Official Arsenal team and preview for Olympiacos

Arsene Wenger has spoken about Arsenal needing to be on our toes and having our backs to the wall after losing the first Champions League group game. He has also warned his players not to assume that they will have the better of the Greek side, even though Olympiacos lost 3-0 at home to Bayern Muncih in their first game.

As he pointed out, two of their goals came late and the scoreline flattered the Germans, while we sinply have to up our game in every part of the pitch. Do that though, and Arsenal should be back on track. But if the Gunners fall short again there will also be questions asked of the manager, as he has chosen to leave the vast UCL experience of Petr Cech on the bench.

And there are four more changes to the team that won in Leucester; with Gibbs and Gabriel coming in to the back line, Coquelin coming back into the holding midfield position after recovering from his minor injury and the Ox replacing Ramsey on the right.

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

Subs: Cech, Mertesacker, Debuchy, Ramsey, Monreal, Chambers, Campbell

To be fair, that starting XI should be more than capable of beating the Greek champions and I am confident that we will see a much better performance from the Gunners tonight.

Tags Gabriel Gibbs ospina ox

126 Comments

  1. Enny says:

    Thank heavens OG not starting, Expecting a roller coaster

    1. mall-gooner says:

      He can’t play as he got red card so you should spare him.

    2. sammydave says:

      What is it wit arsenal and OG…am begining 2 hate CHAMBERLAIN…FACT

      1. sammydave says:

        OSPINA again…lol…arsenal players are funny 2 watch at tyms

    3. Disturbance says:

      Wenger showing he is not gonna cut it a lot more 🙂 I love the fact we have 0 height in the squad. And the decision to start Ospina is so terrible its sad…

  2. mobaygunner says:

    love this line up come on gunners!!!!!

  3. Koss the Boss says:

    I am very interested in seeing the front five of Ozil pulling the strings along with Cazorla feeding Alexis,Walcott, Ox. Absolute pace in there also with Bellerin at RB, Kos/Gab at CB.

    Iv wanted to see how this first 11 would do, near enough our best team out there tonight?

    1. juhislihis says:

      I really hope OX will show tonight his defensive contribution which he hasn’t showed all season. Rather have him defend all match than attacking like Messi and just watch when we concede.

      1. Koss the Boss says:

        Yes exactly if he is saying in his interviews he is learning off sanchez everyday then show it!

  4. Fatboy Gooney says:

    Wenger shouldn’t have rushed Coquelin back,

    And what do you mean by this team should beat Olympiakos tonight? ?

    Theres only cech and Ramsey missing from that line up,
    It’s not as if we have half the team missing ?
    Thats it… thats almost all our key players playing tonight!

    “This team should win tonight” ???
    as if the reserves are playing! ????

  5. Uzi Ozil says:

    I love this line up…..Welcome back GABRIELLLLLLLLL…….I see You Ospina….Feels so good having Cech and Osssssspppppina….COYG!

  6. chinaka1 says:

    OoooooooooooooooooooSpina!

  7. KickAssFan says:

    He’s back!!! All hail the Cock!!!

  8. chinaka1 says:

    Wenger really showing alot respect for Ospina my playing him in champions league on the bounce!

  9. chinaka1 says:

    Wenger really showing alot respect for Ospina my playing him in champions league on the bounce! And not forgetting playing him against Tottenham in C1cup.

    1. Robertthegooner says:

      We had three matches in 7 Days, so we could not expect Ospina to play all three matches. Also there was only 72 hours between the CL match and Chelsea match. Wenger thought that the Chelsea match was going to be the harder of the two so decided to play Ospina in CL match

      Again we play CL tonight and United in a few days so Wenger made the right decision to rest Cech for United.

      Also, Ospina was fantastic last season, so Wenger respects and trusts him a lot. That’s why Szczesny was sent on loan.

      We are really lucky to have Cech, Ospina and Szczesny

  10. Have been dreaming of that frontline for years…fast and furious. Show your colors gunners

    1. Fatboy Gooney says:

      Its normally Red and white but against the bigger teams,
      Our true colours are Yellow! ??? ?

    2. Robertthegooner says:

      Absolutely. It’s the best front 4 we could put out there with Coquelin to help both defense and attack and Cazorla b2b, it’s a perfect attack

      Just hope OX and Walcott are on their game. I never worry about Alexis and Mesut

  11. mohawk says:

    Mark this on the calendar Sports Fans. Wenger has selected a strong lineup WITHOUT Ramsey.

    1. juhislihis says:

      HALLELUJAH

  12. Onochie says:

    Mourinho is very funny,he was asked about his team selection,if the team reflects to his changes during the second half against Newcastle and he couldn’t hide his foolishness saying “His team was fantastic against Arsenal for 90 mins”. He must be feeling lonely since Wenger isn’t interested in war of words with him.

  13. ras911 says:

    This is the line up i believe most of us have been waiting to see. Let’s see how it plays out COYG!!!

  14. mohawk says:

    Interesting. Only 2 attackers on the bench – Campbell and Ramsey. 4 defenders and GK.

    1. Fatboy Gooney says:

      Hahaha thats because we don’t have any more available ?

  15. Twig says:

    Possibly the best line up we’ve fielded this season. Walcott should have a field day today, in theory. COYG!

    1. Fatboy Gooney says:

      We don’t do theories I’m afraid, welcome to Arsenal fc ?

  16. Goonsquad8 says:

    Ox thinks he’s a 3rd CM when we have the ball

  17. juhislihis says:

    Oh OX, when do you start delivering.. We were 5 vs 3

  18. Bigvalbowski says:

    Ox and Theo….. Priceless

  19. Charlie Nick says:

    Another diddy referee…

  20. Charlie Nick says:

    Somebody get a shot in….missing Aaron Ramsey in that respect

  21. Robertthegooner says:

    Come on boys, score
    Bayern are already 4-0 in under 28 mins against Zagreb

    We MUST win
    COYG

  22. Charlie Nick says:

    anybody enjoying this….?

    1. juhislihis says:

      Boring as hell, we actually look like the side who’s gonna concede first

      1. juhislihis says:

        And there it is

        1. juhislihis says:

          Hahahah no way it’s OX with the deflection, had to be him!

  23. disgusted1 says:

    Honestly I have been a fan for almost 15 years but every year arsenal looks worst. Olympiacos I outplaying us these are players that plays for club that gets relegated stupid squad and even more pathetic coach.

    1. ras911 says:

      SOoooo LOL 1-1

  24. muffdiver says:

    Bayern 4-0 zagreb in 30 mins.

    An we r losing to olympiakos

    STAY POSITIVE

  25. Charlie Nick says:

    Theoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

  26. juhislihis says:

    There it is THEO

  27. immanuel says:

    Lol, if we loose again today, hopefully, by febuary we will be challenging for europa cup

    1. Fatboy Gooney says:

      I’m bored already of the “we can bounce back” rally cry’s!
      ????

  28. Lethal Prince 9 says:

    So Theo’s not a striker then?? Very well……..

  29. Goonsquad8 says:

    THEO THEO THEO

  30. juhislihis says:

    Ospina what the hell are you doing

  31. Bigvalbowski says:

    Hahahahahah

  32. Demwan Jones says:

    Ospina for ballon d’or lol

  33. Demwan Jones says:

    Akbs are u guys watching

  34. ras911 says:

    …..wth was that

    1. jackieboy says:

      That was our 2nd choice goalkeeper

  35. disgusted1 says:

    All I have to say is Wenger out!!!

  36. juhislihis says:

    Although Ospina made the initial mistake which usually happens in the toddler’s matches, first time in my life I have seen the 5th official speak out. Strange

  37. Lethal Prince 9 says:

    Officials are against us……

  38. reddb10 says:

    When i said ospina should go and sczesny should stay and learn under czech i got abuse on this blog. This keeper is a f####g liability and so is wenger for playing him.

    1. Gigi2 says:

      If it was scenty it would have been more.
      It’s the frskin team selection…we didn’t tske thisbucl seriously
      Wel…Wenger didnt

  39. Charlie Nick says:

    Is Coq fit?, cause he’s been sh*te so far

  40. No ideas, no tactics, no creativity guess who’s fault it is…….

  41. joeboy says:

    What ever is going on! And wenger thinks this squad is good enough to compete ??? whats he smoking again

    1. joeboy says:

      Fcuking useless! At the end of the day this squad aint good enough! Wenger dont know how to put together a decent squad anymore

  42. NIKK says:

    Wenger is a clown.

    1. NIKK says:

      Looking at the bench who can he bring on to turn around the match?

      1. Thomaz says:

        How unlucky are we? Isn’t it funny how whenever we lose, the officials are against us? At least Diego Costa isn’t playing for Olympiacos, or else we’d be losing by a much larger margin.

        One day, Arsenal won’t need officials, luck and favors from other teams to have a good season. One day, Wenger will be gone, along with Arteta, Flamini, Mertesacker and Giroud. I

  43. Gigi2 says:

    Now..am I gonna get thumbed down again for saying we shouldn’t think of manu but of olympiakos?
    So…ya a ay los focus on the league??
    Ffs team selection….
    Fault for not buying ?
    Why fix it if it ain’t fkkk broken??????????
    Lo si g at home to olympiakos is not taking the game seriously

  44. juhislihis says:

    Hehe, Munchen raping Zagreb at home 4-0, Olympiacos raping us AT HOME.

    I don’t think we will even make it to Europa League. We are a disgrace to English Football (luckily we are not the only team).

  45. Lethal Prince 9 says:

    Yeah blame it all on AW because hey if 5th official thinks its a goal, then its a goal.

    1. Charlie Nick says:

      Maybe wasn’t 100% over the line, but total embarrassment anyway

  46. Charlie Nick says:

    If we are ANY sort of team we will regroup and win 4-2.
    BTW, I know lots of Ramsey haters on here, but I think we’re missing him.

  47. Bolly from Borehamwood says:

    Ospenis

  48. Ks-Gunner says:

    well you stupid punks, and you dare to trash tllk me down for saying that Arsenal are poor and Wenger is finished.

    1. Koss the Boss says:

      I agree. Hes done! Do we not defend set pieces in training? Too many times this happens. New ideas are needed. We have always been great going forward and that will not change but by god we need something done about this set piece we always concede from. Turning backs on shot at ut goal is a disgrace, i mind John Terry (hated but great cb) thrown his head in the road to block it!! Thats defending with balls… what this Arsenal team lacks

  49. jackieboy says:

    I’d be mad but then I remember that it’s the champions league, we’re just here to make up the numbers (especially this year considering we’re the only team in our group who didn’t win their respective league) and AW already won it in his mind by qualifying and getting that cash for it that he doesn’t spend. Total joke.

  50. Lethal Prince 9 says:

    It was Ospina’s fault, yes, but noone is 100% sure that whether the ball went across the line or not. Not even commentators

    1. Koss the Boss says:

      It was over the line!! Clear own goal by ospina

  51. Koss the Boss says:

    Right Gooners ffs what the hell is going on!! My bad i said earlier best starting 11 i forgot cech wasnt in goal… why is he not playing?? Fa n Capital cup for Ospina simple as that. Now i never expected us to win the competition but holy god we are awful in Europe… lets finish 3rd and go in to europa league where we should be really! Have u saw the bayern score bdw?? No wins going against back to back games against them ?? no wins and possibly last in the group if we lose tonight!!

    3points off top of league ones will say but we all know we fall away, challenge for top 4 and stay that way while wenger is there.

    Was looking forward to seeing this starting 11 this evenin, great attackn but lack composure! Defence was unlucky tbh but Arsenal should be blowing teams like dynamo/olympiacos if we are to even show we are capable of winning it

  52. Onochie says:

    We are back at being poor in set piece again,frustrating

  53. Ks-Gunner says:

    Teams do make mistakes, but the fact is that Arsenal fails to take control, that bad we are playing. No excuses.

  54. Demwan Jones says:

    Bayern showing us how its done

  55. Ks-Gunner says:

    Budd. Whats is your next excuse now. Our are you waiting for your masters excuses first?

  56. Demwan Jones says:

    Szczesny doing his own bit against BATE. Almunia must be giving these guys some tips

  57. mark says:

    Oh dear……Europe really isn’t our ‘thing’ is it?

    So why are we so obsessed with 4th place????!!!?

    Beats me. 🙁

  58. Ks-Gunner says:

    We need to give our all now, bec this is not a matter of Cl points, but a matter of pride.

  59. rkw says:

    We will not get close to cl top brass under wenger … Said it once will say it a million times .,.. Sanchez a one man show up front Walcott will slways be given chances with players we have but never create them himself … Quality strikers do both making defences nervous and prone to mistakes … Wonder how our idiot statisticians measure that …

  60. wizardry says:

    Lol read the comments from top to bottom.

  61. Thomaz says:

    For how long will Sánchez and Ozil stay? I don’t think they are willing to remain at Arsenal if Wenger gets another contract, despite what they may say in interviews. Perhaps these pathetic displays on the CL will be enough to get Wenger sacked, since we’ll not get much money.

    Meanwhile, Bayern are trashing Zagreb, and they already beat Olympiacos 3-0. They’re showing us what top class teams do to small sides: They punish their every mistake, they show them how football is played and they make these sides leave the competition wishing they’d never got into it in the first place. I hope I’m wrong, but I think this is what will happen to us on those back to back clashes.

    1. Charlie Nick says:

      Maybe Ozil and Sanchez should win us the game…they are being pretty well paid

      1. Thomaz says:

        Sánchez got a great assist, and he already saved us many times last season. Ozil created enough chances this season for us to be on a much better situation, if not in the CL, certainly in the Premier League.

        1. Charlie Nick says:

          I think they’re great players, but if we’re losing, THEY are part of the problem. They owe Arsenal, not the other way round.

          1. Thomaz says:

            I aggree. Even if they leave Arsenal, I’ll still support the team. Still, I don’t think Messi would be able to save us when the whole team is playing that badly.

          2. Thomaz says:

            See what I mean? 3-2

      2. Thomaz says:

        But nevermind, Giroud will be back against Bayern, and he won’t even need the chances Ozil creates, because he creates his own chances and scores when he wants… My mistake, we had a player like that, but he left us for green pastures.

  62. Charlie Nick says:

    Come on aaron…need a goal

  63. Demwan Jones says:

    If we lose this game then we are out bc we ain’t beating bayern

  64. reddb10 says:

    Real madrid are still laughing at the 42 mill they got for ozil.
    get him off

  65. rkw says:

    That’s right losing at home let’s bring on a box to box utility player

    1. Charlie Nick says:

      Looking better since he came on….no?

  66. Charlie Nick says:

    Alexissssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss!

  67. Koss the Boss says:

    Do we not know how to defend what the hell is steve boulds job???

  68. ras911 says:

    My heart cann’t take this. I’m done for the night

  69. Demwan Jones says:

    Score on 65th minute, concede 30 secs later. Lol i pity those fans inside d stadium

  70. Koss the Boss says:

    Wenger Out!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Tactically lost… cant get the best out of this squad. Sick of this

  71. Fatboy Gooney says:

    Wtf! Is going on here? ???
    Since when do we concede a goal,
    straight after scoring one ourselves? ?
    especially against an average team!

    Wtf!!!! ?

  72. rkw says:

    When the f*** will we get a winning manager?

  73. V.uren says:

    We are an absolute joke !

  74. Fatboy Gooney says:

    I would like know what Ozil thinks now?
    ??

  75. blondin says:

    meet MUST be dismissed ASAP

  76. ras911 says:

    We can still pull this off COYG!!!!!

  77. RTOROH says:

    Wenger can’t win a Champions league game..Moureen can’t win any game…

  78. Ks-Gunner says:

    told you that Arsenal are breaking records for the worst. Even lady luck is not giving a F about us anymore

  79. Charlie Nick says:

    Told you the ref is a diddy

  80. Charlie Nick says:

    Come on Arsenal, can still win this

  81. mark says:

    It’s probably safe to say Bayern will top the group….can we safe face and not come bottom? I hope so.

  82. reddb10 says:

    Ramsey in midfield where he belongs doing what ozil is suppsed to be doing giving the killer passes.

  83. “”””Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes””””””” Beware of the Greeks bearing Gifts ……. Here you go WENGER your gift, loosing to Zagreb and Olympiakos tells you is time to go.

  84. BUR says:

    Clowns in defence and in goal, the biggest one is sitting on the side line……….Wenger

  85. Gigi2 says:

    Ok..now can somebody thumb me down for sayin we totally ignored for thinking of manu??

    The only way I will forgive wenger is winning epl fa cup AND league cup.

    Cause ucl is finished mates.

    I m am officially AN AOB now

  86. V.uren says:

    Can we officially call ozil a flop ?

    Do we still think this is the ox’s year ?

    Can’t wait to see what Bayern do to us !!! ???

    At least we still have that 200 mil in the bank though ….

  87. vega says:

    Ooooops… I am not even goin to quarrel.. sigh..

  88. vega says:

    Ooooops… I am not even goin to quarrel.. sigh.. weekend we beat leicester an everyone was like oh Arsenal is back!!! i was like lets just actually wait and see, dont jump the gun, but i received so msny thumbs down.. what you guys have to say now?? ppl on here are too reactive after every result there feelings about the club and the players change. I will always say the same things until they are changed.

  89. BUR says:

    Never saw worse. Wenger has to go, and take Ospina & Mertisucker with him.

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