Posted on April 17, 2017 by ADMIN

Official Arsenal team and preview of Middlesborough trip

With Arsenal desperately needing some kind of confidence boost as well as all three Premier League points from this evening’s away game at Middlesborough, Arsene Wenger will have been very relieved to welcome our best centre back Laurent Koscielny and the first choice keeper Petr Cech back into training this week, and it is no surprise that both are in the starting line-up tonight.

What is a surprise, though, is the absence of Shkodran Mustafi from the team or even the bench, so our bad luck just keeps going and Wenger has had to go with Gabriel. There is a also a rare start for young Rob Holding with Hector Bellerin dropping to the bench after his poor form led to some abuse from the fans in our defeat at Crystal Palace.

Also on that Arsenal bench are Elneny and Coquelin, with Ramsey and Xhaka preferred, while Oxlade-Chamberlain and Giroud join Alexis Sanchez up front and Walcott and Welbeck miss out, the latter out of the squad altogether.

Holding, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal
Ramsey, Xhaka
Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Alexis

subs: Martinez, Bellerin, Gibbs, Coquelin, Elneny, Walcott, Iwobi.

Can this changed Arsenal side produce a change in fortunes that the Gunners so badly need?


96 thoughts on “Official Arsenal team and preview of Middlesborough trip

  1. Elliot

    God damn it, put the ox next to xhaka ffs. Ramsey is a ham roll. Backwards, backwards, sideways, backwards.

      1. RSH

        we’ll see if it changes during game but the official arsenal account shows 343

    1. bran99

      True mate, I got suprised, since i was born this is the first surprise I’ve witnessed from Wenger

  2. Vish

    Though i am really gutted with our performances this season but i am kinda keen to see how this formation plays out. Very interesting. Wenger has never done this. But damn ramsey.

    1. RSH

      yeah the changes are… interesting. No Welbeck at all, no Mustafi even on bench. (are they injured?) At least Bellerin finally got dropped. Glad to see Holding starting at least, I look forward to seeing him play.

      1. HA559

        Bellerin would’ve been better as a WB than Ox, that way he could’ve focused more on attack knowing there is an extra CB for cover.

        1. Vish

          “Recently we lost a lot of direct fights centrally. So it will get us a bit stronger in the air,” said Wenger when he was asked about his new formation just now on Sky.

        2. bran99

          True, and I guess Gibbs could be a better option over Monreal.. he is more attack minded than side passes and back passes Monreal

        3. RSH

          Ox has put in better crosses than Bellerin lately. I just think Bellerin is beyond out of form at the moment and after all the flak he got from fans in the stadiums lately, probably mentally jaded. I think it’s the right call to keep him out of lineup. its a shame too cause 343 seems like the perfect system for him.

      2. Vish

        First I thought wenger removed non performing players when i saw bellerin on the bench, no mustafi too, no headless chicken welbeck too. But then i saw ramsey in the starting line up and i was like damn the old guy never learns.

  3. HA559

    I doubt it’s 3-4-3. If it is, then the right side is so weak defensively – Ozil,Ox, Ramsey, Paulista.

    But If it is true that Ozil and Sanchez both playing behind Giroud, then there could be a lot of goals.

    1. Vish

      I dont find Ox weak defensively. His work rate is massive and he always tracks back to win the ball back. Gabriel is 50-50. On his day he can be good.
      Lets not talk about ramsey and ozil.

  4. John Smith

    Far to late to change the team like this and to put that French plank up front my god. He needs chance after chance. Should put TW tbere but coz he spoke the truth after CP game aW don’t like it.

  5. John Smith

    I think the players have said let’s change it up and having young holding in the team is good. But no HB? We are about pace but saying that look at the plank up front

  6. ger burke

    what a line up , definately a 3-0 win for us , and when its over wenger will reveal how long his new contract extension is !.what a perefect night all round . god save us please , lol.

  7. The troll formerly known as robin vanpayslip

    Wenger said himself Gabriel is at RB so not sure what everyone is getting excited about

    1. The troll formerly known as robin vanpayslip

      Actually looks like a back 3 now that the game has started. My fault for listening to what Wenger said

  8. ks-gunner

    How much i hate my fellow fans at times. Some time before i could swear fans comparing Wengers Son to Zidane and him being better than Bale, bahaha, now it seems people have seen the light. Fans being a bunch of idiots for excusing failuare is one of the main reason that we are where we are

    Todays game is a must win like every other game

  9. BeastPanda

    24 minutes passed and all I see is 0 opportunities made. constant sideway backward pass. Yawn…

  10. John0711

    Chambo and holding started well, Xhaka is not an Arsenal player and never will be
    I like how we’ve started but need Sanchez to come

    1. BeastPanda

      Xhaka was waste of money. he doesnt fit the pace. just passes long range. long range pass doesnt work if you dont have anyone running the flanks.

    1. The troll formerly known as robin vanpayslip

      It’s the battle of the two teams with relegation form

  11. Gooner Craig

    I am shocked! I’m happy tho as I was curious what AFC would play like with 3 at the back? It seems like it’s getting quite popular this season. Surprised to see AW going with the times

  12. Ronny

    Wenger protecting bellerin after the other nights game or trying to show actually he is a modern manager who’s moved with the times?
    Maybe the players fancied it.

  13. Ronny

    Nice goal.
    Now let’s see some character and game management.
    Will Wenger now revert to 4 at the back? And will will score from a counter tonight?
    We need this to secure Europe League next year 🙂

  14. John0711

    Holding has started really well
    I will say it again we are 3 top players of being a top side

  15. safyan

    if not making ucl means wenger going so be it
    arsenal wenger has over stayed his welcome…

  16. Ronny

    Sanchez shaking his head ad he comes off.
    Injured annoyed with Monreal, (went for the same ball).
    And yes got to try and look for a positive it’s holding and ox down the flank ad far as I’m concerned.

  17. Ronny

    They can’t score but who do they score against?
    Downing good delivery.

  18. mark

    I don’t recognise our team on the field. Their game is like a mid table team. Something has changed in the last few games. Weird.

  19. Ronny

    Sanchez having a pop at Monreal. Leave nacho alone at least he tries and mostly gives a fo*k!

  20. Fab

    Theo Walcot to come on for the rescue? I think so, he is our second best goal scorer plus he is suited to this kind of games

  21. Franklin

    This is not good. Wenger might think the performance is good enough to sign contact extension

  22. luvdaguns

    what a basket case this team is, embarrassing… this is 4 win squad we are strugging with

    1. truth teller

      We like that chick at the bar that has had too much to drink, you know the one that you just buy a drink and let it do the rest.

  23. Ronny

    Can’t defend set pieces at all, rudi gestede is not even on yet!
    Is Wenger still sitting down?

    Good old ox

  24. Tim

    The players should be ashamed of themselves. As the season is f***ed the reserves might as well be played.

  25. gmv8

    Bellerin could get a lot of goodwill back for himself getting a haircut for charity – accomplishes a multitude of things – fans back on side for him, money for charity, and getting rid of a haircut that is generally acknowledged to be worse than Gerry Francis’ mullet.

  26. Ronny

    Who’d take negredo? I actually thought he did well initially at least when he was at city.
    On a par with giroud?

  27. gmv8

    Alexis looked overjoyed …. I know we’ve been in cr@p form recently, but I think that’s the happiest I’ve ever seen him….

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