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.