Arsenal team news – Flamini and Gabriel to start?

The latest injury news from Arsene Wenger is that the only player that he has available once more from the injury list is the Spanish right back Hector Bellerin, which is a handy boost as the Gunners head to the west midlands to take on Tony Pulis’ West Bromwich Albion.

But that news was mitigated to some extent as the boss revealed that he was unsure about the state of mind of our France international centre back Laurent Koscielny, who was clearly upset in the build up to the friendly between England and France at Wembley on Tuesday.

Wenger said he would speak to Koscielny after saying that he did not recognise the player from his performance this week and I am assuming that the prof will give his fellow countryman some time to recover from the trauma of the terrible events in Paris.

The good news for Arsenal is that our back up centre back Gabriel did travel with the Brazil squad but did not feature in either of their games and so will be nice and fresh and no doubt gagging to play.

The bigger problem for the Gunners is at the other end of the pitch, with no Ramsey, Walcott or the Ox back to bolster our creaking front line. We really need to give Alexis Sanchez a rest and so the best option for me would be to have Cazorla on one side of Giroud with Campbell on the other, leaving a position in central midfield.

Although Arteta is the more creative of our two options, Wenger is expecting a typically physical and committed game from a Tony Pulis team and so I think that Flamini is the man. What do you reckon Gooners?

Tags Cazorla Koscielny Ramsey


  1. 007 says:

    The Coq and Santi partnership should never be tempered with if we are to have any success.

    Two different players who complement each others skill sets. Coq and Flamini are not the most technically gifted players of our team, each time they win back the ball or are pressure they need the cool heads like Santi and some extent Jack and Ramsey to move the ball out of danger. Playing both Coq and Flamini would be suicide.

    Other parts of our team can be moved, but without Jack or Ramsey, Coq and Santi should stick together in key match’s.

    1. muda says:

      Stick with campbell, let’s see what he can do alongside very fast and attacking right back A.K.A the bellerinho.

  2. Robertthegooner says:

    Good. We can use Flamini’s goal scoring because we are weak up front. I rate him higher than Coquelin anyway because of his experience and ability to score

    Losing Koscielny will hurt us though.

    1. SoOpa AeoN says:

      u r the opposite of everything!

  3. Demwan Jones says:

    Sanchez really needs to rest, he’s been playing almost every week.

    1. ethangooner says:

      Gabriel in for Kos, who may not be ready mentally to start
      Hope Giroud is OK as we dont have any other alternatives with Walcott, Welback out
      Let’s keep our central midfield in tact – Coquelin, Carzola, Ozil
      Campbell and Gibbs should start from the flank
      I can see we dominate the midfield with Coquelin, Carzola, Ozil fresh even after the international break.
      Depend on how the game going on, we can throw Sanchez at the start of 2nd half or at 60 minutes when West Brom start to tire.

  4. Budd says:

    I am not sure why people though that Ramsey,Ox & Walcott would be available this week. They may be in training but I doubt they are fit enough for EPL games right now.

  5. ozildatrequartista says:

    We reckon u stop playing santi on the wing in all ur articles. We’r not buyin it.

  6. Samuel Akinsola Adebosin says:

    Flamini maybe too aggressive and thus gets unecessarily carded. Koscielny should be allowed enough time to get over this France murder grief and shock. I am Sorry Koscielny! Debuchy current game starting should be extended to the WBA game if he’s okay to start. If it becomes necessary, Bellerin maybe brought on to replace him at a point in the game to have some game time ahead of the Zagreb game. I think these should be the good starters the Boss is likely to start for the WBA game: Cech; DebuchyRhino’DeAberuMonreal; CazorlaCoquellan; CampbellOzilGibbs; Giroud. The bench: OspinaBellerinChambersArtetaFlaminiISanchezAdelaide. Let the Boss believe in these his likely starts that I have guessed. And also be confident in them to deliver all the 3 points that will be at stake in this game to us. They will mould Tony Pulis’ fast-physical & direct playing WBA outfit by 4 goals to nil to singularly top the BPL table this weekend as Man City will be likely held or beaten by Liverpool.

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