Pick the Arsenal team to face Besiktas…..

How could Arsenal lineup against Besiktas today? by SE

It’s that time of the season when you play 3 games within a week if you are a top Premiership club. Arsenal, however, start their Champions League campaign a month ahead of their Premier League rivals, after finishing fourth in the league last season. With congestion of fixtures comes the need for squad rotation and that is the primary reason why you have a bigger pool of players, albeit your core remains more or less the same. Arsenal play their 1st leg away at Besiktas and there will be a couple of considerations for Wenger to take before he picks his starting XI for tonight’s game. Arsenal played a Premier League game 72 hours prior to this fixture, and 72 hours later they will find themselves in another Premier League fixture that will prove indispensable to their title charge.

However, having stressed on the importance of getting into the Champions League group stages, you can be rest assured that Wenger will put out a strong team and ensure that Arsenal don’t ‘topple’, as Ba proclaimed.

Kieran Gibbs, who started against Crystal Palace and picked up a hamstring injury, hasn’t recovered, and, the worrying news is that he will be out of action for three weeks. Monreal will slot in at Left-Back for the Englishman, and if Koscielny is fit, the rest of the defence should remain the same. But what could be the other possible changes?

Sanchez and Cazorla played as wide strikers against Crystal Palace, alongside Sanogo, with Wilshere, Ramsey and Arteta completing the midfield triangle. If Wenger puts out his strongest possible lineup, that front six could start again, with the exception of Sanogo, who could be replaced by his compatriot Giroud. It would also be interesting to see whether Campbell and Chamberlain get game time, considering the fixtures that lie ahead for Arsenal in the coming weeks.

Arsenal’s probable starting XI – Formation 4-3-3: Wojciech Szczesny (GK), Mikel Arteta (C), Mathieu Debuchy, Calum Chambers, Laurent Koscielny, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Alexis Sanchez, Santi Cazorla, Nacho Monreal and Olivier Giroud.



  1. Budd says:


    Subs : Giroud,Flamini,Coquelin,Rosicky,Ox

    No, I don’t believe Wenger will take my team and put it in the field, we will play with Giroud from the first minute as we did last season. But then he is the boss and I am just a gooner.

    1. Hald says:

      Sczeszny-Debuchy-Chambers-Koscielny-Monreal-Flamini(for his hung ho attitude)-Ramsey-Cazorla-Sanchez-Campbell-Giroud.SUBS:Ox,Bellerin,Wilshere,Mert,Arteta.

      1. karansagar says:


    2. Mick The Gooner says:

      Debuchy Chambers Koscielny Monreal
      Arteta Ramsey
      Ox Cazorla Campbell

      Save Alexis for Everton and the second leg, maybe sub Ramsey off for Wilshere in the second half. Özil, Podolski and Mertesacker can play against Everton too. We lost 3-0 away to Everton last time. It’s a fixture where we can get all 3 points with a strong team, or lose them all again with a weak squad.

      We don’t need an attacking performance tonight, just a clean sheet so we can win finish them off at the Emirates. Ox, Giroud and Campbell are more than capable of scoring a goal or two. Saving our best players for this game means we can play them in the second leg if we have to chase the game. If we play them and don’t get a convincing result, they’ll also have to play Everton at the weekend, having just played Palace. The second leg would be their 4th game in 11 days, plus the Leicester game that weekend. They’d be knackered having to play all of them.

      1. DanielC1989 says:

        we don’t need an attacking performance? so if we draw 0-0 and if they come to the emirates and do what Palace did to us, except we don’t manage to nick a goal. then what?

        what a stupid comment mate

      2. DanielC1989 says:

        and it’s the SECOND game of the season. third if you count the City game. why should we be resting players already???

      3. Budd says:

        Not making it for the groups will be a bigger disaster than losing 5-0 at Everton. Be careful what you wish and set up the priorities.

      4. 007 says:

        Well that’s one way to look at it. On the other hand I would say this game provides another chance for the team to step into gear and find that coordination again. We saw too many mis- placed passes in the last game and the team hasn’t gelled yet.

        50 minutes run out for Sanchez wouldn’t so bad as he is still trying to learn the other players movements, weaknesses, and strengths (we didn’t have much of a pre-season either). Besides if we convincely beat them with our best players tonight and help them gain form, we can relax in the 2nd leg at home and play the “B” team.

        This game should be used to bring our players back into form before Saturday (this includes Campbell / Ox / OG / and TR having some part to play as well).

  2. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    Same team as weekend except Sanchez to the middle and Campbell wide and Montreal for Gibbs due to injury.

    Alternatively, same team except drop Wilshere, move Santi the middle, Campbell to the wide spot and Giroud to the middle and Montreal due to injury.

    1. Wazzzimbo says:

      I just want to see the inclusion of Joel. We could do with his tenacity in a fixture like this, likewise Alexis should start. This team will need to be filled with hard workers if we’re to win well.

      Debuchy – Chambers – Koscielny – Monreal
      Flamini – Ramsey
      Campbell – Rosicky – Cazorla

      Under normal circumstances Chamberlain would play for me, but he doesn’t seem ready yet. This team, although no where near our strongest, should easily beat Besiktas.

      1. Robin Vanpayslip says:

        I like that. May be swapping Rosicky and Cazorla might be an idea. I think Cazorla needs some central time early in the season to get going.

      2. Budd says:

        Left flank is weakened now that you put Ramsey and Cazorla there. Monreal also like to go forward. You can’t play anymore 4231 exactly because our left flank is the weakest link. Either 433, either 4321 or even 442 (if we find the strikers/forwards to do it). Besides, think about the fact that Monreal can get injured. What then?

    2. atid says:

      Hahaha robinvanpayslip same team apart from 30-40% changes!!!

      I am.in sgreement with your changes just cracked me up how you worded it.

      I think it’s unusual for a substitute to be involved in the press conference which leads me to think flamini will start. Wenger will make as little change to the back 5 as possible with monreal beingvthe only change.

      1. Robin Vanpayslip says:

        The first version I posted makes no changes except those due to injury!!!!!!!!

  3. Arsenalover says:


  4. Ddog says:

    Same team as palace exept giroud for sanogo, and the Ox in for wilshere – moving Cazorla into the middle. the game against palace changed when the OX came on. we created more chances, there just wasn’t enough pace and width with Santi on the left. the game was too central

  5. B.R.94 says:

    Debu cham kosc. Monreal
    Ramsey. Wilshere
    campbell Cazorla

    1. Big Gun says:






      Bench: Ospina, Merts, Cazorla, Flamini, Rosicky, Giroud, Chamberlain

      1. 007 says:

        Sanogo is injured big guy.

        1. Big Gun says:

          Thanks for the update. In that case, Giroud in his place.

      2. atid says:

        Sanogo ospina injured, mertesacker not travelled.

  6. gunner062 says:

    debuchy – chambers – kos – nacho
    ramsey – arteta
    ox – rosicky – joel

    subs – martinez bellerin flamini wilshere santi giroud

  7. Miles says:

    Bellerin Debuchy chambers monreal
    Flamini arteta
    Sanchez ramsey Campbell
    … Do not risk Kosielney in the first leg! Using arteta and flamini to help cover the botched defence.. front line is good enough to get a few goals

    1. davidnz says:

      Bellerin. Lol.
      I think Mertz would play
      CB if Kos has to cry off.
      Monreal for 4 Gibbs and Giroud 4 Sanogo
      is 2 changes already so to maintain
      continuity I would not expect any more
      changes unless for more injury’s
      Be a big shock if Olivier does not start.

      1. Robin Vanpayslip says:

        Apparently Mertesacker hasn’t travelled.

        1. Budd says:

          That is actually confirmed. Unless he travels separately (which I doubt).

    2. Budd says:

      Is Bellerin on the UEFA list? Or maybe there’s still time to modify it because I would really like to keep him on the team together with Miquel.

  8. 007 says:

    —Would Prefer:
    Debuchy-Chambers-Koscielny- Monreal
    —–Campbell or Ox–Cazorla—Sanchez———

    But Wenger will go with:

    Which ever team we field tonight. A 2nil win would do us a lot of Good. Ramsey and Giroud on target!!!

  9. davidnz says:

    Huge competition for places
    in the midfield now with
    Sanchez Ox Jack, Rosicky,
    Cazorla, Ramsey Gnabry
    Podolski, Ozil Walcott and Campbell.
    Hard to see any one else being recruited
    unless some are loaned or sold.
    A top quality CB is most needed.

    1. Twig says:

      Podolski and Sanogo can go…. I’m tempted to include Wilshere as well, but then he’s the future Arsrnal captain 😛

      1. mohawk says:

        OK, Sanogo has not proven anything yet. But what did Poldi ever do wrong? We all we love to see Campbell take over the LW slot by proving he can play and score in the EPL. But until that happens, Poldi is still the best finisher in the league and he may be needed this season.

        After Campbell or Ox or someone else PROVES they can play and score like Poldi, then Poldi will move back to Deutschland to finish his career. First things first. This is not a video game.

  10. Twig says:

    It’ll be

    Cazorla Ramsey Sanchez
    Arteta Wilshere
    Monreal Kos Callum Debuchy

    1. 007 says:

      I suppose that how it will be. Would like Rosisky to play tonight ahead of Wilshere. His a big game player and his experience could really be vital.

      Cazorla Rosisky Sanchez
      Arteta Ramsey
      Monreal Kos Callum Debuchy

      1. mohawk says:

        Wenger has sometimes used Rosicky in early CL games – it is possible.

        1. atid says:


          I get a feeling he will rotate a few of the midfield and front 3. with Flamini and rosicky both starting and possibly campbell and coquelin.

          1. davidnz says:

            Coquelin starting?
            Big call.

          2. 007 says:

            Yes lets not push it too far by starting Le Coq (Huge risk, if we win by a comfortable margin, he can find some game time in the return leg safely at home). Flamini for Arteta, TR for Wilshere, Girould for Sanogo, and Monereal for Gibbs would be enough changes.

  11. Macotula says:

    Rambo to score in 5 games in a row.

    1. Robin Vanpayslip says:

      Too many famous people would die

      1. Twig says:

        Which one died the last time?

      2. Big Gun says:

        If it’s Lagy Gaga, Miley Cyrus and the Kardashians I wouldn’t be too phased.

  12. Sumo says:

    My team:
    ————–Sir Szcz—————-
    ——-Arteta———Welsh Prince—

  13. juhislihis says:

    Gibbs and Sanogo out with hamstring problems. Anyone recall Podolski getting a hamstring injury last year against Fenerbahce? Anyone recall how many months was he out?

    Gibbs will be out few months without a doubt.

    1. mohawk says:

      Hamstring can be a few days or many many months – just depends on the severity – minor strain, major stain, minor tear, major tear, etc. No way to know yet.

      1. juhislihis says:


        As a former professional athlete, yeah I know. Hamstring is a b*tch. But in Arsenal medical term there is no such thing as minor. 😀

    2. Bishop says:

      We will use your theory to test the new medic and fitness staffs

  14. goonerwineverything says:

    sorry this is a bit of the subject does anyone know what the situation with our overall debt is at the moment and what our repayments are i was under the impression that we are at about the £245 million mark gross debt and about £97 net debt are the stadium repayments lower now or something is the bonds interest dropped lower inprice we were paying something like £20-£30 million in repayments but heard its down to about £15 million per yr now i know we will have broken throught the £300 million mark in revenue now i am guessing that contributes more to the transfer funds or if not what makes up the transfer funds in the club i.e deals or match day revenue plus cash in the bank which stands at a high level but must be just in case we might default on a payment we need heavy cash in hand to bail us out this side of the club really intrigues me as it is not a much talked about subject unless you are into that type of area of work or care about the general fianacial outcome of the club does anyone have more insight into our finances would be great to hear from anyone about this matter cheers gonerwineverything (because we are)

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  15. No10 says:

    Debuchy Kos Chambers Monreal
    Ramsey Arteta Cazorla
    Sanchez Campbell Ox

    Going for speed and movement on this one, maybe interchange Campbell and Sanchez in the play.

  16. windrider007 says:

    Sanchez, chambers, ox and ospina should definitely play. The rest is up to Wenger. We should at least take home a 2 goal lead. Sorry to say but sanogo should probably be sent out on loan for the season.really need a defensive mid. World class striker if possible

  17. Ted Drake says:

    I want to see a front line of:

    Campbell – Sanchez – Oxlade

    here we have pace and power. Remember how we played against the spuds in the fa cup. We tore them apart with pace.

  18. forever-Arsenal says:


    Can’t wait to see Walcott, Ozil and Sanchez together in about a month’s time. Hopefully we will see Ozil and Sanchez together for Everton.

  19. Oga@dtop says:

    For me, experience counts in this kind of encounter. Players that are equal to the atmosphere.
    From Saturday’s Palace match, plus Monreal minus Gibbs, minus JW plus TR7, Flamini in for Arteta. Giroud for SirNogoals.


    Sanchez TR7,


    Flamini Rambo

    Monreal, kos, chambers, Dorobucci


  20. malito says:

    I like the idea of sanchez in strike but I reckon its going to be physical game so giroud should start
    Also think ox should start cos of his more physical presence
    Line up: szcz
    Debuchy chambers koscienly monreal
    Flamini ramsey
    Campbell cazorla ox

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