Welbeck won’t play so who will be Arsenal’s front 3 against Watford?

Danny Welbeck’s first start for Arsenal this season was a roaring success against Southampton as he scored twice and set up Theo Walcott for the first of his hat-trick, but Arsene Wenger will not risk Danny playing again tomorrow so soon after his excellent comeback.

Wenger said this morning: “He has done enough. But we must be cautious. I think it is a bit short after three days.”

“The quality of the performance was there.”

Theo Walcott was also excellent on his comeback, helped by Perez, and Wenger admits that he now has a selection headache in the striking department. “I am pleased first of all with their performance.

“We have scored many goals this season and Danny was not there so to add him to the squad gives us huge offensive potential.

“I have to use the strikers in the right moment without destroying the balance of the team.

“I will add Perez who contributed well on Saturday. We have many players who can produce and score.”

Wenger also noted: “It feels like I have many new strikers because Lucas Perez played very well and I left Olivier Giroud at home.

“The problem will now be to find the right combination which will use them well in games. The result is strong with the balance of the team.”

So against Watford, who will Wenger pick up front this time? Alexis played the last 20 minutes against the Saints and it looks like Wenger will play him in every game I am sure. I think Giroud was given a rest so he can start against Watford, but that leaves Perez, Walcott or Iwobi as the possibilities on the right wing.

Or will Wenger put Alexis back in the middle flanked by Iwobi and Walcott? Or Perez and Walcott?

Who would you choose?


  1. Juhi McLovin says:

    If fatigue is not a problem, I would pick:

    Perez Sanchez Theo

    I think these 3 players are the most deadly players we have at the moment. We can easily bring super sub Giroud later on.

    1. ThirdManJW says:

      I would love that front three, but under no circumstances will Perez be allowed to start…poor guy! He’s barely had game time throughout the season, even with Ox, Walcott, Giroud, and Welbeck out injured. Really do not understand why Wenger even bought him?

      Apart from not scoring when one-on-one, Perez was excellent in the FA Cup win. What I like is his calmness on the ball, and ability to play a great through ball.

  2. Arsenal_Girl says:

    I was surprised that Alexis played. I would have rested him for tomorrow.

    I would like to see Lucas, Theo and Alexis start either against Watford or Chelsea.
    Theo is our best rw, Lucas is playing excellent on left, Alexis is our best striker.

    We could also play Theo, Alexis and Giroud

    1. NY_Gunner says:

      I think Danny would be better than Lucas against Chelsea. Lucas movement and passing are kool, but he lacks in the defensive side of it.The Blues roll with 4/5 in midfield…Our forwards have to chip in defensively there.

  3. Kostafi says:

    Alexis, Giroud, Walcott. I expect we will need the big guy against Watfords CB’s whose mission will be to park the bus. A set piece goal should open the game up…

  4. Samuel Akinsola Adebosin says:

    First of all, I will like to let Ray Wilkins known that comes what may, Arsenal will beat Chelsea at the Bridge in a lunchtime PL match kickoff time on Saturday. It’s not Arsenal CAN beat Chelsea, but WILL beat Chelsea. So, let Ray Wilkins take note of the word “WILL”.in the affirmative

    Of course Arsenal will beat Watford tomorrow night at the Ems to collect all the three points that will be put at stake in that PL match. And all things being equal, Chelsea will drop all three points to Liverpool at Anfield on this same Saturday night to start a cave in journey in their Premier League campaign this season that will see Arsenal overthrow them eventually form the top of the table to begin to sit on it sooner than later.

    The question.that I want to ask Le Prof is, which team is he going to play against Watford tomorrow? Is it a makeshift team like the one he played at ST Mary’s in an FA Cup round four match that sent the Saints into capitulation, or a standard PL team that will put Watford to the sword for the collection of all the three points?

    This match being a PL match, I will prefer it if Le Prof plays a standard PL Gunners team against Watford tomorrow and not a makeshift team. I say this because I think Watford could make things difficult for the Gunners in this match because haven lost away to Millwall in the FA Cup on Sunday, they’ll like to pour their disappointments of losing to Millwall on Arsenal by trying to wreak a havoc at the Ems tomorrow. Besides, the lower club teams like Watford seem to draw inspiration to wreak a havoc against Arsenal at the Ems whenever they come there to play. I think the Ems motivate them to be doing so. e.g. Teams like Middlesbrough, Swansea and of recent Burnley gave us some problems at the Ems this season. Therefore, Arsenal should not take beating Watford for granted but MUST take this game against Watford by the scruff of the neck to take complete control of the match.

    My starts:
    Paulista Mustafi Mertesacker Monreal
    Coquelin Ramsey
    Sanchez Ozil Iwobi
    Ospina Bellerin Koscielny Gibbs Chamberlain Giroud. Welbeck.

    Because of our impending away match to Chelsea on Saturday, I’ve decided to manage my starts and bench in such a way that I am starting Bellerin, Koscielny, Gibbs, Chamberlain, Giroud & Welbeck on the bench to have a partial full game rest ahead all of them to start against Chelsea. While I decided to leave out Walcott completely from my selection to enable me to use his pace at maximum level at Chelsea.

    1. ThirdManJW says:

      Mertesacker should not play for Arsenal ever again! I am stunned he’s in your line-up. His contract extension is an absolute joke, and he cannot even run!

      If you want to rest Koscielny, then put Gabriel at CB, Bellerin at RB, or Gabriel at RB, with Holding at CB, if you want to rest Bellerin as well. Personally, I’d have Bellerin at RB, and Gabriel at CB. Bellerin is young, has plenty of energy, and had an easy, non physical game on Saturday. He’s fine to start again.

      1. ThirdManJW says:

        Forgot to mention, I’d definitely have Koscielny starting.

    2. Break-on-through says:

      Samuel A.A. I think it’s a good point you make. Chelsea will go with their full team v pool, and then they’ll need to do the same when we face them. This would be a good opportunity to try and bring an advantage to the bridge, by having some fresher legs. All season Chelsea had the advantage with fresher legs, as most of the other top teams had CL commitments. But it’s a risk all the same because we can’t afford to lose this next game.

  5. PRINCE AFZ says:

    Based on the players rested during the FA Cup match, I exepect Wenger to play a front 3 of Sanchez, Giroud and Iwobi.

    Against Chelsea, I would’t risk Perez on either flank due to his tracking back issue. Although, it seems he is better than Iwobi when it comes to tracking back.

  6. HA559 says:

    Perez is getting the Podolski treatment.

    Meanwhile overpaid, over stayed players are still here at the club.

    1. NY_Gunner says:

      I think AW is being conservative with him, because we do have a few Cup matches left, as well as CL matches. Thats where I think he’ll be let loose…

  7. Simon_MrMac says:

    So tempting as a fan to rest players before the game against Chelsea-

    But it’s points that wins Premier League –

    And we need to fight and win every point. So must always play strongest possible team in PL

  8. Wilshegz says:

    Any front 3 with Alexis included is good to go…. we need Walcott fully rested for Chelsea.

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