TEAM: Ramsey OUT! My Arsenal Starting XI To Face Dortmund

By on September 15, 2014


Arsenal take on Borussia Dortmund in our Champions League Group D opener tomorrow night. This is the team I’d like Arsene Wenger to go with.

The boss has confirmed Nacho Monreal is out of the game after picking up a minor back injury. It means we’re another man down in defence but at least Kieran Gibbs can come in at left-back.

Obviously Mathieu Debuchy is out for a couple of months so Arsene has a decision to make at right-back. There’s a strong chance Hector Bellerin may have to start as Calum Chambers is struggling with tonsillitis but if he’s passed fit, I’d go with the former Southampton man and I think Arsene will too.

I’d certainly bring Mikel Arteta back for this game. Flamini’s limitations were exposed again on Saturday and he was at fault for the City opener. While Arteta is far from the ideal defensive midfielder, he’s an upgrade on Flamini in my opinion.

It may sound harsh but I’d drop Aaron Ramsey for the game. He didn’t look 100% fit at the weekend and he played poorly. Plus, I’m really not a fan of the new 4-1-4-1 formation we seem to be playing this season and I’d love us to go back to the 4-2-3-1 of last year.

This would allow us to play Ozil in his best position instead of stuck out wide, with Jack Wilshere obviously keeping his place after a superb display against City. Alexis should start on the right and I’d go with The Ox on the opposite flank. He’ll give us even more pace on the break and will put a shift in defensively.

Danny Welbeck would spearhead the team. He was forced off with cramp on Saturday but should be fit to play.

So this is how I’d line-up:

I think this formation suits our players far better. The only down side is it means one of Jack or Aaron have to be dropped, but let’s face it both have had their injury problems so rotation is probably a good thing for them.

In reality, Arsene will probably stick to his guns and play 4-1-4-1 with Ozil out wide in the same front five that played at the weekend, but I’d expect Arteta, Chambers and Gibbs to still come into the side.

What do you think? What team and formation would you play? Let us know your thoughts….


  1. jaja

    September 15, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    sounds stupid to me…how ignoramus can one be . dropping your best player on the basis of one match shows you have limited knowledge on football. maybe you try a different trade . besides ramson’s performance was not as bad as you conceived, he was always combining well with wilshere.

    • manamongst

      September 15, 2014 at 8:12 pm

      Not ignorant at all, we should be able to play well withoout him, people like Rosicky should not be left on the side. He has loads of quality. You sound like an ignoramus that would red-line his best players and wonder why they are hurt by week 10. He hasn´t loo bad at all out there, I agree with you there, but he should be rotated. Don´t want to see Chambers at RB, don´t think, and you will see that he can´t even hold Bellerín´s jock at RB…this kid is on the verge of a huge year.

      We need to find a way to fit Campbell in as well Ox will not start over Cazorla considering he was rotated this past week.

    • Zozo

      September 15, 2014 at 9:19 pm

      Who is Ramson?

    • Norwegian gooner

      September 16, 2014 at 2:22 pm

      I would love to see Chambers as a DM. If not in a match like today, I think he could do that role as good as anyone else available. Play Bellerin at RB, because I think he deserves a chance after an impressive per season.

  2. jaja

    September 15, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    candidly if not for the goof on Ramsey I would say everything u said is spot on, I couldn’t agree with u more.i agree Rosicky ideally should not be on the bench, he gets things moving for the team and has more coordinating skills .I also don’t want to see chambers on th rb, bellerin looks a far better option.campbell should nick the top striking position too.infact I’m just repeating everything u said . However Ramsey is still our best player at the moment and has not developed to his full potential yet so not playing him is like halting his progress, besides the season has just begun so talk of rotation is far too premature at the moment.

    • endurance sunday

      September 16, 2014 at 4:57 pm

      let be specific in this tonight game and get three point,i will like wenger to start rosicky we all no dat is a creative player and he play a massive attackin game with this am rilly on is side,let give him d chance to prove is self and i belive that will give us a good result against dortmund,wenger should still give campbell the chance to play is role as a footballer and he will do well on the peach.

  3. titi

    September 15, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    And you’re starting Ozil over Cazorla for what reason exactly?

    • Richie

      September 16, 2014 at 2:35 pm

      Because even an out of form Ozil is better than a dreadfully out of form Cazorla.. Why Wenger persists in playing him out wide when you have the Ox and Podolski is beyond! Playing Cazorla out wide has probably contributed to his lack of form and confidence too. i would play Ramsey and Wilshere because both can Arteta’s job but both also have the ability to do more than just pass it sideways a la Arteta.. The Ox must start more games too because he is pacey and direct and worries the opposition..

  4. Unknown C

    September 15, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    I’d drop Ramsey, but only to give him a rest and to bring on the veteran Rosicky. I’d also drop Ozil for Cazorla, and bring on Hector Bellerin. I’d also use the 4-2-3-1 formation, knowing the BVB are high pressers:

    Bellerin – Mert – Kos – Gibbs
    Arteta – Wilshere
    Alexis – Cazorla – Rosicky

  5. David Swann

    September 15, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    Think that’s Arsenals best team anyway think Ramsey has been very average and nowhere near as technically gifted as Wilshere … Give Ozil a chance in his proper role at no.10 with Cazorla or Rosicky waiting if he ballses it up
    Wilshere is a huge player for Arsenal and his running with the ball is brilliant his link up from defence and attack is excellent he scored at weekend the only thing that was really missing from his game
    Think the team is brilliant lots of pace up front and bundles of creativity behind
    Easy win if this is the team

  6. David Swann

    September 15, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    Ramsey our best player how can people actually say this … Do u actually watch the game or read what morons who have never played the games write in the paper … He was good scored a lot of goals but technically … No way !!!

    • jaja

      September 15, 2014 at 11:51 pm

      Swann I dont which games u’ve been watching on but if u objective enough u would have noticed that Ramsey won almost every “player of the month” “man of the match” he participated in atleast from an arsenal point of view.He appeared in epl teams of the week & month too…I recommend u get ur facts right stats don’t lie

    • PPN

      September 16, 2014 at 2:16 am

      HAHA. Thanks for the laugh..

      I am sure most Arsenal fans dont give a toss about technically being good. we need freaken goals, and our strikers cant score many so thats why Rambo is so important. At least you have noticed he can score lots of goals.

      You do know, you need great technique to score goals too aye??

  7. jeff

    September 16, 2014 at 4:20 am

    I saw Rosicky played during the czech vs Netherland match. He was the best player on the pitch. Wonder why wenger has not played him till today, he must be very dissapointed. I agree.. I also think that Ramsey has been very avarage despite his goals. I notice him misplaced a couple of passes recently and he just couldnt really effect the game.

  8. Sansi-j

    September 16, 2014 at 10:02 am

    u guys are all making sense but i think u should allow mr wenger to do his work.

    • Richie

      September 16, 2014 at 2:38 pm

      Is this the same Wenger quoted as saying he doesn’t think we are stretched at the back at all?

  9. Paulb

    September 16, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Letting Wenger do his work is the reason we fail so badly in the CL, having no decent defensive cover once again proves what a clown the man is, nothing changes and as usual we will make the last 16, he had the money to really improve the defensive of Arsenal but failed citing excuse after excuse

  10. Mohammed zakaria

    September 16, 2014 at 11:48 am

    I will also use Rosicky in my line up,because I think he has everything to add to the team as he always do.

  11. pato

    September 16, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    guyz ur all right we all know the good perfomance of ramsey & ozil but remember ramsey has got knock from national team thats why he wasnt good @ city as usually , so we need to rotatation@ arsenal coz we have so many quality mdfs lk rosicky, cazorla, ox c ,podo & so on to avoid injury problems

  12. abdulhakimSharrif

    September 16, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Why nt rosiscky instead of ozil?am Realy pain to see thom rosiscky out of de pitch .arsenal is carzola and rosiscky

  13. Pininho 35 year gooner

    September 16, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    We’re away from home at a great team who press high up the pitch.

    Despite injuries, Dortmund will probably dominate possession.

    We need players who can defend like lions. With fast transitions and score on the break

    We’re weak at RB – so the RM needs to have the engine and aptitude to cover.

    Here is my team selection. (Remember how well Ramsey did at Emirates vs Napoli last year in this position)

    Dat guy
    Sanchez, Ozil, Ramsey.
    Jack, Arteta
    Gibbs, Kos, BigMert, Flamini

    And Mr Wenger can play seven wingers.

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