My Arsenal XI to Face Manchester City – Who would you pick?

After a much-needed win over relegation-threatened Middlesbrough on Monday night, Arsenal head to Wembley to take on Manchester City in the semi-finals of the FA Cup. Following Arsene Wenger’s surprising tactical change of going with a 3-4-2-1 formation, it will be interesting to see how the Frenchman approaches this one. Personally, I would stick with the new system and here’s how I would go about it.

Starting from the back, I’d more or less stick with the same backline, with the exception of bringing in Kieran Gibbs in place of Nacho Monreal. The Spaniard simply does not seem to have the legs as we saw in the game against Boro and I feel Kieran would be better suited to play at wing-back as pace will be crucial in dealing with the likes of Sane and De Bruyne. Koscielny, Holding, Gabriel and Oxlade-Chamberlain in particular all had good games on Monday night and I believe they should all keep their place for Sunday’s big clash.

Moving to the midfield, I’d stick with Xhaka and Ramsey. The Welshman made a crucial assist, worked hard for the team and really played the role of a box-to-box midfielder against Boro and should be given a start. As for Xhaka, he did his job as well and ran his socks off in a game where he really had to prove himself and displayed good skill to win the freekick that Sanchez tucked away. With his confidence growing, I believe he should keep his place
Moving to the forwards, there can be no arguments that it should be the Gunners’ star duo, Ozil and Sanchez, who should behind the striker. With Manchester City not having the best of defences either, it makes sense to give our two best players the creative freedom to float around in the opposition’s final third and create chances. But with respect to the striker, I believe Danny Welbeck, who returned to training, should take the place of Olivier Giroud.

While the Frenchman did have a decent game at the Riverside, I believe Welbeck will be more of a threat against the City defence. The Englishman can make runs down the flanks, catch on to quick through balls and would be better suited to play on the counter attack, which we may have to do against a team like Manchester City. So overall, I’d make just two changes to the side that ended our ‘away jinx’ on Monday night, with Gibbs and Welbeck coming in for Monreal and Giroud respectively.

My Arsenal XI: Cech; Koscielny, Holding, Gabriel, Gibbs; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Xhaka, Ramsey, Gibbs; Ozil, Sanchez; Welbeck.

Who would you pick?



  1. Scott says:

    Anybody apart from Ramsey he is the worst player we have!

  2. John0711 says:

    How many positions is Gibbs playing?

    Watched my chels v spuds

    Why havnt we created a dier or Kane
    Why didnt we buy Wanyama,Ali or Alderweld

    1. bran99 says:

      We dont have to bother what lineup Wenger puts, it’s hard to go past Man City, and even if we luckily do, Chelsea will reap us apart, again.. it’s gonna be painful coz it’s a final.. we are winning nothing this season, let’s just swallow that bitter truth

  3. SGgunner says:

    Spurs deserve to be in the final.

    1. Fatboy Gooney says:

      Yup, it sure looks that way?
      Chelsea 4
      Spuds 2

    2. bran99 says:

      Every team deserves to be in the final, even Sutton.. hahaha

    3. gmv8 says:

      Danny Murphy talks some rubbish.. saying Conte left out Hazard and Costa, was a mark of respect to the spuds, because he needed to more defensive against them … no … he’s just trying to save his best players for the run in and evidently didn’t think it was worth tiring them against the spuds.

  4. luvdaguns says:

    that moment your watching Spuds & you realize how screwed you are as an AFC fan… The analyst at half time said, the difference between Spurs & Arsenal is that Arsenal have an owner that doesnt care if his team do not win… Thats true and depressing. Stan is heavily involved w financing the largest stadium deal ever in LA for the Rams and Chargers, AFC took a back seat, and it shows. Problem is, he does not care, any other team would see its obvious time to move on w Wenger, but Stan is comfy w Arsene watching his wallet. Its sad, but could be dry for a foreseeable future

    1. gmv8 says:

      Look at how Hazard turned out for Chelski… he was swiped under our noses while Wenger was counting his pennies … Unfortunately everything need changing at Arsenal manager … board .. coaching.. scouts… I think Grimandi does ok scouting, but Dick Law is hopeless, I also think we are getting about 20% of the potential we have in the current team, which could change with fresh coaching.

      1. Guneal (English Arsenal fans let me down) says:

        I don’t feel bad anymore about the countless stars Mr. Wenger should have signed bcos they would have left like Alexis and Mesut are leaving.

        1. gmv8 says:

          People are talking about all these people coming to the club, but I don’t see how that works … out of the champions league, losing all our stars and unlike manure, who were in a somewhat similar position, restricted by a wage structure. Wenger has to keep Sanchez, even if it means spending a few extra quid … obviously there are limitations, but it is mainly his stubbornness that has got us into this position in the first place.

  5. luvdaguns says:

    i cant believe I am supporting chelsea today, thats freaking hard!

    1. gmv8 says:

      Had to laugh when I heard chelski supporters singing ‘Stand up if you hate tottenham’. My enemy’s enemy is my friend ….

  6. SGgunner says:

    I’m so like the attitude of spurs players.

    1. Break-on-through says:

      Some very poor defending today. Good game to watch but poor defending from spuds, that was the difference, Chelsea defended better and fired in some tough to save shots.

  7. SGgunner says:

    Sucker punch

  8. Gb says:

    We are so far behind both spuds and Chels.
    4-2 now

  9. John0711 says:

    Some tom goals today and I so wish we could compete with these two just on a hard work basis

  10. Fatboy Gooney says:

    ?? Fork Me!
    Let’s hope that Wenger puts in a bit more effort than Anurag’s starting eleven ? no Bellerin, no Walcott and Gibbs has been named twice ?

  11. Bolly from Borehamwood says:

    Glad spuds lost but we are are miles behind both teams.

    1. bran99 says:

      AKBs will swallow you alive, they never wanna hear that Spurs is above Arsenal in any way, even they still believe we gonna finish above them like we always do.. hehehehe..

  12. Bolly from Borehamwood says:

    I too would like to to see the BeeGees playing but we only have one!

  13. tweety says:

    i wont be happy should we lose tomorrow, but as long as the spuds are going to win nothing its ok. gooner = forever

  14. twig says:

    This is game to go back to what has worked well for us in the past. That means having Theo and Alexis leading the attack.

    Welbeck/Iwobi Ozil Walcott
    Xhaka Elneny
    Monreal Koscielny Mustafi Bellerin

  15. Bur says:

    I don’t think it matters who plays tomorrow for Arsenal city will win. It goes against my principles to say it but I can’t see any other result. With wenger in charge we are doomed. No foresight, no charisma, no umph, no guts, no trophies. I sick to my onions with thon wenger.

  16. Arsenal_Girl says:

    koscielny ..holding…gibbs
    Xhaka ..Coquelin .Ox .iwobi
    ……..Walcott ….Alexis

    1. Abdulquadr says:

      I love this formation but I’ll rather have it this way;

      Ox…Xhaka…Ramsey… Gibbs

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  17. Bur says:

    Sorry Arsenal girl can’t see that team winning I hope I’m wrong.

  18. John says:

    Alexis theo Ozil
    Chamberlain Xhaka Ramsey Monreal
    Holding Koscienly Gabriel

  19. ThirdManJW says:

    Gabriel Koscielny Holding
    Bellerin Coquelin Elneny Gibbs
    Walcott Alexis Ox

    Please no Ozil and Xhaka, just no!

    1. twig says:

      The chance Ozil doesn’t play tomorrow is like Wenger getting sacked before tomorrow’s game

  20. Rkw says:

    The fact that Walcott appears as an automatic starter in these line ups tells me how utterly mediocre we have become …. Obviously we can win even if city dominate as Chelsea have shown … Both defences have big weaknesses but city are more direct going forward which in end will probably tell esp on wembley pitch

    1. twig says:

      Walcott is a man for the big occasion. I want him to start.

      1. Rkw says:

        No just a crap player with the ocassional good games … The big game tag is just another silly myth perpetuated by the frog-whippet nexus of 4th place junkies … The guy is the most overrated player in EPL and his holding down a regular place is indicative of the sorry state of the team …

  21. ramterta says:

    gabriel holding mustafi koscienly
    bellerin jenkinson debuchy monreal
    giroud gibbs

  22. The troll formerly known as robin vanpayslip says:

    Mustafi Kos Holding
    Bellerin Gabriel Coquelin Monreal
    Debuchy Gibbs

  23. ramterta says:

    an even better line up
    holding mertesacker koscienly mustafi
    gabriel jenkinson debuchy monreal
    bellerin gibbs

    This is the only lineup that will avoid humiliation tommorow

    1. The troll formerly known as Robin Vanpayslip says:

      Sanchez is our best defender

    2. Dammy says:

      U r not as funny as u think u r

  24. Kedar Damle says:

    Holding Koscielny Monreal

    Bellerin Ramsey Xhaka Ozil Ox



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