CONFIRMED Arsenal team and Cologne preview

Having already qualified for the next round of the Europa League, Arsenal do not have to risk too much away to Cologne tonight, but at the same time it would be much better to get a result in Germany that would guarantee us top spot and keep the confidence building.

With a strong squad to choose from Arsene Wenger does have very good options for this midweek game while keeping the Premier League away tie with Burnley on Sunday in mind, though, so the Arsenal XI tonight will be expected to beat the struggling German team.

Debuchy, Mertesacker, Holding
Chambers, Coquelin, Elneny, Maitland-Niles
Welbeck, Wilshere, Giroud

subs: Macey, Sheaf, Willock, Nelson, Iwobi, Nketiah, Akpom

That front three looks good with the return of Welbeck from injury and two players in Wilshere and Giroud that have something to prove and undoubted ability. Maybe Jack will play more as a number 10 as there does not seem to be too much attacking flair in the midfield. Good to see Chambers back.

The defence should be getting used to playing the new system and each other by now and there is good protection in front of them and hopefully a focused Ospina behind them, so with our firepower and the respective forms of the two sides this has to be an Arsenal win right?



  1. sanmi.marvellous says:

    This team has no business with draw or loss.
    They should deliver all available 3 points

  2. tatgooner says:

    a good team.
    Anything less than a 3 goal cushion should be considered a loss

    1. Dark Pope says:

      its definitely a loss by your book then

    2. Mitch Connor says:

      That’s not how football works.

  3. Xhosa Boy says:

    Good line up, but Nkeitah should start. That boy is amazing

  4. Eddo says:

    Good line up

  5. Guneal says:

    I won’t pay a dine to watch this kind of line up play?

    1. Brian Smith says:

      Proper fan you are then???Mybe tou should pop up the road and watch Harry Kane and Co

  6. Roachie says:

    Having already qualified I would have liked to see a couple of the lads on the bench start the game, particually Nelson

  7. Tristan says:

    yeah. win this one and play a really experimental side in last tie of the group maybe. important to get top spot.

  8. Tristan says:

    we should win this one and play a really experimental side in last tie of the group maybe. important to get top spot.

  9. Dayzher says:

    Pretty good linenup…buh wah i dont get is who exactly is playing RWB…Chambers or Debuchy?

  10. Notorious Gunner says:

    Off topic–hey Admin, I regularly read tour page but today why am i opening just to see a “buy Manunited shirt advert even befor the topics “??? Seriously!!!
    I wish I can upload the screenshots to ya all.
    It just sucks to see there name of all the teams.
    Please do something about it

    1. Admin says:

      Please send me the screen shots. That sounds like malware as I don’t allow pop ups…

      1. Declan says:

        I get that too at times

  11. Dayum! This is one boring game! Wenger please never bring us down to Europa league again.

    1. Dark Pope says:

      i always multitask on europa games. not a single exciting game so far

  12. SuperClaes says:

    What is Chambers doing at wing back????

  13. tatgooner says:

    what a terrible game to watch.
    Everyone has been pathetic.
    Welbeck and wilshere have shown glimpses of promise

    1. Dark Pope says:

      maitland niles too imo. the rest are not first team material. the formation is so conservative and fields too many defenders (mert, chambers, holding, debuchy, coquelin, elneny). so i am not surprised this carabao/europa team is always drawing or winning by 1 goal margins. further on the cup we will get eliminated if they continue playing like that

  14. Salmonella says:

    Boring or not I don’t care as long as we get the job done.
    Results win you matches not performances

  15. sfgunner says:

    Koln are 0-2-10 in the Bundes… Can we please beat this team… Almost every other team has

  16. Avenger says:

    49″ boring colorless. tasteless and disgraceful game
    Arsenal playing to nothing side ways and backwards
    I am shutting off the tv and I am going back to rake the leaves
    and remember at the same time the 2004 Arsenal team

  17. Dark Pope says:

    finally some excitement in the form of a penalty

  18. sfgunner says:

    unbeileveable… no wins yet whole season, beating arsenal….

  19. Declan says:

    If any player gets a rating higher than 4 I’ll be very surprised.

  20. Dark Pope says:

    this game shows how one dimensional wenger is. plays 7 defenders against a 0-2-10 bundesliga side. i hate to criticise wenger but today he is ball-less

  21. Roachie says:

    Nelson is wasted at wing back

  22. Mitch Connor says:

    Well, That was pretty pathetic

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