Who should Wenger play in attack against Chelsea?

By Avenell Dave

Everything has been going so well for Arsenal this season, confounding those who predicted another season of doom.

I haven't seen anything from our title rivals to suggest we can't win the Premier League this season.

As Freddie Ljungberg said last weekend, the main challenge we face is going to be squad depth.

When you look at those who aren;t starting for us regularly at the moment due to injury or simple exclusion, it's a pretty impressive list - Walcott, Giroud, Arshavin, Rosicky, Wilshere, Frimpong, Koscielny, Sagna and Santos.

The eternal question so far is where the goals are going to come from if Lukas Podolski stops scoring even though Olivier Giroud has got the goalscoring monkey off his own back now.

It sticks in the throat when I go to work near Fulham Broadway to see the huge Stamford Bridge flags proclaiming Ch*vski's status as European Champions.

Their squad is not great but they do have some superb players coming through - Oscar in particular looks like a fine, if expensive acquisition.

Whether J*hn T£rry plays on Saturday or not, though, I think we've got a great chance to close the gap on them and make another bold statement about our intentions for the season ahead.

That means, as is Arsene Wenger's nature, we have to attack.

Who he plays in the middle is going to be one of the defining decisions ahead of the game and I suspect he'll go with Gervinho again if for no other reason than that he creates mayhem even if his end product needs some work.

I'd love to see him flanked by Podolski and Theo Walcott, who has always caused Ch*vski problems and could stifle C@$hley C*le's forward forays.

While I love the BFG, I think this is a game set up for Koscielny and Vermaelen - we need pace and nous more than we need aerial power now that Drogba has left, but I wouldn't be surprised if Mertesacker keeps his place.

We all know Santi Cazorla is a fine midfielder but seeing his statistics compared to Eden Hazard, the playermaker-whore who waited to see who offered him the biggest cheque before deciding who he'd honour with his signature, makes for enjoyable reading.

The Ch*vs will do all they can to keep Cazorla quiet but  the prospect of Fat Frank huffing and puffing as the Spaniard leaves him in his wake is something I'm really looking forward to.

Other than that, the side picks itself but I hope Diaby shows the sort of form he exhibited at Anfield rather than the lacklustre over-confidence he showed at Montpellier or City.

Whatever happens, I fancy us to win.


Addict XI


Jenkinson Koscielny Vermaelen Gibbs

Arteta Diaby Cazorla

Walcott Podolski Gervinho

Who do you think should start for Arsenal on Saturday lunchtime?