I don’t think I am taking too much for granted when I assume that two of the Arsenal front three that starts our first EPL game of the season against Liverpool will be Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott, as the Chilean is our star performer and most likely game winner in the absence of Mesut Ozil, while the unavailability of Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck leaves the speedy Walcott as our only experienced centre forward.
The question of who completes the attack, however, is a bit more tricky to answer. There are some options like Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey, although neither of these two Gunners’ best position is out wide. There is also the young Frenchman Jeff Reine-Adelaide, but unless he has been in stunning form on the training ground this week you would have to assume that both Alex Iwobi and Joel Campbell are ahead of him in the pecking order.
So which of the two would you start with? I think it depends on how Arsene Wenger wants to approach the match in terms of attacking risk versus caution. Even though Iwobi has looked really sharp in pre-season and probably carries a bit more goal threat, I would say Campbell is better in possession and better at tracking back and helping the defence.
With Jurgen Klopp’s teams usually putting a lot of pressure on the ball and with our top three centre backs missing, I would go for the Costa Rican in this game. How about you?