Confirmed Arsenal team for Sunderland – Ramsey on bench

THe only real concern that I have for Arsenal today in our Premier League away game at Sunderland is the central midfield area. With David Moyes and the Black Cats on a terrible run of form and the Gunners the opposite I think we are all expecting a rearguard action from the home team who would surely be delighted with a point.

So in order to break them down we could do with as much creativity as possible and that is why the continued absenSanti Cazorla from the squad is a concern. Arsene Wenger has at least got the bonus of having Aaron Ramsey fit again but he is clearly a bit worried about the Welshman’s match sharpness so Ramsey starts on the bench and Mohamed Elneny starts with FRancis Coquelin in the middle.

Also on the nech is Olivier Giroud and Wenger has either erred on the side of caution with Theo Walcott or the flying forward did not pass his fitness test as he is not in the squad at all. Oxlade-Chamberlain comes in with Iwobi on the other side of Alexis Sanchez. The only other change, again due to injury concerns, is KIeran Gibbs coming in for Nacho Monreal at left back.

Cech
Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Gibbs
Elneny, Coquelin
Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Iwobi
Sanchez

Subs: Gabriel, Ramsey, Giroud, Ospina, Holding, Jenkinson, Maitland-Niles.

Will this somewhat depleted Gunners line-up still have enough to beat the EPL’s bottom club? Let’s hope so. COYG!

Bob.

64 Comments

  1. ArsenalGenes says:

    Piece of Shi* injuries. Cazorla was supposed to be back for this match. Same long lingering injuries and false news to appease fans.. Hate it..
    But still gotta support the team. COYG..

  2. Ramterta says:

    iwobi and ox together is scary.
    Im nervous

  3. Arsenal_Girl says:

    Alexis is the Man πŸ™‚

  4. Olivier's toe says:

    This Sunderland team are looking dirty. Surely one of them will get sent off if they carry on.
    I like that our defence is pretty steady,

  5. Olivier's toe says:

    Fighting over the ball in the Sunderland penalty box!
    We mustscore again soon!

  6. JustJoy says:

    and Giroud is the Woman..

  7. Admin says:

    I hate to blow my own trumpet but my predicted line-up was spot on! I hope my predicted score is as well…..

    1. Arsenal_Girl says:

      Well done πŸ™‚ lol
      Hopefully it will get us 3 points

  8. Alexis the Great says:

    Have a bloody shot!

    Iwobi’s movement is brilliant

  9. Alexis the Great says:

    77% possession in last 10 minutes. Use it!

  10. rkw says:

    Elneny is a reserve player … Lateral lateral lateral … May as well put Ramsey on … Iwobi needs a year in the championship to progress … Gibbs still doesn’t convince … Game should be over instead a tight second period

  11. Alexis the Great says:

    Let’s hope they start converting in the second half. I’m starting to get frustrated.

  12. playbyte says:

    This team is surely not convincing that much,
    Ps I thought carzola, Walcott and monreal were suppose to be in this game? What happened???

    1. Admin says:

      They were all carrying knocks and were doubtful.
      No need to risk them in this, is there?

      1. Alexis the Great says:

        We are always worse without Cazorla. And Walcott is our top scorer!
        Bring them on for last half hour please Arsene

  13. playbyte says:

    I dunno what sub would make the midfield more solid, elneny ain’t doing the job well.

  14. Alexis the Great says:

    Come on Arsenal. Get the bloody ball in the bloody back of the bloody net!

  15. Arsenal_Girl says:

    Come on…..score another to ease our nerves

  16. rkw says:

    Elneny is a danger to this team

    1. G-Rude says:

      No Xhaka, no Cazorla, who else can he play?

  17. G-Rude says:

    Coquelin can’t shoot!

  18. rkw says:

    Take iwobi off a waste of space

  19. G-Rude says:

    I’m getting worried now. It’s too open. Crap shot from the Ox

  20. rkw says:

    How old iwobi? Runs around like a pensioner

  21. rkw says:

    This team has no hope no hope of winning EPL …

  22. Olivier's toe says:

    We get denied a certain penalty then give one away!
    Nightmare!

    1. Tidan2 says:

      To be fair, I don’t think the ref could really see it and the rule is that you have to be 100% sure.

  23. Olivier's toe says:

    F%&/% S&%$%& BO&%$%&

  24. Onochie says:

    The goal finally came for sunderland

  25. Justsoccerfan says:

    I blame this on wenger why can’t he see iwobi and ox unable to perform must he sub after 70mins?

  26. rkw says:

    We can blame ref all day long … Not the problem with arsenal fc

  27. sandy1985 says:

    i was told sunderland stadium is called stadium of lights.judging from the referees decisions i see the lights are not functioning..

  28. gmv8 says:

    I know we haven’t played well, but surely there must be questions around Martin Atkinson, it was the same sort of foul in the penalty area, but much more of a foul by Sunderland.

    1. Tidan2 says:

      they were nothing alike…

      1. gmv8 says:

        I don’t know how they could get more similar …. both hands on the shoulder with more force applied to Alexs

  29. Arsenal_Girl says:

    I miss Cazorla πŸ™

    But too many negative comments
    The match isn’t over yet

    We can still pull out a win πŸ™‚
    Plenty of time

    1. Arsenal_Girl says:

      LOL

      As i was typing we scored

      πŸ™‚

  30. rkw says:

    Well taken giroud

  31. Malayali Gooner says:

    and F U giru haters

    1. Malayali Gooner says:

      and again!!

  32. Arsenal_Girl says:

    Giroud

    Wenger should have used him last week

  33. WiserthanWenger says:

    Elneny is just a worse version of Arteta !

    1. Tidan2 says:

      You obviously don’t remember Arteta at the end.

      1. WiserthanWenger says:

        U obviously forgot how bad Arteta was last season ! How everyone was complaining abt his back & side passing !

        1. Tidan2 says:

          What? I was implying that all Arteta did was side and back pass but also didn’t attempt any long shots and didn’t have the strength or tackling ability or pace to be a DMF so worse than Elneny at then end.

          1. WiserthanWenger says:

            That was exactly what Elneny was , his passes are mostly side & back passes , his only tackle was a foul , he was either out run or hardly made any effort to run for the ball first , his absolutely lack of creativity makes him an even worse player than Arteta !

  34. Onochie says:

    @Admin what was your score line prediction?

  35. Arsenal_Girl says:

    Another one

    Now I am happy πŸ™‚

    Lets hold on a few more minutes and this will be an excellent win
    Away wins are always excellent
    Actually all wins make me happy πŸ™‚

  36. Arsenal_Girl says:

    LOL

    Another one πŸ™‚

  37. Olivier's toe says:

    Wow, what happened!
    Is Giroud that much of a difference?

  38. Arsenal_Girl says:

    Alexis and Giroud are both 1 away from a hattrick

  39. Ugabooga says:

    When we play direct n fast we unstoppable

  40. Onochie says:

    Where are all those with negative minds,for me Elneny is trying his best,you can’t expect him to play like Cazorla

  41. Arsenal_Girl says:

    Soooooooooooooooooooooo happy πŸ™‚

    1. Arsenal_Girl says:

      3 goals within 7 minutes

  42. playbyte says:

    What a game this was

  43. 4-1 up away. The weekend is shaping up!

    1. Admin says:

      Could be top tomorrow night!

  44. playbyte says:

    What a game this is. Funny score line

  45. ras911 says:

    So much negativity Jesus! Isn’t this El nino’s first or second EPL start all season? Give him time to settle and enjoy this amazing away win

  46. Tidan2 says:

    Giroud scores 2 goals in his first two touches… hahaha, who expected that?

    1. Admin says:

      Super Sub???

  47. gmv8 says:

    Alexis with Giroud was going to make our strike force much more lethal, as they make up for each others deficiencies – Giroud always seems to need a rest as well, when he’s played a lot of games, he goes off the boil.

  48. Olivier's toe says:

    What a difference in the second half!
    Will Giroud start next week?

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