Saturday 16 August 2014

Arsenal's line-up v Palace

Looking ahead to today's game, pretty much all Arsenal fans are choosing the same backline: Szczesny, Debuchy, Chambers, Koscielny, Gibbs.

It's in midfield that there's disagreement. A lot of people have left out Arteta, who had a disappointing end to the season. Yet apart from Flamini, can we really trust anyone else to shield the back four? No one else has the discipline and nous, that I've seen so far. Chambers may do it, one day, but we've yet to see him there. Nothing seems impossible for this youngster though.

Regards the rest of the midfield, Sanchez seems set to start on the right, with Rambo through the middle and Cazorla on the left.

I'm wondering if Arsenal will start with Yaya Sanogo and Giroud down the centre. That would be a brave move, returning to 4-4-2 and my choice for a home game against 'lesser' opposition, no disrespect intended to Palace.

So here's my line up again: Szczesny, Debuchy, Chambers, Koscielny, Gibbs, Sanchez, Arteta, Ramsey, Cazorla, Sanogo, Giroud.

Personally, I think Wenger will play Rosicky instead of Sanogo, so it'll be interesting to see his selection.

Prediction: Arsenal 2-0 Palace

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