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Play Fantasy Arsene Wenger: Pick your team to face Sunderland

It appears that the Arsenal team that will play Sunderland this weekend will resemble a Carling Cup 11, rather than our Premier League line-up, as Arsene Wenger looks to give some more youngsters the chance of a first team run-out.

Le Gaffer is still aiming for a win so that the club can reach the 83-point threshold, but with a number of players out through injury and others already looking to pack their bags for Euro 2008 and World Cup qualifiers, Arsene will take the opportunity to select a youthful squad for the trip to the Stadium of Light.

It's likely that Lukasz Fabianski will retain his place in goal, while Denilson and Nicklas Bendtner will probably feature too. Kieran Gibbs was on the bench against Everton and he could be joined by Mark Randall on Sunday as Wenger tries to assess how their loan spells (at Norwich and Burnley) have improved their game.

Personally, I'd also try to find a place in the squad for one of our up-and-coming defenders - possibly Havard Nordtveit, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas or Emmanuel Frimpong - but that's probably just wishful thinking on my part...

So I reckon the defense will consist of Kolo Toure, William Gallas, Philippe Senderos and Gael Clichy.

In midfield we may get to see a very experimental line-up: I'd go for Theo Walcott, Denilson, Armand Traore and, with Mathieu Flamini on his way to AC Milan, maybe we'll get a chance to see how Alexandre Song can slot into the defensive midfield slot.

And up front, Le Boss will no doubt stick with Emmanuel Adebayor and Nicklas Bendtner with Robin van Persie on the bench, if he's fit.

With neither club having anything tangible to play for, do you reckon Wenger will experiment? What players would you like to see start the game against Sunderland? Here's my line-up:

Toure Gallas Senderos Clichy
Walcott Denilson Song Traore
Adebayor Bendtner

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Posted by Gordon Masson on May 9, 2008 10:30 AM in News| Players
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flamini and hleb in the middle..............oh wait

Posted by: ... | May 9, 2008 12:08 PM

What you say makes good sense. Personally, I would like to see Jack Wilshire given a chance. I know he is only 16, but the boy is pure class. He is by far the best young talent at the club.


Posted by: Chris Jones | May 9, 2008 8:03 PM


Posted by: JOKE TEAM | May 9, 2008 8:17 PM

arsen buy a big player dont do jokedonet let hleb to leave and adebayor arsenal look for big players im from albania and i love the arsenal

Posted by: valon | May 9, 2008 8:51 PM

I think that line-up is good enough.
Although i'd like to see theo walcott paired with ade upfront.
With nothing to play for,its time for some experimenting.
Also i'd replace toure with hoyte,since toure has been less than impressive at RB.

Posted by: Gunner_leo | May 10, 2008 6:28 AM

i think Almunia, Sagna, Toure, Gallas, Clichcy, Hleb, Fabregas, Denilson, Walcott, Adebayor, Bendtner

Posted by: henry | May 10, 2008 8:01 AM

traore gallas nordtveit/senderos eboue

barazite denilson fabregas Walcott

bendtner Ade

Posted by: fidel | May 10, 2008 5:49 PM

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