Key duo fit to start in 3-4-2-1: My Arsenal starting XI vs Chelsea

By on May 25, 2017

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Arsenal will look to end a disappointing season on a high note when we take on Chelsea in the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday evening.

This is the team I’d like to see Arsene Wenger go with….

Goalkeeper: Cech

Cech has been in excellent form these past few weeks so he’s undoubtedly a better choice than Ospina. Wenger has traditionally stuck with his No.2 in the cup, even in the finals, but Ospina was overlooked for the semi-final and has publicly said he’s looking to leave this summer so I hope the boss goes with Cech this weekend.

Defence: Mustafi, Holding, Monreal

We have major concerns at the back as Koscielny is out through suspension after being sent off against Everton last weekend while Gabriel has been ruled out for up to two months with knee ligament damage.

Mustafi is also a major doubt as he’s yet to train after suffering concussion during the win over Sunderland last week. I’m sure Wenger will give the German international every chance to be fit so hopefully he’s able to play otherwise we might have to throw Mertesacker in.

Wenger will want to stick with the back three that’s done us proud recently but it may all depend on whether Gibbs is fit. The defender has only been in light training due to a thigh injury but reports suggest he should be fit so he’ll start in the left wing-back role.

That will allow Monreal to play at the back while Rob Holding is certain to keep his place. Hopefully we see a back three of Mustafi, Holding and Monreal this weekend.

Midfield: Bellerin, Xhaka, Ramsey, Monreal

Like I said, if Gibbs is passed fit he’ll start in the left wing-back role otherwise Wenger has another selection headache. It’s also going to be interesting to see who’s picked on the right.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is fit again after recovering from a hamstring injury and he was performing superbly well before getting injured, however, Hector Bellerin has done well in recent games during his absence.  I’d personally go with Bellerin as I think he’s slightly more defensive minded and we’ll need that up against Eden Hazard.

Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka have both been in great form in recent weeks so I don’t see any reason to split them up against Chelsea.

Danny Welbeck

Attack: Ozil, Sanchez, Welbeck

The big decision for Wenger is who to start up front. I think Welbeck offers the greatest threat as his pace and movement will cause any defence problems but he hasn’t been in great form recently.

Giroud on the other hand has been scoring a few goals but he’s always more dangerous coming off the bench, so for that reason I’d go with Welbeck this weekend.

Sanchez has been showing his worth once again during recent games and thankfully the Chilean has recovered from a minor thigh problem that forced him off against Everton.

Mesut Ozil was excellent against the Toffees at the weekend so hopefully we see a big performance from the German international.

This would be my line-up:

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  1. yuval

    May 25, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    i think sanchez should play as striker and ramsey in his place and start coquelin in dm
    it will give a stronger midfield

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  3. Phil

    May 26, 2017 at 7:59 am

    I’d like to see Chamberlain start at left wingback. His combinations with Sanchez down the left could cause Chelsea problems that they weren’t expecting pre game.

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