Confirmed Arsenal team to take on Fulham – No Ozil, Ramsey or Aubameyang! WOW

Unai Emery took a strong Arsenal squad to Qarabag on Thursday, and today we will find out if it was a good idea or not, as we now have to face a fully rested Fulham side at Craven Cottage. Emery seems convinced that his players should be fit enough to handle three games in a week and I certainly hope he is right!

As he seems nearly settled on his starting XI in the League, this was my prediction for the starting line-up….

Bellerin  Sokratis  Mustafi  Monreal
Guendouzi  Torreira  Xhaka
Ozil  Lacazette  Aubameyang

And here will be Emery’s final decision on his team to face Fulham…

Well, this is a very radical choice from the new coach. Who would have thought he would put out a line-up like that? Ramsey and Aubameyang on the bench, but where is Ozil? Not in Turkey recovering from another cold I hope!


  1. Pires says:

    it’s still a strong squad

    1. Pires says:

      Astrong line up i mean.

      1. Pat says:

        We are going top 4!!!!!!

  2. Declan says:

    I like it.

  3. Sue says:

    Oh Christ I’m scared

    1. Goonerboy says:


      1. Sue says:

        Well I saw no Aubameyang & Ozil in the line up. At least Pierre is on the bench if needed. Not bothered about Ramsey… was hoping Ozil was on the bench, but oh well… hope we get all 3 points

        1. Sue says:

          Think we’ll miss Sokratis though

  4. AndersS says:

    I am surprised Sokratis isn’t starting. He has been our best defender so far, IMO.
    Yes, and where is Özil?
    But I am happy to see Ramsey benched,

    1. Admin says:

      For a change I am more impressed with the defensive line up than the attack!
      We haven’t conceded with Holding playing, but I’d rather see him beside Sokratis than Mustafi….

  5. Goonerboy says:

    Emery is learning, apart from the defence, this is our most balanced formation this season. We have good wing players and a well rounded number 10, Lacazette our best centre forward…
    Am so excited about this!

  6. Uzi Ozil says:

    Rotation is key.. Who remembers when Emery was employed and people thought lacazette would be sold because He wants to build the team around Pierre. Anyway, I don’t know the managers strongest line up and formation but I m glad he is able to rotate players properly and make substitution rightfully.

  7. Xxnofx says:

    Auba as been I’ll this week so that’s probably why he’s on the bench .
    Ozil Injuried again ,sigh ,
    Nice to see Ramsey benched
    Don’t think the line up looks that strong though
    ,welbeck and iwobi in the same side with miki ,looks like a cup side that would play .

  8. Grandad says:

    This is an example of strong management although I would have preferred Socratis to Mustafi.With the latter and Bellerin in the back four I expect Fulham to score but I think we will scrape home to keep our winning run going.

  9. wcrown says:

    i expect to see mhkitarian and iwobi swoop places during the match. welbeck will be more on the left flank. should be an interesting match. we have 2 ball carriers and one energetic player in welbeck all behind lacazette. would be nice to see how that works.

  10. ThirdManJW says:

    Poor Ozil sick again? We won’t miss him, as he’s barely done anything this season, or for a long time, but it’s interesting that’s now twice he’s not even in the match day squad. A bit frustrating that some players have clearly been benched because of form, yet Xhaka retains his place yet again?

    Other than Xhaka, really pleased with the line up though. Even dropping Aubameyang I like, because he’s not a winger, and he’s been poor out wide.

    1. jon fox says:

      Third Man JW, it is back spasms apparently, according to thr TV commentators. I don’t buy all these fake sounding injuries of his and have said so further in more detail down this thread. Better off without this Walcottt mark two wimp. Spot on about Xhaka too. Can’t stand him personally.

  11. AkayMoney says:

    I trust Emery for his line up. Win is a must for the gunners. Fulham 0:2 Arsenal OR fulham 1:3 Arsenal

  12. Giddy says:

    I really love this lineup. My only concern is with the defense, i’d have loved to see Sokratis in place of Mustafi.

    1. Rkw says:


  13. Reddb10 says:

    Iwobi is the second most overrated player at Arsenal after ozil. Such a liability

    1. Sue says:

      Is he back to normal then???

      1. sammykit says:

        Sue, I don’t know what match he’s watching cos Iwobi has by far been arsenal best player in this match. Loving the guy???

    2. iffybright says:

      Now eat your words….
      Iwobi is far more productive and threatening than your god, Ozil

      1. Rkw says:

        He’s not threatening coz he has no final pass … but definitely a step up from Ramsey … best player for me has been holding … a massively improving presence in defense with a good relation with torreira

  14. Rkw says:

    Lacazette is proving his worth

  15. Xxnofx says:

    I’ll take that back ,front 3 look pretty good and iwobi having a great game so far .

  16. Innit says:

    Come on Gunners

  17. Rkw says:

    Bellerin has to be benched

  18. Rkw says:

    1 a piece a fair reflection of the half … and shows just how much we need to improve esp when we leave put our quality players

  19. Innit says:


  20. Innit says:

    Bellerin and Mustafi shouldnt start PL matches
    Prefer Lichtenstein and Holding

  21. Otunba_007 says:

    Very sloppy from Monreal

  22. wcrown says:

    that was all monreal’s fault leading to the goal. had enough space to pick a pass or play it out, yet he put himself under pressure by pushing the ball out wide before trying to play out. Very poor from one of my best player in this arsenal team.

    1. bran99 says:

      A very stupid mistake, and it gets even more stupider as you rewatch it

  23. bran99 says:

    What was Monteal doing? Just clear the ball and not pass to opponents. Defensive mistakes will never end at Arsenal till Jesus return. F**K

    1. ozziegunner says:

      Trouble with the Arsenal defense as exemplified by Monreal; they want to over elaborate play. With minutes to go before half time and 1-0 up, just put the ball in row 10; Monreal has now allowed Fulham back in the game!

  24. Darn it! Fell asleep for both goals! Hope I’ll be able to stay awake for the 2nd half. COYG 1-3!

  25. jon fox says:

    It seems Ozil is out with a back spasm this time. Colds, spasms etc. What next? An ingrowing toenail perhaps? What a WiMP. I am rapidly getting chessed off with this mans bogus injuries. It seems he just “doesn’t like it up him. ” And yes, perhaps i am being too hard on him but all these non realistic footballers reasons for missing games do sound really suss. Who agrees? I know who will disagree and could name most of them them here but what do others HONESTLY think, putting bias aside?

    1. ozziegunner says:

      He needs to TTFU.
      Not that I agree with players taking injuries into games; here in Australia the talking point is Cooper Cronk playing through the Rugby League Grand Final with a fractured scapula.

    2. gotanidea says:

      This ? ?

      I liked how the four attackers worked without Ozil and Ramsey

      They were swiftly interchanging their positions instead of stuck in each starting position and very willing to do duels with the opponents. I guess this is what Emery has been envisioning

  26. LENOhappy says:

    Ooh arsenal fans are the only fans who will pray Some players have a bad game to prove a point,iwobi so far this match has been playing well,all of our attacks has come from iwobi and welbeck

    1. Godswill says:

      I wonder. I am beginning to think that there’s a difference between a Club’s fan and a Club’s supporter.
      Up Arsenal. Upward we go.

  27. FootballisTrivial says:

    WOW Iwobi is killing Fulham. Lacazette is just amazing.

  28. TH14atl says:

    Goalscorer. No touch necessary. Come on laca!!! Come on Arsenal!!!

  29. Rkw says:

    Why is xhaka still on the pitch … hapless

  30. Senile says:

    How many points has Laca won us this season already?

  31. Ackshay says:

    Xhaka is such a shite player playing for us. He takes far too long to decide to what to do with the ball. he always do that which puts us under pressure, he either loses the ball or puts a teammate in trouble. Speed of thought is what makes a player in epl.

    Just saw a good example of xhaka holding onto the ball allowing Fulham player to press him then he disgustingly throw the ball to mkhitaryan who loses the ball because of xhaka error.

  32. FootballisTrivial says:


    1. Ackshay says:

      Simply amazing
      Lol to fans who thought we wouldn’t see such football with emery.

  33. TH14atl says:

    Whoooaaaaaa what a goal!!!

  34. Innit says:


  35. FootballisTrivial says:

    Why is Ramsey playing in front of Lacazette?????

  36. Ackshay says:

    I see 9 players working hard and together today, xhaka is useless and welbeck despite his willingness is not connecting well with the others.

    Iwobi has reverted to the daring audacious player that made fans love him when he started. Free from useless sideways passing. Yes he will lose possession especially on a bad day but he can be the winger we need.

  37. Rkw says:

    Difference between welbeck and auba … control plus awareness equalss threat

  38. wcrown says:

    torreira is a beast of a DM

  39. Rkw says:

    Have to say torreira is a bargain .. transformed our midfield even with the hapless xhaka next to him

  40. Reddb10 says:

    How many passes was that fifth goal?

  41. waal2waal says:

    …simply delightful

  42. wcrown says:

    What a striker pair Arsenal suddenly have on their hand!!! 2 goals 1 assist in less 30mins for Auba

  43. Gavana says:

    When was the last time we were above Spurs?

  44. Sue says:

    What a brilliant 2nd half!! EVERYONE has played brilliantly, all the goals were superb! I am buzzing…. 5 goals!!! 3 points!!! Hard to pick a MOTM… they all deserved it ? 3rs in the table & above the spuds ????????

      1. waal2waal says: a good feeling – another thumbs up for emery 😀

        1. Sue says:

          Too right waal2waal

  45. Alldwayfromafrica says:

    Oh boy…5-1 what a game…. everyone tried outshining each other with the goals…well we finally have a game that falters the scoreline…biggest fear is the media picking us apart.

    1. RSH says:

      we have thrived being ignored by the media. United’s implosion has been a positive in more than one way. Hope they keep making headlines and keep us out. Nothing to see here! 🙂

  46. LENOhappy says:

    Oh my arsenal

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