For Ozil to truly shine at Old Trafford Cazorla and Giroud should miss out – Big Call!!

Old Trafford Stadium, inside


Well here we go with a crunch game against United in what could define our season. I say this because the FA Cup is our greatest chance of a trophy but this may also have a mental effect on our league visit to Old Trafford which will be decisive in the top 4 battle.

Now personally I think we are miles better than United; better style of football, better players, and superior manager and so on but I wouldn’t be surprised if somehow we find a way to lose if not get humiliated. Rooney is very likely to be on the scoresheet as he always is against us regardless of form, somehow Falcao may suddenly hit form and De Gea may have a blinder!

That’s the negative expectation of course. This game is there for the taking though and I think we have to produce a similar performance to the one at the Etihad. When we’ve encouraged open end-to-end games with Man U we’ve suffered as a result.

Gabriel injury a big blow!


Gabriel’s injury is a big blow for me because I think Mertesacker struggles in these fixtures, his lack of pace are a real hindrance and United’s mobility in attack could exploit him. Chambers is an option but having 2 teens in the back 4 if you include Bellerin is very risky, Hector should start as he’s the more natural full-back. We’ll need Coquelin sitting very deep to shield the defence and would also be wise to bring Ramsey back into the team for his energy to solidify the midfield.

I’d like to see one of Theo/Ox start out wide right so we have an outlet on the break, it’d also offer an option for Ozil to utilise.

I’d give Welbeck a crack up top as this would be a massive opportunity for him to prove himself against the club that deprived him of this chance. I know Giroud’s been in good goalscoring form but in these particular fixtures he tends to frustrate, he scored off the bench the last time we played them too so we should use him off there again.

I really can’t call this game and people seem happy to take a replay but we have to end this Old Trafford curse once and for all and no better way to do it than in defending our trophy.

Team I’d Go For:


Bench: Ospina; Chambers, Gibbs; Santi, Rosicky, Ox/Theo; Giroud


Leave out the inform duo? Big Call!

This team would have great balance to it and chance to hit United on the break Ozil in for Santi is a very big call as at City Cazorla was instrumental in the result but Mesut Ozil has a lot to prove in the bigger games and we should see how he copes with a front 3 designed to his liking and a solid midfield behind him.

Having said that I can see Santi starting in a midfield 3 and Ozil being thrown out wide, thankfully this is the managers headache not mine.

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11 Responses to For Ozil to truly shine at Old Trafford Cazorla and Giroud should miss out – Big Call!!

  1. Frenchgooner March 8, 2015 at 4:06 pm #

    Mate, I agree with you on some points but definitely not on Welbeck replacing Giroud
    Welbeck can be subbed late to bring some speed and freshness to the team, but he is not a goal scorer yet!
    Giroud has more experience and he showed us he could score against Big teams! (Man U, City, Liverpool!!)
    And btw I think Scescny will be playing if he has recovered, he is supposed to be our cup keeper now

  2. Frenchgooner March 8, 2015 at 4:07 pm #

    Wtf is everton’s aaron Lennon doing among the tags??

    • Dave Seager March 8, 2015 at 6:37 pm #

      LOl mistake

  3. brdgunner March 8, 2015 at 5:55 pm #

    I like that team.

    I wouldn’t be at all disappointed to see that set up.

    As long as we turn up and go for it I am happy.


  4. Tazz March 8, 2015 at 6:51 pm #

    Two Ozil’ in the line-up!

    • Dave Seager March 8, 2015 at 9:07 pm #

      Updated haha

  5. Luiz March 8, 2015 at 7:20 pm #

    Arsenal win 3-2 kosielny with the winner

  6. Luiz March 8, 2015 at 7:39 pm #

    This is not a prediction but the actual result so gunners be at rest like I am : Man U 2 – 3 arsenal koshielny with the winner.

  7. Will Kissmyarsenal March 8, 2015 at 9:37 pm #

    I agree with that team!

  8. Twivil March 8, 2015 at 11:19 pm #

    Taking Caz and Grou out of it would give us more pace, more movement and more closing down and pressing. We might start to dominate possession again!!! The best way to control Rooney is to make him defend,

  9. obidogg March 8, 2015 at 11:22 pm #

    Idont think ozil and carzola gel enough when playing together. I ll preference Rosiscky to start as the more advanced midfielder while carzola continues his box to box role ahead of ramsey cos of Ramsey fitness. Sanches and chamberlin can operate at the flanks.

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