Arsenal to start Ox and Iwobi against Spurs with Walcott out?

I do not think I need to say that the Arsenal and Chile international star Alexis Sanchez will be starting the north London derby this weekend, unless of course something untoward happens to him between now and then. The rest of the Arsenal front line is not so easy to predict though.

Now that Arsene Wenger has the option of the fit again Olivier Giroud he could once again put the Chilean back on the left flank with the Frenchman through the middle. And with the boss revealing in the latest injury update on the Arsenal website that our flying England forward Theo Walcott is still a doubt for the derby that could be more likely.

Even if Walcott is not fit enough to star against Spurs, however, I think that the Gunners have good enough options on the flanks to start Alexis through the middle. Those options would be Alex Iwobi and Oxlade-Chamberlain and both young Gunners have been in good form recently.

The added bonus of playing this front three is that we would have great pace and energy all the way across the forward line and not just one part of it. I have a feeling that the Tottenham defenders would be happier coming up against the size and strength of Giroud rather than the pace, movement and direct running of Alexis, Ox and Iwobi so is that how Wenger will line Arsenal up?


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  1. TR7 says:

    forget about pace now tha OG and Ramsey are back. Who doesn’t know that the two are AW favourtes and will be played no matte hw their form is.? AR on the wing again OG upfront, thats how AW sees it regardless of how they bring down our play

    1. leo...fourteen says:

      ive always known ramseys return is bad news,,,,,,

  2. Cannon Spike says:

    We must play Alexis up front no matter what.
    I dont understand fans that say Giroud up front is our best option.

    We play in a predictable way with Giroud upfront, very one dimensional.

    With Alexis, Iwobi, and Ox we have massive pace to trouble Tottenham’s unsettled defence.
    The only issue I have is that I hope the wingers do their defensive duties properly while facing Rose and Walker

    1. Gunnerphyte says:

      It doesn’t matter who plays. As long as we win, I am good.

  3. Man I really hope Ramsey is not played on the wing. Infact I hope he is just not played period. We must stick to the batch that has gotten us this far and thats iwobi alexis and ox/walcott if fit. Giroud must come from the bench.

  4. 254gooner says:

    Walcott has a good record against Spurs.. And it’s still early for Ramsey to start in major games. Stick with the winning formula… If doing sth over n over expecting better results is madness, then leaving the winning formula n going back to the same old method n trying it over n over again is……?

  5. TR7 says:

    every gunner knows our winning team but AW keeps on trying unnecesary tactics.we played the most boring game since the season began in our last ucl game.

  6. Jansen says:

    zero doubt in my mind and in Wenger’s mind. Giroud will not start. and neither will Ramsey, I hope.

    I think I could live with Iwobi – Sanchez – Ox. We can always bring on Ramsey and Giroud in the second half once we have learned how the game is developing.

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