Picking the ideal XI from the club’s talented squad.
What a great season it has been for Arsenal so far as the 2-0 win against Hull City on Wednesday ensures the side are flying high at the top of the Premier League.
Manager Arsene Wenger has an extremely talented squad at the Frenchman’s disposal and yet fitting all those stars into just one line-up is impossible.
Therefore fanatix takes a look at what the ideal starting XI would be for Wenger for the 2013/14 season.
Goalkeeper and defence
When fit the back four and goalkeeper are pretty much easy to pick, with Wojciech Szczesny increasing with confidence game by game and arguably the best stopper in the division this term.
At right-back Bacary Sagna is enjoying perhaps the defender’s best season in north London, whilst on the left side Kieran Gibbs is developing into a future England international.
Likewise in central defence the partnership of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker is the undisputed first choice, as Thomas Vermaelen’s future at the Emirates Stadium continues to look bleak.
This is where things get a little more as Wenger has a plethora of talent at the 64-year-old’s disposal in the middle of the park.
The 4-2-3-1 formation has provided success this term and whilst Mikel Arteta is the vice-captain, the Spaniard looks slightly uncomfortable playing in a defensive role.
This is where the physicality of Mathieu Flamini comes in, whilst Aaron Ramsey’s blistering form means the Welshman can more or less operate anywhere in midfield currently.
Behind the striker a three man attack consists of Santi Cazorla in the No.10 role, with the Spain international being flanked by Mesut Ozil on the left and Theo Walcott on the right.
The talent of Ozil means the 25-year-old is sublime coming in off the flank and distributing inch perfect through balls to the forward.
As for Walcott, although Jack Wilshere or Lukas Podolski would be candidates, the pace of the Englishman pushes opposition defences deeper and this helps the side’s style of play.
Currently there is but one choice and that is Olivier Giroud, with the France international providing more team work than the attacker is given credit for.
Giroud also benefits from playing deeper in the box and links up well with both Cazorla and Ozil.
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