Welbeck Starts: The Much Changed 4-3-3 Arsenal XI That Can Beat Man City


Arsenal have been in a horrid run of form and things need to change fast if they are to make the top four this season. On Sunday they host a side that also has ambitions to finish in the top four and with Arsenal’s record against the top sides in the division, Arsene Wenger needs to change something if the Gunners are to come out on top.

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Below we take a look at a possible 4-3-3 line-up Arsene Wenger could select.

Goalkeeper: David Ospina

With Petr Cech out with a calf injury, Ospina is set to deputise and he will be auditioning for the number 1 role next season. Arsenal have been linked with a host of goalkeepers but if Ospina can deliver performances of the highest quality for the remainder of the campaign then the Gunners could save some money and keep the Colombian between the sticks.

Defence: Hector Bellerin; Shkodran Mustafi, Laurent Koscielny; Nacho Monreal

Arsenal’s defence has been extremely poor against the big teams and they really need to improve in this fixture if they are to get a result. Mustafi, Bellerin and Monreal have particularly struggled in 2017, with Koscielny the only player to maintain a high level of performance during this bad run of form. With Ospina behind them instead of Cech, the defence cannot afford to put in yet another lacklustre performance on Sunday. How this four perform will have a huge impact on the outcome of this game.

Midfield: Mesut Ozil; Granit Xhaka; Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

I’d like to see Xhaka sitting the deepest in midfield, with Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ozil either side. Oxlade could shuttle between attack and defence, and I think Ozil should play deeper in this system as otherwise in big games, he seems to get isolated and not involved in the midfield play, when playing in a 4-2-3-1.

Attack: Theo Walcott; Alexis Sanchez; Danny Welbeck

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Arsenal’s Chilean forward should certainly start this game as the main man through the middle. He’s the only Arsenal player that is consistently scoring in the Premier League, and after more goals on international duty, he’s in red hot form and needs to spearhead the Arsenal attack.

On the flanks, I’d love to see Arsenal really go for it with Welbeck and Theo Walcott as wide forwards. Both players are playing well at the moment and particularly in wide areas they are proving that they can be very productive producing goals and assists consistently when they are selected. Wenger has been guilty of playing it safe with his midfield selection for some time, he needs to change something this weekend.

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