CONFIRMED – Arsenal starting XI to face Nottm Forest – Only AMN keeps his place

Hi everyone so we are nearly starting the defence of our FA Cup crown for the second year in a row. I wa sure that Wenger wouldn’t be playing many first team players, but with the League Cup semifinal coming on Wednesday and the chance to rest more players I could have been wrong. But here is the team I predicted….

Ospina
Debuchy – Mertesacker – Holding
Nelson – Elneny – Coquelin – Maitland
Walcott – Iwobi
Welbeck

So here is the Official team picked by Wenger to face Forest….

Well I wasn’t far out! I was right about Maitland-Niles being the only one to keep his place!

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133 Comments

  1. Tatgooner says:

    so its goodbye to any trophy this season

    1. Tatgooner says:

      I told ya

      1. Tatgooner says:

        Forest should have put this game to bed already

  2. Bur says:

    Saw the team. What is he up to? Prepare yourself for a major upset!!!

  3. Jimmy Jazz says:

    Should be good enough to win. All youngsters on the bench. Would be good to see Jeff and Nketiah get 30 minutes or so.

  4. Bur says:

    Who is the play maker, and a snail would have more speed in thon back three.

    1. gotanidea says:

      Iwobi and Willock would be the playmakers. Iwobi would drop deeper to help the other midfielders and maybe Welbeck would be positioned behind Walcott (I hope Walcott does not get offside-trapped again).

      1. Sue says:

        Theo’s ALWAYS offside

        1. Alkali says:

          ??? he will be offside at least 3 times.

      2. Bur says:

        I hope I’m wrong but we will see. The only good thing weegor has a touch line ban.

      3. Bur says:

        Iwobi couldn’t make a sandwich.

  5. Sue says:

    Oh Jesus…I’m worried

  6. Sue says:

    Akpom & Chambers on the bench….. Oh Christ ?

  7. arie82 says:

    What the heck inside wenger head
    We already lose in the premiership title race, even mybe big 4 spot.
    Play second/reserve teams in europe, corabo, even fa cup
    What he is traying to achive…..

  8. xxnofx says:

    Well i was going to watch it ,but after seeing that team i think ill give it a miss .GL anyway

  9. Sandeep says:

    Good team have faith in youngsters,let’s see how they perform.Arsenal is a big club and our acdemy should produce good player.

  10. Tatgooner says:

    Forest should be able to win this with over two goals

  11. Sue says:

    Arsene doesn’t want to win the cup again this season then

  12. Plankton says:

    Was Holding not in the team that faced Chelsea?

  13. Innit says:

    Don’t get too cocky about us taking care of Nott Forest. They may be 14th in the Championship but they could still upset us innit.

    I think we will win though, hopefully

    Niles still on the left???
    Also, Nelson is in wrong position too.

  14. edue says:

    my worry these days is the development of our young players.like Nelson, Niles, holding etc

  15. Rkw says:

    Good test for those who say we have a deep bench … If the bench can’t beat mid table championship side then we have the answer … Would have expected giroud or lacazette on bench just in case though … Actually quite looking forward to seeing the youngsters in a competitive match … Wouldn’t be surprised if Iwobi does ok even though I dont rate him

  16. Goonerwinit says:

    If we win this we could see what players can step up to the 1st team. If not we will no who can take the exit

  17. Roehahn says:

    5 at the back, against Nottingham..really ?? And where is Coquelin ??

    1. SuperClaes says:

      Actually it’s a back 4!

      Like the set up with available personnel!

      But have same question – where is Coquelin? A transfer away from Arsenal? If so I would be a happy Gooner?

      Com on the Gunners! Let’s do this!

  18. Eat Pie says:

    I wonder if refs are out to get Nottingham Forest, because that was no offside.

    Nottingham must feel the refs have a conspiracy against them.

    Stupid Wenger!

  19. Dark Pope says:

    this reserve arsenal side playing at the level they should be. quite an even match so far

  20. sfgunner says:

    well, at least dont have to watch arsene pick his nose…

  21. Eat Pie says:

    Forest lookuch better than us

  22. Eat Pie says:

    Lol Wenger must go, hahaha Forest owning us

  23. Innit says:

    1-0. Here we go again innit

    1. SuperClaes says:

      …and 1-1!!!

      Soft free kick though?

      Keep the faith?

  24. sfgunner says:

    iwobi not even at this level,

  25. sfgunner says:

    BFG,

  26. Declan says:

    Mert!

  27. Declan says:

    Eat Pie, eat something else !!

  28. Innit says:

    Mert….thank you buddy
    We will miss BFG next season innit

    We are struggling but Meanwhile Spuds up 3-0

    1. Alkali says:

      Playing their big players

  29. Bur says:

    Iwobi is pure pants. So is our defence.

    1. Bur says:

      Now can you see. I am not 8 million for 2 years.

  30. sfgunner says:

    Maitland -Niles is a spcial player, really a bright spot to this mis season, very confident on the ball,

  31. Declan says:

    Ospina saving our arses at present!

  32. TongaBull says:

    Iwobi is so useless….. Damn

  33. Rkw says:

    My god most if these players are not mid championship level … Sue right Iwobi is utterl utterly sh@@@ … Thought he might look better but sell sell sell … Where s the 30m quid man .. Another quick sell … Ospina holding and Nelson have looked good … But that’s about it

    1. sfgunner says:

      and maitland niles

  34. ks-gunner says:

    I am looking the line up and do shake my head. Not that we need a new manager, but also more quality players at the bench

  35. Rkw says:

    It seems to me the coaching staff cannot teach pressing at any level … Until this changes we will not compete at the top again …

  36. Sue says:

    We’re screwed

  37. Alatari Douglas says:

    Conceded another goal. God help us bt what was wenger thinking fielding this crop of players?

  38. Bur says:

    How can we the supporters see the problems and that a..ho.e of a manager can’t?

  39. Dark Pope says:

    this could be the biggest embarrassment in fa cup history

    1. Declan says:

      You obviously don’t do well at history in school then!

  40. Innit says:

    Wenger will sign Lichaj or whatever his name is. He loves cheap players innit

  41. RSH says:

    why does Iwobi keep getting chances, lmao. not good enough. We might be out of our own competition guys. What’ll Wenger have to con the club into another contract?????

    1. Salmonella says:

      He’ll make another profit in the coming summer
      That should be enough to tempt Kroenke
      Lol

  42. Eat Pie says:

    The senior players look out of depth at this level, Welbeck, Walcott, Mert, Iwobi (senior because he is a regular first XI), Elneny.

    I mean they all have international caps but look like the belong in the Championship tbh.

    Iwobi maybe even lower than that.

    1. Eat Pie says:

      Al these players must go, they are definitely not good enough.

  43. Break-on-through says:

    Don’t know which is more excruciating, listening to one more stupid sentence from R Savage or watching some abysmal defending in patches. Give me a gun.

  44. Alkali says:

    And the French clown didn’t bring the big guys to the game.

    1. Salmonella says:

      We will get knocked out pretty soon

  45. McLovin says:

    And we have no one on the bench to come save us. Unless the 17 year old Nketiah is up for it, again.

  46. Sue says:

    I’m not watching anymore & I’m so glad I’m not there in Nottingham! Thanks Arsene you’ve really made my day

  47. Bur says:

    See this tippy tappy football is no use. These young arsenal players are playing like a training game.
    The snail defence is being shown up for what they are. USELESS!!

  48. DSA says:

    Another Wenger classic. Cant blame the refs this time Arsene

  49. arie82 says:

    So, will wenger blame the referee if arsenal knock out from fa cup by forrest

  50. Rkw says:

    If we lose this and Wednesday I just hope the true supporters will stand up at the next home again and show what we think of the kroenke wenger axis if evil…the whole club is corrupted from top to bottom

  51. Rob says:

    45 minutes to turn this around. Just thinking how many managers would take a gamble on the team selection knowing this is probably our only chance of a trophy this year

  52. Avenger says:

    2 goals 2 Ospina mistakes

    1. Declan says:

      If it wasn’t for Ospina we would be 5-1 down!

      1. sfgunner says:

        no doubt, second goal had no chance to stop, while elneny stood by and watch him take the shot….

        1. Avenger says:

          Ospina was in the wrong place at the line and he didnt move
          at all looking at the shot
          One first class goalkeeper will jump towards the ball
          at least now 3-1

  53. Declan says:

    Oh well, at least we can concentrate on the league now…… sorry should have said 6th place in the league.

  54. sfgunner says:

    so this is the depth that are required to carry us to top 4 in the prem? really? no wonder we are in trouble, welbeck & walcot seem useless. but against mid table championship league team…

  55. Rkw says:

    I don’t recall a clear chance from open play … How long does the geriatric need

  56. sfgunner says:

    oh my embarrassing, getting thrashed… nothing on the bench, its gotten this bad,

  57. Rkw says:

    I don’t understanfpd how wenger survives these humiliations ….

  58. Eat Pie says:

    Lol 3-1 Arsene FC being humiliated, thank god I support Arsenal FC

  59. Declan says:

    BFG? Big Fukcing Geriatric!

  60. Sue says:

    Sack the bloody lot of them… totally USELESS

  61. Bur says:

    Get that Ba….d out to f..k

  62. ks-gunner says:

    Are their fans chanting who are ya?

    We are gargabe, thats what i would chant in return

    1. ks-gunner says:

      Garbage* = /

  63. RSH says:

    Wenger does it again. Truly one of a kind!

  64. Rkw says:

    Bould by name bould by nature … Make an ffing change u overpaid stick of gum

  65. sfgunner says:

    oh my holding is sh*t,

  66. Innit says:

    Its over Johnny. Its over!

    The sooner Wenger goes the better
    He has outstayed his welcome innit

  67. Wibble says:

    It must be the Ref’s fault for not disallowing all of Forest’s goals and not awarding Arsenal penalties. After all it can’t be AW’s team selection and tactics or his player’s fault.

    COYG, we’ve got this…

  68. Break-on-through says:

    What happened to Holding. Shocking positioning all through that first half, at fault for second goal then gives penno away second half. The boy seems well out of his depth which is a shame considering last seasons heroics.

    1. RSH says:

      9/10 CB’s we get just become worse under Wenger. This new guys we just signed would be smart to keep asking for loans until management changes. AW hasnt got a clue as to how to train competent CB’s. He can buy, Evans, Pique, anyone he wants, and they’ll go rotten.

  69. Sue says:

    He can’t still be in a job tomorrow after the team he put out… We’re defending the cup ffs. This is a total embarrassment

  70. sfgunner says:

    isobi, walcott & welbeck all fighting for playing time, and its BFG that has the only goal, time to clean house, gonna be tough to attract talent w these type of embarrassments,

  71. Rkw says:

    It’s ffing embarrassing … I expect wenger to admit this is as far as he can take this club and announce he is leaving at end of season …if he has an ounce of decency …which all his drugged up supporters claim .. That is what he would do

    1. Sue says:

      He should go at full time

  72. Alatari Douglas says:

    How can wenger in his right mind field this crop of players for crying out loud. Can’t believe this manager has lost it completely.

    1. RSH says:

      who’s ready for some classic stressful 10 minutes?

  73. Perry Ames says:

    Wenger Please resign in the morning you have embarrassed our club today for the final time this is the worst performance for such a long time

  74. the problem is we have iwobi Wolcott welbeck instead of mahrez

  75. Gunners says:

    Surely any team we put should easily beat this team

  76. Peterhos says:

    I do not blame the players. The coach chooses sideways and backwards ticka tacka style but without the forwards and quality to carry it though. Embarrassing .. for years now.

    1. sfgunner says:

      of course the manager picks the team to play, & is responsible, but the player is also responsible for his performance on the pitch

  77. Rkw says:

    Don’t tell me the fraud is going to have a get out of jail card ….

  78. sfgunner says:

    do these announcers really believe there own BS, just say it, cash is wasting time,

  79. sfgunner says:

    embarassing,

  80. RSH says:

    Arsenal having a sale on penalties. Line up folks!

  81. Rkw says:

    Oh no wenger will be given excuse of crap decision … Which it was but they were better … WENGER OUT

  82. Alatari Douglas says:

    Another penalty???? Damn!

  83. #Tiredofthis says:

    This club is a joke, beyond farcical. How he will keeps his job after this is beggars belief!! #Tiredofthis

    1. reddb10 says:

      he kept his job after losing 8-2 6-0 5-1 1-5 etc etc. we are stuck with him the yank owner and the snake gazidis forever. Arsenal FC RIP

  84. Rkw says:

    Hoping for a 5 nil drubbing Wednesday …whatever it takes to get rid of this guy

    1. Sue says:

      We’ll get stuffed Rkw don’t worry about that

    2. RSH says:

      yup. this season needs to be a disaster for any chance of a sacking. Need to finish lower than 6th too.

  85. COYG_CA says:

    Theo is SHEIT!!!! Standing around, not going for the ball, basicly handing the ball over, what a waste!!! And you wonder why he is on the bench!!

    1. Rkw says:

      He has been for 10 years only wenger and his drugged up defenders refuse to acknowledge it

  86. sfgunner says:

    4 minutes of added time?

  87. Rob says:

    Please Wenger if you love the club just go. Tonight I have to explain this result to my children and tomorrow I will not be able to listen to talk sport or discuss football at work. You are a long past your best and any respect I once had for you has now gone

    1. Sue says:

      I feel your pain Rob

    2. RSH says:

      many long term Arsenal fans are starting to realize this. He hasn’t been the same brilliant manager he once was for a lonnnnggg time. Way out of touch, and club needs to grow a pair and sack him

  88. Gelz says:

    Surely even Wenger must see that he’s got to go, he has done his utter best to make us a laughing stock.

  89. ks-gunner says:

    Weger needs be kicked out of the club, not wait for him to leave, but shown the door

  90. #Tiredofthis says:

    Look at what stoke done after the Coventry loss, even they have better standards than out board! No good moving the geriatric Pratt upstairs either, OUT MEANS OUT!!

  91. Sue says:

    We can kiss goodbye to buying any decent players this window too!!!

  92. sfgunner says:

    wenger gets his excure, like it matters… still down 1, would have gotten another PK chance… we got spanked in this match,

  93. Sandeep says:

    Our defense is joke no matter which defender you play.

  94. DSA says:

    Wenger is a genius, constantly coming up with new ways to get humiliated and yet still keep your job

  95. Alkali says:

    This is the last arsenal game i’ll watch until we get better players, now i have to call in sick tommorrow

  96. Ackshay says:

    this lineup was a complete failure by longexpired wenger but that pen was double-touch, it was clear to everyone. I really hope our new manager will have a strong self-control as the ref are out to get us.

    1. RSH says:

      we were heading for a loss and didnt deserve anything out of that game either way. Not even worth complaining about

  97. Manoj says:

    im talking day off tommrow .

    1. COYG_CA says:

      I’m taking rest of the season off, too much . . . unless AFC announces a strong manager replacement with some $$ to spend, you can bet the players on last year contracts WILL be gone, Wilshere included!

  98. vicki-guns says:

    wenger will never learn.. I’m not a hate – guy but this game yet again has given me a rethink, infact d full crew working with wenger should be sacked for God sake. hw can u go into a match like dis without any of ur senior first team player on the bench to help out should incase a game is going side ways. holding, metersacker and debuchy are slow defenders den why play 3 @ d back. why is Ade on the bench. for crying out loud d likes of welbeck and watcott are no strikers or wingers, they should be out on loan or sold. what a poor performance not from d boys but from the manager.

  99. COYG_CA says:

    The one trophy we could’ve still won this season and he doesn’t even bring any starters for at least the bench if needed? Didn’t Kane start for Tot today? And we got Theo . . . JOKE!!!

    1. Abel says:

      Perspective people,
      Terrible loss. No excuses. The line up was good enough to win the tie.
      Welbeck, Walcott, Iwobi, Niles, Elneny, Debuchy, Mertersacker, Holding, Ospina are all premier league standard players for Arsenal and should hold their hands up in letting the club down in the match. It was a learning curve for the likes of Reis Nelson and Joe Willock.
      If Wenger had played Sanchez, Ozil, Wilshere, Lacazette, Mustafi, or Bellerin and any of them picked up an injury, you’d all be up in arms.
      If you can’t field your subs against a struggling championship side, who would you field them against?
      The only indictment on Wenger is the fact that he doesn’t scout opposition teams and prepare for them accordingly. He approaches nearly every game the same. Only recently has he begun planning for top 6 opponents.

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