Elneny & Campbell Out: The Arsenal XI That Should Face Southampton

By on February 1, 2016

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Arsenal desperately need a win when we entertain Southampton at the Emirates on Tuesday night….this is the team I’d like to see Arsene Wenger go with.

Goalkeeper: Cech

Petr Cech should certainly be recalled to the starting eleven after being rested against Burnley.

Defence: Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal

Hector Bellerin will come back in at right-back despite Calum Chambers scoring a superb goal at the weekend while Kieran Gibbs didn’t do enough to oust Nacho Monreal from the left-back spot.

Per Mertesacker is available after serving his one-game ban but I’d like to see Gabriel keep his place alongside Laurent Koscielny. I’m tired of seeing Per’s lack of pace get exposed and Southampton have dangerous players like Mane and Long who’ll target the German again, just as they did at St Mary’s a few weeks ago.

Midfield: Coquelin, Ramsey

Mohamed Elneny made an impressive debut at the weekend but Aaron Ramsey should obviously be recalled in midfield. Francis Coquelin made a successful comeback from a two month injury absence so I hope the boss keeps him in the side rather than recall Mathieu Flamini.

Attack: Walcott, Ozil, Sanchez

Sanchez made his first start in over two months on Saturday and was straight back to his best with an excellent display capped off with a winning goal. He was taken off with 20 minutes to go so there’s no reason he shouldn’t be fine to start again tomorrow.

Mesut Ozil will obviously be recalled after being rested against Burnley and I’d go with Theo Walcott over Joel Campbell in the final attacking spot. Campbell has done extremely well recently but Theo is more of a threat and he’ll be playing against his former side, which usually gets an extra 10% out of a player.

Striker: Giroud

Giroud was poor at the weekend so hopefully the Frenchman can get back to form tomorrow night. We’ll need him to work hard and hold the ball up, and he should get plenty of service with Ozil and Sanchez in the team.

This would be my line-up:

What do you think? What team would you go with?


  1. mason

    February 1, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    Wallcott out campbell in

    • Secret Bob

      February 2, 2016 at 7:18 am

      “Theo is more of a threat …..”

      What games have you been watching lately? Theo can’t control a football if it is glued to his foot…… he’s been shockingly poor of late and should be left out for sure.

    • dogbreath

      February 2, 2016 at 7:19 am

      absolutely – no brainer!

  2. Rasta Gooner

    February 2, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    Campbell in, Walcott bench. No fear no favours!

  3. tanaka

    February 2, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    Campbell in & Walcott OUT…. Walcott been playing as f he dnt want to n Campbell has been MAGNIFICENT

  4. bonaroca

    February 2, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    Bonaroca:- I have to agree with some of the comments made that Campbell should play instead of Walcott. The advantage that Campbell has over Walcott is that he has more ball control and is physical, more adaptable to play against a team like S’ampton, plus giving more options for Bellerin on his wing forays. I would even prefer Paulista instead of Merks who is rather slow.
    My Problem is Giraud. I think one has to expect the unexpected.

  5. Colin

    February 2, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    Campbell has won most of us around. He offers more in attack and 100% more in defence than the English boys. I’m afraid the days of Arsenal providing the core of English players has gone. We have looked far more balanced with Campbell on the wing, and dare I say it, for the few games that Alexis, Ozil, Giroud and Campbell made up our front 4 we looked quite electric. It took me back!

  6. Yinka

    February 2, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    Just do well dat is what are no now

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