Official Arsenal team and preview for Hull City away

With Arsenal facing our third match in a week and desperately needing all three points from today’s away match at Hull City, Arsene Wenger would have wanted as many first team players available as possible, so it will have been a big blow to his plans to lose Olivier Giroud.

The France international forward was probably in line for his first start of the season, but he picked up a knock as well as a very harsh red card in the Champions League clash with PSG and has not even made the bench today. At the same time, however, the Gunners’ chances have been boosted by the return to match fitness of one of the other striking options Theo Walcott.

The flying England forward comes straight back into the team and it is his international team mate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who misses out with young Iwobi keeping his place. Whether it will be Walcott or Alexis Sanchez playing through the middle is anyone’s guess.

The only other change made by the Frenchman is at the back, with veteran keeper Petr Cech coming back in and the midweek hero David Ospina dropping back to the bench, so Coquelin and Cazorla continue to be our first choice central midfield pairing and the summer signing Granit Xhaka will have to wait.

Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal
Coquelin, Cazorla
Walcott, Ozil, Iwobi

Subs: Gibbs, Lucas Perez, Ospina, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Holding, Xhaka, Elneny.

Will this starting XI get the job done for us today?


Tags Giroud Walcott Xhaka


  1. Twig says:

    I do hope it’s Walcott (who’s a decent striker by the way) that’s starting upfront and not Alexis 🙁

    1. Arsenal_Girl says:

      I think both Alexis and Theo are better on the wings
      I don’t think Theo is decent up front
      Last season he hardly scored or not scored enough

      If i had the choice between Alexis and Theo, I would always choose Alexis

      I’d like to see Perez up front

      1. bayjerkoff says:

        Its not about who is better, alexis is being marginalized and wasted up front…he’s better attacking from the left….and we can afford to waste walcott there…he doesn’t do much from the side

        1. Arsenal_Girl says:

          He scored against PSG

          1. dee23 says:

            I think he scored after he moved back to the wing position when Giroud came on. Wenger needs to keep him on the wing. I think he should be playing a striker up top, be it Perez or Akpom if Giroud isn’t able.

  2. arsenal_canada says:

    Wow, this is crazy! Let’s spend 30m on xhaka and not play him. Let’s spend 17m on a striker and play a winger upfront…. Coq is awesome but not as a b2b. Sanchez is awesome but not as a striker. Why can everyone see this apart from Wenger? I wanna see Lucas play against these teams!

  3. planner says:

    We simply don’t have a coach. did he buy lucas perez to warm the bench? the same way he did with Podolski and now Perez. Somehow.

  4. Twig says:

    From Wenger’s recent comments, Xhaka is competing with Cazorla, Ramsey and Elneny for the starting 11 and not with Coquelin.

  5. muffdiver says:

    ffs again!!!

    this is laughable

  6. Uzi Ozil says:

    I just hope we see Perez somehow in this game. Maybe second half. Thought Xhaka was awesome against watford. Nothing against Coquelin as he knows his onions too. Well, Xhaka will play handful of games this season.

    No one can predict Wengers lineup anymore…..Lets hope we get the points we need

  7. Mo1 says:

    The arrogance of this manager my word.

    Hulls tactics are going to be clear rough us up get on ozils and Santos, sanchez fave kick them most likely injure them.

    This ****** of a manager why doesn’t he understand some games they need extra muscle around them to protect them from these and I describe them as “dog type players”

    1-1 for me

  8. RSH says:

    Just get the 3 points. It’ll be a struggle yet again because of this hindered lineup, but I’ve given up on us actually playing well.

  9. rkw says:

    wake me up next may …. this guy is a joker

  10. samtz says:

    MAN!!Worried about the height of our players apart from KOS and Mustafi!!GOD forbid…

    1. Dennis10Bergkamp says:

      But we got a point at PSG, we fought for it and had some serious luck.
      Not worried at all about the height.
      I dont want us to play kick and rush.

  11. Arsenal_Girl says:

    Coquelin and Cazorla start 3 matches in a row within 8 days when we have Xhaka, Eleney, Ramsey

    This is asking for trouble injury wise. 3 matches in almost 1 week is a lot of football

    Also Arsenal paid over £30 million for Xhaka too

    Cazorla is WC, Coquelin is very good. I don’t want to lose them like last season

  12. muffdiver says:

    overplaying players…

    this is how injuries happen.
    trynna stay positive

    irritating tho

    1. Dennis10Bergkamp says:

      He is gonna rest a lot of players against notthingham.
      And we will probably rotate today after 65 minutes.

  13. lefty says:

    Here we go again i do hope lady luck is on our side….. I only hope iwobi was taught how to defend during the week….. 1-3 scoreline for me… Carzola to score

  14. Arsenal_Girl says:

    Get 3 points and I am happy
    If we play poorly and somehow manage a win I won’t complain
    That’s the mark of a champion, to get a win somehow even if not playing well
    A win is a win

  15. Fatboy Gooney says:

    Hahaha ?
    like I said in the prediction article:
    Raised eyebrows and plenty of Moaning! ?
    This was boringly predictable! ?

  16. Trudeau says:

    We finally clear out the deadwood and yet still refuse to rotate. A third game in a week for Carloza when Xhaka and Elneny are chomping at the bit seems crazy. Squad depth isn’t just insurance against injuries. Used properly it’s about preventing injuries.

    1. Break-on-through says:

      Keown reckons Cazorla is the only one who should be guaranteed starter, he thinks he’s the only one up to scratch from day one. Looks like Arsene agrees, and strangely enough Arsene singled Cazorla out at the beginning by saying he’s behind all the others fitness/rusty wise.

  17. Mo1 says:

    From what u saw in the last 5mins of the psg game, sanchez was struggling badly clutching his back etc surely he won’t be 100% and to throw him bk in the strikers position to get more knocks from the centre backs is criminal you ask me

    1. bran99 says:

      This is Wenger, people complained a lot so he wants to prove to everyone that he is the master of his own world, your complains and criticism will just go quietly coz he is the boss

  18. Fatboy Gooney says:

    Wenger will keep playing Sanchez as a striker until he starts banging in the goals in that position just to prove his stubborn point! ? and if and when that starts happening he will go back to playing Sanchez on the wing lol ?

  19. muffdiver says:

    gotta be positive

    need the win


  20. Twonk says:

    No Xhaka and where is Giroud?

    1. Dennis10Bergkamp says:

      Toe problem.

  21. JAmerican says:

    Nice to see our new signings can’t get a look in AGAIN bar Mustafi!!! I get it now, if you put up a MOTM performance then you get dropped for a less impressive player. Sorry Xhaka I wish I knew the truth in why we even bought you and the terms of your contract. We bought Perez and yet we persist with Sanchez up top where he hasn’t performed over and over and over again. Almost like buying these guys was a publicity stunt. I don’t know what’s worse, not buying or buying and not using…

    1. dee23 says:

      Not buying is worse. We have played 1 champions league match, this is our 5th prem game and we are yet to play a FA cup match or a capital one cup match. There is plenty of time for the new signings to make a significant contribution.Chill!

  22. ruelando says:

    The closest we looked to finding our rhythm was the match against watford and for that to happen a team have to be playing together in real matches, hull will be looking to counter attack from their park bus situation and will hope to get some free kicks around our box.

    Its really strange that Wenger is trying to turn sanchez in the next suarez , but that will be difficult because although they have the same hunger they are different players, Suarez loves the space between the center back and wing back, while sanchez drifts off the wings to the Center, the only bonus is i think sanchez , ozil and cazorla have a wonderful understanding which comes out more in games like these, so hopefully should be interesting.

    Lets see how our bench is used today which i think may be where our goal or goals come from

  23. Break-on-through says:

    I’m not going to complain. I just want to see us win the game and not have so many things to say on what we should’ve or could’ve done differently.

  24. Twig says:

    Sanchez already on the left wing, ha ha!

  25. Krish says:

    whats with the small club mentality? why should a xhaka be sure to start cause he cost 30 million? or perez because of the 17 million? should we forget the other players? if we have good a midfield that xhaka has problems to get a start then thats a nice thing! of course i would have preferred perez upfront but its not because of the money spent on him or xhaka

  26. Krish says:

    walcott proving the fans who have short memories wrong 😀

  27. ras911 says:

    Get in thereeeeee

  28. ras911 says:

    I for one will do my best to stop complaining because no matter what we may think or think we know, nobody knows the players better than Wenger.

    1. Krish says:

      real talk 🙂

  29. Twig says:

    Some lovely passing from Cazorla…

  30. rkw says:

    how may feckless games does walcott play before wenger sees he is utterly useless … perez must wonder why he came

    1. Krish says:

      he has been one of our best/most consistent players this season…

      1. rkw says:

        jesus u really are clueless .. or do u mean consistently less than average

      2. rkw says:

        do u actually watch the man or its just some wet dream ….

        1. Tidan2 says:

          Without Walcott there would be no goal, no penalty, and no Ozil missing a sitter AND he is getting back and defending which is what he hasn’t done in seasons past.

  31. Twig says:

    I think Iwobi can actually play striker…

  32. ras911 says:

    Come on Ozil that was a sitter! He’s been looking a little off these past few games

  33. Charlie Nick says:

    Santi…you thug haha

    Iwobi looking good…great to have someone who likes to shoot

  34. Ugabooga says:

    Lol u ppl complain about coq going forward, now it clear Wenger sees him as box and not makalele role

  35. Ugabooga says:

    Iwobi making me angry, defend u idiot

  36. Ugabooga says:

    Poor Monreal 2 on 1 again

  37. Ugabooga says:

    Coq yeah u d man

  38. Charlie Nick says:

    Triple whammy!
    Penalty,red card and spud walks

  39. Ugabooga says:

    Y the f### does Sanchez take penalty

    1. Ugabooga says:

      This guy just wants goals without doing work

      1. Charlie Nick says:

        You really can’t say Alexis doesn’t work tho’

  40. Charlie Nick says:

    He looked like he was gonna miss

  41. rkw says:

    there is a sickly weakness to arsenal that just reflects the manager we have … shocking penalty

    1. ras911 says:

      LOL not everything is Wenger’s fault bro. Sanchez stepped up and missed, simple.

      1. dee23 says:

        Well considering Cazorla is our designated penalty taker I do blame Wenger as the manager for Cazorla not taking the penalty today. Sanchez should only have taken the penalty If Santi was not on the pitch.

    2. Charlie Nick says:

      haha if it rains is it Arsene’s fault??
      Highly rated player should be able to take a f***ing penalty mate

      1. Juhislihis McLovin says:

        It’s not only the penalty. Our players mentality is WEAK. Plain WEAK.

        How can’t the manager NOT be at fault for this?

        Do you think the likes of Simeone would idly just stand there watching Iwobi, Özil, Sanchez, OX etc. missing chances, not showing any passion?

      2. dee23 says:

        I agree with you that he should be able to take a penalty but if you ask anyone who takes Arsenal’s penalties they will tell you it is Cazorla. Before that it was Arteta even when forwards were fouled to cause the penalty and were also capable of taking pens and before that it was RVP. It all always be more forgivable when the designated penalty taker misses than when someone else takes it. It’s kind of like when Harry Kane was taking all the corners In the England game that raised a great many questions. The fans will be questioning WTF is going on.

      3. dee23 says:

        I agree with you that he should be able to take a penalty but if you ask anyone who takes Arsenal’s penalties they will tell you it is Cazorla. Before that it was Arteta even when forwards were fouled to cause the penalty and were also capable of taking pens and before that it was RVP. It will always be more forgivable when the designated penalty taker misses than when someone else takes it. It’s kind of like when Harry Kane was taking all the corners In the England game that raised a great many questions. The fans will be questioning WTF is going on.

  42. RSH says:

    lol, why doesn’t Cazorla just take pens, it shouldn’t be a question at this point. Overall though great 1st half, everyone looks good, even Walcott is playing well. Ozil still a bit slow to get into the game though, hopefully that changes.

  43. Juhislihis McLovin says:


    Let’s see… 4 penalties, 2 misses.

    How about spend the next 2 weeks only training penalties?

    1. Trudeau says:

      Sanchez is showing signs of a “me first attitude”. I’m not impressed.

  44. tissiam says:

    wenger better give sanchez the hairdryer treatment at half-time!

  45. JAmerican says:

    There are parts of the goal when taking a PK it’s impossible to save, besides that you’re always giving the goalie a chance if you hit it at his diving height.

  46. Disturbance says:

    Arsene and his decisions are a disgrace to all of us. I only care if Arsene leaves at the end of the season…

    1. ras911 says:

      I don’t get it, the game is good so far and we are dominated, we are leading and they are a man down. Sure we could have easily been 3-0 up at very least but you score some, you miss some so what has Wenger done exactly wrong for this match?

      1. Disturbance says:

        Whats the point of Coquelen in this game? he and Cazorla are a partnership that consists of 2 short players, both slow on the ball and Le Coq leaves the back 4 too exposed. He is often more in front than Alexis is, who starts as a CF? It doesn’t work… Why no Peres? It’s Hull City.. If we don’t trust him here, why did we buy him? I will not comment Theo…

      2. dee23 says:

        “What has Wenger done wrong?” Well in my opinion he is playing Sanchez up front when he is clearly better on the wing. However much he scores up front will be less than what he would be capable of scoring from the wing. Cazorla is our designated penalty but Wenger allows Sanchez to take the penalty for this game. Wenger is keeping our 17 mill striker on the bench therefore not fielding our strongest side. If Perez isn’t going to start against teams like Hull what teams would he start against? If Wenger can’t sign players for our A team, there is something wrong with that alone. Perez didn’t have to play international football, he is good striker but Wenger choses to bench him and make Sanchez less effective in one swoop. I like Iwobi but not at the expense of not fielding our best starting 11. Fortunately we are winning but we also won against PSG and Wenger did much wrong there aswell.

    2. tissiam says:

      fair enough but why don,t you get lost until then??

  47. Ugabooga says:

    Lol coq saying next time I take my own penalty

  48. ras911 says:

    Lol if it was Giroud who missed Ozil’s sitter or this penalty i can only imagine the amount of hate and insults

  49. Quophi says:

    Was cazorla amputated?…. Then someone explain why Sanchez taking dat

  50. Mo1 says:

    U lazy ******* Iwobi u have seen some clueless players in my time when it comes to defending but this **** is taking the Michael this game, what is cheeses me off more why isn’t any of the players giving him loads. Even hull attack has been down his side purely because of him not tracking his man.

    1. Ugabooga says:

      Yes thank you.

      He steps up or play someone who defends. He just lucky PSG where bad and this is Hull

    2. Charlie Nick says:

      However he’s had about 5 shots, made/scored the goal, Mesut should have scored another from his shot.

      1. Juhislihis McLovin says:

        True. Iwobi’s finishing is worse than Cameron Jerome’s. Özil’s as well. And Sanchez’ penalty was as weak as Walcott’s

        1. Charlie Nick says:

          Not sure his finishing is poor. We’ve needed someone to shoot from edge of box…led to goal on Tuesday and goal today (should have been 2)

        2. RSH says:

          Iwobi’s finishing is average at best, but he’s not even the worst finisher on the team. Walcott and Ox aren’t much better at all. And Cazorla can only score penalties now. Outside of Alexis there is no reliable goal scorer in this entire lineup.

  51. Juhislihis McLovin says:

    The mentality of this team is so weak. All the players on the pitch are bunch of p*****s. I bet if they had been in line waiting for the new iPhone 7 and 5 minutes before opening I would arrive and cut in line first, not one of them pansies would say a thing. This weakling mentality has to come from the manager. Just look at the penalties we’ve had taken by Sanchez, Özil or Walcott. Even I could do better.

    This game should be in bed really. Instead, we have to bite on our nails while Hull just parks the whole bus with fast forwards waiting for counter attack.

    What a coincidence that the only match we’ve won with comfort this season, had Xhaka starting.

    1. Ugabooga says:

      Kos and Coq have been fine and Santi, but the rest don’t deserve the shirt.

      No effort at all, Ozil must sit on the bench or change attitude

      1. Juhislihis McLovin says:


        I agree. However, knowing our luck, Santi will get another yellow and get sent off and then it’s the usual heart attack/nail biting ending.

      2. RSH says:

        Ozil can’t sit on bench because we still have no No 10. who is better. He has been bang average most games this season tho, don’t get it. Let’s hope he can get a goal or assist since we’re playing with 10 men. Looks lost at times.

  52. Mo1 says:

    * cheesing

  53. Skills1000 says:

    You are funny but right. Maybe our attackers should use 2 weeks to learn how to take penalties. Seems we will have more penalties this season. Cazorla should have taken it though.

  54. rkw says:

    ideal game to bring back xhaka for carzola put on perez for walcott and give adelaide a shot at glory … let c what the impotent one does

  55. Ugabooga says:

    Ozil off
    Cazorla takes 10 slot
    Xhaka comes on alongside coq
    Theo off Sanchez moves right
    Perez st

  56. Ugabooga says:

    Nvm get Santi off

  57. Charlie Nick says:

    FFS…they want a yellow for THAT??

  58. Quophi says:

    Mr Wenger please get cazorla off before the referee does

  59. gmv8 says:

    Don’t get it, Santi himself must feel compromised and not playing his game. What is Wenger doing?

    1. Charlie Nick says:

      Santi Cazorla accidentally clips guy’s heel= Arsene Wenger’s fault SMH

      1. gmv8 says:

        What are you talking about? I’m asking WHY Wenger hasn’t subbed Cazorla for Xhaka SMH

      2. gmv8 says:

        You misunderstood my comment. I was asking why Wenger hadn’t subbed Xhaka for Santi, in response to all the preceding comments. It would seem logical when Santi was on his final warning, which would mean missing a game, and he must feel compromised by not being able to tackle, otherwise running the risk of being sent of. SMH.

  60. rkw says:

    140 grand a week for strolling around for 90 minutes … walcott is the biggest fraud in global football bar no one

    1. Juhislihis McLovin says:

      Well he gets a goal every now and then. And he shows a bit of passion when goes missing.

    2. Tidan2 says:

      Goal? Assist? Set up Ozil for the sitter he missed? I think he was even involved in the penalty. Even seems to be defending finally.

      1. ras911 says:

        Mate just don’t bother. If Walcott scored 20 goals people will still complain. So far this season he has been decent and much better than last

      2. rkw says:

        jesus the whole 4th place mindset of fans is sad … zero attacking threat not an assist as that was iwobi who has 2 actually … appalling passing across the 70 minutes check out his first touch where tight control is required defending seriously!!!! … rerun the game and watch it without your rose tinted glasses

        1. Tidan2 says:

          You’re actually ridiculous.

  61. Ugabooga says:

    Wenger wants coq forward, it explains Ramsey need for goals aswell

  62. RSH says:

    walcott world class bro

  63. Bolly from Borehamwood says:

    Walcott!! Yes

  64. Charlie Nick says:

    Where are the Iwobi haters now haha

  65. Ugabooga says:

    Missed goal, stream froze

  66. Bolly from Borehamwood says:

    Moderation! Wtf

  67. Ugabooga says:

    @admin Why am I being moderated?

  68. ras911 says:

    Lol it is so sad how we are 2-0 up and i haven’t seen anybody on hear celebrate in any shape or form. All i see is complaints in a game we are dominating. If i wasn’t watching and only reading the comments here i’d think we are 5-0 down

  69. ras911 says:

    Lol it is so sad how we are 2-0 up and i haven’t seen anybody on hear celebrate in any shape or form. All i see is complaints in a game we are dominating. If i wasn’t watching and only reading the comments here i’d think we are 5-0 down

    1. rkw says:

      what a stupid comment .. we now have a team with 3 DMs on the pitch against a 10 man newly promoted mediocre team and we are not sure we will win it .. u think thats a performance of a team challenging for epl and cl … you are even more clueless than the manager you worship

      1. ras911 says:

        You were saying? 3-1 up. I’m not clueless and i don’t worship Wenger but you’re the one lacking sense. We are playing away and have a game on Tuesday so no point overworking the players as a few will start on tuesday. If we push hard to force more goals and get an injury you’ll be the first one to insult Wenger again

    2. RSH says:

      peoples comments got moderated so no posts were showing up

  70. Arsenal_Girl says:

    0-2 away
    If stays like this great result

    1. Arsenal_Girl says:

      damn 1-2

  71. Juhislihis McLovin says:

    What a great piece of managing by Wenger.

    Throw Perez to the deep end against our bogey team and sub him off at 60 min.

    Then when leading 0-2 against 10-men team after 60 minutes, don’t give him a single minute.

    GENIUS Wenger

  72. RSH says:

    Give Lucas a run out

  73. Juhislihis McLovin says:

    Penalty, AWESOME.

  74. Quophi says:

    What does Perez have to do to get game time

  75. Bolly from Borehamwood says:

    Cmon admin, I’m being moderated and tw@ts like rkw are using the C word and generally being a kn0b!

    1. Ugabooga says:

      I still have comments under moderating.

  76. Juhislihis McLovin says:

    What a fantastic penalty. Care to learn Theo, Alexis and Özil..?

  77. gmv8 says:


  78. Ugabooga says:

    Lol dive, he was falling before Chech touched him

    1. RSH says:

      it was a blatant penalty

      1. Ugabooga says:

        I know it a penalties, but watch replay he was already in air falling before he reached chech

    2. Tidan2 says:

      They need to change the rules for this. It was definitely a penalty but it shouldn’t be one when the player kicks the ball in a direction away from the goal and then proceeds to fall over the goalie without running in the balls direction anymore.

      1. gmv8 says:

        You are absolutely right, I don’t know who thumbed you down, it maybe within the rules of the game, but not the spirit, it was playing for a penalty.

  79. Ugabooga says:

    Even bogey grass can score a penalty, maybe we should offer 35 mil

  80. gmv8 says:

    I really don’t get it … shoring up against 10 man HULL ???????? We should be looking to bury them!!!!!!

  81. Ugabooga says:

    Chech is too slow out box, Ospina like hussain bolt

    See Sanchez lazy, others do his work

    1. ras911 says:

      How did we get trolls on this site?

      1. Ugabooga says:

        Know idea how you got on m8

        1. Ugabooga says:

          Go back to your bridge

  82. Quophi says:

    Oh Thank God for Alejandro Sanchez

    1. Juhislihis McLovin says:

      LOL, 87th minute sub for Perez. What a slap on the face.

      Wenger – GENIUS.

  83. Bolly from Borehamwood says:

    3 points!

  84. abmalemu says:

    8 mil pound for this kind of management. You can’t even convincingly defeat a 10 min newly promoted team

    1. RSH says:

      we gunna win champions league bro, settle down

    2. Juhislihis McLovin says:

      And when leading 0-2 against 10-men, newly promoted team, the genius makes a defensive sub and concedes immediately.


  85. abmalemu says:

    3 defensive midfielders playing together

  86. abmalemu says:

    3 defensive midfielders playing together, against a 10 man hull.

  87. ras911 says:

    Xhakkhaaaa!!! what a beautyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  88. Juhislihis McLovin says:


  89. Ugabooga says:

    I am pleased with 3 points, keeping in touch with City, but too many players are just playing average, so I’m not happy.

    Even though we dominated possession, it was not a excellent game. Our finishing is so poor.

    Xhaka omg omg

  90. gmv8 says:

    Ha ha good old Xhaka, thats what we need instead of passing about infront of umpteen defenders

  91. RSH says:


  92. Charlie Nick says:


  93. Bolly from Borehamwood says:

    What a goalllllll

  94. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    He’s a Xhaka all trades

    I’ll get my cost

  95. dee23 says:

    35 yards belter! Xhaka needs to play more!!!

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