4-2-3-1: AMN, Mavropanos & Chambers start: My Arsenal XI to face Burnley

By on May 4, 2018


It’s sure to be an emotional afternoon as Arsene Wenger takes charge of his final home game as Arsenal manager when Burnley arrive at the Emirates on Sunday. Here is the team I would like to see the boss select….

Goalkeeper: Cech

Ospina played against Atletico Madrid last night but I’d like to see Cech recalled on Sunday. The Czech legend’s best days are behind him but he’s still a better keeper than Ospina.

Defence: Bellerin, Chambers, Mavropanos, Kolasinac

Sadly it looks like Koscielny has ruptured his Achilles which will not only rule him out for our three remaining games but he’ll also miss the World Cup finals, which is a devastating blow.

I hope Chambers gets a chance to impress during the final few games as he was excellent against Madrid while I also think Mavropanos deserves to come back in after impressing during his debut against Man Utd last week.

Bellerin was poor against Madrid and he seriously needs to work on his crossing but we have very few options to change things up at right-back so he’ll start again.

Monreal’s crossing was also woeful last night so I’d give him a breather with Kolasinac coming in at left-back.

Midfield: Maitland-Niles, Ramsey

Maitland-Niles was unfortunate to lose his place against Madrid as he was excellent at Old Trafford last week so I’d like to see him given another chance in midfield on Sunday.

I thought Wilshere had another poor game last night and it’s going to be interesting to see what happens with him this summer but I’d drop him this weekend.

Xhaka can also make way as I’d like to see how Ramsey plays alongside Maitland-Niles. Maybe that’s a partnership we could see more of next season?

Attack: Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Aubameyang, Lacazette

Ozil came under heavy criticism for his performance last night. Some was justified but it’s always him who gets singled out. I have a feeling he won’t be involved on Sunday but I’d love to see him start and show everybody what he’s made of. Yes, I know it’s not the same turning up against Burnley as it is Madrid but Ozil can’t hide when he comes under criticism like this. He needs to meet it head on.

Aubameyang should obviously play as he wasn’t involved against Madrid and I’d like to see him start along with Lacazette – who was frustrated last night with a lack of real service.

Mkhitaryan came off the bench in the Europa League but I’d love to see him start in attack along with Ozil, Aubameyang and Lacazette to blow Burnley away on Wenger’s final home game. Let’s send him off with a bang!

This is the team I hope we see: