Rotation? Wenger to ‘freshen up’ Arsenal team to face Man United

Arsene Wenger picks the same starting XI for five games in a row? Unheard of! Could he now be aiming for a sixth unchanged side after our listless display against Swansea?

For some reason I doubt this very much, especially after reading this quote from our Dear Leader: “If the players are tired, I’m ready to do it because I have a very strong squad and I haven’t decided yet what I will do,”

“We have three games to finish the season and it’s important that everybody contributes until the end. It’s important that at some stage you freshen up.”

At first glance that seems a strange thing for Wenger to say, considering he has had most of his squad available but continues naming an unchanged side. The fact that he sent Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott on against Swansea to replace the out-of-sorts duo of Olivier Giroud and Francis Coquelin makes me think that there could be further changes coming for this crucial match at Old Trafford.

Last season when we were struggling to hang on to Fourth Place, Wenger purposely turned to his most experienced players to keep calm in the stress-filled run-in, and that worked out perfectly, but who could he rotate on Sunday? Possibly he could reinstate Matthieu Flamini to give Coquelin a well-earned rest, or maybe start with Wilshere in the middle?

Up front we have Danny Welbeck unlikely to be available, so if we don’t go with Giroud then I can only see Walcott taking his place. Tomas Rosicky was an unused sub against Swansea but maybe he could replace a half-fit Ramsey?

What changes would you make to help Arsenal get their momentum back?

Tags Flamini Rosicky Walcott Wilshere


  1. arsenal miss out of the race to sign Japanese messi Takefusa Kubo… Lols. we are still waiting for the once herald Japanese Ronaldinho to blossom

    1. Please no Wiltshere in starting 11,or we will loose the game he will be targeted by MU players to get in send off,nothing against Wiltshere but the stats suggest that our chance of winning with Wiltshere is very slim play Wiltshere in emirates and only if we winning the game.

      1. It’s Wilshere @frisco not ‘Wiltshere’.He ain’t wilted yet,he’s just trying to will his mojo back!

  2. The starting 11 against Swansea had no pace in it apart from sanchez and bellerin. I’d play theo in this game. Thats why all we were doing is passing sideways AND not crossing the ball into the box. How is Giroud meant to affect the game with slow sideways passing. NEED PACE to beat a man. Keep ashley young thinking more defensively.

  3. 6 days is plenty rest.
    Flamini v Man U at OT?
    Your having a laugh 🙂
    Walcott for Ramsey and that’s it.
    The team will bounce back on Sunday.

    1. I don’t know, but Arsene swore to Ramsey the other day on a holy kama sutra that he could never be replaced by anyone else in the team.

  4. Would start with Walcott as it’s his last chance to prove doubters wrong .. If he can’t show it in this game then he can’t be in an arsenal shirt next season …. But it’s a massive game for wenger too….not only to prove he can impress against rivals but because if we finish 4th with or without a cup then its a no progress season…and in the weakest EPL for a decade… Even a third place and not retaining fa cup could be counted as a step back …. In any case big game Sunday with a lot on the line

    1. youd risk our chance at automatic cl qualification, to test theo?!

      sorry no

      he flopped at cf, has done since forever..

      no jack, no theo

  5. Walcott should not be sold regardless of his OT performance, he played brilliantly after injury return but was benched & must have lost some sharpness.

    We all know that Wenger has his favored players: Ozil,BFG, Ramsey & only a serious injury can stop them frm starting. That said, I’d love to see Theo on right Wing & Sanchez LW. Coquelin to retain his place too. Back 4 = Monreal, Koscielny,Gabriel, Bellerin.

    After the season ends, Wenger should buy Martinez (Porto) or a similar lethal striker to enable us challenge for EPL title.
    Wouldnt like us to lose against Man united but am afraid if the team finishes strongly then Wenger will not buy any new players & next season will be another battle for a top 4 finish.

    1. I dont think its favorite players in the way that you may and some do mean it, its more like how he sees the game so he plays the lads most suited for it (or simply whom he deems best), his opinion and he is the boss.

  6. I would replace Mert, Ramsey and Carzola with Gabriel, Walcott and Wilshere. But Wenger won’t do that. Same lineup or 1 change max is what we will see.

  7. Would have liked to see how Arteta and Coq would look but not fit enough id imagine. Id go with Gab for this match and going into next season a few games now could help. Id also like to see Welbeck play if fit.


  8. GK:Ospina

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