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Following The PSG Draw, Is This The Arsenal XI That Should Play Against Hull?

PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 13: Alexis Sanchez #7 of Arsenal FC celebrate his goal with teammattes during the UEFA Champions League group A between Paris Saint-Germain and Arsenal FC at Parc Des Princes on september 13, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Xavier Laine/Getty Images)

Arsenal could count themselves somewhat fortunate on Tuesday night as they escaped from the Parc des Princes with a 1-1 draw against Paris Saint-Germain.

The Gunners were on the back foot for much of the game, but a combination of an outstanding performance from replacement goalkeeper Petr Cech and the unbelievable wastefulness of PSG striker Edinson Cavani meant that the home side were unable to put the game beyond doubt despite taking the lead after 42 seconds.

Alexis Sánchez scored with twelve minutes remaining to give Arsenal a share of the points.

The general consensus is that manager Arsene Wenger made a few big errors, despite the result, and that these will need to be rectified for the visit to Hull City on Saturday.

The Tigers are in surprisingly good form this season so victory at the KCOM cannot be taken for granted at all, especially after their own indifferent display against Southampotn last weekend.

Therefore, Wenger really has to go into the match this weekend with his strongest possible side, i.e. nobody gets rested unnecessarily.

So is this the team the manager should field against Hull on Saturday?

Goalkeeper:

Petr Cech

WATFORD, ENGLAND - AUGUST 27: Petr Cech, the Arsenal keeper kicks the ball upfield during the Premier League match between Watford and Arsenal at Vicarage Road on August 27, 2016 in Watford, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Despite the brilliant performance by Ospina in Paris, Cech is the undisputed number one at the Emirates and should (and will) be put back into the starting lineup at the very next opportunity.

Defence:

Right-Back: Héctor Bellerín

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 14: Hector Bellerin of Arsenal in action during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Liverpool at Emirates Stadium on August 14, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Centre-Back: Shkodran Mustafi

PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 13: Shkodran Mustafi of Arsenal during the UEFA Champions League match between Paris Saint-Germain and Arsenal at Parc des Princes on September 13, 2016 in Paris, . (Photo by Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images)

Centre-Back: Laurent Koscielny

PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 13: Laurent Koscielny (C) of Arsenal is in action during the the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Arsenal FC at Parc des Princes in Paris, France on September 13, 2016. (Photo by Mustafa Yalçn/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Left-Back: Nacho Monreal

PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 13: Nacho Monreal of Arsenal and Angel Di Maria of Paris St Germain during the UEFA Champions League match between Paris Saint-Germain and Arsenal at Parc des Princes on September 13, 2016 in Paris, . (Photo by Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images)

The defence picks itself, truth be told. Kosicelny and Mustafi have started the last two matches together and there are strong signs of a partnership forming. Likewise, Bellerín is Arsenal’s first choice right-back and there is no reason to change that.

Left-back, however, could be up for grabs. Kieran Gibbs only has one substitute appearance to his name so far, but Monreal’s performances haven’t been particularly convincing.

Midfielders:

Centre Midfield: Granit Xhaka

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Centre-Midfield: Santi Cazorla

PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 13: Santi Cazorla of Arsenal in action during the UEFA Champions League group phase match between Paris Saint-Germain and Arsenal FC at Parc des Princes on September 13, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

Wenger seems somewhat reluctant to completely immerse Granit Xhaka fully into the Arsenal midfield just yet, but with Aaron Ramsey still not fully fit, surely the Swiss international has shown enough in his game time so far to have earned a starting spot against Hull.

Cazorla has shown enough quality in the last few games to keep his place in the team, but Coquelin really hasn’t.

Attacking Midfield: Mesut Özil

PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 13: Mesut Ozil (C) of Arsenal is in action during the the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Arsenal FC at Parc des Princes in Paris, France on September 13, 2016. (Photo by Mustafa Yalçn/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Again, this position picks itself. Özil hasn’t been at his electrifying best this season, but is still far and away the best player for that number ten role.

Forwards:

Right Wing: Alexis Sánchez

Arsenal's Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez controls the ball during the UEFA Champions League Group A football match Paris-Saint-Germain vs Arsenal FC, on September 13, 2016 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. / AFP / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

Left Wing: Alex Iwobi

PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 13: Alex Iwobi of Arsenal FC runs with the ball during the Champion's League match against Arsenal FC at Parc des Princes on September 13, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)

The two wing forwards above are interchangeable (i.e. neither are restricted by which side they start on). The experiment of Alexis as a centre forward hasn’t worked and needs to be put out of its misery, and the return of Giroud can allow for that with the Chilean international returning to a wide role.

Iwobi didn’t have the best of games against PSG on Tuesday, for which he has already apologised, but offers more in the role than Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (and Lucas Pérez isn’t ready yet) so should be given another chance.

Striker: Olivier Giroud

Arsenal's French striker Olivier Giroud reacts during the UEFA Champions League Group A football match between Paris-Saint-Germain vs Arsenal FC, on September 13, 2016 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. / AFP / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

Despite the stupid red card late on, Arsenal looked noticeably more organised when they had a focal point in Giroud to aim for. The French international is definitely upgradeable, but right now he’s the best striking option Arsenal have.

Author: The PA Team

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