What would your line-up for Arsenal be?

What is he thinking?
With the season nearing I’m sure Alan Pardew is starting to picture our starting line-up for Arsenal under his silver head of hair.

We’ve all got our opinions on who we’d like to start with and I’m sure they will probably differ, but here are my thoughts.

At the moment I think we’re lacking a second striker, we’re supposedly looking to get one in before the start of the season but I wouldn’t bank on that to be honest. Also Jose Enrique is expected to leave, but seen he is still here now he can be chosen.

Tim Krul – Tim would have to get the nod for me, even though some will claim he makes errors I feel he needs game time to improve and out of the three goal-keepers we have he’s the one in my opinion with the most potential.

Danny Simpson – This was a close one for me, I’ve been extremely impressed with young James Tavernier this pre-season and I’d have liked to have given him a chance, but as we’re playing Arsenal in a high pressure game I feel Simpson will be more comfortable and less likely to freeze on the big stage.

Fabricio Coloccini – Captain Colo is a must in every team that we pick this year, he’s someone who isn’t going to be dropped. He’s our best defender and our captain, so it was a no brainer to be honest.

Steven Taylor – Steven Taylor would get the nod over Williamson for me, and I think that’s also what Pardew is going to do. Taylor is a huge danger from set pieces and I just feel that he’s better on the ground in defence, there is no doubting Williamson’s great heading ability but I feel Taylor can match that. Taylor’s leadership is also something which will help Coloccini from the back.

Jose Enrique – I’ve been left with very little choice on this one, with Shane Ferguson injured and lack of another left back I’ve had to go with the half-hearted Enrique. Well I lie, I could have chosen Perch, but an Enrique with one leg is probably better than Perch.

Yohan Cabaye – Cabaye is somebody I’m dying to see play in a Newcastle shirt; hopefully I’ll see him tomorrow at Leeds. Cabaye has been labelled the “water carrier” by Pardew which in normal terms means playmaker; he’s someone who can pick a pass and create an opening, which is something we missed last year. He’ll also complement Tiote and help him with the midfield running.

Cheik Tiote – I’m sure nobody is surprised at the inclusion of Tiote, he’s another player who will not be dropped this season, first man on the team sheet. Tiote will have a lot to do as Arsenal usually play with three in midfield, but he’s full of running and hopefully he might be able to bag a half decent goal like he did last time the two teams met.

Sylvain Marveaux – After watching Sylvain play in a couple of friendlies I believe he should be given a chance on the right hand side of midfield. Marveaux’s trickery could prove a problem for Kieran Gibbs who I assume will play at left back for Arsenal. Sylvain also looks like he has an eye for goal, so he’d be expected to get forward as much as possible.

Joey Barton – “Everybody needs a nutter in the middle” and it’s true. Barton had Arsenal completely rattled in the last game we played against them, and I think he can do it again. As we now have two capable wingers I’d be more inclined to play Joey off the striker, he’s in good goal scoring form this pre-season and if he’s a bit further forward he’d he can once again have Jack Wilshere in his pocket.

Jonas Gutierrez – Jonas has got in the team as he’s full of running and I feel that we’d be a bit one paced if Dan Gosling was in his place. Gutierrez works well with Enrique and he’ll certainly help him track back, his tireless work-rate is certainly something which just about cancels out his poor final ball.

Demba Ba – We don’t really have much choice when it comes to strikers, but Demba Ba isn’t a bad player to have upfront. His pace and power could rattle a sometimes shakey Arsenal defence given the right service.

Formation 4-2-3-1

That’s not a bad team at all, and we have adequate cover with a bench of Steve Harper, James Tavernier, Mike Williamson, Dan Gosling, Ryan Taylor, Leon Best and Shola Ameobi.

The likes of Hatem Ben Arfa, Shane Ferguson and Danny Guthrie all still to come into that team after injury, and the youth of Mehdi Abeid, Sammy Ameobi, Fraser Forster and Haris Vuckic are also knocking on the door, so it’s not really as bleak as some suggest.

What would your starting line-up be?

42 thoughts on “What would your line-up for Arsenal be?

  1. I’d go with:

    Krul, Simpson, Coloccini, S.Taylor, Enrique, Marveaux, Tiote, Cabaye, Gosling, Barton & Ba.

    Bench: Harper, Williamson, Gutierrez, R.Taylor, Smith, Ameobi, Best


  2. ———————-Krul————————–

    simmo—– saylor— –collo —–enrique


    Barton——-Cabaye Gosling—–Marveaux


    Id let Gosling have a bit more of a free role with tiote slotting into the centre. He looked dangereous in pre season, all being against weakened oposition. Exciting selection when Ben Arfa is fit!
    Not a bad bench either for a change either.


  3. Hopefully they will all be ready for it, i think we have a good chance Arsenal seem to be abit unsettled. 🙂


  4. Any links to todays game guys? I mean I heard it will be on LUFC TV but i aint buying that.


  5. Krul

    Simmo S.Taylor Collo enrique

    Cabaye Tiote

    Barton Gosling Marveaux


    I would be quite tempted to swap Gosling and Cabaye around from time to time as the match progressed.


  6. Bu tI also like this game.



  7. Barton over jonas purely for his crossing ability. Jonas is a grafter but his delivery is awful and were only playing the one upfront, the crossing needs to be spot on. Barton proved last year has has the pin point accuracy to play in the right. I think Ba will thrive off that. Watching Gosling against Colombus, i think he will poach a few goals this season abit like Nolan did last year. He will also add a bit more energy to the midfield which we lacked when Nolan was playing. Only a couple of weeks to wait now!


  8. I think Gosling has a lot of energy and that may unsettle Arsenal, especially if he plays in a free role and we have the speed of Marveaux, the strength of Tiote and Ba, and the passing of Cabaye and Barton.


  9. Same team as the article, but with Marveaux on the left, Barton on the right and Jonas in the middle of 3.

    Just think that Barton offers too much on the right and Centre plays to Jonas strengths. Lack of crossing ability etc. He did well there in the 2-2 against Chelsea.


  10. Harper Simpson s.Taylor collocini Enrique Barton cabaye tiote jonas demba ba erdinc …subs ferguson Williamson marveax gosling ameobi


  11. ——————-Krul————–
    Simmo – S Taylor – Colo – Jose
    —-Jonas—-Cabaye—- Marveaux

    Jonas given the free role to man mark Gervinho. If Simmo can cope with the attack from the wings then, we’ll do fine. I’ve got a feeling Ba will boss their CBs and we walk away with a win!


  12. Seems like a good line up but I worry about our strength in depth, two or three injuries and we’re scuppered


  13. Krul
    Simpson Taylor Coloccini Enrique
    Tiote Barton
    Gosling Cabaye Marveaux

    Harper, Tavernier, Williamson, Guttierez, Abeid, Ameobi, Best


  14. How is Kadar’s fitness ? if he is fit enough then i would play him ahead of Enrique at lb .As a good a player as Jose is when bothered i say fcuk him and don’t let him wear the shirt again .He wants out so is not commited to the cause , so why pick him ? so that he can play at his best for a couple of games , too generate interest from other clubs for himself to force the transfer he wants before the window slams shut . I think not ,screw him and play somebody that wants to be here .


  15. Can’t wait to see how we perform . I can’t guage at all from the USA tour.

    Let’s get a real indication today. If we are to go by Santii’s fantasy views we should be putting a dozen goals away today and that’s just from midfield. 😆

    What a clown. 😛 😛 😛


  16. @premandup

    Do you not think we would have tried Jonas in the centre before now if that’s where he feels comfortable.

    Square pegs/round holes. 🙄


  17. @batty

    Seriously. Santii should be called Santi Claus.
    He’s living in a fantasy world and delivers fantasy posts like presents. unbelievable. 😛


  18. One thing that does please me is with the 4 new lads ,we do have more options than last season . i have a feeling we mightr see Abied getting a game today .

    simpson——–Taylor——-collo———-Enrique(hope not)





  19. @bobby
    He was tried in that role against Chelsea and aquited himself well. In the absence of HBA it is a viable option. It may even be that he was put in that role in that game at the end of the season just to see if it worked.


  20. I’d like to see Gosling at right back. I think he’s technically better, more composed is more aware positionally and can bomb on.

    As for the other lads, I haven’t seen them enough so will reserve judgement.


  21. i believe the term water carrier is a word used to describe somebody that does the simple things and retains possesion didier deschamps was labelled this years ago, !!


  22. surprised nobody is giving Vuckic a start against Arsenal. He has goals in him and would play him in the free role behind Ba.
    Midfield four of Tiote, Cabbaye, Barton and just give Jonas the nod over Gosling and Marveux


  23. “Seriously. Santii should be called Santi Claus. He’s living in a fantasy world and delivers fantasy posts like presents. unbelievable.”

    You mean Insanitii Claus, more like.

    Mind if the midfield score as many goals as his ‘non-fantasist’ mind is suggesting we better get some shovels out and dig up Roy Castle cos we’ll world wide shooting’, rootin’ rooting’ Record Breakers!


  24. So we dont need a new striker after all 😕

    A good job really, as we cant seem to get one for trying…….or are we?


  25. ———————Krul
    –Simmo–Staylor–Colocolo–Unsettled LB

    Subs: Harper, Williamson, RTaylor, Tavernier, Gosling, Vuckic, Ba


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