Confirmed Arsenal team and preview for West Brom

There is one slight surprise for Arsenal fans in the starting line up of Arsene Wenger today, although the use of our England international left back Kieran Gibbs in a more advanced role on front of the Spaniard Nacho Monreal has been tried before and with a fair amount of success, although it is normally a move made by the manager to shore things up at the end of a game.

Gibbs certainly has an attacking frame of mind as he showed by getting forard and scoring the equaliser against the spuds in the north London derby a couple of weeks back. As expected the boss has not felt able to rest the dynamic Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez despite him playing the full 90 minutes in both of Chile´s international games.

Wenger has decided to rest our Costa Rican forward Joel Campbell though as the youngster also had international games and long haul flight s and was back even later than Alexis. Wenger clearly feels that Koscielny is in the right frame of mind to play as he starts alongside Mertesacker with Bellerin returning to the right back role.

Cech
Bellerin, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal
Coquelin, Cazorla
Sanchez, Ozil, Gibbs
Giroud

Subs: Ospina, Gabriel, Debuchy, Arteta, Flamini, Reine-Adelaide, Campbell.

Watford have just done Arsenal a big favour by equalising against Man United so hopefully they can hold on and we can win to shift all the pressure top Man City. COYG

90 Comments

  1. KickAssFan______I-was-abducted says:

    Not bad. Nice one, Arsene (Gibbs up there)

    1. Godswill says:

      Nothing to quarrel about the line-up. 3 points and probably > 2 goals.

    2. SoOpa AeoN says:

      Now the worse has happend and LE COQ is out!…… How many of us cried for a backup??????? *pained*

  2. Fatboy Gooney says:

    No favour’s done matey,
    Deeney equalised from the spot and then goes and scores an OG two minutes later!

    1. BabyPlease says:

      I was so excited when Deeney equalised.

      I guess we can’t rely on favours. We got to win every week, starting with today

    2. SoOpa AeoN says:

      L()L ……. One wonders what was going on in bob’s head when he dropped this clanger

      1. Fatboy Gooney says:

        Ospina?

  3. mobaygunner says:

    2-0 arsenal!!!…alexis and girouh

  4. SoOpa AeoN says:

    pls recheck the Last Line of ur sentence in the post………

    .

    “watford has just done arsenal a big favour by equalizing against manure…so hopefully they can hold on to shift all the pressure top manciteh”

    .

    Really?

    .

    A word of advice…..nothing is ever over until it’s over!

  5. Invincibles88 says:

    i dont mind wengers’ decision. just need a win to keep up with the pace.
    COYG!!!

  6. Koss says:

    Watford? What a disappointment…let’s do ourselves a favour and get 3 points.

  7. BabyPlease says:

    Listen Baby Please

    I like this Line up.
    I believe we will come out with a win

    COYG

  8. Okayblack says:

    Let’s win our game mate, no favours done….
    Get ur 3points, and leave d rest!!!

  9. NY_Gunner says:

    We Got This…COYG!!!!!!

  10. ozildatrequartista says:

    Sanchez will play every game this season. Lets face it a 40% sanchez is better than no sanchez. Strong lineup tho.

  11. juhislihis says:

    Ah Coquelin injured, well it’s good we got quality on the bench to cover him… oh wait.

    1. Bigvalbowski says:

      And there you have it, Krychowiakks price just went up to $50 million in January

  12. jt says:

    If coquelin is out for a while its going to be a struggle for a couple of weeks, I mean not much we can do about injuries considering we bought cover in the summer and we hardly ever have injured players….

  13. joel campbell out? we will lose this game.

  14. Greg says:

    Giroud u beauty!!!!! 1-0 arsenal

  15. juhislihis says:

    Özil with his 11th assists this season! Wonderful cross! WOnderful goal!

  16. Krish says:

    Nowadays EVERY TIME ozil has the ball on the right side and facing the left having the ball on his left… i really really face the worst each time… for the opponent 😀
    not joking the balls from özil in that exact position are just mouth-watering and who said giroud was a bad striker for özil? özil can cross inch-perfect from the right side now.. and which player would you want on the end of a cross other than giroud? he is probably the best striker in the air right now!

    1. Jim A says:

      Arteta lost his man.

    2. Jim A says:

      Sorry not meant for your comment.

  17. juhislihis says:

    Wow, what a nice piece of defending. That free kick was 50 yards away and West Brom player was able to finish it with his foot.

  18. Demwan Jones says:

    Arteta the pensioner has gifted them a goal

  19. BabyPlease says:

    Damn it!
    1-1

  20. Bellerin the weak link,who would have thought?

  21. Bigvalbowski says:

    Atteta commits a stupid foul and then compounds it with a shocking display of matador D.

    38 minutes of predictable rubbish

  22. BabyPlease says:

    WTF?????????
    2-1

  23. juhislihis says:

    Hahahahahahahaha Arteta you legend

  24. Demwan Jones says:

    Arteta is cursed i swear, what happened to flamini

  25. rkw says:

    for all those wenger junkies who believe we are winning this thing i have one word…rehab!!!!

  26. muffdiver says:

    we lose le coq an all hell breaks loose..

    1. juhislihis says:

      The ‘Arteta’ effect!

      1. muffdiver says:

        whats that?
        the opposite of the lynx effect?!

  27. Koss the Boss says:

    This team is no diff than any other teams we have had that are ‘close’ to winnin the league! Arteta should have been gone and replaced in the summer and now Coq injured. Season over nj

  28. Bigvalbowski says:

    Ths team is a collection of mental midgets, maybe next year Le Prof

  29. Demwan Jones says:

    Arsene needs to bring in flamini for arteta in the second half

  30. SoOpa AeoN says:

    arteta wrecking ball……….. I want mert out of this team

  31. blondin says:

    mert and arteta MUST be released-can’t see anyone stupid enough to buy them
    Alexis is very selfish,constantly looking at the ball and,as a result,often late with passing

    1. jt says:

      alexis is the only player able to drive at west brom, teams are better set up to defend against our short passing game, we need someone willing to carry the ball and drag defenders across but when sanchez receives it everyone else is so static

      1. Jim A says:

        Good shout jt exactly.

  32. juhislihis says:

    Well, Gibbs looks exactly what he is – a leftback playing on the left wing. Too bad we don’t have any other left wingers on the team than Alexis.

    Arteta, looks exactly what he is – a pensioner who for some reason was given a contract extension (out of pity I suppose, as usual).

    Giroud, although scored, already looks like getting frustrated (anyone remember Zagreb match?). At some point he could be subbed off but then again, how many strikers do we have on the bench?

    Let’s see.. we are lacking a CDM and a forward.. CDM and FW.. how long have we been waiting for these players again..?

    It doesn’t look like we would win this match. We could scrap to a draw at max.

  33. Jim A says:

    Forget about the goal that Arteta didn’t defend for their first and then scoring heir second, his first 3 touches were played backwards with no penetration. We must find a player that runs at defenders upon every touch. Where is Jack?

    1. juhislihis says:

      Jack is where he always spends 33-70% of the season, playing PlayStation at the medical room with the usual suspects Welbeck, Rosicky and OX.

      1. Jim A says:

        Unfortunately, you are spot on with that.

  34. muffdiver says:

    WE ALL SAID WE NEEDED A DM , WE NEED COVER FOR LE COQ

    sigh,

    1. NIKK says:

      The midfield is limp without hard Coq!

      1. muffdiver says:

        thats what she said

  35. WOS says:

    No one blame arteta its the boss to be blamed for keeping low standard pkayer like him in the team

  36. NIKK says:

    Arteta & Giroud the speedy gonzales will win it for us!

  37. kamn288 says:

    Arsene Wenger needs to be taught game management why bring on arteta when you Flamini in the subs. I clearly see Wenger losing another title challenge along with losing the battle with ozil and Sanchez on contract negotiations. I have to say the chances you get at Arsenal is big that you can score 10 own goals and still have a chance to fight another day.

  38. morfin443 says:

    hmmmm. our season is about to start…

  39. Fatboy Gooney says:

    Hahaha Now you know why I have been moaning all Xxxxing week!! ???

    Why the xxxx did The deluded one bring on Fartbetter! ?
    Surely Flamini was the better option!

  40. papacini says:

    chillax guys, I know arteta goofed and I’ve never been his fan.but I feel this is gonna test our mental strength I’d like to see how we respond.I just hope arteta leaves this Summer.all the same even if we lose we are still in d race and thats what matters.we can’t win all the games can we?…….now c.o.y.g!!!!!!!

  41. Justsoccerfan says:

    If arsenal can fight back and win this match than I will say yes arsenal is better than last season, Wenger is great if not is just usual wenger 4th spot team.

  42. papacini says:

    chillax guys, I know arteta goofed and I’ve never been his fan.but I feel this is gonna test our mental strength I’d like to see how we respond.I just hope arteta leaves this Summer.all the same even if we lose we are still in d race and thats what matters.we can’t win all the games can we?…….now c.o.y.g!!!!!!! yea goals from Sanchez and carzola

  43. Koss the Boss says:

    Arteta off injured now!! Jesus christ

    1. Fatboy Gooney says:

      His pulled a sicky…. I can’t blame him for that ?
      Nice one Wenger ? ? Now he brings on Flamindowski

  44. Demwan Jones says:

    Arteta is out, thank God, he should be released at the end of the season

  45. Ks-Gunner says:

    Well Wenger why the f. dont you use that f. money to prevent situation like these.

    1. Fatboy Gooney says:

      Back in the day…
      He used to shovel ? and talk money!
      Now he is shoveling money and talking ?

    2. Bigvalbowski says:

      Because hes a bumbling twit that stubbornly refuses to acknowledge the transparent deficiencies of his team.

      What good is spending money on Cech, when the team in front of him finished twelve points off the Championship pace last year and is riddled with glass shoes that spend more time in the treatment room than on the pitch.

      Ozil
      Sanchez
      Boss
      Nacho
      Bellerin
      Cech

      The rest are bench players @ best and consistently are not fit enough or good enough to bring EPL or Champions League silverware vto the Emirates.

      1. admin says:

        Coquelin???

        1. Bigvalbowski says:

          Good player but give me Krychowiak any day of the week.

  46. baldyloxxx says:

    We will not win a major competition with Wenger in charge of this club. He has awful decision making!
    Sanchez, ozil, cazorla and coquelin are all going to burn out over Xmas and we will be screwed, and on top of that be playing Thursday night football in Euro cup which will burn the rest of the team out.
    All we can hope is that arteta and mertesacker get injured for the rest of the season, so wenger might buy in January.

  47. Fatboy Gooney says:

    I chance for Campbell to become the unlikely hero!

    Come on boy! You can do it! !!!!!

    1. Fatboy Gooney says:

      Typical. .. presented with a golden opportunity and he xxxxs it up big time!
      ?

  48. Koss the Boss says:

    Lose this and we are 4th. Back to normal i guess

  49. Sack-Wenger says:

    Lol 4th ad usual.
    Wenger out, can’t blame poor players, blame person for choosing poor players.

    If im offered mega cash to do something im not good at of course I will do it.

    1. vince says:

      when you guys come out of the woodworks, you know there was a slipup

  50. luvdaguns says:

    campbell, if you are going to wear bentners boots, then you are gonna shoot like him, miserable

  51. stubill says:

    I don’t care what anyone says, Campbell is not anywhere near good enough, despite what a lot of his fanboys on here say.

    1. rkw says:

      Font worry the 4th place junkies on this site have about as much understanding of football as they do of the origins of the universe!!

  52. luvdaguns says:

    cmon santi!,,

  53. luvdaguns says:

    unfreaking believable…………

  54. Demwan Jones says:

    This team is terrible, chance to get a draw and they bottle it

  55. muffdiver says:

    back where we belong

    fourth

  56. Ks-Gunner says:

    pathetic

  57. Bolly from Borehamwood says:

    Ok to$$ers I suppose that’s Wengers fault as well!!

  58. Jim A says:

    Never understood why the guy who scores the least is the one taking the pk.

  59. Demwan Jones says:

    Joel campbell our savior

  60. luvdaguns says:

    seems every year we have extra long key injuries, messi gets his ACL reconstructed and he is fit to play 8 weeks later… i think theo misses 60% of every season, I dont get it, too many players injured again going into a busy schedule,

  61. Koss the Boss says:

    Absolute rubbish!! We will not win the league with all these injuries. Ffs what the F@#k is going on at the club on that department!

  62. Jimbeam says:

    This is what happens when expectations dont meet reality.

    The expectations are that we can go win the league.

    The reality is that we are not and have not been good enough.

    Not strengthening an obviously (12 points off) weak team is ALL Wenger’s fault.

    Fracking Vidal was available, Draxler was available, just these two players would have made a difference in our season. Instead of those two we had Arteta and Campbell today.

    You play with mediocre players and expect 1st class results. It aint gonna happen.

  63. Koss the Boss says:

    What a week back to 4th and more than likly out of champions league! Wenger well done.

  64. jackieboy says:

    As per usual we sure know how to mess up a good run of form.

  65. morfin443 says:

    hmmmm.. our season just got started.. this is arsenal…wake up and stop …telling me wenger can do it.. if you believe that.. I got 1000 pounds up for bet…smh

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