Walcott & Rosicky OUT: Arsenal’s Starting XI To Take On Man City

By on January 16, 2015

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Arsenal face a huge test this weekend as we take on Premier League champions Manchester City at the Etihad on Sunday. This is the team I think Arsene should select:

The boss has a big decision to make in goal. Does he stick with Ospina or recall Szczesny? For me, Szczesny is our No.1 and I think it would be a huge risk to keep the relatively untested Ospina between the sticks for this game.

It’s one thing facing the likes of Stoke at home, but he’s guaranteed to be called into action on numerous occasions on Sunday so I’d prefer we bring Szczesny back in.

Arsene also has to decide who to start at right-back with Debuchy ruled out for three months. Chambers is certainly an option but my pick would be Bellerin. He’s impressed every time he’s played so I’d give the young Spaniard the nod.

Gibbs faces a late fitness test on a heel injury and if he’s passed fit, then I’d start him ahead of Monreal. Nacho has done extremely well of late but Gibbs is our best left-back. No question.

In midfield, I’d certainly keep Coquelin in the side ahead of Flamini. The young Frenchman has been a real surprise package since coming back to the club and I feel he offers more than Flamini ever has.

Ramsey was back on the bench last week and I’d give him a start on Sunday with Rosicky the unlucky man to drop out in midfield.

He might not like it, but I’d shift Cazorla to the left-wing and bring the fit-again Ozil back into the team in the central role. This is a big game and big games call for the big players, so let’s hope the likes Ozil step up.

I’ve seen a lot of fans calling for Walcott to start but I think it was pretty obvious again last week that he’s still rusty so I’d leave him on the bench and start Sanchez from the right. But he can drift all over and switch with Cazorla/Ozil. Or pretty much do whatever he likes because he’s god.

Giroud will lead the line as Welbeck is still out with a thigh injury. So this is how I’d line-up:

How Arsene will actually line-up is anyone’s guess, as we’ve actually got a lot of options in attack now that some of the players are fit again, but this is the eleven I’d go with….

What side would you put out for the game?


  1. arsenal4life

    January 16, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    What no Ox? He should be in the starting 11 in my opinion.

  2. akinwande olaoluwa

    January 16, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    i will go wit ospina bellerin gibbs per n laurent at d back.

    midfield coquelin rosicki n casorla

    attack sachex giroud n chamberlin .
    rosicki will help coquelin in d middle. casorla will support d attack.

  3. Uzor

    January 16, 2015 at 8:17 pm


    Chambers Per Koscienly Gibbs

    Coquelin Ramsey

    Ox. Cazorla. Sanchez


  4. Anthony

    January 16, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    I would prefer Ox to Ramsey and though this is much need for the senior man Rosicky in the middle and I would Switch Alexis with Santi

  5. niceboy

    January 16, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    Ospina, bellerin,koc.per.gisb. Dm col&ramsey.attackin line. Sanches, carzola front giroud…dzi d best

  6. Blue Mancunian

    January 16, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    I wouldn’t pick any of them. They are all crap
    Come on city

  7. kaluma

    January 16, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    I would go with. ..
    Bellerin, Per, Kos, , Gibbs
    Coq, Roscky
    Alexis, Ozil, Carzola

  8. carl

    January 16, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    Niceboy that’s pushing it abit I would Def start with 11 players ha ha. My team all day long is
    bellerin chambers kos gibbs
    coquelin ramsey
    ox cazorla sanchez
    Personally bfg is making to many errors which we can not afford to make against city. Then id bring rosicky on at 65 min for ramsey to spice it up abit plus ramsey has only just got fit. Walcott on for giroud at some point with ozil coming on for whoever is having the worst game up top. Boys just give it ur all n I have a good filling we can get the 3 points we deserved last time we met good luck

  9. more

    January 16, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    per,ospina,kos,cqlin,belelin,gib ,snchez,ozil,czola.gerud,rscky

  10. Dudu

    January 16, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    No Ozil for me, he is not strong physically and he is slow. Very overated in my opinion. Does not put in a proper shift so i would bring back the Ox and put him wide left and the bring Santi to the middle.

  11. akinola

    January 16, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    Ramsey in for rosicky , wrong move. Ramsey performance this season can’t be compared with last season. when he plays this season his being under pressure to perform which makes him wasteful. We n eed those that has got match fitness . For me carzola rosicky and couquline

  12. JustAgooner

    January 16, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    Ospina deserves one more start…… until otherwise.

    We need hustle/proper shift players to start… Healthy not slow players. Strong mentally, and quick thinking players.
    My Preferred 1st 11.


    Bellerin BFG KOcl Gibbs

    FC TR7
    OX SC Alexis
    OGiroud (he even runs faster and closes down, just watching Alexis puts him to shame). You start him with Ozil, he will be useless.

  13. emix

    January 16, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    sanch cazo rosic
    giro……….chamberln 4 rosic,walcot 4 giro,belle 4 rams‏………‏i dnt tnk we need ozil in ds match,mayb nxt tym

  14. jordy

    January 17, 2015 at 2:43 am

    Bellerin Per Koscienly Monreal
    Coquelin Ramsey
    Sanchez Касорла Rosicky

  15. Boyd

    January 17, 2015 at 7:24 am

    Relax gooners, that is why we are fans not manager. In Wenger we MUST trust. It aint easy to put OZIL, OX, TR7,CARZOLA, WALCOTT,RAMSEY in 3 places available. It is ironic but refreshing that only the Coq and Alexis is guaranteed a place. Good to be a Gooner right now. 3-1 to the Arsenal!

  16. Kwaku

    January 17, 2015 at 10:02 am

    Why is the darling boy Wallcott still not in the starting line up

  17. jason x aron

    September 9, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    ospina iz much mo beta than cech coz ov the dangerous saves the boy makes

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