Arsenal v C. Palace – Confirmed line-ups – Giroud on the bench!

So the season begins for Arsenal at last! There have already been some interesting results, not least Man Utd losing at home to Swansea, and Everton only drawing with Leicester, so nobody can expect any easy games in the opening games.

Here is the confirmed starting teams:

Arsenal: Szczesny, Debuchy, Koscielny, Chambers, Gibbs, Arteta, Wilshere, Ramsey, Alexis, Cazorla, Sanogo

Substitutes: Martinez, Monreal, Coquelin, Rosicky, Chamberlain, Campbell, Giroud

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Kelly, Dann, Hangeland, Ward, Puncheon, Jedinak, Ledley, Bolasie, Chamakh, Campbell

Substitutes: Hennessey, Delaney, McCarthy, O’Keefe, Bannan, Gayle, Murray

Let’s all hope that Wenger has made the right decision in starting Sanogo ahead of Giroud. We all have seen he is capable of scoring goals, but just the one game doesn’t inspire me with confidence.

But with Cazorla, Ramsey and Alexis supporting the youngster up front I’m sure he can impress us today. Otherwise there are no big surprises, and it was practically this team that beat Manchester City, so surely a managerless Palace shouldn’t cause us any problems?

Tags Cazorla Ramsey Sanogo


  1. Justsoccerfan says:

    Why they shot on our goal but we still haven’t shot at them

  2. T-shirt says:

    a goal is loading… you heard it here first

  3. abishek says:

    carzola having very poor game.

    1. joejoe says:

      Guys I LOVE ARSENAL but I have to be honest that based on this performance we will stuggle to win the league if things do not change:
      1) WE HAVE NO PENETRATION!!!!!!Giroud or Sanogo as strikers will never deliver us the premier league title. I propose we make Sanchez Walcott strikers to accommodate Joel Campbell on left wing, Ozil on the right and Ramsey as 10 behind the striker
      2)This 4-3-3 is beginning to frustrate me. Can we not play 4-2-1-3 or mix it up a bit more. Two defensive midfielders and permanent 10 behind striker
      3)We need a cdm to drive this team forward so we can play through the middle since we thrive on possession. This sideways passing to go through the wings slows us down


  4. Justsoccerfan says:

    Wenger if you want to change, change early not 75-80 mins

  5. phil-thompsons-nose says:

    I’m not slating the team so early on but it’s clearly to see why we won’t win the league on this performance.. Arteta, Sanogo and Wengers stubborness to not see the glaring deficiency of a CDM

  6. reddb10 says:


  7. haywill says:


    1. No10 says:

      Never underestimate anyone in the EPL.

  8. Archangel says:

    Did giroud dye his hair? They look waaay to pale…

    1. phil-thompsons-nose says:

      Yes he’s had his tips done.. Mincer

  9. Justsoccerfan says:

    From tdy game, i think we really need xtra CF.

  10. Budd says:

    Fsck! Ramsey just cost Cazorla a yellow. Buckle up boy!

  11. haywill says:


  12. CraigZWE says:

    Looks like a draw, our attacks lead to nothing but lost possession.

  13. RSH says:

    tempo of our passing is slow. Rosicky maybe to inject some energy, everybody looking tired and simple passes are being misplaced. C’mon boys, 3 points on the line

  14. Justsoccerfan says:

    Since dont look any difference from first half

  15. Archangel says:

    who will be 3rd change, campbell, ox or rosicky? Id actually love to see all three on the pitch ATM

  16. haywill says:

    wilshere is useless

  17. Justsoccerfan says:

    Gibbs wasted one of our substitution.

  18. Brada b says:

    Our crossing iz very poor COYG!!!

  19. Budd says:

    Ox should come in but not for Cazorla, Alexis must go off. The Sanogo must make room for Giroud. To the idiots bashing Arteta : he is the one of our best today together with (who’d had thought) Wilshere. Just to show that just arsenal dot com lurkers are half retarded.

  20. Archangel says:

    there must be some unsolved issues couse chamakh keeps on kickinjack whenever he can…

  21. Goontz says:

    Our Moroccan reject has become a fouling cheat since he can’t score goals.

  22. phil-thompsons-nose says:

    Wilshere picking up from where he left off last season.. Dwelling on the ball too long and either getting injured or losing possession!

    Sanchez is a bag of tricks that when fully fit with ozil.. Will be awesome..

    But with a top striker thrown in..

  23. juhislihis says:

    I swear Cazorla is turning into a Gervinho type. A hot/cold player. On his day he’s the best on the field but the next he’s not even good enough for C. Palace. Tons of losing possession, horrible corners, stupid yellow and quite frankly I must say he’s not doing ANYTHING for us at the moment.

    And yet he’s the one who’s still on the pitch.

    1. juhislihis says:

      What I mean there’s no middle way for him. Either he’s great or horrible. 50/50.

      1. juhislihis says:

        Oh my God he’s useless.. I mean Ramsey is invisible yes, Sanchez making misplaced passes but Santi stands out for his incompetence..

  24. Archangel says:

    thats what i call blind faith…ramsey was invisible, jack tried, yed he get dumped… wish campbell/rosicky also got a chance to perform…cant it all

  25. reddb10 says:

    whenever Ramsey is not having a good game the whole team just go into meltdown.
    Apparently we did not need fabregas because we have loads of midfielders. What Arteta, flamini and wilshere?

  26. Justsoccerfan says:

    Good sub from wenger. To me wilshere and ramsey were not in the match at all

    1. RSH says:

      a sub that shouldve been done earlier… as usual.

  27. CraigZWE says:

    Khedira and Cavani needed.
    Then CB and Lb, Gibbs very injury prone

  28. Leader says:

    Wenger should analyse this game and do the pending transfers immediately so that we don’t miss the good players……………

  29. Justsoccerfan says:

    After our CS performance, i got high hope for this game but it turn out so sh*t. If can i sub all the front five players.

  30. Leader says:

    Get Carhlvanho / khedira, Rues /Cavani, Hummels/Manolas

  31. jackieboy says:

    This is just getting frustrating to watch. Honestly can’t wait to get our Germans back

  32. Champagne Charlie says:

    I see the Messiah Joel Campbell hasn’t featured.. Must be really highly valued by Wenger.

  33. haywill says:

    alexis is a flop 🙁

  34. phil-thompsons-nose says:

    No comment .. He does the simple things.. Shit!

    1. Charlie Nick says:

      Brilliant comment as usual…it’s hardly the fault of the holding midfielder if our attacking players can’t pass

  35. Ozil_Sanchez says:

    13 minutes left plus injury time
    Very nervous

    Draw at home to CP is like a loss

  36. marky958 says:

    Usual story! If we can’t beat Palace god help us!

  37. haywill says:

    chamberlain is a flop

    1. Brada b says:

      Stfu @haywill

      1. luvdaguns says:

        his confidence is no doubt lacking,

    2. No10 says:

      And change that avatar!

  38. Justsoccerfan says:

    My feeling campbell wont be playing much this season cos wenger favour players in packing order, he place quite far

    1. Champagne Charlie says:

      Same story as last season one game in. Solid at the back (lapses of concentration happen to all), but so toothless. Palace at home and Speroni has the best seat.

  39. Brada b says:

    Come on supporters its only the 1st game relax remember wht happen last season in our 1st game!! COYG suppprt the boyz & dont b so negative

  40. Goontz says:

    This mis-passing is killing me.

  41. AussieGOONER says:

    cazorla is a sh*t man ffs man up boys

  42. haywill says:

    if we cant win this then bye bye the premiere league 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁

  43. CraigZWE says:

    chambers MOTM

  44. Justsoccerfan says:

    Wtf ox got no composure at all, seem like he just want to show to much

  45. mrabeeh says:

    Seriously Chamakh.. do something about your hair.. Now that you are not a gunner, it looks disgusting!!

    1. luvdaguns says:

      no kidding, tough to look at, you’re not ronaldo, you will never be ronaldo, get a freaking haircut

  46. CraigZWE says:

    Next game we will be a different animal with our Germans

  47. Charlie Nick says:


    1. Arse11 says:

      Reminds me of Fa cup final! Koscielny scores a header and Ramsey scores! COYG

  48. juhislihis says:


    1. Arse11 says:

      You gotta love him

  49. muffdiver says:


  50. No10 says:


  51. Arse11 says:


  52. Justsoccerfan says:

    We win on set pieces man

  53. Goontz says:

    YES YES YES YES YES!!!!!!!!

  54. Brada b says:

    Who waz talkin sh*t about Ramsey fickle fans COYG!!!

    1. Justsoccerfan says:

      Pls we juz comment he play badly but not slam him he is sh*t

  55. jackieboy says:

    Thank the stars for Rambo!!!!

  56. CraigZWE says:

    Ramsey poor game but gets the winner, just like fa cup.

    That’s what makes a WC player, can change matches even when playing bad

    1. RSH says:

      lots of credit to Kos and Giroud for that goal as well. great headers to keep game alive.

      1. Jim A says:

        Glad you pointed that out. Aerial battles are huge in the league week after week.

  57. Ozil_Sanchez says:



  58. No10 says:

    Wasnt Nacho! Ramboooooooooo

    1. Charlie Nick says:


  59. RSH says:

    Goal Ramsey… Thankyouuuu. Now lets hold on. This is why you cant insult Ramsey lol.

  60. luvdaguns says:

    well, match one was easy, (LOL) bring on the toffee’s, bring back the krauts, we need em,

  61. No10 says:


  62. Charlie Nick says:

    Oh well, things can only get better.
    Need another CF, if Giroud gets bad injury, we’re stuffed

  63. Ozil_Sanchez says:

    A great player will kick a winning goal even when he is having an off game.

    Ramsey = Arsenal

  64. haywill says:


  65. mike1977 says:

    Callum Chambers instead of Mertesacker every day of the week. That kid is awesome!!

  66. No10 says:

    How much did we miss Ozil today?

  67. Goontz says:

    When CP made their last sub and that guy walked off the pitch, pretending to jog, I was thinking “you’re gonna regret this b*tch if we score in injury time”. Hahahaha! Also f*ck you Chamakh, you fouling cheat.

  68. RSH says:

    Ramsey still remains our most important player. Another sign of a class player is to drag your team to victory in whatever way you can, even if you have a bad match. Well done… first time in YEARS we win our opening match. Arsenal never makes things simple, but its sort of why we love em 😀

  69. rock88 says:


  70. Ozil_Sanchez says:

    People who insulted Ramsey need to apologize

    He is a special young man and I’m so glad he plays for Arsenal

    Now, Mr Wenger get some top signings in.
    It’s not too late.

    1. Robin Vanpayslip says:

      Ahem, brother Ozil_Sanchez

  71. Charlie Nick says:

    Is Aaron developing a German accent??

  72. Champagne Charlie says:

    Everyone still dead-set on that backup CB?? Reus or Cavani clearly far more necessary based on that game.

    1. mrabeeh says:

      I would still say back up CB. We werent pushed back at all so our defense wasnt tested. But Crystal palace is a very defensive side. So our attackers should not be judged too soon

  73. mrabeeh says:

    Now those of you who still think Alexis should play ST, he has still to set into EPL. IT will take a while. I would say 3 months at the least.. So please o please be patient with him…

    Also, I think Giroud changed the game.. He challenged their defense more and Sanogo was not upto the mark..

    1. Justsoccerfan says:

      Are you serious, the whole 30mins he play, he don’t know fall down how many time. He got only one time show some treat on goalie, the move pass by sanchz

  74. Enygma says:

    One minute Sanogo is on everyone’s line up,the next minute he should be sent on loan!
    Arsenal’s problem is not the strikers.The attacking midfielders are just not creating chances.But bse many of u dont know football,u keep blaming Sanogo and Giroud.We shall still struggle with Cavani if the midfielders still cant break the defence.

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