Official Arsenal team and preview for PSG – Giroud starts

One of the big decisions for Arsene Wenger as Arsenal prepared for this evening’s potentially decisive Champions League group game against PSG was what to do about his forward line. Despite the fact that Alexis Sanchez has been doing well in the new role of centre forward it was getting increasingly hard to ignore the claims of Olivier Giroud.

It turns out that Wenger has not been able to do so this time after the French international star’s latest heroics off the bench which rescued a Premier League point against Man United, as the big man will lead the line against the French champions tonight.

Perhaps the manager’s decision was influenced by the absence of the marauding right back Serge Aurier for the visitors and convinced him that the Chilean forward could do a lot of damage on our left flanks. The player to miss out, though, is the right sided Theo Walcott so I assume that Alex Iwobi will switch sides from his normal position.

Another change for the Gunners is at left back with Gibbs coming in to replace Monreal. The biggest surprise for me is that Aaron Ramsey keeps his place after a pretty poor game at Old Trafford, with Xhaka and Elneny on the bench and Coquelin to protect the back four.

Jenkinson, Mustafi, Koscielny, Gibbs
Coquelin, Ramsey
Alexis, Ozil, Iwobi

Subs: Cech, Monreal, Gabriel, Xhaka, Elneny, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Walcott

The PSG side is much as expected with Cavani leading the attack and Lucas Moura offering a threat but they are without the dangerous Di Maria so that helps. With Matuidi, Verratti and Motta all starting, though, it looks like they will try to stifle our fluency and keep the ball. Can Arsenal’s attack break them down and secure top spot? Course we can. COYG!


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  1. Uzi Ozil says:

    Ramsey starts again….Thankfully he is playing in the central midfield. Would have loved Xhaka…Amyway, let’s win this.

    1. gmv8 says:

      Absolutely-despite what people say, I would’ve been far more comfortable playing Xhaka in Ramsey’s position, as he offers some of Santi’s skills plus he offers leadership there as well. Saw Chris Coleman speaking on Ramsey, and how he was playing a Chelski-esque system to allow Ramsey to roam like Hazard, but provide adequate cover when he doesn’t track back. It would seem that is the only way Ramsey would fit into the team.

  2. Zimbo gunner says:

    How Ramsey keeps getting into the team I will never know, anyway lets hope for an improved performance tonight.

  3. otunba_007 says:

    I hope Ramsey doesn’t leave le coq stranded at the middle of the park

    1. bran99 says:

      That’s exactly what he’ll do

    2. NY_Gunner says:

      Thats where match is going to be won or lost…In midfield. Ramsey is going to have to put in a “Santi-esque” display.

  4. Arsenal_Girl says:

    Wenger loves Ramsey lol

    Seriously, COYG. Good team under the circumstances (no bellerin, Cazorla)

  5. Dennis says:

    Wenger’s bro-mance with ramsay is way beyond my understanding, he will play him at RB lol

  6. galen says:

    Ramsey was poor because he was playing on the wings , I don’t get the critics .

    Let’s try playing Xhaka , Elneny Coquelin as left wingers , then we see how they cope.
    Ramsey is highly rated when he plays in the right system in the middle. Xhaka may need time to adapt to the league and the pace with which we play .

    Coquelin is head and shoulders above xhaka as a Dm. Coq is highly underrated because he came from the academy and didn’t cost a penny.

    1. NY_Gunner says:

      Ramsey is a professional footballer. His problem is his discipline. He knows that playing on the wing does not mean drifting into midfield and occupying another team mates space of play. He and Jack have that same problem. They want to be the playmaker instead of doing as they’re told.
      We’ll see if he gets it right tonight. Or if Francis is left to fend for himself in midfield while Aaron drifts into the box, and stays there while 2/3 midfielders overload Le Coq…
      I see nobody commented on Ox”playing out of position” at RB…

      1. arsenal_canada says:

        That’s a good point about ramsey leaving Coq by himself. I’ll be keeping my eye out 😉

    2. dee23 says:

      “Ramsey was poor because he was playing on the wings , I don’t get the critics .” I think that’s the whole point. Ramsey is poor on the wing but he was put there anyway and favoured over players more suited to the position because Wenger wanted to force him in the squad. It comes back to what people are most critical of, Wenger’s favouritism. Ramsey is coming back from injury and he is favoured over Xhaka who played good against Spurs. He has reduced Xhaka to a 30 million pound bench warmer instead of making Ramsey earn his way back into the starting line up he gets the all clear before he’s even finished taking off his hospital gown.

  7. 61 never again says:

    COYG let’s put in a good performance, good luck everyone

  8. ras911 says:

    A little iffy about Ramsey but come on boys!!! It would be too risky to start both Xhakha and le Coq

  9. Twig says:

    Arsenal 2 PSG 0
    Sanchez and a late Giroud goal to seal top spot

  10. summerbreez says:

    The game tonight will fall on the shoulders of Ramsey he has to keep an eye on the midfield runners and stop them together with Coquelin else we will suffer the same way we suffered against barca PSj are a bunch of good midfielder s the job will be to contain them

  11. This is the best formation we have with currently injured players. Ramsey will play better now when he’s in his natural position. Let’s win this COYG

    1. Oh, didnt see Gibbs there

  12. Twig says:

    No red cards please 🙁

  13. Charlie Nick says:

    Ramsey playing well so far

  14. Twig says:

    PSG has not misplaced a single pass so far…
    Arsenal must have misplaced over 10!!

  15. ras911 says:

    Iwobi has so much talent but needs confidence in his shooting abilty!!!!!!

  16. arsenal lack quality in the final third

  17. Charlie Nick says:

    Mustafi very poor there

  18. Twig says:

    Should the goal have stood? :/

    1. Juhislihis McLovin says:

      Why not? Miles onside. Mustafi got caught big time.

  19. BUR says:

    Ramsey is non existent. Arsenal a bit pedestrian at the moment

    1. Charlie Nick says:

      Haha…it’s all Ramsey’s fault…ludicrous

  20. ras911 says:

    hmm offside?

  21. vinie2000 says:

    Here we go again. From starters very static. there is no mobility up front so PSG is trolling the game. PACE IS NEEDED IN THIS GAME PLEASE OTHERWISE AS USUAL SECONDS.

  22. Ronny331 says:

    Shocking defending. And lamppost is so pedestrian

  23. Ronny331 says:

    Where’s perez? Is he injured?

  24. Adienl says:

    Hmm. We’re hardly controlling the ball. It’s useless to play Giraud if you can’t control the ball better as a team. We should’ve been set for counters and played Walcott.

  25. gmv8 says:

    We need Xhaka in central midfield NOT Ramsey, Wengers fault again. Ever since Ramsey has returned we’ve been unconvincing, coincidence?

    1. ras911 says:

      No we don’t Ramsey has played well so far, Mustafi was at fault for that goal

      1. Charlie Nick says:

        He was only person making runs into the box in first half

    2. bran99 says:

      Exactly, all the games it’s either draw or a loss.. hope today things go differently

    3. RSH says:

      Ozil did nothing for 44 minutes and he’s our main chance creator yet somehow we end up at “Xhaka should’ve started”

  26. BUR says:

    If we are playing with Gerioud up front where are the wingers to supply.

  27. Charlie Nick says:

    This is dire….please speed things up

  28. Ronny331 says:

    Nothing against jenks but we don’t half miss the bellerin effect!

  29. PaddyGooner says:

    We need to learn how to cross. Ridiculous!

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  34. PaddyGooner says:

    Poor Ramsey. Cavan nearly knocked him out.Lol. Girooooooooooouuuuuuud

  35. Arsenal_Girl says:


  36. Charlie Nick says:

    That pass from Ozil was amazing

  37. Ronny331 says:

    Phew great timing and good that giroud won the ball for ozil 🙂

    1. ras911 says:

      Weren’t you calling him lamppost just 5mn ago? -.-

  38. Twig says:

    That goal was all about Giroud. It was he who made the vital interception. COYG!

  39. Ronny331 says:

    Giroud fancying a rumble with cavanni in the tunnel? Lol

  40. RSH says:

    The only thing we did all half, lmao

  41. Adienl says:

    Yeah we’re not creating too many chances, but this season we’ve been efficient. Will take it over creating infinite chances and not taking them.

  42. vinie2000 says:

    not deserved equaliser but it is an equaliser n matter what..woeful half..Two changes needed asap. Xhaka for LeCoq to avoid leaving us with 10 men for clumsy challenge and Theo for Iwobi as we need an injection of pace…10 mins to go take Jenk out and bring Chambo.

    1. RSH says:

      xhaka for coquelin is such an unnecessary HT sub.

      1. vinie2000 says:

        bet on it. the first clumsy challnege fro LeCoq we will go down to 10 men. it is a preventive measure. we need tu push the up the field too much space for them to roll the ball around and we chasing shadows. Bring Theo for Iwobi and move him to the right then swap alexis to the left.

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  43. Arsenal_Girl says:

    Yet people who hate Giroud will quickly forget goals like this

    Anyway, great Way to end the half. Even stevens and we have the momentum

    Come on Oliver, give us a hattrick 🙂

    1. Ks-Gunner says:

      sigh. jesus, help us

  44. Ronny331 says:

    @ras911. Yes I was as he was playing and standing like a lamppost. But credit where credits due!

    1. RSH says:

      our wingers gave him zero service at all who half. In fact, Giroud was the one who won the ball back for that Pen. People watching this game and going to blame the scapegoats automatically even when they are doing nothing wrong and the poor performance doesn’t come down to them. Cavani scored b/c he got good service and made a good run. Giroud hasn’t even had a run to make because the crosses have been so terrible.

      1. Jim A says:

        excellent observation!

  45. Ks-Gunner says:

    Wengers obsession with Ramsey is killing us.

  46. Wayne Barker says:

    Another ordinary performance. Was it me also who though Sanchez was angry for not getting to take the pens.

    1. RSH says:

      Who cares. Giroud is our best Pen taker when Cazorla isn’t there. Right decision.

  47. DennisTheMenace says:

    Ramsey should have rolled on the ground when cavani pushed him… straight red and game set match arsenal

  48. summerbreez says:

    was psj goal offside ???????

    1. PaddyGooner says:

      No. C avani was level with Matuidi.

  49. Ks-Gunner says:

    Cant remember that arsenal ever played such poor football then lately. We are not eable to creat nothing, no good one twos, no good long balls, no shoots on goal, and every counter attack fails as our players are not quick enough and often end up passing the balls backwards.

    We do also have a strange style of defending, allowing the opponent way to much free room. Every cross is an accident about to happen. sigh.

  50. JAmerican says:

    The more the season goes on the more concerned I get with our midfield. We have to quickly find the best 3 that complements each other there with the right balance.

  51. Charlie Nick says:

    Jenks never QUITE has the ball under control

  52. BUR says:

    Ramsey’still time is up.

    1. Charlie Nick says:

      what exactly are you talking about?. Are you watching, or had you made up your mind to say that before the game?

      1. RSH says:

        Ramsey and Giroud are the scapegoat. Giroud scores, Ramsey possible MOTM yet both of them get hated on.

  53. Charlie Nick says:

    We’ll take that!

  54. ras911 says:


  55. Twig says:

    PSG couldn’t handle the pressure 😀

  56. DennisTheMenace says:

    arsenal playing really well i the second half … touch wood … hairdrier treatment by wenger???

  57. DennisTheMenace says:

    Jenko needs to look up before sending those blind crosses

  58. Arsenal_Girl says:

    Looking at the score sheet. didn’t know we have a player named “Own” lol

  59. PaddyGooner says:

    Where are the sub’s?

  60. Juhislihis McLovin says:

    Iwobi you plank, what the hell are you doing?!

    1. RSH says:

      That’s what happens when you aren’t focused. Should’ve been cleared, instead ended up a mess.

      1. Charlie Nick says:

        He was looking tired before that..too late with subs

        1. RSH says:

          agree. He was tired. but if you’re on post duty for a corner,final 15 minutes, you can’t be asleep.

  61. Charlie Nick says:

    Cavani is a tool, so glad we didn’t sign him

  62. Charlie Nick says:

    Lucas is good though

  63. DennisTheMenace says:

    walcott for le coq … prof have become really bold

  64. Ronny331 says:

    Game of own goals! Ox or walcott on for iwobi I’d say prior to the OG

  65. DennisTheMenace says:

    is ox going to be our regular RB … what formation are we really playing??

  66. Charlie Nick says:

    Still hopeful we can win this…COYG

  67. RSH says:

    Ramsey the top man this 2nd half. Wonder if anyone will praise him post-match on here…

  68. Ronny331 says:

    Not so bold it’s coq for xhaka and walcott for iwobi really

  69. PaddyGooner says:

    If they are still level on points after the sixth match, do PSG top the group on away goals in matches against Arsenal?

    1. RSH says:

      yup. we rely on Ludogorets to upset if it ends 2-2 (of course we must go ahead on points)

      1. PaddyGooner says:

        2nd again so. Damn

        1. RSH says:

          at least we wont get Bayern, lmao. Just avoid Barca/Real Madrid and no Big 3. (we never seem to get Real btw… not complaining tho haha)

  70. Jansen says:

    terrible game. Arsenal of old. Useless Ramsey and Giroud slowing down play, the one because he back passes all the time the other because he is slow and off side a lot, falling behind deservedly, playing great in the beginning of the second half, failing to put the game away when 2-1 up only to concede.

    We just can’t bring it for 90 minutes and wasted Sanchez on this game.

    Anyone notice Giroud and Sanchez didn’t connect after the first goal?

    Sanchez is gone this summer. He so doesn’t want to play with this average, unambitious manager and squad. Can’t blame him.

    1. RSH says:

      oh shutup

    2. Jim A says:

      funny I saw Sanchez jump on Olivier’s shoulders a few days ago when he scored against MU

    3. Charlie Nick says:


      1. Charlie Nick says:

        oops replied to wrong comment

  71. PaddyGooner says:

    Ospina wouldve saved that if Iwobi hadn’t deflected it!

  72. vinie2000 says:

    team with Jenko and Gibbs on the flanks very average for god sake..very average game intensity no ideas no pace

  73. vinie2000 says:

    Utter garbage…off to bed.

  74. vinie2000 says:

    Anyone happy with this performance? it has been 3 in the row..Something must happen in November isn’t? we have to get back to the Iwobi-Alexis – theo up front and haka must be in the middle. Please Santi, HECTOR we badly NEED asap.

  75. gmv8 says:

    Could see that happening all the way when we stopped pressing after we got the goal. How many times do we have to lose with not being ruthless and finishing a team off, before we realise that sitting back and trying to hold onto a lead does not, and never has worked for Arsenal?

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