TEAM: The Ox Starts – My Arsenal Starting XI To Face Everton

By on August 21, 2014


Arsenal face a tough trip to Goodison Park to take on Everton on Saturday night. Here is the team I’d like Arsene Wenger to go with.

Obviously Wojciech Szczesny should start in goal and despite Per Mertesacker being available again, I’d stick with the same back-four that played at Besiktas in midweek.

Mertesacker isn’t going to be match sharp yet and Arsene has already hinted he won’t throw all three of our German contingent into the starting eleven. Calum Chambers has looked excellent at the back and hasn’t put a foot wrong, so while Per is a vital part of our team, I’d stick with a settled back-four on Saturday and ease Per back in.

Mikel Arteta is certain to miss a return to his former club after spraining his ankle in midweek so Mathieu Flamini is going to have to come in. It’s vital the Frenchman keeps his head and avoids an early booking – which is easier said than done!

In front of Flamini I’d go with Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey to give us some solidity in the middle of the park. Rambo has to play as he’ll be suspended in midweek and although Jack hasn’t been at his best so far this season, there were signs he’s starting to find his feet in the first half against Besiktas.

Santi Cazorla was well off the pace on Tuesday so I’d leave him out on Saturday with Mesut Ozil coming in to the side. His natural position may not be out on the left but he did start there a few times last season and always drifts out to the wing during games, so I think he’s more than capable of playing there on this occasion.

I’d certainly bring The Ox in to the team as he’s made a difference from the bench in both games so far, and this would allow Alexis Sanchez to move up front where I think his best position would be. Giroud was simply awful on Tuesday and is nowhere near match sharp, so I’d go with Sanchez up top.

Here’s how my team would line-up:

The pace of Ox and Sanchez would cause Everton lots of problems and with Ozil and Wilshere supplying the passes, and Ramsey making the late runs in to the box, we’d have a great chance of creating plenty of chances.

In reality though, I can see Arsene starting Giroud instead of Wilshere, which would see Sanchez move to the right, Ozil come into the middle and The Ox start on the left. This wouldn’t be a disaster by any means but I’d just love us to unleash the pace against the Toffess.

What side would you put out this weekend?


  1. subhro sankar roy

    August 21, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    I would do some changes to the team which played against besiktas..

    The back four will be the same as it was but I will keep mertesacker ready every moment.

    Flamini the holding midfielder with Ramsey and Rosicky just above flamini. Joel Campbell through the right wing and The Ox through the left with Sanchez through the middle. And I will prefer a 4-3-3 false 9 formation with campbell and sanchez swapping their positions when required.

    • Dee

      August 21, 2014 at 4:24 pm

      Makes sense!

  2. redanddread

    August 21, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    I think we have to play a big man up front. Otherwise we’d be crushed at set pieces.

    • Charlie

      August 21, 2014 at 4:55 pm

      That is a good point. Such a short team against Everton with Baines supplying the dead balls would be suicidal. Everton are a team that keep the ball well so it is not as if Arsenal will be able to dominate posession. That in itself could be justification for bringing Per into defense and pushing Chambers up into the defensive midfield position at the expense of Flamini.

  3. Victor Kay

    August 21, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    Good selection but I will like to see Chambers instead of Flamini and Per Metersacker for Chambers.

  4. gooner

    August 21, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    4-1-2-3 formation

  5. PrinzyPrince

    August 21, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Although i’d do with some steel in that midfield(Morgan Schneiderlin) if Arsene has gotten me one, i still have a strong eleven to put on show. Oh, how i wish stubborn Ars(and i don’t mean arsenal) would just pick it from me and win it real simple at Everton: Arsenal(4-2-3-1) Scszesny- Debuchy Chambers Koscielny Monreal- Flamini Ramsey- Rosicky Wilshere Chamberlain- Sanchez. With Ozil replacing Wilshere from the bench, that’s the eleven, in the exact manner that we need to dispatch Everton. Trust me.

  6. Dee

    August 21, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Its about time Campbell played. Giroud isnt up to it.

    Debuchery-Metz- Kos-Nacho
    Flamini- Ramsey
    Campbell- Chambo- Ozil

  7. WANJE

    August 21, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    I would prefer wenger to start Sanchez upfront as our striker,the formation to be szczesny,debuchy,chambers,koscienly,monrel,flamini,wilshere,the ox,Ramsey,ozil,Sanchez.

    This will be a big game hence wenger should not make a mistake to start Giraud.Giraud should not be in the starting line up neither at the bench.We should see CAMPEL play this game.

  8. Bashir Alti muh'd

    August 21, 2014 at 4:52 pm


  9. Charlie

    August 21, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Arsenal have the shortest team and Everton have one of the best dead ball specialists in Leighton Baines. Neither Chambers nor Koscielny are brilliant at defending the high balls so for that reason the BFG needs to be brought back. Chambers is in my Fantasy Football team but not just for that reason i’d like him playing DM instead of Flamini. I’d also like to see Giroud benched so Arsenal can play on the counter but we’re more likely to see Sanogo up from than Alexis I think.

  10. funshi

    August 21, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    I’d like to see this squad sczesny,debuchy,chambers,koscielny,monreal,flamini,wilshere,Campbell,ozil,the ox,Sanchez.after 60 minutes Ramsey,rosicky,podolski should come in to replace wilshere,Campbell and Sanchez. I mean we have a finisher in the squad let’s see him in front of the attack and see how he performs, Ramsey didn’t play like Ramsey on Tuesday,so he should start from the bench.

  11. Amon

    August 21, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    I me starting 11 will be as forllows:


    Debichy coz bgf monreal


    A.ramsey Roscky

    the ox campmbel


  12. bunde

    August 21, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    u egglish men,,,,,callum chambers & jack wilshere,,,will never reach th class of santi carzola & per mertesacker…GET IT!!!

  13. Monsiano

    August 21, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    In my own opinion, i’ll like to see my lineup like this. Sesz, debuchy, kosienley, podoski at the left back, flamini,wilshere, ramsey, ozil, chamberlin and sanshez. Pls wenger, is time u stop believe in giroud else we’ll not see top4 this season, giroud present in our first eleven will make no different, bcos his minors one.

  14. maz

    August 21, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    Monsiano- poldi @ left back???????

    Watever d team im happy dat arteta not in it……
    An absolute waste……

  15. Bishop dan

    August 21, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    Sesz, debuchi, kos, per, monrel, chambers, ramsi, ozil, cazola, ox, sanchez sub include rosick wishere and campbel and plz bring reus nd cavaho nd sell giroud 4 us abeg o

  16. horla

    August 22, 2014 at 1:42 am

    my starting line up against everton goes like dis
    debuchy, chanmber, kos, gibbs if he is fit
    ramsey wilshere
    campel sanchez ox

  17. Immer

    August 22, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    I can`t bel. people are axing Giroud from team, sanchez is not the answer up front if playing alone.

    he needs someone to help and he can play off him and that`s the big man who worked his socks off last year. and putting chambers in middle are people insane, his never played there for us and not the game to chuck him. try him in carling cup.

    I would do below with ozil swapping with the wide players as he pleases.

    Deb Chambers Kos Gibbs (mon is his not fit )

    Flam Ramasy
    Sanchez Joel

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