No Wilshere, so who should Arsenal play to win at Citeh?

By Graham McNorthbank

It seems a bit early in the season to be saying that our game away to Man Citeh on Sunday is a six pointer, but when the Mancs are already three points ahead of the Gunners, then that's precisely what it is.

By the time we kick off on Sunday, Arsenal may have been leapfrogged in the league by Tottenham, Man United and West Brom, so a good result is vital to maintain our challenge at the top of the table.

Citeh have already defeated Chelsea and Liverpool this season, while the Arsenal have taken just one point from the same fixtures, albeit our fixtures were away from home, but the reality is that Citeh's billions are definitely paying off and they are a real force to be reckoned with.

But Arsene Wenger appears confident that his team can meet the challenge on Sunday and bring maximum points back to London, despite the fact that this year's most improved player, Jack Wilshere, is out through suspension.

The Citeh defence is miserly, conceding just five goals so far this campaign compared to our 10. However Arsenal will be buoyed by the return of Bacary Sagna from injury this weekend, while Laurent Koscielny has a slim chance of making the squad.

So in defence I reckon we should set up with Sagna, Johan Djourou, Sebastien Squillaci and Gael Clichy, with the improving Lukasz Fabianski retaining his place between the sticks.

With Wilshere out of action until next month our midfield is going to have to adapt, but with skipper Cesc Fabregas fit again we're in good shape. As long as Alex Song remembers his priority is defence rather than marauding up the park, we should be ok.

So in the centre of things I'd opt for Song, Fabregas and Abou Diaby to help out with the more defensive side of duties.

And up front I'd have to go with the excellent Samir Nasri supporting Marouane Chamakh and Tomas Rosicky balancing things out. I've been thoroughly underwhelmed by Andrey Arshavin of late and I reckon a spell on the bench might do him the power of good, while Theo Walcott didn't look too sharp when he came on the other night, so perhaps using him as an impact sub later in the game would be the best plan.

I'm sure there will be those of you out there who will disagree with my starting line up, so feel free to get it off your chest by using the comments section below. In the meantime, here's my Addict XI for the trip up north:


Sagna Djourou Squillaci Clichy


         Fabregas Diaby

    Nasri              Rosicky