Starting XI for the game against Schalke.

UEFA Champions League; Wednesday Oct 24th, Schalke (h)

Morning folks.

“Why do we fall? So we can learn to pick ourselves up”.

Yes, that is a quote from Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. Yes, I am a bit of a loser. It’s fairly apt though, isn’t it?

The Norwich debacle is best left unmentioned. I’ve expressed my opinions on the game, and that’s the end of it for me. What’s important is how we set about our task tonight. Make no mistake; the German outfit are an excellent team, and if we turn out another shoddy and unenthusiastic performance, we’ll lose. Arsenal need to come out and play like Arsenal.

I expect Schalke not to ‘park the bus’, but to set up in an organised manner and attempt to hit us on the counter attack. They’ve not had the best start to the group, and they’ll be looking to come away with at least a point. Up front, they have Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and he is a lethal finisher who will need to be policed for the game’s entirety.

Team news is fairly simple; having played for the reserves on Monday, Jack Wilshere, Emmanuel Frimpong, and Bacary Sagna will not be included in the squad. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is out, but Laurent Koscielny returns after missing the trip to Norwich with back pain. There is no sign of any of the long-term injured players returning just yet.

I expect the team to line up as they did on Saturday, but Arsene does tend to throw in the odd surprise after a defeat. Serge Gnabry perhaps? We will have to see. Personally, I think we will start like this:

Tonight will be a big test. Schalke are arguably up there with Man City and Chelsea in terms of quality we have faced this season, and we’ll need to put the demons of Saturday to bed as quickly as possible. A lot will depend on our midfield trio and their ability to not only control the game, but to inject some attacking impetus.

If we perform like we can, I’m confident of a win. If we perform like we did on Saturday, then there may be some very disgruntled people in the stadium only too happy to make their feelings known. It’s an important game, this one.

Seeing as my predictions are invariably wildly inaccurate, I should say I expect Schalke to win 10-0. That, however, would be tempting fate, and I don’t especially want to incur any supporter wrath myself. I’m going to go for a slightly shaky, but reasonably assured 2-1 victory for the Arse. A draw wouldn’t be appalling, though.

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Thanks for reading today, you splendid carbon lifeforms. The comments await your views below. Do you agree with my team? What predictions do you have on the final score? Let me know.

I shall return tomorrow with a review of the game.

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9 Responses to Starting XI for the game against Schalke.

  1. naz

    You do know that by not ‘mentioning’ the norwich game, you mentioned the norwhich games which invoked horrific images to form in my brain. Hahahaha

  2. alexgunner ethio

    please forget ramsay, if he starts it will end adraw or loss believe me, he just run on the pitch and loss possession. he cant pass through ball, he cant cross, he cant hold z ball, so what he have runing 90min on the field?

    • the worst player on that ix is non other than Gervinho, he hides behind defenders to avoid the ball, please watch the Norwich game again,he is too slow to pass the ball he he dribles we the easiest to do was to pass the ball he kills counter attacks

  3. awful team, just awful

  4. Gervinho should start on the bench if we really want to win this game, his conversion ratio is very poor, should i say very pathetic, that German kid looks more hungrier than Gervinho

  5. Baba

    Ramsey is the weak link in this team, if Ashavin was a lil more hardworking i would have thrown him in the mix instead of Ramsey, cant wait to see Wilshere and Rosicky back. I also believe Poldoski needs to bring a lill bit more attacking wise than what he has given us this season. Niece piece

    • as far as i have watched many arsenal games from last season up to last Saturday, Gervinho kills all our attacks, in EPL you don need to waste chances coz chances are hard to come by Gervino is is very slow in his decision making, he hold the ball too much wen he shld have played to the other team player, as for Ramsey he is good the problem with our current midfied set up is that they were not brought up the arsenal way,they tend not to open gaps for Ramsey to pass the ball to them they dont move at the same time which i believe from the past arsenal attack as a team easipecially wen its a counter to remind you all, do you remember the goal scored by Arshavin wen we beat Barcelona in the Championsleague at teh Emirates in 2010-2012 season.all i am saying is our midfield do not complement Ramsey’s long runs with the ball especially our wingers who shlould support counter attacks

  6. Eisfield i really wanto see that guy,talk about a scoring AM he’s ideal for cesc and for crying out loud will somone pls teach gervinho how to use runs made by full backs instead always trying those useless dribbles,we really need the return of the 1,2′s we were once known for.anoda mention is the fact that making verminashit captain doomed us right from time cos hes just not upto the standard of a captain in play really…my opinion

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