My strongest Arsenal team to destroy Monaco – What is yours?

So there is just one more day to go before Arsenal’s crucial first leg tie against Monaco and we are all aware of our opponents defensive capabilities. But we also know about our own attacking prowess and I am gong to choose a team that should easily break down the French teams defence.

First of all I am hoping above all that David Ospina has recovered fully from his back strain sustained against Palace. I have a terrible feeling that if Szczesny plays we will definitely concede….

Obviously Mertesacker and Koscielny will be the centre-backs. It is not worth risking Gabriel quite so early in his English lessons. I want Gibbs and Bellerin as the wing-backs for their attacking runs, if Bellerin has recovered from his minor ankle problem…..

There is no question that Cazorla and Coquelin should be the central midfielders, one for his magic feet and the other for solidity in front of the defence.

Danny Welbeck has certainly earned the right to start ahead of Walcott in the last few games, while Ozil and Sanchez are also definite starters, as is the highly improved Olivier Giroud as the target man.

This line up fulfils my wish for a solid defensive core, but with an abundance of attacking talent. If we decide to do the all-out total agressive football we displayed in the first half against Middlesbrough then we should be able to demoralize our French opponents very quickly and take an early lead. What we SHOULD NOT do is sit back and let Monaco come at us, because if we do then they may just decide to sit back themselves and play for a 0-0 stalemate….

Does anyone disagree with that line-up?

Tags Bellerin Gibbs Ozil Sanchez


  1. ButtFlaps says:

    Monoco is in troubles!!! Arsenal now in good mood! I agree, but I swap WALCOT for Wellbecks!!!

    1. Gunner says:

      Yeah, seems like Monaco are going to sit back and defend alot…Walcot and Sanchez on wings will help with pace….and both have ability to cut in and score…esp if they park the bus and we run out of options..

  2. KickAssFan says:

    Ospina (a good name for a DJ)

    Bellerin___ Per____Koscielny___Gibbs

    _____ LeCock____



    1. Gunner says:

      Aint that the same team in the article….

  3. RWRW says:

    2-1 Arsenal. Giroud both

    1. NY_Gunner says:

      We need a clean sheet at home.

    2. andyarsenal05 says:

      Giroud has improved a lot until we could expect him to score twice and if he does we wouldn’t be suprise. COYG!!’

  4. gooner954 says:

    Read in the express that Wenger willing to spend £80 million on pogba hope its true. Definite signal to rivals we gonna be contenders next season.

  5. Gooner4G says:


    Bellerin __ _ Per ____ Koscielny ___ Monreal

    _ Coquelin____ Carzola

    Walcott ________ Ozil __________Sanchez

    ____ Welbeck____

    I go with pace. Walcott and Alexis on the flanks + Danny can transit from defence to c/attack very fast. Giroud should be our sub in case things fail to work in first half

  6. sanmi.marvellous says:

    Wenger WILL NEVER spend £80m on any player, CR7.

  7. fred cowardly says:

    We will beat Monaco easy
    We should rest all our top players

    Starting lineup


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