The perfect Arsenal 5-a-side team by AB
Arsene Wenger, without a doubt, likes his intricate, ball-playing sides. Samir Nasri’s goal against Fulham back in 2010 perfectly summed up Wenger’s philosophy; on the floor, technical and rapid.
We reckon the Frenchman could construct a killer 5-a-side team, especially with the players currently at his disposal. Wenger has actually given it some thought, of sorts, once explaining his blueprint to FourFourTwo, and outlining the traits needed to be a good 5-a-side player:
“To excel at five-a-side you need the same qualities it takes to be a good footballer,” Wenger told FourFourTwo,
“The only skill that isn’t necessary is the ability to play the ball long or in the air,.eye for goal, the ability to pass, vision and above all the intelligence to put all these aspects into practice.”
We’ve taken this and run. Check out our picks for an all-star Arsenal 5-a-side side. Have we nailed it, or do you think you can do better?
Goalie: Petr Cech
We might have gone with Szczesny if he was still about, considering his reflexes, but Cech isn’t a bad second choice! Still the best in the Premier League from our perspective, the Gunners number one is a brilliant shot stopper with remarkable instincts, as his performance against Liverpool last weekend clearly proved.
Defender: Laurent Koscielny
While we all know of the Frenchman’s consummate defending abilities, speed from scratch, and commanding presence at the back, there might be some who doubt whether he has the skill needed for the 5-a-side pitch. Well, we’ll just leave this here:
Midfield: Alexis Sanchez
The Chilean was born to play 5-a-side. Teams can’t contain him on a full pitch, so how would they cope with him in the cage?! Speedy, tricky, strong, and full of relentless attacking invention; Sanchez would be a bone fide star of the small stage.
Midfield: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Like the aforementioned Sanchez, the Ox has all the attributes to succeed here. Powerful and full of running, he’d be quite the engine. Both his central and wide midfield penchants would benefit him, and he could be the box to box man in this all-star Arsenal V.
Striker: Danny Welbeck
Dat guy occupies the spot up top due to his balance between power and pace. We fear Walcott might get pushed around a little, and Olivier Giroud is more the link-up hitman. And with headers off the table, the Frenchman would be without his main weapon. Welbeck is selfless, confident and very able.
What do you think? Have we missed any candidates? Would Santi Cazorla cut it? Ozil? How about Hector Bellerin at the back? We’d love to see your lineups, so get cracking in the comments!
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