CONFIRMED Arsenal team to face Liverpool – Sanchez out!

Well everybody can usually easily predict which Arsenal team that Arsene Wenger will pick every week, but today he has shocked us all by leaving out Alexis Sanchez, and reinstating Olivier Giroud as centre-forward.

Could this be because he wants to rest the Chilean ahead of massive 4-0 win over Bayern Munich on Tuesday (lol), or maybe he has a slight injury like Ozil? Le Prof has also left Ramsey, Perez and Walcott on the bench too. Is this also to rest them for our Champions League fixture? Another shock is that Danny Welbeck will start on the wing despite being much less match-fit than our benchers…..

Well, here is the official announcement from Arsenal about the team to face Liverpool. Make of it what you will….

And here is Liverpool’s line-up…

Can the Gunners beat Liverpool with this line-up?

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Updated: March 4, 2017 — 5:19 pm

158 Comments

  1. LOL! I’ve officially lost my mind.

    1. This is what Wenger said about it….. “We’re going with Giroud and Welbeck up front because we will need to be a bit more direct and strong in the air.”

      Looks like we are playing the long ball game today then….

      1. Wow, Wenger must be resting Sanchez for Tuesday’s game against Munich ???

        Okay lads, there’s going to be a whole load of shaking going on in the first half and that’s just the back of our net.
        We’re going to get hammered BIG TIME ?

        1. the writing is on the wall. this is how the team will look next season. No sanchez No ozil. We should get used to it. The only thing i am sad is Perez- the one person who looks like he can make a difference but is always in the bench

      2. If you haven’t learned that Arsene lives in his own deluded mind and has no idea what the real world is like, then get ready to be excited every day from now to the end of his 2 year extension, because this is the real world. He talked about getting us to the next level!!! What a joker!

    2. OK to bring him on for 20mins against Sutton when were 2 nil up tho…

  2. Just sack him, do it now!!

  3. so basically wenger wants to take revenge against fans cause some fans want him out 😛

  4. surprised with line out but if the ox and welbeck block the channels it should work we need this one lads come on Arsenal

  5. alexis…. gone

  6. Wenger just want you all to get use to life without Sanchez and ozil.

  7. We had a whole week extra to prepare. Unless something happened in training I cannot for the life of me see sense here. Giroud?, and then not even have him in midfield. Alexis is on bench, that means he is fit. This has to be a continuation from Bayern, he played him against Sutton, on a plastic pitch, while giving Ozil a mini break. Wenger is not happy with Alexis, that is the only thing I can make of it.

  8. Come on, I think Wenger is seeing how he will line-up the side next season when Ozil and Alexis have gone!

  9. Wow no Sanchez starting is a massive gamble IMO. Is Wenger resting him for Bayern on Tuesday? Does he think Bayern won’t show up, or that Arsenal can win 4-0? Seems like a massive F.U. to fans.

    Hope he proves me wrong with team selection. We actually have a mathematical slim chance in premier league, but champions league is all but over.

    I must say the game today is interesting; Wenger will be a genius or a goat today; 90 minutes will tell.

    Good luck or good riddance to Wenger today

  10. The Arsenal boss has just said: “We’re going with Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck up front because we will need to be a bit more direct and strong in the air.” If we lose he MUST RESIGN AFTER THE GAME PERIOD.

  11. Bolly from Borehamwood

    Hmm forget the graphic, I think it will be 442 at last.

  12. We Have lost the game before we even started,lol Arsene will be the END to us all lol hahahahhaah G.F.L

  13. I would select this forward line up

    Perez

    Iwobi. ox. Welbeck

    Liverpool play fast, so speed is of essence. I would bring in Giroud as sub to replace Iwobi then move Perez left.

  14. Bolly from Borehamwood

    So it is 442 and agree with vinnie except the shouty bit. No point resigning now but yes, end of season.

    1. Sorry ot all buddies, it is not shouting..just to make emphasis but this line up already got me on my nerves. it is disrespectful to the arsenal fans who have lot faith every game and the hopes looks fainted after seeing such a horrendous choice. Who does he think he’s punishing? US? showing he’s the ONE? well, he must get the result cos not only me will ask for his head to roll out.

  15. Top marks to Wenger for practicing for next season.

  16. Obvious weak links in that line up are Iwobi, Giroud and Bellerin.

    The rest of the team bar the above mentioned will at least try to make Liverpool work hard. Liverpool will press us high and hard and force us to become disjointed and the we have never been able to cope with that !

    I don’t hold out much hope but I’ll wait and see just how bad the performance and damage is !

  17. Sanchez or no Sanchez, Wenger strugles against big teams and Klopp thrive..No wonder why Wenger never won a Champion’s league and he will never win. He is tactically inept. Coqelin and Xhaka are too immobile for a pressing team like Liverpool. To worsen everything we have Giroud as a striker? Didnt he watch Liverpool’s last game? How Vardy’s pace caused problems…why not put Perez?

  18. any brave-heart betting on an arsenal win today?

  19. huge risk on wengers behalf, if we get shredded, he looses alexis for sure, and his job is no doubt in higher jeapardy, alexis has 17 goals already, sitting on the bench! its like benching thierry henry back in the day, simply do not understand this move,

  20. I bet were losing 4 nil by half time.?

    1. I think Wenger has been too busy with Mandarin classes to care about this match

    2. @ Fatboy gooney

      You might have understated your prediction

  21. Prob he is preserving the attacks for CL
    Sanchez
    Perez-Ozil-Walcott

  22. Here we go

  23. Lol

  24. big old smile from alexi,

  25. Here we go.already down..I’m so so gutted

    1. Gutted? Why? Even a false prophet could have predicted a huge win for Liverpool.

  26. 9 minutes! Guys debate as you like it doesn’t matter who we start rubbish anyway. Sanchez has gone as ozil I feel wengers making a point. Not watching for now, can’t!.

  27. I have always known that every dying team resurrects at the sight of Arsenal. I knew this game is Liverpool’s to lose. Unless they prove everyone wrong.

  28. these players seem not to be serious, its like they want Wenger out too

    1. we were even losing the 70 – 30 balls in our favour !

  29. We’re losing EVERY 50-50 ball

  30. I can understand why Sanchez was smiling…. It’s a comedy show

    1. He does not care anymore and i think that is why he is on the bench.

  31. Those who were blaming Ozil for being invisible should now realize that its not any one player’s fault. There is an a very big problem which has been there for the past 12years

  32. I’d personally like to see ox and 10 and perez on for iwobi he’s not doing it at the moment, perez is/was.

  33. arsenal have the best squad in the league not even makeing my top ten they don’t trust their own ability

  34. This is what happens when you give your team talk in Cantonese – 11 confused players

    #you’renotinchinayet

  35. If want Wenger out of this club we need to finish below top 4.So more defeats the better

    1. I agree with you and really pray it happens this season. This team and club has become the joke of football. Really sad.

    2. Every loss will come with at least one positive. Embarrasing nonetheless.

    3. The most consistent team letting the likes of Didier Drogba score against them every meeting, Hazard doing the same, Mata doing it, Mane did at Soton and now with Liverpool, Rooney did, Roben is tired of scoring

  36. The squad we have is more than capable than winning this, if the manager won’t or can’t pick the best players there is a major problem

    1. Of course it’s a manager problem.W have had different players over the past 12years but still the same results.He simply has to do the honourable thing and leave.

  37. this is the liverpool that can not win anything in 2017… leave it to arsenal to drag them out of their slump

  38. This game is very boring. We are poor. Giroud was injured long time ago but Wenger has other ideas!

  39. Really bad half an hour

  40. imagine messi benched against real madrid…. wtf!

  41. Please do not moan,we all know Arsenal would play shit today

  42. No one who’s good enough to keep the ball when being pressed. Missing the passers, sanchez ozil Ramsey,(when good) cazorla

  43. Need a change in tactics. This game needs hard liquor to watch. Time to put the beer away.

  44. Atrocious to watch.

  45. boom boom, rips us apart

  46. This does feel like Chelsea mourinho and Leicester ranieri. Players given up on Wenger.was about say it’s only one though, whoops. We’re sh*t!

    1. I think you are right

  47. Well, at least we’re another step closer to getting rid of Wenger. Only positive to take with these performances now.

    1. just how i feel,

  48. I’ve had enough

  49. As expected

  50. oh the post match will be interesting,

  51. Take Coquelin off,play OX in middle,Perez on wing Giroud off play play Sanchez theree,idiot Wenger..

  52. Where’s our defence? Kos doing everything

  53. Halftime change of Perez for Coquelin. Ox to the middle.

  54. Predictable – Perez and Sanchez need to be on. Wenger needs to be off, Ox to Santi’s position

  55. Players and manager clearly just don’t care.

  56. Have we even had a shot yet?

    1. We have to go through this pain to get Wenger out of the club.If we finish in top 4 nothing will change.We have to finish in5th place

  57. 2 years ago we needed 2 or 3 players today we need to overhaul the whole friggin team…only knows where we will be .2 years time with the dinosaur

  58. Just waiting for Arsenal FanTV for some entertainment

    1. Was thinking exactly the same

    2. I don’t get why people knock those guys. They follow the team everywhere and share a lot of fans frustration on here. Granted sometimes they go overboard, but you’re telling me you’re happy to be 2 nil down to Liverpool at halftime? They pay to watch a manager and players shove Arsenal into the ground week after week.

      1. Usually it’s rival fans making fun of them, but I can sympathize with them. They deserve better and have every right to vent their frustration. More than any of us.

        1. Exactly. Where on a website sharing our thoughts but they actually live it game after game.

      2. I don’t get it either, they experience all this nonsense first hand and get criticized for voicing their opinions.

  59. can’t remember the last time Wenger stood up and said anything to his players he just sits there like a totem.

  60. “this is the best squad I have ever managed” arsene wenger…. ?

  61. Same story. Is there anyone who doubts Wenger has lost the squad and the plot?

  62. Stand up from that sit and rally the team you buffoon…… making 8 milioni by sitting making faces……darn this fraud signs the extension and after 45 years I will officially quit my beloved ARSENAL

    1. Does he have anything to say? no he does not. Wenger is tactically poor. He rely on players to to work out on their own. They are lost if things dont go according to plan. They dont have any leader to tell them what to do!

  63. Wenger out. Did you see the line up? This man has lost it. Ox on the wing while wacot and Perez are on the bench. Seriously, Francis Coq is on the field too. This man has lost it

  64. I can’t even judge the players when the tactics and team selection is so bizzare. It’s funny actually. Lol

  65. This is sad. Nobody on here is even upset anymore like previous years. Now it’s just expected and it’s just business as usual. Board, manager and players are massive letdowns. Can’t understand people who think it’s just players faults. This is YEARS in the making. Let it rain, let it pour. Time for a change friends.

    1. KJ is gone… now an aston villa fan

  66. Koscielny and mustafi are too porous today leaving monreal and Bellerin exposed to the middle of the back. If u look at the first two goals carefully u would understand wat i mean.

    1. Bellerin doesn’t help himself by losing every challenge and giving the ball away all the time. He’s terrible today.

      1. Really bad today. really bad.

      2. He is not a right back, more of a right winger or right wing back in 3 defence team!

  67. The Xhaka/Coquelin partnership hasn’t worked the entire season — Arsene tells Xhaka to stay as the deeper of the two (which is the exact space and starting position that coquelin’s game would prefer to occupy) and asked coquelin to get forward more as the CM. That is not his game, and as a result he keeps losing the ball, or isn’t able to circulate possession the way a player that’s more suited for that position can. Everything is breaking down offensively and defensively from that partnership. Arsene keeps getting that wrong.

    Hector having a really poor game as well….maybe even season it must be said.

  68. So far the plan isn’t working. Of the front 3 the Ox is the only 1 I see putting in a shift and he’s better off in the middle for this game. Coquelin HAS to be subbed at halftime not to mention he’s already on a yellow, I’ll go even further and say he has to be replaced this summer. Xhaka has his moments but he needs a proper player to compliment him at his age.

    1. I disagree on coquelin. Don’t sell him, just play him back in his position as the CDM that he his. It should be le coq or xhaka, not le coq and xhaka.

      What he’s being asked to do he’s not capable of, he’s not a CM and should not be asked to play as far forward as he has been.

      This is Arsene’s fault. Hasn’t found an adequate replacement for Santi, and gave Ramsey far too many chances to come good in that position. Now he’s still on the roster, but Jack is gone for some reason. Foolish. (not that Jack has proven that he will come good.)

      1. Not sell him just find a definite upgrade.

        1. I don’t know, he’s good at what he does. He should be given a fair shot to be out Xhaka for the CDM position.

          For me, the problem is the lack of a quality CM that can keep us ticking over when Santi is out.

  69. The most consistent team letting the likes of Didier Drogba score against them every meeting, Hazard doing the same, Mata doing it, Mane did at Soton and now with Liverpool, Rooney did, Roben is tired of scoring

  70. i am amazed that the fans who are being forced to pay through their noses are not even protesting… this fraud of a manager is making you to pay for sanogo’s wages ffs!!!

  71. It was so obvious we were going to loose today , probably end up 2-1,and that’s the problem.It happens every year like clockwork.I would prefer to be mid table and win the title now and then,than to go through this every year.

  72. I feel so bad for Sanchez.. Please just go to Juventus and get the titles you deserve

    1. I feel so bad for myself: “Please give up on Arsenal and find another club till there is an other owner”

  73. Xhaka is poor, pedestrian. We’re not winning any headers.

  74. every ball regardless if it’s in our favour or not we’re losing. If they punt the ball forward to their forwards or wingers, all we’re doing is heading it back to them.

    As I said in my other comment / post Iwobi, Bellering an Giroud are obvious weak links. Bellering has nothing but speed going from him. Never in a position to really defend and when he is, it’s all too easy for the opposition to get past him. Awareness not there, hasn’t got good feet, not very good distribution and worst of all when the ball is played to him, he’ll have a little run down the wing before he slows the game down and has to pass backwards as he’s got not craft whatsoever to be able to take a man on. I’d let Barcelona or anybod else that wants him, take him off our hands.

    Giroud, likewise, nothing in his bag of tricks. Iwobi, whilst he’s still young, is too inexperienced for the Arsenal firt team.

  75. I wonder how much firminhos teeth cost? #sumglasses needed

  76. Cant get angry anymore, it is what it is.

    We finish in Spurs shadow this season.

    Glad I dont live in London.

  77. Wow if Bayern take game serious our aggregate will be 12-1

  78. We making pool look like title challangers

  79. We ill be ck

  80. Xhaka again poor. Goal……!!!!@@@

  81. So why the hell was Sanchez on the bench? I thought his attitude had deteriorated?

  82. Good assist and great finish

  83. alexis on, alexis creates, danny scores… his price tag just went up…

  84. mustafi put that over the bar from 3 yards like only gervinho could

  85. 24 hours in the life of Wenger:

    Yesterday: bruv, you think I need you? Fine don’t sign a contract! I find star players erryday!

    Today at half time: hey buddy – wanna run around the grass? It’s fun – I promise

  86. Look at how Liverpool struggle with pace. The hell was the starting line up? Wenger you are mad? Arsenal players are superior in quality to Liverpool players but then we have a clueless manager.

  87. That’s what proper balance will get you. Ox, a more natural CM than coquelin, drives a ball to our best player, who is finally on the field. He plays a world class final ball to welbx who finishes beautifully.

    Wenger out. Can’t ever get the balance or selection correct.

    1. completely different match, now dominating pocession

  88. Bring on Lucas

    1. Yep. Bring him in for Giroud and we win this game.

      Hector’s final ball has not improved.. That’s disappointing.

  89. Wenger must be so angry with Sanchez for showing him that he should have started this game.

  90. the moment when even mustafi plays better on the wings compared to ramsey

  91. xhaka passing perfect, to red shirts…

    1. If it is red Xhaka loves it.

  92. Bellerin’s final ball is very poor

    1. did he have the other one removed?

  93. Come on Perez on. Bring him on. Why the hell didn’t he start.

  94. Come on Perez rub it in Wenger’s face.

  95. what has lucas done to get so little playing time
    and what has iwobi done to get so much??? what has he done so great lately???

  96. We might miss welbecks energy. Walcott can’t offer that kind of work.

  97. Arsenal to lose against another big team. Nothing new to see.

    1. It was never in doubt.Just like signing another contract extension

  98. Ok some one explain why can is still out there?… And xhaka gets booked?



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