Confirmed Arsenal team to take revenge on Man City! Welbeck starts!

Arsenal have named their starting XI to take on Manchester City tonight, and Danny Welbeck is a surprise inclusion in our side.

The Gunners have been forced to leave Jack Wilshere sidelined due to an ankle knock, meaning Aaron Ramsey gets the nod to play alongside Granit Xhaka in midfield, but a couple of unforced changes have also been made for the tie.

Petr Cech has been returned to team after missing the last two outings, while Danny Welbeck has been thrown into the side, and looks likely to line up out wide, although there is the potential to play in a front two with Aubameyang, although the formation looks likely to be 4-2-3-1 to start with.

Is this team strong enough to give the home crowd something to cheer about? Will home advantage ensure that there is no repeat of Sunday’s defeat?

Pat J

Updated: March 1, 2018 — 7:40 pm

173 Comments

  1. I turned the whole world down to be here with you

    Is Welbeck even a footballer?

    1. What’s Wengers excuse this time?

      1. Wenger: Blue lines without snow! disgrace! 😉

      2. I don’t know about take revenge they want to learn how to take a penalty first. Useless worst Arsenal I have ever seen.

  2. Small crowd!

    1. Don’t you start! That’s all Gary Neville & Martin Tyler have been on about…. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

      1. Sorry I’m watching but with sound off as i hate their drone but hey perhaps I just joined them!

        1. Best way I reckon! I’m choked, not sure I can sit through the second half….

  3. Eventhough there is so much gloom right now,but still, Come on you gunners!!!

    1. @Goner boy
      do a re-setting for your phone. that message on your phone is not for you.

  4. Arsene told Gadiola to take over Arsenal

  5. Wow never seen so many empty seats

  6. Arsenal 9 City 0
    Wellbeck and Auba hatricks

    1. Lol, but i wont be surprised if Arsenal puts in a cup final performance tonight

      1. 2 nil down I think your question is answered.

        1. Sorry 3. Dear o dear.

    2. Did you put the team banes is wrong places.

  7. Revenge? Not sure about that as i dont think this will have any bearing on our league campaign.
    I already want the season to be over

    1. I hope you know Iwobi is only starting from the bench tonight ?
      So we should be winning. Isn’t it ?

  8. Doesn’t feel like a league match … But then again down after 15 feels like business as usual

    1. Indeed!!!

  9. I turned the whole world down to be here with you

    So it begins again

  10. World class !

  11. Down by 1 already, Arsene still doesn’t know our defence is nt good enough, wow!!

    1. We are an offensive team

  12. Losing but playing so much better than Sunday.

    1. So much for playing better than sunday

      Jon fox must happy wherever he is now…

      1. Spot on . Ecstatic and expecting Wengers sacking very soon!

  13. One Arsene Wenger

    1. Oh by God there is and look at the state of us.

  14. we have already conceded ???

  15. much better performance…..

      1. You still think so?

    1. You need more medical help than your master

  16. Hahahahahaha

    Taxi for Wenger!!

  17. Why doesn’t someone foul sane!!!

  18. Wenger a goner surely now … A humiliating loss at home must b too much even for the loonies on this site

  19. We can win this.
    Arsenal 11 City 1

  20. Three Arsenal v Man City games this season

    Arsenal eight shots on target one goal
    City nine shots on target seven goals

  21. nice defensive awareness there Bellerin you’re a top class RB

  22. play better yet concede more than sun lol

  23. Sane is insane!

  24. Man city is jst disgracing arsenal & they aren’t even playing that good. I feel so bad 4 us bt what can I do I’m nt d one managing the club.

  25. Some of you almost seem smug we are
    Losing? Bit weird….must be that new breed of Arsenal fan.

    1. You mean the breed that is not lobotomised and drugged up on wenger juice?

      1. Hahahahah

        1. Was hilarious wasn’t it….side splitting in fact….not just haha funny….but hahahahah funny!

          Now that’s funny.

          Now if only I was only one of the Wenger in brigade….which unfortunately for the joke I am not…..

      2. hmm….so that’s what it’s about?

        So that’s ok then……

      3. To be honest I see no point in delighting in our defeat when Wenger will still be manager next season anyway. I’d rather we win as much as we can win if the same manager will be at the club anyway. I don’t know about all this lobotomy talk I and others like me support the club not the manager and therefore want the team to win every time they walk out on the pitch. If I genuinely believed or rather was gullible enough to believe that by having a large defeat it would result in Wenger leaving and a top manager coming in I might feel differently but I can’t even image such a scenario even hypothetically.

    2. I’m not Coldzero I’m gutted ?

      1. I am gutted too, I hate it, I am punching walls, but if it means that scores like these will make sure Arsene is no longer our manager next season, then bring them on! I am happy for us to loose every game left to play this season to make sure that senile old man leaves and never comes back.

  26. Ive turned this match into a drinking game.
    Got my shots of vodka
    1 shot for City goal
    2 shots for Arsenal goal

    1. take a shot and get ready to take more

    2. Take it easy on the City goals, maybe a shot every two goals?

  27. INTERNATIONALARSENAL

    Yesssssssssssssss. We are losing, one arsene Wenger !

  28. leave the f’n stadium WENGER OUT

    WENGER OUT

    WENGER OUT

  29. How’s that revenge going gooners? This is the real team arranged by the specialist, and still AKBs think we gonna revenge on this super Man city side.. hahahaha

  30. AKB”s explain the empty ground for me plz?

    Maybe the cold? Fans have had enough.

    1. I don’t think there are any AKBs on here any more

      1. Hehehe could be true, even Midkemma wants wenger to leave

        1. Where’s Ken

          Love me some 1945 Ken

          1. He’s sitting in a dark room with Thomas

          2. No, wenger lovers think everything is o.k.
            You can not explain to them… they have a father complex or something… crazy.

          3. Ken will be at the match

  31. i have been saying this for years Hector bellerin missus Ozil average player watch the games i don’t see world class players ozil contract will destroy Arsenal

    1. agreed. Ozil not worth the 300-350K and screwed the whole balance

  32. Damn another shot of vodka so soon
    0-3

  33. Manchester City will always be better than Arsenal until the board takes drastic measures 2 reshape the club. Imagine 3:0 by 33 minutes of play. What’s our excuse nw?

    1. Oh the game was tight before kick off.

  34. City unplayable but COYG

  35. Arsenal 11 City 3 🙂

  36. any naive Arsenal fan believes that we are going to win this game?
    At the same time that the coach champion of failure is in charge
    Arsenal will go down in history
    Wenger Out 32 minutes first half 0-3

  37. Are we watching the final days of Wenger? I surely hope so! Hey, at least the team actually tried this time. Standards

    1. Tried for 33mins

  38. Thank God we aren’t in d champions league & we aren’t getting back there this season either so what’s next for AFC?

  39. INTERNATIONALARSENAL

    Excellent, things couldn’t be better. 5 more goals to freedom

    1. Gattuso will deliver the final blow

      1. INTERNATIONALARSENAL

        I hope so, I really hope so

  40. We are down by 3-0 when we are 11 v 11.

    What we be the scorelines when we are red carded which is very likely in the match

    1. Wouldn’t mind seeing a proper tackle on sane. Haven’t seen anything close to a foul so far!

  41. What a pathetic bunch.
    What a spineless bunch of cowards this Arsenal team is.
    3-0 down already.
    Do these people have any pride ?
    It looks like they are playing to get him fired.
    The sooner it happens the better.
    And I hope the new manager does exactly the same to them.
    GET SHOT
    None of them are worth a toss…

    1. The players want Wenger gone surely, or how else can one explain this?….thank goodness am not watching this,the only thing i miss is Wenger and bould’ s face as the goals flood in…

  42. Arsene Wenger is completely washed out & he doesn’t want 2 realize this fact & step down, what sort of rubbish is this? I’m tired seriously…

  43. Surely it’s the job centre in the morning for the fossil …the team is gone

  44. Here is some perspective for you Wenger.
    YOU ARE SHIT.
    AND YOUR TEAM IS EVEN WORSE THAN THAT.
    A DISGRACE !

    1. Wenger is the shittiest of them all, because he selected most of them

      1. He bought that dung.

      2. ALL OF THEM ARE PURCHASED BY WENGER

  45. Save by Cech.
    We’ve seen the first shot on target by City that didn’t enter the net.

    Improvement !!!!

  46. Ozil cannot even turn creatively like Sane and Aguero, let alone have the same vision as Silva and Brune, but some people said he is of different calibre?! He has been a joke since he signed for Arsenal!!

    1. Footballistrivial

      Shhhhh. You will make the oil fanboys go berserk.

      1. Footballistrivial

        Ozil*

  47. Auba could be crying everyday at home, BVB could win Europa, but now he is in this shi**ty team which can’t even try to play football but are happy with their big salaries and never want to be criticized

  48. When your miserable its nice to have fellow gooners to cry with

    I love you guys.????
    Hiccup. .hiccup

    1. Endure, and pray for better days ahead!

  49. do we need to spend time for the 2nd half of today?
    i think my girlfriend is waiting for me on bed..Wenger shit!! Auba plays like Bendtner just bcoz he is under Wenger

  50. Ramsey our best player … And that’s saying something from me

  51. Reality Check!!! Disband BSM and Red-Army today and Wenger wil crumble. By next month he will be out.

  52. Lads what for the boos on the whistle .

    1. Should be walk outs.

  53. There’s only one Arsene Wenger (thank God but even On is too many)

  54. …iv only just seen this and it saddens me – we are in real bad shape and anyone who loves this club will know bould and wenger is a comedy act – somebody… anybody …step in and save this club from a state of freefall – i was having a decent day, only to come in to this.

    1. Sh*t ain’t it……

      1. yes @Sue – i though a half-time-draw might be something to come home too but this hurts while at the same time it signals change. HE has to go …it’s embarrassing (tbh)

        1. Yes I thought we might be up for this…Will we EVER have another clean sheet???? And will EVER score again??? Gutted…..

          1. dreading the second half, I really am… anyone who thinks wenger can take us any further, think again. Hopefully we’ll see ancelotti, simeoni or the monaco manager in place – iv had it up to here with this pile of sh**e.

          2. …and now that (half arsed-attempt at a penalty).

  55. Welbeck and Mikhytarian United rejects. Awful the pair of them. Mourinho gives us these two clowns and we give them our best players.
    Who is missing Sanchez now?
    This Boomerang guy may score loads of goals in the German league but not in this league.
    The January transfer business isn’t looking so great now!!!!

    1. INTERNATIONALARSENAL

      Boomerang guy hahaha ..

  56. Who signed this Kolasinac Fellow? Oh wait another Wenger freebee!! You pay peanuts you get monkeys.

  57. Tbh we are playing better than at the weekend but so are they. The gulf in class is so apparent. There are some players trying such as miki auba and Ramsey
    But kola cannot defend and it’s soooo obvious we need a nasty DM to stop their play

  58. It will be 8 0 to night, Wenger will come and asked us to focus on the positive ,and respond in our next match,

  59. Everyone saying Man City goals were world class but let’s remember they are up against the worst defensive team in the premier league.

    1. U jst summed it up boss, I’ve never seen a defence as poor as arsenal’s defence

  60. Looks like it’s going to be another 8 nil score line

  61. Reckon we can win this .
    ….game of monopoly I’m playing
    Arsenal ? Arsenal what ?!
    Oh .no what lol
    There screwed

    Mkhi running up to auba now like …

    Yo pierre wanna get out of here ?

  62. Well Hello my fellow goonies. Things are looking up although I feel sorry for us I feel Wenger will be out ….In the morning, by 12pm. Best really Maybe we could win europa if he leaves in time?

    1. We ain’t winning anything… not even thè toss

      1. Leave Mohammed alone if you are a coach will you put him in your ist 11

  63. I wonder if that young boy
    who was crying at Wembley
    is watching this.
    Elneny tweeted
    “For the sake of you and the sake of all the gunners’ fans
    I promise you to fight to draw the smile on your face”.
    Mohamed is on the bench yet so there is still time to make the lad smile

    1. ill admit I admire your optimism 🙂

    2. Haha bazza that’s funny
      Mo to channel his inner romario an get us back into this

    3. Here is the irony. How do we convince these young lads to support Arsenal in the future, when they keep having these traumatic experiences. My eight year old son refuses to wear his shirt in public.

  64. Footballistrivial

    Without a proper midfield and defence nothing will be achieved. Oh please give me back cazorla and rosicky.

    1. And a proper manager. Seems like everything he touches turns to…….

      1. Footballistrivial

        Ozil will never be even half the player cazorla and rosicky were. He’s not bad of course but he’s nothing compared to these two.

  65. Can you believe we are actually playing better than Sunday but problem is city are in a form to hand a beating today. With better finishing we could have 1 or 2 goals and this game is a reflection of Ramsey importance as he is our only mid who tackles, makes runs off the ball and is able to track track. Others ball watching most of the time. We need to throw xhaka in a bin, get a kante like dm then if we can get a better version of Ramsey no problem.
    City finishing is deadly today, sane is killing us and city are playing counters tactics as possession is shared which is unusual for them.

  66. How long is the grieving period going to be after this defeat 3 nil down and its only half time

  67. First world problems really.. all’s good ! No one is dropping bombs. Wenger will leave ……..one day

  68. Another 8 0 tonight

  69. Missed penalty……..sums it up.

    1. Aubemayang has Wengeritis already!

  70. Loool the title is hilarious:. Take revenge and Welbeck starts in the same sentence ?

    1. to be fair you could replace his name with any Arsenal player right now and it’d be just as ridiculous

  71. Once a team loses it’s way everything goes wrong … The fossilized prophet has led us in to the wilderness and has no clue what to do next … He has to go …

  72. Can it get any worse? What were these guys told at half time ? No Purpose!!! Then again they will be defended all week long.

  73. …after the fa-cup wenger said this side would go on to do better… he meant we’d compete for the title.

  74. obviously no one is looking at the game but juz the scores which was expected

    we were much better than sun against Fifa18 team with 280m defense

    city is playing with very high confidence and morale

    they had 3 or 4 shots on target and score

    we had 6 or 7 on targets and fail to convert including a penalty save

    1. But we are still quite a bit worse than Wigan….

      1. Wigan parked the entire bus and got lucky with a break….

        City totally dominated that game…it could have been 10 nil or more if Wigan played offensive….

        We could have done the same…park the bus and defend and defend….but it would be boring….

        We are an offensive team…and if we don’t dominate and score…we will get punished by a stronger and quality side…

        1. We are not really an offensive team. We are just a team, who can’t defend, and that is an entirely different thing.
          In fact as we are so poor at defending with our offensive players, that we can’t win the ball in the opponents half and that really doesn’t make an offensive team at all.

    2. What a load of BS John 280m defence

      1. didn’t they spend 280m on defence alone?

        1. There defender today inc the gk 156m

    3. nobody is buying what you’re selling. Back to the spurs forum please

    4. Jesus Christ … The gulf between the teams is massive in every department … Take of the Panglossian wenger specs and watch the dam game

      1. isn’t it quite obvious they have players that are leagues apart from us???

        2 world class players at every position

        look at how much money they spend on quality players…..

        Take FFP away and they will bring in players over 150m price tag such as Neymar, Mbappe and etc…next season

        1. Leicester has debunked this nonsense already. What else you got?

  75. Wow! Ozil is a total liability to this Arsenal team

  76. Wenger has to sub some one soon
    but who’s fragile personality can
    take being blamed for the loss?
    Auba 55milion just missed a pen?
    Welbz the only English starter?
    Mkhi the swap for Sanchez man?
    Ozil the main man?
    Rambo Arsene’s God son ( feeling the injury might be an excuse?)
    Kolasinac the brilliant freebie.
    Xhaka the 30m DM man of steel?

  77. so arsenal cannot score @ least 1 goal against man city, even from d penalty spot. wow! we’re finished…..

  78. I think i would welcome lord bendtner back at this point … It’s a sad mess of a club

  79. I’ve just read that Cech has conceded more goals for us (3 seasons) than he did with Chelsea (11 seasons) wow!!!

  80. Wenger: We were unlucky… we had many chances, penalty missed, referee was against us, there were blue lines and no snow on the pitch… … but we are preparing for the next game… thats our job!

    Me: nobody lasts forever!

  81. Wish I’d ordered only half a Guinness so I could have gone home early rather than watch this s**t.

  82. I think it’s the time to say goodbye

  83. City’s bench is insane…

    Toure, Laporte, Stoney, Jesus……

    why no sub?

  84. Good its over, I was beginning to think that, that was going to be another embarrassing defeat

    1. 0-3 at home in first half of embarrassing enough for ya?

  85. …think about it …we we’re beaten by that team beginning with “O” the other day …so everyone wants a piece of us now; some have actually expressed they’re sorry for us – others cynically say keep wenger in – no longer the gunners, more a case of the cannon fodder

  86. I’m so depressed now… how much more do we have to endure???
    What’s the betting Murray gets a hat trick against us on sunday….
    I never thought I’d say this but I can’t wait till the season is over…. don’t even know if I want to go to the Watford game anymore ????

  87. @ Arseovertit I’m as frustrated as most of the fans at what our team has been allowed to become, its just my anger being turned in to sarcasm. I am waiting for that man Wenger to leave our club so we can start again.



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