Posted on January 18, 2015 by ADMIN

Official teams and preview of Man City v Arsenal

There has been plenty of good news for Arsenal on the injury front, although we still had to suffer the bad news about Msathieu Debuchy and Mikel Arteta being out for long spells. But the Arsenal squad is certainly looking stronger and giving Arsene Wenger better options.

Not before time either, because today’s opponents Man City are also able to name two key players back from the start in the shape of Vincent Kompany and Sergio Aguero. But at least they do not have Nasri or Toure so things could be tougher for the Gunners.

Wenger has resisted the urge to bring back Ozil, Walcott, Chambers or Gibbs into the Arsenal starting XI, although all of them are fit enough to play and are on the bench. So Oxlade-Chamberalin continues with Alexis and Giroud in the front three, while the back four is unchanged.

The boss has brought Aaron Ramsey back into central midfield but he has also kept faith with the Frenchman Coquelin, who will fave the sternest test of his fledgling career today. Ospina also keeps his place in goal with Szczesny unable to displace the Colombian.

Chambers, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal
Coquelin, Ramsey
Alexis, Cazorla, Chamberlain

subs: Szczesny, Chambers, Gibbs, Flamini, Rosicky, Ozil, Walcott

A good strong Gunners side with good options on the bench is a rarity this season, but will it be enough to get us the result?

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  1. jt ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    ramsey in the starting line up? this season he hasn’t offered us the sort of protection from pressing and tackling but has been more concerned about scoring goals, but no surprise that he just goes straight back into the starting line up as soon as he’s fit regardless of rosicky being one of the best players in last weeks game. Im so tired of this favouritism

    1. KickAssFan ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

      Honestly, I expected him to start next to Coquelin and I hope he plays like he did last season (working tirelessly, defending particularly).

    2. RSH ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

      If Ramsey focuses on scoring goals like he has all season, he’ll do poorly. As long as he works hard like last season and keeps his passes simple he’ll be fine. Honestly, I’d rather have Rosicky is this match if anything. Ramsey starting is a risk that could ruin our midfield or better it. We’ll see.

      1. jt ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

        but this is the thing he hasn’t had a run of games since returning and we’re playing man city away, surely you play in form players rather than risk a player who has in all honesty performed sub par this season?

  2. Shah of Arsenal ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Coquelin what a player, loved how furious he got when we gave away that break near the end. Keep it up boys!!

    1. KickAssFan ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

      Man, I’m dazed! The game hasn’t even started yet and BOB can’t hold himself…

  3. CraigZWE ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I know the game still early, but Coquelin has been fairly good.

    Penalty, Carzola please Carzola.

  4. phil-thompsons-nose ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Rosicky does a job against Stoke.. He is direct looks pacy hardly ever gives the ball away and is dropped.. ???
    Ozil and walcott started on the bench and got maybe 10 minutes a few games back.. What is it with Ramsay and Wenger..?
    He can’t be match fit..? For Christs sake we are up against the champions of England .. Ramsey was awesome last year but this season he has been very indifferent..!
    What does rosicky have to do to hold down a starting place.. Surely it should have been start with rosicky – give him the freedom to chase and parry (something he’s good at and Ramsey isn’t!) then bring on something different if it’s not working..?
    Pace and pressure is what frightens passing teams – hell, we have it done to us more than any..
    I hope Arsene has this right tactically… But then again.. He very rarely does against the better teams..

  5. fred cowardly says:

    I’m happy with the lineup

    Cazorla is in the middle
    Wenger is continuing with Coquelin and Ospina
    Bellerin @ RB

    Hopefully we will have a great game.

  6. chimchimgiroud ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Actually a fairly decent team, im surprisngly confident!
    And ospina starts!!!
    not often have we had so many players available we can afford to keep ozil and walcott on the bench while they regain fitness

  7. Mick The Gooner ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Here’s a question for you – who’s the meanest player in our squad, and are they mean enough?

  8. gooner100 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Ramsay will cost us if he doesn’t defend first and look for a goal second. He’s pushing on too much.

  9. Mick The Gooner ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Perfect half, but for the fact we seemed to be losing concentration towards the end.

  10. sam-afc ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I said on the competition for this game, cazorla to score first and on the 25th minute.
    24th minute he scored that pen;)

  11. Mesut O-grillz ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Man City are gonna push on the gas pedal now. Gotta keep our heads on straight.

  12. CraigZWE ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I like this game plan, I think if we defend as a unit with Theo, Ozil and Rosiky still on the bench we have plenty to come and will hurt City on counter.
    Especially if it 0-0 with 15 min to go, City will push for win and hopefully get exposed.

  13. Darwin ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I am happy with the team selection. For me the main man will be Ramsey, not because of his offensive capabilities, but how much shift he puts into defensive cover and helping Coquelin.

  14. legend256 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I am cool with Ramsey starting because Rosicky has played consecutively recently, somethin that always affects his fitness levels heavier than most players in the squad.

  15. phil-thompsons-nose ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Anyone take a look at my prediction last night that stated Cazorla 26th minute.. Whoa hooooo come on
    These are there for the taking..!

    although it was the 24th..

  16. Gunnerbongo ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    We gonna win this game and I see Le coq a man of the match…..

    Watch this space

    1. RSH ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

      Admin was probably rushing. The name of our club is also QPR now as well, lol. Bellerin is starting, Chambers on bench.

  17. joeboy ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    We was brilliant, first half and now second half we are pushing forward too much and people arnt getting back as much

  18. Schrodinger says:

    Ramsey?, for God’s sake he just came back FROM THE CLINIC.Rosicky is more tenacious.but i am optimistic. Without nasri and toure, they are there for the taking as far as we dont give too much space to silva and aguero. if we remain cautious for the first twenty mins, we can surely get something from the match. #COYG.

  19. Godswill ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    QPR? Are you their fan? Then get out here. Admin, who is the writer?
    All the same, I like the line up. You can say am anything deluded and you are far from the truth. I have a feeling that we are going to win.

  20. No Giroud, I'm happy ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I am really afraid of Ospina, I don’t fancy him very much … Hope he stays focus

    1. Mick The Gooner ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

      He just doesn’t have the size of Szczesny, that’s my only worry. He may not be able to reach everything or be as commanding in the air. He hasn’t put a foot wrong in an Arsenal shirt so far though.

      1. Mick The Gooner ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

        With City pressing, I want Giroud on. He’s fantastic at defending set pieces.

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