CONFIRMED team for Arsenal v Chelsea – A new back three for the future!

So we are getting closer to this absolutely massive game and I simply can’t wait. The butterflies are getting stronger!

Arsenal v Chelsea is one of the biggest games of the year for me, and although we have a very makeshift defence it reminds me of the FA Cup Final when Mertesacker played his first game of the season and we still beat them.

So here is the team that We predicted earlier…

Cech
Bellerin  Chambers  Mustafi  Maitland-Niles
Iwobi  Xhaka  Wilshere
Ozil  Lacazette  Alexis

And here is the Confirmed team…

I don’t see any differences except the formation means Holding joins Chambers and Mustafi in the three at the back, and Iwobi drops to the bench.

I am keen to see how this defence works out against the Chelsea team, as we all hope that this is the future line-up once Koscielny Monreal retire, which won’t be long.

Otherwise we don’t look very weakened at all. I have a good feeling about this game….

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92 Comments

  1. ALBERTOGUNNER says:

    What needs to happen for Wenger to drop Xhaka??????? Coquelin or Elneny would have been better

    1. muffdiver says:

      massive game for chambers and i noti..wait…IWOBI?!
      xhaka in the middle again..

      u know i remember being kicked in the testicles for the first time…it was a warm summers day 1997 the tr…anyway i learned from that
      wenger u should not need someone to chun-li spinning bird kick into you hairy gonads to see that theres players that have not warranted there places

      you must know something we dont…hope your right

      im nervous

      1. muffdiver says:

        HOLY SHI*
        chambers and holding with mr bottler himself as our defence
        this is ballsy

        give the old man his due
        takes troy deeneys: that does

  2. Nayr says:

    i really want to see how chambers and holding will cope with chelsea.
    they might just surprise everyone.

  3. Vijay says:

    thats defence of ours wow!
    hope chambers and holding put in a great shift and make that permanent
    COYG!!!

  4. John says:

    I like this team selection……..young defensive team……….give the future a chance in a big game……….good luck Arsenal,…….

    1. Alkali says:

      ?? I’m honestly shaking in my boots, I’m glad my Chelsea buds ain’t coming over for the game.

  5. Tatgooner says:

    Banter lineup.
    Seeing chambers holding mustafi maitland niles starting must surely be an epic feeling for conte.
    Morata hazard and pedro willrun riot and quash this team like bugs

  6. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    May be this is opposites world and Arsene will win by putting out a wackass team

    1. muffdiver says:

      hahahaha
      shi that made me laugh

  7. Tatgooner says:

    5 1chelsea win incoming

    1. muffdiver says:

      eat a mans appendage .do it slowly and with the commodores playing in the background

      WE CAN WIN~!!!

      1. waal2waal says:

        …yes we’re playing fearless imo

  8. GunnerWin says:

    must say its great to see 4 english boys playing!..however, i am not looking forward to hazard and morata running at that defence. Chambers will struggle with the pace of their game i think.

    But look great in attack, so lets go COYG

  9. gotanidea says:

    I predicted the same line-up and the same formation, it turns out to be 100% accurate. I knew Wenger will apply man-marking to Chelsea players, like what he did in their previous encounter and he did the same thing to Manchester City (use the same 4-3-3, which failed badly, because City players were to agile to be man-marked).

    I will predict about the result, it would be 2-1 for Arsenal. Because this match would a podium for the expiring contract rebels like Sanchez, Wilshere and Ozil, to showcase their abilities in front of Conte. COYG….

    1. Ivan says:

      I really hope you are right about the result as we could really do with all three points. COYG.

      1. pires says:

        mamarking is long gone you hardly find any team i the world who ply with it nowdays

  10. Rkw says:

    At least NM is in position … but xhaka and bellerin are going to have to do a Bonnie and Clyde before being dropped …. xhaka can’t match kante and bellerin will struggle with their pace men … I just hope they put in 80 per cent of effort that man city players seem willing to do … if we can contain hazard and morata we have a chance but it’s going to be though!

  11. Sue says:

    I’m worried……..

  12. Innit says:

    I think Wenger believes he MUST play Xhaka every match because he paid £35 million for him. That’s one of his problems. He has too much faith in his average players. Xhaka has been very average this season.

    I would play Coquelin and Wilshere instead of Xhaka and Wilshere.

    Also Niles should not play on the left. He has played RW, RB and central midfield. Wenger is making the same mistake he did with Oxlade. Instead of playing Ox on the right or centre, he played him lw or lwb. Oxlade hated that. Oxlade was our best squad player and he could have made RW his own last season if given the chance

    GOOD POINTS
    1. All 3 CB are actual CB specialists innit
    2. Ozil, Lacazette and Alexis is our best attack
    3. Wilshere behind Ozil is his best position. Wilshere will work very hard to get the ball forward to Ozil

    Anyway, i shouldn’t be ranting. Its game time soon innit

    Lets just hope we WIN

    1. gotanidea says:

      Actually Chamberlain prefers a central position than a wing position. That was why he moved, he believed he could have better chance playing in a central position under Klopp’s guidance.

      He also believed he would be much a better player if playing centrally. Too bad he gave up on Arsenal and Wenger, like Van Persie, Fabregas, Nasri, Clichy, etc.

      But I am happy that they finally can get major trophies with their new clubs, something that Arsenal and Wenger could never give. Whereas Arsenal fans have to wait for more than thirteen years to get another major trophy…

  13. Eat Pie says:

    1. Glad there is no Iwobi starting
    2. Would have preferred back four
    3. Would prefer De Buchy to Bellerin
    4. Would prefer Coq to Xhaka

    1. pires says:

      back four is far better than a back three. wenger is wrong whith this today….hope i am wrong

  14. Eat Pie says:

    Very weak bench tbf.

    1. Salmonella says:

      Exactly my concern

  15. Grandad says:

    Given the injury situation Wenger had little room to manoeuvre. However let’s give him credit for playing Holding instead of Mert. Forecast draw.

    1. pires says:

      the problem is the back three tactics.Even the players compalined about it and I DO (you are seeing that i can critisize wenger)

  16. shark says:

    Unless a miracle happens, it will end at least 0-3. Cech is older that all the defenders together, the defense is inexperienced (Wenger’s excuse if we lose), no DM to protect the defense or to recoup Alexis’s lost balls. If Chelsea will neutralize Ozil, it’s done for us. On the other hand, it’s the best line-up that we can have.

    1. Eat Pie says:

      Agree with most of what you said, but definitely not our best line up.

      Coq should be playing this game, maybe we dominate possession, but Xhaka can’t tackle or read danger. For me.this is where we lose the game,because Wenger won’t drop Xhaka for Coq.

      1. shark says:

        In the last games it seemed that Coq is played out of any position. He doesn’t look anymore like the DM that we brought back from loan. Also, we all know that Wenger is not dropping Xhaka no matter how many assists (for the opponents 🙂 ) he has.

  17. Sue says:

    One thing’s for certain… Cech isn’t getting his 200th clean sheet tonight!!
    Glad Ozil’s back & glad Iwobi isn’t starting

  18. sfgunner says:

    even though its january 3rd, theseason seems to be on the line oday. win and defend your home, you have a good chance to finish top 4, loose or draw, it feels like a sinking boat. I knew the year Klopp, Mou, Conti and Pep were signed that it was a new age coming. Competition for top 4 is very tough now. Used to be if we played, we made it to 4, if we played decent, we made it to 3, if we really played well, 2nd, and when we were invinsible, we won the league. Those days are gone.

  19. Anko says:

    These days you don’t know what you get with Arsenal anymore irrespective of the players. I just wish us well.

  20. barryglik says:

    6-1 Arsenal.

  21. Rkw says:

    Lacazette must be frustrated … He finds space in box but players don’t find him

  22. sfgunner says:

    apparently 30 goals in France = 10 goals in the EPL…

    1. Eat Pie says:

      Not fair bro.

  23. Maitland Nile should have pick out ozil and lacazette very easy he crosses to the keeper

  24. Rkw says:

    I just don’t understand how the idiot French can play bellerin week in week out …

  25. Tatgooner says:

    7 0 loss incoming

    1. gunnerman8701 says:

      Lol

  26. Tatgooner says:

    7 0 loss incoming

  27. sfgunner says:

    cech saved the day again… helluva match

  28. Lomomi says:

    I had said if Wenger doesn’t mess this up with line ups, then we have a chance!
    But Boy, He just Did!!!!

  29. gunnerman8701 says:

    I can see a repeat of the Man U game. Arsenal plays well, Chelsea wins.

  30. Ackshay says:

    Arsenal playing beautiful football, ozil and alexis look very game on today. Lacazette a little isolated but he was bought to be that selfish striker that shoots instead of sideways passing.
    Niles is a gem, when kola return he can be played in central midfield he will bring more to our core than xhaka. A niles- Ramsey Base is good with Ramsey being more disciplined this season.

    1. Ackshay says:

      Defense is shaky but its the 1st time this back 5 is playing together against a good morata and hazard. Cech is saving us the match

  31. gunnerman8701 says:

    Unnecessary tackle by Wishere. That’s exactly how he gets injured

    1. Ackshay says:

      Truth, he is getting frustrated with his bad passing, he needs to be careful.

  32. Rkw says:

    Some awful passing again … Ozil the exception having an excellent game

    1. sfgunner says:

      he is looking great, hope he links w Laca

      1. gunnerman8701 says:

        He’s linking more with Sanchez

  33. Eat Pie says:

    It’s like Wilshire and xhaka aren’t reading.passes made to them.

    1. Eat Pie says:

      It’s like they just leaving it for the other

  34. sfgunner says:

    did bellerin lose pace?

  35. Eat Pie says:

    Xhaka is a fool

    1. Eat Pie says:

      Rather just get a red and we know we won’t concede a stupid goal.

  36. Rkw says:

    Please please sell xhaka this January …he is a joker …only wenger would play this guy regularly … With him and bellerin it’s like ten against eleven

    1. Eat Pie says:

      You mean 9 Vs 11?

  37. Eat Pie says:

    Ozil is on fire lately,hope he stays if he plays like this.

  38. sfgunner says:

    highly entertaining match,

  39. GB says:

    We should have re-signed Fabregas when we had the chance.
    I was against it at the time but he is class!

  40. Rkw says:

    Decent half of football … Both teams should have scored but we look more vulnerable at the back … Ozil,best player on pitch … Hope that’s not the shop window …bellerin and xhaka should not be in this team

    1. Eat Pie says:

      100% out of depth.

      Hope Barca come back for Bellerin.

  41. Sue says:

    How cool is AMN ?

    1. Eat Pie says:

      I was a bit worried about him defensively, bit he has been the right up there tonight.

  42. muffdiver says:

    ozil is only passing to sanchez lol

    what a game mesuts having

  43. mickmematethemasterfarter. says:

    If cech was in goal 4 Chelsea we”d b2 up…..

    1. gunnerman8701 says:

      He’s actually kept us in the game for a change. The last time he was this decent was his first season with us.

  44. xhaka16 says:

    can smone gve me a link to stream dis match……i really need to watch d second half

  45. Rkw says:

    Worried about Willian coming on

  46. Avenger says:

    And that’s all for the first half. Laca can not find the ball
    players at the front to far away only 2 shoots in the first half
    Arsenal have to be more aggressive !!!!

  47. gunnerman8701 says:

    Wilshere’s got decent passes

  48. waal2waal says:

    …i think jack is playing well i had doubted he could return to this level – i was wrong. seems also maitland niles is a cool calm influence on young shoulders he is doing a fine job too #COYG

  49. gunnerman8701 says:

    And that’s how you hit the ball!!!!!!!!!

    1. waal2waal says:

      …yep like a Boss!! well struck goal!!! Jack Wilshire

  50. gunnerman8701 says:

    Ozil makes me mad! He’s such an amazing player! Why can’t he run the game like this consistently????

  51. Rkw says:

    C’mon we have to finish this now

  52. gunnerman8701 says:

    As expected

  53. Rkw says:

    Facing bellerin … When will the frog learn … Never never

  54. Eat Pie says:

    BS dive, wtf you pice of ?? ref

    1. It it Rkw says:

      Then xhaka gives ball away … They should score … Fing unbelievable … Just need a new manager asap … The man has no clue

  55. Eat Pie says:

    Bs dive, explain this FA, you fkn cheats

  56. Eat Pie says:

    No contact and they get a penalty, when Niles goes down they don’t give it.

    Refs have it out for Arsenal.

  57. waal2waal says:

    …in our last game someone pointed out that czech need only stay in the middle to save penalties – had he done so he may have been spared the indignity of being found out on so many occasions with routinely diving in the totally wrong direction. we need ozil to step things up and laca to finish this once and for all. #COYG

  58. Ackshay says:

    Bs pen again, ref are clearly playing against us. Worse they aren’t even hiding their bias now.
    I really hope now that some crazy arsenal fans beat the shit out of them. They dont answer for any mistakes they do so its unfortunately the only way they will learn not too f##k with us.

  59. It it Rkw says:

    Change u French moron …they are dominating …take off xhaka he serves no purpose

  60. It it Rkw says:

    Timid change … Decision of a 4th place manager

  61. It it Rkw says:

    Sad … We played well but with a shit manager we will never get back to the top … He should resign after this … 4th place out of site ….

  62. waal2waal says:

    we’re not quite there yet are we – we need more quality. sanchez is our weapon but we need something else to add to our offensive. greater stability in central mid has been a concern too. its at this stage i find myself in a suppressed depression. what a gooaaal!!!!

  63. It it Rkw says:

    Utter madness … But good football .., we should have won it

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