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How Will Arsenal Line Up On Saturday?

After months of debating the comings and goings at Arsenal, thoughts now turn firmly to actual football with the League opener looming ever larger.

As is customary with Arsenal each year, injuries have started to rear their ugly head once more. Both Laurent Koscielny and Theo Walcott have withdrawn from their respective national sides. The former is carrying a calf strain while Theo’s got a bruised thigh. They join Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain who has an ankle problem while Mikel Arteta is also a doubt having sat out the Cologne game after picking up a knock in training.

Unlike previous years though, there’s better cover this time around. Per Mertesacker, Gervinho, Podolski and Diaby are all available and we should not be too weakened against Sunderland. Nevertheless, after a comparatively healthy pre-season these last-minute niggles will cause some concern to Arsene Wenger.

The inevitable question then is; how will Arsenal line up on Saturday? There was some speculation during the summer that Arsene may revert to the successful 4-4-2 formation of yesteryear but that notion has been put to bed in pre-season. Times have changed, possession in midfield is vital these days and I expect Arsenal to continue with the 4-2-3-1 they used throughout last season.

Wojciech Szczesny will certainly start in goal although Lukas Fabianski is keen to challenge his compatriot for that number 1 jersey. Thomas Vermaelen, likely to our new captain by then, will be partnered by Per Mertesacker in the centre of defense if Bosscielny fails to recover in time. Kieran Gibbs is sure to start at left-back while either of Jenkinson or Yennaris could be deployed at right-back. In fact, the right-back slot could be filled by Johan Djourou or even Francis Coquelin although I feel Carl Jenkinson has the best chance to feature there.

In midfield, Alex Song and Mikel Arteta should start in the deeper roles. If Arteta hasn’t fully recovered, Abou Diaby could play alongside Song but there’s also a possibility that the Ox may heal by then. If that happens, and based on his performances there in pre-season, there’s a good chance the youngster may earn himself a start on Saturday. My personal feeling is that Arsene was being cautious with Arteta last Sunday and the Spaniard will be ready for Sunderland.

There’s little doubt Santi Cazorla will start as the central attacking midfielder. Against Cologne, he didn’t look totally match fit and that’s understandable as he missed Malaga’s pre-season tour while talks were ongoing with Arsenal. Despite that, Arsene will certainly start him on opening day and allow him to lap up the attention from the Emirates crowd.

The other three positions in the front four are hard to call. Ideally Robin van Persie would start as the lone striker but with his future still very much in the air and the striker’s fitness not 100% at the moment, there’s every possibility the Dutchman will find himself on the bench.

I think Lukas Podolski will start in the central striking role flanked by Theo Walcott and Gervinho. This would allow Arsene to ease Giroud into the team and not burden him with taking over goal-scoring responsibilities immediately, allowing his compatriot time to adjust to a new more competitive league. If Walcott is unavailable, we could see Gervinho take his place on the right and Andre Santos start on the opposite flank.

Of course, this is assuming everyone comes back in one piece from the international friendlies to be played later today. Any more drop-outs would give Arsene a serious headache.

Below is my starting XI for Saturday, assuming there are no more casualties and the presently injured players do not recover in time.

Szczesny

Jenkinson / Mertesacker / Vermaelen / Gibbs

Song / Diaby

Gervinho / Cazorla / Santos

Podolski

Subs: Fabianski / Djourou / Coquelin / Ramsey / Arshavin / Giroud / Van Persie

What would your line up be come Saturday? Drop your thoughts in the comments section.

Until tomorrow.

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43 thoughts on “How Will Arsenal Line Up On Saturday?

  1. Szcechney yenaris marte vermal gibbs song arteta carzola podolski gervinho giroud subs:fab coq diaby arshavin jekin rvp or ramsey

  2. Emmanuel on said:

    Szczesny Gibbs — Mertesacker — Vermaelen — Coquelin Arteta — Song Gervinho — Cazorla — Walcott Chamakh

  3. Emmanuel on said:

    Szczesny Gibbs — Mertesacker — Vermaelen — Coquelin Arteta — Song Podolski — Cazorla — Walcott Chamakh

  4. Szczeny,coqlin,vermalin,per,gibbs, song,Arteta,cazorla,ox,podolski,Giroud

  5. Am 100 percent in support of the starting line

  6. SHEZZA, NICO, MERT, VERM, GIBBO, SONG, DIABY, CAZORLA GERVINHO, PODOLSKI, GIROUD.

    Arteta, Ox and Walcott are all doubts, so diaby and song to lie deep. Gervinho and Podolski on the wings (swapping). Cazorla free role with the ”Talisman” Giroud up front.

    What a team by the way not even our so called ”strongest” and still mint. I watched Arsenal v Cologne last week and although they are not the best opposition Giroud, Podolski, Ox and Diaby all looked class. COYG

    Oh yeah where is Wilshere in all this ???? The futures bright the futures Arsenal.

  7. Szczesny
    Jenkinson / Mertesacker / Vermaelen / Gibbs
    Song / Diaby
    Cazorla / Podolski /Gervinho
    Van Persie

    If Van Persie was committed to Arsenal i would start Giroud, because Van Persie isn’t fit. I’d start hoping that he would pick up a minor injury. Hopefully that would knock him off hos high horse. LOLOLOL!!! just saying though….

  8. Asene wengar is good coach am like your line up

  9. Thiago14 on said:

    Szczesny,Jenkinson,Martesaker,Vermaelen,Gibbs,Song,Diaby,Ramsey,Gervinho,Walcott,Giroud.

  10. bashman on said:

    ——————————szczesny——————————————-
    jenkinson——-mertasaker(if kos injured)——vermaelen———-gibbs
    ——————–song———–arteta—————-
    —————————–cazorla—————————–
    gervinho——————————————————–podolski
    ——————————-giroud————————-

    fabianski,djourou,santos,coquelin,chamberlain,diaby,chamak/rvp/bendtner/arshavin/whoever is signed

  11. Szczesny

    Jenkinson / Mertesacker / Vermaelen / Gibbs

    Song / Diaby

    Cazorla

    Gervinho/ Van persie/ Podolski.

    Subs: Fabianski / Djourou / Coquelin / Ramsey /santos/ Arshavin / Giroud.

  12. YUSUF NURUDEEN BABATUNDE on said:

    KEEPER WOJSCENY BACK JECKISON KOSIENY VARMELEEN SANTOS MIFIELD WALCOT SONG ALTETA CALZOLA STRIKER OX LUKAS

  13. Adesola on said:

    Szczesny
    Coquelin / Mertesacker /
    Vermaelen / Gibbs
    Song / Diaby
    Gervinho / Arteta
    / Arshavin
    Van Persie

  14. MuJulz on said:

    and do no be surprised if Ramsey starts, and Cazorla starts on the bench due to jetlag

  15. wanboru on said:

    Fab,
    gibs, mert, verm, jek
    diaby/song
    pod,ramsay,gervin
    rvp

  16. .

    .
    Szczesny

    Coqlin / Mertesacker / Vermaelen / Gibbs

    Song / Diaby

    Ox / Cazorla / Podolski

    Giroud

  17. Aleeyu on said:

    Scz-coquli-per-V5-santo-song-diaby-cazorla-giroud-rvp-podo
    subt-fabianski/djoro/gibbs/gervi/arshav

  18. marc gauduchon on said:

    no-one’s injured they’re just pulling out of international duty due to its poor timing…
    szczesny

    jenkinson Koscielny vermaelen santos

    walcott song arteta cazorla

    giroud/van persie podolski

  19. adeleke ajibola babajide on said:

    We don’t pray for any casuality just let’s hope we have them back in full fitness…….sczezny in goal as our number one goal keeper,I prefer Yennaris to jekinson,he has got the prowess and good speed with nice crossing,per and vermalen at the central back,while le prof use Kibbs at the left wing back….song and diabi at the defensive midfield,cazorla. flanked by gervinho and theo,leaving lucas as the point man………… sub:fanbiasky,coquelin,djourou,arsavin, ramsey,giroud,jekinson and v persie

  20. My line up against sunerland is szcsney jen vermalean (c) bartley cb gibbs in midfild song diaby cazorla frot line podliski left gervinho right groud center he is tall man he can score against tall defenders like sunder/stoke

  21. adeleke ajibola babajide on said:

    We don’t pray for any casuality just let’s hope we have them back in full fitness…….sczezny in goal as our number one goal keeper,I prefer Yennaris to jekinson,he has got the prowess and good speed with nice crossing,per and vermalen at the central back,while le prof use Kibbs at the left wing back….song and diabi at the defensive midfield,cazorla. flanked by gervinho and theo,leaving lucas as the point man………… sub:fanbiasky,coquelin,djourou,arsavin, ramsey,giroud,jekinson and v persie arteta

  22. khalid on said:

    F all fit the first team should be:
    Szczesny
    Sagna – Koscielny – Vermaelen – Gibbs (or probably a new LB )
    Chamberlain – Rosicky – Arteta – Wilshere
    Walcott – Podolski
    The second team should be:
    Fabianski
    Jenkinson – Mertesacker – Vermaelen – Santos
    Song – Coquelin
    Gervinho – Cazorla – Arshavin
    Giroud

    Third team should be:
    Mannone
    Bartley – Djourou – Squillaci – Coquelin
    Frimpong – Diaby
    Lansbury – Ramsey – Ryo Miyaichi
    Chamakh

    what do u think about above squad?

    • Don’t think Arsenal have paid a record fee to leave Cazorla on the bench though. And especially after the Cologne match, you can see he brings a quicker tempo and creativity to the team.

  23. I think the line up will see szczeny
    lorient,met sacker,thomas v.gibbs
    arteta,song
    carzola
    walcot gervinho
    podolski

  24. wenger junior on said:

    szczeny,sagna,ver,konc,gibbs,song,cazorla,arteta,podolski,giroud,gervinho
    subs:fab,ox,merte,santos,rvp

  25. steven on said:

    All hails d gunners ma line_up will probably look like dis.
    Szczesny
    Coqulin. Mertesacker. Verminator. Gibbs

    Artete. Song. Carzola.

    walcott. Podolski
    Giroud

  26. i hope those guys a come back we want to win,nt a draw this season we must play hard than last season pls guys do it,we behide u as fanns good luck

  27. Ji zeko on said:

    Szcesny,sagna,gibbs,varmalen,koscienly,song,arteta,carzola,gervinho,podolski,walcot.

  28. Victor Alli on said:

    Injuries at our camp these days cause a lot of headache. Can’t wait for the start of the EPL.

    • Szczesny Coquelin Koscielny vermaelen Gibbs

      Song Arteta

      Cazorla

      Walcott. Giroud. Podolski

      Subs.fabianski,mertesacker,jenkinson,santos,diaby,Ramsey,ox,gervinho,arshavin,chamakh

  29. Sory to say,d line up is rubish.jenkison,diaby,gervinho,djouro.ashavin,squilaci,all dis ar nt standard player at all.d defensive is totaly error.

  30. gunners 4 life.i think arsene by all means should sign nuri sahin and m villa in order to release song and even RVP cos they ill not concentrate tanks

  31. Abdullareem issa on said:

    Szcezny,yennaris mertesaker vermaelen gibbs,song arteta carzola,podoski Giroud Gervinho.

  32. Its better to sell Diaby, Djourou and Ramsey now than to mention them to our hearing.

  33. abideen on said:

    my lineup sceceny—-vamelean——-per—-qoqualine,left——-santos—–song—–carzola——right; walcot—–left, gevihho—–podolsky—–And Rvp 4 front. No matter hw it’s i wish dem good luck. Gunnerssss 4 life

  34. , Gerbinho plays on the left wing.
    Szsznzszcsny
    Yennaris. Koscielny. Vermaelen. Gib
    Song.
    Walcott. Cazorla. Gerbinho
    Van persie. Podolski

  35. Szczesney
    Yennaris
    Mert
    Verm
    Gibbs
    Song
    Carzola
    Ox
    Gervinho
    Walcott
    Podolski

  36. I think the score should be 2:0. A goal frm podoolski αϞ∂ one frm vanpesie or wallcot

  37. Szchesny
    Gibbs Vermaelen mertesacker Djourou
    Arteta Song Cazorla
    Gervinho Poldi Walcott

  38. szczesny / jenkinson / martesacker / vermealen / koshieny / song / diaby/cazorla / van persie / santos / podolski

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