Official Arsenal team and preview for West Brom trip – Where’s Ozil?

Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal players are under severe pressure after crashing out of the Champions League and slipping out of the top four of the Premier League in recent weeks, although there is the cushion of knowing that we have two games in hand on fourth placed Liverpool and would go back above them if we win them.

However, the away game against West Brom managed by one of Arsenal and Wenger’s often problematic managers in Tony Pulis is no easy task and so I am expecting a tough test for the Gunners today. After the Baggies lost thier two previous EPL games, though, conceding five without reply to Everton and Crystal Palace, our manager seems to expect them to be set up to defend and stifle our creativity, so he has responded by dropping the combative Francis Coquelin and opting for a central midfield of Xhaka and Ramsey instead.

Bellerin, Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal
Ramsey, Xhaka
Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sanchez

Subs: Ospina, Mertesacker, Gabriel, Coquelin, Elneny, Iwobi, Giroud.

I like the fact that our manager has gone for the pace of Welbeck in the centre forward role, with Giroud back on the bench and ready to perform his super sub heroics if called upon. It is good to see Elneny back in the squad after hi8s injury problem as well and to have the Ox fit again, but where is Mesut Ozil?

Anyway, let’s get down to business and hopefully see Arsenal back to something like the attacking fluency that has been lacking of late.



  1. Bolly from Borehamwood says:

    Welbz at cf with Theo on right, Alexis on left and Ox behind them.
    Like it.

  2. muffdiver says:

    good line up

    alot ppl indifferent to season now
    im not even gonna watch game, off out ,
    club has handled this wenger business poorly as always

    heres to 3 points, gd luck lads

  3. ThirdManJW says:

    Would have gone with Elneny ahead of Ramsey, although Elneny probably not 100% fit, otherwise, a good lineup for once. Not bothered that Ozil’s missing. Do we really need him for tough, physical away game, against a good team? He’d only go missing anyway.

  4. legend Henry says:

    Win, lose, draw, Potato head out !!!!!

  5. vinie2000 says:

    What needs Lucas do to get a place on the firs XI? every time is the excuse of light injuries. I do not believe it as he put the two lamppost OG and Per on the bench wary of the aerial threat they got and i do think this is why he was left out but pace is the best attack against Westbrom if anyone remember the game back at the emirates when they parked the bus.

    1. Fatboy Gooney says:

      Perez needs to watch ? how Ramsey says good morning to Mr Wenger ?? ?? ??

      1. rd_gunner says:

        Arsenal team is a clear case accommodating son-laws. And who are these F***ckers who are flying pro-arsene banners! disgusting

    2. Jim A says:

      That player has scored some great goals for Arsenal this year and should be in the lineup not coming off the bench game after game.

  6. Twig says:

    I can’t believe Perez is not on the bench. So shocking 🙂

    1. Fatboy Gooney says:

      His gone shopping with ???Zil

  7. macgooner says:

    “Where’s Ozil” not the first time we have asked that question this season.

  8. Trudeau says:

    Most of us have been asking where Ozil is since December…

    1. Trudeau says:

      Beat me to it MacGooner! Snap

    2. rd_gunner says:

      haha player asking for 200K to sign and is not in the team when it is in a dog fight to survive.

  9. Fatboy Gooney says:

    Let’s hope that Danny Setback actually makes it to kick off, this time around.?

    1. rkw says:

      I’m surprised he got out of the front door looks like he’s been on a burger diet

  10. Vlad says:

    To all of you lazy bums out there who are screaming for Perez to start or making smart remarks about Ozil, DO YOUR RESEARCH FIRST. Ozil is out with a hamstring injury. And Perez has a thigh strain. You’re welcome.

  11. rkw says:

    As soon as u see Walcott and Ramsey in team sheet I know it’s going to be a though afternoon

  12. rkw says:

    We need at least 6 new starting players to move up to next level …

  13. samtz says:

    If that was XHAKA TACKLE,WAS A RED!!!

    1. JAmerican says:

      Like plenty of top players, Xhaka needs to be surrounded by the right players. He’ll be fine next season after a good shake up.

  14. rkw says:

    Walcott welbeck Ramsey Monreal and xhaka would not be in starting team of any totter top 6 team let alone in european elite

    1. JAmerican says:

      You do know Bayern the team that smashed us 10-2 on aggregate wanted Xhaka and still do right? No to mention it’s his first season as quite a few of our legends had rough starts as well. The rest I agree with and they’ve been here far to long.

      1. rkw says:

        Like barca wanted to pay 60m for Ramsey right … 95 per cent of transfer news is fake … They wouldn’t be paying 35m for him though that’s for sure …

        1. JAmerican says:

          You might be right about the price but they wanted him nonetheless. Ramsey should have been sold immediately after the Euros so we could have got the most for him. Lol

    2. khangunners says:

      Guys it pretty straight forward. We hve 75 percent possession. We are just passing the ball around what tactics are we using for todays game? I dont blame any player at all you need to know what to do at key areas but our players are clueless.

  15. gmv8 says:

    Anyone know why Bellerin is trying to look like Zlatan? He’d be better off trying to play like Zlatan…

  16. Fatboy Gooney says:

    Has the match kicked off yet?
    Yawn and Yawn again ???

  17. samtz says:


    1. rkw says:

      His role is stroking wenger’s …ego … Certainly nothing to do with football that’s for sure but have known that for 5 years … He’s the midfield equivalent of lord bendtner … Just hope for a bit of effort in second half

  18. JAmerican says:

    As good as Koscielny is he has so many defensive lapses. West Brom’s opening goal and leaving Fletcher wide open if not for Cech before his substitution. I wonder why no one sees that.

  19. Disturbance says:

    Pathetic to see a plane supporting Arsene. So sad, he’ll now say people want me so I’ll sign for another 10 years!

  20. rkw says:

    Take Alexis out of this team and it would be in the bottom half if the table … I don’t actually recall any other player trying to take on a WBA defender in that half … Shocking performance no desire no effort no quality … Welbeck Walcott combo is about as lively as a singalong with Theresa May

  21. ras911 says:

    Just woke up, how bad are we playing?

    1. Fatboy Gooney says:

      Go back to sleep mate, the reality is a nightmare ?

  22. Brett Mash-Euro says:

    Ref must protect Sanchez just like how Hazard is protected

  23. gunnerman8701 says:

    I made a bet that Wesbrom will score in the first 20mins. Just found out they did it earlier ??.

  24. rkw says:

    Have to say if barca want to pay over the odds for bellerin I would say yes he has gone down big time this season

  25. rkw says:

    Wow puli us a manger who wants to win … Wenger a manger who needs to retire … Best thing now is we lose this

  26. JJT says:

    How the F*** was that not offside????

    1. JAmerican says:

      Because he didn’t interfere with the play. Don’t find an excuse for our reoccurring lackluster defending. Lol

  27. gmv8 says:

    Pathetic by Bellerin and Ospina

  28. Bob2 says:

    That plane flying over should have been shot down!

    1. DennisTheMenace says:

      i am pretty sure that was sanogo flying that thing… sponsored by ramsey

  29. rkw says:

    It’s becoming embarrassing to be an arsenal fan

  30. gmv8 says:

    We can’t just camp just outside their penalty box … its just same old

  31. Ugabooga says:

    Alexis is gone, all the best to the last Arsenal winner.

    Rest of players are a bunch of losers

    1. roachie says:

      What is Steve Boulds job exactly? Clearly not teaching players to defend

      1. Ugabooga says:

        Bould must go with wenger

        1. antbadapple says:

          We stopped being great defensively when Pat Rice stepped down due to illness. He wouldn’t have allowed this.. anyone remember him constantly hounding Pires up and down the touchline… ‘The BALL Robert… Get to the BALL!’

    2. JAmerican says:

      How do you know this?

  32. Ugabooga says:

    We are a joke, lol and guys here thought ww would win 3-1 lmao.

    Never predict an Arsenal win, we bottlers

  33. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    The guys behind the in Wenger we trust banner must be feeling a bit silly at the minute

  34. Ugabooga says:

    If we dont make top 4 , then we must finish 7th atleast

  35. samtz says:


  36. gmv8 says:

    Ospina is having a nightmare…

  37. doggydgunner says:

    Arsenal fc needs a complete overhauling, from manager to every single player in the squad. Its either we don’t know how to win games anymore or every other team just knows how to defend against us. Can’t believe we’re struggling against West Brom.

  38. mark says:

    Our defence is woeful. We should be 1-0 up, but 2 shoddily defended goals and we are playing catch up yet again.

    Honestly, with a decent manager we could be a force again, but this is like the Keystone cops playing football.

    Even if we win, it’s still woeful.

  39. sanmi.marvellous says:

    Anyone who loves Arsenal should be praying that we finish outside top 4, and anything that were will frustrate Wenger out of the club.

    I am tired seeing same man, on same bench, struggling with his jacket zip on Champions League night, when he’s supposed to be taking notes of happenings on the pitch.

    Wenger has lost the plot since !!!

  40. Disturbance says:

    You can speak whatever you want but the results tell the true story. WengerOUT!

  41. mark says:

    I rest my case….

  42. Onochie says:

    This is the team managed by Wenger that some fans wants to get back into top 4 and go to Europe?

  43. Ugabooga says:

    What you think wenger and bould chatting about.

    Probably laughing at the board for their huge salaries for doing nothing.

  44. Ugabooga says:

    Nice, wp westbrom.

    Credit to them.

    Pathetic pathetic arsenal

  45. rkw says:

    That’s it … If wenger doesn’t say this is my last season he deserves zero respect ZERO ..regardless of what happened a decade ago …. Shocking manager shocking man

  46. gmv8 says:

    If we weren’t embarrassed before we are now …. Why is Ramsey even on the pitch?

  47. Adienl says:

    Yay. Goallllllllll

    1. Adienl says:

      Oh. Wrong net.

  48. sanmi.marvellous says:

    I really pity fans who still pays their hard earned money to watch our teams. The last match I watched live was 5 -1 loss in Munich. I couldn’t chew further garbage !!
    Arsenal match is rather a poisoned chalice!!

    As for our season, I knew it ended, immediately we couldn’t beat Bournemouth, whose defence was marshalled by Chelsea’s second fiddle defender – Ake

  49. Ugabooga says:

    Wow we have fallen so far, from invincible to a mid table team, fighting for Europa thursday night football.

  50. palmer17 says:

    No words

  51. Ugabooga says:

    Bob must be very happy his god wenger is still in charge.

  52. mark says:

    Our defenders are on holiday. It’s almost criminally bad defending.

    And that my friends is down to the manager and his choices for players and coaches.

    He HAS to go. Out of touch, out of date, no grit, no confidence.

  53. gmv8 says:

    Can’t watch anymore … it’s nothing new, we all knew they would play on the break and set pieces, yet all we do is camp outside the the penalty box hoping the waters will part….

  54. ras911 says:

    Why do i wake up early every weekend for this garbage. back to bed

  55. Adienl says:

    This pointless passing around the box is funny. Take some shots and let w a have possession. Wenger is so scared if the team doesn’t have the ball. His tactics are devoid of off the ball gameplay. Good luck competing like a doofus, Arsene.

  56. Ronny331 says:

    And we’re freeeeeeeeeeee……free falling!
    Shocking 🙁
    And yes where is ozil there is more to that than meets the eye.
    We may as well just not turn up for the last games of the season, oh hang on that’s what we’ve done anyway recently.
    Players trying to get rid of sanchez and Wenger ala Chelsea and Leicester or are we just that poor?

  57. JAmerican says:

    2016-17. The season Arsenal finishes out of the top 4, finishes below Spurs and dare I say we beat City and get done in the FA Cup final by either Spurs or Chelsea. What a way to end the season that would be. Cringe!!!

  58. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    WBA 5 – Arsenal 1

    Becoming a common score line

  59. rkw says:

    Where are all the wenger junkies .. Where … Man up and admit the error of your ways … You have been wrong for 5 years,spouting your vitriol against fans who want the club to succeed and recognized that was never possible with wenger and his progeny … An apology is due

    1. Robin Vanpayslip says:

      All 3 are at an airfield in West Bromwich packing away their banner

      1. Ugabooga says:

        Lmao so true bro

    2. Adienl says:

      They just paid for a plane. It’s time to hide again.

  60. Ugabooga says:

    Can we get Weneger out already, what a terrible manager.

  61. JAmerican says:

    How dare we mock Man Utd for being 6th. They probably won’t need to win the Europa League to get a CL spot, we’re pretty much giving it them anyway.

  62. Ugabooga says:

    Barca please bye bellerin n ramsey

  63. The plot is lost….the players are not playing for Wenger anymore, he lost the dressing room players are evudently pulling a Leicester/ Chelsea …..expect his resignation after the game

  64. gmv8 says:

    West Brom fans singing Arsene Wenger, we want you to stay … I have to say it is sad that it has come to this. Wish he had gone while he was still a legend.

    1. sun says:

      they sing that when the wob bring out the banners to piss them off

  65. Bob2 says:

    I wonder how many of our players Pulis would Take?

    Please God can we finish seventh… That’s my hope for the rest of the season. No Europa league would be a good result…

  66. DANDY GUNNER says:

    If Wenger goes he can take Bold with him this guy is getting money for old rope. He is the defensive coach and he has the team defending like Schoolboys.

    1. RSH says:

      haha, you think Bould has ANY power under Dictator Wenger? Nobody does. Why do you think he never reacts to anything? He knows there are problems but nobody can ever undermine AW.

  67. Fatboy Gooney says:

    What? ?? did you really expect us to win today?
    Like I said yesterday, we will see fight in our last 7 or 8 games ?
    In the meantime.. suck it up ??

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