Ozil out, Walcott in: Wanted XI for Arsenal vs West Ham


Considering what was a relatively solid show on Monday, there is a temptation to retain Wojciech Szczesny in goal ahead of David Ospina. But with nothing really broken (yet) when it comes to Ospina, you cannot fix it.

Arsenal’s defence should feature the Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker pairing since that is the strongest option available.

Despite any sights there may be on Tuesday’s trip to Monaco, this is a vital game in Arsenal’s top four ambitions and therefore the idea of experimenting Calum Chambers at centre-back against West Ham should be ditched. And considering the Hammers’ threat in the air, picking Mertesacker makes more sense.

Nacho Monreal has now proven to be the stronger option at left-back and with him bound to start at Monaco, Kierran Gibbs should step in to give the Spaniard a bit of a breather.

Muscle will be needed in midfield and therefore Aaron Ramsey should be the man in there with Francis Coquelin. It means that one of Wenger’s play-making duo will have to be withdrawn. And since Mesut Ozil still has his injury demons to banish, the German should be the man rested tomorrow. That aside, it has to be said that the idea of Cazorla and Ozil together tends to cause an imbalance defensively.

Alexis Sanchez has been playing too many games of late and if Tomas Rosicky is fit, the Chilean should be given the day off tomorrow, playing a super-sub role if needed.

Danny Welbeck’s pace and direct intent will be needed against Monaco while Giroud’s aerial threat will be required against West Ham. Thus, the former should be rested for Tuesday while the latter is called upon on the Saturday.






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6 thoughts on “Ozil out, Walcott in: Wanted XI for Arsenal vs West Ham

    1. I don’t blame you mate. He’s so reliable when he plays yet his fitness is unreliable. He was missing from the squad on Monday – hope he’s alright for this one.

  1. Mainly agree on the lineup, but that being said, I would love to see rosicky play v Monaco. He seems to be chosen in 2nd legs when we are chasing a result , and he performs well

  2. Meh. Welbeck doesn’t need a rest. Start him wih Giroud and Walcott. Now would be the perfect time for Theo to terrorize defenses. I never mind Rosicky. Just plays with fire and tempo. How I wish he hadn’t those injuries. Imagine if Diaby, RVP, Rosicky and Eduardo had played thiose years together. Wow. Serious damage.

    Anywho, with your back four. Love the competition with Nacho Libre and Gibbs. With Gibbs injuries I love both that we can rest him AND that Nacho is a legitimate first teamer. I’m comfortable with either.

    The last two, again we have choices. Ramsey and Coq should be sufficient for this game. Sure would also be good if Ramsey could hit his stride through these cup, FA and CL, games.

  3. I agree with your team.. Almost the same with my view..
    We must rest our first team.. but our second team are also as good as our first..

    I think some players are not good enough in CL.. like Costa for a very good sample..
    He do great at PL but not in CL.. Maybe our handsome one’s (Giroud) also the same..
    So replace him with Welbeck is a very much better option..

    And we need a very fresh players for Monte Carlo’s game..
    We must win by 3 goals or more.. we can win.. yes.. but after 3 years past.. we only lost by away goals.. and now we had lose 3 defisit goals.. Winning 2-0 is not enough..

    Winning this game is a very important for our spirit..
    So.. we must win.. period.

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