Confirmed Arsenal team to take on Chelsea in crunch derby match

Unai Emery has revealed his team to take on Chelsea today at the Emirates,

The Gunners boss will be hoping to get one over on his London rivals, while closing the gap between our sides to only three points, while also hoping to reclaim fifth spot from Man United, who are just about to leap-frog us with a comfortable win over Brighton.

As you can see below, we were right in a few predictions from our XI earlier, with a return to a back four, as well as a surprise inclusion of all three of Guendouzi, Xhaka and Torreira.

Bellerin Mustafi  Sokratis Maitland-Niles
Torreira  Xhaka Guendouzi
Lacazette/Ozil  Aubameyang  Iwobi

I can’t figure out if this line-up is a 4-4-2 formation, with two DMs and two AMs, and think Ramsey will be playing more advanced off the strikers almost in a three. 4-3-1-2 or 4-3-3 maybe.

Chelsea’s team on the other hand is exactly as we predicted this morning, with no actual striker named to start.

Does their predictability play into our hands? Or does our shakey defence leave too many questions to be confident?

Pat J

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  1. s says:

    Team with two strikers to lose to team with no striker. Called it. The mess ain’t gonna change overnight…

    1. gotanidea says:

      Those “non-strikers” are highly skillful and explosive forwards that Arsenal do not have

      Actually I’d prefer Arsenal to rely on the more versatile attackers that can score and assist from the wide positions, compared to relying on conservative strikers that could easily be marked

  2. McLovin says:

    I think the best we could aim for is not to concede more than 2 goals.

    1. RSH says:

      it’s a given we are conceding one already. We have to score at least twice to get anything from this game. Also hope we can limit it to just our usual one this time.

  3. gotanidea says:

    I hope it’s 3-4-1-2, because Koscielny could be a disaster if he starts as a CB in a two CB formation. If this is correct, the no 10 must not let Jorginho dictate the tempo and hopefully Xhaka can control it instead:

    …….Koscielny . Sokratis . Xhaka
    Bellerin . Guendouzi . Torreira . Kolasinac
    …Aubameyang …………..Lacazette

    1. Eddie Hoyte says:

      Lol…why would you want Xhaka at the back?? Ramsey, this is your chance though

      1. gotanidea says:

        He would have less pressure there, hence he could control the flow better

        My only concern is Ramsey’s motivation

        1. RSH says:

          Ramsey’s motivation has never been an issue before. I don’t think signing for Juve would suddenly change that.

  4. Lenohappy says:

    Bro be positive,If Chelsea score 2 goals am sure we will also score 2

  5. Sue says:

    Jesus Ozil, Mustafi & Iwobi on the bench!!
    Will Mesut ever play for us again??

    1. Sarmmie says:

      at least one if ozil and iwobi should start, how are we supposed to create chances, Ramsey?

      1. Sue says:

        Will we create anything Sarmmie?? Ramsey needs to step up!! COYG

        1. Eddie Hoyte says:

          Sue I’m surprised Iwobi is on the bench though.. he’s still a better option for the LW.
          Ozil on the bench, I hope this is a 4-4-2 formation though, like we’ve all stated, nobody knows what team Emery would pick and he hasn’t disappointed us with that, Ramsey starting, Iwobi bench, who would’ve thought bout that?

          1. Sue says:

            I’m amazed!!

        2. Sarmmie says:

          I don’t know, Sue, I really don’t know
          Ramsey playing well today will really affect our game, though

  6. Uzi Ozil says:

    it’s funny how some fans want ozil out. Now he isn’t playing and some wants him back.
    Hope we win but not looking positive at all.

    Hoepfully we win… I don’t want a draw. I want a win even if my confidence is on the low

    1. Sue says:

      I’ve always wanted Ozil to play!
      I don’t want a draw either.. if we lose I’m going to be absolutely raging!!!

    2. gotanidea says:

      A win is a must and I don’t want Ozil to be back

      I suspect another club is negotiating with Ozil and Arsenal

    3. RSH says:

      well the fanbase isn’t one collective mind and some want him to start and some want him benched. Why is that hard to understand?

  7. Eddie Hoyte says:

    Bloody Genius?? The line up, who’s gon serve Aubameyang and Lacazette? Your father?? Lol good luck..
    elsewhere he was asked why Torreira has been on the bench lately and here’s his reply.

    ““He is the same (as Ozil),”
    “Sometimes he is with a good performance, sometimes he is with worse performances. And sometimes he can play and sometimes somebody else can play. I think this is normal.”

    And some of you question our sanity when we say Emery’s a rétard and a joke to this club….Okay lads

    1. ozziegunner says:

      Eddie, keep saying it often enough and you might believe it; “Emery’s a retard”!!!

  8. Arsenal#7 says:

    Emery is an idiot.
    He is starting to have the same issues Wenger had ignoring what is best t=for the team and playing his preferred line-up . Xhaka and Guendouzi are at best best bench players not
    the caliber you need to get I top 4.
    If we win this match it will be a miracle. Chelsea on paper have a better player in virtually every position. I hope we get very lucky.

    1. ozziegunner says:

      Who’s the idiot?

  9. gotanidea says:

    Interestingly, Ramsey is the only British player that starts tonight and there is no single English player in both teams

    Liverpool started with three English players tonight, but they manage to stay on the top

    Arsenal should focus on English and young player development, rather than hiring highly paid expatriates that are inconsistent

    1. ToluCOYG says:

      Maybe Willock and Smith Rowe should have replaced Ozil and Iwobi on the bench. Also AMN play ahead of Kolasinac.
      Dont you think?

      1. gotanidea says:

        Only the ones that are ready should play

        I reckon Maitland-Niles is the best young English player at Arsenal currently, therefore he should have gotten more chances to build his confidence

  10. Spot on says:

    Emery would play Ozil when Arsenal is goal behind. If he’s lucky, it would be because Emery is a tactic genius. If Arsenal still lost, it would be because of Ozil, even if he only plays not mire than 20 minutes.

  11. Cliff says:

    4-3-3 it is.Not so bad,but Monreal would have started then Kolasinac plays further ahead in place of Guendouzi.
    Let me say nothing about Xhaka,he is wearing an arsenal Jersey so let me just support the team.

  12. ToluCOYG says:

    When the game is done and dusted, Ozil, Iwobi and Mustafi can come on in the 2nd half to see out the game.

    Its gonna be 2-1 to Arsenal.


    1. Sue says:

      I hope you’re right ?

      1. ToluCOYG says:

        Ozil will start the next match surely.

        1. Sue says:

          ? well done Tolucoyg

  13. Jah son says:

    This is hard to swallow

  14. RSH says:

    People mad about Ozil, but Koscielny over Mustafi is a move that will cost us more dearly.

    1. Eddie Hoyte says:

      Swear down, Koscienly over Mustafi doesn’t seem like a bright idea

      1. ToluCOYG says:

        Sorry guys, he proved y’all wrong today.

  15. Leon says:

    When you give a months notice at work your focus is not really there for your last month. The effort is not there and if things go wrong you know you are leaving.
    Why play Ramsey?
    Ozil has creativity in the No 10 position.
    This Arsenal side has no creativity and is a defensive shambles.
    We HAVE to win. Its season over if we lose.
    This really is no improvement over last season. I have to wonder what exactly Emery has brought to Arsenal apart from additional calamity…

  16. ForeverGooner says:

    Koscielny is our best central defender, so very happy we didn’t go with Mustafi

    Hopefully Ozil will get a chance in the 2nd half. I don’t see Ramsey being useful at servicing Laca and Auba as Ozil

    1. ozziegunner says:

      Leon, can you quote me one acknowledged football expert, who agrees with your assessment of Unai Emery?

  17. Sue says:


  18. Things are changing says:

    A lot of doom and gloom on here. We can win this without a doubt.

    If we play as we did against Liverpool or Spurs there might be some happy fans tonight. This team has more character than last years team don’t count them out.

    Great opportunity for Ramsey to show us what we will be missing by leading our attack.

  19. Rkw says:

    Sorry to say that after 7 months in job am willing to predict emery ain’t going to be an arsenal legend .. he’s just too predictable and unimaginative a mind and anyone playing xhaka week in week out has no ffing idea in my books

    1. Kelleson says:

      Emery is a tactician, if you take a look at arsenal team you will notice that there are no reflects players like Hleb and rosicky , but emery is doing to make used of what is available to him. Xhaka is the only midfieder that can usher long passes. That is the point of view he is been used

  20. Serbian Gunner says:

    I don’t care if he scores a hat trick, Xhaka is easily one of the worst players to have ever played for Arsenal

    1. Rkw says:

      Politics aside … the worst to hold down a regular place

      1. Serbian Gunner says:

        That’s the only thing I had in mind. Nothing more, nothing less

    2. Sarmmie says:

      how would you not player if he scores a hatrick, it shows you don’t like him irrespective of what he does or whatever he will do

      1. Serbian Gunner says:

        Because we could concede a hat trick the way he gives the ball away

  21. Sue says:

    BOOOOM!!!! LACA ❤

  22. ForeverGooner says:

    Well done Laca
    Hope Auba scores too


  23. Ackshay says:

    Lol kolasinac launching kante on koscielny who gets the foul…

    1. Ackshay says:

      Kolasinac shoving Pedro to the ground. Stop being a bully kolasinac.

      1. Sue says:

        Haha he’s brilliant… I love it

      2. waal2waal says:

        …its encouraging knowing we’ve a few tough hombres in the side – gotta admit – i do like having the guy in our ranks – i.e. particularly when we’re driving forward. #kolsinac

        1. Sue says:

          Hell yeah waal2waal ??

          1. waal2waal says:

            LOL – i already know he’s a favourite of yours Sue 🙂

  24. Eddie Hoyte says:

    2 nil up!!!!

    1. ozziegunner says:

      Egg on face!!

  25. avenger says:

    .Koscielnys shoulder did it thats the goal we need lets go Arsenal!!!
    dont give up !!!

  26. RSH says:

    what a first half, we were really good. Kos proving me wrong so far today. COYG, strong 2nd as well please

  27. Sue says:

    What a superb half of football! EVERYONE put a shift in & we were brilliant ?
    More of the same in the 2nd half please

    1. Sue says:

      Plus why can’t we play like that every week??

      1. Eddie Hoyte says:

        Sue that’s the problem!! this team ain’t stable

        1. Sue says:

          I know Eddie….. if only we could play at home every week then ?

          1. ozziegunner says:

            Eddie, you are finally right about “stability”; Arsenal now have 4 fit CB’s.

  28. COYG_CA says:

    A lot of pre-game bitching as usual . . . .
    Good half.

  29. avenger says:

    the game is not over yet Chelsea will come up after us at the second half our defense is weak but survived the first half
    we were lucky with Alonso heading at the post anyway I take it but we have to be very careful dont slow down and keep forward all the time and score again to secure the win

  30. waal2waal says:

    The first commentator – in this thread has identified themselves as “S” – clearly by the gloomy outlook you expressed in your comment, the S (attached to your name) is for Spud 😀

  31. Sue says:

    I just love Sokratis

  32. Sue says:

    Oh ffs doesn’t look good for Hector

  33. s says:

    must get a right-back on loan then… or play lichtsteiner lol

    1. RSH says:

      jenkinson is world class. we’re good

  34. waal2waal says:

    …last week some were slating emery and wanting him gone – we need to stop all that… and get behind the manager. Happy for emery, the team and all of our fans – it’s a wonderful day indeed 🙂

  35. Cliff says:

    A second half to forget,another very poor performance from Auba but we have won!!!and that is all that matters.

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