Posted on November 05, 2017 by ADMIN

CONFIRMED – Official Arsenal team to face Man City – 4-3-3!

There are not many surprises in today’s line-up but it looks like Wenger has decided to go back to a 4-3-3 formation which should certainly make things interesting!

Danny Welbeck, Calum Chambers and Mustafi are still too short to play today but all are expected to be back after the international break. David Ospina is also still on the injury list and so Macey will be sitting on the bench as back up to Petr Cech.

Iwobi replaces Lacazette! Coquelin makes the 3 man midfield with Ramsey and Xhaka. Very innovative line-up from Wenger maybe he CAN adapt lol. We shall see if it works….

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137 thoughts on “CONFIRMED – Official Arsenal team to face Man City – 4-3-3!

  1. Brain

    Fingers crossed but this looks like a master stroke from Wenger.

    Opinions divided. What do you think? Thumb up 17 Thumb down 5

    1. Vivilaca9

      The kingdom of this match is on the hand of monreal and le coq. Stay put and watchout !!!!!!

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    2. Xxnofx

      How is this a master stroke
      It’s nothing short of being an absolute moron
      No striker on the pitch and hoping to swamped the midfield with bog standard midfielders
      If this is how you wanna see arsenal play and ran then best of luck to you .

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    3. kev

      I don’t know how people watch football at times because Coquelin is doing very well.

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  2. Salmonella

    Why no Laca?
    And Monreal as the 2nd CB??
    Not quite sure but credit to Wenger to have tweaked his system

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    1. Vijay

      Laca on the bench is an surprising but Inform monreal over Per04 is a no brainer.

      Top Gooner!. Agree or not?: Thumb up 17 Thumb down 1

    1. TheArsenalWay

      I hope the response from Alexis is not similar to that of the Ox when we played against Liverpool, the club he wanted to join. It is no secret that Alexis wanted to join City.

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    2. Xxnofx

      Yep not the only 1
      I’m sure laca signed thinking he would be benched to play against the big boys
      I have no faith in this lineup hope I’m proved wrong but I suppose I don’t get paid 10 million a year ,so what do I know

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  3. Tom selleck

    The old man showing real balls here
    Massive risk he’s taking

    Top Gooner!. Agree or not?: Thumb up 16 Thumb down 2

  4. Ozilla

    Good lineup w/ Coquelin as DM. Looks like he wants to pack the midfield, but why no Laca??? I really hope it’s an injury or once again Wenger thinks he’s smarter than he really is

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  5. AndersS

    Not many surprises??? Is that because it is almost one big surprise???
    Anyway, normally I am a Wenger critic, but I would say this line up looks interesting for the game in hand, and I don’t think Wenger can be criticized for not adjusting his tactics here.

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    1. Break-on-through

      Might end up looking more like 4411, Iwobi and Ramsey could go to the wings. I hope not, I hope he picked this line up to give us the numbers in midfield when without the ball.

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  6. horlu

    Fingers crossed, i hope to God this tactical switch works. Its good to know that wenger can be flexible once in a while.

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    1. Break-on-through

      Pep – Mindf**ked. I can see why Alexis would be put there, also Coquelin in theory.

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  7. Durand

    Rather see Lacca over Iwobi, because Lacca better finisher, presser, and partners better with Sanchez.
    Anyway ballsy selection choice lets go gunners

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  8. Goonerboy

    I love how Wenger changed the formation, however my worries are; Iwobi starting ahead of Lacazette, Monreal as CB….

    It seems Wenger’s confidence is not so high on Lacazette afterall, as I believe these are the kinda games you want your record signing to feature him…

    Good luck though…

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  9. Sandeep

    Good line up only change I want is to put laca there and may be xahak to be benched .

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    1. Vijay

      city will overcrowd our midfield like liverpool did if we played 2 CMF’s

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  10. Break-on-through

    I’m a little worried because we haven’t being playing this defence and we are rusty at stepping up to catch people offside. Id be worried no matter what so here we go. Coquelin needs to get back to that level, lets hope this setup looked good in training.

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  11. Rkw

    Man city attack even if a bit more sluggish after exertions last week must be licking their lips at the lack of pace and closing down that this combo offers … The only way we can get anything if attack scores 3 times … Difficult to see how

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  12. Jakseth

    I am really hoping to be wrong but Switching to back 4 with one of the CB not in his natural position against the best attack of the premier league does not look very smart to me.

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    1. Break-on-through

      Would you have chosen Per or Rob over him, even though Monreal and Kolasinac are the only two defenders with decent form on their side.

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  13. arsenal#7

    I just read a poll and it had 48% of the fans believing Wenger can win the league again.
    Just an indication that Wenger is not the only delusional person in the Arsenal kingdom.

    Been a fan is one thing, and a painful one at least with Arsenal, but been stupid is nor acceptable anymore. He tweeted the lineup today but anyone with any brain knows that leaving Lacazette
    on he bench in just another idiotic overthinking the plan.

    Play your best players !!!!!!!!!!!

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  14. Godswill

    Just to accommodate Sanchez upfront has to be on the bench? I pray it works out ac3 points for us.

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  15. Anko

    Is anyone nervous as me! But this is the time to protect the invisible and we are going to do it today!!!

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    1. Break-on-through

      Iwobi covering Alexis position, Alexis covering Lacazette. I reckon Arsene also had late options arriving from the bench in mind when he chose this. City played mid week, teams slow down late in the game, and Giroud and Lacazette are two decent strikers to have in the Arsenal reserves. Especially when you realize that allot of people were calling for a Laca Giroud combo. I just hope we can stay in the game, try to stay with them until they tire before we do. We need to watch out for a very quick start from city.

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  16. Elliot

    Not sure why iwobi stars instead of laca but lets see where this goes. I just dont see where our pace is coming from. I wonder if ozil is playing the false 9?

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  17. Charlie-Nick

    Come on Arsenal…everyone writing you off.
    Time to stand up, make a statement today!

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  18. Uzi Ozil

    I like Iwobi but I will definitely start Lacazette ahead of Him. But Iwobi has been decent in big games anyway.

    Hoping to see Laca in the game later. Hoping we win.

    No matter what, Arsene tweaked the formation. Kudos to Him.

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  19. Nothing changed

    Nothing good is going to come out of this line-up. Way to destroy Laca’s confidence. Just becnh him for every big game.

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  20. Abhilash

    Why is Debuchy in bench ahead of per and holding , God saves us if Kosh or Monreal get injured

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  21. Dangote Save Us

    i have a feeling that iwobi will turn up to be another walcott. It’s been more than a season but he is still not the player he promised to be. On the other hand look at rashford

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  22. Rkw

    Like I said … Utterly dominated in midfield … Only an tired old has been would start him in this game

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  23. gmv8

    Yawn … maybe if we’d had Lacazette up front we could have taken advantage of the early opportunities …

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  24. Arsene can't run out of bars

    To be fair holding off for 18 minutes before the thrashing begins is commendable. Usually we are 2 or 3 down by now

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  25. gmv8

    Why didn’t we get a CB in the summer? We knew we were short especially after selling Gabriel. VVD would’ve been worth a shot

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  26. Eat Pie

    Goal was Ozils fault, he never tracked Dr Bryune, just stood and watched.

    Also most GK would haves saved that, Cech is wraknon the ground.

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  27. Rkw

    Iwobi ramsey xhaka coquellin is a midfield devoid of composure and skill …. Just hope we don’t concede again before half time

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  28. Eat Pie

    Half time take a chance, bring on Jack for Dhaka and lava for iwobinor ozil.

    Even Jack n lava for iwobinor and ozil

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  29. Dangote Save Us

    the only good thing about the game till now is that i am not seeing any way how with such a weak passing sanchez is going to fit in this city team

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  30. Rkw

    Ffing Ramsey should be playing for chesterfield … Fortunately they have lost a bit of edge over the week otherwise this game would b out if sight already

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  31. LL_cool_gunner

    We need upgrade in every position, if we are ever going to win the pl

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  32. Invincibles49

    Looks a training ground session between thte First team and the reserves. That is how much the gulf is.

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  33. Break-on-through

    Aggression come on we need to dig in, don’t let them bloody dictate.

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  34. Rkw

    The only plus is we are only one down … Don’t know how … But remove coquellin or xhaka and Iwobi ..lacazette and wilshire on

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  35. Goonerboy

    I know many of us dislike Walcott, but this is a game for him, if Wenger won’t start Lacazette, Walcott would have come in handy, am sure…

    Would have preffered him to Iwobi tbh

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    1. Dark Pope

      you gotta be kidding. have you watched walcott play this season? worst performance from an epl player by miles

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  36. lola

    I think Arsenal did well conceding only 1 in 1st half.
    In 2nd half target should be not to concede more than 5 goals

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    1. kev

      City’s defence is average.There were many instanced where Arsenal needed a simple ball to go 1v1.

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  37. Sue

    Don’t think anyone’s having a good game. City look really good & what I’d give to have De Bruyne, he’s brilliant

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    1. Dark Pope

      guy played 90 mins away at napoli. still outran every midfield player (if we had one). i dont see the difference in freshness and sharpness after resting all these first team players midweek

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  38. Rkw

    It’s not just the skill gap that is shocking but the basics of effort positioning closing down shifting the ball quickly from the back …all of which is the job of a coach to get right … Guardiola has made delph and fernandinho in to better players … There is not one on our team you can say that wenger has done the same for

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  39. McLovin

    Only 1-0 down? Thats almost like a,win already!

    Now park theth bus, 1-0 or even 2-0 is still a,respectable score line against the world class teams.

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    1. Salmonella

      I’ll take a 1-0 anyday.. City are closer to scoring the 2nd than us equalizing

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  40. Salmonella

    Monreal you are playing as a CB not a wingback ffs!
    The 2v1 chance where my nanny would have done better than Sterling was Nacho’s fault. He’s got exposed quite a few times.

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  41. ramterta

    city are brilliant.
    Arsenal learning.
    Its men v boys and 3 0 should reflect a fair scoreline

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  42. Rkw

    No change from the 8m pound man … 3 mins and 2 down …the man is a spurs plant

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  43. Wolf

    Is this what Wenger meant when he said he was going for the game? Going for the game with no strikers?

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  44. Mitch Connor

    See Mr Wenger! That’s how you build a team. Just ask Pep or Jose or Antonio or Jurgen or Mauricio. They will teach you

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  45. Rkw

    I will say it again …. Ramsey is a third rate footballer … And running around doesn’t compensate in the top flight …

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  46. Paddy Gooner

    All city now. Might get a chance on the break if we don’t mess up

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  47. Arsene can't run out of bars

    If that would have been Giroud instead of Laca it would have been tongue out, looking at the sky time for him and the first aid kit out for the poor guy in row z

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  48. gmv8

    Why give De Bruyne so much space? Get after him Bellerin and stop messing about with your b&56dy hair

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    1. Wolf

      Tired? Most of the players in this city team were playing mid wk CL. We rested ours. Seriously Wenger needs to go and take most of this team with him. But saying that under a good manager our players wouldn’t be so damn useless

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  49. gmv8

    It was offside – but we shouldn’t have given up hoping for correct refereeing decisions

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    1. reddb10

      i could not have said it better. But wenger thinks ozil must stay on even if he is walking.

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  50. reddb10

    That third goal showed how much this team lacks discipline. The same story for over a decade. zero commitment and a manager incapable of changing the fundamental characteristics that a top team must have.

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    1. gmv8

      It was way offside – I can’t understand why Alan Smith says it isn’t when it clearly was from their own slow mo. But we – esp Xhaka just gave up hoping for the correct decision

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  51. sfgunner

    AW will use the poor ref as an excuse, but in this case its legit, alexi announcing he has picked his next team before a big match is classless, i really think this squad will have a great second half after the clubhouse drama is gone…

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  52. Rkw

    Even though they are tired they close down better than us …that’s just a management failure

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  53. Roachie

    This is pretty much what Arsenal used to do to the opposition years ago. How things have changed……

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  54. Rkw

    We have to start all over again … This outfit is finished as a top EPL team let alone european… It’s pointless pretending otherwise

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  55. sfgunner

    it took 2 referee influenced goals for city to win, meanwhile our two “stars” no where to be found…

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  56. Alkali

    Arsenal might have gotten something from this game. The linesman gave them the 3rd goal but i blame the players for switching off.

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  57. gmv8

    I know we were all dreading it, but on the face of it, they weren’t that good, and if we had had some better managerial, refereeing decisions and invested in a proper not makeshift defence, definitely beatable. Get a bit sick of all the hangers on fawning over them, hoping for a job.

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  58. Dark Pope

    de bruyne played 90 mins..ran past xhaka kolasinac ramsey and iwobi like they werent there on countless occasions. fitter and more driven than any of them. thats what i saw

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    1. arsenal#7

      AGREED 100%
      The commitment and collective ability of MC was significantly in a higher level.
      this is not a midfield of a top team challenging for titles , neither is the defense.
      the last 4 years we have witnessed a consistent deterioration of those areas and it goes to paying
      players like Walcott/Iwobi/Ramsey/Xhaka a lot of money for very little return.

      We would actually have ben better off signing some world class players for the last 3-4 years even at a rate of 1 major signing per transfer window. We would have a world class team and save $$
      in the process. Scary. Or sign Simeone and start teaching them how to defend/play as a team.

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  59. Dan

    Frightening how far arsenal are away from challenging for prem league tittle absoulutely a million miles away I am 48 and can’t see them winning it in the rest of my life time feel sorry for young supporters who may never see it happen either the club is a complete shambles from top to bottom and are in serious crisis I just can’t watch this rubbish anymore!!

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  60. Jack reacher

    We need someone up top go mr wenger u step down go on holidays relax and take ur time on holidays actually u can stay away for good ur done thank u and then go get David drink back and go get Sean dyche I no load people like wat but look we need a proper man who can get us together plus we need give a manager like that a chance

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