TEAM: Diaby Starts! My Arsenal Starting XI To Face Southampton

By on September 22, 2014


Arsenal welcome Southampton to the Emirates tomorrow night in the third round of the Capital One Cup, and this is the team I’d like to see Arsene Wenger go with for the game.

Obviously we’re going to make wholesale changes for the match and David Ospina is expected to be handed his debut following his move this summer. Hector Bellerin should be given another run-out after losing his place at Villa Park this weekend following his baptism of fire away at Dortmund.

The big decision is who to play in central defence as the boss has few options to choose from. It’s a risk to play Calum Chambers but it’s one we’ve probably got to take and I’d like to see young Isaac Hayden given a chance to impress.

Mathieu Flamini should start and I’d love to see Abou Diaby given a run out. He’s played a couple of games for the Under-21’s and was on the bench against Villa, so he’s got to be getting close to a first team come-back, so why not test his fitness in this game. If we can keep him fit, could we convert Diaby into a defensive midfielder? He might just be the answer to our problems over the next few months….

With the likes of Cazorla and Ozil rested I think Tomas Rosicky and Lukas Podolski will come in while I’d keep The Ox in the side for his pace. Alternatively, we could hand Joel Campbell a start but I’d stick with the Ox.

Yaya Sanogo may come in if he overcomes his hamstring injury, but I’d personally like to see Chuba Akpom start  up front. He’s been banging in the goals for the Under-21’s this season and deserves his chance.

This would be my team:

It’s difficult to know how seriously Arsene will take this game and he may decide to start a few more of the first teamers, but I’d give all the big guns a rest, play the experienced second string like Podolski and Flamini and then give a few youngsters a chance.


  1. Leslie Crang

    September 22, 2014 at 10:56 am

    No Campbell? Please, we need Campbell

  2. Robin

    September 22, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Coquelin and Campbell will start I’m sure.

  3. olusax

    September 22, 2014 at 11:33 am

    i dnt know why wenger has bn kipin campbell out,we need to see him play.

  4. Yusuf Ali (KUFCA)

    September 22, 2014 at 11:40 am

    If campbell he can’t play when he start his debut,
    we want campbell to play.
    He also have a good champions league experiance.

  5. Akhine de gov

    September 22, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Alas! Wenger cannot attempt to take a risk by starting our defensive cum right full back back up, Chambers. As a result, am seeing Wenger starting BFG in the centre defence alongside Hayden. However, my predicted line up goes thus:
    Ospina, Belerin, BFG, Hayden, Monreal, Flamini,Rosicky, Diaby, Poldoski, Sanogo, Campbell.

  6. bless

    September 22, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Fe real Campbell needs to start longtime he hasn’t played

  7. Aggrey kweyu

    September 22, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Ospina and Campbell should be given opportunity to play.

  8. Kolade007

    September 22, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    What am very sure of is who ever Prof pick to start or on the bench are capable of qualifying to the next round.

  9. Joblow

    September 22, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    Bellerin Per Kos Gibbs
    Coquelin Diaby
    Ox Campbell

    As Monreal is probably still not recovered

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