TEAM: Arteta OUT! My Arsenal Team To Take On Aston Villa

By on September 18, 2014

Mikel Arteta

Arsenal get back to Premier League action after a disappointing run-out in Europe when we take on Aston Villa at Villa Park on Saturday afternoon. This is the side I’d like to see Arsene go with.

I’ve seen some calls for Wojciech Szczesny to be dropped after a couple of mistakes, but I think that would be harsh. He’s hardly playing with a resolute defence in front of him and let’s not forget he kept us in the game for the first 40 minutes against Dortmund with some fine saves.

With Debuchy out, the boss has a void to fill at right-back. Hector Bellerin did okay in midweek but Calum Chambers would be the more sensible choice. He may only be a few months older but he has much more experience than the Spaniard. If it was a home game, I may consider keeping Bellerin in, but since it’s a tough away game that we have to win, I’d go with Chambers alongside Mertesacker, Koscielny and Gibbs.

Mikel Arteta had a nightmare in midweek and it was clear he either wasn’t match fit yet, or his legs have completely gone. Either way, despite his own limitations as a player, I’d bring Flamini back in.

Like many fans, I think it’s time Arsene ditched the 4-1-4-1 formation and reverted back to the 4-2-3-1. If fit, I’d play Wilshere alongside Flamini as Ramsey is out of form and doesn’t look fit yet. If Jack is ruled out because of his ankle injury, then obviously Ramsey should start.

Going back to the old formation would allow Mesut Ozil to play in his natural position, and I’d play the Ox out wide. He looks hungry and his pace would cause the hosts problems, and I think he’d give us more support in defence than Cazorla.

So this is how I’d line-up:

In reality, Arsene is likely to stick to his guns and play 4-1-4-1 with Ozil out wide again. It’s a complete waste and you can tell the German doesn’t enjoy playing out there, but the managers decision is final. Arsene knows though, right?


  1. George

    September 18, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    Assuming Wilshire is injured I would drop Ramsey, move Sanchez to the right, Campbell in on the left with Ox taking Ramsey’s role in the middle. Team: Szcz, Chambers, Koz, Mert, Gibbs, Sanchez Flamini, Ox, Ozil, Campbell and Welbeck. Very attacking with lots of pace and a bit more power in the middle in Flamini and Ox.

  2. Dudu

    September 18, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    Why would anyone pick Ozil again. Where is Rosicky.

  3. wilson

    September 18, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    Wenger is the final man. Ozil wil always suffer in the hands of lol prof. wenger. wenger’s trophy ie fourth is place is out of reach now

  4. Goonerbeall

    September 18, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    Wenger is close to get cought out by mother Fortuna. He got lucky for ages to qualify for top 4 when he was spending nowt while selling family silver and this pleased money men so much so they sacked all football men like David Dein. His overconfidence made him to ignore all and look: injuries and we are 2 weeks in the season, outplayed in Dortmund. Arsenal is going backwards until we get a proper manager.

  5. Aggrey kweyu

    September 18, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Ozil,Arteta,Ramsey and Wilshere should be dropped and instead bring in Ox,Rosicky,Gnabry and Joe.

  6. greatjay

    September 18, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    ,Am just knw the reason why coach mourinho call coach wenger a special failure now. Bcos I don’t knw the reason why wenger use ozil for wrong place.secondly he sell one of our good defender he dit replace it back.useless coach,infact wenger diserve sack letter from the arsenal board,bcos he want use jack and ramsey together he incovence another player. He use arteta for defence midffider insteated to buy good defence midffider look at arteta age his old, we need strong block four for the suqard.even do mentersacker too his old for defender he can fun any more again.mad coach!

  7. olush papa

    September 18, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    Forsure we now need to see more of carzola the ox podolski and Rosicky. Poor wenger he care less about our thoughts. Sad that I wont mind if wenger walks.he should have bought fabrepas even just to stop merino from having him.

  8. chu

    September 18, 2014 at 9:07 pm



    ox ozil/cazola sanchez


  9. chu

    September 18, 2014 at 9:10 pm



    ox/rosisky ozil/cazola sanchez


  10. Leonard

    September 19, 2014 at 8:23 am

    We need rotation of players-Midfield, Arteta, Wilshere and Rosisky, wingers-Ox and Sanchez with Welbeck leading the attach. We shall go down big if the same line up for last Saturday and Tuesday is played again tomorrow.

  11. Basque_Spaniard

    September 24, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Yesterday, the president of athletic bilbao showed the accounts of the team. It has around 30.000.000 euros on surplus. Is not enough money to sign Arteta and Monreal?. I think will be useful for Arsenal get more money to sign new player in January.
    We need spacially enourmously Arteta and obviously Monreal in order to have a competitive team this season.
    Beñat is disappointing as an attacking-midielder and Unai Lopez (cantera) still is not ready.
    What we know about what happened in summer, is that the offer of 10+(unknown bonus)for both was aborted by Wenger. So the president left the idea and said that they were too expensive.

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