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Who do YOU want to see in Arsenal's midfield at Hull?

With Cesc Fabregas ruled out and Tomas Rosicky a doubt, Arsenal could be extremely short in midfield for Saturday’s vital Premier League match against Hull.

It looked like the Gunners would face a similar situation in defence as well, but Arsene Wenger revealed in his pre-match press conference that Sol Campbell’s groin injury is not as bad as first feared.

“We have a little doubt about Rosicky, but we will check that tomorrow morning,” said Wenger. “Nobody else is back, but we will lose Alex Song, because he is suspended.

“Everyone else has recovered quite well from Tuesday night. Campbell looks better than expected today. Sagna has an ankle problem but we will assess that tomorrow.

“We will see how it develops and who is available, who I can play. We know we have 48 hours to prepare for this game and it is quite needed.

“But [Fabregas’] chances of playing are 0.5 per cent – that means unless a miracle happens, he will not play. At the moment, he is out of Saturday’s game.”

Gooner Talk’s Predicted XI against Hull

Almunia
Eboue – Campbell – Vermaelen – Clichy
Diaby – Denilson – Nasri
Walcott – Bendtner – Arshavin

Tell us what team you would play against Hull in the comments section below!

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Subin
Subin
10 years ago

i would prefer to see eduardo play instead of walcott to be honest. He hasnt started for quite a while since bendtner came back from injury. Plus walcott is unpredictable, u never know wat ur gonna get with him

irish gooner
irish gooner
10 years ago

id start eduardo instead of walcott

GunnerX
GunnerX
10 years ago

Given our squad limitations, I would play the same players, but I would use Sagna as LB, and play Eboue instead of Theo, then maybe introduce him as a substitute.

My Name Is Earl
My Name Is Earl
10 years ago

that’s the only midfield we can field at the moment isn’t it lol?! still should be enough, Nasri has to start centrally again! the guy is a big talent!

Jack
Jack
10 years ago

I think that would be the most sensible line-up. Anyone know when Gallas will be back? We’ll need him for the City match.

tried and tested
tried and tested
10 years ago

why would you start eduardo he offers nothing any more unfortunately.id have rosicky diaby nasri,fuck denilson out he’s a clown.

arsenal4ever
arsenal4ever
10 years ago

would exactly start like your prediction. I think Denilson has to prove something and will do!!

Steven
Steven
10 years ago

I will only swap Diaby’s place with Denilson’s.At least we know that even if Denilson does lose the ball, Diaby is there to cover for him. And has anyone noticed Diaby’s ball-winning and tackling skills are improving greatly? What a dynamic force the Cesc-Diaby-Song midfield will be in another two seasons and beyond;S-C-A-R-Y!

athlon
athlon
10 years ago

It would be very unfair from Wenger to sit Eduardo on the bench once again. I’d prefer a 4-4-2.

Aaron
Aaron
10 years ago

Walcott is getting back to his best and has things to prove, he will def get the nod over eduardo as he should. Very short with midfield though, might even get to see a bit of Merida.

TA6
TA6
10 years ago

I think given Denilson’s failings I would go with a 4-4-2. I think Denilson will start but we need more cover in there.
Shame about Song as the midfield 3 we played against Porto was dynamic and when Nasri has covered in the ‘Cesc’ role he puts in his best performance and we haven’t missed our captain.
There are no gimmes now and I would be happy with 1-0 and 3 points but the best form of defence is attack, give ’em hell Arsene

Ali
Ali
10 years ago

Well .. our upcoming 4 games 2 home – and 2 away are a huge key in our hope to bring the title back .. we will start this game Away Against Hull , so all we need on the upcoming 4 games one Word A ” Win ” .. we have to be carefull and we have to be very sharp , if our players shows some personality and character i can see us past Hull & Birm city .. i Believe on start with the good starting line up is leading you to the win , we have… Read more »

eoin
eoin
10 years ago

Alumina eboue – Campbell – Vermaelen – Clichy – Denilson – – Diaby- -Nasri- – Rosicky – Bendtner – Arshavin I honestly do think that this formation may be the way forward for arsenal football club. Obviously, when players return from injury and suspensions, players like rosicky, bendtner and denilson may lose there place to fabregas, v.persie and song. But I think this formation may add more stability to this maturing arsenal side. Nasri and Diaby both provide the attacking potential to harm any defence while offering defence cover as both are more than capable of playing the holding role.… Read more »

babar
babar
10 years ago

ALWAYS OUTNUMBERED, NEVER OUTGUNNED

jack
jack
10 years ago

Absolutely no way eduardo should start. Doesn’t fit in a 4-3-3 at all. too slow and completely lacks the sharpness for goals now. Lost count how many 1-on-1s he’s missed this season. I’d even advocate selling him in the summer since Chamakh is on his way.

Denilson is our weakest player but will definitely start.

Rosicky or Walcott will alternate as sub/starter. Eboue will come in for Sagna.

amz
amz
10 years ago

Wel above formation wil most likely be what the prof starts with,althought i agree with mosta of u above wallcot shouldnt start as hes wel better being a sub that comes late on,il suprise you a bit then il go for traore on the diamond up front,why???coz he will help defending with clichy aswell as wipn them crosses for bendy,for me hes the best on doing that in our team no doubt.

keeper(?!)
eboue verma campb clinchy
deno
nasri abu
arsha traore

bendy
1-3 to the gunnerz remember!!

ClockEnd89
ClockEnd89
10 years ago

Thoughts on giving Sagna a go in central defense, partnering Vermaelen? He is a great defender and although not tall, is very strong in the air and of course has good pace. Don’t know if he ever played there at Auxerre, but surely he couldn’t be much worse than Silvestre. Although asking him to give it a go in an important league match with a bad ankle might be to big an ask. Wouldn’t risk Sol, if he picked an injury we’d be left with Silvestre starting every match! 🙁 4-3-3 bendtner arshavin walcott nasri denilson diaby clichy vermaelen sagna… Read more »

janine butcher
janine butcher
10 years ago

eduardo should leave this summer, no doubt abut that

Classy gunner
Classy gunner
10 years ago

Spot on with the formation. I think the key battles will be in the mid field and how we respond in attack. We need to improve our workrate in midfield. Diaby and denilson need to be at their best. They need to go for every tackle and defend properly cause we cannot compete physically with those tugs so our tactical and technical abilities should be intensly utilised. Keeping the ball as much as possible and looking to contribute to attack too will be an advantage. Nasir on the other hand will have to be ontop of his game. He has… Read more »

Rash
10 years ago

Almunia
Eboue – Campbell – Vermaelen – Clichy
Diaby – Song – Nasri
Walcott – Bendtner – Arshavin

robert
robert
10 years ago

I would rather se Eboue than Theo because we do not have Song this weekend, he is another player that can win the ball…

john
john
10 years ago

DON’T start EDUARDO

even my nan can run faster than him lol he’s so so slow and far from the quick clinical striker we used to know

Daymee
Daymee
10 years ago

We are currently seeing a number of our players coming into form at the same time at this crunch part of the season. What we need to do is to start those players who are playing well at the moment and try to get a balance with the starting 11 and impact from our substitutes. As much as I would like Walcott to start, I think it is wise for Walcott to come in as a sub. His pace will destroy Hull in the 2nd half. I would advocate starting both Sagna and Eboue. I’d line up like this: ———–Almunia… Read more »

an arse worth having
an arse worth having
10 years ago

Almunia
Sagna (if fit) Campbell Verminator Clichy
Denilson Eastmond Diaby
Walcott Bendtner Arshavin (subs: Eboue, Nasri and Eduardo)

Eastmond because Denilson cannot be relied on to hold a defensive midfield position, and will be less of a liability with someone more prone to sitting in front of the back 4.

ARSENAL B
ARSENAL B
10 years ago

id start like this
ALUMINA
SAGNA CAMPBELL VERMAELEN CLICHY

DENILSON DIABY
NASRI
EBOUE ARSHAVIN
BENDTNER

HOPE SAGNA & CAMPBELL ARE FIT.I REALLY WANNA PUT ROSICKY ON BUT THERES JUST NOWRE FOR HIM.
I PUT EBOUE RIGHT WING COS WE ARE MISSING SONG.
I THINK THE RESULT DEPENDS ON HOW THE FIRST 30MINS GO.IF WE GET OUT MUSCLED & FORT WE MAY STRUGGLE(DENILSON),BUT I HOPE NOT=)
THE RESULT ALSO DEPENDS ON HOW DIABY GETS BACK TO SUPPORT THE BACK4
ARSENAL3 HULL0

am
am
10 years ago

Why do people think Eduardo is better than Walcott. Ok either has not been on form since suffering major injuries, but Walcott offeres much much more than Eduardo. Unfortunatly that twat at Birmingham has put a hold to the promising player that we signed. He is a shadow of the guy we had before that. He has lost all his pace (which is not surprising) Seems to have lost all confidence especially going in for tackles or a one on one with the keeper. His biggest strenght was his calm finishing, now if he is being closed down he sometimes… Read more »

Andrew
Andrew
10 years ago

won’t be 4-3-3 but 4-1-4-1

—————— Almunia
Eboue — Vermaelen — Silvestre — Clichy
—————- Denilson
Walcott —- Nasri —- Diaby —– Arshavin
—————- Bendtner

I am sure this will be the lineup but this means that Eduardo wont feature again in the starting lineup I think Wenger has made Eduardo as a Super Sub and only if we have too many injures only then he will get a look in

Victor aka gunner
Victor aka gunner
10 years ago

Almunia
clichy verma camp sagna
diaby eboue nasri
arshavin walcoot bendtner

Puttin g any1 at de center instead of the ineffective denilson will be common sense. He has not improve accordingly even after he nails down a regular spot last season.. What a shame.. Out Denilson! Even Walcott has amoment of brilliance..

eboue would provide surprise n fear into Hull.. He can defends betta, more pace than denilson..

Clode
Clode
10 years ago

Almunia
Sagna-Campbell-Vermaelen-Clichy
Diaby-Denilson-Nasri
Eboue-Bendtner-Arshavin

Dj
Dj
10 years ago

I’m depressed Ramsey is crippled and Song has a ban. Fucking gay! Denilson doesn’t fill me with confidence. Hope Denilscum proves me wrong and becomes DenILLson!

ONOWU TOP GUNNER
ONOWU TOP GUNNER
10 years ago

Almunia eboue vamalean campbel clichy, diaby denilson arshavin nasri rosicky, bendtney

bade the gooner
bade the gooner
10 years ago

This game. I feel, will produce yet another last-chance foe Denilson to show his worth. If he keeps rubbishing & jogging in the middle of the park instead of burning the pitch & eating the grass, he will be dropped soon as Eastmond is developing so Quickley & remarkably. So apart from him replacing the suspended Song & Walcott in for Rosicky & Eboue for Injured-bit Sagna, I would go with the same line-up & formation as it was against Porto. Almunia Eboue-Campbell-Vermaelen-Clichy Nasri-Denilson-Diaby Walcott-Bendtner-Arshavin subs: Fabianski, Silvestre, Traore, Sagna, Rosicky, Eduardo, Vela I feel another 3-1 score will us… Read more »

Ash
Ash
10 years ago

It defi wont be campball since he playd against porto. im guessing it would b silvestre..

Almunia
eboue.. Silvestre..verma..clichy
Diaby..Denilson..Nasri
Walcott…B52…Arshavin

Goonerdan
Goonerdan
10 years ago

Yeah id say i would definiately go for the team you have stated…Unfortunately we have no choice but to play Denilson…I think the definately ahead of eduardo as he gives us an extra threat in behind… As much as i love Eduardo he needs a run of games to get back into form and fitness and we just cant afford to give him that run at the moment… Expect usto march on but it will definitely be a tough game…if we earn our right to play in the first 20 we should take over and come through with the win…… Read more »

aa
aa
10 years ago

eduardo can do a job at the emirates but away from home in deccessive game like this no let him play games at home get fitness back so on we see from there most of our lads ont do a heck of a job away fom home,so i would go for strong side and put the artists of rosicky and co on later
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almunia
sagna campbell vermalen clichy
diaby denilson

eboue nasri arshavin

bendtner

simon
10 years ago

you will see bendtner will have a nother horror performance and may cost us the game just because he had a wonderful performance and scored a hat-rick does not mean he’ll do it again. just watch

Goonerdan
Goonerdan
10 years ago

Shut up simon what negative pathetic comment which helps no one apart from your wn ego you defeatist

arsenal4ever
arsenal4ever
10 years ago

Bendtner isnt just goals. But idiots like simon will never realize it!!!!

Jack
Jack
10 years ago

Stop slating off Eduardo. There’s no doubt that he has been poor but let me break your leg and see how well you do. I hope he finds his form by the start of next season and proves you all wrong. “Supporters”…..debatable.

B.H.C.
B.H.C.
10 years ago

if cesc iz fit put him on da bench 4 emergencies only lol. nasri has 2 ply wiv diaby n den/eastmond

Filip
10 years ago

I think your starting XI is fine. Nasri would be better in central midfield.

Denilson? I don´t like to see him in our squad, but he didn´t play few matches and maybe would be ok.

Let´s see.

GarryGooner
GarryGooner
10 years ago

Denilson is fine, leave him alone. why do we always have to find someone to pick on?? We have a strong enough squad to face hull and should win easily. Last year ppl were saying what is Song doing in this team, now it’s what can we do without him. Crazy. Same goes for ade, eboue, sagna, we jump on the back of our own players and thats just disgusting. I was at the match last year when some ‘fans’ booed eboue off the pitch, that was a very sad day for our team, i lost a whole lot of… Read more »

fraster
fraster
10 years ago

Midfield with Rosicky, Diaby & Nasri, same defence & forward.
We will win 2-0 (Bendtner & Arshavin)

Emperor Gooner
Emperor Gooner
10 years ago

spot on garry!!

mid-field today inevitably would be diaby , den n nasri

btw i’d love to see the statistics regarding how many times we win when bendtner plays..i think we mostly do !!

gunningooner
gunningooner
10 years ago

——————ALMUNIA—————-
–EBOUE—SOL PATROL–VERMINATOR–CLICHY-
——NASRI——-DENILSON—-DIABY—–
—–WALLCOTT—–THE DANE—–MEERKAT–

i think rosicky should come on at 60th minute 4 diaby, and push arshavin back

chris
chris
10 years ago

come on the arsenal, lets keep ourselves in the race and help to send tango man back where he belongs in the lower leagues!..would have thought it will be the same team as the porto game but with eboue replacing sagna and walcott coming in for rosicky

My Name Is Earl
My Name Is Earl
10 years ago

must win game, then again every game is a must win game now lol. COME ON ARSENAL !! hope Nasri shuts that orange tango prick phil brown up !!

My Name Is Earl
My Name Is Earl
10 years ago

Arsenal

* 01 Almunia
* 03 Sagna
* 05 Vermaelen
* 22 Clichy
* 27 Eboue
* 31 Campbell
* 02 Diaby
* 08 Nasri
* 15 Denilson
* 23 Arshavin
* 52 Bendtner

Substitutes

* 21 Fabianski,
* 18 Silvestre,
* 30 Traore,
* 37 Eastmond,
* 14 Walcott,
* 32 Merida,
* 09 Eduardo

Goonerdan
Goonerdan
10 years ago

Theo misses out again and rosicky doesnt make the squad…must have been a bigger knock than we thought…

Dissapointed to see theo miss out again I think him and eboue down the right work really well together…Sagna doesnt offer the same going forward but i guess leboss has gone for his extra defensive qualities first…

chris
chris
10 years ago

hmm bit of a miss match team today, no keen at all on denilson and eboue is hot and cold normally.. how tired is campbell going to be?.. hmm these are all problems, i dont think this will be a straight forward game today

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