Monreal OUT, Wilshere IN: Arsenal’s Starting XI To Take On Man Utd

By on November 20, 2014


Arsenal welcome former champions Manchester United to the Emirates this weekend. Here is the side I think Arsene Wenger should put out for the game.

Wojciech Szczesny will start in goal, obviously, but not for the first time in recent weeks, I’d like to see us make a change at the back.

Laurent Koscielny and Mathieu Debuchy are still at least three weeks away from returning and Nacho Monreal in the middle just isn’t working for me. Therefore, I’d like Chambers to move alongside Mertesacker and give young Hector Bellerin a chance at right back.

This would mean players playing in their natural positions and give us a far more balanced back-four.

Mikel Arteta is available again after recovering from a hamstring injury but for me, Jack Wilshere has proven he has what it takes to play in the ‘holding’ role after come excellent displays for England. He’s by no means a natural in that position, but neither is Arteta, and Jack offers us much more than the Spaniard.

So let’s give him a chance and play Ramsey in a slightly more advanced role in midfield. They are our two best central players so why not see if we can find a formation to fit them both in.

Cazorla should keep his place on the left, despite some questionable displays of late, while I’d keep The Ox on the right as Theo Walcott isn’t ready to start yet. He’s only had 10 minutes of first team football in over 10 months, so let’s give him a run-out in the second half.

Olivier Giroud is available again after recovering from his ankle injury but I doubt he’s match sharp yet, so Danny Welbeck should keep his place up front with Alexis Sanchez in support.

Here’s how I’d line-up:

In reality, Arsene will probably stick with Monreal at the back and drop one of Ramsey or Wilshere for Arteta. Either way, let’s hope we put in a much-improved performance as we’ve got a great chance to finally beat United this weekend.


  1. ruddy

    November 20, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    The team is spot on except Sanchex should play on one of the flank and play Carzola in his preferred number 10 role. the team would have pace to burn on both flanks and up front with a passer/supplier in the middle. later in the game bring on Walcott for Carzola and add more pace, then Sanchez can come back in the middle.
    this youtful team could matchup and have more pace than manu

  2. Richard Mutoto

    November 21, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Great ideas but with our professor l don’t think

    • Me

      November 22, 2014 at 7:30 pm

      Our professor ?

      Dear god, Wenger is a blithering idiot.

      Sooner he leaves the better.

      God I HATE the sight of the man.

      Makes me hate the French even more

  3. Nwarie Chinaza Isaac

    November 21, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Great formation & great idea

    • Me

      November 22, 2014 at 7:35 pm

      We LOST !!!!!

      Not such a great idea was it ?????


      The sooner he leaves the better.

      The most over rated manager on the planet – still judged from successes ten years ago.

      I despise the sight of Mourinho but I have a lot more respect for him than Wenger – Wenger is just a spineless, spiteful, whining excuse for a human being. I look forward to the day when he is gone…

  4. Edache patrick

    November 21, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    There is no hid’g place 4 man u 2moro, they hv been capitaliz’g on arsenal problm since so is our time 2 pay back.

  5. me

    November 21, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    You can’t Start Bellerin In Such an encounter,better Monreal to Partner Mtsk,Chambers & Gibbs On the Other ends and Arteta for Ramsey…..

  6. bonaroca

    November 21, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    Bonaroca:- I like the formation chosen but would prefer Cazorla in the middle
    with Sanchez on the wing,because he could expose the United defence by cutting
    in the middle and giving Wellbeck and the Ox more chance to score.

  7. Wolfgang

    November 22, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Wenger’s record against MU is shambolic.He better note teams know how
    the gunners play. It’s pass after pass after pass and no shooting until you can see the whites of the goalie.
    Hopefully I am wrong and they can finally win against the rd. A loss would be traumatic and the Emirates would be shaken to the foundations.

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