Confirmed team for Swansea v Arsenal – No Mkhi and where is Jack Wilshere?

So we have a new look Arsenal side at last, although we are still waiting for our other massive signing. The official Arsenal site was expecting Mkhitaryan to make his debut, and so did we….

So here was my prediction today

Cech
Mustafi Koscielny Monreal
Bellerin Xhaka Wilshere Maitland-Niles
Mkhitaryan Ozil
Lacazette

That is probably the best side we have right now, but here is what Wenger has chosen…

So Wenger has gone for four at the back, with Elneny joining Xhaka and Ramsey surprisingly replaces Wilshere in midfield. So where has Wilshere gone? Not even on the bench. Could he be a last minute sale? The Arsenal website says Jack is “ill”, but Wenger never mentioned it before…

Well for tonight it’s going to be attack, attack, attack!

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155 Comments

  1. GB says:

    Yup. Mikki and Giroud on the bench.

    1. Konstantin Mitov says:

      Until Wenger goes for good, we’re deadwood! We need a new keeper, 2 new CB, 2 new DMs … If I’m Aubameyang I’d be heading back to Dortmund.

  2. Dianjuh says:

    Without Wilshere we will struggle for creativity…
    What Wenger sees in Ramsey I will never understand.

    1. Kenneth Noel says:

      What you want him play Injuired

      1. GB says:

        He’s ill

    2. bran911 says:

      The loved one is back, we’ll see more of him till the end of the season.. this love affair, Titanic is second best

    3. zamad says:

      YOU’LL SEE AFTER THE MATCH

    4. Maks says:

      I think that Welsh Football Asc is paying directly to Wenger just to start Ramsey ever game possible. Wenger even refused ti resignFabregas just that Ramsey would have easy place in starting 11. Now Jack spoiled this but as we see not for long 🙁

    5. Aussie Jack says:

      I`m not going to bag Ramsey he`s a good player but he`s not `special`. Let`s face it there are few in Arsenal who are special and that`s what you need. like him or hate him Sanchez is `special` and `the special one knows it. Had he shared the dressing room with quality of his own kind there would have been no upset…he would have found his own level. It`s only my humble opinion but special one at Arsenal is a boy named Jack. He has all the qualities of a skillful footballer and a leader. And not shy in kicking someone in the balls (metaphorically speaking). Let`s not put the shackles of his injuries shade him use his skills and driving force whilst we`ve got it. Wenger said the team lacks confidence , let Jack instill some and make him captain he`s earned it.

  3. Jaydawg says:

    No Wilshere!

    1. GB says:

      He’s ill

  4. Igho007 says:

    Why is there no wilshere in d starting line up… Is by far our best creative midfilder… I really hope is not injured….

    1. GB says:

      He’s ilł

  5. Kenneth Noel says:

    Stop moaning people Jack is injured

  6. Arseneout says:

    what happens to wilshere? i dont get it, he with ozil were our best players

    1. GB says:

      He’s il”

  7. Durand says:

    Now please sell, trade, or give away Welbeck, Debuchy, and Ramsey. Operation clear out well under way, and nearing completion.

    Excited about mhki, Auba serious upgrade on Giroud, and hopefully Nelson gets chance on wing with theo gone.

    Excited about potential look and play, hope manager doesn’t cock up players and abnormal positions

    Wilshere is sick i read, hopefully he keeps Ramsey out out out going forward

    1. Maks says:

      Your words in Sven s ears! 🙂
      Yes! Sell Welbeck to Chelsea not Giroud, Ramsey to Inter Milan and Debuchy wherever…

      1. Durand says:

        @Maks

        I’m in the States here and currently waiting to resume negotiations with Stan, err Mr. Kronke.
        I plan to remind him that money from Welbeck sale and his salary would fund luxury boxes in Rams stadium. Mr. Kronke currently considering, but Summer sale more likely.

        Took some convincing, but he understands that new Aubamayang jersey sales will net millions, so he finally gave go ahead.

        Been a long week, but i feel my negotiations were positive and accomplished the desired result for Arsenal.

        In summer I’m meeting with Mr. Kronke to discuss DM Fabinho and CB Gimenez on a free, and new GK which Sven currently working on

  8. Sue says:

    Come on Arsenal…. 3 points please

  9. McLov says:

    With Giroud leaving we are still short of 2 players in the squad…

    We have brought in 3 and sold 4..

    1. GB says:

      We’ve sold 5, Akpom went today

      1. McLov says:

        Oh cool.

        And Cazorla is out so he won’t be registered as a player. And Mavropanos iscan U21.

        Our squad is what, 22-23 strong?

  10. Innit says:

    Wenger seems to love Xhaka, Iwobi and Ramsey. Also Eleny and Xhaka are not the pair i would have chosen.
    Also, nothing wrong with starting Mkhitaryan. Jose started Alexis. But regardless starting Iwobi, Xhaka, Eleny makes me very nervous

  11. ThirdManJW says:

    Does Wenger EVER pick his strongest XI? Iwobi instead of Mkhitaryan?

    1. Goonerboy says:

      Yes i also thought why didnt Wenger Henrikh cos Mourinho would have started Alexis but then i thought Wenger is different breed, always compassionate. He didnt want to dampen Iwobi’s spirit/confidence by benching him straight away but am sure he will gradually become a sub for Henrikh

  12. John0711 says:

    don’t care what you all say elneny and xhaka are awful mid table quality and that’s being kind

  13. Innit says:

    I hope that i am way off and we win but this is not the best lineup we could have put out there

  14. Adajim says:

    Even if Jack isn’t injured I prefer Ramsey based on Jack injury record. I don’t want someone who will raise my hope and leave tru injury. Ramsey form b4 his injury isn’t bad as well

    1. Maks says:

      If you like stats go and find how wrong you are… Ramsey is among 4 most injured Arsenal
      players in last 7 years… except Cazorla and Rosicky.

      1. Innit says:

        ‘That’s true. He has actually been injured more than Jack

      2. sanmi.marvellous says:

        Diaby

    2. ks-gunner says:

      Hide your self in shame, coz you are one of many other reasons why the football world makes fun of us

  15. Innit says:

    Ive just read that we have agreed on £18 million for Giroud to Chelsea.

    1. Goonerboy says:

      We are losing a very good player in Giroud, this saddens my heart

    2. Innit great? The lamppost finally on his way out after agonising us for 5 years!

    3. Rkw says:

      Didn’t we pay 14 ..,?even with inflation that’s good business for a mediocre player .., welbeck and xhaka next

  16. sanmi.marvellous says:

    Wilshere legs are as delicate as biscuits . Hence, the need for proper management of the legs.

    1. GB says:

      He is ILL not rested or injured ffs!

      1. ks-gunner says:

        hahaha

  17. Rkw says:

    F me was looking forward to this … then this team appears … mid table blues…

  18. GoonAR says:

    I hope Mkhi gets a run today! Seriously… 3 pts required. Focus.

    Prediction: 2 – 1 Arsenal

  19. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    Ill will – was he called that because he had the sniffles it because he was on point?

    Exactly! Let’s leave Wilshere alone!!!!!!

    1. Robin Vanpayslip says:

      PS: Nacho had the airpods while Mkhi had wires sticking out his ears. We all know how this is going to end…….

  20. Gunners says:

    Xhaka, Elneny and Ramsey are all hard workers but not creative enough! A draw or lose here, no creativity at all! I really miss wide players, How on earth can we play 442 without wingers?

  21. barryglik says:

    Expecting a comfortable
    Arsenal win v cellar dwellers.
    Giroud on bench lol.
    Just like Batshuayi will be on the
    bench for Chelsea tomorrow.
    Bats will be a Chelsea player until 9.30 pm tomorrow night at least.
    Then the last 90minutes of transfer poker will begin in earnest.

    1. Declan says:

      Too late if Bats to Dortmund as their window closes at 5pm

  22. Grey says:

    Most of u guys used to complain about Giroud being slow now he is in the verge of joining Chelsea u are calling him sweet names

    1. bran911 says:

      Who? Coz we still call him donkey

      Hehehe but no he ain’t that bad, was good coming off the bench rather than starting

    2. ks-gunner says:

      donkeys are usefull, so was giroud

  23. Gunners says:

    What is Monreal eating these days?

  24. Tas says:

    OMG can we not get someone els to score a goal for Arsenal ?

  25. Coldzero says:

    And they have equalised….for heavens sake!

  26. bran911 says:

    Short lived

  27. Gunners says:

    Xhaka is useless!

    1. sanmi.marvellous says:

      @Gunners
      Ozil gave the ball away.

      1. ThirdManJW says:

        @sanmi.marvellous

        Yes he gave the ball away under pressure, but Xhaka 100% to blame yet again, like against Bournemouth, and in the exact same way, by not following his runner. The reason why he keeps making these mistakes is because he knows Wenger will not drop him, hence he doesn’t have to bother learning from his mistakes. Shocking management from Wenger yet again for starting a player who is clearly not good enough, and has been out of form for the entire season!!!!!

        1. ADoseOfReality says:

          Shut up that kind of obvious thing does not slide at an elite level of sport ever! Money involved and you think people have safe spots…… wow!

  28. rkw says:

    we are a very sad excuse for a football team … elneny ramsey iwobi xhaka are not even top championship level … without ozil this team would be struggling in bottom half of table

  29. Wolf says:

    saw that coming. how many times we been opened up already. Bottom tea`m looking better than we are. Sad

  30. Innit says:

    Monreal is for real
    Well at Least we are sorted at LB position
    Monreal and Kolsanic are both excellent and will be fierce competition to win LB. Hopefully they will push each other
    0-1 ☺??????

    1. Innit says:

      Oh blasted! I spoke too soon
      1-1 ??????

  31. gotanidea says:

    Ozil made the assist to Monreal and then Ozil gave the ball to Swansea to score the equalizer

  32. gotanidea says:

    Ramsey saved Arsenal’s ass with his crucial tackle and then he almost made Swansea lead because he got robbed

  33. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    When will lazy Ozil be dealt with. The club makes him the priority to sign on when he is the problem. Arsene has to realise that no one cares that he is trying to save his career. In the real world a hoood manager would have got rid of Sanchez AND Ozil a long time ago because they are time wasters that just give the ball away.

    1. gotanidea says:

      He cannot keep the ball for too long. He usually gets robbed or outmuscled by a stronger opponent, that is why he keeps passing the ball after just one or two touches.

  34. nosa says:

    what the hell is wrong with our defenders can’t even defend on a one on one situation, u can’t dribble otamendi or kompany like that

    1. gotanidea says:

      Koscielny, Mustafi and Elneny have made Ayew looked like Messi.

  35. E. Anderson says:

    Guys I am beginning to not enjoy watching Lacazette play.

    He is not helping himself to not increasingly look a misfit for this league.

    Just my 2 cents!

    1. ks-gunner says:

      you are to harsh on him, our miedlefield is not working well, which makes the likes of kos and mustafi try to play long balls to reach him

      1. Gunners says:

        He is not making any runs at all. He should be dynamic! That is the same problem with Giroud. It looks like Wenger’s problem!

        1. E. Anderson says:

          Yes.
          He should be making more runs,even if it’s too draw people towards himself for God’s sake!

          He just too static in the first half.

    2. gotanidea says:

      He should be able to get the ball from the midfield, because he doesn’t get enough supply. If he keeps following Wenger’s instructions to stay in the front to wait for the ball, he could end up like Walcott.

  36. ks-gunner says:

    Xhaka you albanian mongo, why u no smash that in bre?

    1. Declan says:

      Wrong on so many levels!

      1. ks-gunner says:

        Its a german compliment =)

  37. rkw says:

    we have had some shocking players over the last decade in an arsenal shirt but xhaka is up there with them … could someone count lateral and backward passes this team plays … zero threat

    1. gotanidea says:

      The team lacks creativity and penetration from the wings. Aubameyang would be isolated like Lacazette, because he cannot drop deep to get the ball from the midfield like Sanchez, Hazard, Salah, Mane, Neymar or Messi.

      Arsenal should find explosive inverted wingers that can cut inside and dribble well, like Salah, Mane, Sterling and Sane.

    2. John0711 says:

      ive been saying this for ages, complete failure but he will score once this season or an assist and his fans will go mad, him and elneny are bog standard

  38. Gunner_sa says:

    What a shocker. The arsenal midfield and defense are nowhere. Iwobi, Xhaka and Elneny don’t deserve to wear an arsenal shirt.

  39. Elliot says:

    Xhaka and iwobi off, AMN and mhiki on.

  40. OxInTheBox says:

    pathetic stuff.
    mustafi, xhaka, elneni, iwobi are bottom table quality. with aubamyung we need 4-5 top players to be a top 4 challengers.

  41. lcebox says:

    Outplayed outfought and out-smarted that first half play more like this and they can sign who they like we will never see the league until Wenger goes..

  42. ks-gunner says:

    Lucas Moura would have solved many things at Arsenal, that i am sure.

    1. gotanidea says:

      Too late, Moura is going to Tottenham. Giroud smiled at half time, he must be thinking that he finally can move on from Wenger’s system.

      1. ADoseOfReality says:

        yeah sure that is what Giroud thought!

  43. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    I swear Iwobi is just a money laundering scheme for Arsene. No other reason to call dude an actual footballer.

    1. Rkw says:

      Yep football equivalent of those email scams!!!

  44. Declan says:

    Cross the bloody ball for fukcs sake!!

  45. GanjaMan says:

    We play like we’re up 6 nil or something. Possession pass pass pass. It gets really boring and frustrating.

  46. Gunner_sa says:

    Switching channels between arsenal and Liverpool. Arsenal have a lot of catching up to do with the rest of the teams above them. Can’t figure out the type of football we are playing these days, are we setting up to play attacking or defensive football, cause we suck at both at the moment.

  47. Dark Pope says:

    game over

  48. rkw says:

    time to throw in the towel … we are a ffing joke … would imagine pea is running for the nearest dortmund training ground

  49. Sue says:

    Ffs Auba will be on that plane straight back to Germany at this rate!

  50. Gunners says:

    Why the hell is Xhaka not being substituted?

  51. rkw says:

    how many times have this bottom team scored twice this year …

  52. Innit says:

    I honestly wish i was wrong but i knew from the beginning this was a bad lineup. Iwobi, Eleny, Xhaka…
    Most of us did
    So my question is If we could see it, Why couldn’t Wenger see it?

    1. Robin Vanpayslip says:

      No apparently no manager would do better than Wenger at arsenal because of the board. Nothing to do with him making stupid decisions again for the millionth time…….

      1. Ab says:

        WE NEED A NEW MANAGER. EVEN BUYING 11 NEW PLAYERS WILL NOT SOLVE ARSENAL’’S PROBLEM

  53. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    Oh no. A mistake from the guy that only joined us so that he wouldn’t have to move houses. The mighty Arsene Wenger is just an estate agent nowadays selling the club on the basis of location to live in. It works so well that wackass players like Giroud won’t leave because they have been sold London so well.

  54. Alatari Douglas says:

    What’s wrong with Arsenal, we struggle in every must win game & thrive in the difficult games, are we progressing at all?

  55. Sue says:

    Still time to buy a new gk & sell Iwobi

    1. Robin Vanpayslip says:

      Iwobi on exchange for money = miracle

      1. Robin Vanpayslip says:

        I don’t think anything else sees him as a footballer

        1. Sue says:

          He is pretty s**t

  56. Alatari Douglas says:

    What was Petr Cech thinking???

    1. Robin Vanpayslip says:

      He was thinking ‘I love this job. I get to be mediocre and never get dropped except for pointless cups. Oh wait that’s all we win. How come manz got no medals when Xhaka gets them.’

      1. Sue says:

        Cech is such a donkey

        1. Gunners says:

          He panicked when 3-4 players were closing on him when ours were watching!

  57. Ronny says:

    God were sh*t sometimes!
    Defensive midfielder and cb while the windows open arsene?
    Aubameyang exciting of course but not essentially what we needed!!

  58. E. Anderson says:

    Why is Lacazette still on the pitch?

    Offered nothing!

    1. Robin Vanpayslip says:

      Record signing…….

  59. Bob2 says:

    So what we really needed was a defensive midfielder as we haven’t had one worthy of the shirt since Vieira. From day 1 Xhaka wasn’t good enough. Pundits such as Danny Mills were telling you that he was no better than Charlie Adams. Things will not be any different away from.home u.til this is resolved. Let’s try Mainland-Niles there, at least he has some pace and will track his man!

  60. ks-gunner says:

    Wenger should change formation as we cant outscore teams while playing with 3 defenders and no Dm

    1. E. Anderson says:

      We are playing with a back four.

      1. ks-gunner says:

        jesus man, now i see it, so iwobi and mesut where playing at the flanks while Elneny being the dm ;((

  61. John Ibrahim says:

    its the same swansea that beat livefool 1 nil….they are desperately fighting for survival

  62. Declan says:

    So we’ve got 24 hours to find a new keeper then!

  63. rkw says:

    i actually cant believe the level this team is playing at … lpool lost but dominated and threatened this lot we are being outclassed by the bottom team in the epl … its a sad testament to 20 years of wenger in charge

  64. Ayo says:

    Seriously if Swansea win us , it will b very painful… dunno what Wenger is thinking to bench kolasinac who would have helped defensively…. God save Arsenal

  65. Ronny says:

    Could do with getting the ball lumped in there to our big target man, the one were about to sell!.Sorry but yes PEA will be prolific but every side needs a giroud, lorente, andy Carroll, benteke etc.
    If we sell giroud then at least buy a beast cr from a lower league or overseas.

  66. Innit says:

    Mkhi is like “Oh s**t what have i done? ”
    Auby still has time to get out lol

  67. Dark Pope says:

    till wenger leaves most of our games will be like this. meanwhile xhaka plays 90 mins every game

  68. GanjaMan says:

    If we go on and lose the game I can almost guarantee you the excuses will be “but they beat Liverpool”… This season has been a right off from 2017, only comfort is that our new head scout is bringing in quality for “NEXT SEASON”.

  69. rkw says:

    ramsey is ffing sh** sell sell sell maybe barca will come back with 60m offer …LOL

  70. Bob2 says:

    Is anyone except for Wenger actually surprised by this?

  71. rkw says:

    surely wenger has to go surely … he is a disgrace to the club a disgrace ….

  72. GanjaMan says:

    I can’t even listen to the commentary on Arsenal.com from how they get excited when the opposition scores.

  73. Sue says:

    Swansea are bottom of the league!!
    God we’re soooooo shit

  74. Declan says:

    Amateurs fecking amateurs

  75. Innit says:

    Swansea is last place and we are helping them get out of the bottom 3.
    Huddersfield are much better and Liverpool are sweeping the floor with them away.
    Alexis was right to get out of Dodge
    Seriously a shameful display even for this lineup
    We need more than Mkhi and Auby
    We need a freakin Defense!!!

  76. John0711 says:

    ARE YOU FKING KIDDING ME ARRRGGGGGGGGG

    THAT MAN HAS TO LEAVE
    WEEK A## team and we are getting exactly when we deserve
    We can buy all the attackers you want but unless we get rid of Xhaka,elneny and iwobi and replace at least two of them with DMs we are F#<*ed

  77. Alatari Douglas says:

    Arsenal is just a laughing stock in the premier league, always trying 2 stay up but cannot. I really don’t know why though but certain things make me feel we have lost it completely. Now I feel it’s the fault of the management cos this same crop of players will turn up & excel against much tougher teams, so what’s the excuse for this? Passing without penetration. God help my dear Arsenal…

  78. Gunners says:

    We are pathetic!

  79. Gunner_sa says:

    What a shocker! All we do is this sideways nonsense. Not 2 decent attacking move again

  80. AWout says:

    Face it the elephant in room for last 10 years has been Wengker!

  81. DarkPope says:

    And people think auba laca mhiki ozil up front will win us games

  82. Sue says:

    We can kiss goodbye to Ozil…..be left with Iwobi, Cech & Xhaka……
    Nice one boys that was absolute shit

    1. Ray says:

      You said it, Sue, “Absolute shit”. That sums it all up!!

  83. Ronny says:

    One positive keep doing this and Wenger has got to finish end of May surely?!
    Then we’ll be getting ancelloti for caretaker I reckon. Someone who can shout and throw things at the players would be a start!
    We always do this before a window are they all dreaming of the man in yellow and black or all playing awful in the hope they’ll be sold so they can escape Wenger at last!

  84. We could buy the best players in the world, but whilst we play without attacking and wengers favourites are untouchable due to a dinosaur manager we’ll go absolutely no-where. Please, please just sack him as he won’t walk

  85. Ray says:

    WHAT A PILE OF F**KING S**T!!!

    Why Arsene is not looking at defenders and a “WORLD CLASS” goal keep is beyond me?!

    This team is is going nowhere! Even with Auba!

    1. nosa says:

      city spend more on defenders than strikers, our defence his poor, they can’t even defend on one on one situation

  86. DANDY GUNNER says:

    If I was Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang I would turn around and get back on the plane. Swansea 3 Arsenal 1.Under Wenger this club has become a joke.

  87. Rkw says:

    Let’s see if true fans vent their anger on the delusional dictator this weekend … And the yank scumbag … We are not finishing in top 4 and no way we will win Europa …though that place will b sealed with loss to man city … Wenger will lower bar again saying we r in Europe … When will fans wake up to this crap?

  88. Ronny says:

    Watched 49 unbeaten dvd the other day bad mistake, Pires, retest, fibreglass, rvp etc all better than any one player we have.
    Can’t you remember arsene?
    The game has changed want top players then got to spend big.

    1. Sue says:

      I watch that DVD when we’re shit & I’m depressed….It reminds me how good we WERE

  89. ALI says:

    please admin can you bring back tumps up and down

    1. Admin says:

      Hopefully on Wednesday if all goes well…

  90. Sue says:

    I’m tired of these shit performances against teams we should be beating.
    I normally have a meltdown when we lose, but I’m tired of that too ?

  91. Abe says:

    PLEASE ARSENAL BOARD WE NEED NEW MANAGER. NOT A PLAYER

  92. Gunner_sa says:

    No poor peformer has ever fired himself – the board is responsible for this seasons poor showing. Wenger should have been shown the door 3 seasons ago. Only at arsenal do we reward poor performance. 7 away losses and we consider ourselves a big club? What a joke!

  93. nosa says:

    all u guys know is money, is it our money ? release them for free if they are no longer productive instead of paying them free salaries, days wat pep did wen he arrived, navas,Clichy,nasri,nolito,sagna,kolarov, he released them and bought productive young players, since we have been selling players what have we gained as fans, yet all monies goes to d board and Wenger who needs a coach to recoach him spits

  94. Alatari Douglas says:

    The only solution is to sack the coach, unfortunately, the board cannot & the idiot coach will not retire or resign. This is the same team that beat Chelsea @ Wembley so how come they got thrashed 2day? Poor tactics I tell u. If we had approached this game differently, we would have gotten a better result. Swansea beating Liverpool doesn’t mean they should be able 2 beat Arsenal bt for our manager’s mentality, we lost cos he doesn’t know that it’s different tactics for different teams. Wenger jst has 2 go for Arsenal to progress IMHO. God bless AFC.

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