Official Arsenal team and preview for Sunderland in FA cup

Arsene Wenger has had a bit of a balancing act to perform as he prepares Arsenal for the first step in the defence of our FA cup trophy. We all know that the Premier League is a big priority but we also must pay due respect to the cup that has been so good to the Gunners down the years.

Despite his comments earlier in the week, Sam Allardyce has not started a bunch of kids and apart from a few players like Jermain Defoe, has named as strong a Sunderland side as possible. But it does not look as though the prof fell for his rival’s mind games.

Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny, Gibbs
Oxlade-Chamberlain, Chambers, Campbell
Walcott, Giroud, Iwobi

Subs: Macey, Debuchy, Arteta, Ramsey, Monreal, Reine-Adelaide, Willock.

The big surprise for me is that there is no David Ospina, even on the bench, so I assume the Columbian keeper has a problem. I also expected Debuchy to get a rare start as Bellerin has been looking in need of a rest but I think this proves how seriously Wenger is treating the FA cup.

It looks like Joel Campbell will play the number 10 role and it will be very interesting to see hoe he does and how the Ox performs in central midfield. If they do well then Arsenal will win but I feel we could be in for a rough ride. COYG

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  1. Needed a CAM atleast for creating chances … Ramsey or Jeff should be there instead of Iwobi

  2. its like ospina is also cursed like wilshere with injuries….
    would have loved to see jeff start
    2-0 arsenal COYG !!!

  3. It was obvious that Fat Sam was bluffing,
    Wenger kept us guessing and in the end it’s good to see that he has put out a strong team.

    The last time I remember the Ox starting in middle, he scored two goals, I have a feeling that he will score today!

    I’m surprised that Iwobi has started ahead of Jeff Adelaide,
    What with all the hype about jeff lately.

    Come on you Gunners!
    Wrapp this up before half time.

  4. In the last few games we started really slow and it will catch up with us very soon again just like the Southampton game.

  5. Just sell ox to Chelsea.

    Injury prone
    Cant pass
    Cant score
    Cant assist
    Cant cross
    Gives opponents goals
    Defensive liability

    He can run but thats it, seems no brainer to me.

    Throw in Diaby 2.0 to sweaten deal.

    1. And then we will all celebrate that day if he develops into a top class player with Chelsea…
      Have some patience, he still has a long way to go.

  6. The midfield holds the most interest for me. Can Chambers follow up his promising debut at Dm?Is Ox really a box2box CM and if Campbell shows something as CAM then it makes him more valuable given the amount of minutes Ozil has played.

  7. It will be Interesting to see how Iwobi plays. I am a bit surprised that Adelaide isn’t playing but our lineup looks pretty strong

  8. Was looking fwd to Theos pace & movement in middle…instead got the flicks & header merchant upfront again!

  9. Tbh I don’t care if we get knocked out, this cup is a joke.

    PL is what we want, will gladly make the sacrifice.

  10. It looks as if Koss wanted the day off!
    Wtf! Is going on here? ?

    This is what happens when theres cut backs in training and too much resting going on.

    1. Yeah he was the one making a run so Cambell had space in front of goal. Then not touching the shot as he would have been offside.

  11. Looking at young players we have, we are set for a very good 7-10 years.

    Ospina / Schezza

    Bellerin Gabriel Chambers ???
    Coq Ramsey
    Ox Jack. Campbell

    Zelalem, Iwobi, Gnabry and some young guns I have missed as I haven’t seen too many

    Chech, Kos, Monreal, Ozil, Theo, Sanchez, Jenkinson and OG have a good few years still.

    Are maybe short a LB, any coming through academy?

    1. Rumours there we are in for Ben Chilwell, a Leicester City product, young prospect. He plays LB

  12. Ive seen enough of Chambers/Arteta/Flamini to unequivocally state that Arsenal will lose the EPL title and barely threaten Barcelona if Wenger AGAIN refuses to address the DM position in January.

    If Wanyama/Krychowiak/Imbula are available for Gods sake spend some money and bring in quality to pair with an injured Le Coq? I know hes ahead of schedule but a serious knee injury is usually described that way for a reason.

    As an Arsenal fan I’ll predictably be holding my breath.

  13. giroud is a very good striker w the ball but his position off the ball is terrible, he camps behind defenders, he constantly gets caught to far behind the counter to give an outlet, once on the ball he is lethal, great ball skills, but he rarely gets the ball with advantage, take cambells cross into the box, you expect a poacher on that ball, giroud was 10 yards behind,

  14. this match shows the depth, maybe we win a double this year… bring in alexi, rested, feeling pretty confident this is our year

  15. where was this giroud in the first 70″? if he plays this agressive 70% of the match, he will score25 goals in the epl…

    1. Just waiting for a stray pass, missed opportunity, anything to bitch about. Honestly, I read the comments through the match too and sack-Wenger, rkw and one or two others are a disgrace to AFC. Always looking for something bad to happen. Laughable half wits.

      1. yawn … nothing half witted about the assessment of first half performance indeed of two thirds of this game … what exactly was impressing you wenger lovers about the way walcott ox giroud took on one of the worst defences in the epl .. pray tell me … oh and please cut out the tribal loyalty bullsh@@ … u dont know me and thank god i dont know you …so just stick to the assessment

  16. honestly, what better can u ask for, 3-1 w your bench against an epl team, top of table, one of your best players coming back off injury, ozil in pure form, these are great days to wear the shirt w pride,

  17. Good result. Good performance and nice run outs for Reine Adelaide and Iwobi. Campbell looks to improve game by game and glad to see the Ox getting a bit more sharpness. Only three disappointing contributors, Atkinson (how did he not give Giroud a pen??), rkw (who’s evidently just a drepressed moron and sack-Wenger whose comments rival Michael Owen for rank stupidity).

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