No Xhaka but Ox and Coquelin start in strong official Arsenal team for Ludogorets

Arsene Wenger has not made too many changes to the in form Arsenal team for this Champions League match against the Bulgarian club Ludogorets, despite most people thinking it should be an easy win and with a heavy fixture schedule for the Gunners to cope with in the coming weeks.

The changes he has made also seem to be intended to bring in players who have a point to prove as well, in terms of getting more regular game time, so Arsene Wenger will be hoping that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Kieran Gibbs and David Ospina show him tonight why they should be in the team more often.

Apart from those three and the expected return of Francis Coquelin, however, the boss has stuck with the players that have been doing us proud of late, so while Iwobi, Monreal and Cech get a rest, or miss out depending on how you look at it, the likes of Ozil, Walcott, Alexis Sanchez and Cazorla all start.

Ospina
Bellerin, Koscielny, Mustafi, Gibbs
Coquelin, Cazorla
Walcott, Ozil, Oxlade-Chamberlain
Alexis Sanchez

Subs: Cech, Gabriel, Monreal, Xhaka, Elneny, Iwobi, Lucas Perez.

I thought that a few of the big name and key players might get a rest today and the big surprise, for me at least, is that Xhaka is not starting as he will not be available at the weekend because of that debatable sending off. Is Wenger punishing him a bit? As long as Arsenal win, do we care?

Bob.

39 Comments

  1. Juhislihis McLovin says:

    Big chance for OX and Gibbs to show some quality. Sad not to see Perez though..

    Strong line up, seems like Wenger learned his lesson last season with the first 2 matches with Olympiacos and Zagreb.

    Arsenal to win 3-0, COYG!

  2. Twig says:

    If I wasn’t such a loyal fan, I would have liked Coquelin to pick up a little hamstring problem during tonight’s game, just to show how ridiculous starting him today is.

  3. Wilshegz says:

    glad Gibbs is starting considering Monreal’s form and Iwobi finally gets the much needed rest…. which Walcott was also rested… he is the most fragile Arsenal player.

    1. DC Gunner says:

      I like this line up, I think he’s rotating the right players, and sending a message to Iwobi to up the defense, he might have to compete for his job if AOC shows good form. Walcott can rest against Reading, Ox can start on the right then. Koscielny and Cazorla should be rested against Reading, and perhaps Monreal again — they are our older players and we should get them rest when we can. Kos as a CB doesn’t need it as much as the others, but he still should get some since he’s had nagging injuries in the past.

      Also, Holding should play against Reading, paired with Mustafi.

      side note — Monreal becomes Montreal with my spell checker!

  4. Uzi Ozil says:

    Nice line up.. I hope we lead by two or three goals before 75mins. I wanna see Perez come in…..

  5. Onochie says:

    Wenger Please give Perez and Xhaka playing time in tonight’s game. Even if its 15mins

  6. we will never learn ox Wolcott not creative enough

    1. Juhislihis McLovin says:

      You were saying..?

  7. Juhislihis McLovin says:

    Sanchez BRILLIANT!

  8. The Dom04 says:

    I knew a guy that bought a car…..a Lexus
    He was an Arsenal star, ALEXIS!!!!

  9. What a open game they have no fear of us

  10. Juhislihis McLovin says:

    How did OX miss Theo from there?

  11. ras911 says:

    We still need to be very careful. Opsina saved us a couple times already, we can’t keep playing that high line against their quick forwards.

  12. they are gaining confidence because ox Wolcott ozil not a treat

  13. mall-gooner says:

    Ludogorets are playing amazingly well. I have never seen their game before so I thought they might park the bus at Emirates but they are domination possessions and Passes. They were unlucky not to score. We have to be very careful and don”t take them lightly .

  14. Juhislihis McLovin says:

    THEO SCREAMER

  15. ras911 says:

    Damnnn Theeoooooo!!!!!!!!1!!!!!!

  16. PaddyGooner says:

    Wow

  17. PaddyGooner says:

    The assist king is back!

  18. Ronny331 says:

    Phew great time to get 2nd goal! Coyg….

  19. Okayblack says:

    My BEin sports shows every other match but Arsenal match channel is Scrambled… they must be Tottenham supporters on duty tonight!
    gooooshhhh!!!!!

  20. ras911 says:

    Can’t take the foot off the gas now! Great start the the 2nd half, more goals for us please!!!!

  21. mall-gooner says:

    Wenger should subs Alexis with Lucas. Sanchez needs rest, he is most imp player for us. Also, we can see Lucas as well

  22. ras911 says:

    Safe to say good game? Let’s bring on Perez for Sanchez

  23. Juhislihis McLovin says:

    KOSCIELNY, SANTI, ÖZIL – BRILLIANT!!

  24. mall-gooner says:

    Most underrated but one of the best for us is Le Coq!!! His tackles are awesome

  25. mall-gooner says:

    Good to see Ozil on defensive duty even when we are 4-0. Second half is going as good as it could be

  26. JJT says:

    Wenger please just pay Ozil and Alexis what ever they want! We need to keep these players

  27. Arsenal_Girl says:

    It’s nice to have all our attackers (wingers, cam and Cf) on the score sheet

    As I am typing 5-0

  28. Juhislihis McLovin says:

    HAT TRICK!!!

  29. ras911 says:

    Oh lord, Perez-Ozil <3 6-0, hattrick, i lovethis team

  30. mall-gooner says:

    I hope Lucas score one also. His running looks like Bellerin.

  31. DennisTheMenace says:

    Lucas is fast….

    If i didn’t loved Arsenal so much i would have felt bad for Ludogorest… they play the Arsenal way

    Ozil \00/

  32. Juhislihis McLovin says:

    OHHHH ÖZIL, OHHH LUCAS

  33. Quophi says:

    Wats with ozil n volleys this season HATTRICK LOVE IT!!!

  34. ButtFlaps says:

    DREAMY JOURNEY times!!!

  35. Okayblack says:

    Arsenal are getting there… first time in a long while I’m seeing them score many goals, which is very important. Good job boys, good job!!!!!!!

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