Posted on December 13, 2017 by ADMIN

Confirmed Arsenal team to take on West Ham – Big changes!

Arsenal have confirmed the line-up which will be starting today’s London Derby against West Ham, and there is a few surprises to look at.

The Hammers enjoyed a fine derby win over Chelsea at the weekend, and we will be looking to give a knock to there newfound confidence.

Shkodran Mustafi and Aaron Ramsey have been ruled out of the match, and Arsene Wenger has opted to make wholesale changes, reverting to a back-four and using a 4-3-3 formation also.

Could this be our new formation moving forward? Did our absences lead to the change? Will this team have enough to overcome the Hammers?

Pat J

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84 thoughts on “Confirmed Arsenal team to take on West Ham – Big changes!

  1. Otunba007

    Wow Wenger has got some balls…. like really!! This line up again a team that just won the champions last week ?

          1. Quantic Dream

            Westham have won only 1 of our last 18 fixtures (W1 D3 L14). This is literally the easiest game we will play in the league so chill out and put some cash on it if you can free money.

  2. gotanidea

    Hopefully it is going to be 4-1-3-2, with Xhaka as the defensive midfielder and Giroud-Sanchez upfront, supported by the creative attacking midfielders (Ozil, Wilshere and Iwobi). It is good that Wenger is willing to take high risk by using a new formation in such important and tough away game, this is very unlike him.

    The 3-4-2-1 formation was a surprise for many opponents, but now most of them are already prepared for it. West Ham in particular, have managed to handle Chelsea’s 3-4-2-1, so I admire Wenger this time for changing the formation.

    1. TH14atl

      I have a feeling it’s a 4231
      Hector – LK6 – Nacho – MN
      Xhaka Jack
      Mesut
      Iwobi Sanchez
      Giroud

      That team would at least be balanced in my opinion, and have the majority of guys in their preferred starting positions on the field. We’ll see though.

      1. gotanidea

        If it is 4-2-3-1, it could be another disaster. Remember how shaky Wenger’s 4-2-3-1 is and Carroll alone has beaten Arsenal when they used Wenger’s 4-2-3-1.

        Because Xhaka is not good when defending, while Sanchez and Iwobi often cannot penetrate from the wings.

        1. TH14atl

          hahahaha damned if we do, damned if we don’t it would seem. Only one common denominator it would seem

    1. shark

      Holding is still being mentored by Mertesacker. Both of them will be in the stands, chewing gum from Bould.

  3. Paul

    Bad selection, but I’m finally happy I get to see ozil bow to Wilshere…………waiting to analyze that ozil is over-hyped again tonight

  4. tatgooner

    so please westham beat chelsea and wenger plays monreal at cb and starts maitland and iwobi?
    Taxi for wenger

  5. Liam

    Was praying for some tactical changes and personnel changes however this is just stupid !!! Why is Saed the first wing back to be dropped when Bellerin has been poor for nearly 2 seasons? Why is Monreal and Kos playing when they both prefer the left side ? Why is Iwobi playing? I would put Ozil in that position next to Wilshere with Alexis and Laca playing off Girioud

  6. Gunners

    I would have preferred Holding at center back, Niles and right back and rest Bellerin, his contributions and defensive work has been poor

  7. Nothing changed

    Terrible line-up. Kolasinac on the bench? He would do great in the 4 at the back. Giroud is poor when he starts. Xhaka needs a break. Iwobi should be on the left and Sanchez on the right.

    But great to see Wilshire in there.

    This should still be a strong enough team to win but Arsenal always finds a way to surprise both on the upside or on the downside.

  8. Ox

    2 nil to the gunners iwobi giroud you heard it here first put your house cardboard box whatever on it Coz the ox is a winner ?

  9. Rkw

    Don’t get it . It’s attack minded but not sure these players will be up to a physical derby .. And just how badly must bellerin and xhaka perform before being dropped? But Looking forward to seeing if ozil Sanchez and wilshere can click

  10. ThirdManJW

    Defensively, it’s a nightmare waiting to happen. Monreal cannot play in a back two, and has proven that on numerous occasions. Not his fault, he’s a LB.

    Maitland-Niles completely out of position at LB. Yes he’s been doing okay in that position in Europe, but one has to take into account how poor the opposition have been.

    Finally, a back four (back two once the wing-backs push up), has been consistently exposed on the counter-attack in the past because of no DM…and there’s DM playing tonight.

    I don’t mind Wenger switching up the formation, or the tactics, but one still needs the correct personal to really pull it off, which we do not have again tonight.

  11. Mitch Connor

    I don’t like this lineup
    Specifically, Monreal CB, Xhaka and benching Lacazette. I think Giroud scores more often coming off the bench
    However, I’m open minded and any lineup that wins us the match is a good lineup lol

    COYG

  12. Rkw

    How many fing misplaced and mistimed passes can xhaka make in a game .., at least elneny is neat and tidy

  13. Robin Vanpayslip

    Have to say – Kos looks much more likely in a back 2. Take back Mr saying he is past it because he is obviously not comfortable in a back 4. All the boss keeps doing is switching systems where in one some players play well and in the other they don’t. Not exactly taking any steps forward.

  14. Eat Pie

    I would like to see

    De buchy for Bellerin
    Coq or Elneny for Xhaka (loser cough cough ;))
    Lacazette for Sanchez

  15. Roachie

    It’s not against the law to pass the ball forwards. If the league was settled on side to side passing we’d be miles ahead

  16. sanmi.marvellous

    Southampton 0-3 Leicester City.

    Does Wenger watch videos of other teams?
    Leicester city is a good case for him.

  17. Rkw

    Wilshere doing fine with ozil and Iwobi ok til he gets in to the box .. No offensive threat with Sanchez and giroud and defence is all over the place …

  18. Eat Pie

    Sanchez is a shadow and needs to be benched, his work rate is not what it was, he just doesn’t care anymore.

    Rather play Lacazette there or move Niles up and kolasinaic at lb.

  19. Mitch Connor

    We are late to the party. Typical lol
    Leicester, United, Spurs, City, Everton all leading.
    COYG please

    1. Eat Pie

      Yes, we better wake up.

      OG looks dangerous with crosses, put more in.

      Ozil and jack look good, the rest meh!

  20. Ronny

    4 at the back is okay with the backs pushing on if the dm is good xhaka isn’t. Wenger keeps playing him!
    The disallowed goal he almost played arnoutavixh onside bit didn’t even know he was behind him. Liability. Says it all when you see him dicking around in the tunnel before the game I want to see the players focused as noble was.

    1. Kenny Rolfe

      I rather see Coq instead of Xhaka, it’s he’s best position, and you’re absolutely right about the offside goal, Xhaka clueless

  21. Rkw

    Another 45 minutes of utterly feckless football …lethargic is the word that comes to mind … No passion in this team …none .. Wilshere cares at least but the rest can do what they like as laurel and hardy sit on the bench wondering when the 59 bus will pass by ..Can take xhaka and giroud or Sanchez off at half time

  22. tatgooner

    all the changes have flopped terribly.
    Too much laziness in this team
    Monreal far from convincing.Koscienly looks like age is catching up with him

  23. shark

    Wenger wants to show the Spain manager that Monreal is better than Pique and Ramos.
    How embarrassing is Bould looking with that cap on?

  24. Ackshay

    1 am here and that football is horrendous, lol to think that i blasted canalplus for not streaming this shit game. I’m really getting pissed off with iwobi, the boy thinks he’s ozil or messi, defends when he wants, not in phase with his teammates.
    I liked him when he started but lehmann really need to drill some discipline in him, atleast ozil when he returns to help the defense has the tactical knowledge to know what to do.

    1. Ackshay

      i’m going to kill iwobi, loses another ball, cant be bothered to track back and cant be bothered to make a run for a counterattack when his teammate clean his mess. throw him in reserves and put nelson in his place, atleast he plays not jog all match.

  25. Rkw

    The only player winning 50 50 balls is wilshere ..it is actually shocking for a team that cost this much to put together

  26. Nomad

    If you are smart enough to figure out, believe it or not, this team is missing Theo Walcott. His goals are missing from the equation.

    I wouldn’t let Sanchez to be part of this team.

  27. Rkw

    Wenger has to go this is utterly unacceptable both in results and quality of football … Utterly utterly shocking

  28. Ronny

    What organised but we’re bloody rubbish.
    We are lacking cazorla, rosicky magic.
    And where our overlaps on the flanks shame debuchy isn’t fitter bellerin is dreadful at the moment. When sanchez and ozil work to rule if you like,(do the minimum or go through the motions) this is what we are.
    7th in the table now and nearer to Swansea than Man city.

  29. Ronny

    No width and quality ball in we missed kolasinac today but kos passing across the goal three players staring at the ball. What is the story with our defence?!
    Personally I’d like to see xhaka dropped and Ramsey and Wilshire on the park at the same time.
    We could have done with poldis left foot tonight, cazolras magic, gibbs place down the left.
    We’re going backwards not building.
    Wenger needs to go and someone else start again with this weak sqaud.

  30. mobella

    West ham did so well to earn their deserved point. Thank God. Kos did not give them all the 3 points. What was he. thinking, boot the ball of the stadium. It nothing but pure arrogance to think he can find his. tm.

  31. arsenal#7

    Another confirmation of the clueless manager in charge of this group of overhyped
    divas. Where can anyone begin? From the idiotic back line selections , to leaving your major signing on the bench for 80 minutes?
    He subs players in to get width at 80+ minutes when the entire game begged for it since the first 15 minutes. The lack of ideas and direction is starting to be annoying. You could watch Arsenal and at least watch some entertaining football. This is far from it.
    Predictable,boring full of individual and team errors. Tactics are a crapshoot and even the physical effort of most players is lacking.
    Without some major infusion in January we will be playing nowhere in Europe next year. Europa league almost out of reach of this group.

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