Projected XI’s

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I’m baaaaaaaaaaack! I’m here because I know how you’re feeling. I know the indecision you feel when picking someone. Will they play? Will they fit the formation? Will the manager hate them? LUCKILY I’m here with my Crystal Ball of Success. Today’s XI…. Arsenal! (Sorry West Ham fans, the alphabet’s a bitch.)

Formation: 4-3-3


Rather straight-forward choices here. Gibbs is the only recognised Left-back, with Vermaelen able to fill in if needed. Koscielny and Vermaelen formed a tighter bond than Per Mertesacker did with any of those two, so he is relegated to the bench. The injury to Sagna means Jenkinson will be afforded a start for the beginning of the season. At 4.5, he would be a very tasty way into the Gunners’ back four.


Also relatively straightforward. The departure of Benayoun back to Chelsea, couple with the injuries to both Rosicky and Wilshere mean that the only three real midfielders that they can field are SongArteta, and Ramsey. Expect all three to be rotated through each central position, with Song possibly holding down a CDM post (although his attacking talents are somewhat wasted there. See: )


Here is where things get speculative. Firstly, I’m assuming RVP is gone, which I think he will be by the start of the season. That means Giroud has first crack at the striker position. This would leave Podolski out on the LW, with Walcott on the right. However, I believe the forwards will be rotated heavily throughout the season, in order to further the growth of young gun Oxlade-Chamberlain. This could see Podolski move into the striker position, with the Ox on the left and Walcott on the right. Alternatively, The Ox could come in on the right, and Walcott subbed. Either way, the important thing to take from this is Podolski WILL START. The only gamble is to his position. Monitor him closely, if he shines in one position but not the other don’t jump on him until he is assured of his preferred position. Expect inconsistency!

(Note: If Van Persie stays, the front three will probably line up with him in place of Giroud)

Anyway that just about does it for Arsenal. Keep in mind that these are all PROVISIONAL TEAMS. I was only joking about the crystal ball. If you have any alternative XI’s, let me know in the comments or on twitter @tseagrim. All feedback or constructive criticism welcome!

Next up… Aston Villa!

Cheers guys,



24 comments on “Projected XI’s

  1. adzman78

    see wenger said he wants to ease podolski and giroud into the prem.. dont see how he can? short of playing gervinho alone upfront or persisting with chamakh

  2. mattcraigdt

    Think my arsenal mate could be right here. Koscielny played right back for sagna for parts of last season and with mertesacker fit at CB alongside vermaelen jenkinson is no certainty to start the season by any means. Also you seem to have forgotten gervinho, as he has impressed so far in pre season. Podolski will probably not start every game with so many options on the bench. Also remember podolski and Giroud may not start the season as they are currently being rested. Courtesy of my arsenal mate haha.

  3. Dominic

    Right back is a tough one, Arsenal have played Coquelin and Eastmond in that position in the pre-season and I would take Coquelin at RB over Jenkinson any day. First few games will be tough for Arsenal as Podolski and Giroud will only have 3 weeks and 2 friendlies to get acclimated to the team. On top of that Ramsey might be rested as he is on duty with GB at the Olympics(Don’t rate him anyway). I do see a start for Gervinho and Ox in the first few weeks.

  4. Liam

    Arsenal fan here, I have jenkinson in my team as you don’t often get a top 4 defender at that price. The heavy doubts about right back vindicate the price sadly.

  5. Benno

    Fancy coquelin to start at rb, unfortunately he comes in as a mid. Think the biggest steal could be the Ox, with the current lack of cm options, altho the rumoured signings of Sahin or Cazorla(sp) could mean increased competition in there. Personally being an Arsenal fan, won’t be looking at many Arsenal players, due to poor defensive records year on year and the rotational options in the forward line.

    • Liam

      Yeah I am avoiding them as well, the only player I looked at last year was the RVP and even then I jumped on board only after the Stamford Bridge hat-trick (bit late)

    • tseagrim Post Author

      the Ox is not a CM though… he’s a winger. Doesn’t possess the technical qualities and diligent defensive positioning required for a CM in a 4-3-3…. He’ll be rotated through the LW. Gervinho didn’t set the world on fire last year at all….

  6. tseagrim Post Author

    I have a feeling these posts are going to cause a lot of controversy… just remember anything could happen and these are only the best XI’s I think they can put out given their current list and formation choice.

    • mattcraigdt

      Yeah there great Tsegrim keep it up, gets the disucssion going! But Sammy I do believe Jenkinson won’t be assured a starting spot because he is the ‘only’ right back. Coquelin can play there while Koscielny can move to RB when necessary…

  7. dan

    Seems there a couple of forgotten players.

    Gibbs is not the only recognized left back. Andre Santos was brought in as a left back and has shown he is able to score (and defend) in that position so Gibbs is not a certain pick by any means.

    Diaby has stayed fit and has played a part in pre-season games. Wenger is a huge admirer of Diaby’s ability so if he stays fit, he will definately be in contention for the first XI.

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