Cech starts in strong Arsenal XI for Asia Trophy final

Arsenal fans will finally get the chance to see the summer signing that we all hope will make the difference in our challenge to regain the Premier League title next season, after Petr Cech watched from the bench as the Gunners won the first match of pre-season to qualify for the final of the Asia Trophy against Everton today.

It is a final that Arsene Wenger clearly wants to win as there are none of the academy and fringe players that we saw in that first game against Singapore. Perhaps the only slight weak spot you could say was the inclusion of Calum Chambers in the centre of defence but it is not like the youngster has not played there for us before.

Bellerin, Chambers, Koscielny, Gibbs
Ramsey, Cazorla
Walcott, Ozil, Wilshere

We will have to wait and see whether Jack or Ozil will play on the flank or whether they will interchange positions. It does look a very strong and attacking side though and should provide us with great entertainment. It will be interesting as well to see how much we miss the brilliant Francis Coquelin in the middle and whether the slightly more forward thinking double pivot can work for us.

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  1. The Handsome_Gooner says:

    It is sure a very interesting line up, the match will be very interesting too

    1. seancali says:

      This is what happens if Sanchez gets injured, jack plays in his place. Just lovely. What can jack do as a left winger???are you serious! We need someone who can cover for lecoq and Sanchez. Theo on the right is where he belongs, now go on Wenger sign a striker and a DM if we have any cash left get a winger too

    2. arsenal4eva says:

      Did y ‘ all see the love the Asians showed Cecil? He was moved, I could tell. Welcome to Arsenal, Pet! !! That’s the way we roll around here…

  2. fred cowardly says:

    Come on boys. Bring us our second trophy of the year. We want the treble this year

  3. gunz says:

    gunning for the treple two down one up emirate cup coyg

    1. fred cowardly says:

      LoL yes
      Come on lads

  4. Akpom should have been given another chance to prove himself,seeing we are looking for another striking option,we know giroud very well he is mr. Avarage

    1. fred cowardly says:

      Honestly, I consider Giroud to be better than average. Considering his injuries for 3 months he did well last season. He has also scored 41 League goals and 58 total goals for us.

      He isn’t Costa, Suarez, Aguero etc but he is on second level with players like Remy, Kane, Benteke, Rooney, etc. If he had not been injured he would have scored more goals than Alexis, Hazard, maybe even Costa and Kane last season. But placing 6th place among top scorers after being out for three months is better than average

      1. Wayne Barker says:

        Ohh my jesus lord, Giroud is on the level of Rooney. Yes we all know , we hate Manchester United and we dont like anything invloved with them but seriously Rooney sitting in midfield could pop up with 15goals. Gieoud is no way even close to what Rooney is/was. This is why Manchester UNited won so many premier league titles and we are left with Giroud.

        Rooney is a leader and a player of his caliber has more to offer than Giroud could even imagine. If giroud was that great then we wouldnt be discussing about him in each thread and keep on pounding facts in order to defend him.

        I wont be surprised the way some arsenal fans act there will be a comment coming how giroud is the best striker in the premier league.

        1. seancali says:

          Yes I think giroud is on the same level as Rooney, nothing special about Rooney to be honest.

          1. Wayne Barker says:

            Yes nothing special apart from the fact that he has been playing in attacking position for England’s premium club Manchester United and helping them win many trophies. Also, becoming their second highest goal scorer and soon could become their highest goal scorer. Always performing in big games and scoring in big occasion including one in champions league finals and scoring plenty against us in various occasions. He may also become the highest goal scorer for England before next years European championships.

            He not only scores goals but also provide assists to players and can not only play as an out and out striker but also as a supporting striker or even as a left winger or AM. He is 29/30 and is still going strong and can start for most of the top clubs. But yeah offcourse as per some genius Arsenal fans he is not special.

          2. Gigi2 says:

            And the Fergie left….

          3. Gigi2 says:

            And then Fergie left…

      2. joeboy says:

        Fred kane didnt play all season either he was a bit part player for the first few months…..i hate utd more then that but to say giroud is on par with rooney is a joke

    2. joeboy says:

      Classic giroud performance today, missing good chances as per

  5. Jimbeam says:

    For a team that finished 3rd last year, who had a GK with one of the best GK ratings of the season – to buy just a new GK is absurd.

    Henry said it, Cazorla said it, other players politely voiced it – every single football pundit in the world wrote about it – we need a different option then Giroud – where is that option. If our last minute attempt to lure Benzema doesn’t work – then what?

    1. Eddy Hoyte says:

      we’ll have to dance to the music man..we’ll dance to it

      1. Ks-Gunner says:

        this is madness 😛

    2. Jim A says:

      The option is to have Theo scoring 20+ goals along with Alexis’ 20+ goals along with Olivier’s 20+ goals. Oh btw I could care less what competitions the goals are scored in. Winning the FA cup requires you to score goals as does CL. They each have strength s and weaknesses but combined they represent the best trio in the Premier league.

      1. joeboy says:

        Go home jim your drunk

  6. leo says:

    Reports from Spain suggest Benzema could be surplus to requirements with bale starting every training game as centre forward under Rafa.

  7. NIKK says:

    Giroud looks dangerous with his pace, power, trickery and running behind the defenders.

    1. SoOpa AeoN says:

      Really?……..Are u sure it’s giroud u are seeing?

  8. leo says:


  9. RWRW says:

    Walcott has incredible vision for a run matched with even better timing! Good start Boys

    1. oz says:

      we all know that the question is, will he stay fit all season?

      1. leo says:

        well but we definitely need a new striker

  10. Geerude says:

    That was a prototypical goal for this Arsenal side and exactly why Theo should be our starting CF!

  11. leo says:

    Theo patting the Arsenal badge ❤️

  12. oz says:

    plsis ozil in the middle or wide?

    1. leo says:

      middle 4 sure

      1. napersie says:

        whosoever says we are gonna get Alaba is smoking. d guy is fkkkkin great against Valencia.

  13. SoOpa AeoN says:

    WaLcott………… GOAL! ………who don’t want this boy to stay?

  14. SoOpa AeoN says:

    GOAL! we just need this guy fit at all times …….There’s so much he could bring…….

  15. Leader says:

    Live streaming is available in India? Pls suggest the tv channel.

    1. Roe-hahn says:

      Try Vipbox or Sportlemon.

      1. napersie says:

        OK OK I should like ” SANTI, I forgive you for doing that”

  16. Leader says:

    Live streaming is available in India? Pls suggest the tv channel.pls…

    1. The Handsome_Gooner says:

      You can watch the match live on the internet in india because no tv channel is currently broadcastinh. However, you can watch the repeat telecast on star sports 1 at 11pm (IST)

  17. Justsoccerfan says:

    F*cking lineman wrong call

  18. leo says:

    acc to media arsenal were close to signing vidal until the car crash during copa America we pulled out & now Bayern are closing on him crapppp

  19. Justsoccerfan says:

    Arsenal are so lucky. Still waiting Giroud for his WC play.

  20. fullmetalalc says:

    Nice first save from Cech on that offside header.

    1. YingYang69 says:

      The second shot was offside I think the first one would have counted. What a save, Great reflexes. Soo impressed by this signing I was beginning to think we were never going to target a top class goalkeeper, slowly but surely the Arsenal are on the rise.

  21. Justsoccerfan says:

    Me here watching live at the stadium, ozil and wilshere are so quiet. Walcott is outstanding. Giroud still the same, f*u king poor.

  22. leo says:

    giroud………… come on…………. this is exactly why we need a new striker

  23. NIKK says:

    Giroud is a WC legend in his jockstrap!

  24. AlmiR says:

    Aubameyang, Lacazette or Benzema, i would go for Benzema, cuz Ozil played with him and knows his movement he would need no time for adaption.

  25. AlmiR says:

    Walcott looks very good, he really wants that CF position.

  26. napersie says:

    why don’t we cut a leaf from what Bayern are doing, the always press opponents like mad. fighting for every ball. not giving Valencia any chance here just like a final

  27. galen says:

    OH Giroud. What did I ever do to you? Oh Giroud

  28. juhislihis says:

    Walcott is brilliant on the wing. But we don’t have a striker who’s intelligent enough to get himself in front of the goal

  29. galen says:

    Thats the Giroud smile. whenever he misses a chance you see that smile. U will see loads of it this season. I tell you. What a miss. one word MONACO

  30. juhislihis says:

    Brilliant shot by Cazorla! Haven’t seen him score outside the box since FA final against Hull, well done!

  31. galen says:

    i SAy everyday everytime. Cazorla is by far the best Arsenal midfielder. By far. How we got him for £13 m will never be known. What can he not do? He can defend attack dribbles passing shooting. what about using both legs.

    Cazorla = Worldclass

  32. napersie says:

    santiiiiiii is a LEGEND

  33. Justsoccerfan says:

    Arsenal stepping up the gear.

    Those still want Giroud as our main striker, he can’t even make a shot on target when the ball drop in front him.

    1. RSH says:

      He has had a few nice flicks here and there ,but looks lost with all this rapid midfield rotation. Giroud has never looked 100% natural in this team. Not going to be too critical though because its only pre-season but it just further instills my belief we need a better striker.

  34. juhislihis says:

    Özil + Cazorla = deadly!

    What a counter attack

  35. rkw says:

    ozil is class act he really is and with a quality target we could be lethal up front…wenger better do something about it in next 4 weeks

  36. Justsoccerfan says:

    Ox still need to polish his final front.

  37. Justsoccerfan says:

    Here come our captain.

  38. napersie says:

    MOMENT OF THE MATCH: Wenger patting Santi on the back like why did you do that? Lols.

  39. Justsoccerfan says:

    Ox just give them the goal.

  40. RSH says:

    Ox has really struggled this half. No end product to his work and now messes up. Ox MUST step up while Alexis is out, its his big chance honestly.

  41. Justsoccerfan says:

    Yeah we got a trophy.

  42. Justsoccerfan says:

    What we got Asia, emirates and community shield trophy and we didn’t have our 4th? We still give excuse we got the treble.

    1. fred cowardly says:

      we haven’t won the Emirates yet as the tournament hasn’t started yet. We didn’t win last year. Valencia won but we have a better chance this year. Last season was tough competition with Valencia and Monaco, benfica

  43. AlmiR says:

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Spuds cant rent Wembley, so they are planning to ask Arsenal to share Emirates with them HAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAH, no way, let them play on dirt, they dont deserve better

  44. YingYang69 says:

    I love watching the Arsenal play, seriously love it. The anticipation and the beautiful beautiful football.

    It was a bloody warm up and we got to see some fantastic stuff, but you get some uninformed people in here highlighting what went wrong instead of the plentiful of good stuff on show.

    1. galen says:

      There were loads of Hot stuffs today from Arsenal. Top quality play from the team. But you can’t help but notice Giroud.

  45. kev says:

    Giroud is an average player to be honest.I never rated him ever since he came to arsenal.i will play Chuba Akpom over him not even because of his hattrick.but its because i believe he is better than Giroud and Welbeck.I hope Wenger does not also make the mistake of selling Szczesny just because he is error prone.He better sell Ospina or he will regret it one day i said it here first.

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