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Arsenal: What would be the preferable starting XI against Sunderland? by SE

Arsenal, for all the struggles they have endured in the Premier League so far, have done well to pick up 6 points out of 6 in their last two Champions League fixtures against Galatasaray and Anderlecht. That last gasp win on Wednesday night against the Belgium Champions, especially, would have invigorated this Arsenal side that was looking for some sort of inspiration after an insipid display against Hull City last weekend at the Emirates. Thus, going into Saturday’s clash against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, expect Arsenal to come out all guns blazing and look to get back to winning ways, after losing and drawing their last two Premier League games against Chelsea and Hull City respectively. What should be Arsenal’s preferable stating XI against Sunderland?

Wojciech Szczesny should return to goal, after serving his one-match Champions League suspension against Anderlecht. Calum Chambers, having seen out his suspension in the home game against Hull City, should be back to playing at Right-Back, in place of Hector Bellerin who did a decent job against Hull City last weekend. At the heart of the defence, Per Mertesacker is sure to start to the near-left of Chambers, looking to put up a good show after his struggles during this early phase of the season. To the left of Mertesacker, I’d persist with Nacho Monreal, although Laurent Koscielny is expected to be fit for tomorrow’s game. The Frenchman’s injury cannot be taken lightly, and Wenger needs to handle one of his key defenders diligently. Kieran Gibbs should have no problems retaining his place at Left-Back.

Starting with the midfield pivot, it’s going to be a tussle between Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta. Flamini has done well midst a lot of cynicism over his ability to guard the Gunners’ backline. Personally, I’d stick with the Frenchman and bring on the Spaniard later on in the game. Aaron Ramsey’s return to action during last weekend’s 2-2 draw against Hull City should make him a certain starter for Arsenal’s trip to Sunderland, where he scored a brace last September. Jack Wilshere, who played against Anderlecht in midweek after shaking off what looked like a serious ankle injury during Hull City’s game, should start alongside Ramsey in what will be a 3-man midfield.

On the Left-Hand-Side, after scoring the winning goal for Arsenal against Anderlecht, Lukas Podolski would be my Left-Winger, in place of Alexis Sanchez who has been overworked already this season. It’s no good for Arsenal and Wenger during this stage of the season when they are hit by injuries to many a key player, and it’s precisely due to that reason why Wenger needs to start thinking of utilizing Podolski and Tomas Rosicky a lot more than what he has done with them so far. The Chilean should start from the bench for the North Londoners. Upfront, it should be Danny Welbeck who seems to have bedded in nicely and just needs to work on being consistent. On the Right-Hand-Side, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain should provide width and pace to the Gunners, with his marauding pace and lively attitude.

Tags Podolski Sanchez


  1. vicky says:

    Bellerin — Chambers — Per — Gibbs
    Alexis Santi Ramsey Pod

    1. Adienl says:


    2. Mowember says:

      also jimmy bullard has been declared fit to play against sunderland good news good news

    3. ArnSam says:

      Vicky am 1000% behind yo team.
      It’s my birth day to day and i would like this beautiful attractive game and the 3points

      1. davidnz says:

        Congratulations on your birthday mate 🙂

  2. Adienl says:


    Sanchez Cazorla Ox/ Campbell

    Ramsey Arteta

    Gibbs. Merteslacker Chambers Bellerin

    Subs: Martinez, Walcott, Monreal, Podolski, Hayden, Coquelin, Rosicky

    Walcott will come on for sure. I’d like to see Hayden or Coquelin play next to Ramsey.

    1. Adienl says:

      Of course. Scz the goalie.

  3. Arunavameister says:

    am i missing something?
    isnt Wilshere suspended for this game?

    1. Dee@ease says:

      He is suspended so we’ll play better as a team today our performance will be better without him!

  4. cheeterspotter says:

    First name on the sheet would be the new manager.

  5. dan says:

    We will get beat today Sunderland will be all over us like a rash worse time to play them after there heavy defeat and there players will be so up for it gona be another miserable day for us gunners fans but spose we are getting use to it now days!!

  6. Goonsquad8 says:

    …Sanchez…….Poldi……. Campbell……

  7. dan says:

    Think diaby would make a fantastic physio he must be qualified by now he should know every bone in the body as he has injured them all!! Ha Ha

  8. royalman says:

    Diabi should be shown d way out of d club, let anoda active player collect dat wages. Club interest should come 1st, this is why wenger is failing by putting player interest ahead.

  9. iamvia says:

    Welbeck is more of a deep lying forward he is not very effective as a lone striker he will be a Perfect player for a 4–4-2 formation.
    DW. LP.
    AS. JC.
    SC. MF.
    KG. PM. CC. HB
    I know AKB but I think its reasonable to play this kinda formation,when DW decides to play deep LP will be upfront and our passes will be focused through the wings rather than the middle, I picked JC ahead of the Ox because he has better dribbling skills and he likes to cut through the middle, MF because we have no option,SC will play well supporting MF, back four??? PM. hmmm

    1. Adienl says:

      I lost you when you claimed AKB.
      Just NO!

      1. iamvia says:

        What I mean is I know AKB because he will do only what he has in mind. He will never listen to us

        1. Adienl says:

          That’s fine then.
          But it wasn’t immediately obvious from your comment.

  10. iamvia says:

    DW. LP.
    AS. JC.
    SC. MF.
    KG. PM. CC. HB.

  11. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    Mine –

    Bellerin – Chambers – Per – Gibbs

    Arteta – Ramsey

    Sanchez – Cazorla – Podolski


    According to Wenger:


    TBC – TBC – TBC – TBC


    TBC – Wilshere – TBC – TBC


    1. admin says:

      LOL Wilshere is suspended!

      1. Robin Vanpayslip says:

        Wenger doesn’t care……..

  12. Shah of Arsenal says:

    What I want


    What will happen

  13. Gigi2 says:


  14. samuel@justarsenal.com says:

    As some Gunners have returned from injuries and are included in the 18 man match day team, it will be hard to correctly guessed pass 70% of our starting X1 for the Sunderland game. But let me try to see if I can get close to the boss starts: Szczesny..Chambers..Monreal..Gibbs. Flamini…Ramsey. Sanchez..Cazola..Campbell..Podolski. Welbeck.

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