Arsenal’s confirmed team to face West Ham – Plus full Satellite TV Listings

The Unai Emery era at Arsenal officially starts today after the Spaniard was given a free pass in his first two games against the last two EPL Champions, so we are hoping to see his very best team that he thinks will take us to great new heights.

Here is the team that I predicted earlier and to be honest I have a feeling that I won’t be far off his selection…

Bellerin – Mustafi – Sokratis – Monreal
Guendouzi – Torreira – Xhaka
Iwobi – Aubameyang – Mkhitaryan

And here is Emery’s confirmed line-up….

All I got wrong was Ramsey starting, and Torreira still being on the bench!

This team should easily over-run the Hammers!

And as today’s game in not being shown on English TV, I am adding the full list of satellite channels that are showing the game if you can get access to any of them….


  1. FFS Xhaka starts yet again! Why Emery why!

  2. Sarmmie says:

    What does lacazette have to do to start?
    What did Ramsey do well in training that made him start?

    1. Durand says:

      I would guess he whined and held his breath. Disappointed welsh diva throws a fuss and Emery concedes. Guess Xhaka must have blackmailed Emery somehow.

      Stunned Torreria is behind Ramsey and Xhaka, absolutely stunned.

      Lacazette can’t buy his way in.

      Surprised Emery won’t play Auba on wing and Laca up top. Those two are magic playing together, looked great in preseason, yet Emery has a stubborn streak maybe? A bit stunned about it if I’m honest.

  3. Goonerboy says:

    In the absence of Ozil, Mkhitaryan is the obvious choice for me, then i have Welbeck on the right, Torriera for Xhaka.
    Wish the boys good luck! Coyg!

  4. Goonerboy says:

    Ramsey being in the No.10 role is not good enough imo, as he cant really dictate play, he will rather get a goal first than creating an assist.
    A number 10 must be balanced and well rounded in his play, knowing when to pass or shoot ala Cazorla, Silva, Payet. Ramsey for me is no where near this quality.

    But am still excited to see how he does

  5. John0711 says:

    Simply shocking what ever the result the manager must see something in Xhaka that no one else sees
    im glad i dont go anymore midtable here we come

    1. Innit says:

      I don’t see it.
      Weve given him chance after chance
      He is very average
      Torreira even showed that he is a decent attacking skills too. He shot a couple of awesome free kicks in practice. He deserves a start over Xhaka

  6. Rkw says:

    Bellerin xhaka Ramsey iwobi … if there are 4 players I don’t want to see individually let alone collectively in a gunners shirt it’s these … for me three games is enough to work things out … so if this goes south it will be emery on the frontline …

    1. GunnerJack says:

      As far as I’m concerned Unai has chickened out. Very disappointed at this team selection.I wonder what the proper players in our squad are thinking – sort of thing Wenger would do, playing under performing players as if they’ve got some god-given right to be on the pitch.
      Hope I’m wrong and Xhaka and Ramsey can act like they are footballers who want to play for Arsenal.

    2. Nine says:

      Just watched the west ham game and u just hit a hatric…

  7. Uba for Auba says:

    When will Torreira ever start

  8. Innit says:

    Again Torreira and Lichtsteiner don’t start.
    They deserve starts over Bellerin and Xhaka

    I can understand Ramsey starting because Ozil is injured.

    Anyway, we should still win hopefully

    1. Godswill says:

      Just my annoyance. Plus Lacasette.

  9. Uba for Auba says:

    Clean sheet and 3points that’s all i want

  10. Innit says:

    Apparently Torreira shot some sublime free kicks in practice

  11. barryglik says:

    Happy with the team 🙂
    Not getting too hyped.
    Just keeping an open mind.
    City just dropped 2 points at Wolves
    so they could drop out of the top 4 by Monday nite.
    4 wins in a row we could be top 4.

    1. Khangunners says:

      Haha i get you there bro don’t be thinking about city though:p. Lets try and get into that top four. I think winning the league is too big a task at the moment

  12. mikki says:

    whether we win or not I think my love for emery is diminishing, start xhaka,torrira on the bench,no lacazete….another Wenger in disguise that may end up as David Moyes is care is not taken….

    1. shocking says:

      completely agree with you. even from the friendlies, I was getting concerned that the same crap players were still…crap. I am concerned that unaids has the Wenger streak in him, how can he start Dhaka, bellerin and mikhitarian for the 2nd game . Stubborn like Wenger with his playing out from the back when he doesn’t have the players to do so. And auba on the left, lacazette in the middle. We dont have a right Wenger, get bellerin out of defence..he is crap and play him as a winger.
      Still prepared to give him the benefit of the doubt but….

  13. Khangunners says:

    Guys need to take a chillpil and get behind the team. Torreira is simply fitness issues not that emery prefers xhaka over him. Coyg lets win this

  14. ozziegunner says:

    Three players deserve to start yet were omitted: Torreira, Lacazette and Lichtsteiner. It is obvious that one of the prime deficiencies of the Arsenal defense is a lack of leadership to provide defensive organization and discipline. Lichtsteiner is an experienced combative international defender who has captained Switzerland at the World Cup and won 7 Seria A titles in Italy, yet Emery still gives opportunities to Bellerin to either come good or disappear forever to become a male model.
    I hope win, lose or draw Emery explains his rationale for these selections after this game.
    By the way, just watched the game on TV between Man City and Wolves 1-1. Wolves had a very well organized in defense with 5 Portuguese players and very competent manager, plus managed to score (hand ball goal) plus one disallowed for offside. They will be hard to beat at Molyneux!

  15. ACE says:

    Torreria and SL are ridiculous admissions and
    Ransey/Xhaka shouldnt be anywhere near the starting 11 imho. As much as Welbeck frustrates the Gunner nation to death, his tireless work rate
    and physicality does bring some balance to the
    squad. I would prefer this lineup..


    1. ACE says:

      meant Welbeck instead of Iwobi

  16. Southwest says:

    Ozil is “SICK” and tired of whatever excuse they come with to justify his exclusion from the team sheet. Don’t wanna see him around until he’s ready to always put in a shift and justify his pay package every matchday

  17. Niyi says:

    I really don’t know what you guys expect, he already mentioned his 5 untouchables with Bellerin in there could see him defending Bellerin against Chelsea by suggesting to his assistant that Bellerin wasn’t given enough cover at d back while he makes those actually think those goal threat cuts back from Bellerin in those games was all Bellerin’s ..he was playing according to Emerys instructions

  18. ozziegunner says:

    By the way, apparently Lichtsteiner took Tony Adam’s advice and took Ozil out with a strong challenge at training, which Ozil objected to. He also had a bust up with Unai Emery and now is not even on the bench for the West Ham game. This contradicts the “Ozil sick” story.
    Socrates to demonstrate his hidden pace (based on Aubameyang’s leaked speed trials) (LOL).

    1. RSH says:

      where is this news coming from tho, lol. No offense but it sounds made up

      1. ozziegunner says:

        RSH, for what its worth, Robbie Lyle.

  19. TW14-TH14 says:

    Wolves, a championship side last season, were held by City (City held them and not the other way round) for those who keep telling us that we’re pointless because we played City and Chelsea (who lost to us twice and couldn’t beat us in 5 meetings last season).

  20. Rkw says:

    Lots of empty seats … Biggest hope for seeing back of kroenke …that combined with mid table football which is how we have started this one … Has anyone counted the number of misplaced passes … Shocking

  21. Reddb10 says:

    Iwobi must be laughing all the way to the bank after renewing his contract. Mikhi is way passed his Dortmund performances and Czech should retire.

  22. Quophi says:

    Ramsey is not technically gifted enough to play the number 10 role. clearly it’s showing.

  23. st sass says:

    it’s still the Wenger arsenal. no change

  24. Rkw says:

    Ffing unbelievable …. Where’s that plane!!!!

  25. Tatgooner says:

    now we can start asking unai emery auestions

    1. kenneth Noel says:

      Yes for example that was a good team effort for the goal

  26. Thomas Kelly says:

    Here we go again

  27. LL COOL GUNNER says:

    I don’t care, we need a new team…

  28. Tatgooner says:

    westham deserve this lead its been poor from us

  29. bran99 says:

    2 people against 5 Arsenal players and still resulted in a goal, and it’s against West Ham players, it wasn’t against Sane and Aguero. That’s Arsenal for you

  30. kenneth Noel says:

    Bellerin got caught out again

  31. Durand says:

    Anyone surprised that when Ramsey, Xhaka, and Bellerin start the team plays like shit? Apparently Emery is. Apparently Emery seems frustrated that he can’t polish a turd.

    Mhki is shocking; rather see Welbeck who at least works his a$$ off for the team. Really surprised Emery still runs Xhaka, Bellerin, and Ramsey out on the pitch.

    1. Rkw says:

      And Iwobi … Done nothing … Compare even with wolves wingers who caused city all kinds of trouble because they have pace

      1. RSH says:

        he’s made some smart passes in final third actually. He hasn’t been terrible.

      2. Durand says:

        Rkw fortunate for us West Ham determined to be just as bad. Monreal scores our goal, says it all really.

        No bite in attack, Auba and Ramsey gave absolutely nothing, basically mugging club for paychecks this year.

        Expect 2 subs at halftime; Ramsey out for Torreira and Iwobi out for Lacazette.


        Bellerin. Sokratis. Mustafi. Monreal
        Guendouzi. Torreria. Xhaka
        Mhki. Laca. Auba

        Give Xhaka 10 min then replace with Elneny or drop Mhki back and bring on Welbeck.

        Just do something with this lot

  32. Quophi says:

    Bellerin doesn’t understand how to set an offside trap.always gets caught

  33. Rkw says:

    People can say what they like but after 3 games I expected an improvement in the quality of football which isn’t asking much given where wenger left us .. Not this utter s@@@ .. No quality no structure no pace no passion … Sad state of arsenal FC ..mi expect 2 changes at half time lacazette and torreira on … Ramsey and xhaka off

  34. Fab says:

    If Xaka with his left foot can’t even try to take free kicks in those left sides why is he even on the pitch? This team lacks collectiveness. Man United has Mata who can take free kicks on those sides, Man City has Silva, Chelsea has Alonso, Totenham Eriksen why this arsenal lacks those important players who can give goals out of nothing?

  35. Innit says:

    I’m not too concerned at halftime
    No need to panic
    This is a derby so always close
    We can turn up the heat next half
    At least Emery won’t substitute after the 70th minute lol

  36. Gunnerman8701 says:

    Lol when will the banner go up for Emery?

  37. RSH says:

    just average so far and expected a bit better. Arnautovic is loving this high line and always has the run up on both our CB’s. Xhaka, again, what is his purpose in this side? Bellerin is simply terrible. These players need to be dropped eventually. Positives, winning the ball back, Miki has looked good. Still, changes need to be made in this side because it’s not really working. This shouldn’t be the side he keeps going with.

    1. Innit says:

      Arnautovic would make our starting line-up better.

      Lichtsteiner for Bellerin
      Why did Barca want him???
      Torreira for Xhaka. Torreira should have started

  38. Innit says:

    I hope Emery doesn’t start Bellerin, Xhaka in the next match. Start Lichtsteiner and Torreira.
    We should sub both next half

    Iwobi hasn’t played as well as last time.
    If he doesn’t improve I would try Welbeck or Nelson

    I think we haven’t subbed yet so we have all 3 to use next half

  39. Gifted says:

    I think we are a midtable team now. It’s apparent that Unai is Wenger 2.0. I thought his first priority was strengthening the defence. But what am seeing is a very open game where Westham are giving us all sorts of problems. Pathetic!!!

    1. Don’t disrespect Wenger. Even old man wenger is better than this idiot unai stupid

  40. Colum Conlan says:

    I am afraid the shit players on the field can not string 3 passes together. Our defence is still dung and to be honest we are not even a mid table team never mind top 4.

    1. bran99 says:

      We look like we are West Ham and they are Arsenal

  41. Leon says:

    I will wait until the final whistle.
    But I will say this is the worse Arsenal side I have seen in thirty five years of following them – and I have seen teams with Ian Selley and John Jensen playing.
    If we don’t pick up soon we may be in for a relegation fight rather than a top four fight…

  42. avenger says:

    Arsenal defense in red …the attack by moments showing some
    connections somebody said that will be a easy win I doubt it
    Emery is lacking of some reality check…wrong line up for starters
    why Nacho Monreal has to score where are the big score players?
    something is missing…………

  43. i was a gooner says:

    What a too ugly Arsenal..

  44. Adajim says:

    for thoseof u thining oezil is the weak link, I guess u have the opportunity to see your team without him

    1. RSH says:

      uhh what would Ozil have brought to this game? Going off his last two performances he wouldve been just as useless. We arent struggling b/c we are missing ozil. Mesut was not even the one creating the chances last game, lol

  45. mickmematethemasterfarter says:

    maureen was right bout mkhitaryan shocking..mustafi ditto

  46. Roshan says:

    The only half decent players today have been Mustafi, Guendozi, Monreal. Auba today has been poor but is just in a slump.

    Players that need to go:
    Xhaka – not much needs to be said, he is simply terrible
    Bellerin – the entire league will attack down his side now cause its so easy
    Ramsey – should have sold him, still lets sell him. He is not a CAM
    Iwobi – average player
    Miki – been alright but past his prime, slow and cant defend
    Sokratis – still unsure of himself at times

    All these players need to go if we are to ever get anywhere.

  47. John Ibrahim says:

    first win for us

  48. Rkw says:

    Basically we have no defence .. A crowded middle … and a plodding attack … That’s mid table football regardless of result today … I thought this guy emphasized pressing game … I guess he was thinking about ironing coz I see little of it here …

  49. RSH says:

    Again, Torreira has an instant impact. He can do more than just win the ball. Been waiting ages for an Arsenal player to play a somewhat interesting ball in.

  50. Rkw says:

    I know xhaka is utterly sh@@@ but I actually think bellerin is worse … He’s like the whippet … Apparently fast but utterly incapable of going past people

    1. ACE says:

      Bellerin lacks the technical skill to beat
      anyone who has genuine pace. Not sure what
      he actually provides atm to guarantee a
      starting spot week after week after week.

  51. Rkw says:

    Ramsey should be offered ten grand a week … I doubt he would get in to a top championship side … Bolton maybe ….

    1. Tongabull says:

      So correct

  52. John Ibrahim says:

    2-1 win first 3 points

    in Emery we trust

  53. Gunnerman8701 says:

    Cech is done! Could have saved the goal and almost caused another.

  54. Break-on-through says:


  55. Reddb10 says:

    My goodness we are so bad they have to score for us.

  56. John Ibrahim says:

    its a guarantee win
    in Emery we trust

  57. Rkw says:

    Here’s my question everyone and their dog says laca and torreira must start … The guy paid millions to make these decisions can’t see it til an hour into game .. After which we at least look half way decent … So why are these people paid so much …a ffing algorithm could do better

    1. Break-on-through says:

      I see what you mean but I also see a bit where Emery is coming from. Having reliable subs to make is a good advantage to have, we had a crafty playing ball winner coming in fresh for a tired youngster whom has a habit of hitting the odd stray ball. We had a top marksman coming in for a tired one, not directly but indirectly that’s what Lacazette was. We turned it around, now maybe you’re right and we would’ve put the game to bed before the subs needed to be made, or maybe Emery wanted a few cards to hold onto and his experience knew better. We can’t know for sure, because is always a hypothetical, whereas the other is out in the open, readily available to dissect..

  58. barryglik says:


  59. John Ibrahim says:

    the next 4 games is a guarantee win as welll

  60. Ackshay says:

    Emery hates the lacazette and aubameyang connection.

    1. Tongabull says:

      Better to start Lacazette, Auba is to weak

  61. John Ibrahim says:

    its over for west ham

    goodbye Wilshere

    1. Break-on-through says:

      ..Viva la Revolucion!!!!!

  62. Fabu says:

    Min 77 sokratis makes something i wanted since the first game NO MORE PASSES BETWEEN DEFENDERS dor god sake just kick the ball foward

  63. John Ibrahim says:

    come on lads…first win

    need to celebrate

    more to ccome

    in Emery we trust

  64. Tongabull says:

    Did anyone see how lazy Auba is. Can’t keep the ball only fleaks…. and he can’t track back when put on the left wing.

    1. Break-on-through says:

      I think that’s a little unfair as he’s a striker after-all. If he was good at tracking back, defending and intercepting, also creativity, he’d be a midfield player. Strikers are like CB’s in the way that they aren’t used to covering the length of the pitch, when a CB goes out there its the same outcome, he’s not used to it, the stamina levels are very difficult for them to keep up. Short sprints is what Auba’s been used to.

      I think Emery got that substitution wrong, Auba and the rest of them only really turned it up after we got the lead, for me ..Mkhit or Ramsey should’ve came off instead.

      We were poor for allot of the game but I like playing badly but still winning, that can be more difficult to come out on top in, than say a game when we see the ball for the majority of the game and everyone wanting to get in on the act. Aubameyang just needs to get that first one off his back.

      Two things I noticed about this game. One is our confidence levels being low due to the starting two results. Even Auba, who Wenger had brimming with confidence is a bit lacking in that area, over-all I’d say its low. The second thing is, and it was mentioned before the game by one of our legends. The space between our defensive players to our attacking players is absolutely huge, mega huge. When they fall back to spread out the play it gets even larger. I imagine that every single game we play this season is gonna be end to end, I cannot see a game not going end to end.

  65. Roshan says:

    We have been instantly better when Laca and Torreira have come on. Yet we don’t start then in favour of Xhaka and Iwobi

  66. Break-on-through says:

    Danny effing Welbeck you little beauty!!!!

  67. Ackshay says:

    Match was far from perfect but there was much better pressing in the 2nd half

  68. avenger says:

    A easy win? no….West Ham gave up after the 2nd goal.. Arsenal made the 3 points but didn’t convince me defense and attack with deficiencies
    third goal terrible defense from West ham an average team …
    Arsenal needs a lots of work if they want to be in the table top four

  69. Dudu says:

    We the fans see alot of mistakes from our players but sorry so called our coach Unai Emery didn’t see any don’t tell me Wenger will be better than this guy its seems he is the kind of person coach that like experiment……….dont start Auba again Wenger just wasted that money for nothing very lazy and weak really kind of Wenger signing.

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