Posted on March 17, 2015 by ADMIN

Official teams and preview of Monaco v Arsenal

Arsene Wenger has made a few changes to the Arsenal starting line-up that blew West Ham away at the weekend but none of them is much of a surprise. What is a surprise is our under fire German centre back Per Mertesacker keeping his place despite the Brazilian Gabriel having come back early from injury and travelling with the squad to Monaco. Bellerin comes in for Chambers at right back.

The other two changes are Santi Cazorla coming in for Aaron Ramsey, a move clearly designed to give the Gunners as much attacking potential as possible, and Danny Welbeck replaces Theo Walcott on one side of Olivier Giroud with Alexis on the other.

It is a strong Arsenal side but we will have to be at our best to overcome a two goal deficit against a side that does not seem to concede goals. They have the likes of Moputinho, Toulalan and Kondogbia in from the start, with Berbatov up front and so it truly would be a miracle if Arsenal managed to make it into the next round.

Ospina
Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal
Coquelin, Cazorla
Welbeck, Ozil, Sanchez
Giroud

Subs: Szczesny, Gibbs, Gabriel, Chambers, Ramsey, Flamini, Walcott

COYG give it a good go and you never know!

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210 thoughts on “Official teams and preview of Monaco v Arsenal

  1. muffdiver

    big risk takin off coq hes had great game.

    ozil needs to show more

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    1. joeboy

      Someone tell me what ozil is on the field to do?? Hes not quick, hes not strong, he cant defend, he doesnt score and hes not even assisting

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      1. mohawk

        Ozil is on the pitch so fans like you have someone on which to blame for any poor results.

        He is your built-in scapegoat.

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    2. KickAssFan

      Oh, God of soccer, answer me by fire!!!

      One more goal, PLEASE!!!

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    3. Champagne Charlie

      Are you joking? he was an absolute liability. gave the ball away and was dispossessed time and again… open your eyes man.

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  2. john0711

    I am a Sanchez fan but he’s been awful, ozil has been shocking and Welbeck is welbeck average sorry but that is the truth

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    1. juhislihis

      Dont forget Cazorla. Completely invisible.

      Seems like we’re running out of ideas.

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  3. GOONSTER

    Now this is where Mertesacker should come off for me.. We are going for it and need pace at the back..

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  4. Ronny331

    Monaco defend well and control the game.
    Mertesacker terrifies me!

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  5. Mesut O-healed

    COME ON ARSENAL
    COME ON ARSENAL
    COME ON ARSENAL
    COME ON ARSENAL
    COME ON ARSENAL
    COME ON ARSENAL

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  6. Ronny331

    Back to the PL and put this behind us.
    And someone said what does Ozil do, thats what he does great ball to Monreal!

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  7. Ronny331

    Pushing too many forward with Mert and Kos back, I can smell a counter 🙁

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    1. Mesut O-healed

      how do we not have goal line technology in Champions League?

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  8. Justsoccerfan

    Mert can’t even head a nice corner, what can you give to the team.

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  9. Ronny331

    Rather than Gibbs would have taken mert off garbriel on and just left Kos and Gabriel back.

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  10. Justsoccerfan

    Is always short for us. We dig our own hole for this sh*t.

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    1. CraigZWE

      Every year we play **** in first leg and just fall short in 2nd.

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      1. ras911

        How many teams have gone to Monaco this season and scored more than 2 goals? They are renowned for their solid defence so yes great footbal

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    1. Wayne Barker

      Yes thats how low we ARSENAL have become. Celebrating the fighting spirit. You know who does that? Clubs like Aston villa and WBA and West Ham. Yeah let us compete with them and support this mediocrity.

      We didnt get knocked out by Barcelona, it was freaking Monaco who were shit today. We should have hammered them but we have a missing machine and a MU reject leading our attack.

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  11. The Dom04

    WE WILL NEVER WIN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE UNDER WENGER. NEVER!

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    1. jackieboy

      Agreed. Same thing every year. I’m fuking sick of this crap.

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  12. Ronny331

    chin up and on to the Newcastle game, Good performance!

    Top Gooner!. Agree or not?: Thumb up 19 Thumb down 2

      1. luvdaguns

        really, it was domination, 17 shots to 3? if you need to blame a player, ox gave up the stupid goal in the first match that made a comeback impossible, but why go there?

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        1. Mesut O-healed

          I wasn’t going there @luvdaguns, jesus. Feel like they all just gave up in the end.

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  13. HA559

    After the second goal they just wait for something to happen in the opposition box. Bellerin was operating by himself with occasional help from Ramsey.

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  14. john0711

    Sanchez
    Ozil
    Welbeck
    Very poor tonight
    Not worth 93 million
    At lest Sanchez HAS shown his quality this season but welbeck needs to go, he’s just a runner and ozil isn’t top quality I would take 35 for him

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    1. Tidan2

      The only thing you just showed is that you have no idea what is going on in a football match. Both Ozil and Welbeck played well in this match but Sanchez was very poor; the reason he was left on because he can still come up with that one moment and that’s what we needed even if it was at the expense of him losing possession a couple of times.

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  15. HA559

    We create 1 chance after the second goal at 79mins . We didn’t apply enough pressure after then other than Sanchez header.

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  16. AlmiR

    I cant belive this shxt, monaco pass with this crap team, they had 2 shots tonight ffs

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    1. CraigZWE

      Just not enough pressure applied.

      Seriously why do we always need to give ourselves a mountain to climb.

      Hopefully this performance allows us to push on in league and cup.

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  17. luvdaguns

    was a long shot, especially w giving up the cheap goal late in the first match, but 70% pocession, 17 shots to 3, was domination by the better side, hope we did not spend to much gas from the tank, but 2-0 on road, good match, back to EPL and FA cup

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    1. Goonsquad8

      im worried that we do over exert ourselves. kosc bellerin and sanchez all looked like they were close to pulling something

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  18. gmv8

    That’s always Arsenal unfortunately…. always skin of the teeth margins… always maximum stress…. Boys were definitely up for it tonight though, doesn’t feel so bad losing if we’ve put everything in, which we didn’t do at the Emirates.

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  19. HA559

    Today you saw how poor a side Monaco are. They will be dismantled even by Porto in the next round. Wenger should’ve taken Sanchez of for Gibbs. Monreal was playing excellent with only once getting beaten.

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  20. Gigi2

    and another year goes by.
    Dont get me wrong I appreciate wjatever trophies we rre still in.
    But my personal dream is the UCL.
    and we blew a big chance this year.

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    1. luvdaguns

      umm, dint forget barca, madrid and munich were still ahead of us to play, this is the toughest trophey, but it will come…

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  21. juhislihis

    Mathers nothing. Damage was done weeks ago after abysmal performance at home. Hope OX is watching closely because due to his error we conceded the third back then. I would’ve taken 1-2 or even 0-2 defeat BUT..

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  22. erigitsatkenya

    Wenger lets us down…year in year out…we mess at the Emirates .Wenger never learns…its better if we got barca..loosing to Monaco hurts

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  23. Banga11

    You could see the fatigue in 2nd half. Rosicky would of helped in the middle because Cazrola seemed dead out there. Great effort… needed some luck Of the Irish.

    Need some squad rotation this weekend to give Ozil Sanchez Cazrola a break.

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  24. Grazza

    Ah well same old story 1st leg puts us out ! Played well tonight it was unlucky !

    Let’s be honest we want at least 3rd in the league this season extra CL games might have hindered our chances. Saying that not happy about going out to a poor Monaco team.

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  25. Wayne Barker

    Celebrating mediocrity thats how low we have become. We are freaking knocked out by the weakest team left in Champions league and here we are celebrating the 2 goals scored. How many chances did we have? it was not like we were playing some Barca or Real madrid , it was monaco for god sake. We loss each season and fans make excuses and try to hide our flaws behind the bush.

    Shame

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  26. goonerwineverything

    could’t really expect more from this team they gave it a good shot maybe Monaco just defending well at the end.
    when its needed the most we definitely need more cutting edge on the left wing/right wing lack off width is killing us in the big matches big money spent in the summer to rectify any major problems going forward. defense should be ok just the attacking side needs changing more pace and direct running in behind gets us a BIG NAME C/F that can do it all up front on his own we are at least 2 more big attacking names away from a least making c/l semis, but once again well done for winning on the night just shame we could get the third and make c/l history on wars and upwards in the league and f.a cup coyg

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  27. mohawk

    Arsenal dig out a good performance and more than half the comments here are complaints about one player after another.

    Arsenal win 2-0 against a strong side and half of the gunners performed so poorly??? That does not make sense to me.

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