Barclays Premier League
Kick off: October 18th, 2014 1500 PM BST
A predictable lineup named by Arsene Wenger today for the game against Hull City. Injury problems mean that ten of our players are unavailable and this has severely limited the manager’s options during selection.
The defence consists of Bellerin, Monreal, Mertesacker and Gibbs. They picked themselves since there are literally no more players left. Bellerin will be playing his first match in the Premier League, and hopefully he will impress like he did in his first few outings. Nacho Monreal has just returned from injury and finds himself partnering Mertesacker at centre back, the Spaniard will have to be at the top of his game today.
The largest responsibility is on Mertesacker however. As senior player, he will have to marshal the defensive line against the lively Hull attack. Our goalkeeper is Szczesny and the Pole looks good for his role.
In midfield, we will see Flamini, Wilshere, Ox, Sanchez and Cazorla. Wenger can opt for the 4-1-4-1 with Flamini as holding midfielder and Cazorla and Wilshere in the middle; or he could choose to play a more conservative 4-2-3-1 with Wilshere and Flamini starting deep and Cazorla as No. 10. This lineup offers versatility, which is a good thing. The Ox will start on the right and Sanchez on the left.
Welbeck will start up front, the Englishman is the obvious choice.
Due to the injury status of the squad, the bench lacks real quality, mostly second string players. Arteta is reportedly fully fit, he could come on as a second half sub. Rosicky will also feature later on in the game. Though Ramsey has been named, I doubt Wenger would want to risk him until he is fully fit. More important however, is the missing name. Podolski is not in the match day squad. Is the German headed out in January?
Szczesny, Bellerin, Monreal, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Flamini, Wilshere, Ox, Cazorla, Sanchez, Welbeck.
Martinez, Ajayi, Coquelin, Arteta, Rosicky, Ramsey, Campbell.