Here’s my strongest Arsenal starting side – now tell me yours

There’s very little going on today. Actually, apart from the news that Robin van Persie is in contract talks and the revelation that Theo Walcott didn’t actually want the #14 shirt there’s absolutely nothing going on.

Now, there’s not much I can say about those two stories so I thought I’d run through the squad and name the team (including substitutes) that I will be hoping starts the first match of the season. In other words, the strongest Arsenal side that is currently available. So here it is:

Manuel Almunia

Bacary Sagna   Kolo Toure   William Gallas (C)   Gael Clichy

Theo Walcott   Abou Diaby   Cesc Fabregas   Samir Nasri

Robin van Persie   Emmanuel Adebayor

Subtitutes (7): Lukasz Fabianski, Johan Djourou, Alex Song, Denilson, Jack Wilshere, Carlos Vela, Nicklas Bendtner.

As the title of my post says, this is the side that I would play for the first game of the season based on fitness and form. I think most people will agree with the bulk of the picks – with the most contentious areas likely to be the left and right wing and the second central-midfield slot next to Cesc Fabregas.

I’ve gone with Theo Walcott on the right because I think he’s ready to make an impact this season and he’s looked promising in pre-season thus far. Samir Nasri should start on the left simply because he was brought in to replace Alex Hleb and should be up to it.

As for the defensive midfield slot, I’ve gone for Abou Diaby over the likes of Denilson and Alex Song because he has more experience and physical presence and tends to use the ball better as well. Ideally I would like to see someone else come in to provide competition in this position but if this is how the squad looks when the transfer window slams shut then I think Diaby is the best fit.

When looking at the bench I’ve gone for players to cover a range of different positions. I still see Johan Djourou as a better player than Philippe Senderos while Song can play anywhere across the back and in midfield. Denilson is a sure thing while selecting Carlos Vela, Nicklas Bendtner and the precocious Jack Wilshere gives a huge amount of variety in attack.

As for the players that are currently out of action, I don’t think too many people will argue that both Tomas Rosicky and Eduardo will push very hard for a starting spot once they return to fitness. Their inevitable returns should ensure the likes of Walcott and Nasri as well as Adebayor and van Persie are well and truly on their toes throughout the early part of the season. Indeed, any consistently weak performances and they may find themselves benched.

So that’s about it. I think it’s a pretty good side – what do you think? Would you change anything? Let me know.

And of course – have a great weekend!

Have your say on Arsenal’s strongest starting side by leaving a comment.

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86 Responses to “Here’s my strongest Arsenal starting side – now tell me yours”

  1. Chris
    August 8, 2008 at 5:24 pm #

    It’s funny how you forgot Bischoff 🙂

    Anyway, that is a very strong line-up, especially up-front. My biggest worry, though, is the very poor bench, especially the backline. If someone gets injured, there’s no strong lad to replace him. And injuries were the reason we ended the season with no silverware last season.

    We definitely need a central defender.

  2. Seemooo
    August 8, 2008 at 5:26 pm #

    Manuel Almunia

    Bacary Sagna Kolo Toure William Gallas (C) Gael Clichy

    Theo Walcott Ramsey Cesc Fabregas Samir Nasri

    Robin van Persie Emmanuel Adebayor

  3. GoonerBoy
    August 8, 2008 at 5:28 pm #

    I think, Wenger will not play Theo and Samir at the same time because they are fairly young and inexperienced and having two raw wingers at the same time would expose our defence too much. So, its either Eboue and Theo or Eboue and Samir. Unless we bring in a solid defensive midfielder, we will not see Theo and Samir on the flanks at the same time that much.

  4. Richard
    August 8, 2008 at 5:39 pm #

    Hi there, I like the look of that team, but a couple of thoughts / concerns. i) Diaby – he is soooo left footed, I think it compromises him as a player. Too often it limits our options as he wont cut back inside and I believe contributes to our ‘shyness’ of making the final shot. I’d prefer to see Denilson start and Diaby come on to mix it with people once we have got a lead. ii) Although I’m a fan of Bendtner, and Vela looks awesome, who are going to be our impact players to come on and grab us a goal when there’s 10 minutes to go at Old Trafford / Stamford Brisge etc? Having said that, I’m not sure what the answer is. Maybe we should buy Ronaldo now Real don’t want him? 😉

  5. Pat RIce
    August 8, 2008 at 5:43 pm #

    Almunia
    Bacary—Kolo(c)—Gallas—Clichy

    Theo—-Rosicky—Fabregas—-Nasri

    RVP

    Adebayor

    Subs: Fabianski, Diaby, Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Carlos Vela, Nicklas Bendtner, Håvard Nordtveit, Gibbs.

  6. roop
    August 8, 2008 at 5:48 pm #

    he hasn’t forgotten Birschoff – he won’t be match fit for another three months hence the reason Wenger referred to him as a “risk”

    I’d like to see Ramsey start next to Cesc but I can’t see Wenger risking damaging his confidence that early on in the season.

    my choice would be

    Almunia

    Sagna Toure Gallas Clichy

    Walcott Denilson Fabregas Rosicky

    Van Persie
    Adebayor

    subs: Vela, Djourou, Nasri, Wilshere, Ramsey

  7. PETER GILBERTSON
    August 8, 2008 at 5:48 pm #

    I would have Song instead of Diaby

  8. gooner
    August 8, 2008 at 5:51 pm #

    i would go with denilson, he was good in the last two preseason games. Diaby is very inconsitant

  9. Dan
    August 8, 2008 at 5:51 pm #

    Isn´t Song at the olympics when the first match is due?

  10. CRUZ
    August 8, 2008 at 5:52 pm #

    Good selection but i would definitely
    put Eduardo and Rosicky in the starting line up when they fit.

  11. Dennis
    August 8, 2008 at 5:53 pm #

    Almunia
    Sagna – Kolo – Gallas – Clichy
    Nasri – Diaby – Fabregas – Rosicky
    RVP-Adebayor

  12. Poptimist
    August 8, 2008 at 5:55 pm #

    Since we dont have any “decent” holding midfielder, I’ll go with a 4-3-3 formation with Denilson-Ramsey-Fabregas in the midfield and Nasri & Van Persie supporting Adebayor upfront.

  13. Dan
    August 8, 2008 at 5:56 pm #

    When Song come back i would like to try Song alongside Fabregas.
    Diaby makes too many unforced errors. Song has also been good at CB. I would like AW to buy a CB and get rid of Gallas!

  14. Nirav
    August 8, 2008 at 5:59 pm #

    How I wish I could replace Diaby with Xabi Alonso 🙂

    I think Diaby is the weak link here, and I hope Prof makes another signing. Else I agree with your team.

  15. AR
    August 8, 2008 at 6:03 pm #

    Nasri and Diaby are both injured, so they may not be right for the first game. Here is my starting team:

    Almunia
    Sagna – Kolo – Gallas – Clichy
    Walcott – Ramsey – Fabregas – Vela
    RVP – Adebayor

  16. Samuel
    August 8, 2008 at 6:15 pm #

    Song’s at the Olympics, Diaby and Nasri have knocks and Toure could still just be in light training and not be worth risking against crap like Twente and West Brom. Sheesh.

  17. Andrew Manahan
    August 8, 2008 at 6:16 pm #

    As a season ticket holder at the Emirates I am perhaps biased and passionate about the ‘strongest’ 11 but I totally despair at Diaby. He is average at best and will not make it. Neither sadly will Denilson. Ro-sicknote (as we call him) hasnt been upright enough to prove himself. Nasri looks great as do our new kids. We are in danger of repeating last years strength in depth lack and I would like to see Barry in as Captain – or failing that Alonso. We must also remember that we have no goalie cover for Alonso which is a huge problem. Fabianski is a third class goalie. All the best for the season.

  18. Duckster
    August 8, 2008 at 6:21 pm #

    Guys- quick question
    Why is everyone being so hard on Diaby?
    He didn’t have half as much game time as Denilson,
    Ramsey so will be a little rustier(is that a word?!)
    It also jus happened that when he did come in it was against 2 of europes top clubs.
    IMO Diaby can easily do for us what Carrick does for Utd. Easy.
    Can anyone here say Carrick is a better footballer than Diaby? Really guys.
    So give him some time 3-5 games and he’ll come good.

  19. James a
    August 8, 2008 at 6:21 pm #

    Guys guys guys why are you for playing walcott on the wing yea sure hes fast but his end product is very poor surely you would look at vela on the right side cutting in on his left much better player and passer of the ball let me know your thoughts and you are fogetting about rosicky!!!

  20. LEON
    August 8, 2008 at 6:29 pm #

    i realy dont think central defence is major worry, i feel that song can play in defence and midfield he seems solid and him and dijouro both seem better than senderos.i feel diaby is realy good better flamaini he was got the not over him but got injured.

    in think wilott will play alot more games,but realy feel that risisky will get nod over nasri but wenger should rotate between the two, but we have so mant attacking options, we have nasri,risisky,fab,wiltshire,randal,ramsey,fran marida,up front i feel that we have have strikers and two or three of them are play makers, rvp can stay healthly will score at least 20-25 goals,vela will be great impact player as will bretna and ade will improve he brings such a phsical presence and hopefully we will have edwardo fully match fit december will have no problems.

    i feel out of top 4 we will never have best defence simply because of they way we play,but still think we will beable to keep a few more clean sheets at home and win a few more games we will be fine

  21. drew10
    August 8, 2008 at 6:31 pm #

    I cant understand these thoughts that Diaby is average!! All of last season he was playing out of position when he played and did a great job! He scored some belters and his control and skill are superb. He is big and can dribble, sometimes his passing is a little below par admittedly but so was Gilberto’s. Give the guy a chance I say lets not forget he is still young and still learning, he has got to be a better bet in that role than either Denilson, who I also rate highly and a 17 year old in Ramsey who will be great but not to be trusted in the Prem just yet. And by the way Diaby isn’t left footed.

  22. DOPES
    August 8, 2008 at 6:32 pm #

    ALMUNIA

    SAGNA KOLO GALLAS CLICHY

    ROSICKY CESC DIABY NASRI

    V. PERSIE ADE

    PERFECT!

  23. chee martin
    August 8, 2008 at 6:35 pm #

    rubbish, you have hardly seen vela play yet you would put him ahead walcott, i disagree, we know what walcott can do so give him a chance to do it.

  24. Merson10Hero
    August 8, 2008 at 6:36 pm #

    Carson
    Thuram / Abidal / Yaya Toure / Barry
    Arshavin / Silva / Veloso / Senna or Alonso
    Villa / Ben-Arfa

    Oh yeah we didn’t sign any of them !!

    Another promising season ending in disappointment.
    No experience again which cost us last year.

  25. dodge
    August 8, 2008 at 6:40 pm #

    Diaby will be class,he was starting to look very good until he broke his ankle and I think this year will be the one thats shows us how good he is

  26. darri
    August 8, 2008 at 6:43 pm #

    You cannot rely on Theo quite yet to be a consistent first teamer!

  27. lc
    August 8, 2008 at 6:48 pm #

    OUr best squad for available players.

    Almunia.

    Sagna- Gallas- Senderos- Clichy.

    Eboue- Denilson (or Ramsey).

    Nasri.

    RVP- ADE- Whilshere.

    I want Nasri as No10; he is not a winger. He is better on ball in most of tricky area than Cesc. He should play behind the main striker. I see wilshere the ideal left winger we were missing last season.

    4- 2-1-3.

  28. Karl Rogbrant
    August 8, 2008 at 6:49 pm #

    Almunia

    Sagna – Song – Gallas – Clichy
    Kolo
    Rosicky – Cesc – Nasri
    Persie – AdeB.

    Kolo as an strong, athletic, fast and quite a technical defensive midfielder would be awsome..

    Song impressed everyone last year playing central defender.

  29. Eudlam
    August 8, 2008 at 6:55 pm #

    Midfield: Wilshere,Wenger,Fabregas,Gibbs
    Hav Wenger in DM cos he hasnt brought in a playa we nid evn tho money is available!
    I thnk Wilshere n Gibbs shud js b given a chance on th wings…
    Thots?

  30. Natacha
    August 8, 2008 at 7:02 pm #

    It’s all very well having a “strongest side”, our problem is not that, our problem is coping with injuries. Diaby and Nasri are currently injured and Van P is injury prone, so already that’s 3 out of your side. How many of the rest have had a (relatively) injury-free season?

    We don’t have a problem fielding a strong side on paper, our problem is dept of the squad, so these injuries can be covered by good players easily.

  31. edwin
    August 8, 2008 at 7:06 pm #

    If we didn’t get any holding midfielder this season, I support Poptimist suggest, we shell go with 4-3-3 formation with
    Almunia
    Bacary— Kolo — Gallas — Clichy
    Denilson-Ramsey (Diaby)-Fabregas Nasri (Walcott)& Van Persie supporting Adebayor upfront.

    Sub: Fabianski, Walcott, Vela, Bendtner, Diaby, Senderos, Wilshere

    I bit headache when Rosicky and Eduardo coming back

    I still think Arsenal need to a center midfield support Fabregas. The news for Cana is it real ?? Just worry Cana will get Red Card easily after view the YouTube. But look good. 6 Million ? Please Mr. Wenger !!! 🙂

  32. gazzap
    August 8, 2008 at 7:16 pm #

    are we allowed to include Rosicky or is this out of the currently fit players? Out of current players ie tonights game then:
    Almunia
    Sagna Djourou Gallas Clichy
    Theo Den Cesc Wilshere
    RVP Ade

    with everyone fit
    Almunia
    Sagna Toure Gallas Clichy
    Theo Den Cesc Rosicky
    RVP Ade

    subs: Ramsey, Vela, Nasri, Djourou/Song, Eduardo, Bendtner Fabianski

    Senderos, hoyte and Eboue wouldn’t even get near my squad!

  33. Saint Mostly
    August 8, 2008 at 7:18 pm #

    Forgot the idean of Gallas & Kolo together. It will NEVER work. U gotta have a winner of high balls in there. Big Phil = fans fav!

    Almunia.

    Sagna- Gallas- Senderos- Clichy.

    Walcott – Toure – Cesc – Troare

    RVP – ADE

    Troare can swap with Super Jack or Vela or even Nasa B. Cesc can be rested for Nasri or Rosicky, or diaby. SO many options! Most importanly two young attacking wingers, one being naturally left footed! Those of you surprised that Clichy rates Traore so highly NEED to get Arsenal TV & watch the reserve season from last year.

  34. SandyD
    August 8, 2008 at 7:25 pm #

    @karl rogbrant. I think you’re right about Song (pity he’s at teh Olympics). I thought Song played brilliantly in central defence at the end of last season. I’d have him alongside Kolo and leave Gallas on the bench. A back 4 of Sagna, Song, Kolo and Clichy is teh stuff that Champions are made of !! Kolo would take the captains armband.

    I’d like to see Gareth Barry in that midfield too ! He has the aerial power in defence as well as attack that would help us with set pieces.

  35. astroangel
    August 8, 2008 at 7:29 pm #

    The Olympic Opening Ceremony is about to begin,friends~!

  36. Gordon
    August 8, 2008 at 7:29 pm #

    ALMUNIA

    SAGNA KOLO GALLAS CLICHY

    ROSICKY NASRI DIABY WILSHERE

    V. PERSIE ADE

    I actually fancy Nasri in the central midfield along with Cesc. They should complement each other because I personally Diaby is shite and Denilson needs more run-out. Wilshere is like a young lion playing with no fears at the moment. So we should push him out for a start.

  37. DBP
    August 8, 2008 at 7:46 pm #

    A lot of this depends on who is actually available. But from what I have heard about who is available atm and assuming our first games are against non-top-4 teams:
    Almunia
    Sagna Senderos Gallas Clichy
    Walcott Diaby Fabregas Nasri
    Ade RVP
    My ideal 11 against top-qualty opposition would be:
    Almunia
    Sagna Senderos Gallas Clichy
    Nasri Fabregas Toure RVP
    Ade Edoardo
    The contentious bits:
    Senderos over Toure – Gallas and Toure are just too similiar in style to play together, also neither is strong in the air. Granted Senderos has his off moments, but at 23 he’s our future.
    Edoardo beside Ade, pushing RVP to wing – Ed is a fox-in-the-box, and is the finishing machine that would work perfectly beside Ade power/pace, and RVP can use his pace and delivery from a wing.

  38. drew10
    August 8, 2008 at 8:04 pm #

    Gordon?? No def midfielder and a 16 yr old on the left wing in the Prem? We would get torn apart. Glad you are not in charge, go back to Football Manager.

  39. Grant
    August 8, 2008 at 8:07 pm #

    I can’t understand the two people who have left Cesc out of their starting line-up. Huh? What is that about?
    Rosicky isn’t in contention cause he’s injured – same with Eduardo; SF explained that properly and hence neither should be in anyone’s “starting” eleven – but definitely in their “best” eleven. I haven’t heard about Diaby and Nasri’s injuries so I will just ignore that and agree with SF that they are in the starting line-up. I would love to see Traore on the bench either as cover for the backline or for an impact on the left wing.

  40. Saint Mostly
    August 8, 2008 at 8:08 pm #

    DBP – I’m with u ont he Kolo Gallas issue. I would drop Gallas in an instant for Kolo but I think Kolo would actually do a great job along side cesc. Plus the boy can (and will) shoot HARD from distance. Its good to Big Phil still has a few fans out here!! People forget he is still young ALL young CB make mistakes. YES including the “great” Micah Richards. City got torn apart when Dunne got injured…

  41. pessimistic?
    August 8, 2008 at 8:09 pm #

    denilson lacks pace and is only average.diaby can look good but gets caught in possession too often.ramsey will be great but not yet.nasri wiltshere and vela are untested in prem.theo has not fulfilled potential yet.rvp will prob get injured.i dont think this squad can win prem but i really hope im wrong.

  42. drew10
    August 8, 2008 at 8:11 pm #

    There is good reason why Big Phil is wanted by other teams, not to mention why United were after him before we got him.

    He is a great defender who needs a run in the team, people always remember the mistakes but not how well he played in the run up to the Champ League final!

  43. drew10
    August 8, 2008 at 8:14 pm #

    Does the name pessimistic need a question mark after it?

  44. Spanish Fry
    August 8, 2008 at 8:17 pm #

    @ CRUZ – Good point. I forgot about Song being away. That being the case, I’d replace him with Ramsey.

    Just by the by, amazing response tonight everyone. I’m absolutely thrilled. Cheers!

  45. Joshua Asante
    August 8, 2008 at 8:20 pm #

    Almunia
    Sagna-Toure-Gallas-Clichy
    Nasri-?-Fabregas-Rosicky
    Adebayor-Van Persie

  46. Spanish Fry
    August 8, 2008 at 8:24 pm #

    Just generally a couple of points I need to highlight.

    This side is about what is the best team available at the beginning of the season. It seems a few people failed to read the article before commenting which is a bit of a shame.

    Also, there’s nothing to suggest that Diaby or Nasri is injured. I’ve not read it anywhere and when they’ve been called into action this pre-season they’ve been available.

    Finally, people leaving a defensive midfielder out of the starting side – are you mad? It’s an absolute necessity that a DM plays for Arsenal to have some success. As I’ve already pointed out, Diaby’s my man, but if he doesn’t play then given the current squad the next best option has to be Denilson.

  47. Bryan
    August 8, 2008 at 8:56 pm #

    With you on the starting 11. as was shown on Sunday this is what AW will go with all things staying as they are now (inj etc.)

    Manuel Almunia

    Bacary Sagna Kolo Toure William Gallas (C) Gael Clichy

    Theo Walcott Abou Diaby Cesc Fabregas Samir Nasri

    Robin van Persie Emmanuel Adebayor

    I see only other option would be someone along side Bill at the back with Kolo playing along side cesc.

    Song is of to china so can’t count on him.

    Subtitutes (7): Lukasz Fabianski, Johan Djourou, Emmanuel Eboue, Denilson, Jack Wilshere, Carlos Vela, Nicklas Bendtner.

    of our squad of 27 we really only have 22 to use the others are well off the mark, example end of last year Aw still would not use hoyte while we had a chance of winning the Prem.

    Bring on WBA!!!

  48. arsenal passion
    August 8, 2008 at 9:00 pm #

    One slight modification, in goes Ramsey and out Diaby.

  49. DBP
    August 8, 2008 at 9:04 pm #

    I don’t really agree that the side needs a def midfielder.
    Even though Cesc is the miestro, he also plays very deep for an attacking midfielder. he plays in a very different vein to many others in that role. This is why Flamini worked so well, but I don’t think Song or even Toure would do the job as well.

  50. Anonymous
    August 8, 2008 at 9:15 pm #

    while rosisky and eduwrdo are injured now, they can’t be be started ,there 4 this line up is good, but is seems to me that thio and nasri can not play together as they are wingers, but eboew, some how is good rather than thio ,coz our defence will decreese tatally, if thio and nasri play together,
    good for gunners

  51. Anonymous
    August 8, 2008 at 9:38 pm #

    almunia

    clichy
    gallas
    toure
    sagna

    nasri
    rosicky
    fabregas
    walcott

    van persie
    adebayor

    DIABY MUST GO!!
    HE IS RUBBISH!!

  52. FUGAYZI
    August 8, 2008 at 9:43 pm #

    WE COULD PLAY TWO HOLDING PLAYAS DIABY AND A CHOICE FROM SONG, DENILSON, RAMSEY. THEN 3 AND ADE UP FRONT. THE THREE WOULD B VAN P, FAB, NASRI! THE REASONING BEHIND THIS IS OUR TENDANCY TO CONCIDE GOALS. I THINK THI WUD OFF SET THAT EVENTUALITY BY GIVING US LOTS OF ENERGY IN THE CENTER AND GIVE THE 4 ATTACKING PLAYAS THE FREEDOM TO DO DAMAGE, ESPECIALLY FABIO!

  53. omar
    August 8, 2008 at 9:44 pm #

    almunia

    sagna
    toure
    gallas
    clichy

    walcott
    denilson
    fabregas
    nasri

    vanpersie
    adebayor

    even though denilson was dissapointing last season i always felt he was a good player and hees been playin well in the friendly matches… when rosicky is fit im not sure who he would replace.. depends on how well walcott and nasri are doing

    my subs would be:
    fabianski
    song
    eboue
    diaby
    wilshere
    vela
    bendntder

  54. slugboy
    August 8, 2008 at 10:17 pm #

    Mannone

    Hoyte Hoyte Senderos Traore

    Lansbury Randell Diaby Wishere

    Vela Bendtner

    Only kidding! Given the current sicknotes, I’d go for

    Aluminium

    Sagna Senderos Gallas Clichy

    Theo Cesc Denilson Nasri

    RVP Adebeyor

    But I would have Wilshere ready to come on for Nasri, Ramsey for Cesc (unfit?), Vela for RVP, Bendtner for Adebeyor, Djourou as CB cover, Fabianski as GK cover, and Eboue to cover for Theo when he starts hiding.

  55. knightman
    August 8, 2008 at 10:54 pm #

    it is noticeable that the main issue here is ‘who to wear Flamini’s boot’. this shouldn’t be a head ache at all. all you need is to ask yourself, who is defensive? and can play in the midfield? and can make great passes? all these three questions points to one guys Alexandre Song. the guys can play as a CB so his defensive skills are good. He was originally a mid fielder so, yes he can play in the mid field. he has one of the most accurate passes in (and trust me on this) Premier League!!! true, am not lying.

    SPANISH FRY, for the first game of the season, i’ll go with your team but the moment Song arrives, then Diaby goes to the left flank and Song takes his place. Nasri and Theo can’t play same time so Diaby slots in the left flank where he played most of last season anyway

  56. UNPREDICTABLE
    August 8, 2008 at 11:21 pm #

    Spot on Gazzap, i totally agree with you on that one. That is the best we can play with.

  57. pessimistic?
    August 9, 2008 at 12:24 am #

    yes it does?

  58. Ian
    August 9, 2008 at 12:38 am #

    The fact that everyone agrees on 90% of the starting line-up tells you just how few options and limited competition we currently have at Arsenal. The lack of strength in depth did us in last season and it’ll do the same again this term. Sorry to be such a miserable bugger, but that’s the way it is.

  59. TayGoon
    August 9, 2008 at 12:59 am #

    SF:

    Diaby and Nasri are injured according to the official websites AW pre-match interview. Therefore I would have Denilson in for Diaby and I suspect Traore might get a run out on Left Midfield. WIth Song in Beijing, his place in your subs bench will be taken by Traore (who might start against WBA if Diaby hasn’t recovered in time). I am leaning towards Traore because in he provides cover for the entire left side, and since there is no cover for RB I expect Eboue to provide cover for the entire right side. So Traore for Nasri, Eboue for Song, Denilson for Diaby.

  60. TayGoon
    August 9, 2008 at 1:07 am #

    Ian: Even the Galacticos had their preffered eleven which was probably above 90 percent agreable by their fans.

  61. TayGoon
    August 9, 2008 at 1:41 am #

    It seems Both Diaby and Nasri could be available for WBA. I still expect Traore and Eboue to make the team though

  62. redshirtwhitesleeves
    August 9, 2008 at 1:45 am #

    maybe i’m too nostalgic, maybe i’m not being realistic, but why can’t we buy back pires. i fucking loved that guy. it makes me sick to my stomach to see him playing for another club

  63. semi fabregas
    August 9, 2008 at 1:46 am #

    Almunia
    Sagna Toure Gallas Clichy

    Walcott Ramsey Fabregas Wilshere

    Vela Adebayor

    Sub..RvP.Rosicky.Nasri.Traore.Bendtner.Manonne.eduardo.senderos.song.denilson.Gibbs….nd all next for Loan ..Merida..Hoyte Hoyte.Barazite lansbury.randall simpson,watt all

  64. cdjones
    August 9, 2008 at 2:30 am #

    no Eboue to be found anywhere, so the makings of a very good team

  65. Austen
    August 9, 2008 at 2:56 am #

    anyone who says ramsey is ready to start in the prem league is wildly crazy.

    almunia
    sagna toure gallas clichy
    walcott/rosicky song fabregas nasri
    RVP adebayor

    subs: fabianski, djourou, denilson, wilshere, denilson, bendtner, vela

  66. jeff winter
    August 9, 2008 at 6:25 am #

    wenger needs to go senderos needs to go and bendshit needs to go,

  67. jeff winter
    August 9, 2008 at 6:27 am #

    oh yeah and alumnia he’s pants

  68. darragh
    August 9, 2008 at 7:53 am #

    For god sakes wenger, stop persisting with eboue and denilson! They aren’t good enough. I wish to god that wenger had fought harder to keep flamini. There is no clear cut holding mid fielder! I’d put toure there, and keep senderos at the back!

    Sagna – Senderos – Gallas – Clichy
    Walcott – Toure – Fabregas – Nasri
    Van Persie – Adebayor

    subs: bendtner, eboue, diaby, denilson, ramsey

  69. Joe
    August 9, 2008 at 12:28 pm #

    Alright, here’s my XI for the WBA match on the 16th:

    Almunia
    Sagna, Toure, Gallas, Clichy
    Eboue, Denilson, Cesc, Walcott
    RvP, Ade

    Bench:
    Fabianski, Nasri, Senderos, Diaby, Bendtner, Ramsey, Vela, Djourou

    Notables: Nasri on the bench- well, he’s going to take some easing into the side, and I predict he’ll get a trial at the FC Twente away match earlier in the week. Plus, he’s picked up a little knock and didn’t travel for Ajax…
    Diaby on the bench- again, is he going to be healthy, or useful?
    Eboue on the right. I know, I know, some of you absolutely hate on this guy. I can agree about the diving and the kicking of other players, but he brings an intensity to the field I like. He runs like crazy, and is probably the best natural crosser we have of the football from the right (did you see the ball he nearly put Wilshere in with against Juve? or the goal he set up this afternoon against Ajax? Why isn’t he taking more free kicks for us?)
    Walcott on the left… since, well, he and Eboue can really mess around with changing sides, and his pace is too brilliant to ignore. I still prefer him as an impact player brought on at about 60 mins.- but until Nasri has had time to adjust and Rosicky is fit, he’s got to start.

  70. KURUPT
    August 9, 2008 at 2:14 pm #

    Saw the game this morning we came back from 2 nil down to win at the end 3-2 all our goals came in the second half 2 from ADE who is really puttin in and 1 from BEDNTER first half was SHIT but we palyed AWESOME second half but what I wanna say from watchin the game is the THEO IS SHIT he cant pass or when he does its the wrong opition and to top it off he kept arguing with RVP and ADE and just didnt seem to wanna listen now I know where our weekness is ITS THEO I thought he would step yp this season but IM not to sure now I know its way to early to say that but he just didnt look right.

  71. jay
    August 9, 2008 at 9:16 pm #

    Almunia
    Sagna-Toure-Gallas(c)-Clichy
    Rosicky-Fabregas-Diaby-Nasri
    RVP-Ade

    When Rosicky back i expect him to start instead of Theo unless injuries upfront or to Nasri allow him to carry on starting. Denilson against Ajax was fantastic, specailly his part in the winning goal! Eboue did really well too, he is secretly a favourite of mine. What a game against Ajax, 2-0 down at half time but Ade got 2 and Niklas got 1. Ade is playing super and trying so hard to get fans back on his side, it wont be long before i am if he carries on 🙂

  72. Mexican Gunner
    August 10, 2008 at 4:56 am #

    Oh c´mon “jay” you cant rate Eboue and Denilson well for their contribution on the goals, Eboue was almost a ghost the entire game (like all the season ) and Denilson lost a lot of balls.

  73. jay
    August 10, 2008 at 9:21 pm #

    @ Mexican Gunner – Denilson has been good all pre-season and as i said Eboue is a favourite of mine, ive liked him since he moved on to the wing, but I just picked out what they can do and they showed that in their parts of goals against Ajax.

  74. butterfingers
    August 11, 2008 at 8:08 am #

    Is that really you jay? you rate eboue????? come on he is one of the worst rm I’ve seen in a arsenal shirt as he can’t cross, shoot and loses possesion far to much and let’s not talk about the diving. If you look over the years we have had parlour, petit, freddie and rosisky you can see eboue isn’t up to it. 2nd choice rb defiently. Denilson also better step up quick as 20 yrs he won’t be in the team long before ramsey 17 and wilshere 16 will after his place but again I think one of them will be cescs replacement in the future.

  75. butterfingers
    August 11, 2008 at 8:09 am #

    Also what’s ol red nose doing bidding on henry if he goes to man u I will be crushed as he is one of our greats…

  76. jay
    August 11, 2008 at 10:13 am #

    @ Butterfingers – Henry will not go to Man U, he has alrady said if he leaves Barca it will be for “home” at Arsenal. Yes I do rate Eboue, I do think Rosicky is better than him but Eboue never stops running and he can cross!!! he is fast aswell. He is a better rb than he is a rm but as Sagna has defo got the rb place i think he can do well in rm but would prefer to see Rosicky and Walcott on the wing. I do rate Eboue tho!

  77. fabisfabulous9172
    August 12, 2008 at 9:32 am #

    This wednesday we have a lot of top players out but i believe that it will still be a stroll so i wouldn’t risk our top players so i would stick some fringe players in –
    ALMUNIA
    SAGNA GALLAS(C) SENDEROS CLICHY
    THEO DENILSON DJOUROU VELA
    ADEAYOR ROBIN

    I would not risk toure or fab as they are both not fully fit and there is no need in risking them, djourou h had some good games for birmingham in the defensive role and believe that he can do a gud job for us against a pretty poor twente team.
    As for our strongest eleven with everyone fit i would go with –

    ALMUNIA
    SAGNA TOURE GALLAS(C) CLICHY
    THEO DENILSON FAB NASRI
    ADEBAYOR ROBIN

    SUB: FABIANSKI
    SENDEROS
    SONG
    DIABY
    ROSICKY
    EDUARDO
    BENDTNER/VELA

    That i believe is our strongest eleven with a very strong bench, plyers who can change games. This team could win against anyone.

  78. Declan
    August 13, 2008 at 5:33 am #

    Almunia

    Sagna Toure captin Gallas Clichy

    Walcott Fabregas Nasri Rosicky

    Adebayor Van Persie

    Subs Fabianski

    Senderos Hoyte he can play everywhere in defence

    Vela Eboue

    Bendtner Eduardo

  79. KELVIN
    August 13, 2008 at 7:08 pm #

    WHERE DO YOU LEAVE EBOUE. GOSH! NOT EVEN ON BENCH. NASIRI IS NEWCOMER AND SHOULD NOT START UNTILL HE GET 2 LEARN ENGLAND GAME. THEO SHOULD PLAY IN LEFT WING ALONGSIDE CLICHY AS BEFORE AND LET EBOUE USE THE RIGHT WING WITH SAGNA AS THE NEWCOMMERS ESTABLISH THEMSELVES. true gunner mombasa kenya

  80. Graham
    August 14, 2008 at 10:02 pm #

    While Eboue, Senderous and Diaby are close to the starting line up we will never win anything! Very disappointed with AW this summer, he made no attempt to either keep Flamini or replace him. after watching match last night, teams will walk through our midfield this season. Plus we have no goalie to cover almunia, Fabianski will cost us yet.

  81. Mexican Gunner
    August 15, 2008 at 12:04 pm #

    @Graham

    totally agree with you Im very dissapointed with Arsene to dont buy a good repleacement for Flamoney…

    but not about Fabianski, I think he was AWESOME against Sevilla. we have a good cover in that area.

  82. arsenal-maniak
    August 17, 2008 at 3:53 pm #

    almunia
    sagna toure gallas clichy
    walcott denilson Fabregas nasri
    adebayor Van Persie

  83. isaac-oladiran
    August 22, 2008 at 7:05 am #

    as an arsenal fans but as for me i will like a to play rocisky eboue fabregas amaury or silvesterandsong in the attack role adebayo vela as those from bench like nasry eduardo and theo-walkot but as arsenal coach he need too by one more experience players who is a sharp stoper like former arsenal stoper am talking about viera and latest sign out flamini but as for me i one standard 4 can be able to use ball very well the attack is okay for now thanks

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  85. jake
    July 15, 2009 at 11:04 pm #

    ur all forgetting arshavin and rosicky and who do you think is better aderbyall or van persie

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