Posted on January 30, 2017 by ADMIN

Welbeck won’t play so who will be Arsenal’s front 3 against Watford?

Danny Welbeck’s first start for Arsenal this season was a roaring success against Southampton as he scored twice and set up Theo Walcott for the first of his hat-trick, but Arsene Wenger will not risk Danny playing again tomorrow so soon after his excellent comeback.

Wenger said this morning: “He has done enough. But we must be cautious. I think it is a bit short after three days.”

“The quality of the performance was there.”

Theo Walcott was also excellent on his comeback, helped by Perez, and Wenger admits that he now has a selection headache in the striking department. “I am pleased first of all with their performance.

“We have scored many goals this season and Danny was not there so to add him to the squad gives us huge offensive potential.

“I have to use the strikers in the right moment without destroying the balance of the team.

“I will add Perez who contributed well on Saturday. We have many players who can produce and score.”

Wenger also noted: “It feels like I have many new strikers because Lucas Perez played very well and I left Olivier Giroud at home.

“The problem will now be to find the right combination which will use them well in games. The result is strong with the balance of the team.”

So against Watford, who will Wenger pick up front this time? Alexis played the last 20 minutes against the Saints and it looks like Wenger will play him in every game I am sure. I think Giroud was given a rest so he can start against Watford, but that leaves Perez, Walcott or Iwobi as the possibilities on the right wing.

Or will Wenger put Alexis back in the middle flanked by Iwobi and Walcott? Or Perez and Walcott?

Who would you choose?

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14 thoughts on “Welbeck won’t play so who will be Arsenal’s front 3 against Watford?

  1. Juhi McLovin

    If fatigue is not a problem, I would pick:

    Perez Sanchez Theo

    I think these 3 players are the most deadly players we have at the moment. We can easily bring super sub Giroud later on.

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    1. ThirdManJW

      I would love that front three, but under no circumstances will Perez be allowed to start…poor guy! He’s barely had game time throughout the season, even with Ox, Walcott, Giroud, and Welbeck out injured. Really do not understand why Wenger even bought him?

      Apart from not scoring when one-on-one, Perez was excellent in the FA Cup win. What I like is his calmness on the ball, and ability to play a great through ball.

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  2. Arsenal_Girl

    I was surprised that Alexis played. I would have rested him for tomorrow.

    I would like to see Lucas, Theo and Alexis start either against Watford or Chelsea.
    Theo is our best rw, Lucas is playing excellent on left, Alexis is our best striker.

    We could also play Theo, Alexis and Giroud

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    1. NY_Gunner

      I think Danny would be better than Lucas against Chelsea. Lucas movement and passing are kool, but he lacks in the defensive side of it.The Blues roll with 4/5 in midfield…Our forwards have to chip in defensively there.

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  3. Kostafi

    Alexis, Giroud, Walcott. I expect we will need the big guy against Watfords CB’s whose mission will be to park the bus. A set piece goal should open the game up…

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  4. Samuel Akinsola Adebosin

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    1. ThirdManJW

      Mertesacker should not play for Arsenal ever again! I am stunned he’s in your line-up. His contract extension is an absolute joke, and he cannot even run!

      If you want to rest Koscielny, then put Gabriel at CB, Bellerin at RB, or Gabriel at RB, with Holding at CB, if you want to rest Bellerin as well. Personally, I’d have Bellerin at RB, and Gabriel at CB. Bellerin is young, has plenty of energy, and had an easy, non physical game on Saturday. He’s fine to start again.

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    2. Break-on-through

      Samuel A.A. I think it’s a good point you make. Chelsea will go with their full team v pool, and then they’ll need to do the same when we face them. This would be a good opportunity to try and bring an advantage to the bridge, by having some fresher legs. All season Chelsea had the advantage with fresher legs, as most of the other top teams had CL commitments. But it’s a risk all the same because we can’t afford to lose this next game.

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    Based on the players rested during the FA Cup match, I exepect Wenger to play a front 3 of Sanchez, Giroud and Iwobi.

    Against Chelsea, I would’t risk Perez on either flank due to his tracking back issue. Although, it seems he is better than Iwobi when it comes to tracking back.

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  6. HA559

    Perez is getting the Podolski treatment.

    Meanwhile overpaid, over stayed players are still here at the club.

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    1. NY_Gunner

      I think AW is being conservative with him, because we do have a few Cup matches left, as well as CL matches. Thats where I think he’ll be let loose…

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  7. Simon_MrMac

    So tempting as a fan to rest players before the game against Chelsea-

    But it’s points that wins Premier League –

    And we need to fight and win every point. So must always play strongest possible team in PL

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  8. Wilshegz

    Any front 3 with Alexis included is good to go…. we need Walcott fully rested for Chelsea.

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