Posted on August 10, 2016 by ADMIN

How will Arsenal’s defence shape up against Liverpool?

As I’m sure you are aware by now Arsenal are going into their opening fixture of the new Premier League campaign with just two recognised central defenders fit in their side. It leaves a question to be debated on what kind of defensive side will we see in the line up for the opening fixture?

Unless Arsene Wenger manages to dip into the transfer market and secure a defensive signing in the next few days, then I can’t see Arsenal having many options available for that first fixture vs Liverpool. Arsenal will for sure be without Mertesacker and Gabriel, both who are going to be ruled out for long periods of time, whilst Koscielny is also unlikely to be fit enough to make the bench, let alone be in the starting line up.

Therefore although it may be quite simple to say that it will be Chambers and Holding that pair up in defence, how will this change Arsenal’s style of play?

Arsene Wenger will have two ball playing centre backs in the side, who will not be afraid of moving forward with the team and Wenger will have to ensure they remain disciplined in staying in position. From pre-season it’s become clear that they can both be caught out on their positioning on the pitch and against a fast paced Liverpool side this may cause a bit of trouble. The pair will have to listen to the leads of the more experienced full backs in Monreal and Bellerin. Although Chambers has been at the club for three years now, he still does lack that vital experience that a defender needs, especially when he will be the leader in central defence out of the two. The pair have shown they can work well together, but it will be a tough test for them both against a pressing Liverpool forward line that will feature the likes of Mane and Firmino.

There is no doubt that the pair are talented and I think they could certainly do a job for Arsenal if they remain disciplined, but I really do think it’s only natural to expect a mistake or two on Sunday.


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16 thoughts on “How will Arsenal’s defence shape up against Liverpool?

  1. Zimbo gunner

    Whilst I am expecting Wenger to sign a more experienced CB before the window closes (hopefully Mustafi), I remember when Bellerin and Coquelin were thrown in the deep end because of injuries… Hopefully Holding and chambers can step up to the plate because they probably won’t get a better chance to prove themselves than they will have come Sunday.

    I’m not sure if Wenger has the trust to play two inexperienced CBs together especially against quality opposition like Liverpool. I would not be surprised to see Wenger play either debuchy or monreal in a center back position. Expect to see two holding defensive midfielders in xhaka and coquelin working together to help with the defence.

    Walcott/Ox….Santi (if fit)/Ramsey..Iwobi

    This is how i expect the team to line up on Sunday.

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    1. RedLondon

      That’s good and all but that won’t work all season because we ALWAYS have at least 5-7 players injured at the same time by Christmas

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    2. goona

      But knowing our Arsene it will be

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  2. atid

    So it turns out after all, that only welbeck, Jenkinson, Mertesacker and Gabriel are definitely ruled out for Sunday.

    Wilshire, Koscielny, Ozil and Giroud all trained today and 3 of them might be considered to start whilst Wilshire could yet make the bench.

    So the squad will be from the following 24 (including 19 full internationals)
    Cech, Ospina,
    Bellerin Debuchy
    Koscielny Holding Chambers Bielik
    Monreal Gibbs
    Xhaka Coquelin, Elneny, Wilshire, Cazorla Ozil
    Ramsey, campbell, chamberlain Alexis Iwobi, Walcott, Akpom, Giroud

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  3. Fatboy Gooney

    Mustafi has liked Xhaka’s photo on Instagram! ๐Ÿ˜•
    Unless his that way inclined, his coming!…. Oooops! ๐Ÿ˜ฒ That still don’t sound right… Mustafi is coming to Arsenal ๐Ÿ‘€ That’s more like it! ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ‘

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    1. RSH

      Albanian connection though. They probably know each other & wouldn’t be surprised if they’ve been following each other on Instagram for a while. Let’s not forget about all the players in the past that have teased us over social media….

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  4. Arsenal_Girl

    (If Koscielny, Giroud and Ozil don’t play)


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    1. RedLondon

      Terrible front 3.

      Remove Walcott, put Iwobi on the left and use Campbell of Ramsey on the right

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  5. muffdiver

    just found out my ticket for sunday has not come thru , not gutted.
    not sure if that means im lazy or that i was reluctant to go.

    either way footballs back so yay…ive rinsed now tv beyond recognition

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  6. Fatboy Gooney

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    1. Lord Banter

      Gooney the code is not working mate. I think all codes are in digits.

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  7. arsenalkid1970

    He will play
    HB holding NM KG
    That will be the back line and to be honest I think KG is a good player with pace. Don’t think this game should be open I think we need it tight and to nick a win for a change as I’m sick of the first game each season on tbe lost. I’m open for F Q to play as a defender for a game but we just shouldn’t be in tbis position and I think LK should come back for this game

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  8. Jansen

    I think with a makeshift defense Wenger will be tempted to through Ramsey in as an extra defensive pair of leggs. At the same time I think it would be silly to go with two inexperienced CD, Wenger himself came out and , rightfully so, pointed out CD is a position that requires some experience. So I would strat like:

    Bellerin – Chambers – Monreal – Gibbs
    Coq – Elneny
    Walcott – Sanchez – Iwobi

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