Posted on December 28, 2014 by ADMIN

Official teams for Arsenal at West Ham – Koscielny and OX in!!

It is a huge relief to Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal fans that the France international Laurent Koscielny has passed a late fitness test and is able to start for the Gunners away to West Ham today. With the home side in good form and with Sakho and Carroll in the goals, it could not have come too soon for the Arsenal boss to be able to name a strong back four.

The manager has given Kieran Gibbs a rest but Nacho Monreal is a very able replacement and with Mathieu Debuchy ar right back, that is the best defensive line up we have had for some time. There is more good news on the injury front as well, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also in the starting XI.

But because of Giroud’s ban, the England international looks like he will line up in the front three, with Alexis on the other flank and Welbeck in the centre. A second game in two days is too much for Rosicky, though, and Wenger is obviously expecting a lot of pressure from the Hammers, so he has gone for young Coquelin along with Flamini in the centre of the pitch.

Debuchy, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal
Flamini, Coquelin
Alexis, Cazorla, Chamberlain

subs: Ospina, Gibbs, Chambers, Campbell, Walcott, Podolski, Akpom

There are plenty of attacking options on the bench for Arsenal if we need them but hopefully Wenger will be able to bring Walcott on with a nice healthy lead.

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182 thoughts on “Official teams for Arsenal at West Ham – Koscielny and OX in!!

  1. fred cowardly

    Ok Burnley have drawn with City with a few minutes left

    This “could be” a dream weekend

    Please hold on Arsenal

  2. AussieGunner247

    Anyone else pulling there hair out! Were playing well and he takes welbeck off for Gibbs which will completely unbalance the team. Now we will have all pressure on us. Why not Gibbs for Montreal and welbeck for walcott

  3. luvdaguns

    why have we not learned loading up w defenders means you have no pocession, gonna be a nail biter, dont need be

  4. fred cowardly

    If the City/Burnley score remains the same and we win, I will be thrilled (despite how we played)

    1. Tidan2

      haha, way to prove you have no idea what’s going on in football, Shez dominated in the back the entire match, only right at the end he didn’t punch the ball out enough, he single handedly took Carroll out of most of the match.

      1. AYZAY

        I think welbeck is the worst of the two as a striker, better off as a winger, the boy can’t shoot, got pace tho but there is something about sanogos game that always adds something although he is still raw, giroud is my best,

  5. fred cowardly

    Ha ha
    1. We win away
    2. Chelski drops points
    3. United drops points
    4. City drops points @ home
    5. Southampton drops points

    Not a bad Sunday

      1. mohawk

        What is normally “acceptable” will not be the same this season because of Wenger’s acquisition negligence.

        But just holding on against a W.Ham team that has been stellar at home this season is huge and we should celebrate it.

  6. Ks-Gunner

    Even though we won, somehow i felt we lost. Fak you Wenger for making West ham look like some equal rival to us. With these kind of games, Arsenal will never be able to win against big teams.

    Cong to the 3 points, have a good/day/night.

    1. mohawk

      There has been much to criticize about Arsenal and Wenger this year but……

      This was a big WIN!!! If you can’t enjoy this Arsenal win just pack it in.

    1. Tidan2

      He played well and deserves a chance as DMF especially since we are limited there and because he is a proper work horse, ran the entire match, just what we needed for this match.

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