We have had running battles with Arsenal fans all season about the strengths and weaknesses of Mesut Ozil. For the record we think that he is a good player with lovely technique.
Our reservation is that he goes missing in the big games. Look at the game against Manchester United ta Old Trafford a couple of weeks ago. You wouldn’t have known he was playing unless you checked the team sheet.
For that reason he wouldn’t get close to any dream team of ours. But he does go into Arsenal’s strongest XI for this one because the opposition is of a level that will give him some space to play.
Other than that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has a great compliment of players to pick from with Danny Welbeck the only major doubt. Wenger said of Welbeck’s ability to take part in the June internationals:
‘Roy (Hodgson) was confident that he would be available but we called the FA yesterday to tell them that his knee has not healed and he had to rest. It is not a setback it just took longer than expected.’
You’d have to go with Bellerin at right back and Monreal on the left as they have well and truly played themselves into the frame this season. Mertesacker is likely to get paired with Koscielny as they are so familiar with each other. But we hope to see the German ushered out over the next year or so and for Arsenal to use Paulista more often.
Further forward Wenger has a wonderful choice of midfielders and he will most certainly be leaving several players seriously disappointed. Walcott will start on the bench but could again provide bewitching pace as a sub to hurt Villa when they are tired.