Posted on September 24, 2016 by ADMIN

Xhaka and Giroud benched – Arsenal team and preview for Chelsea

The Swiss international Granit Xhaka will have to wait a little longer for his next start in the Premier League, even though many Arsenal fans and football pundits thought his very impressive performance away to Nottingham Forest in the EFL cup this week would have convinced Arsene Wenger to start his expensive summer transfer.

The Frenchman has instead decided to keep faith with the starting line up that did so well as the Gunners won 4-1 away to Hull City last weekend. So once again Alexis Sanchez will play through the middle with Iwobi and Walcott on the flanks and Ozil in the number 10 role.

Their chances of scoring have received a big boost with the news that John Terry has not recovered from his injury in time to make the Chelsea squad so hopefully the Arsenal forwards will have some fun with Luiz today. Cazorla keeps his place in the middle with Coquelin as the deep lying midfielder and he will have a busy day today with the likes of Costa, Hazard, Willian and Fabregas to deal with.

Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal
Coquelin, Cazorla
Walcott, Ozil, Iwobi

Subs: Gibbs, Lucas Perez, Giroud, Ospina, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Holding, Xhaka.

So Giroud is fit enough to make the bench and it will be interesting to see if Wenger turns to him or Lucas Perez if Arsenal need a goal. COYG!


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  1. tissiam ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    i know the game is not over but what i can,t stand it,s the “haters”just before the kick off slamming wenger with”laughable line up,wenger has lost it blah blah blah”they don,t even have the decency/balls to admit when they get it wrong ,they might start posting again if we concede a goal,very sad.COYG!!

    1. sayantan ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

      Yeah can’t even be a little bit positive before a match begins , wonder what they do in real life

  2. Tidan2 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    This is why you have to start Walcott against the big teams, he consistently delivers for those ones.

    1. Burton ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

      The Walcott whom we have been waiting for, the Walcott who deserves 140k a week is finally here. Congrats Theo….

  3. Tidan2 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Disappointing because he was playing well again in this match, but isn’t it wonderful to have proper backup for once.

  4. sayantan ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    All the negative minded fans criticizing till a few mins back are in a foot in mouth situation

  5. Ronny331 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I’m drooling…… bellerins tackle, granite vision and long range balls, walcotts hunger!

  6. Lexynal ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I guess some guys now accept Wenger knows what he is doing. He didn’t just suddenly forget Alexis was a winger.

  7. Arsenal_Girl ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Honestly I didn’t expect 3-0 @ half-time
    Awesome πŸ™‚

    I’m glad Theo is playing well. He is quickly making up for last season. Hope he scores lots more. Cf is not his position as evidenced by last season.

    And Alex is a is making Cf position his own

  8. Ronny331 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Can’t remember when I last heard the Emirates so loud, fantastic to hear! Loved xhaka clearing out Costa there πŸ™‚

  9. ras911 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    We can’t take the foot off the gas, we have to keep this up because it is still Chelsea afterall

  10. Ronny331 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I thought sanchez and ozil had killed it but beautiful goal!! Chelsea missing Terry? This is awesome!!!!!

  11. Arsenal_Girl ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Happy happy happy
    But keep the goals coming
    Let’s not get complacent


  12. Arsenal_Girl ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Hopefully it will be strong enough to win.

    At some point we will need to rest caz and Coquelin though as they have played a lot of football. We will miss Xhaka’s long range shooting and I thought we would have either perez or Giroud in there

    Anyway good luck boys
    Let’s beat Chelski

  13. Twig ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    The lineup is not a surprise. Wenger rarely makes major changes to his lineup from game to game. Cazorla and Coquelin both earn their place in midfield, although I don’t know how they’ll stand up to Kante and Matic. I would have liked Perez to come in place of Iwobi though to give the lineup a bit more experience. Overall, I wouldn’t say I’m too confident about today’s game. If there’s any special tactic for this game, it is not very clear.

  14. Roe-hahn ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Expected lineup. Wenger does not change a winning formula.

    I would have started Xhaka though and moved Cazorla to Ozil’s position. Also would have started Perez and moved Sanchez to the wings.

  15. muffdiver ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    If Alex an theo don’t track back we will be sacrificed.
    Kante and matic vs santi coq
    Alexia won’t sit as a forward

    As always I’m unhappy with line up but tryst the manager.

    Plz Lord let this be the day that we finally destroy the chavs…please

  16. Uzi Ozil ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Just As I predicted…

    Same line up against Hull. Hopefully the boys remain focus. Iwobi and Walcott will need to help the fullbacks.

    COYG. Win or draw please. Don’t lose This….

    Ozil need to perform for us today. Xhakaboom later in the game?

  17. Fatboy Gooney ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I just had a Wonderful dream…. It was amazing! 😲
    I saw Wenger on the touch line shouting instructions to our player’s! 😲 The Man had tactics! 😲
    Mate!… i saw Our team playing like the invincibles, the passing, the teamwork and effort was incredible 😲
    And guess what?… We were beating Chelsea 3 Nil at Half-time…. Wow what a dream… I had to share it with you all.
    I’m gonna try and go back to sleep to see what happens in the second half. πŸ˜‚

  18. Ronny331 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    He substitutions for both sides are going to be massive today two strong benches. Bet Wenger wishes elneny was on the bench now. I’m guessing moses Pedro and batshuai for Chelsea.

  19. win_withstyle ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    A good day to be a gooner.. Let us rape them. Today is our chance to kill them mentally and sack Conte.

  20. Ronny331 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    This game has goals in it, Chelsea will score so we need to some more. Got to watch Monreal side can’t leave a player like willian free. Coyg.

  21. Taiwo ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I still don’t know the rationale behind playing our best player (Sanchez) out of his best position when you put your 2 strikers on the bench. To me is like under utilising the young boy. Play him in the left wing and you will get the best out of him

  22. Dennis ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Brilliant! Sanchez up front for me all day every day. I don’t like Cazorla/Coq, we already saw they can’t handle chelsea last year so why try them again? Unlike last year though, we have ammunition on the bench (xhaka/elneny/giroud or perez) that will be coming in as subs which chelsea doesn’t really have (fabregas?)

    So to unleash our super subs on them when their defence is weakened is a great strategy imo. We should keep a 0-0 first half and look forward to the super subs making the impact in the 2nd half.

  23. mohawk ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    When Wenger was criticized for the strange lineup vs. PSG I predicted he would do it again a few times.

    Wenger loves to spite his critics by repeating his stupid decisions. Here we go again.

  24. Fatboy Gooney ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Hahaha, What a joker! πŸ˜‚
    Close your eye’s and cover your ears,
    It’s about to get nasty! 😲
    Wenger!.. Your a muppet! πŸ˜‚

    1. Fatboy Gooney ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

      Hey guys… That was reverse psychology πŸ˜‚
      what did you want me to say ?… ” we got this” lol
      and what.. jinx it up! πŸ˜‚

      I can’t believe my eye’s lol… Mo’s book has inspired mr wenger big time lol.πŸ˜‚

  25. blugooner ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Rubbish! You change your players and formation based on the team you come up against. Xhaka should be starting, and Sanchez is not a striker. Is that Rocket science? You have two natural strikers on the bench. WTF!!! Chelsea is not Hull City.

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