CONFIRMED – Official Arsenal team to face Man City – 4-3-3!

There are not many surprises in today’s line-up but it looks like Wenger has decided to go back to a 4-3-3 formation which should certainly make things interesting!

Danny Welbeck, Calum Chambers and Mustafi are still too short to play today but all are expected to be back after the international break. David Ospina is also still on the injury list and so Macey will be sitting on the bench as back up to Petr Cech.

Iwobi replaces Lacazette! Coquelin makes the 3 man midfield with Ramsey and Xhaka. Very innovative line-up from Wenger maybe he CAN adapt lol. We shall see if it works….

What do you think of that!

137 Comments

  1. Brain says:

    Fingers crossed but this looks like a master stroke from Wenger.

    1. Vivilaca9 says:

      The kingdom of this match is on the hand of monreal and le coq. Stay put and watchout !!!!!!

    2. Anko says:

      We are winning today! Am backing the team all the way

    3. Xxnofx says:

      How is this a master stroke
      It’s nothing short of being an absolute moron
      No striker on the pitch and hoping to swamped the midfield with bog standard midfielders
      If this is how you wanna see arsenal play and ran then best of luck to you .

    4. kev says:

      I don’t know how people watch football at times because Coquelin is doing very well.

  2. Salmonella says:

    Why no Laca?
    And Monreal as the 2nd CB??
    Not quite sure but credit to Wenger to have tweaked his system

    1. Vijay says:

      Laca on the bench is an surprising but Inform monreal over Per04 is a no brainer.

  3. TheArsenalWay says:

    What the hell is this lineup? I am really confused!

    1. TheArsenalWay says:

      I hope the response from Alexis is not similar to that of the Ox when we played against Liverpool, the club he wanted to join. It is no secret that Alexis wanted to join City.

    2. Xxnofx says:

      Yep not the only 1
      I’m sure laca signed thinking he would be benched to play against the big boys
      I have no faith in this lineup hope I’m proved wrong but I suppose I don’t get paid 10 million a year ,so what do I know

  4. Tom selleck says:

    The old man showing real balls here
    Massive risk he’s taking

  5. Ozilla says:

    Good lineup w/ Coquelin as DM. Looks like he wants to pack the midfield, but why no Laca??? I really hope it’s an injury or once again Wenger thinks he’s smarter than he really is

  6. AndersS says:

    Not many surprises??? Is that because it is almost one big surprise???
    Anyway, normally I am a Wenger critic, but I would say this line up looks interesting for the game in hand, and I don’t think Wenger can be criticized for not adjusting his tactics here.

  7. Vijay says:

    Finally 4-3-3, COYG!!!

    1. Kenneth Noel says:

      4321

    2. Break-on-through says:

      Might end up looking more like 4411, Iwobi and Ramsey could go to the wings. I hope not, I hope he picked this line up to give us the numbers in midfield when without the ball.

  8. horlu says:

    Fingers crossed, i hope to God this tactical switch works. Its good to know that wenger can be flexible once in a while.

  9. Sue says:

    Why the hell is Iwobi & Coquelin playing?? Why no Lacazette?? Jesus Christ

    1. Break-on-through says:

      Pep – Mindf**ked. I can see why Alexis would be put there, also Coquelin in theory.

  10. Durand says:

    Rather see Lacca over Iwobi, because Lacca better finisher, presser, and partners better with Sanchez.
    Anyway ballsy selection choice lets go gunners

  11. Goonerboy says:

    I love how Wenger changed the formation, however my worries are; Iwobi starting ahead of Lacazette, Monreal as CB….

    It seems Wenger’s confidence is not so high on Lacazette afterall, as I believe these are the kinda games you want your record signing to feature him…

    Good luck though…

  12. Sandeep says:

    Good line up only change I want is to put laca there and may be xahak to be benched .

    1. Vijay says:

      city will overcrowd our midfield like liverpool did if we played 2 CMF’s

  13. Break-on-through says:

    I’m a little worried because we haven’t being playing this defence and we are rusty at stepping up to catch people offside. Id be worried no matter what so here we go. Coquelin needs to get back to that level, lets hope this setup looked good in training.

  14. Rkw says:

    Man city attack even if a bit more sluggish after exertions last week must be licking their lips at the lack of pace and closing down that this combo offers … The only way we can get anything if attack scores 3 times … Difficult to see how

  15. Jakseth says:

    I am really hoping to be wrong but Switching to back 4 with one of the CB not in his natural position against the best attack of the premier league does not look very smart to me.

    1. Break-on-through says:

      Would you have chosen Per or Rob over him, even though Monreal and Kolasinac are the only two defenders with decent form on their side.

  16. arsenal#7 says:

    I just read a poll and it had 48% of the fans believing Wenger can win the league again.
    Just an indication that Wenger is not the only delusional person in the Arsenal kingdom.

    Been a fan is one thing, and a painful one at least with Arsenal, but been stupid is nor acceptable anymore. He tweeted the lineup today but anyone with any brain knows that leaving Lacazette
    on he bench in just another idiotic overthinking the plan.

    Play your best players !!!!!!!!!!!

  17. Godswill says:

    Just to accommodate Sanchez upfront has to be on the bench? I pray it works out ac3 points for us.

    1. Godswill says:

      “Lacca has be on bench?” Hope it’s not Ox episode II.

  18. Anko says:

    Is anyone nervous as me! But this is the time to protect the invisible and we are going to do it today!!!

  19. Godswill says:

    Iwobi seeing Lacca on bench please show up to justify the confidence..

    1. Break-on-through says:

      Iwobi covering Alexis position, Alexis covering Lacazette. I reckon Arsene also had late options arriving from the bench in mind when he chose this. City played mid week, teams slow down late in the game, and Giroud and Lacazette are two decent strikers to have in the Arsenal reserves. Especially when you realize that allot of people were calling for a Laca Giroud combo. I just hope we can stay in the game, try to stay with them until they tire before we do. We need to watch out for a very quick start from city.

  20. Elliot says:

    Not sure why iwobi stars instead of laca but lets see where this goes. I just dont see where our pace is coming from. I wonder if ozil is playing the false 9?

    1. Elliot says:

      Lmao, coq is in the back 3?!

  21. Charlie-Nick says:

    Come on Arsenal…everyone writing you off.
    Time to stand up, make a statement today!

  22. Uzi Ozil says:

    I like Iwobi but I will definitely start Lacazette ahead of Him. But Iwobi has been decent in big games anyway.

    Hoping to see Laca in the game later. Hoping we win.

    No matter what, Arsene tweaked the formation. Kudos to Him.

  23. ramterta says:

    its not a good lineup
    8 2 loss confirmed

  24. Nothing changed says:

    Nothing good is going to come out of this line-up. Way to destroy Laca’s confidence. Just becnh him for every big game.

  25. Charlie-Nick says:

    Aaargh – porous defence

  26. Abhilash says:

    Why is Debuchy in bench ahead of per and holding , God saves us if Kosh or Monreal get injured

  27. Arsene can't run out of bars says:

    And so it begins again…..

  28. Charlie-Nick says:

    Iwobi’s fault

  29. Dangote Save Us says:

    i have a feeling that iwobi will turn up to be another walcott. It’s been more than a season but he is still not the player he promised to be. On the other hand look at rashford

    1. Sue says:

      Iwobi is bloody useless as is Coquelin

      1. Sue says:

        Thumb down??? You’re having a laugh

  30. Rkw says:

    Like I said … Utterly dominated in midfield … Only an tired old has been would start him in this game

  31. Charlie-Nick says:

    PLEASE.DON’T.COLLAPSE.!!!

  32. Elliot says:

    Welp, the line up didnt work… Getting over run in midfield already.

  33. gmv8 says:

    Yawn … maybe if we’d had Lacazette up front we could have taken advantage of the early opportunities …

  34. Arsene can't run out of bars says:

    To be fair holding off for 18 minutes before the thrashing begins is commendable. Usually we are 2 or 3 down by now

  35. Rkw says:

    What is xhakas role here?

    1. Charlie-Nick says:

      He’s the midfield libero….
      …oops meant midfield liability

  36. gmv8 says:

    Why didn’t we get a CB in the summer? We knew we were short especially after selling Gabriel. VVD would’ve been worth a shot

  37. Kenneth Noel says:

    well AFTV is going lit tonight

  38. Eat Pie says:

    Goal was Ozils fault, he never tracked Dr Bryune, just stood and watched.

    Also most GK would haves saved that, Cech is wraknon the ground.

  39. gunnerman8701 says:

    Man city will win 3:0

    1. Charlie-Nick says:

      I’ll take that right now…

  40. Rkw says:

    Iwobi ramsey xhaka coquellin is a midfield devoid of composure and skill …. Just hope we don’t concede again before half time

  41. LL_cool_gunner says:

    Arsenal not playing like a top team.. How

  42. Eat Pie says:

    Half time take a chance, bring on Jack for Dhaka and lava for iwobinor ozil.

    Even Jack n lava for iwobinor and ozil

  43. gunnerman8701 says:

    Ozil, Ramsey, Xhaka are as useless as always.

  44. Dangote Save Us says:

    the only good thing about the game till now is that i am not seeing any way how with such a weak passing sanchez is going to fit in this city team

  45. Rkw says:

    Ffing Ramsey should be playing for chesterfield … Fortunately they have lost a bit of edge over the week otherwise this game would b out if sight already

  46. Gunners says:

    Ramsey is just useless. Why is he our player?

  47. LL_cool_gunner says:

    We need upgrade in every position, if we are ever going to win the pl

    1. Invincibles49 says:

      Starting with Manager’s position.

  48. Salmonella says:

    Ozil, xhaka, Ramsey are donkeys

  49. Invincibles49 says:

    Looks a training ground session between thte First team and the reserves. That is how much the gulf is.

  50. Break-on-through says:

    Aggression come on we need to dig in, don’t let them bloody dictate.

  51. Salmonella says:

    Alexis playing as if he’s a City player

  52. Invincibles49 says:

    Alexis having a bad interview for this next job.

    1. Salmonella says:

      Nah! He’s showing his loyalty to the City fans

      1. Highbury44 says:

        Yes not one shot in the whole of the match!!!

  53. Rkw says:

    The only plus is we are only one down … Don’t know how … But remove coquellin or xhaka and Iwobi ..lacazette and wilshire on

  54. Goonerboy says:

    I know many of us dislike Walcott, but this is a game for him, if Wenger won’t start Lacazette, Walcott would have come in handy, am sure…

    Would have preffered him to Iwobi tbh

    1. Sue says:

      Iwobi the headless chicken

    2. Dark Pope says:

      you gotta be kidding. have you watched walcott play this season? worst performance from an epl player by miles

  55. Wolf says:

    what a load of rubbish.

  56. lola says:

    I think Arsenal did well conceding only 1 in 1st half.
    In 2nd half target should be not to concede more than 5 goals

    1. kev says:

      City’s defence is average.There were many instanced where Arsenal needed a simple ball to go 1v1.

  57. Sue says:

    Don’t think anyone’s having a good game. City look really good & what I’d give to have De Bruyne, he’s brilliant

    1. Dark Pope says:

      guy played 90 mins away at napoli. still outran every midfield player (if we had one). i dont see the difference in freshness and sharpness after resting all these first team players midweek

  58. Rkw says:

    It’s not just the skill gap that is shocking but the basics of effort positioning closing down shifting the ball quickly from the back …all of which is the job of a coach to get right … Guardiola has made delph and fernandinho in to better players … There is not one on our team you can say that wenger has done the same for

  59. McLovin says:

    Only 1-0 down? Thats almost like a,win already!

    Now park theth bus, 1-0 or even 2-0 is still a,respectable score line against the world class teams.

    1. Salmonella says:

      I’ll take a 1-0 anyday.. City are closer to scoring the 2nd than us equalizing

  60. Salmonella says:

    Monreal you are playing as a CB not a wingback ffs!
    The 2v1 chance where my nanny would have done better than Sterling was Nacho’s fault. He’s got exposed quite a few times.

  61. ramterta says:

    city are brilliant.
    Arsenal learning.
    Its men v boys and 3 0 should reflect a fair scoreline

    1. Rkw says:

      Learning? …forgetting more like

  62. Rkw says:

    No change from the 8m pound man … 3 mins and 2 down …the man is a spurs plant

  63. Dark Pope says:

    game over referee just handed them the win. i m off for the night

  64. Wolf says:

    Is this what Wenger meant when he said he was going for the game? Going for the game with no strikers?

  65. ARSENAL FC says:

    Wenger is so frustrating
    your best two strikers on the bench for a big game like this
    this is beyond understanding

  66. sfgunner says:

    hopefully only 2 more months of alexi… cancer

  67. Mitch Connor says:

    See Mr Wenger! That’s how you build a team. Just ask Pep or Jose or Antonio or Jurgen or Mauricio. They will teach you

  68. Rkw says:

    I will say it again …. Ramsey is a third rate footballer … And running around doesn’t compensate in the top flight …

    1. Charlie-Nick says:

      good assist there…

  69. Charlie-Nick says:

    Gooooooaaaallll!!!

  70. Rkw says:

    Nice goal … A striker!!!

    1. gmv8 says:

      Funny – that’s what we were missing – a striker….

      1. Esiri Anderson says:

        And what role has A. Sanchez being occupying then?

  71. Paddy Gooner says:

    Why wasn’t he on from the start

  72. Dangote Save Us says:

    lacazette shows how big of an a-hole wenger is

  73. sfgunner says:

    brilliant goal and assist, still in this!

  74. Mitch Connor says:

    Nice idea to bring on lacazette just 65 minutes too late

  75. Paddy Gooner says:

    All city now. Might get a chance on the break if we don’t mess up

  76. Arsene can't run out of bars says:

    If that would have been Giroud instead of Laca it would have been tongue out, looking at the sky time for him and the first aid kit out for the poor guy in row z

  77. gmv8 says:

    Why give De Bruyne so much space? Get after him Bellerin and stop messing about with your b&56dy hair

  78. Rkw says:

    They are tired …

  79. Paddy Gooner says:

    Too easy

  80. Rkw says:

    Shocking decision … Which will give wenger his tired excuse

    1. Wolf says:

      Tired? Most of the players in this city team were playing mid wk CL. We rested ours. Seriously Wenger needs to go and take most of this team with him. But saying that under a good manager our players wouldn’t be so damn useless

  81. Paddy Gooner says:

    offside

  82. gmv8 says:

    It was offside – but we shouldn’t have given up hoping for correct refereeing decisions

  83. Rkw says:

    Give wilshire a chance you Gallic moron

    1. reddb10 says:

      i could not have said it better. But wenger thinks ozil must stay on even if he is walking.

  84. Ronny says:

    # different class

  85. reddb10 says:

    That third goal showed how much this team lacks discipline. The same story for over a decade. zero commitment and a manager incapable of changing the fundamental characteristics that a top team must have.

    1. gmv8 says:

      It was way offside – I can’t understand why Alan Smith says it isn’t when it clearly was from their own slow mo. But we – esp Xhaka just gave up hoping for the correct decision

  86. Rkw says:

    If you don’t start with your best players … Sh@@ happens .. That simple

  87. Bob2 says:

    Why is ozil still on the pitch… Bench him like Walcott..

  88. sfgunner says:

    AW will use the poor ref as an excuse, but in this case its legit, alexi announcing he has picked his next team before a big match is classless, i really think this squad will have a great second half after the clubhouse drama is gone…

  89. Rkw says:

    Even though they are tired they close down better than us …that’s just a management failure

  90. Roachie says:

    This is pretty much what Arsenal used to do to the opposition years ago. How things have changed……

  91. LL_cool_gunner says:

    Am actually tired of watching Ramsey,..

    1. Rkw says:

      I tired of it 3 years ago

  92. Rkw says:

    We have to start all over again … This outfit is finished as a top EPL team let alone european… It’s pointless pretending otherwise

  93. Deludedfan says:

    MC play so badly today but….

  94. sfgunner says:

    it took 2 referee influenced goals for city to win, meanwhile our two “stars” no where to be found…

  95. Ronny says:

    Ozil and sanchez just f off already……

  96. Alkali says:

    Arsenal might have gotten something from this game. The linesman gave them the 3rd goal but i blame the players for switching off.

  97. gmv8 says:

    I know we were all dreading it, but on the face of it, they weren’t that good, and if we had had some better managerial, refereeing decisions and invested in a proper not makeshift defence, definitely beatable. Get a bit sick of all the hangers on fawning over them, hoping for a job.

  98. Dark Pope says:

    de bruyne played 90 mins..ran past xhaka kolasinac ramsey and iwobi like they werent there on countless occasions. fitter and more driven than any of them. thats what i saw

    1. arsenal#7 says:

      AGREED 100%
      The commitment and collective ability of MC was significantly in a higher level.
      this is not a midfield of a top team challenging for titles , neither is the defense.
      the last 4 years we have witnessed a consistent deterioration of those areas and it goes to paying
      players like Walcott/Iwobi/Ramsey/Xhaka a lot of money for very little return.

      We would actually have ben better off signing some world class players for the last 3-4 years even at a rate of 1 major signing per transfer window. We would have a world class team and save $$
      in the process. Scary. Or sign Simeone and start teaching them how to defend/play as a team.

  99. Dan says:

    Frightening how far arsenal are away from challenging for prem league tittle absoulutely a million miles away I am 48 and can’t see them winning it in the rest of my life time feel sorry for young supporters who may never see it happen either the club is a complete shambles from top to bottom and are in serious crisis I just can’t watch this rubbish anymore!!

    1. Sue says:

      I know how you feel Dan

  100. Jack reacher says:

    We need someone up top go mr wenger u step down go on holidays relax and take ur time on holidays actually u can stay away for good ur done thank u and then go get David drink back and go get Sean dyche I no load people like wat but look we need a proper man who can get us together plus we need give a manager like that a chance

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