Giroud benched in official Arsenal team for PSG

The Arsenal and France international striker Olivier Giroud must have done something to upset the manager, or he must be wondering if he has, because Arsene Wenger has left the big centre forward out of the starting line up once again, meaning Giroud is still waiting for a first start of the season, for the Gunners at least.

I really thought he would be back in for this huge Champions League group game against PSG but he is a sub along with the man who started ahead of him at the weekend, Lucas Perez. There is no Theo Walcott either, not even on the bench, so I assume the England forward has picked up a knock of some sort or is ill.

What we do have up front is the pace and energy of Alexis Sanchez, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alex Iwobi and I assume the Chilean will play through the middle, with Mesut Ozil looking to open up the PSG defence. After their strong pèrformance together against Southampton, Wenger has stuck with Cazorla and Coquelin in the centre of midfield.

The back four is also the same so Mustafi starts his second game as a Gunner, but the veteran keeper Petr Cech is on the bench while David Ospina gets his first start of the season and hopefully we will not see the sort of mistakes that he made in Europe last year.

Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal
Cazorla, Coquelin
Iwobi, Ozil, Oxlade-Chamberlain
Alexis Sanchez

Subs: Cech, Holding, Gibbs, Xhaka, Elneny, Lucas, Giroud.

It is a bit of a surprise XI from Le Prof but will it get Arsenal the result we want?


Tags Alexis Sanchez Xhaka


  1. muffdiver says:

    subs plz NOW


  2. rkw says:

    I thought Walcott was bad but chamberlain would not look out if place in division 2 … And he loaned Campbell … Jesus the guy is clueless

    1. rd_gunner says:

      How long will it take Wenger to accept that Sanchez is a second striker not the lone forward.

      Took 62 mins today. What a waste !!!

  3. NIKK says:

    Get new legs on & change the formation you stubborn f@rt

  4. RSH says:

    Ox and walcottare truly kings of failed potential. Their Arsenal careers disasters

    1. rd_gunner says:

      where is Ozil??????

      1. RSH says:

        Who knows. Besides for ospina everyone has been bad. It’s not just ox but he is a serial let down

        1. rd_gunner says:

          I seriously cannot believe Ox is starting games on the left. The guy is clueless. He should be loaned out. Cannot believe he stays and Campbell gets loaned out !!
          What kind of performance is this. Each of these players should be whipped before getting on the return flight. If they have no passion they should stay home.

          We are lucky it was not a 8-0

  5. Invincibles49 says:

    Unpopular opinion: Sanchez is not that great as we make him out to be. He works hard, run fast and can score goals WHEN he is in position. But in terms of more technical aspects like passings in tight spaces, control and dribble, he is always average at best. That is why he is good on wing out wide and struggles through the middle.

    1. RSH says:

      This is all known. His passing also wasn’t spectacular at Barcelona . He’s perfectly rated, only arsene Wenger could play him so so wrong

  6. muffdiver says:


    not a meatball marinara from subway

    substitutions dammit

  7. Jan says:

    Sorry Ox subbed…hoped he could get injured…as it seems its the only way he will stay out!!!!

  8. ras911 says:

    Best play so far, see what happens when Sanchez is in his natural position?

  9. muffdiver says:

    right giroud…

    these fans in paris booed u in eruos , they hate u.

    time to show them whats what!!!

  10. sam-afc says:

    What a fool I was to thinking we could actually go places this season. Psych

  11. rkw says:

    You read it gear first iwobi I won’t mark it in premier league

  12. ras911 says:

    Ospina is MOTM so far

  13. rkw says:

    Ospina has kept us in this game

  14. sam-afc says:

    See now why can’t we do that what Aurier and Di Maria have just done with Bellerin and Chamberlain?!?!

    We’ve been utter garbage tonight.

  15. gmv8 says:

    Ospina has beet great this evening…

  16. Invincibles49 says:

    Hahaha. NOW we are playing with the best 11. After 70 min. Generally its the other way round. But this is Wenger’s Arsenal.

  17. rkw says:

    Get iwobi off … He ha been feckless all game and has now run out of steam

  18. Ronny331 says:

    Ospina saving our ars* kos looks injured/tired.

  19. Ugabooga says:


  20. RSH says:

    Aurier always forward yet we never exploit the space he leaves behind…

  21. Ronny331 says:

    Ozil sucks tonight, gone missing.

    1. muffdiver says:



  22. rkw says:

    I cannot believe iwobi is still on this pitch … It’s a matter of cruelty at this point

    1. RSH says:

      But ox would NEVER had made that run for the shot

  23. ras911 says:


  24. Ugabooga says:


  25. RSH says:

    Bless you Alexis!!

  26. ras911 says:

    That’s what happens when you shoot!

  27. Ugabooga says:

    Thank you Ospina, MOTM for sure if score remains same

  28. rkw says:

    Bring in some pace … Can win this

  29. Arsenal_Girl says:

    To the rescue

    Holy Cow
    Wenger’s crazy plan could pay off
    Come on one more goal

    1. RSH says:

      His plan to sub in competent starting XIs

  30. ras911 says:

    Opsina i love you

  31. Ugabooga says:

    Ooooooooo fkn SPIIIIIIIIIINA

  32. RSH says:

    What is ospina on???? World class today!

    1. jonm says:

      Ospina is our most underrated player.

  33. Invincibles49 says:

    Finally. Gkkd finish. Thata what happens when you play the best 11 with players at their preferred positions. Shame on you Wenger. So much experience but still same naivity with team selection time and again.

  34. Ronny331 says:

    Ospina is a on fire!!

  35. rkw says:

    Iwobi just ain’t up to it …sorry … Should be game over

    1. RSH says:

      Ox is crap, accept it

      1. rkw says:

        Not the point … Iwobi is on the pitch and has been hopeless all game and continues to be

        1. RSH says:

          LITerally no other wing options. Everyone outside ospina has been bad. Ozil completely missing ox bad, coquelin no discipline… Could go on, you’re exaggerating Iwobi’s performance

  36. rkw says:

    Wenger is just stupid he really is .,, what’s the retirement age in france

  37. PaddyGooner says:

    Sanchez is still holding his back. cant run or pass.

  38. ras911 says:

    LOOOL come on Giroud

  39. rkw says:

    Comical ….

  40. RSH says:

    Oh yeah, I forgot giroud is stupid…

  41. Ugabooga says:

    No stress opsina would save it

  42. rkw says:

    Take the point .., but boy are we a long way behind the top teams

  43. ras911 says:

    Lol crazy game, i ll take that point

  44. RSH says:

    Take the point and RUN.
    Comical performance,
    Somehow we escape

  45. Arsenal_Girl says:

    Imagine what could have been if Wenger had put our best side out there
    I love Alexis but if Wenger keeps on doing this we may lose Alexis and Ozil next summer

    1. Arsenal_Girl says:

      BUT ultimately taking a point in Paris is good outcome

    2. RSH says:

      Flashes of dejavu, when AW insisted playing ozil outwide. Sanchez wasted for this game by spending most the time in the middle. No surprise he’s more effective outwide

  46. gmv8 says:

    Something definitely wrong with Ozil … he didn’t play well tonight, and looked dejected when he came off, as he did over the weekend ..

  47. samtz says:

    Giroud looked he needed a red more than he needed a goal….

  48. Ronny331 says:

    I very fortunate point but a good one, I wish we’d bought cavanni! ! 🙂

  49. Aussie Jack says:

    The only surprise was the result, Arsenal should have been flogged. Ospina is overtaking Chec.
    Wenger`s selection? Not worth a comment. He needs a check up.

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