3-4-2-1: AOL start start in attack: My Arsenal starting XI to face Burnley

By on November 24, 2017

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Arsenal get back to Premier League action when we take on Burnley at Turf Moor on Sunday afternoon. Here is the team I would like to see Arsene Wenger select….

Goalkeeper: Cech

Cech was rested last night with Ospina starting during the 1-0 defeat to Cologne so our number one should be recalled on Sunday.

Defence: Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal

The defence did okay in the Europa League as we were undone by some generous refereeing. Mertesacker led from the back, Holding didn’t put a foot wrong and Debuchy put in a decent display despite giving away the ‘penalty’.

However, obviously the big guns will all be recalled this weekend with Koscielny, Mustafi and Monreal set to form the back three against Burnley.

Mustafi returned from injury and put in a superb display against Tottenham last weekend so hopefully he builds on that performance. I must admit, I thought he should be playing on the right on the back three but he was excellent in the middle.

Midfield: Bellerin, Ramsey, Xhaka, Kolasinac

Midfield was our big problem area against Cologne as we just had no creativity and the fact Maitland-Niles was probably the most creative of the four tells you everything.

The central partnership of Coquelin and Elneny is a nightmare so I’ll be glad to see the back of it this weekend while I have no idea why Wenger went with Chambers in the right wing-back position. I hear Nelson wasn’t well and that’s why he didn’t start but why not play Debuchy out wide and Chambers in the back three?

Anyway, Bellerin will return on Sunday with Kolasinac back on the left while the Ramsey/Xhaka partnership will get another run out. They got it right against Spurs, so let’s hope they’ve finally learned how to play together.

Attack: Ozil, Sanchez, Lacazette

It’s safe to say none of the attackers did enough on Thursday night to give Wenger any food for thought. Giroud was isolated up front but he barley got out of first gear so he hasn’t done his first team chances any good.

Welbeck looked lively in parts before being subbed at half-time as a precaution so I expect he’ll be among the substitutes against Burnley.

Wilshere worked hard and showed signs of his ability but it wasn’t enough to force his way in to the side just yet so I fully expect AOL [Alexis, Ozil and Lacazette] to be recalled this weekend.

Walcott won’t be available as he’s still suffering from illness but Iwobi will be an option from the bench.

This is the team I expect we’ll see, if Kola is ruled out: