Play Fantasy Wenger: Who should start Arsenal's first game of the season?

By Graham McNorthbank

Liverpool at Anfield is always one of the trickiest games of the season, so to have it as our curtain opener is daunting to say the least.

Lest we forget, Liverpool have a new manager. And a respected manager at that. And I don't need to tell you that new managers often enjoy victorious debuts.

Our first choice back four - Bacary Sagna, Laurent Koscielny, Thomas Vermaelen and Gael Clichy - shipped five goals in Poland last weekend and I expect Liverpool to give us a sterner test than Legia Warsaw, so to say I'm apprehensive is an understatement.

Of course at the other end of the park, Arsenal scored six, but again I'd expect Liverpool's defence to be a notch or two above the Polish team.

So who to pick?

Well, unless we sign someone who knows what gloves are for in the next day or two, it has to be Manuel Almunia in goal.

Defence is as above - Sagna, Koscielny, Vermaelen and Clichy.

Unless by some miracle Cesc Fabregas returns from Mexico match fit, I'd opt for Abou Diaby (if fit), Emmanuel Eboue, Samir Nasri and Thomas Rosicky in midfield. In normal circumstance Alex Song would be in there, but he hasn't played in pre-season at all, so I'm guessing he's one of the World Cup walking wounded.

And upfront it has to be Marouane Chamakh and Andrey Arshavin - the former of whom has looked sharp in his first games for Arsenal while the latter just loves to score at Anfield.

First game of the season and we're under strength, hence the reason I'm going for 4-4-2.

But what do you reckon? 4-4-2 or 4-3-3? And who would be your starting 11 on Sunday? Share your thoughts on the team to face Liverpool by using our comments section below.