Barclays Premier League
Kick off: September 27th, 2014 1730 PM BST
No real surprises in the Gunners’ lineup as Wenger names his strongest starting XI for the North London Derby. Victory in this fixture is about more than just three points, and Wenger evidently wants to take no chances.
The defensive line has Chambers, Mertesacker, Koscielny and Gibbs, the best we can field right now. Szczesny is between the sticks for the Gunners.
In the midfield, Wilshere, Arteta, Ramsey, Ozil and the Ox all start. It is tough to see ow Wenger will play them, put I predict Arteta and Ramsey in the deep roles, with the Ox and Ozil out wide and Wilshere as the No. 10. However, Ozil really deserves another chance in the middle after his great performance against the Villains last week; hence another possibility could be Arteta and Ramsey deep, Wilshere on the left wing and the Ox on the right. This would allow Ozil to play in the centre.
The main talking point will be the exclusion of Alexis Sanchez, however Wilshere has been chosen in order to help keep possession a little more. The Chilean is more risky with the ball, while Wilshere will look to drive the team forward but keep control of the ball. Time will tell whether this a smart move or not.
Welbeck is the striker in the team, obvious choice.
On the bench, we have Flamini, Rosicky, Podolski, Cazorla and Sanchez. This is a versatile bench with lots of options. If we want to defend, Flamini is the man to help shut down the opposition midfield. Rosicky is a man who has proven himself against the Spurs before, and could feature again today. Cazorla offers creativity, while Sanchez offers pace. Podolski disappointed midweek, and will probably not feature.
Szczesny, Gibbs, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Chambers, Wilshere, Arteta, Ramsey, Ozil, Ox, Welbeck.
Ospina, Coquelin, Flamini, Rosicky, Podolski, Cazorla, Sanchez.