CONFIRMED Arsenal team to face Spurs at Wembley

After last week’s emphatic win over Everton, I didn’t think that Arsene Wenger would make too many changes to the Arsenal starting line-up, although Ospina for Cech was expected to be a forced change due to injury.

We were also hoping to see Jack Wilshere getting a starting spot, and as Wenger was very unlikely to drop Ramsey after last week’s heroics, it would have been great to see Iwobi drop to the bench.

Anyway here is our predicted line up…

Ospina
Bellerin  Koscielny  Mustafi  Monreal
Xhaka  Ramsey
Wilshere  Ozil  Mkhitaryan
Aubameyang

And here is the official line-up…

Well we didn’t expect that!
I imagine Ramsey must be injured as he is not even on the bench…
Cech is ft enough to start, but at least we got Jack replacing Iwobi right and it looks like Elneny is in for Aaron.

Wenger has a plan!

103 Comments

  1. El Neny AND Xhaka? Christ.

    1. Innit says:

      LOL Same thought i had
      At least no iwobi

      1. Konstantin Mitov says:

        Wengers team talk at halftime can be seen to total effect as we are overrun in the second..

  2. Innit says:

    Eleny and Xhaha 🙁
    I would have preferred Kolsanic in there
    Anyway, lets hope it works

    COYG

    1. muffdiver says:

      dier dembele
      vs
      elneny and xhaka

      u see my problem lol

  3. l says:

    No Ramsey even on the bench? What have you guys done to my boy?

    1. sol says:

      i just dont know why when Arsenal players perform the best,in the next game they will be injured. To what shall I attribute this???????????????????????

  4. Bob2 says:

    Elneny and Xhaka… Wow that excites me!!!!

    1. Simon Williams says:

      Well that’s what I would have done. But didn’t expect Wenger to go for it

      2 DMs in front of back 4 hope to keep Deli and Erickson quiet

      COYG!

      1. bran911 says:

        They are both not DMs, we don’t have a DM at Arsenal, may be Niles but the rest are wanna be(s)

  5. Geewise says:

    I believe in this formation

  6. Jean says:

    I would have preferred wilshere to play with xhaka and play auba and lacca, elneny and xhaka is calamity waiting to happen

    1. Jhud says:

      spurs will be happy. PEA and Laca together would have given their defence a lot more to think about.

    2. Godswill says:

      Why? You are losing before the ball is picked? How did Elneny become player of the month?
      Relax. We are not playing Barcelona. 2-1 to Arsenal. That guy Aub is great. Kane who?
      Watch out for our victory.

    3. Sven says:

      Elneny is there because playing a non-DM next to Xhaka is an even bigger calamity waiting to happen. Spurs are not Everton.
      I just happen Elneny does a better job against Kane or Eriksen than he did against Hazard.

  7. Olasode says:

    No problem, Arsene know better and we prayed it’s our day. This is our home stuff

  8. John says:

    Same team from last week with the exception of Wilshere for Ramsey and Welbeck on the bench…………instead of Nketiah………

  9. Innit says:

    Well. Its almost unanimous lol.
    Xhaha and Eleny = bad idea
    I hope Kane, Ericksen, Alli don’t enjoy themselves too much
    Honestly, this does worry me.

    Hopefully our big 3 can score lots of goals.

    Im still going to be positive
    COYG!!!!

  10. Tatgooner says:

    The team is not that cconvincing.
    Is it?
    Maybe wenger is resting players for the europa league

    1. muffdiver says:

      wenger has been doing nld’s longer than ive been eating muff
      he knows how important it is

      no ones being rested

  11. Emmanuel Oni says:

    I am seeing a wonderful game this afternoon. Up Arsenal

  12. Sue says:

    Bet Lacca will play on Thursday. Not sure about Elneny & Xhaka together…..but Rambo’s injured ☹
    I honestly thought he’d start Iwobi so that’s a shock! Come on Arsenal ?

    1. G-Rude says:

      Auba is not allowed to play in Europa, so Laca is a cert…

  13. auba arsenal of lagos says:

    What those of u critical of this team selection don’t know is that Wenger has gone for ball retention and pressing and then marking.yes I know xhaka and elneny Are not aggressive enough but I feel wilshere can help with that and also the attack can rest assured the balls will come

  14. iffybright says:

    good to see that Ramsey is injured. With Ramsey injured, it gives chance for Wilshere to play… we all know Wilshere is the better footballer but Wenger is blind..
    Aubayamang will surely get at least a goal today… With Wilshere playing, transition from midfield to attack will be sharp unlike If Ramsey is playing… Watch out for Wilshere and Aubayamang Link up

    1. Simon Williams says:

      Jesus – what does Ramsey have to do to get your respect. A Hattrick from deep midfield isn’t enough!?

    2. Emmanuel says:

      It’d like you know more than Arsene, you better apply so that you take over next season..

  15. Arseneout says:

    wenger contradicts himself!
    we are an attacking team right? how are u playing xhaka and elneny together? this seems more a defending team playing on counterattacks. however i hope we will win even a draw will be good

  16. GB says:

    Perhaps Wilshere is playing alongside Elneny as DMs and Xhake given a liberro role, who knows!

  17. GB says:

    Let’s whine and whinge after if necessary, not before.

  18. Ronny says:

    I’m a bit scared today that back line could been embarrassed big time.
    I think losing Ramsey after his hatrick is a big loss today.
    I just hate the fact their sqaud is so much stronger than ours now.
    Also anyone listen to wengers interview with Jane?
    Wenger ” no cbs were available” unacceptable I say!

  19. Rkw says:

    My prediction … We will defend our goal longer than man utd … After that it’s anyone’s guess …elneny and xhaka not a confidence booster but i think both defences can be got at it all depends on who buckles first

  20. Rkw says:

    No control in middle of park … Though for our attack

  21. Waal2waal says:

    we are playing with great assurance its as if spurs know its a matter of time before the arsenal offensive reaps dividends – long story short …we’re playing well …

  22. Rkw says:

    We were well organised but zero threat … No one to carry the ball … Drop wilshere back take off xhaka put on laca

    1. Dark Pope says:

      we know that xhaka doesnt go off dont we..

      1. Waal2waal says:

        …what’s he doin wrong? he don’t need to go off… he’s let nobody down … far as i see ??

    2. muffdiver says:

      drop wilshere?
      best player on our side

      we are struggling with son,
      middle of the park as expected they are dominating
      xhaka being bossed

      mkhi looks very poor
      get him and ozil to switch sides- neither have been able to drift inside
      so at least they could throw crosses in

  23. Goonerboy says:

    For Iwobi haters, we are missing the boy in this game as he drives us forward well
    It seems Mkhi is not comfortable on the right
    We also lack wing play. If i were the manager, i will take Elneny off and bring on Iwobi

    1. muffdiver says:

      lucky your not
      elneny is way more disciplined than iwobi
      against a top side iwobis ball losing and errors will cost us the game

  24. Waal2waal says:

    …the fact arsenal turn up at wembley is as much threat as there can be… nobody does it better

  25. GB says:

    Xhaka and Elneny played well in the first half.
    Mikki was not very good.
    Bellerin was excell3nt.
    Mustafi same.

  26. ks-gunner says:

    This game id crying for players who run up and down the wings. I would say sub off miki and bring iwobi in. Laca later as well. We are playing save but we need to do some more pressure up front.

  27. kamikaze says:

    What happened to Bellerin? People are too blind to see he is the new Xhaka

    1. Rkw says:

      Sadly true … He has sacrificed passing and crossing for a bit more defensive discipline … But he lacks determination … Better off in Spain

  28. John Ibrahim says:

    a good strategy to burn spurs out…but lets see the 2nd half

  29. ks-gunner says:

    For f sake i would even put laca on the wings

  30. Waal2waal says:

    …its (perhaps) down to who’s fit and who can keep focussed during the latter parts of this game; suppose its down to yellows suffered which can put unnecessary pressure on any side…

  31. Burton says:

    There is a time this derby was so serious than it is now. The oomph is gone this days

  32. Rkw says:

    The difference between de belle and xhaka is absolutely massive

  33. Innit says:

    Eleny may not have the Quality to start for us but his work ethic is very good. I will say he is a hard worker and disciplined

    Xhaha has played surprisingly fine this afternoon. ? Let’s hope he keeps it up and doesn’t make an error that leads to a goal. Hes done that a few times this season ?

    But again Wenger needs to focus on defense this summer. Xhaka and Eleny should not be our main starters next season. We need a better defensive midfielder and a Top centre back

    Anyway, 0-0 is not terrible. Lets win it in the 2nd half

    COYG ???

    1. Innit says:

      DARN SPOKE TOO SOON ????

  34. Rkw says:

    Let’s see what we are made of ..

  35. reddb10 says:

    ozil back to his usual casual self now he has his fat contact

  36. Ronny says:

    Sigh.
    Going to be open now.
    Almost 2!!

  37. Rkw says:

    game should be over …,what,is the,fossil going to do?

    1. Adam Criniti says:

      Hopefully retire after this second half drubbing.

      Successive years finishing out of the top 4 and transparently the 3rd best club in London.

      Conte won it all last year and he probably won’t survive the summer, says all you need to know about AFC

  38. Ronny says:

    Spurs moving it quicker and xhaka abd elneny now reverting to type.
    Can’t concentrate and work for 90 mins.

  39. Avenger says:

    well well playing like never loosing like always
    sorry Wenger Out!!!

  40. Ronny says:

    Right about ozil he lost the ball to dembele and just let him trot away from him!

  41. Ronny says:

    This game needs a bit of kolasinac

  42. Rkw says:

    Jesus …losing ends any hope of,4th does wenger realize this?

  43. bran911 says:

    Dembele is one strong motherf* controlling the midfield, and here Wanyama, Moura and Sissoko are on the bench.. who do we have on the bench? Iwobi?? And still we want to beat them?? If we win I’ll be happy but it’s not something I’m expecting with this kind of game we are playing

  44. Rkw says:

    Why is xkaha on the pitch … No purpose

    1. Adam Criniti says:

      Wenger can’t accept the fact HE wasted $35M on
      a player that has no business featuring for the club.

      Please send the old fool to scout Southeast Asia at the end of the season, he should be NOWHERE near the future operations of this club.

  45. Me says:

    Sixty minutes gone and just two shots – both off target.
    So much for the “revival”
    I hate Wenger – the man is a disease slowly killing the club with his incompetence.
    So much for the two “world class” signings – load of crap…

  46. reddb10 says:

    its the same nightmare week in week out with this old deluded fool.
    Next player on the list who’s career will be destroyed is Aubemeyang.

  47. Kedar Damle says:

    We can’t even defend crosses.. That’s horrible… 1st thing in academy which is taught by coaches are crossing…
    Tactics are all wrong… Mkhitaryan should be on right instead of left…. Ozil can be on right… Horrible display of tactics..

  48. Rkw says:

    Sorry but young managers force their players to press fossils just stuck in the past

  49. Rkw says:

    If we get out of this with a draw I will light a candle to someone

  50. Me says:

    70 minutes and two shots off target.
    Arsenal are garbage.
    And Wenger is a washed up, incompetent old fool.
    Sooner he is gone the BETTER !

  51. Rkw says:

    3’players around dembelle and he still gets past … We need a manager for the 21st century AD not BC

  52. Wolf says:

    We created any chances yet?

  53. Rkw says:

    Is there a goalkeeper in the house? But bellerin has to be sold … He is shockingly bad

  54. Waal2waal says:

    …its easy to find kos as blameworthy for his momentary lapse of concentration, but cech should be marshalling our defence also.

  55. Wolf says:

    Reality check. This is so silly. Spuds should be like 4 nil up by now. Under Wenger we’ll never come good no matter how many world class we bring in.

  56. Wolf says:

    This will be Wengers last season. Its Madrids ZZ for me. This is embarrassing

  57. bran911 says:

    Mikhi is the master assist witch, you bring in another good striker and take out the assist wizard, expecting goals to flow in

  58. Sony says:

    We are so poor that Tottenham players do not need to even dive today lol

    1. Rkw says:

      Iwobi the saviour … LOL ..brentford for a year

  59. Ronny says:

    Iwobi rubbish elneny rubbish xhaka rubbish our lack of grit and strength is also rubbish.

    We’re rubbish, no fighters on this pitch!
    Except for Jack.

    1. RSH says:

      nonsense. Mustafi has been best player on the pitch for us. Enough of the Wilshere worshipping.

  60. Waal2waal says:

    …our defence has been inconsistent long before todays match – broken and needs fixing, surely…

    1. Kedar Damle says:

      Yeah… Actually defense is poor from past 10 years….

      1. Waal2waal says:

        you got a point…come to think of it…

  61. Lix says:

    Ramsey here are you???????

  62. Alkali says:

    Why does laca always drift wide? Stay central even if there’s no service.

    1. Dark Pope says:

      because there is no midfield lmao. whos to pass the ball to him?

  63. Muff diver says:

    Those subs worked well
    Lacazette an iwobi

    AWFUL

  64. Kedar Damle says:

    So defensive change by spurs…. So it means game over now…

  65. Rkw says:

    We need a new manager with desire and ideas … The fossil is a disgrace … We have no identity other than being a cash machine for a greedy owner and board

  66. RSH says:

    This is why Lacazette doesnt get goals. NO SERVICE. Same thing is happening with Aubameyang right now! It’s not strikers fault our players cant produce any decent chances. Aubameyang making the right runs too.

    1. Rkw says:

      Correct … Completely disjointed midfield

  67. Will says:

    This is easily one of the worst Arsenal teams I’ve watched. Our players lack confidence on the ball, are misplacing passes, inviting pressure and creating nothing….we are desperate for a new manager!!

  68. Ronny says:

    Oh look we need a dm player with eyes and they have dembele diet, (not great but better than xhaka and elneny) and wanyamma.
    How did their sqaud become so much better than ours?
    Why sell Gabriel, why sell coquelin?
    Bt sport said lastb5 years net spend by us 86m about the same as Bournemouth.
    How the fook is that right and fair in respect to our ticket prices.
    So angry with what we’ve become and wenget saying we had no more money for a cb, unreal.

  69. Rkw says:

    Haven’t heard from that moron TW14 guy … Another fake fan high on wenger juice … Go and form your cult and stop pretending to be a supporter of this once great club

  70. Ronny says:

    Our best player cech today.
    It a something when we play awful against sa
    Swansea but not be able to get up for a nld is inexcusable.
    So next subject no cl had gone from the table at least surely wenget will go in the summer so who next? Rumours of Luis Enrique.
    And will he get money out of kroenke etc?

  71. Ronny says:

    1 shot on target apparently, spurs 19 shots 7 on target.

  72. Ronny says:

    And how out of sorts is lacazette now, did we sell the wrong striker #og12

  73. Avenger says:

    It was expected Tot 1 Cech and Jack 0

    where are those Morons supporting Wenger?

    Arsenal is becoming a Artificial Entity not the Club
    once use to be Wenger Out again and again and again

  74. Ronny says:

    @rsh.
    Yes okay mustafi was pretty Good early on but hardly a fighter a leader or vocal.

    1. RSH says:

      and wilshere has been? Did nothing but try to fight spurs players at the end. Mustafi fought way harder than any player on the pitch today. You’re sucking up to wilshere because he’s English.

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