Posted on August 18, 2018 by ADMIN

Confirmed Arsenal team to face Chelsea – Iwobi starts – No Torreira or Lacazette!

We are all hoping that Unai Emery learned a lot about his team from Arsenal’s defeat to Man City last week, and also hoping that his players have understood a bit more about how he wants them to play. There will still be a lot of experimentation until he gets to know his best team. As Emery said himself: “First, we want to build a competitive team. We are going to play away but we need to keep our personality, keep our mentality, because I think on Sunday against Manchester City, the team kept their ideas, kept their spirit in the game for the full 90 minutes, even when we were losing, and didn’t let [their heads] go down. That was a good thing, [despite] us losing 2-0. I want us to continue with this work and to be competitive for 90 minutes, but with a better performance than on Sunday, both individually and collectively. We want a good preparation before and a good response on the pitch to that preparation.”

Well, we all know that the team that played in the second half was better than the starting line-up, but how will Emery see it in another game that will be very difficult to win? We need to be tight at the back and try some fast breakaways. Ramsey needs to sort his contract out before he plays again I feel, so this is the team I predicted earlier…

Bellerin – Mustafi – Sokratis – Monreal
Guendouzi – Torreira – Xhaka
Ozil – Aubameyang – Mkhitaryan

I’m not expecting to be right as we hardly know how Emery thinks yet, but the official team will be here any second now…..

Interesting? Is this team good enough to beat the Blues? Or at least stop them scoring?


220 thoughts on “Confirmed Arsenal team to face Chelsea – Iwobi starts – No Torreira or Lacazette!

  1. jon fox

    We PLAY RUBBISH FOR HALF AN HOUR AND SHOULD BE 5-2 UP! WHAT’S GOING ON? Chelseas defence is even worse than ours!

  2. Senile

    No matter the result…we were poor for a long stretch in the first half and the line is still not close to our strongest.

    The current score line shows a lot of weakness in Chelsea team who could have killed off this game by now with that start.

    1. Heyzee

      Sorry and we couldn’t also have killed them off too…especially with auba and mkhi missing sitters earlier on…take a chill pill and enjoy the game.

  3. Jumper

    Finally, the game worth watching!!! To be honest I was kinda waiting us to be humiliated again but somehow we found the right chemistry!!! Let’s stand behind our team accumulation of belief might lead us to great path!!!

  4. msty

    Any of u still wonder why i always have iwobi in my starting 11 the guy is class just consistent but with time he is still very young….

    1. Angus

      Iwobi’s biggest problem is that he is good at just about everything but not exceptional with anything so his presence on the pitch is a plus but he doesn’t have very many wow moments. His finishing is average though which gets him stick but average isn’t bad and at 23 it can improve. He doesn’t have any weaknesses he is average-good in practically every area. Podolski who was weak-v.weak in numerous areas had an exceptional left footed shot and fans loved to see it and loved him for it.

  5. Alldwayfromafrica

    First time am agreeing with you Mr fox…this game is greatly defying logic….I mean we could be 2 goals up after starting so badly…what the hell…

  6. dave

    Our attack is good (creating chances at least not converting enough though). Our defense is average with no support from midfield. We also have no one to bring the ball out from the back (cazorla replacement). I don’t know but i feel like i’ve said this before….many many times….for several seasons actually….nothing has changed

  7. Roshan

    WHAT IS XHAKA DOING STARTING AGAIN! He’s been so useless until half time! Put Torreira on, or start Ramsey over him.

  8. Alldwayfromafika

    Can we get in the Uruguayan now….protect the defense better we can’t go afford to go down again…..xhaka should be butted off this team…

  9. Kedar

    If I count early Ozil chance then it should have been 7-2
    2 for Aubameyang
    1 for Mkhi
    1 for Ozil
    And 1 for Iwobi
    And we have already scored 2

  10. Kieron Blandford

    No issue with iwobi hell be a better player this year.
    Xhaka is my issue..
    Iwobi showed glimpses of what he can for Nigeria

  11. Janmaar

    Our weakness is the right side, we get exposed non stop there. The the biggest Arsenal flop is Xhaka, i dont see what he gives to the team apart from gifting the ball to the opposing team with slow sloppy reactions and passes. Everytime hes out of position we get caught, bring Toreirra on!
    Iwobi playing good so far (kinda shocked tbh).
    Bring on lacazette and we are hopefully gonna win!

  12. Ackshay

    My heart won’t survive another 45 min like this. Its ridiculous how both team defence can be shit, one over the top through ball and arsenal defenders shit their pants. One cut back from the wings Chelsea defenders shit their’s.

    Never seen auba miss so many clear cut chances. We already knew he missed big chances so does salah and kane but atleast 1 in 2 he should score.

  13. waal2waal

    ..makes me wonder why it is xhaka consistently plays so poorly – if continues his stock will soon be on the wane. Well done emery getting shut of him for the second-half …

    1. jon fox

      WILL SOON BE on the wane? What happened to he has no further to wane and he has always been a great big, useless lump, cos that is the TRUTH! He MUST NEVER wear our shirt again.

  14. TH14atl

    Lacazette gave that ball away because he had no one underneath him, because Ramsey the 10 had taken off down the field tryna run in behind. Mhki needs to be our 10.

  15. Innit

    We probably won’t finish in the top 4 but we can get something from this match. Still a few more minutes

  16. Leon

    Arsenal are a joke.
    This is the end of Arsenal as a big club.
    I must admit – I don’t really care.
    Dick Emery has no clue.
    Josh Kroenke is a f***ing leach.
    Sven and Raul are idiots…
    And Arsenal are bottom.
    Which sums them up as a club – pointless…
    EMERY OUT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. A.ball08

      2 games in and you expect miricales
      I thought it was massive improvement fr9mast week
      Had chelski wobbling
      When was the last time we actually thought we could get some thing from a chelski game
      We will only get better and stronger
      The boss looks like he has the drop people

      Do us all a favour and go and support them mugs up the road

  17. Rkw

    No comment really … We are officially now part of the second tier of the EPL … That’s the wenger kroenke legacy but emery can’t be excused … Including bringing on Ramsey who was utterly feckless … Bellerin just played himself in to the reserves … Xhaka can’t start … but pretty hopeless all round … The kid was fine and torreira needs to start every game Monreal was ok too

  18. jon fox

    We urgently need Bellerin, Xhaka, Mustafi and even Ozil gone from our club. They are just not doing what they need to do. Surely no one can disagree after watching the game today. Iwobi, you can now come OFF the list of those to leave. I have been telling everyone that Bellerin has not a defensive bone in his body. Who can now possibly disagree. Ozil is just a wimp and is turning into as big a weed and coward as WaLCOTT. I WILL NO LONGER MAKE EXCUSES FORE HIM. Xhaka should not play again for us ever and Mustafi is slow, clumsy and brainless. Why Lichtsteiner did not start instead of Bellerin is beyond me!

    1. Lexynal

      Just blame Wenger AGAIN for everything – for team selection- for top strikers missing seaters- for Emery playing Xhaka in first 11 for the second consecutive match despite poor performances last season and last match; for the tactics …for not able to hold a draw even in the match. Just blame Wenger again and you will have a big relief as usual; just blame Wenger for Lacassette giving the ball away and yet not marking Hazard enough to salvage his first mistake in giving the ball away in the first instance; just blame Wenger for the transfer business; blame Wenger for everything – that’s all you did last weekend!

      1. Lomomi

        Just Shut your gutter mouth!
        We all are glad your Idol Wenger left. The after effect of his uselessness is what we’re still suffering. Wenger left us a Useless team as useless as himself and maybe Youz

        1. Lexynal

          Just shout up that BIG MOUTH! Fans looking for all kinds of excuses. Aubameyand missed a seater,,,,is he one of the useless players left by Wenger? Could that not have earned a draw and possibly a win if he has scored?I am sure by the time we will the first game against some WestHarm or Cardiff – you will say the new coach is a Genius -(that he marginally turned so called useless players into super-stars). The message for fans like you is be objective……it’s a new coach, some players missed some chances….they are getting to gel…they will sure get better….with some additions in Jan We will get better. Get behind the team and stop blaming Wenger for everything. We could have earned a draw in that Match… simple!

        2. ken1945

          Lomomi, t’s so refreshing when someone appears and offers such wonderful insight into the club’s present situation.
          Lexynal, you and Durand (in a earlier post) hit the nail on the head.
          The longer we keep trying to find a way to make sure Wenger is the cause, the longer we take to address the current issues.
          Rkw and the incredible lemomi believes that this is a legacy of the Wenger) Kronkie era, yet completely forget that the lowest any Wenger side finished was sixth. That was with all the so called dross and weedy players that Emery has inherited and without the five new players bought to improve the squad.

          It doesn’t matter what one believes, we can’t change the past anyway.
          If you keep your head in sand you’ll never be able to see the future.

          So let’s look at the two games under Emery and what has happened.
          Losing the game to City was a huge disappointment, but not unexpected. In my opinion we witnessed a team that would have given the Invincibles a great game.
          But the defeat to Chelsea could / should have been avoided if Emery had not done what our previous manager had been so criticised for.
          For two games running he did the following:
          Picking players out of position
          Picking players not in form, thereby suggesting he had favourites.
          Not playing players purchased to strengthen the team.
          No plan B and a plan A that wasn’t working.
          As I say, all criticisms thrown at Wenger and, in the last two years, rightly so. Can’t speak for others of course, but that’s my opinion.

          However, what I have seen that gives me a lot more encouragement than some of you doom and gloom merchants is this.
          Would we have come back from 2-0 down in an away game last two seasons?
          Would we have seen the positive substitutions made against”senior”players?
          Would we have seen the strength that the right team selection would give us once Emery has managed more than just TWO premier league games?
          He’s still learning and everyone said that he deserved to be given the time to get things as he wants them to be.
          One so called supporter even wants a “Emery Out”campaign started.
          Is this really the level that our support of the club, players and manager has sunk to?
          Just remember Pep, and Klopp in their first season, let alone Poch in five seasons.
          We’ve had so much disappointment in the last two years and it amazes me that both sides of the Wenger debate are being so pessimistic about Emery.
          If only we were more realistic about our club, the first two games might have been seen as the learning curve Emery needs… just my opinion of course, probably not speaking for the thousands of gooners who have their own views.

          1. A.ball08

            Well said Ken
            Even though we lost and I feel sick for losing I was happy because 2-0 down and still felt we still had a chance
            Now the 2 openers are out the way I can see us hurting a lot of teams and cling up 3 point
            I liked our lines 2nd half
            We looked more compact
            Still a heck of a lot to do and still some Ayers to go but we will only get better

  19. msty

    is high time we move bell to be a winger and play litch as rb we need the pace of bell but not as a rb… and now o see why laca is not starting.. why will you make such back pass poor thinking…

  20. Fkhalifa

    Aubameyang was poor, but fans are keeping mute,if it were to be iwobi or welbeck missing chances and being useless, fans would have bring the heavens on them and called them headless.

    laca’s back pass killed us today but he’s immune to criticism from fans..

    Bellerin was targeted all day and the boy tried all he could for his age..

    my conclusion is that we should go all out for a world class winger of about €50m, if we will have any chance of taking 3 points against a big side this year..

    As usual we were punished by our opponent’s high pressing fast wingers in Hazard, William and Pedro, while we had none,

    iwobi was our best on the flank today, though not a performance of a world class winger because that isn’t his position..

    A zaha,coman and bailey is needed asap in January.

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