Welbeck & Gabriel Out: How Arsenal Should Line-Up vs Crystal Palace

By on February 19, 2015
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Arsenal face a tricky trip to Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon, this is the starting eleven I’d like to see Arsene Wenger select for the game…..

The on-going debate is who should start in goal and I stand by my claim that it’s time Szczesny was restored as our permanent No.1 again.

He returned for the 2-0 win over Middlesbrough in the FA Cup last week and had very little to do, but I think he’s still our best keeper, despite his poor display at Southampton on New Years Day.

Ospina has done a decent job but hasn’t done enough to convince me he’s any better than Szczesny, so I’d prefer to see the Pole keep his place on Saturday.

In defence, Hector Bellerin is a slight doubt with an ankle injury so if he doesn’t make it then obviously Calum Chambers will come in.

Gabriel had an impressive debut but it’s one thing playing against a Championship at home to a tricky away game in the Premier League, so the safe bet is to bring Per Mertesacker back in alongside Koscielny.

I though Kieran Gibbs was excellent last week and although Nacho Monreal has been more than solid himself over the past month or so, I still think Gibbsy is our best left-back.

Francis Coquelin is now our first choice holding midfielder so should no doubt come in for Flamini – who is a doubt with a hamstring injury anyway.

Jack Wilshere is back in contention, as is Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – who returned to training today – but neither should be considered fit enough to start just yet, so I’d stick with Santi Cazorla and Mesut Ozil in the middle on Saturday.

The duo were sensational against Boro and although it may be a little risky playing them together away at Palace, how can we split them up after their performances last week?

The only other change I’d make is to bring Theo Walcott in for Danny Welbeck, with Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud keeping their places in attack:

It may be a little attacking for an away game but as long as the likes of Theo and Santi do their bit defensively, we should be fine.

What do you think? What side would you put out?


  1. rozza

    February 19, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    funny how you dont even mention rosicky, haha. Showes your lack of football knowledge 🙂

  2. Matt

    February 19, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    Walcott cant even spell defense, would rather have Welbeck who atleast works hard at both ends. As long as Wilshere does not play we will have a chance

  3. Tyno

    February 19, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    As long as …Walcott [does his] defensive duties… I guess you’re not a regular…in Arsenal football.

  4. bc

    February 19, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    Well personally, if bellerin is a slight doubt I would go with chambers, monreal instead of gibbs and rosicky instead of Walcott, would give us an excellent 4141 formation. With Szczesney Gabriel gibbs Wilshire chamberlain Walcott welbeck on the bench. The only doubt on the bench is chamberlain so bellerin flamini gnabry or akpom should travel just in case.

  5. steve

    February 19, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    no no no! Keep ospina in goal others ok

  6. Rab

    February 19, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    U should be saying ”as long as Theo and özil do their bit defensively”. Cazorla’s stepped up majorly regarding his defensive duties! Theo and özil have just come back from injury coupled with the fact that they both still have to develop that side of their game.

  7. Martin wanjogu

    February 20, 2015 at 1:10 am

    Ospina should retain his position……

  8. Antique Gunmen

    February 20, 2015 at 4:13 am

    What quality that Schezny had convinced you over Ospina? His calamity, last time I remember. For me, our recent number 1 goalie is Ospina. His calmness is way over Schezo.
    Agree on your scheme from middle to front. As for our back four, I think Gabriel should make his EPL debut to replace BFG. Remember, Palace has speedy striker like Zaha and Gaby has his quickness to deal with them.

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