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. GunningSoulman says:

    Noooooooo! Not Sanogo. Wenger is messing up my Fantasy team hahahahaha.

    1. MaVerick46 says:

      I would Have preferred campbell on the left and santi on the middle

    2. Arse11 says:

      You gotta love Koscielny! NEVER makes a mistake in important defensive situations and Always scores important goals!
      Next half I would like to see eiter OX or campbell coming in for cazorla, Coquelin for Arteta (I want to see how good he is BUT only if we are winning) and Rosicky for either of Wilshere, Ramsey or Sanogo (if Sanogo let Sanchez play as striker and rosicky on the left wing and Ox or Campbell in right wing) COYG!

      1. Arse11 says:

        By the way could Santi learn something from Sanchez. Sanchez- takes his first set piecein the game=assist.

  2. Archangel says:

    Looks good…hope we croud them in the middle and control it from the of! Hope for few beautiful cazorla-sanchez- sanogo-ramsey counters

  3. Joe says:

    Let’s go

  4. MaVerick46 says:

    No Big Surprise For Me

  5. Ozil_Sanchez says:

    Arsenal 1-1 CP

    Sanchez and Chamakh to score

  6. th14 says:

    Sanogo and Sanchez the new SAS lol

    1. k says:

      I was hoping for SWAG(Sanchez,Walcott And Giroud)

  7. muffdiver says:

    really want sanogo to score,

  8. Uche Edochie says:

    Great starting line up. We have better movement with Sanogo playing as striker and Giroud does better coming on as a sub. So it is a win win either way.

  9. radioactive says:

    No Giroud, I already feel much more comfortable that gunners will win this game.

  10. luvdaguns says:

    let the championship season begin, yaya… this is your chance for glory, make it count… no germans, theo… but still such a strong line up, gonna be a good year!

  11. mr.brightside says:

    I’m coming out of my cage and I been doing just fine, because the premier league is here!!

  12. Nikhilesh says:

    I hope we dont repeat a BRADFORD

  13. Arsenal Target says:

    Sanogo to break ,no I mean ANNIHILATE that scoring duck.Right now,I’m literally shouting COYG!

  14. REiGN says:

    COYG! I’m so excited!!! 😀

  15. Kurfi says:

    I like the new formation

  16. phil-thompsons-nose says:

    Chamakh./oscar pistorious…??

    Scoreline today: 5-2 to us thank you please..

  17. Fab says:

    That is all but tells u Giroud will not be our main striker this year, Arsene wl either buy a new striker or wl wait for Walcolt. Prove me wrong!!

  18. NickTheYank says:

    Is it wrong that I totally forgot who Chamakh was until I saw him parading onto the field? Wilshire looking good today

  19. Archangel says:

    Palace looks firm..but we still have 70mins and a bench to kill-campbell, rosicky, ox…Not to mention giroud…

    But I am impressed how palace manage to stop us without fouls..

  20. andyarsenal05 says:

    Hearing fans singing the Giroud song. Haha

  21. oz says:

    It looks like smoking has done more harm dan good to wilshere, cazorla looks dangerous, sanogo shud fight for the ball more and sanchez shud cool down hes trying too much to impress

  22. rkw says:

    with arteta and sonogo on team we are a 4th place outfit at best…wtf is wrong with wenger

  23. Justsoccerfan says:

    So boring

  24. T-shirt says:

    arsenal needs to score asap, this palace team are growing stronger by the minut.

  25. NickTheYank says:

    Palace doing the only thing they know.

    We have no width down the left & we’ve got to find someone who can take corners!

  26. muffdiver says:


  27. Justsoccerfan says:

    This team play like shit, totally different display from CS

  28. k says:

    Set-Pieces again!!!!

  29. luvdaguns says:

    And we think they parked the bus before they scored?

  30. oz says:

    We nid def mid

  31. Archangel says:

    why isnt there a player on both posts at corners?!

  32. muffdiver says:

    like i an many said- pre season is not the premier league.
    smh from a corner-

    we will win- but palace will make it tough-


  33. gooner4ever says:

    Same sh*t, different day!!!!!
    F*ck that zonal marking!!!!

  34. Justsoccerfan says:

    I know this will happen if arsenal don’t show up.. where t f**k is our midfielder

  35. REiGN says:

    This could be bad. But we’ll still win. Don’t worry

  36. abishek says:

    we r playing very causally. bad passing, bad corners

  37. Ronny331 says:

    And that’s how to beat the best teams, 5 across the MF then score on a set piece.
    This is why we need more physicality in our side.
    Sanchez needs to get up the flanks and we need more on the left side.

  38. ButtFlaps says:


  39. Ronny331 says:

    It may take a Giroud / Poldi type pot shot from distance today to break Palace down 🙁

  40. Arsenalover says:

    You don’t need Cavani ??!!
    Sanogo out —- Rosicky in
    Wilshere out —- OX in

  41. T-shirt says:

    oh men, we are in for a long day, I think we could still win this one

  42. reddb10 says:

    one word sums it up. $h1t

  43. NickTheYank says:

    Alright lads, looks like it’s gonna be a second half comeback

  44. Ronny331 says:

    WTF Schezny!!

  45. Justsoccerfan says:

    All our pass are like shit, at this moment i dont see arsenal will score

  46. juhislihis says:

    I hope there’s a good reason why there’s no defender guarding the back post in a corner. Thought it’s in the ABC of football.

    Arsenal coaching staff and Cazorla especially should take notes how to take corners!

  47. rkw says:

    in wenger we do what? not just that the motivation is missing but the same weaknesses fans have been talking about for three years are still plain to see…we might even eke a win today but so f****** what he doesnt have a top team that can win shit still

  48. SirKnight says:

    Rush to turn my TV on after missing the start and saw the score. What’s going on?

    1. Justsoccerfan says:

      Luckily you didn’t see cos you will vomit blood. Our gunner look lost

      1. SirKnight says:

        We needed that goal before the half.

        1. Goonsquad8 says:

          We needed that desperately. I think we’ll look like a new team now. Did you see Sanchez actually calling for the ball after the goal, I think it’ll give every1 the confidence they need

  49. jackieboy says:

    Will this team ever learn?!

  50. Goontz says:

    We won’t win if we can’t find our passing back.

  51. Ronny331 says:

    We need some runners in behind!

    1. Goonsquad8 says:

      Yup no1 has really been making those runs but look how deep palace back line is so it’s difficult. Id take out Wilshere soon and put caz through the middle and throw Campbell on

  52. Ozil_Sanchez says:

    I told you it will be 1-1 result

    CP have a lot of heart

  53. Justsoccerfan says:

    What happened to our gunner, they seem so lost

  54. reddb10 says:

    arteta is not worthy to wear the shirt let alone the captains armband.

  55. NIKK says:

    Here we go the stress has started!

  56. rock88 says:

    CB, CDM AND CF needed urgently.

  57. Uche Edochie says:

    PALACE 1 ARSENAL 0. How is it that we have two wingers on the bench and wenger continues to play carzola as a winger. No chamberlain and no campbel. We need width and pace.

  58. Ronny331 says:

    Kos!!!! perfect timing!

  59. abishek says:

    Laurent always scores very important goals.

  60. GOONSTER says:


  61. rock88 says:

    yes yes yes 1-1

  62. Budd says:

    A bit o patience. We will score eventually. Pi$$es me of Koscielny not watching. And now Chambers got a yellow too.

  63. rkw says:

    wengers going on thats what…half thye fans on this site need their heads examined as well…f****** nogo … thank god we have some decent strikers like loscielny

  64. AussieGunner247 says:

    Now thats what your supposed to do santi

  65. T-shirt says:

    calm down,i tod you guys, we are winning this game. goal, koscienly

  66. Justsoccerfan says:

    Lucky we still got kos when we need someone to lead, wenger shd appoint kos captain.

  67. ozy says:

    Alexis first assist of the season for more to come

    the Boss(ialny) always save us

  68. Budd says:

    I can’t remember a game where Wilshere was better than Ramsey. Ramsey is very bad this afternoon. Kos heard I was mad at him and slapped me right in the face !!! 🙂

  69. CraigZWE says:

    Half the team has not pitched up.

  70. Ronny331 says:

    Lets be under no elusions there will be no easy games this season.
    The fact that we have just won the FA cup and community shield and signed Sanchez will just mean teams will respect us more this year and we’ll come up against quite a few busses parked and busy midfields. Set pieces, shots from distance and pacey wing play will be essential to win the tough games.

  71. Goontz says:

    Some people are so fickle, already calling for Wenger’s head. Anyways we scored at the best moment, right before half time. I was gonna say it’ll make their manager’s speech harder at the half time, but then I remembered they don’t have a manager.

    1. Goonsquad8 says:

      I know man it’s f*ckin despicable how quickly these “fans” put our team down

  72. RSH says:

    be patient people, see its 1-1 now. But yeah, bad 1st half overall. Why are we not using our width at all, I have no idea. Alexis doesnt look ready yet anyways, but its really the same problem, nobody in the box, and were just playing around it. We need somebody to make a run. Wouldnt mind Cazorla off, Ox on.

  73. phil-thompsons-nose says:

    When Sanchez was playing with messi fabregas xavi etc he kinda knew what they were going to do..
    I don’t think Sanogo knows what HE’S going to do..!
    Sanogo is definitely not as good as giroud..
    And giroud is shite.. But will probably get the winner..

  74. truth10 says:

    We can`t win the league with Sa no goal as striker. The boy is very inexperience. Watching the game, i noticed we lacked penetration and pace. I am not sure if Wenger sees that. A lot of bad passes as well . I hope 2nd time will be much better. COYG

  75. Justsoccerfan says:

    Hope wenger can drill some thing into our gunner, they look so lost.

  76. HA559 says:

    Make Sanchez CF,

    get Joel Campbel and Rosicky on for Sanogo and Wilshere

  77. gamer says:

    Win or lose there is one thing i noticed in that boren wood friendly and i said it than i do not like what schzney is trying to do he is trying to be a neaur schzney needs to stick to what he is good at and not try be like neaur, it was his rash kick which resulted on a corner few moves later if he carrys on like this i can see ospina takong his spot. I belive we will win but dont like his new schzney style

    1. RSH says:

      Szczesny has ALWAYS been like this. Every match he does something peculiar.

  78. juhislihis says:

    Still wondering why Cazorla is taking our corners.. Sanchez one set piece, one assist.

  79. Mick The Gooner says:

    Sanogo isn’t moving in the box. When the ball is played in he just stands still, he doesn’t even jump for headers. The defenders just walk around him to clear the ball. Little strength as well, Giroud looks more suited to this type of game. I also think Ox should come on for Cazorla. Cazorla isn’t a LW, at the moment we’re only attacking down the right and have had pretty much no attack down the left, Chamberlain would offer that to spread Palace a little wider. We need more pace and movement, get palace running and tired out.

    I’m not attacking Sanogo, just doesn’t look like he’s at the races today.

  80. Ozil_Sanchez says:

    Get Giroud on for Sanogoals

  81. T-shirt says:

    I guess, you should cut sanogo some slack, his performance shouldn’t be weighed on a goal-scale, I think palace are in for a trouncing in the second 45

    1. rkw says:

      this guy is not yet an epl level player its so f****** obvious to anyone other than wenger and a bunch of delusionals on this web site…farm him out to brentford see how he does maybe he will end up better than bendtner am not yet convinced but happy to be proved wrong…but we need more serious attack options up front for sure this season to be serious contenders…thats a certainty

  82. Goontz says:

    Sanchez and Kos were the reasons we conceded. They were also the reasons we scored.

    No home team has won today. Will we be the first and only?

  83. jibber says:

    we’re not playing great, but lets NOT call for someones head right now.
    Alexis is being aggressive enough with his dribbles, looks like he’s not used to teams like Palace parking the bus.

    Ramsey is not in his best, but nowhere near horrible. He’s more unlucky with the ref decisions all against him.

    wilshere is finally not doing those reckless dribbles, which is great, but we do need more penetration, and it’s time for Campbell.

    1. RSH says:

      agree. Midfield isnt bad today, just SLOW. And Cazorla just keeps getting crowded out. Someone needs to support him more, because he has no options in great positions, but just loses it. Maybe a Rosicky sub would put some much needed energy in midfield.

  84. Justsoccerfan says:

    Basically not what expected from our gunner even CP is here to park the bus. After two trophy, i shd see fire in their eyes instead i saw headless chicken all over the place.

  85. T-shirt says:

    arsenal needs to play together, it’s more like, they are all fighting for their individual moments; particularly wilshere

  86. alexhare says:

    We need to bring on Campbell or Ox. We need pace. Ramsey needs to do more in the second half and don’t even get me started on Arteta. The whole team has been under performing, probably because they thought we would breeze past Palace like most of us did. Add some pace to play around their big and slow players and we will win.

  87. Justsoccerfan says:

    We really need ozil vision, our midfielder so slow in attack

  88. CraigZWE says:

    chambers Gibbs and Wilshire in my opinion are the only ones playing well, rest is average or poor.

    And we have no game changers on bench

    1. luvdaguns says:

      Kos? saved a goal chance, great tackle in the box, goal scored, ummm?

  89. Bolly says:

    Get Giroud on now!

  90. RSH says:

    its not Cazorla’s day so far :/

  91. CraigZWE says:

    Campbell and Giroud on
    Sanogo and Carzola off

  92. phil-thompsons-nose says:

    The problem isn’t in attack it’s the defence and the glass player who is Gibbs – monreal isn’t top premier league ..
    I keep saying it – but although our lucky lucky man Sanogo isn’t the real deal Wenger is blind to these nearly men.. Chamakh, park, bendtner..
    Wenger buy a top striker and 2 defenders in this window..!

  93. Justsoccerfan says:

    Gigg injured again

  94. GOONSTER says:

    Is GIBBS ever fit? smh

    1. PaddyGooner says:

      what does smh mean?

  95. Arsenalover says:

    the difference between Sanogo and Giroud is like the difference between Shit and Shit

  96. luvdaguns says:

    clearly the strategy is to harass carzola, everytime he is on the ball, two players converge on him,

  97. Ronny331 says:

    Gibbs injured, better add a LB to your wish list Wenger!!

  98. GOONSTER says:

    And Sanogo looking like BAMBI ON ICE… He just seems to be falling over everytime the ball gets to him..

  99. CraigZWE says:

    palace have been wasting time from the first whistle, ref must do something

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