CONFIRMED Arsenal team to play West Brom today – Ozil rested?

We always knew Arsene Wenger was going to rotate his Arsenal team tonight, but who expected this team to take the field. This is the team I predicted for today’s match ….

Bellerin Holding Chambers Maitland-Niles
Iwobi Wilshere Coquelin
Ozil Lacazette Sanchez

And this is the team that Arsene Wenger picked for the last game of 2017. I did say I had little confidence that Wenger would agree with me!

I didn’t think he would play Koscielny and Mustafi with Chelsea coming up but I guess this is a big of a must-win game, but he has rested Mesut Ozil at least…

And Sanchez is still the first name on the teamsheet!



  1. GB says:

    AMN on bench but a certainty Chelsea too.

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  2. Ackshay says:

    why doesn’t wenger play niles in place of xhaka when xhaka is clearly out of his depth and niles form is good? Niles is a central midfielder with pace who can defend and attack plus has good recovery pace to defend against misplaced passes and counterattacks.
    The style of football we play requires players with either good stamina or recovery pace in the central midfield. Niles showed he can tackle while playing LWB/LB and can be our own kante if paired with ramsey or wilshere as he has shown himself to have the necessary discipline to know when to push forward or stay back. Xhaka would be a good mid in a team who plays like crystal palace or leicester where the C Mid stay close to the defenders and need good long passes to launch counters. e.g vardy/xhaka combo would be deadly.
    We are potentially losing the chance to develop a future great homegrown player by preferring to force xhaka in a role he cannot do.

    1. kev says:

      Brilliant!You couldn’t have said it any better.Why does Xhaka get to play week in week out?Maitland Niles is probably working and training very hard and to me has earned his place over Xhaka who won’t make it here.What at all is wrong with this coach?He hates a good player and loves the average one?I just don’t get it anymore.Xhaka might do well in this match only if we’re on top so people will come and say ”I told you so”.Fast forward the next two or so matches then he’ll cost us as he can’t defend and he’s average.What a liability of a player we have in midfield.Even Spurs won’t take this guy on their bench.

      1. kev says:

        Since we lack creativity in this match we need to make do with what we have.We have to change to 4-2-3 1 and bring Wilshrre to No. 10 as I think he can create chances and is currently playing too safe in the middle of the park.As for ”Mr. Liability” same as usual.He offers us nothing apart from passing and shooting.

        1. Rit says:

          Does bulletin even once try to go towards the by line? Just passes it back in the middle…remember sagna…

  3. Ackshay says:

    while it is good to rest ozil as he looked tired vs palace when he missed 2 very good through balls from alexis, it would have been cautious to put him on the bench as west brom can frustrate us with their park the bus tactics and a little bit of ozil magic in the last 30 min could be needed.

    1. kev says:

      Please how do you know Ozil is being rested?I also have another question.Why isn’t Xhaka being rested if Wenger was thinking of resting players?Arsenal have a real liability on their hands.

      1. sfgunner says:

        yep, agree kev

      2. Ackshay says:

        Completely agree on xhaka liability thing. Wenger is too deluded to bench him.

    2. Dark Pope says:

      ozil has a knee injury lol. was announced on even before kick off

  4. GB says:

    Ozil at Old Trafford having medical??
    Just asking……..

    1. Ivan says:

      @GB really wouldn’t surprise.

    1. GB says:


  5. Brett says:

    Welbeck should’ve started over Iwobi. Iwobi is still young but at the moment he is really not performing

  6. Salmonella says:

    Bye bye Sanchez
    Bye bye ???????

    1. Eat Pie says:

      Yes, City lost 2 attackers today and will need to invest in the market 100% .
      They will go for Sanchez 100%.

      Take the money and get a replacement.

      We could get more as City are now in need no longer a want.

      1. Break-on-through says:

        bout 40m maybe. And addons for titles.

    2. Salmonella says:

      Pep – ” In the internal meetings we are going to decide what is best. But my feeling now is that he’s(Alexis) an Arsenal player and he will be.”
      So basically the Man C board will decide shortly whether to buy Alexis now or in the summer

      1. sfgunner says:


  7. Eat Pie says:

    Iwobi what a waste of space in the team today.

    Misplaced pass after misplaced pass.
    Losing ball in tackle time and again.
    Can’t hit a barn door from a yard out.

    Welbeck or Niles or anyone really would be preferred.

    1. Sue says:

      Even Gunnersaurus (If he travelled!!)

  8. sfgunner says:

    oooooh, now city need alexis, what a change, get the cash, get him out, clean up that dressing room, ozil leaves me perplexed, maybe rest for chelsea, i think nothing more then that

  9. GB says:

    Best bit so far… the red shorts, nice looking kit…..

  10. waal2waal says:

    …unfortunately young iwobi loses his head much of the time when he has a clear goal scoring opportunity. i hope jack shows why he wears the #10 (today) and the best way to make your point (jack) is by putting that ball in the back of that onion basket #COYG turn up the heat…

    1. Break-on-through says:

      If Jack had what it takes to be a good captain he would have went over to Ozil and said ..whats all this about you wanting my number?, then, is it true that it could help make your mind up to stay. Then just give him the number seeing as the number doesn’t mean anything unless it’s accompanied with the position.

  11. sfgunner says:

    my skin crawls when we have numbers on a counter and xhaka takes a 35 yards feckless shot, he does this over and over…

  12. Kenny Rolfe says:

    Posts on here are so right about Iwobi, what on earth does Wenger see in this player, 30 minutes gone and he’s and so far he’s been a absolute disaster. He’ll take him off on 70 minutes, until then we’ll just have to put up with him .

  13. Rkw says:

    30 minutes of emptiness

    1. Muff diver says:

      Like my love life….

  14. Sue says:

    Why is Iwobi on the pitch????

    1. GB says:

      Cos he’s had the only two decent attempts first half and I don’t rate him either but fair dues mate.

  15. sfgunner says:

    gonna miss kolosinac vs chelsky… ?

    1. GB says:

      He’s been shite last few games he’s played

      1. sfgunner says:

        but need the enforcer against chelsea,

  16. Avenger says:

    41 minutes of emptiness

  17. GB says:

    At least we should get some crosses from the left now.
    And AMN uses his right foot as well as left!

    1. sfgunner says:

      agree lads playing well, just need to connect,

  18. sfgunner says:

    damn Laca needs a goal…

  19. Sue says:

    Chambers is still as crap as he was on Thursday then

  20. Rkw says:

    Top 4 …. really …

    1. GB says:

      Not in a month of Sundays!

  21. McLovin says:

    Crappy display. If I recall our only good 90 minutes was against Spurs. Thats 1 solid match in about 30 matches.

    That’s Wenger for you.

  22. Salmonella says:

    By the look of things either West Brom will win it or it will end in a draw

  23. OxInTheBox says:

    rubbish of course
    the most interesting thing: what’s with the red socks?

  24. waal2waal says:

    if sanchez departs arsenal we would be somewhat akin to a pensioner threatening to a bite but not quite having the teeth with which to do so (jus thinking aloud) he remains our most lethal weapon.

  25. jon fox says:

    What a rubbish first half. Zero creativity and having to put up ONCE AGAIN with Xhaka and Iwobi. If I had to watch this tripe every week I would take up model railways or pottery. OR BETTER STILL AND MORE INTERESTING, WATCHING PAINT DRY. I call this stuff anti-football.

    1. muffdiver says:


      the ladies love it!!
      …my nan , her mate also a nan, my great aunt..list is endless

  26. waal2waal says:

    luckily, for us, west brom havn’t a clue what to do in the final third – they flatter to deceive. on that note i will applaud our next goal – yes even before we’ve even scored it.

  27. Muff diver says:

    Xhaka is so pony
    I have no words

  28. sfgunner says:

    theo be like,,,, me? really? why?

  29. Rkw says:

    Xhaka bulletin iwobi are no even championship level … wenger is a joke he really is

  30. Rkw says:

    This is the worst arsenal team I can remember … they are no better than wba the worst team in the league … what is wenger paid to do …

  31. Bur says:

    Pure pants. Weegor will have his excuses prepared since last Thursday

  32. sfgunner says:

    Laca closing in, don’t take him off!

  33. reddb10 says:

    its like a bad joke that keeps repeating itself.

  34. Eat Pie says:

    WBA more shots than Arsenal, that really tells the story.

  35. reddb10 says:

    kroenke gazidis wenger out

  36. Eat Pie says:

    Pathetic pathetic Arsenal.

    Top 4 is a distant dream with Wenger here.

    Why is Sanchez even playing, just get rid of him.

  37. Rkw says:

    Utterly utterly shocking … wenger can no longer get basic motivation right …

  38. Eat Pie says:

    Yes, let’s make a defensive change because we want a draw .

  39. Rkw says:

    Wenger is a joker he really is … hoe the f@@@ did this club sink do low .., they r the one that want to win

    1. Eat Pie says:

      Wenger out, the fraud.

  40. Eat Pie says:

    Their logic.

    I’ll pass you the ball xhaka,but I’ll stay in the same spot and you must pass it back so we waste time.

    Wtf is xhaka on the field.

    Chelsea will man handle us.

  41. muffdiver says:

    gosh i really dislike iwobi.

    what was that

    limp mate -limp

  42. COYG_CA says:

    Why oh why did AFC buy an all-out striker, which scored most past goals on a break? And, AFC RARELY, if ever, feeds him an early thru or over the top balls??? I know, it’s not the AFC way”, so why buy him then? So many times during most games, a quick release ball would set him free to do his thing. So EFFING FRUSTRATING!!

    1. Eat Pie says:

      Wenger logic

  43. Eat Pie says:

    Can’t wait to see what Same P has to say about this.

  44. muffdiver says:

    please can we go to into new year with some little joy-like beating the bottom of the league team

  45. Rkw says:

    Whatever it takes to get rid of wenger .. if that means a wba win that’s fine with me … we are being defrauded by this guy on a day to day basis

  46. Sue says:

    This is so sh*t… We’ll get hammered on Wednesday

  47. COYG_CA says:

    Oh come on everyone, Wenger broke a record today – most games as a manager, collecting a paycheck!!!
    Now that’s something to celebrate (puke in mouth)!!

    1. Sue says:

      And Cech still hasn’t saved a penalty

  48. sfgunner says:

    needed that!

  49. Durand says:

    Of course Sanchez wants City.
    Gunnersauras refusing contract, rumor is he’s off to city as well.
    Boring boring Arsenal, we really are drab.

  50. muffdiver says:

    had to be

    orevoi sanchez – thank you for everything nino maravilla

  51. COYG_CA says:

    Oh, the player wanting to leave, created the goal on the dribble, then scores the free kick . . . and Wenger collects another paycheck!!

  52. Rkw says:

    From the man everyone wants to leave!!!

    1. sfgunner says:

      actually from the man everyones tired of wanting to leave

  53. waal2waal says:

    …our lethal weapon – on song when it matters (applause)…

  54. sfgunner says:

    thats harsh

    1. waal2waal says:

      …poor refereeing

    2. Ivan says:

      I don’t normally comment on referee decisions but that is shocking.

      1. GB says:

        Even Michael Owen said it was never a pen,

  55. COYG_CA says:

    Ball to arm, not arm to ball . . . less a hand ball than the United yesterday! WTF!!!??

  56. sfgunner says:

    freaking mike dean,

  57. Break-on-through says:

    Disgraceful referring, bring on var and get rid of these useless biased cnuts. How can a ref get away with this shit, if he lived near me I’d dance on his stupid bald head.

  58. waal2waal says:

    …one things for sure we are not a top four team (…at least not yet), winter transfer with quality buys is a must…

  59. sfgunner says:

    need germanys replay, if going to be that bad, how can you get a hand ball 2 feet from the player, no way to react,

  60. Sue says:

    What a sh*t performance. West Brom are crap & we can’t even beat them! Gutted, thanks Arsenal, thanks a lot ?

  61. jon fox says:

    Yes, so we were cheated again by Mike Dean BUT we did not deserve to win. Both teams deserved to lose heavily and would have done were either playing against a proper team. I called the game tripe at half time. My apologies to tripe!

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