsey in great shape and builds big appetite for goals, so I would not want to limit his movement. I would start with Flamini and Ramsey in the middle. I would put Campbel, who is much clever of the two, up front and put Gourou on the left. Chamberlin, Wilshire and Gibbs need another year or two to reach starter level skills.

    • bwarna

      August 16, 2014 at 12:20 am

      WTF! LOL!

    • Panther

      August 16, 2014 at 12:26 am

      What the hell are you talking about? Gibbs is 25 he is more than ready and Giroud can’t play on the left, he has no pace.

      • bwarna

        August 16, 2014 at 12:39 am

        Agreed panther! Don’t make any sense! LOL

    • danny

      August 16, 2014 at 4:59 pm

      Your an idiot

  2. will

    August 15, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    Didn’t see many so called arsenal blogs take on media last years of arsenal attack

  3. leksbalm

    August 15, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    We are going with the same formation we use in community shield just Giroud coming in for sanogo

  4. Santi Yomi

    August 16, 2014 at 12:03 am

    I wuld prefer the same line-up that wipe Man chitty,,,,,it high time Arsene drop Giroud so he culd up his game## campbell

  5. Panther

    August 16, 2014 at 12:38 am

    The author of this article has a very short memory. Wilshere can’t play with Ramsey if they are both playing in the two behind the 3 attacking midfielders. Against Aston Villa at the start of last season, Wilshere played along side Ramsey because Arteta was injured and Villa ran through our midfield like a hot knife through butter.

  6. olatsfezzy

    August 16, 2014 at 12:44 am

    only change we is D.M wishere for rambo tu av a clean sheet in d midfid

    • wam

      August 16, 2014 at 5:30 pm

      fairly safe, there isn’t a goal in the middle 3rd. honestly what are some of you smoking?


    August 16, 2014 at 12:49 am

    With Arteta recently installed as Captain, I don’t see Wenger benching him anytime soon, which means Wilshere will most likely be pushed up into the CAM role, Cazorla pushed out to the left flank, sanchez on the right and Giroud up front.

    I am looking forward to seeing Campbell take his chance, hopefully he gets an opportunity for today’s game.

  8. geemail Rotimisky

    August 16, 2014 at 2:33 am

    Goooal all d’way i wish u guys all d’best cos d’cup for dis season is ours ijn amin

  9. Germain Minani.

    August 16, 2014 at 6:15 am

    Hey! we need Joal to take a chance of starting, Sanchez on right and Sonog,insteaf jack i’d like to see our new skipper.

  10. gy

    August 16, 2014 at 8:49 am

    intersting expt lack of DM

  11. richard in spain

    August 16, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Got a good squad now and if we cant beat Palace with whoever we put out I will eat my arse

  12. widson

    August 16, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Iwould love starting x1,that beat man city.

    • Dany

      September 8, 2014 at 2:58 pm

      We covdl’ue done with that insight early on.

  13. KinG

    August 16, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    all dha best goonerz!!!go out blazinmg!!

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