MY Arsenal team to beat Liverpool – What is yours?

My Arsenal XI to Beat Livepool on Sunday! by AT

Following comprehensive wins against Newcastle United and away at Galatasaray in the Champions League, Arsenal will go into the big game against Liverpool full of confidence. Despite numerous injuries continuing to plague the side, Arsene Wenger can still pick a very strong starting eleven to not only match Liverpool but also beat them. Here’s the starting eleven that I think should take to the pitch at Anfield.

Starting from the back, the Gunners can finally field a strong defence despite Laurent Koscielny continuing to be on the sidelines. Callum Chambers will return from suspension and I’d slot him alongside Per Mertesacker at the heart of the Arsenal backline. Fit-again Mathieu Debuchy will take his place at right-back and Kieran Gibbs, as expected, will start at the opposite side. Needless to mention, Wojciech Szczesny will continue in goal.

Moving on to the centre of the park, Arsene Wenger doesn’t have too many options as a result of the injuries to Arteta, Wilshere and Ramsey. Keeping the various casualties in mind, I’d go with Mathieu Flamini as the defensive midfielder and alongside him should be Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain if he’s passed fit, otherwise it will have to be Francis Coquelin accompanying his compatriot. Santi Cazorla has been in a rich vein of form recently and considering the Spaniard is the only fit Number 10 at the moment, he will certainly continue in that role.

And finally, the forwards. This is one area of the pitch where Le Prof has an abundance of options, but keeping in mind the game against the Magpies last weekend, I think Danny Welbeck, Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez all deserve to keep their place. Sanchez is unarguably the biggest threat in this Gunners side while Welbeck has been another consistent performer up front, and Giroud has returned from injury in red-hot form. In addition, Theo Walcott is back in training and is expected to make the bench.

There is no doubt that Arsene Wenger can field a very strong starting eleven at Anfield. The only concern is the fitness of The Ox, if he isn’t passed fit, we might be a little soft in the midfield with Coquelin coming in. With fingers crossed in regards to the availability of the Englishman, Arsenal can field a starting eleven that will be way too strong for Brendan Rodgers’ side.

My Arsenal XI: Szczesny; Debuchy, Chambers, Mertesacker, Gibbs; Flamini, The Ox/Coquelin; Sanchez, Cazorla, Welbeck; Giroud.



  1. davidnz says:

    Your team +
    Martinez Bellerin Coquelin.
    Podolski Rosicky Walcott
    19 players is about all we have
    available without going in to the U20’s

  2. speedie says:

    What are you smoking!!

    1. Godswill says:

      He is smoking liverplaughool.

    2. goldfish27 says:

      His a liverpool fan….he must walk alone

  3. davidnz says:

    C’mon why so conservative?
    Chatzitheodoridis – Ajayi – da Graca – Ottewill
    Maitland-Niles – Kamara – Zelalem -Iiwobi
    Akpom – Hinds

  4. Twig says:

    Podolski still can’t get a start, can he?

  5. 007 says:

    Debuchy Chambers Mertesacker Gibbs
    Flamini Ox/Coquelin
    Sanchez Giroud Welbeck

    I having a feeling Wenger might be tempted to play either Monereal or Debuchy at CB again. Without Baloteli not playing, Brenda might fill in Sterling as ST (pool will have tricky and fast front players in Sterling, Lalana and Coutinhio (sp) hence we need a very steady and strong defense) Eissh I miss Kos man.

    Wenger DONT play a high line for this game as this is what pool will be hoping for with there fast forwards.

    1. 007 says:

      Apologies for the errors in the post but I hope you get the gist.

  6. andyarsenal05 says:

    Bellerin – Chambers – Debuchy/Monreal – Gibbs
    Flamini – Ox
    Sanchez – Cazorla – Welbeck

    If Ox isn’t fit then

    Bellerin – Chambers – Debuchy/Monreal – Gibbs
    Flamini – Cazorla
    Walcott/Podolski/Campbell – Sanchez – Welbeck

    The front four will move around and sorry but i don’t trust Merts anymore. 🙂

  7. ArnSam says:

    “welbeck has been a constant perfomer”! doing what? scoring goals, assisting or failing to convert goals???
    Coqueline is the real defensive midfielder we have at the moment excuse me yo flamini

  8. blip says:

    Welbeck. Cazorla. Alexis
    Ox. Flamini
    Gibbs. Mert. Debuchy. Chambers

    Bench : podolski. Walcott. Sanogo. Bellerin. Moneral. Martinez.

    Debuchys at cb just because i think hes a bit more clever than chambers and can handle sterlings pace better and can help mert more with his expereince. Chambers is still a good rb and cb but i just put him at rb because hes doing so well there.

  9. optimisticgooner says:

    Who plays in mid depends more d fitness of chamberlain. And as for centre back i did rather play debuchy dere wid calum chamers at,rite back. Debuchy was brilliant against Fulham, also he offers more experience den chambers.

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  11. TJ says:

    Load the backline with speed – that should take care of any offensive threats. Debuchy as RCB would be good cover for Bellerin who would get the benefit of Debuchy’s instructions on-field.
    If Ox isn’t available – then either Coq or Chambers! to pair up with Flamini.

    Bellerin…Debuchy…BFG …Gibbs




  12. fred cowardly says:

    Rest Alexis and play Walcott and Welbeck/Ox on the wings with Cazorla in the middle.

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