Arsenal v Spurs Confirmed Teams – Arteta plays – Ozil back on wing

“You enjoy it after the game if you win,”

“You feel suddenly on the Monday before the game that something has changed and you wonder first of all what has changed. Of course it’s the tension before the derby.

“Before you have the tension and you have the focus to prepare and to give your team the best chances to win the game. That’s what you focus on. Satisfaction comes with the feeling that you have done a good job so let’s do a good job first.”

says Arsene Wenger.

All Arsenal fans just love beating Tottenham every year, and this should be no exception. Obviously Wenger had no interest at all in winning the League Cup which is why he made TEN changes from the easy Aston Villa win to rest our top players for this much-more-important clash.

But with our top players available and the defence only needing to worry about Adebayor or Soldado, then I really can’t see this being any less than a massacre in Arsenal’s favour….

Okay here is the starting line-up:

Szczesny,
Chambers, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs,
Wilshere, Arteta, Ramsey,
Chamberlain, Ozil,
Welbeck

Wenger has picked Arteta ahead of Flamini. He is least likely to pick up any cards, but we can also be happy that Mertesacker and Gibbs are now fit enough to make the team. I’m not sure about Ozil being pushed out to the wing again. It seems Wenger is determined to get him to play better out of position. And why is Sanchez back on the bench? Has Wenger decided that he can’t play with Ozil?

Well the stage is set, all we have to do now is watch the goals go in and go out and celebrate afterwards.

COME ON YOU GOONERS!!!!

Tags Arteta Ozil tottenham

288 Comments

  1. gooner4ever says:

    Why is Alexis on the bench and Ozil back on the wing???

    1. muffdiver says:

      if wenger doesnt get this right, this page will become saw 3D

      1. mcween says:

        We will dominate midfield this way.

    2. HA559 says:

      Hardest working player and maybe the best finisher in the squad on the bench, Wenger logic. Yes maybe we can win without him, but you always get the goals before resting players, especially when they are available to play.

    3. AussieGOONER says:

      wenger has to go same old fking tactics the old muppet has lost it arsenal will finish 4th again watch this space.

    4. KickAssFan says:

      Wilshere #Nonsense

    5. KickAssFan says:

      Ramsey gone…. #SNH

    6. KickAssFan says:

      Lal iga is such a dumb league.

      1. ritblitz says:

        Wenger will destroy Sanchez… No good player should sign for arsenal till aw is there in charge.The guy who is the best player by mile and wants to train and do well is made to rest.
        Good players like to be dominating the league goal tallies.. Not satisfying someone’s egos.
        If he is being rested for midweek then AW is really dumb beyond repair.

  2. KickAssFan says:

    Wenger the enigma. Maybe Ozil appears on the flanks just on the sheet, meanwhile he may have been instructed to play in the middle.

  3. Sacrificial_Pizza says:

    He was listed on the wing last week too.

    1. SA_Gunner says:

      With Wilshere and Ramsey in the side it’s a certainty that he will be playing out wide.

  4. th14 says:

    Kmt wenger is so annoying!
    Why is this even a debate or a problem play him 10 ffs.
    And why is sanchez on the bench!

    1. HA559 says:

      If he really is playing Ozil on the wing, he is stupid. Just because the critics got it right that he is better in the middle behind the striker, he now has to proove them wrong by trying to get something out of Ozil on the wing?

      1. lupe says:

        i think so too.. wenger always wants to prove everybody wrong even if he is the one that is wrong with his stupid decisions.

      2. ritblitz says:

        And sanchez…Who iam sure is dumbfounded

  5. GOONER NO.9 says:

    Ozil on the wing again ?I hate it when Jack and Rambo play together ,they just get in2 each ohters way and 1 will play sh*t ,excited about Ox starting ,I’ve always felt he was 1 of our best players and Welbeck will score 1 today .3-1 to the Gunners COYG!!!!!!!

    1. bazooka says:

      Wenger is trying to bring bck the ramsey-wishere chemistry, since now both are fit. Dont underestimatr these 2 ppl. I believe that time one of the reason wenger let fabregas goes is these 2 ppl.They were immense together. Were. Remember well, they are future gunners. I believe one day they would become the backbone of arsenal.

  6. O2-Home kit says:

    Looks like Wenger wants us to lose, trying to fix something that wasn’t broken with Ozil at number 10.

    Don’t be surprised if Andros Townsend plays like a world class player and humiliates Ozil.

    What is Wenger trying to prove?

  7. HA559 says:

    Lazy Chamberlain gets a starting spot where as the ever hardworking Sanchez is on the bench again for a second weekend running.

    1. rpk says:

      Best comment in this thread..dunno how you come up with this idea. Great man..!!

  8. LoCkAy says:

    I don’t know what is the deal with “his” Wilshere…!!
    We have always played better when he is on the bench…

    I just hope he will play better than he did against Southampton and Ozil finds his mark on the wing…
    Wenger is just doing thing the way he wants (well so far with not much success… No major trophies for how don’t know how long!).

    Where is Sanchez?
    I hope it is not injured!

  9. Sumo says:

    I thought it was a goal. Assonant referee sucks

  10. LoCkAy says:

    Basically the team that played against Aston Villa should have played today… Same line up… And that is being lazy!

  11. muffdiver says:

    lampard scores twice today – chelsea r sooo dumb- thats two games now

    1. Sumo says:

      A sorry Muff.
      Lamp’s scored only once.

  12. LoCkAy says:

    Well, let’s get behind the team and hope for the best of them.
    WE CANNOT LOSE THIS ONE… SIMPLE!

  13. Archangel says:

    Spurs most dangerous player is ericson so we need to crowd the middle to make it imposible for him to play his game

    1. Sumo says:

      Erection u mean?

      1. Archangel says:

        Those cocks dont get erection

  14. KickAssFan says:

    I don’t care how we play, we just must not lose.

  15. Sumo says:

    nd how d fcuk do u call BLIND blint? Commentary scuks

    1. muffdiver says:

      u drunk sumo? u sound like me on a normal day

      1. Sumo says:

        Yep Muff. Very. But i stopped. I want to see the derby.

      2. KickAssFan says:

        Eh, Muff! Still know where that bridge is? Just in case we…

  16. samgunner says:

    Wenger is so annoying if ozil plays shit today nobody should put nag him but wishing a strong result.

  17. ozy says:

    i thinks he plays 4-1-4-1 and ozil on the wing . because he sees that Santi is not fully fit and ready to start.. thats why he had to change the formation..

    wenger likes to play creative AM on the flanks ,, so if santi is not fit it has to be ozil..

    id prefer tho if he plays 4-2-3-1 ozil as no10 and alexis and the Ox on the flanks.. butt again alixis has played a full 90 min last tuesday

    1. th14 says:

      That is complete bollocks…

  18. HA559 says:

    Manager keeps the best player in the squad on the bench. Resting him you say? Then why play him against So’ton in the league cup?

  19. th14 says:

    Wengers the reason our start to the season has been so poor.
    His stubbornness, his stupid formation change, his persistence with jack and ramsey playing together and ozil wide…

    Reckon We’ll still beat tottenham but it aint going to be pretty.

  20. dboy says:

    Jack is back so make way everyone. Wenger want to prove his point.

    1. medvet says:

      faaaaack wenger then¡¡¡¡

  21. Sumo says:

    Wonder how Rio would feel getting relegated to Conference with QPR.

  22. rkw says:

    this is a must win game for all kinds of reasons…but wenger again experimenting with lack of clear direction as to what is our best formation…if it works then all to the good but it could easily go wrong again leaving us 7 adrift from chelski already and a point above man utd..a team in crisis!!! why the f*** is sanchez on the bench…saving him for the turks…surely the cheese eating surrender money cant be so stupid

  23. medvet says:

    looks like the lazy players deserve a spot in the first XI… meanwhile the alexis, the hard worker, is in the bench…. what a logic¡¡¡¡¡

  24. GOONSTER says:

    People complain about Wilshere and Ramsey playing together.. But you lot seem not to even have a clue.. Ramsey, Wilshere and Cazorla were all crucial in us winning the FA CUP and CHARITY SHIELD.. Go watch those games and see how those 3 players were so crucial…

  25. REiGN says:

    Can’t blame ozil if he has a bad game….sigh!

  26. muffdiver says:

    everyone chillll- game hasnt even started yet-so much negativity- at least wait till something bad happens before u pull out the keyboard shotgun

  27. rpk says:

    I said f**k, when saw this headline!!

    1. rpk says:

      ozil on wing..

  28. LoCkAy says:

    JUST SAW THE LINE UP….
    WILSHERE PLAYS ON THE WING NOT OZIL…!!
    WE ARE MORE F*CKED…
    WISLHERE NEVER TRACKS BACK AND HE HAS ZERO PACE AND ZERO PHYSICALITY (On top of no desire)…!!!

  29. TH14atl says:

    Arsene has the audacity to say that Ramsey is trying to do too much going forward, yet he is the one that’s playing him higher up the field asking him to do more.

    This lineup tells me that Arsene is thinking about Tuesday’s UCL game.

  30. GOONSTER says:

    Guys I think all the players will interchange, most of the time you see Ramsey, The Ox, Cazorla on the wings and Ozil in the middle, it’s is team team fluidity.. All of them interchange..

    1. th14 says:

      Doesnt change the fact that ozil is a complete liability defensively on the wing and lacks the stamina to get up and down the pitch so is not involved in any counter attacks.

  31. O2-Home kit says:

    Sky just showed Ozil in Number 10 position, I hope they are right.

    1. th14 says:

      So jack is playing the cazorla role…
      Why not just play cazorla…

  32. LoCkAy says:

    @O2-Home kit

    Yes Ozil plays in 10 and Wilshere on the wing.
    I just hope they will interchange otherwise Townsend will have a field day with Wilshere as he never tracks back (and has no pace anyway).

    Losing this game is not even an option.

    Gunners till I die 🙂

    1. O2-Home kit says:

      I don’t mind Jack on the wing because he tracks back, would’ve preferred Sanchez though for his work rate, additional pace and goals. Maybe we’ll see him in the last 15 minutes or so.

  33. Brada b says:

    All I have to say wenger aka mr stubborn better win im not goin to comment until the game has started but a win is a must & why iz sanchez on the bench smfh #COYG!!

  34. royalman says:

    Ppl on this site like complain, if we eventually win dis game, what will be their point, coach knows the best, is with the players in training, we r fans not coach, best of luck Arsenal!

  35. LoCkAy says:

    Sanchez being on the bench can only be a strategic decision (Even though Wenger is not a tactician), but I will assume he will introduce him for some pace and creativity.

    I just hope he is not thinking about the CL game already… That would be typical of the “deluded one”…!!

  36. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    Time to bust a cap in spuds ass

  37. lupe says:

    wenger is a little bit weird, some of his decisions are just plain crazy.. Starts sanchez in the capital one cup which he does not fancy then put him on the bench today. Tell me that there is not something a little bit crazy about him.. anyways, hoping for a thrashing.

  38. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    Wenger confirmed Ozil is playing as no. 10

  39. LoCkAy says:

    Just Watching Wenger interview…
    He is thinking about the CL game…!!!

    Here we go again… Let’s hope Wilshere and Gibbs have their “balls” on today.
    Work ethic will be critical and crucial today

    Gunners till I die 🙂

  40. LoCkAy says:

    @th14

    Exactly !!!

    Is Cazorla injured???

    1. rpk says:

      Thats d mystery.. Why isn’t he playing. Same thing happened with Rosicky, finally played him in one game and he was out of touch. We scolded rosicky for his play!! Same thing happens with Cazorla..

  41. th14 says:

    Wow lol we’ve got 5 english players in our XI.
    Is this real life?

  42. GunningSoulman says:

    Wenger is high! Why change a winning team?

    1. Brada b says:

      Because hes stubborn #aw

  43. Twig says:

    Wow. Jack now ahead of Santi in the pecking order.

  44. haywill says:

    getting nervous now 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁

  45. AussieGOONER says:

    wenger is fked

  46. RSH says:

    Wenger has to be drunk to put this lineup out. Who was drinking with him? And not a single defender on the bench at all. Call up Hayden at least its madness. Hopefully everything will come together though and we’ll get the 3 points. COYG

  47. Goonsquad8 says:

    Arteta better be up for it. And wenger better put Sanchez on at half

  48. haywill says:

    wearing my arsenal puma jacket now and eating chicken 🙁 🙁 🙁

  49. LoCkAy says:

    Coquelin is, I guess, our only defender on the bench… We have gone below standard !!!

  50. Twig says:

    Chambers will be lucky not to get a red card today.

  51. Kay123 says:

    fook ARTETA, fook WENGER

    1. Sumo says:

      FcukKay.123, maybe

  52. Goonsquad8 says:

    I just don’t understand how you put ozil on the wing

    1. Goonsquad8 says:

      I guess there interchanging kind of a fluid front 3

  53. Ronny331 says:

    Resting Cazorla and Sanchez for Wed CL against Gala’?

    1. ritblitz says:

      Yes.. The lazy ones get to play bcoz they won’t get tired..

  54. Ronny331 says:

    Wenger = Ar*e!!

  55. gooner4ever says:

    How can we get caught on the counter like this?

  56. AussieGOONER says:

    ox is shat so is welbeck

  57. Sumo says:

    Kaboul fcuk u

  58. Ronny331 says:

    @gooner4ever. we always do, Mert, Jack and Per slow!

  59. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    Wellbeck is so awesome

  60. gary c says:

    This line up is certification wenger has gone senile!!! Unless he pulls a rabbit out of that hat and santi and alexis come on to win the game in the second half. Pure and utter crap wenger

  61. REiGN says:

    Welbeck is hungry for goals. I like.

  62. Twig says:

    One more yellow and you’re off Jacky boy!

    1. gary c says:

      Twigs he is a liability and we are playing with 10 men with arteta on the pitch

  63. No Giroud, I'm happy says:

    Silly tackle by Wilshere

  64. Ronny331 says:

    ref’s card happy, it’s a derby fgs!!

  65. baldyloxxx says:

    So ozil scores a goal and sets one up from his favourite position, and we play more fluidly without jack against villa.
    So wengers first job in the next game is to move ozil back on the wing and put wilshire straight back into the team?

    I honestly despair.

  66. REiGN says:

    wtf wilshere! I know u wanna kill them but don’t make it too obvious.

  67. LoCkAy says:

    Arteta injured…!!
    This squad is so strong… Right Wenger?

    Here we go… Arteta off and Flamini in !

    Just getting better !!

  68. Sumo says:

    I love Danny.

  69. LoCkAy says:

    Metesacker was MIA, again !!!!

  70. LoCkAy says:

    Mertesacker just scares me…!! So f*cking slow !!

  71. Brada b says:

    Let’s hope flamini don’t get a red card!! Thanks #aw

  72. Goonsquad8 says:

    F*ck he’s done

  73. Ronny331 says:

    Mertesacker, slower than my nan! How did it come to this?
    Jack injured now, ankle! Cazorla / Sanchez on?

  74. Subi says:

    Unleash the gung ho

  75. LoCkAy says:

    Simplify your game Ramsey, just play simple… !!!!

    We need to pass the ball more quickly !!

  76. AussieGOONER says:

    how we havent scored if we draw or lose this then the fking season is over and wenger can suck my COOOOCCCKKK

  77. dboy says:

    Ozil not effective on the left. We are not penetrating the left side. Hopefully we can see a change on the left. Sacrifice one in middle. Move Ozil to middle and bring in Sanchez on right move Ox to left.

  78. Brada b says:

    #17 needs to be on the pitch like now!!!!

  79. LoCkAy says:

    35 mins… Nothing is happening !!

  80. marky958 says:

    Fk off Wenger and get a manager in who knows what his doing, shit as usual, injuries as usual wtf!!

  81. LoCkAy says:

    Ozil… Quicker !!!!

  82. GunningSoulman says:

    Ramseys game today is full of mistakes

  83. LoCkAy says:

    OX is too fast is even forgetting the ball…
    You realise why Walcott is just a better player.
    Wislhere is not even tracking back… May be the ankle is f*cked !!

  84. Ronny331 says:

    One tall German World winning defender ‘free to collector’.
    This is painful still cant believe how thin our defense is and that we rely on Flam and Arteta as DM cover 🙁

  85. LoCkAy says:

    We should stop giving corners…!!

    Ohhhh Metersacker !!!
    Like we need this sh*t !!!

  86. dboy says:

    Oh sh’t. Almost conceded from corner.

  87. Ronny331 says:

    Wenger trying to play players back to form, (Ramsey), dangerous tactic in the NLD…….

  88. Ronny331 says:

    Mert, Mert, Mert……..I despair!

  89. LoCkAy says:

    Thank you Wenger from the rest of the BPL teams…
    You have helped them gently… Deluded t*at !!

    I wish he would stand from his seat and give some instructions !!

  90. Mick The Gooner says:

    Ramsey hamstring injury.. NOOO!!

  91. Goonsquad8 says:

    No way another muscle injury holy sh*t

  92. dboy says:

    Wilshire laying on floor too much now. Ramsey should come off. Shouldn’t be on pitch in first place.

  93. jibber says:

    now it’s ramsey…

    why wenger, why you never play a working system?

    it’s not the positions, it’s the players chemistry….wrong starting 11 again.

  94. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    Dropping like flies………

  95. LoCkAy says:

    Ramey Hamstring injury !!!
    Now we are F*cked…!!
    Bring on Sanchez!

    Again thank you Wenger for the effort… Making us weaker each season !!!

    The Arsenal kit man looks like the manager of my local pub… Fat and lazy!

  96. Ronny331 says:

    Arteta and Jack injured, now Ramsey.
    No Debuchy Nacho out, Giroud out, Gnabry out etc etc
    6 games in, joke!

  97. juhislihis says:

    Ramsey hamstring.

    That’s at least 3 months out.

  98. LoCkAy says:

    Wenger could be manager at ASDA and it would not make any difference…!!

    First half we already have 2 substitutions done !!!!!

    1. Robin Vanpayslip says:

      Yeah the forklift driver at the meat counter, check out guy working in accounts, HR stacking shelves, butcher collecting trolleys and web developer on the tills. Everyone is going to be confused.

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