Arsenal's Best Possible Starting XI?


#222

Here is a controversial starting line up.

--------------------------Cech---------------------------
—Bellerin—Sokratis----Mustafi----Monreal----
----------------Torreira------Ramsey----------------
----Lacazette---------Ozil----------Mkhitayran----
-------------------Aubameyang-----------------------


#223

Too much defensive work left to Torreira in that line up, can’t really see it eventuating.


#224

I thought that but looks good going forward.
I thought Lacazette started to get a bit of form tav the end of last season, so it would be good to see him starting somewhere for us.


#225

This is what I’m hoping for the most from the Manager. Tactical line ups and rotation depending on the opposition.


#226

I’d like to amend my starting xi. Mavropanos showed the most promise at CB last year. Two Greek gods starting in the middle of our defense :giroud2:


#227

I’d be surprised if Emery is going to play a younger player next to Sokratis. It’s going to be Mustafi and he might do better in a way more defensive set up.


#228

Gotta put AMN in our starting XI he’s a fuckin beast imo. Gouendouzi probably beats out Xhaka considering his mobility and we’ve got Torreira now. Through our 3 preseason games here’s how I’d line us up.

--------------------------Cech---------------------
Lichty----Sokratis------Mustafi----AMN
--------Gouendouzi-----Torreira-----------
Ramsey--------------Özil---------------Micky
---------------------------PEA-----------------------


#229

You really do talk some terrible nonsense


#230

Guendouzi surely has to start.


#231

Very open to seeing more of him during the season, hard to not be a little excited by him!


#232

Leno
Lich Sokra Musti Nacho
Niles Torreira
Mesut
Miki Laca
Auba


#233

I assume I’m the only one intrigued to see Xhaka under a new system with Torreira doing the buts he’s obviously not good at?


#234

That is a terrifyingly slow back 4.


#235

Sokra aint slow u donut


#236

Too much waffle in this thread…:henry2:


#237

I heard somewhere (possibly the Arsecast) that Sokratis is actually quite quick.

However, I’ve watched about 15 mins of pre-season so far so haven’t been able to judge myself.


#238

Not feeling confident about our defence. Wouldn’t be averse to us going with 3 at the back in some tough away games.

Not in the 3-4-3 shape we copied Chelsea with last time though. More like a 5-2-1-2/3-5-2 set up.

It might not be our “best possible starting XI” but in terms of soaking up pressure and being able to build our way up the pitch and counter I don’t think we could cope any other way.

Obviously in the home games against teams we control the majority of the game in we could go with a more free flowing 4-2-3-1/4-3-3 approach.

But right now as we’re second best in most away games I’d prioritise shape and playing out from the back.


#239

Emery is as likely to play Mkhitaryan in that position against anything resembling a reasonably tough opponent away from home as Giroud is to score a goal a lo Maradona against England. (Not the hand of God, mind, Olly has already done his Hand of Godroud thing)


#240

Mkhitaryan has absolutely no business on that position whatsoever. Maybe in a set up like Guardiola’s when you play on the half of the opposition for 80% of the time, but even than it’s a big question mark.


#241

I think Mkhi has more business in that position than Bellerin does :eyes:

Achieved absolutely fuck all when he played wing back.

I wouldn’t mind that setup with kola snatch and the lich king.