Key trio return in 3-4-2-1: The Arsenal XI that can thrash Bournemouth

By on September 7, 2017

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Arsenal simply have to win when we welcome Bournemouth to the Emirates on Saturday afternoon. Here is the team I’d like to see Arsene Wenger select as it has the potential to thrash the Cherries….

Goalkeeper: Cech

Cech produced a couple of solid saves to prevent the 4-0 defeat at Liverpool from being even more embarrassing. I don’t think he’s been at his best this season but he’s still a better keeper than Ospina.

Defence: Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal

Mustafi was axed from the side that got battered at Anfield and he was close to joining Inter Milan before the window slammed shut last week so it’s going to be interesting to see how Wenger handles this situation.

Something has clearly gone on behind the scenes but the fact is Mustafi is a £35m footballer and has the ability to be a top defender when he’s on form so it’s down to the club to get him back to his best.

Holding has plenty of potential but we need to get Shkodran back in the team and forging a partnership with Koscielny again so I’d start him this weekend.

I’m still not a huge fan of Monreal in the back three but he does give us balance so I’d like to see how he does alongside Kos and Mustafi.

Midfield: Bellerin, Xhaka, Ramsey, Kolasinac

Oxlade-Chamberlain sealed a deadline day move to Liverpool last week. It was a disappointing end to what was a promising career at Arsenal but the silver-lining is we won’t have to see him shoe-horned in to the side at wing-back anymore.

His exit paves the way for Kolasinac to start in his best position with Bellerin also moving back to the right hand side which should give us a much more balanced look than we’ve had in recent weeks.

I’m no fan of the Ramsey/Xhaka combination in midfield and was crying out for Wenger to bring in another central midfielder before the window closed by alas it wasn’t to be.

There is no doubt that Ramsey and Xhaka are our best two fit central midfielders so we’ve got to pray they somehow forge a decent understanding over the coming months.

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Attack: Ozil, Sanchez, Lacazette

Wenger inexplicably left Lacazette on the bench at Liverpool. He said it was because the striker was still getting used to the league or some rubbish but you just don’t leave a £50m striker on the bench for such an important game.

Welbeck is a useful squad player as he’s honest, works hard and his pace is an asset but his finishing is woeful and we desperately need Lacazette’s ruthlessness in attack.

Sanchez saw his proposed move to Man City collapse on deadline day so he’s stuck at Arsenal until at least January. The good news is I don’t think we’ll see him give anything less than 100% on the pitch until he does leave.

I’m not sure the same can be said of Ozil as he put in another woeful display at Anfield. He is a wonderful player when Arsenal are playing well but he’s a liability when we’re not. Thankfully Bournemouth at home offers Mesut an opportunity to get back to his best. Let’s hope he takes it.

Giroud, Walcott, Welbeck and Iwobi will provide excellent options from the bench, but this would be my starting eleven:

I think this side is well balanced and has the potential to thrash Bournemouth. In my opinion, it’s our best side [while Cazorla is still out] so we have no excuse not to collect all three points on Saturday.


  1. the barrel

    September 7, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    Ramsey/Xhaka on the bench. Put in Elneny with one of them. Weak defensive midfielders. They lose possession easily. With 3 weak links, it will be difficult to beat The Cherries. Ozil is another one.
    For God’s sake how can everyone not see this.

    As long as Ozil, Ramsey, Coquelin, and Giroud are still Arsenal players, I dont really care what happens. Arsenal has got no flair anymore

    • Sphinx

      September 8, 2017 at 7:01 pm

      This comment do not make sense you might put the second team and play the game. Arsenal is going to lose anyway .

  2. wolfgang

    September 7, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    Howe aint going to roll over.Wenger has got hiS priorities wrong.His reluctance to win ugly is the main problem.Until this changes he will have difficulty winning. Football is about winning not weaving intricate patterns omly to get beaten

  3. Panther

    September 8, 2017 at 12:48 am

    Xhaka and Ramsey are an absolute disgrace and should never play in midfield together again Apart from Wenger those two idiots are to blame for Arsenals 4-0 beating at Anfield. They play to far forward leaving the back 3 exposed and vulnerable, Wenger is too stupid to tell them to get back into position from the dugout so it’s up to them to show discipline and hold their positions. I don’t trust Ramsey keep his arse in a defensive shape so one of Xhaka or Ramsey should be dropped for Elneny or Coquelin.

  4. luot

    September 8, 2017 at 5:35 am

    I hope the lineup is really good,we want Lacazette to started with Alexis and we see how the play together and both to struggle for the goals I like lineup.

  5. luot

    September 8, 2017 at 5:41 am

    I hope the lineup is really good,we want Lacazette to started with Alexis and we see how the play together and both to struggle for the goals I like the lineup.

  6. Alayo

    September 8, 2017 at 6:43 am

    The line up is the best at the moment

  7. Gsave

    September 8, 2017 at 7:13 am

    4 at the back wld make our team the best in EPL

  8. Hammed

    September 8, 2017 at 7:16 am

    D lineup is d best bt i want wenger to stop using dat 3 at back cos am very sure he dont want to bench either Ramsey or Xhaka we should back to our 4 3 3. wic will b bellerin Mustafi Kociekly moreal Xhaka Ramsey Cocueilin Sanchez Lacazetti Ozil

  9. Hammed

    September 8, 2017 at 7:21 am

    since bellerin is nt gud in dat position using back 3, nd Xhaka is gud wen playing 10 dan 4 nd Ramsey will b aving chance to do Good nd Bad

  10. Blazor

    September 8, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    Mac 14 gave his thought of what he would like to see for Arsenal line-up for this week-end. I agree with his choice for the attack line-up (Ozil, Alexis and Lacazette) but I strongly disagree on his choice for the mid-field. Arsenal was disgracefully beaten by Liverpool because of weak mid-field and defense. Ramsey and Xhaka are disaster for the team, they both may come in in the last 15 minutes of the game, but neither of them should start. Elnany and Couqlin are much more reliable than the earlier two. Check is done, he should stay on the bench just in case Ospina couldn’t start. At the current stage, Ospina is much superior in stopping skill than Check. Belerin and Kolasinac in mid-field with Elnany and Couqlin could complete the team. I like to see Nelson in the 1st team regularly, the young man is unstopable, but knowing Wenger, he may not reach his potential due to lack of play time. Another player wasted at Arsenal is Welbeck. He is a post to post player, like Fellany, who could defend and help the attack. Wenger failed to use his talent properly, with his speed and strength, he can disrupt any attacking mid-fielders, yet could support the attack players when needed. I always wonder, what Wenger saw in Ramsey and Xhaka, to play them week after week. If this happens in another team, you know the coach will be sacked. Massage to Wenger, please open your eyes and mind and take out Chech; Ramsey; and Xhaka from the starting line-up.

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