OFFICIAL Arsenal team and NLD preview – Walcott in, Giroud out

I cannot help but feel a little bit sorry for our centre forward Olivier Giroud, who gets more than his fair share of criticism from fans of Arsenal and the France national team, despite his record being pretty good. He does a good job for us and was a big part of the Gunners winning the last two games against Ludogorets Razgrad and Sunderland but once again he finds himself on the bench today for the visit of Tottenham.

The Frenchman may well have a big part to play in this north London derby but I cannot blame Arsene Wenger for leaving him out of the starting line-up, because the return to fitness of the in form England forward Theo Walcott allows Arsenal to go back to the system and formation that has looked so good this season, with Alexis Sancjez through the middle.

Cech
Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal
Coquelin, Xhaka
Walcott, Ozil, Iwobi
Sanchez

Subs: Ospina, Gibbs, Gabriel, Ramsey, Elneny, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Giroud.

The other major team news is that Wenger has gone with Xhaka instead of Ramsey in central midfield, with Cazorla still not ready, while Momnreal and Gibbs are both in the squad with the Spaniard getting the nod.

The news from the spuds is that Kane does start up front and they are clearly hoping to stifle our attacking flair with Dembele, Dier and Wanyame all starting in midfield. Will they be able to do that? Will Kane continue his good record against Arsenal?

Or will this game go by current form and finish in three more points for the Gunners?

Bob.

Tags kane Ramsey Xhaka

82 Comments

  1. mobaygunner says:

    Love this team..come you gunners!!!

  2. josh37 says:

    I smell blood…

    1. Admin says:

      I smell dead people lol

  3. Uzi Ozil says:

    Solid line up, good bench.. Let’s do this boys!

  4. Eddy Hoyte says:

    Wenger seems to be getting it right this season..if it was before, he would start Ramsey but he’s gone with our winning team..and he’s been making early changes this season… whoop spurs!!! COYG!!

  5. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    Coquelin mode: On

  6. DennisTheMenace says:

    go boys … smash them

  7. Dennis says:

    I hope Xhaka doesn’t go and get himself a red card.

  8. Arsenalover says:

    Ramsy is important,
    Xhaka has no skills and slow

  9. Ugabooga says:

    Let’s beat these spuds

  10. Ugabooga says:

    Well we look zuzpect

  11. Ugabooga says:

    Suspect, pro spelling

  12. Ronny331 says:

    Spurs starting well:-(

  13. Ugabooga says:

    Going to be a gd game win or lose

  14. Ugabooga says:

    Wish Cazorla was playing

  15. DennisTheMenace says:

    i guess iwobi is a bit overwhelmed by the situation 🙁

  16. Ronny331 says:

    Not enjoying this one, nails being bitten!

  17. DennisTheMenace says:

    boys are starting to comeback…

  18. RSH says:

    iwobi has GOT to do better…

  19. ras911 says:

    Come on Iwobi that was an open pass to Ozil!

    1. RSH says:

      poor finishing and bad decision making from him so far… Occasion is definitely getting to him.

  20. Ugabooga says:

    We are back. Back again, watch spuds cause arsenal back arsenal back

  21. Ugabooga says:

    Iwobi taking too long on ball, he needs to decide quicker.

    Wish perez was available, but ox must step up

    1. Juhislihis McLovin says:

      OX has done well in the past games he started. He’s ready to come in for Iwobi I think

  22. RSH says:

    damn, great strike from Walcott. so close

  23. Invincibles49 says:

    Off all the things that pump up the team, Goal Post Strike Sound is right next to a goal scored.

  24. ras911 says:

    hahahaa i ll take that1 GOAAALLLLLLLL

  25. DennisTheMenace says:

    one more assist from ozil … now attack on weimar … looks vulnerable

  26. Ugabooga says:

    Yes yes yes yyyyyyyeeeeeessssddd

  27. RSH says:

    yESSS!!!!!!!

  28. Ugabooga says:

    Ozil assisting Spurs lol

  29. Juhislihis McLovin says:

    GET IN!”!!!

  30. Ugabooga says:

    What a man, doesn’t mind assisting the enemy.

  31. DennisTheMenace says:

    spuds riled

  32. JAmerican says:

    Now I see why Monreal got skinned in earlier games, Iwobi is a defensive liability and he’s been poor going forward so far as well. Wish Perez was available but the Ox has to take his chance now because Iwobi has been fading since the Chelsea game…

  33. HA559 says:

    We’re scoring too many lucky goals, that one was offside beside being own goal.

  34. JAmerican says:

    Need a professional second half now. One more for good measure but I’ll take winning by the own goal.

  35. samtz says:

    IWOBI LOOKS OUT OF CONFIDENCE AND CANT WIN A BALL WHEN DEFENDING!!I THINK ONE PLAYER WHO COULD OUR ATTACKING PLAYER MORE FLUID AND ALSO SUPPORTING LB PROPERLY IS WELBECK,HE IS FAST,STRONG AND CAN DEFEND WELL THAN IWOBI……

  36. DennisTheMenace says:

    unleash the ox in place of iwobi

  37. ras911 says:

    Urgh.. Dembele has been a pain all game

  38. Ugabooga says:

    Oh well

  39. Onochie says:

    What would be your reaction when spurs scores?!

  40. Juhislihis McLovin says:

    What a stupid penalty to concede, no danger at all

  41. Ugabooga says:

    Arsene please take Iwobi off, yes he not at fault for goal, butchers been poor in defence and attack.

  42. RSH says:

    unnecessary challenge… and I swear we never save penalties. C’mon, lets get back in this…

  43. JAmerican says:

    Take Iwobi OFFFFF!

  44. Ugabooga says:

    ozil really is from another planet, I trust no one else more with the ball under pressure.

  45. Ugabooga says:

    Guys OG or Ox??????

  46. Ugabooga says:

    Pace or crosses n hold up

  47. PaddyGooner says:

    All Spurs at the moment

  48. Ugabooga says:

    Lol I bet it Ramsey

    1. Quophi says:

      Spot on!!!

    2. RSH says:

      ugh… you’re right. why???

  49. Ugabooga says:

    Ramsey for Xhaka and OG for Iwobi

  50. DennisTheMenace says:

    coq off rambo on …. we are going for the win guys

    1. RSH says:

      too attacking. Ramsey nor Xhaka are the most discipline players. Coq has been great so far, made a lot of interceptions.

  51. Ugabooga says:

    Jip Aaron Wenger getting ready to replace Iwobi

  52. Juhislihis McLovin says:

    RAmbo for Coquelin? That must be a mistake?

  53. Quophi says:

    No nails left

  54. Ugabooga says:

    WTF coq off, omg wtf

  55. RSH says:

    freekick??!!?!?!?!?

  56. ras911 says:

    The subs make perfect sense, we have to win so Coq off makes sense. Walcott and Iwobi had decent games but should have both scored

  57. Ugabooga says:

    Please arsenal please just hold on for draw

  58. Ugabooga says:

    Damn, Wenger got some big old man balls

  59. Ugabooga says:

    We coming we coming for you

  60. DennisTheMenace says:

    who are those two a$$holes on star sports constantly commentating in favor of spuds

    1. Ugabooga says:

      Lol BT as well

  61. Ugabooga says:

    Lol Ramsey wasting good field position again

    1. RSH says:

      hasn’t scored from any of his hollywood balls in years. Needs to cut it out his game, look for a pass. These final 10 minutes are disappointing. We have almost all attacking players yet were not banging on their goal like a home team should.

  62. PaddyGooner says:

    Wow. We escaped there

  63. ras911 says:

    This is the main issue with Chambo and Rambo though, too many misplaced passes and poor control at times

    1. RSH says:

      and that’s why Iwobi usually keeps his place. Poor finishing but at least he doesn’t completely ruin attacks and kill the momentum. I should’ve just been Giroud subbed on first and Iwobi off.

  64. Ugabooga says:

    Ye I’ll take the draw

    1. RSH says:

      and then it’s a Mourinho team up next… we know how those games go. November curse is back

  65. DennisTheMenace says:

    ox blowing away his chances of becoming a regular 11

    1. Ugabooga says:

      Omg what ox doing

  66. Ugabooga says:

    Ozil sanchez coq showed up today

  67. Ugabooga says:

    Spurs becoming our bogey team, on track to do invincible

  68. ras911 says:

    Great game at least, unfortunately we ll have to settle with the draw and Clattenburg made good calls all around

  69. JAmerican says:

    The difference 2 points make from 1st to 3rd. If Liverpool win then it’s 4th. This is why you win your home games and not keep throwing points away.

  70. NY_Gunner says:

    We needed Santi and Lucas for this one…

    1. RSH says:

      we always need Santi

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