Date: 3rd December 2015 at 6:23pm
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Lots of us like to play 5-a-side football in our spare time, but have you ever considered how the team you support would line-up if they were limited to five players?

Based on current form, and with a formation of one goalkeeper, one defender, two midfielders and one striker, we at Shoot thought it would be interesting to see who would make the grade for each Premier League outfit.

Here’s what we came up with for Arsenal…


Petr Cech

You always want a strong and dependable keeper between the sticks, and Arsenal’s first choice number 1 has certainly proved that this season and over the duration of his successful career.

The Czech stopper has good distribution, agility and quick reflexes – ideal for the smaller-sized goals.


16 August 2015 - Barclays Premier League - Crystal Palace v Arsenal - Hector Bellerin of Arsenal - Photo: Marc Atkins / Offside.

Beleren is shining for Arsenal at right-back.

Hector Bellerin

While he may not be a traditional big centre-half, Bellerin has been one of Arsenal’s stand out players so far this season and deserves his sport in defence.

The Spaniard is lightning quick, which would help him recover if he was caught out by an attacker, while his general defensive play has improved massively.


Mesut Ozil

The assist king in the Premier League this season, Ozil would be the player ricocheting the ball off the wall and to his team-mates with incredible accuracy.

The German would provide chance after chance on the smaller pitch, and can finish well himself too if provided with the opportunity.

Alexis Sanchez

29 November 2015 Premier League Football : Norwich City v Arsenal : dejection for Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal after the Norwich equaliser. Photo: Mark Leech

Sanchez has once again been influential for the Gunners.

Ideally you would want someone like Francis Coquelin alongside Ozil, but as the Frenchman is sidelined with a long-term injury, we have opted for Sanchez, who should be back in action in a couple of weeks after suffering a hamstring problem himself.

The all-action attacking midfielder is deceptively strong and his ability to press the ball would be a nightmare for opposition players.


Olivier Giroud

Despite not starting every Premier League match for the Gunners this season, the Frenchman still has seven goals which shows his finishing ability.

The striker is strong and would give opposition defenders a real problem on the smaller pitch, thriving on the service from Sanchez and Ozil.

Who would be in yours?

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