Mikel Arteta

Mikel Arteta has done well since he took over the hot seat at the Emirates and domestic results have been decent but I do not always agree with his team selections, especially his determination to stick with certain players.

I suspect the back four will be Kieran Tierney, Shkodran Mustafi, David Luiz and Hector Bellerin and I agree with three of those, however, I would not play Luiz, I simply do not trust him and would prefer Pablo Mari as he seems to be more reliable from the little I have seen of him.

The midfield I think that Arteta will go with will be Granit Xhaka, Mesut Ozil and Dani Ceballos, that is not the midfield I would go with.

For starters Xhaka and Ozil would be dropped, Xhaka is not good enough for me and I would prefer Lucas Torreira as I believe he is a better DM.

Ozil does not turn up for the big games and Joe Willock, who has impressed in the two friendlies we have managed to play is more hungry, more attack-minded and a lot faster.

So, for me, I would go with Cabellos, Willock and Torreira and now on to the front three.

I reckon that Arteta will select Nicolas Pepe, Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

I would not go with Lacazette, we need a more deadly central striker and that is why I would put Aubameyang in the middle, Bukayo Saka on the left and Pepe on the right.

Now, I know full well that Arteta will not go with my choice but one can only hope. Anyway, this is my starting XI

Leno
Tierney
Mustafi
Mari
Bellerin
Torreira
Ceballos
Willock
Saka
Pepe
Aubameyang

Let me know in the comments if you agree with my picks and what team you think Mikel Arteta should go with.

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