The first round after the unprecedented Winter World Cup in the Middle East is a great occasion to get you back in the action, with Newcastle traveling to Leicester and Jesse Lingard returning to Old Trafford. But we chose the Arsenal and West Ham match on the day of the match, and we decided to do a combined lineup between the two.
Gabriel Jesus was not injured. Nor was William Saliba, who may or may not have played after reaching the World Cup final with France.
The Premier League is back, baby!
GK: Aaron Ramsdal (Arsenal)
Arsenal’s No. 1 and England’s second-or-third earned the nod between the sticks ahead of Matt Turner, Alphonse Areola and Lukasz Fabianski.
Ramsdale has been so strong for the Gunners since they surprised fans by bringing him to Sheffield United for a transfer fee north of £20m. He was written off before saving a shot but proved his doubters wrong and became a crowd favorite at the Emirates. His passion and passion** Alfieri is a welcome bonus, made better by the amount he causes the opposition fans to rout.
Right-back: Takehiro Tomiyasu (Arsenal)
One of three horribly injury-prone Arsenal players who have joined this side, Tomiyasu is another player who scored from the blue and has proven himself to be a masterworker.
After being linked with a move to rivals Tottenham, the Japan international was bought by Arsenal for £15m on deadline day summer 2021 and the only complaint you could have is that he gets injured a lot. The signing of Oleksandr Zinchenko and the return of William Saliba has allowed this to be less of an issue, thankfully for Mikel Arteta.
Tomiyasu got the nod for Lee ahead of Ben Johnson, Vladimir Koval, Tilo Kerr, and Cedric. It is worth noting that if Saliba is available, he will be in this team ahead of Tomiyasu, with White moving to right-back.
Centre-back: Ben White (Arsenal)
Another player who raised some eyebrows when his move to Arsenal became official; Arteta took a chance on White and signed him for £50m. He’s proven he’s worth the risk, shining in central defense in his debut season at North London before becoming the highest rated right-back in 2022/23 after Saliba returned to England.
Even if White plays on the right side of Arteta’s defense this season, he enters this team as a central defender ahead of Nayef Aguird, who presented the wonderful World Cup with Morocco. Perhaps this was the most difficult choice, but I do not regret it. Other defenders to miss are Craig Dawson, Angelo Ogbonna, Kurt Zouma, Kehrer and Rob Holding.
Centre-back: Gabriel (Arsenal)
When Gabriel has a bit of a dribbling game, he’s on the side of Saliba who picks up the pieces. And when Saliba struggles, Gabriel plays blinder. It’s very cool. Fingers crossed there isn’t a game where they both stink.
Unfortunately, Gabriel missed out on Brazil’s World Cup squad while Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Martinelli his team mates and namesake Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Martinelli in Shams Qatar holding hands. Some Arsenal fans were devastated, others were crying out that it would be fresh to resume the Premier League season with their team top. Some (me) have been a healthy mix of the two.
The 25-year-old joined the Gunners from Lille in 2020, and recently signed a new five-year contract after an impressive 21/22 campaign and an even better start to the season. He dances in this group.
Left-back: Oleksandr Zinchenko (Arsenal)
It’s honestly a huge guessing game when it comes to figuring out if Zinchenko will be a good fit. The Ukrainian is rarely injured in Manchester City, and he spent most of his time in the capital watching from the stands due to various injuries. Having said that, he makes this team, and if not, then teammate Kieran Tierney. Neither Aaron Cresswell nor Emerson Palmieri come close to this XI, unfortunately for the Hammers duo.
You can tell instantly from Arsenal’s victory over Crystal Palace on opening night how good Zinchenko was and why Arteta brought him to the club. He is a great player who is confident on the ball, and his ability just makes his teammates feel confident.
CM: Declan Rice (West Ham)
Yeah. This is the eleventh combined. The West Ham player makes the cut. This is a player who would be a great signing for Arsenal, in fact. Or any big club in Europe.
Rice is West Ham’s captain after Mark Noble retired last summer and leads by example with his ability and leadership. One of the few England players on the cusp of being world classThe 23-year-old is expected to move clubs next year and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him join another Premier League club. While he appears destined to join Chelsea, you’d imagine Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United to try their luck in a timid bid.
Midfielder: Thomas Partey (Arsenal)
If Arsenal can keep Partey fit, they have a great chance of winning the Premier League. However, this is significant given his injury history since his departure from Atlético Madrid in 2020.
He is a crucial player for Arsenal and has scored twice this season having previously unleashed every shot on Row Z.
Midfielder: Granit Xhaka (Arsenal)
The inclusion of Xhaka actually means that Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard does not join this squad. It’s awful, I know. I love Odegaard, however Xhaka form this season In particular it was scary. I couldn’t leave him outside. Odegaard was not ahead of Reis. And I can’t include Barty. It’s hard to watch an Arsenal team without the Ghanaian. They automatically become s**t. No party, no party.
Xhaka reinvented himself in 2022, transforming into a brilliant box-to-box midfielder after long serving as No. 6. What a waste. Having seen him perform this season, I wonder what Arsenal could have achieved if he had been playing in this position from day one?!
As a Brazil international, Lucas Paqueta should have made that decision much more difficult.
Right wing: Bukayo Saka (Arsenal)
This was not in doubt, was it? Jarrod Bowen is good, but Saka is much better. He was arguably England’s best player at the World Cup and has been Arsenal’s best and most consistent player over the past two years.
Everyone loves him. He is just so pure and one hell of a footballer.
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Attacker: Jarrod Bowen (West Ham)
With Gianluca Scamaka and Michail Antonio doubtful about the match, teammate Bowen was given the nod ahead of Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah – who has to do very well over the next few months with Gabriel Jesus left out. You wouldn’t be surprised to see Arteta and Edu pull off some transfer work in January.
Nketiah is a good player, but I have to give preference to Bowen, who has established himself as a brilliant striker in the Premier League, although his form during this period was not great. Point has scored three goals (none in the Premier League) in 19 appearances this season, although much of his appearances have come off the bench. On the other hand, Bowen has scored five goals in 21 after scoring 18 times in 2021-22.
Left wing: Gabriel Martinelli (Arsenal)
Gabriel entered third in our team ahead of Maxwell Cornet. Don’t think, really.
Arsenal fans were a bit frustrated with Arteta for not using Martinelli enough, but – like his decision on Saliba – it proved to be a stroke of genius. The Brazil winger has fully recovered from his recurring injury concerns, and is now one of the best in the Premier League. Kudos to you, Mikel.
This season, Martinelli has scored five goals and two assists in 14 league matches.
Manager: Mikel Arteta (Arsenal)
I’ve been praising Arteta throughout, but that doesn’t take anything away from West Ham boss – and former Spaniard manager at Everton – David Moyes, who’s had a fantastic career, and the work he’s done at the London Stadium (for a second time) has exceeded anyone’s expectations. .
But Arteta leads his Premier League team, five points ahead of champions Manchester City. They play beautiful football and look like pros finishing in the top four at least. It will be interesting to see how Arteta’s team fares without Jesus until around March.
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