Monreal & Flamini DROPPED: My Arsenal Line-Up To Face Sunderland

By on October 23, 2014

Mathieu Flamini

After a fortunate 2-1 win in Belgium last night, we quickly get back to Premier League action with a long trip to Sunderland on Saturday afternoon. This is the side I’d like to see Arsene Wenger put out:

Wojciech Szczesny will be recalled in goal after serving his European ban against Anderlecht. Emiliano Martinez didn’t put a foot wrong last night but he’ll drop back to the bench this weekend.

I thought it was a mistake from Arsene to persist with Monreal in the middle of defence. He doesn’t look comfortable and neither does Per playing alongside him, so I think we should move Chambers into the center and start Bellerin at right-back.

Mathieu Flamini has also been a weak link recently so hopefully we’ll see Mikel Arteta come back in to the side. The Spaniard isn’t the answer to our defensive midfield issues but he’s the best we’ve got.

In my opinion, Arsene’s new 4-1-4-1 formation simply isn’t working and we should revert back to 4-2-3-1. With Jack Wilshere suspended this weekend, Aaron Ramsey would start alongside Arteta and I think those two complement each other well.

Obviously Mesut Ozil is still injured so Santi Cazorla should start in the ‘hole’ with Alexis Sanchez on the left wing. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain would be my pick on the right as Theo Walcott is still looking for match practice.

There’s no news on whether he’ll be in the squad this weekend, but I highly doubt he’s in any shape to start so the best we can hope for is a place on the bench.

This is the side I’d go with:


  1. Franny

    October 23, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    This is exactly the team that I would go for. Move Chambers into the middle where he’s much better, drop Wilshere who brings nothing but unbalance to the team and bring in Bellerin and The Ox (or Theo if he can handle it)

  2. nak

    October 23, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    That’s really good line-up. That’s a team filled wit players who are willing to work hard.

  3. clockendjim

    October 24, 2014 at 9:35 am

    I agree entirely with this team. I really hope that Wenger does not continue with the disasterous policy of playing Monreal as a centre back. Chambers is better in the middle and Bellerin was our best player against Hull; I was disappointed not to see him playing against Anderlecht.
    What has happened to Jack Wilshere; he seemed totally disinterested on Wednesday. After two good performances for England, I thought we at last had the promise that Jack showed earlier in his career, but he was virtually invisible. Sadly also we seem to have back the stumbling Ramsey of two seasons ago, not the megastar of last season. Hopefully some playing time will put that right.
    Although I would play them, The Ox and Santi have also been very poor so far; surely such talent cannot continue to be so bad. Perhaps they need a Mourinho type manager to give them the motivation that they all seem to be lacking right now

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