Play Fantasy Wenger: Pick your starting 11 for the Hull game

The performance of the young Guns against Sheffield United the other night gives Arsene Wenger options for this week’s Premier League clash against Hull, as by his own admission, if a player is good enough then he’ll be considered for the first team.

So step forward messrs Carlos Vela, Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and Johan Djourou. Actually, it feels mean missing out any of the players from the other night, as I can’t think of anyone I can fault, but those four, for me, were outstanding.

Quite frankly, they – and most of their teenage team mates on Tuesday – would walk into the starting 11 of the majority of Premier League teams and it wouldn’t surprise me if Le Gaffer is having to install a special answering service to deal with all the queries that are coming in from clubs who want to take our young Guns on loan.

Back to the business of Hull tomorrow and I have to say that the game is a potential banana skin for the Gunners. The Tigers have already claimed the scalps of Fulham and Newcastle and last week earned a creditable draw with Everton, having held a 2-0 lead. But they’ve also been spanked 5-0 at home by Wigan and I think most Gooners will be expecting a similar scoreline on Saturday.

Experience tells me that Hull will come to the Emirates, play 10 men behind the ball and hope to sneak something at the other end. But the Arsenal seem more equipped than ever to deal with such tactics this season, so it’ll be interesting to see how Wenger sets up his team for tomorrow’s game.

On the injury front, Gael Clichy should be fit for the game, despite limping off against Bolton last weekend. Also available for selection to Le Boss is Mikael Silvestre for the first time, while Samir Nasri should be fit again, but there was no news out of the Arsenal camp regarding our French midfielder yesterday.

The only fresh doubt was Alex Song, who sustained a hip injury in the Sheffield United game, but with Silvestre in the mix, that shouldn’t worry Wenger too much.

Vela, Djourou and Ramsey were all included in last week’s party that travelled to Bolton and if Wenger wishes to give Wilshere more playing time, it could be that Kieran Gibbs drops out of the reckoning.

Last week’s 18-strong squad was Manuel Almunia, Bacary Sagna, William Gallas, Kolo Toure, Gael Clichy, Emmanuel Eboue, Cesc Fabregas, Denilson, Nicklas Bendtner, Emmanuel Adebayor, Carlos Vela, Theo Walcott, Johan Djourou, Kieran Gibbs, Aaron Ramsey and Lukasz Fabianski.

My head is now enlarged thanks to correctly naming the starting 11 for the Carling Cup game, so now I’ll no doubt get things hopelessly wrong for the Arsenal team that starts tomorrow.

As usual, use our comments section to select your starting 11. For the record, here is my effort:


Sagna Toure Gallas Clichy

Walcott Fabregas Denilson Eboue

Adebayor van Persie