4-3-2-1: No Auba, Xhaka dropped & AMN start: My Arsenal XI vs Everton

By on February 2, 2018


Arsenal desperately need to collect all three points when we welcome Everton to the Emirates on Saturday evening. Here is the team I would like to see Arsene Wenger select….

Goalkeeper: Cech

Tuesday’s defeat to Swansea highlighted once again our dire need for a new No.1 as Cech is well past his sell-buy date. However, there’s not much we can do about it until the summer and I still think he’s a better option than Ospina.

Defence: Bellerin, Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal

The defence was woeful in midweek but the big worry is it was our best eleven who started against Swansea. Mustafi is so inconsistent as one week he can be outstanding then the next he plays like he did on Tuesday night.

The problem is ALL of our defenders have mistakes in them and none are reliable as even super-Nacho was at fault for their third goal. However, we don’t have any better options so I’d stick with the same back four and hope they have a good day.

Midfield: Wilshere, Ramsey, Maitland-Niles

It’s time to drop Xhaka. He’s been a liability all season but the Swansea game was the final straw as he can’t KEEP not tracking his runners. It’s infuriating to watch.

So it’s time for a change as central midfield is our biggest weakness in my opinion. Elneny isn’t the answer so I’d love to give Maitland-Niles a chance in his natural position. Let’s face it, he can’t do any worse than what we’ve got.

Wilshere is back in contention after recovering from illness and I’d love to see him alongside Ramsey in a three-man midfield. It’s got huge potential if we get the blend right.

Attack: Ozil, Mkhitaryan, Lacazette

Unfortunately our record signing has been suffering from a virus this week and won’t be 100% fit tomorrow so he’s highly unlikely to start. There’s no point rushing him in so I’d have Aubameyang on the bench.

However, I would hand Mkhitaryan his first full start after he came off the bench at Swansea with Iwobi dropping out. I have no idea why Wenger gives Iwobi so many chances but hopefully he won’t see nearly as much first team football from now on.

Ozil should be eager to please after signing his big-money contract extension while Lacazette is also under pressure to perform following Auba’s arrival so let’s hope we get some top performances out of them this weekend.

This is the team I hope we see: