CONFIRMED Arsenal team to face Liverpool – Alexis keeps his place

There are no surprises I’m afraid and although I wanted Alexis to be dropped, as I predicted Wenger is still hoping that he will come good one day. Personally I would have him training with the reserves!

So here is the team I predicted earlier…

Cech
Koscielny Mustafi Monreal
Bellerin Wilshere Xhaka Maitland-Niles
Ozil Lacazette Alexis

And here is Wenger’s pick…

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The only difference is that Wenger changed to 4-2-4 and has picked Iwobi in place of Mustafi so the boss is going for a proper attacjking side,, and trying to confound Klopp I am guessing!

What do you think?

116 Comments

  1. Vivilaca9 says:

    Kill them all gunners!!!!!

  2. sfgunner says:

    wow, can get used to friday nite football, and the boys look like they came to play, just wish someone would tell xhaka that he does not have to shoot from 40 yards everytime he gets the ball

  3. rkw says:

    bright start … but bellerin again looking like a disaster waiting to happen

    1. Gunners says:

      He has been like that all season! Him and Xhaka are our weak links!

  4. rkw says:

    can someone please count lateral and backward passes

    1. Avenger says:

      I counted them against West ham
      162 backwards passes
      154 sideways passes

  5. Muff diver says:

    Why is the beast kola not playing ?
    Jeese maitland Niles vs salah

    Bellerin an xhaka in this game .
    Don’t deserve it at all

  6. rkw says:

    they are dominating … wenger has no clue how to teach players how to press …

  7. sfgunner says:

    disaster, and whats w iwobi?

  8. Gunners says:

    Look at Xhaka and bellerin, they were watching Firmino scoring!

  9. Muff diver says:

    Wenger team choice
    Has done this

    Please don’t let them do the double
    Please

  10. is any of you arsenal fans learning anything ozil am Sanchez is shit you see the quality ball that Liverpool players are putting inside the box

    1. Gunners says:

      Ozil is too deep too protect Xhaka!

  11. rkw says:

    when is this club going to wake up … its been in a state of football deriliction for 10 years now … with one constant factor … ffing sad …. there is simply no way with starting layers like xhaka bellerin and iwobi can return us to the top or even the top 4 …

  12. Mitch Connor says:

    Wenger is like “maybe i should not have benched 2 of our best defenders after all” and “maybe i should have played Kolsanic on the left instead of a midfielder who has only some experience as RB” or “Maybe Xhaka wasn’t worth £35 million after all ”

    Unbelievable….. 0-1

  13. Eat Pie says:

    Can we take iwobi and Sanchez off

  14. Eat Pie says:

    They are pathetic

  15. sfgunner says:

    sanchez gave up the ball 4 times… hard to watch

  16. Reddb10 says:

    Same problems and same $hit different year. .

  17. Mitch Connor says:

    If we lose this match, you can only blame one person. Wenger relies too much on versatility of players. Play players in their best positions and play our best players unless its a cup match. Ive been asking Wenger this for a decade now

  18. Ronny says:

    Anyone surprised?
    Man u and now pool beating us at home.
    This place hardly could be called a home venue as it has the atmosphere of a library or neutral place such as Wembley.

  19. Muff diver says:

    Almost a coutinho wonder goal

    Wenger has massive gaps here and what’s he doing …nothing

    U blame Ivan for this ?
    Stan for this ?

    This is wengers coaching

    This is poor . Very very poor

  20. they have better players we have bigger name still think ozil is world class then what about Phillip Cortina sadio Mane Mohamed Salah

  21. Avenger says:

    34′ minutes in the first half not a shot against
    Liverpool goal yet how they want to win the game
    just tell me no creativity missing passes time fior
    changes Wenger out

  22. wWolf says:

    sad to see this team can’t eek out a good attack. Laca no service. Iwobi and Sanchez terrible. I saw that goal coming and where it would be coming from why didn’t Wenger?

    1. Sue says:

      Iwobi is useless

  23. Waal2waal says:

    sanchez ain’t on his game but can salvage us a point at any given moment – iwobi should not start over welbeck imo – of course id be happy to be proved wrong… doubt it tho

  24. Invincibles49 says:

    Iwobi is such an unidimensional player. Can’t dribble past defenders, Can’t pass, Can’t win tackles. Just knows how to run in one direction with the ball at his feet till he is in space.

    1. Sue says:

      He can’t do anything

      1. Avenger says:

        Iwobi very very weak player

  25. Ronny says:

    This won’t change until the manager does along with a wedge of transfer money.
    AMN at left back when we have two in Monreal and Kolasinac. At least playing the beast at LB might have intimidated Sarah if he growled at him a few times.
    What other manager consistently tries in big games playing players out of position?
    The guy is nuts!!

  26. rkw says:

    xhaka has to be one of the worst buys in epl history ..

    1. sfgunner says:

      its rare when he connects a pass

  27. Kenneth Noel says:

    Is it me or even Jack struggling

  28. sfgunner says:

    sanchez showing why when a player demands to leave, you sell him, xhaka and iwobi belong in the english championship league mid table,

  29. Ronny says:

    A few years ago I decided to have no expectations for this current Arsenal side knowing that it may all change when Wenger leaves.
    It’s much healthier this way and occasionally they play well abd suprise us.
    Sad sad sh*t though!
    Next thing Ox will come and score 🙁

    1. Goonerboy says:

      Lol @ ox to score ?
      That can actually happen with Arsenal

  30. sfgunner says:

    cech having one heck of a match,

  31. Avenger says:

    39′ minutes in the first half not a shot against
    Liverpool goal yet how they want to win the game
    just tell me no creativity missing passes time fior
    changes Wenger out

  32. Waal2waal says:

    …we should be bossing this at home – hate it when we play with fear…

  33. Kedar Damle says:

    This should have been 3-0

  34. rkw says:

    game should be over … the french tw@@ had better make changes at half time

    1. Avenger says:

      changes at 70′ LOL

  35. Eat Pie says:

    Cech, laca, Niles & Ozil are only ones deserving of being on the field

    1. Break-on-through says:

      Niles has been one of our biggest wink links so far. Ball over the top could have destroyed us on a number of occasions, a free kick went over there which they should’ve scored from. Goal came from that side because they keep getting joy out there, even though Xhaka and Wilshere were the ones who let Coutinho go completely free for the goal. Cech and Laca are the only ones who cannot be totally ripped on, but there’s time yet, and I only say Laca because he isn’t getting service ..not even from Ozil buddy.

  36. Muff diver says:

    Embarrassing they should be 4 up
    Luck has saved us here

    Has wenger got the balls to change things an salvage this game
    8 million a year

    Prove it arsene ..

  37. Sue says:

    I’m so glad I didn’t pay to watch this

  38. Eat Pie says:

    Now Ozil lost it wyf

  39. Me says:

    Its a sad day when the selfish needs of the manager comes before the welfare of the club and its paying support.
    If he had any decency he would walk away…
    Anywhere else he would have been fired years ago..

  40. Clive says:

    I hv said time without number Arsenal problem is Wenger.
    If Wenger doesn’t leave Arsenal will keep on going down.
    Wrong team selection ,no tactical know hw.
    D man is just useless.
    Notining good comes out of Arsenal.

  41. rkw says:

    i just look at laurel and hardy running our show and weep for a once great club ….

  42. Sue says:

    Ffs I’m so pissed off with this crap… Can’t bring myself to watch anymore

  43. Waal2waal says:

    … we are at home …and lucky to be only one nil down – pitiful display. we need a rapid response for sure – wilshire ineffective imo

    1. rkw says:

      come on there are three men on him when he gets ball … which is how serious teams press … even so he is only one driving things forward from back need to bring on coquelin who can give him time and kosalinac who is more of a threat down right than bellerin … but this starting every game with iwobi is just pitiful management … he gives no outlet for wilshere has no football brain and cant defend … another walcott in the making

  44. COYG_CA says:

    Poor lineup, but OMG, AW will keep Ozil out there even if he only had one leg! The 2 “holdouts” are doing their best to help Liverspew by passing to them over and over . . .

  45. mickmematethemasterfarter says:

    can we use seven subs plz shocking???

    1. Ivan says:

      Can we sub our manager?

    2. COYG_CA says:

      And some people claim Ramsey doesn’t belong in the lineup?? Really are missing him, at least knows how to feed Laca . . .

      1. Break-on-through says:

        He causes problems for defenders by being in the box and he occupies their minds which takes attention away from someone to be found unmarked. People don’t see it though, in the final third he is our most dangerous CM player. Lately he’s been all round very good.

  46. Ivan says:

    Sad stat from the BBC “Arsenal have won two of their last 43 Premier League games in which they’ve gone in at half-time behind”

  47. Durand says:

    Get Iwobi off stat. Absolutely no RW threat at arsenal. 4-2-3-1 could not be worse. Jack will sit with Xhaka, Ozil at 10 maybe we can become dangerous.

    Currently Liverpool press has Arsenal all 6’s and 7’s playing like scared of anfield bullies

  48. OxInTheBox says:

    professionals vs. amateurs

  49. Vijay says:

    this is painful to watch, arsenal ruining christmas for a lot of goons here

  50. mickmematethemasterfarter says:

    iwobi a blind man could see sunday league lol,,,…

  51. Goonerboy says:

    Watching Arsenal play is now so agonizing to the eye.
    Midfield pairing of left footed Wilshere and Xhaka is so awkward.
    Iwobi shouldn’t even start the second half at all, I will even prefer Walcott at this point

  52. Sue says:

    We need a bloody miracle (again)

  53. Tatgooner says:

    Arsenal will soon be fighting for relegation places

  54. Eat Pie says:

    Wenger won’t sub anyone until70min

    1. COYG_CA says:

      This is the AW way, yes . . . 70th minute.

  55. Sue says:

    I don’t know why I put myself through this sh*t week in week out!!

    1. Avenger says:

      We all are Sue Sanchez just scored

  56. Bur says:

    I am sick sore and tired seeing Arsenal being destroyed by a motivless pathetic individual who is an excuse as a manager. Pure dung.

  57. lcebox says:

    Feel so sorry for the fans who are there having to watch that.

  58. Waal2waal says:

    elneny on – wilshire or xhaka off (which of the two i don’t really care) we need to change things up

  59. sfgunner says:

    its when we play top 5 teams that it exposes how poor certain players are at that level, if you want to compete to win the league you ask the obvious question, would iwobi or xhaka start on city? united? spuds? i dont think so. so how do those players help you beat those teams? this team over the last 8 yrs or so always has 6-8 players that deserve to be on that pitch, and 2-3 that do not. the great players know that and they want out. what other big squad has so many players that demand to leave?

  60. Goonerboy says:

    Why Montreal at CB for f**k sake, if you don’t wanna use Kolasinac for whatever stupid reason why not play Monreal at LB and Mustafi at CB

  61. Gunners says:

    and our players look disinterested!

  62. COYG_CA says:

    The big question now is – will a lot of scotch help forget this seit, or would it cause me to throw my remote at the tv and kick my dog?

  63. Goonerboy says:

    Lacazette why???

  64. sfgunner says:

    alexis sabataging? or is he that bad?

  65. Gunners says:

    I think Sanchez is deliberately under performing, and he has been like this for since long ago but do we have a coach?

  66. Goonerboy says:

    We can’t build up play,we can’t counter, team is packed with midfielders, no proper wingers
    Why have we made simple things look so difficult?

  67. Kedar Damle says:

    6-0 so far Liverpool this season

  68. Goonerboy says:

    Sarah does it again

  69. Kedar Damle says:

    Still 6-1 Liverpool

  70. Goonerboy says:

    If not Sanchez, who else??

  71. Break-on-through says:

    Not that surprised really considering Xhaka’s not a DM player, Ramsey’s not a DM player, Wilshere’s not a DM player. Our three main CM players, whilst the other two are nothing to write home about.

    Come on FFS, stop arsing about.

  72. Waal2waal says:

    …sanchezclause has the xmas spirit – thanks alexis

  73. Goonerboy says:

    Xhaka is killing me, somebody save me

  74. Roehahn says:

    And 2-2 just like that..wow !!!

  75. Goonerboy says:

    Crazy crazy Stuff
    Coyg!!!!!

  76. Gunners says:

    I didnt see this coming!

    1. Goonerboy says:

      Me toooooooo

  77. Eat Pie says:

    Guys go to New article

  78. Break-on-through says:

    F**k me, come on Arsenal.

  79. Ronny says:

    Wtf is going on?!
    Xhaka haters??

  80. Roehahn says:

    This is mental…I cant keep up..COYG !!!!

  81. Ronny says:

    5 minutes 3 goals!!

    1. Kedar Damle says:

      4 and 45 seconds to be precise

  82. Waal2waal says:

    …bout time (2 – 2) ….nobody should come here from the north-west and have things there own way. we woken up at last… this is London … we are the ARSENAL

  83. rkw says:

    jesus … not a time to lose my internet connection … cant get anything

  84. Kedar Damle says:

    Our fans are very hypocrites

  85. COYG_CA says:

    No comment . . . just effing CRAZT SHEIT!!!!!!!!

  86. Kedar Damle says:

    Cech is best player for us today I think…

  87. Waal2waal says:

    …as i said (above) we’re at home and meant to be bossing it – and bossing it we are (smiles).

  88. Ronny says:

    Long time to go against a a team like Liverpool can we hold on? Odds on ox coming on to score? 🙁

  89. COYG_CA says:

    That was a damn CHEAP-ASS goal to give!!! Man!

  90. Waal2waal says:

    out the window goes my 3 – 2 bet on the arsenal (4 – 4 looking a possibility). Hopefully Ozil can step it up another notch:

  91. Ronny says:

    Ah Mr white teeth strikes!

  92. Kedar Damle says:

    We should bring on Welbeck for Iwobi…

  93. Avenger says:

    we need Giroud!!!

  94. Ronny says:

    @kadar.
    Who are you?
    ‘To be precise’ smart ar*e comment really need to argue over 15 seconds.
    And yes we are hypocrites can you blame us with the roller coaster ride this team gives us.
    I could explain the psychology behind comments but not enough time or inclination.

    1. Kedar Damle says:

      For 15 seconds I said it in positive way…

  95. Ivan says:

    Well at least we did not lose and I can’t say I thought that would be the case after the first half.

  96. mogunna says:

    Once again, team on pitch is not right and players as Bellerin looks lost all season with this guessing out of position. Alexis should be benched ages ago. Giroud and Lacazette would work best today..; Same shit over and over Crazy! Like betting!

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