Official Arsenal team and preview for crucial Norwich clash

While a lot of the talk ahead this Premier League match has been about the protests planned by three different Arsenal fan groups, the comments about this from Arsene Wenger and the debate about the manager, the board and the owner Stan Kroenke and who is to blame for our problems, the Gunners do have the small matter of a game to0 win and it is very important that we do so if Arsenal are to ensure a place in the Champions League for next season.

So Wenger and the players really need to focus on the job at hand and with today’s visitors Norwich City being embroiled in a fierce battle to avoid the drop, that task is likely to be a tough one. The Frenchman has been backing his players and talking about their excellent attitude and character and it is time for them to step up and show that he is right to do so.

It is time for the players that Wenger has picked, including under pressure stars like Aaron Ramsey, Olivier Giroud and Per Mertesacker to stand up and be counted but I must say that I am a little surprised to see the same starting line up that failed to score at Sunderland last week.

Cech
Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal
Elneny, Ramsey
Sanchez, Ozil, Iwobi
Giroud

Subs: Gabriel, Wilshere, Ospina, Walcott, Cazorla, Welbeck, Coquelin.

It is good to see Santi Cazorla on the bench and hopefully we will see the Spaniard as well as Jack Wilshere at some point, but will Arsenal be able to give the fans something to shout about other than the protests?

Tags Cazorla Giroud Ramsey

108 Comments

  1. ras911 says:

    Only one question: WHY START YOUR MOST OUT OF FORM STRIKER IN A GAME WE NEED TO WIN? What is it Wenger sees in Giroud right now that nobody else is seeing?

    1. Dee@ease says:

      Shocking team selection Giroud can’t even hit a barn door,he’s a terrible striker and keeps showing it game after game!

    2. Jim A says:

      He is our top scorer and set Iwobi up twice last game. He brings more than goals to the position. Watch who attacks all the goal kicks from Cech today.

      1. Waldo says:

        I’m sorry, you must be deluded. What the heck do you do against a static defense that Norwich will be bound to play? They park the bus and you put Giroud on??? Get some pace in there to stretch the defence. *Yawns* Has the season finished yet? I am bored.

        1. Jim A says:

          yup real deluded. Another knockdown and 3 points. Danny, Alexis, Iwobi, and Theo can not do that. Get multiple crosses in and OG will make things happen. Don’t cross and play around the perimeter and OG will not make things happen. Simple get crosses in. The commentators could see it too bad many here can’t.

          1. Waldo says:

            Yes, because that is exactly what Bayern and Barcelona do. They have a static lamp post up front they they have to feed pin point crosses to. That is why Welbeck was brought on for pace. Clear, too many people don’t understand this game, as you said.

            1. Jim A says:

              I could care less about any other league. Never watched a game played in any other league. In the premiership if you can cross you can turn a striker like Giroud into a dangerous weapon. If you want to have someone always run onto a ball then he is not your guy. Having him as a target should help the other forwards score more. Alexis and Walcott this year I thought would have had as many goals as OG.

              1. Waldo says:

                You don’t watch the Champions League? Your Messiah Wenger talks about it a lot and fails miserably in it, time and again. You could come up with all the excuses in the book but the facts speak for themselves. Look at the league table, when you’re not watching all the clips, Arsene is in, in the Invincibles Documentary.

              2. Twig says:

                Never watched a game played in any other league?

                Truly shocking!

                1. Jim A says:

                  Of course Champions league but watching teams where only 1 or 2 teams have a chance of winning year after year, sorry not my cup.

    3. mohawk says:

      BOTH Giroud and Ramsey get another start because of favoritism and merely to anger those who dared to criticize him for these stupid selections the last game.

      Wenger is back to coaching because of favoritism and out of spite – to thumb his nose at the fans and his critics.

      Now it is just getting sad.

  2. Dee@ease says:

    Whatever the result it’s still Wenger OUT!!!..even winning the game 5-0 must not change anything,Wenger has shown he has no respect for the fans!

  3. Fatboy Gooney says:

    Hahaha ?
    Wenger is having a laugh mate.
    He picked that team to spite the fan’s ?

    1. Godswill says:

      Yes because he knows he is untouchable. To him fans can go to hell. Very stubborn.

  4. Arsenal_Girl says:

    If Ozil wants to break the assist record, he should just pass to Alexis every time we attack
    I don’t see Giroud scoring

    1. Godswill says:

      He will.

  5. GunningSoulman says:

    I cant believe we are starting with ramsey and giroud again? Wenger just clearly has his favorites! What happened to Campbell? Im so pi@&£ off!
    He needs to go!

  6. Fatboy Gooney says:

    Norwich have just dropped to 19th place in the league,
    More incentives for them to come out fighting!
    Whereas West Ham have closed the gap between us and them.

    Any live reports from the crowd at the Emirates? ?
    Whats happening down there… Any fights? … maybe our lads and wenger could pick up a few tricks in that department?

  7. BUR says:

    So you reward your player for playing dung by picking them again to do the same. What a useless man. If some one gave me a million I could do the same.

  8. Godswill says:

    On a match day like this, I support who ever the old man says should put the Arsenal shirt. Better they do well than the frustration Wenger is meting on me.

  9. ReiGN says:

    Wenger and giroud; a better love story than twilight. Unfortunately…

  10. Tonny says:

    If I may ask, how did Giroud and Ramsey earn their places in the starting line up for the last game and this one??. Campbell has always proved himself at every opportunity but?. El neny and Iwobi earned their places with performance, this must apply to everyone. Pathetic !!!

    1. gmv8 says:

      Campbell isn’t even on the bench…. what the hell?

      1. don99 says:

        It’s easy for Wenger to bring back his kids straight into the team but give Campbell a day of while his kids were out for so long due to injury while Campbell was always fit on the bench

    2. mohawk says:

      EXACTLY. There are better choices for BOTH positions.

      Virtually anyone could do better than Giroud at striker right now. (Welbeck, Walcott, Campbell – anyone). And Coq is far better than Ramsey at guarding the defense and distributing the ball forward.

      Wenger chose these players out of favoritism and to thumb his nose at those who criticized these same terrible decisions the last game.

      1. RedLondon says:

        Walcott is even worse tbh, so why not put Alexis in the CF position ?! He did well for Barca playing as a no9 !! Put him in the centre and either Campbell or Iwobi on the left, problem solved

  11. BUR says:

    2nd to the ball Norwich 3 chances already.

  12. ras911 says:

    Damn the atmmosphere is rather interesting

  13. gmv8 says:

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    This game looks like our SOS – Same Old S@*t – ably getting the ball into the final third, with Giroud and Ramsey losing it in the penalty area. No pressing and weak defence.

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  14. RWRW says:

    That was the protest everyone was going on about??? What a half hearted disorganised bottled attempt of a protest. Pathetic

    1. leoaw says:

      Same as Arsenal. A lot of expectations, poor execution. Sadly.

  15. Puff Puff says:

    How Ramsey is a starter at arsenal is beyond me…..he wouldn’t even start for Bournemouth…

  16. SoOpa AeoN says:

    Arsenal herself aren’t even interested in playing………….. Nuff said

  17. McGUNNER says:

    Stadium full of proud loosers…

  18. ButtFlaps says:

    the majority has speak! SO SAD

  19. gmv8 says:

    Giroud is totally the wrong player for this game we need to get behind their defence, which requires speed

  20. SoOpa AeoN says:

    Boring as F***

    *Legs on the TV* *Now Snorring* …….grrrrhhrr

  21. rkw says:

    I don’t understand… This is a must win game as man city is unlikely to lead to a result … Yet no style or pressure or ideas against a hapless team …30 mins and not a shot on goal… Ramsey and giroud and mert are championship level players and no more … In fact am not sure giroud is even that level ….

    1. gmv8 says:

      It’s almost as if Wenger and the team want to fail, from awful team selection to players playing in their flip-flops.

  22. muffdiver says:

    that ‘protest’ was embarrassing

    1. RWRW says:

      Phew thought I was the only one who thought that. That was really embarrassing and has just showed the entire country Wenger is still a loved man. That “protest” has actually just done us MORE HARM THAN GOOD

      1. RWRW says:

        Before people misunderstand my point- I WANT WENGER OUT!! But that protest was awful, There was like 100 people protesting. That will show the board that the vast vast vast majority of fans still want him in charge. I just don’t know what to say any more. The people who want Wenger in are the same people watching this utter utter $hit!!

    2. SoOpa AeoN says:

      We should ask Newcastle or Aston villa to teach us how to protest……

      1. gmv8 says:

        Anyone for Rafa? This game is an absolute joke.

        1. muffdiver says:

          rafa nadal?!

          look i know giroud is having a tough time but i dont see how a decent backhand on clay can help us here

          1. gmv8 says:

            I don’t know … seemed to work on Giroud’s jaw just now…

            1. muffdiver says:

              hahahaha

    3. Fatboy Gooney says:

      Hahaha ?
      Was there a 10% discount voucher left on all the seats for fan’s who didn’t protest and a 30% discount for all the fan’s that sing ” There’s only one deluded Wenger” ?? ???

  23. gooner100 says:

    Half hearted protests with Time for change placards from less than 10% of the fans. Followed by 30% of the stadium singing there’s only one Arsene Wenger. Thankfully the disgraceful, self obsessed, ungrateful and narcissistic plastics don’t reign at the emirates…..just in their own little worlds. Unless things change at 78 mins the paying fans have spoken…get lost plastics!!

  24. Onochie says:

    I think am watching one of the most boring first half our season,and to see a deluded fan boldly showing his support and wenger,saying he’s ashamed of Arsenal fans is really unbelievable

    1. SoOpa AeoN says:

      that must be “Krish”

      1. ozgunner says:

        Krish doesnt even know where london is

  25. Onochie says:

    “Showing his support for Wenger”

  26. ReiGN says:

    I’m sick and tired of us always passing the ball on the edge of the box and give the ball away and than concede on the counter attack! All this possesion counts for nothing we’re just wasting our own time!

  27. JAmerican says:

    Jesus I know this is a tactic but damn, Norwich’s entire team are around their 18 yard box. When teams park the bus it makes an already boring game that much worse when you have no intentions of playing some real football. With that said we don’t help the situation any by constantly trying to walk the ball in the net…

    1. galaxygooner says:

      The solution is shoot on sight

  28. mark says:

    This is a very boring game. Players should be paid an ok salary with results bonuses, same with ‘top’ managers..

  29. AD says:

    arsenal playing
    pass pass pass fall down
    pass pass pass hit the player
    pass pass bore

  30. muffdiver says:

    john ruddy should have brought his xbox hes wasting priceless call of duty time here

  31. gmv8 says:

    While we have disjoint amongst Arsenal fans, we can only expect more of the same. Maybe those Wenger supporters were planted by Kroenke or Wenger, who knows?

    1. gmv8 says:

      Or Spuds possibly

  32. gmv8 says:

    Norwich look more likely to score at the moment, do we want to drop out of the top four? Certainly looks like it.

  33. BUR says:

    Will some one go into that changing room and stick the boot into a few of those lazy bollo……..and tell them to play out wide this is shit

  34. rkw says:

    If anyone needs further proof of wenger’s utter inability to lead a quality team then that 45 minutes should be it …. Shocking failure of a manager

  35. muffdiver says:

    norwich deserve a lead here
    boos at half time

    4 times in last 9 games we havent registered a single shot on target

    sad

  36. mark says:

    Wenger can blame us all he likes, but needs to do some navel gazing himself. We look like Stoke.

  37. gmv8 says:

    We need Campbell and Wellbeck, it is so obvious. Even Tim Sherwood is saying so. Why on earth isn’t Wenger seeing it? Doesn’t make sense.

  38. SoOpa AeoN says:

    Griezmann has just scored for Athletico……… Congratulations to the boy

    Utter sh** is taking place at the Emirates…..Boring down ere

    1. JAmerican says:

      That guy turned down Wenger his own countryman to play for Simeone in the summer of 2014. Do you blame him?

  39. JAmerican says:

    Yeah let’s play the same team that couldn’t win in our last game, it should work this time. Don’t even know if I’m more pissed off with Wenger for this selection or the players for being on vacation. I counted at least 3 clear chances Norwich should have taken the lead and Cech saved a couple.

  40. gmv8 says:

    Giroud was totally the wrong man for this game, he was at the beginning of the half, and he is at the end of the half. Could any PL manager do worse than Wenger at the moment?

    1. galaxygooner says:

      Correction.

      Giroud is the wrong man for arsenal period.
      The only way he ever scores or he is ever going to score is The type of goal your grandma can score.
      A TAP -IN

  41. The Dom04 says:

    The only fans I see protesting enthusisticly are the Wenger fans that want him to stay. What a joke.

  42. goonergaz2000 says:

    Well what can I say ..just bloody disgraceful I can’t see what the future holds for us under wenger ..not only that I hate to say its really Boring.lets hope better in the second half

  43. WiserthanWenger says:

    Ozil sent him a nice long cross & he headed the ball away from goal ? What the heck is Giroud doing ?
    I feel nauseated watching a 3-legged donkey leading Arsenal’s attack ! Totally no sense of positioning ! No football skills ! Can’t run for his life !

  44. mark says:

    We literally have NO idea of what to do to win this game..

  45. mark says:

    It’s Norwich FFS!

  46. rkw says:

    There is no creativity in the middle …. Need either wilshere or cazorla …

  47. ras911 says:

    DANIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!

  48. gmv8 says:

    Welbeck – there was never any doubt he would get a goal

    1. Jim A says:

      and OG the knockdown assist.

  49. mark says:

    Good goal from Welbeck.

  50. gmv8 says:

    How many more fouls by Norwich is this idiot Mike Jones going to ignore?

  51. gmv8 says:

    Can we bring on Coquelin to shore up the defense please Wenger?????

  52. WiserthanWenger says:

    What a ball ! Ozil !

  53. muffdiver says:

    mesut ozil

    how the hell did he even control that?

    i feel like i should have fainted when he did that

  54. gmv8 says:

    What is Mike Jones on???? Clear corner from save from OZil yet he gives a goal kick!!

  55. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    OMG that ball from Ozil to Sanchez on the break!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  56. gmv8 says:

    We need Coquelin to give some steel to the defence…. Living dangerously at the back

    1. Robin Vanpayslip says:

      Mystic Meg?

  57. gmv8 says:

    Let’s just hope he doesn’t bring on Walcott…….

  58. mark says:

    I fear a 1-1..sorry.

  59. Ramterta says:

    Hope we score another but more important is that we dont concede

  60. mark says:

    Phew..

  61. john0711 says:

    Goodbye alex i appreciate what you have done, i wish you every success

  62. BUR says:

    Not to be overwhelmed by the hallowed victory we should be putting teams like this to the sword in the first half. His starting team was dire no umph up front. WelBeck changed the game, well hello why did he not start? Even 1 up we were all waiting for the sucker punch. After all Norwich are 3rd from the bottom. Well again its the home supporters fault that we are in such a state.

    1. AidanGooner says:

      ….because teams fighting relegation at this time of year are notoriously easy to play right? Wrong.

  63. evans says:

    Watching a very poor game . But am proud of the 100 fans who protested. At least ,,they are not deluded like the rest. Oneday,,,my love for arsenal will fade forever. I can’t be having nightmares all the time we play. Well,,,if things go too bad,,,,I have Madrid to support. Don’t blame me. Its like arsenal have no focus and directions

    1. AidanGooner says:

      Stop talking about it & do it, if you have actually entertained the idea- you are clearly one of the plastic, fair-weather fans. Put any thought into why it was such a tiny minority protesting perchance? Commenters on this site are becoming unbearable.

    2. stubill says:

      Off you go then. Toodle pip.

      We don’t want “fans” like you.

  64. jperiod says:

    Ugly win, but a win. Thank God for wellbeck

  65. moneytalks says:

    No review article?

    1. Bob says:

      yeah sorry guys
      an emergency came up and I was in charge
      I better be nice to admin for a while
      COYG

  66. NIKK says:

    Arsenal=Apathy

  67. jperiod says:

    Player ratings from Arsenal – Norwich
    Cech – 8
    Bellerin – 6
    Mertesacker – 6
    Koscielny – 7
    Monreal – 6
    Mohamed Elneny – 7
    Aaron Ramsey – 6
    Alexis Sanchez – 5
    Mesut Ozil – 6
    Alex Iwobi – 5
    Olivier Giroud – 5
    Gabriel – 6
    Danny Welbeck – 7
    Francis Coquelin – 6

    What do you think

    1. ozgunner says:

      giroud 6????? same as ozil? he was more a 2 ffs he is supposed to be a striker but he just passes in the box , it was lucky that welbeck was in the right place

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