The XI: Arsenal vs QPR – No Debuchy as Bellerin and Monreal return

Preferred line-up

                Szczesny

Bellerin – Mertesacker – Chambers – Monreal

                Ox – Coquelin

Campbell – Cazorla – Podolski

                   Giroud

Certain missing names from the line-up is in no disrespect to a side like QPR who will pose a real threat on boxing day.

With the fixtures coming thick and fast, home games are a golden opportunity to rest some vital legs. At the back, Bellerin should return to the frame considering his mercurial show against Newcastle and the fact that Mathieu Debuchy – who only recently returned from a serious injury – needs to be rested. And knowing Kierran Gibbs, some rotation has to be done as soon as possible or else…

If not for the lack of options, the young Calum Chambers – “who has played too many games for a 19-year-old” according to Wenger – would warrant a rest a too. But excluding the calamity which occurred the last time he was paired with Per Mertesacker at Stoke City, Chambers actually proved to be a solid choice at centre-back during the start of the season. He is currently too clumsy and lacks enough pace to flourish at right-back but let us hope that is only down to fatigue.

Mathieu Flamini needs a breather to sort himself out while Francis Coquelin gets his turn and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s first consistent run in the first team for a long time should be allowed to continue.

Santi Cazorla’s performances in the last two games means he’s currently one of the first names on the team sheet, but if there is a time to rest Alexis Sanchez, this should be it.

The same can be said about Danny Welbeck who has recently been playing in the same position he left Manchester United for. Joel Campbell and Lukas Podolski, arguably the two most action-hungry men in the squad, should provide better service from the flanks for the in-form Olivier Giroud.

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3 thoughts on “The XI: Arsenal vs QPR – No Debuchy as Bellerin and Monreal return

  1. Campbell and Podolski should start off with game against QPR and both have been benched for quite sometime. Withe Cazorla and Giroud to work on the attack, it should flourish in their game against a good team like QPR. Changes can take place as Arsenal have benched players to look forward when the game does not work accordingly.

  2. I would wish Pod & Camp to be given the opportunity. We will lose nothing by deploying them. The damage has already been inflicted on us. These two wonder boys have what it takes to turn around what is looking like our bad 2014/15 season.

  3. wenger needs to effect changes early when the going gets tough.he shuldnt wait until God knows when time will always be against us before bringing in a sub.he shuld also detect when a player is flopping thru out and change.

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