TEAM: Wilshere OUT: My Arsenal Starting Line-Up To Play Leicester

By on August 29, 2014


Arsenal play their final game before the two week international break as we take on Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Here is the team I’d like to see Arsene Wenger go with.

David Ospina is back in full training but isn’t expected to make the squad this weekend. Either way, Wojciech Szczesny will start in goal.

The back four were excellent on Wednesday to hold firm against Besiktas, so unfortunately I’d have to leave Calum Chambers out again and go with Debuchy, Mertesacker, Koscielny and Monreal.

Midfield is a tricky area. Mikel Arteta is still out injured so Mathieu Flamini pretty-much has to start as we need some defensive steel in the side. Aaron Ramsey is back from his ban and will come straight back in, so where does this leave Jack Wilshere?

Jack was excellent in midweek and I can see Arsene sticking with his 4-1-4-1 formation with Mesut Ozil on the left, as he was on Wednesday. But for me, this doesn’t work and Ozil needs to be in the middle dictating play, so unfortunately that means Wilshere has to miss out.

We need The Ox in the team for his pace and Santi Cazorla is the most suited to the left-wing out of Ozil and Wilshere, so the Spaniard should start out wide.

Alexis Sanchez showed us he’s capable of playing the lone striker role in midweek and it looks like he’ll be continuing there for the foreseeable future with Olivier Giroud out – unless we can bring in another striker before Monday’s deadline.

So here’s how my team would line-up:

I think this is the most well-balanced side we could put out. In reality though, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Arsene stick with Ozil on the left and play either Cazorla or Wilshere in the middle.

Whatever team is put out, we’ve got more than enough in the side to beat Leicester and head in to the international break on a high.

What team would you start? Should Ozil play out wide?


  1. Tatekk.

    August 29, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    this is very nice starting but still i do have reservation on Debuchy. better to replace chambers for him

  2. Raul D'Mellow

    August 29, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Id prefer Poldi on the LW. And Cazorla to start in place of Ozil.

  3. Edgar

    August 29, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Its always good when having two guys operating from deep the midfield, while Ozil ahead of them. Ox & Santi can do musch better on the flanks, as Sanchez continue to assume the CF duries while Falcao or samone is yet to join us.

  4. nuhu

    August 29, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    Campbell to strike

  5. nuhu

    August 29, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Let aw used Campbell to striker and saches,cazola in d left and Wright wing

  6. bc

    August 29, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    I would like to see us play 4411 like the old days, with ozil in the bergkamp role playing just off sanchez. Chamberlain and cazorla would bey parlour and Pires, whilst rambo and jack would get the job of holding the midfield. Teams like Leicester is exactly where rambo and jack can work together, as long as chamberlain and santi tuck into their roles properly when defending. Martinez, chambers, flamini, rosicky, podolski campbell and sanogo would be my bench.

    Incidentally 4411 is also the way forward for england with rooney playing just off sturridge.

  7. areo emma

    August 29, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    Is good like that

  8. Taajudeen

    August 29, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    Ozil should play in mid-field

  9. Kayodemomi

    August 29, 2014 at 5:11 pm


    Debuchy, Per, Kos, Montreal,


    Ramsey. Ozil

    ox. Carola


  10. Arsenal

    August 29, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Ramsey’s ban is for Champions league

  11. Oluwole timothy Bamikole

    August 29, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    Please ozil should be dropped and let rosicky come. Unless ozil steps up his game let him be on the bench for more. He needs to up his game. He is just too ordinary for my liking…

  12. Sanchez

    August 31, 2014 at 7:13 am

    I think chambers should be tried at the middle for flamini.

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