TEAM: Wenger Makes 8 Changes: My Arsenal Starting XI To Face Spurs

By on September 25, 2014

Mikel Arteta

It’s the big one this weekend as Arsenal take on fierce rivals Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates on Saturday night. This is the side I’d like to see Arsene Wenger put out.

David Ospina did okay on his debut in midweek but no doubt Wojciech Szczesny should start this game. The Pole loves playing Spurs and is our No.1.

There were worries about the fitness of Per Mertesacker and Kieran Gibbs after it emerged they were both carrying knocks but Arsene has confirmed the pair should be fit to start this weekend.

Calum Chambers played at centre-back against Southampton but will revert to the right side of defence to replace Hector Bellerin, while Laurent Koscielny will also be recalled.

I’m no fan of Mikel Arteta but he’s the best we’ve got at defensive midfield right now so he’ll start but the big question is who will play next to him. I think Arsene will go with Aaron Ramsey as he was rested in midweek but personally I’d prefer to see Jack Wilshere start.

Rambo has been poor so far this season whereas Jack’s been one of our most consistent performers in recent weeks. He also knows what it means to play Tottenham and has a real passion for the NLD’s, so I’d like to see him start in midfield.

I have a horrible feeling the boss might leave Sanchez out and start The Ox as he played the entire 90 minutes on Tuesday, but for me the Chilean has to start. He’s world class, simple as that. Santi Cazorla gives us good balance so I’d like to see him on the left again.

Mesut Ozil was back to his best last weekend, mainly due to the fact he was deployed in the middle. He did drift out to the flanks regularly but he can only get that freedom when he starts centrally, so hopefully Arsene doesn’t try to be too clever and put him back on the wing.

Danny Welbeck should get his first taste of a North London Derby this weekend and hopefully his goal last week will have given him a real confidence boost.

Here’s my line-up:


  1. matt

    September 25, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    I agree with your starting line-up with the exception of your choice and comment of Wilshere. I disagree with you and it frustrate me that people think he is good. He is not, he does not play defence, shows a very poor attitude in hustling back to help his fellow team makes after attacking, consistently makes stupid fouls because he cannot tackle and is constantly injured and weak. At least four of the goals conceded, the two versus City and the second versus Southampton are on him from not hustling and closing down his player, he in just not good enough. I am of the sincere opinion that he should not have the number 10, in fact I would wish we would sell him!

    • Nak

      September 25, 2014 at 10:19 pm

      This is the best comment I’ve ever heard, Wilshere is more of a liability than an asset. He offers nothing in the middle of the field. He doesn’t score goals or create assists. He’s lazy and puts too much pressure on the DM. He could not even warm the bench on Bayern, Barca, City, Chelsea or Madrid.

    • donfabregas

      September 26, 2014 at 9:30 pm

      Lir……………… Listen jack.W is one of great midfielder in EPL. He av dose a great performance beta dan Ramsy. He av a great stronge makin nd good in pushin d ball dat z attck so jack z nt our fault. Cum 2 preview agnst city our fault dea z our DM flamini. jack did a good job in dat match so i nt c d reason why u should critizie dat boy. Listen again jack can play first XI in city,barca etc but Ramsy cannt found his self dey

  2. Dutch Gunner

    September 25, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    # Matt…
    Daaaamn mate!!! do you ever watch football ???
    Leave JW alone and try to learn how to support A Team never mind AFC…by The way.. This is WHAT really suporters DO you clueless Dumb.

  3. Joblow

    September 25, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    bellerin/chambers per kos gibbs
    coquelin ramsey
    ox ozil santi

    MY preferred xi
    Personally people talk about Arteta protecting the defence and keeping possession… well he is ok when there are nobody putting pressure on him or not attacking him especially with pace which he rarely recovers from. he does brilliant in passing the ball back to Per even if he has 10 metersof space behind him to turn and look for a forward pass. Coquelin has that tenacity and tendency to spread the long and short ball around to open players like Arteta use to do back in the day. A lil flam-teta.

    chambers i like but he is a bit slow. i have no probs in him going forward but not too far. bellerin though gives a bit more on the offensive side and cud probably stay with the quick wingers of the spuds.

    i know Sanchez is brilliant and yes he will get better the more he plays but he is very much on a different wavelength to the rest of the team and so in comes the ox.

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