Arsenal starting XI for Man City with NO Ozil or Walcott


The Arsenal boss all of a sudden has a different sort of problem on his hands, but it is the sort of problem he would have loved to be struggling with all season, tough decisions about which players from a strong squad to put in the starting line-up.

With Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott, Laurent Koscielny, Kieran Gibbs and Calum Chambers all back in contention, Arsene Wenger has some big calls today and one of the biggest is on our club record signing. In another game I think the boss would have brought our German midfielder back in, but away to Man City is too big a game to risk a rusty Ozil, especially when the players he might replace are doing so well.

I expect the Ox to keep his wide forward role, with Alexis Sanchez on the other side of Giroud. I think the boss will bring Ramsey back in to the middle and also stick with the young Frenchman Francis Coquelin as our deepes lying midfielder. It would not make sense to drop him as he has done nothing wrong and the same gors for Ospina in goal. So here is my line-up:

Chambers, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs
Coquelin, Ramsey, Cazorla
Alexis, Giroud, Chamberlain

I think this is a good balancved team with the solidity to stop Man City and the creative ability and pace to give them problems. But is it good enough to win?

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