Official Arsenal team and preview of Liverpool away

It was fairly easy to guess the Arsenal starting line up that would be facing Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side in the Premier League at Anfield tonight, with Arsene Wenger only having a couple of little decisions to make. There are no surprises really, as Giroud starts through the middle.

Ramsey, Flamini, Mertesacker and Monreal all return after a rest for the FA cup 3rd round victory over Sunderland and the ever improving Joel Campbell is preferred to Oxlade-Chamberlain on the other flank to Walcott. The main team news comes from the home side, with Liverpool being boosted by the return from injury of Toure and Sakho at the heart of their defence.

They also have Jordan Henderson in the centre and young Jordan Ibe back in one of the wide forward roles. Their attack looks a bit weak with Firmino leading the line and apart from Benteke their bench looks weak. Ours looks a lot stronger and that could make the difference although we hope that the starting XI will have enough quality to seal the win.

Cech
Bellerin, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal
Flamini, Ramsey
Campbell, Ozil, Walcott
Giroud

Subs: Macey, Gibbs, Gabriel, Chambers, Arteta, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Iwobi

A win tonight would really have us dreaming of the EPL title, so can we do it? COYG

Tags Ramsey Sakho Walcott

161 Comments

  1. Kojima says:

    Feels like it’s been a month without Ozil, not that the team missed him much, just want to see him on the field again

    1. galaxygooner says:

      Ramsey is leaving too much gap in the midfield and flamini is way past it

  2. davidnz says:

    Arsenal will be too
    classy for Pool.

    1. galaxygooner says:

      2 points lost.
      Some of our players put in a good Work rate while some cannot be bothered

  3. Mick The Gooner says:

    I have a weird feeling about this game. No idea how it’ll go. Hoping it’ll be another entertaining game – another 6-3 win at Anfield would be nice.

  4. Fatboy Gooney says:

    Things don’t look so easy now lol
    That’s some magic wand in Klopp’s possession!
    Unbelievable! … they almost have a fully fit squad.

    No Debuchy on the bench. .. that’s him 100% off then.

    Come on Arsenal, we need to win this,
    Make us proud!

    COYG’s!

    1. JAmerican says:

      Lol I was thinking the same, injuries my a**. It is a full squad we’re playing. No messing around today.

  5. SoOpa AeoN says:

    One Article down……..two more to go!

    * post match article
    * man of the match article

    then we could all say goodnight!

  6. Gunnerbongo says:

    Joel Campbell is going to make headline,am I dreaming?COYG

  7. SoOpa AeoN says:

    the only feeling i would want to have at the end of this Long day is the one of post match jubilation

    anything short of that, then i’d be off to bed in drunken anger…

  8. Davros says:

    Can’t complain
    This is probably the best team we can put out there with our injuries
    Thank God our defense and GK haven’t been hit hard by injuries other than coquelin

    But we still have a strong enough team to win tonight
    Ramsey is a fantastic back up to Cazorla
    Now Walcott, Giroud and Campbell need to finish with precision when they receive King Ozil’s precision passes

    I predict a win for us

    1. baldyloxxx says:

      I hope mertesackers legs fall off tbh.

  9. Dawa says:

    This is a game that I should be very confident about , yet I`m so nervous! Is it because of our position on the league table?

  10. Dawa says:

    This is a game that I should be very confident about , yet I`m so nervous! Is it because of our position on the league table??

    1. juhislihis says:

      Because it’s the Arsenal! No matter how well we play, the last 20 minutes or so will be nail-biting as usual.

  11. juhislihis says:

    Today I’m being modest:

    Any performance will do, as long as we get 3 points!

  12. Wonder says:

    I am afraid of Liverpool’s pressing game. We always strugle against pressing teams

  13. NY_Gunner says:

    OK Fellas, let’s take care of business….”WE GOT THIS. COYG!!!!!!!!!!”

    1. Fatboy Gooney says:

      Hahaha
      Yes .. right up the backside ??

      They have found a weakness. .. Shooting from distance!
      I hope that we improve in the second half.

  14. luvdaguns says:

    we are clearly a better talented team, hope we over come the energy in the first 20′, really misding sanchez, pleze!! get better,

    1. luvdaguns says:

      well, the first 20″ was going to be aproblem,

  15. Greg says:

    Come on gunners! Let’s make this another day at the office with 3 crucial points at anfield! Coyg!

  16. Wonder says:

    Not the best of starts

  17. juhislihis says:

    Oh Theo Theo

  18. muffdiver says:

    losing 1 – 0

    being outplayed.

    1. muffdiver says:

      bloody hell .

      this games nuts

      1-1

      lads this game is gonna wear us out. mark my words

      1. juhislihis says:

        Damn in a match like this we would really need someone like Alexis!

        1. muffdiver says:

          but on the same foot coutinho.

          both are missing there talisman

          great stuff

          1. muffdiver says:

            i take that back.

            f this effing game

  19. Dennis says:

    They’re just not up to it. you can just tell, they aren’t pumped enough to go out and play like a team that wants it.

    1. luvdaguns says:

      ramsey answered, beautiful assist mr campbell

  20. Greg says:

    Damn it!

  21. Koss the Boss says:

    Rambo!!!!!

    1. Koss the Boss says:

      Campbell my boy every game getting better. Touch and vision outstandong for that goal

  22. juhislihis says:

    THERE IT IS!!!

  23. Greg says:

    Sublime finish from “rambo” game on!

  24. Wonder says:

    We have so.many Ozils! What a pass and goal!

  25. ArseOverTit says:

    Rambo Rocket!

    COYG!!

  26. muffdiver says:

    jeeze how close were we to selling joel campbell.

    fine margins

  27. BUR says:

    Good finish Romsey.

  28. Davros says:

    Rambo!!!

  29. ArseOverTit says:

    Someone take firminho out of the game.

    Ffs!

  30. juhislihis says:

    Jesus Christ

  31. Davros says:

    God Damn it!!!

  32. luvdaguns says:

    coutunho 2 – kos 0

  33. medvet says:

    We need a real MD.

  34. muffdiver says:

    were getting battered here.

    actually lubricrated for king dong violation.

    cant flamini activate his snipers or something.whats the point being a billionaire if u cant press the big red button

  35. Wonder says:

    We are cluelesd

  36. reddb10 says:

    mert and flamini are not even good enough for sunday league

    1. luvdaguns says:

      kos was the one beat twice,

  37. ArseOverTit says:

    Yesssssssss!

  38. juhislihis says:

    COME ON!!!! we GOT THIS!!!

  39. luvdaguns says:

    what a match!

  40. McGUNNER says:

    Why was theo trying to push rambo out of the way when hes in on goal……… never mind 2 2 coyg

  41. Ronny331 says:

    Tempo guys coyg!! Hopefully pool can keep this intensoty for 90 minutes. Ps mert off gabriel on.

  42. Davros says:

    Girouuuuuuuuud

  43. juhislihis says:

    And Giroud miss of the season… Come on man..

    1. seancali says:

      Miss of the season??? Really??? The ball fell on the wrong side of his foot.there was nothing giroud could do. And giroud has already been involved in both goals.that miss was not a sitter…sorry pal

  44. muffdiver says:

    i cant take this anymore.

    2-2

    ive taken the als ice challenge 3 times in 30 minutes…this is too much

    im actually eating plywood with a fork an one chopstick…

    simon mignolet is now …..oh jeeze giroud how did u miss that.

    loooooool

    someone get auboomerang on the line.

    my head hurts.. my genitals have shrivelled…

    this is too much

  45. frogarsenal says:

    Mertz blows!!!

  46. luvdaguns says:

    campbell in a zone today, he just keeps getting better, his pass accuracy is much better,

  47. BUR says:

    Keep it tight till half time.

  48. Davros says:

    I did not expect this match to be a high scoring match, quite the opposite

  49. Lethal Prince 9 says:

    Sorry for bugging but I remember someone wanted Ramsey out ??

  50. AD says:

    is ozil even on the pitch

    1. Lethal Prince 9 says:

      Don’t worry he has passed his magic to Campbell

  51. RWRW says:

    How the fcuk did Giroud miss that sitter????

  52. NY_Gunner says:

    Where are our midfield players?

    1. muffdiver says:

      santis at home eating paella
      coquelin is playing call of booty with his missus

  53. juhislihis says:

    Our passing is horrendous. Instead of one touches, we are trying to make some kind of 360’s and eventually get muscled out. Pass the God damn ball! Liverpool is pressing like hell (oh what a surprise there) and we are holding on to the ball.

    And where are our midfielders? Any Pool player can just walk undisturbed in the middle and take a shot.

    Primitive approach by Wenger to this game. Let’s hope he got some actual tactics for the second half.

  54. Ronny331 says:

    Ozil not up for it tonight it seems. Pool hungry and us the opposite. Hopefully the first 25 mins will catch up with pool late on, crazy game! Coyg!!

    1. vinie2000 says:

      Ozil is not in the game? he’s chasing down as campbell doing because we losing the ball so easy and Pool is pressing quick.they will not keep that tempo for lonh so we need to keep tight as out two central midfielders are giving too much space.Ramsey holding ball for too long.he has to make the one touch that arsenal used to be famous for but let’s keep the energy..Man this boy Joel is an engine going up and down ( OX learn a bit) this game would have been ideal for Alexis, believe me. WE NEED A DM to stop this many shots from central positions pool is having.fingers cross we score the next one

  55. rkw says:

    Speechless …. It’s like watching a couple of pub teams … Could end up 5 a piece … Need santi and coq back ASAP to fill midfield …But a 60m bid for a quality attacker would calm the nerves

  56. Ronny331 says:

    This is one game where we are missing cazorlas quick feet and coquelins steel and awareness.

    1. baldyloxxx says:

      Ramsey and Coq would be much better.

      1. NY_Gunner says:

        @baldyloxxx
        Ramsey is too undisciplined. Santi and Le Coq run our midfield with precision…Ramsey and Flame look comical.

        1. baldyloxxx says:

          Ramsey is one of the best box to box midfielders around. He’s an engine.
          If he had Coq to get his back, he’d look a lot better.

          Rambo scores goals.

        2. baldyloxxx says:

          It’s a stupid comment really, imagine cazorla alongside flamini? That would be even worse!

  57. muffdiver says:

    we dont look like champions.

    we look like we just left the tent…after a night on brokeback mountain.

  58. DennisTheMenace says:

    for all the hullabaloo being created for pool’s performance, both their goals came from lucky deflections …. and with the amount of pressing pool is doing i doubt they will be able to maintain the tempo till end…. we on the other hand inspite of our miss-passes seem to be playing with our handbrake on …. hoping for a better 2nd half

  59. Bartender says:

    That miss is the reason why I will never be confident with Giroud as our striker…I don’t care that he scored…you cannot miss such a sitter in such a big game

    1. ras911 says:

      You were saying?

    2. luvdaguns says:

      and now?

    3. Godswill says:

      Look, if you know Giroud well if not penalty, he doesn’t like easy goal. Watch out for his second goal.

  60. JustJoy says:

    Hoping and Praying for a win.. Spirit High and Focused.

  61. Davros says:

    really nice pass by ozil to campbell

  62. luvdaguns says:

    are you kidding me!1!

  63. Dennis says:

    THAT GOAL BY GIROUD!!! THE TURN LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL KILLER

  64. juhislihis says:

    YES GIROUD YESS THANK YOU!!!

  65. Sack-Wenger says:

    Giroud you beaut, made up for open goal miss.

    Campbell 2 assists

  66. ArseOverTit says:

    What a goal!

  67. muffdiver says:

    i just fell out my canoe.

  68. juhislihis says:

    Now hopefully Özil will show some of his magic and put the game in bed!

  69. Dennis says:

    THIS IS WHEN WE NEED CANALOGOU FROM LEVERKUSEN.

  70. luvdaguns says:

    i was never sold on campbell, but now i will order his kit, if he keeps playing like this, its lights out,

  71. Davros says:

    come on giroud
    Score your first PL hat trick

  72. ras911 says:

    Campbell is playing his lungs out

  73. Sack-Wenger says:

    Ozil has 3 players on him and no one around for him to pass to.

  74. JustJoy says:

    Missed Sitters and Scored Two… Thank You Lamp Post we lead.

    1. Sack-Wenger says:

      It was a perfect ball from Theo though.

  75. rkw says:

    Flamini is lost in this game … And with Ramsey too far forward maybe chambers can bring a bit of stability

  76. Davros says:

    Even after Giroud’s CL heroics and today’s performance and currently 5th place of top scorers and just 3 goals behind the leader, Giroud STILL has haters and doubters
    UNBELIEVABLE

    1. Sack-Wenger says:

      Cause he misses sitters that great ST will put away.
      He is good and I like him, but he is not great.

    2. Godswill says:

      I don’t understand some of us. Even Aguero miss some good chances. I pray Giroud scores his third of the day. We like killing of players instead of encouragement. Thanks @Devros.

  77. Sack-Wenger says:

    Name your subs.

    Not Gibbs as it means we lose counter attack and means Pool can push us deep.

    Ox for Theo? Only one I would make and maybe Chambers for Flamini or Ramsey.

    1. ArseOverTit says:

      Chambers for flamini as he is just a spectator. Rambo can score again.

      1. Sack-Wenger says:

        Agreed

    2. rkw says:

      Walcotts a passenger ..

      1. Sack-Wenger says:

        Ox is better defensively and will cause problems on counter, but he has the ability to gift goals in games like this

  78. Sack-Wenger says:

    Mert saved our bacon

    1. rkw says:

      Agree completely… And no fan of his

  79. vinie2000 says:

    Ramsey has been very poor ..

  80. juhislihis says:

    Our counterattacks are BLUNT. So many misplaced passes it’s ridiculous

  81. rkw says:

    We are giving them to much space it’s criminal

  82. Sack-Wenger says:

    Gibbs, arrrg.

    What is that, seriously.

  83. McGUNNER says:

    We have a chance to go a few points clear if we win this game everybody behind us are drawing

  84. Sack-Wenger says:

    Mert again , teaching Kos a thing or 2

    1. Bigvalbowski says:

      WTF is Ramey making that run in the box?

      Nice run Ox, typical

  85. Sack-Wenger says:

    League is looking tougher than ever.

    Pundits say others are weak like City and United, but its others that are improving.

    1. McGUNNER says:

      Its that tv money giving smaller clubs some swagger

  86. sanmi.marvellous says:

    Commentator: “Campbell becoming a very very useful part of Arsenal squad”

    1. Sack-Wenger says:

      Always liked Campbell, just needed game time.

      When you play with better players you first look lost, but then they lift you, they rub off and your game improves.

  87. Davros says:

    Come on Arsenal. Hang in there
    City drew and Leicester is currently 0-0 with Spuds
    We can extend our lead with a win

    1. Davros says:

      Damn Leicester scored
      I hate Spuds more than ever now

  88. vinie2000 says:

    Why Gibbs? why not Iwobi and Keep Pool defence worried instead of letting us push us back and back until they score? tactically wrong for me.

  89. McGUNNER says:

    Trust the spuds to screw up our perfect night .. bunch of donkeys..???

  90. Sack-Wenger says:

    Well looks like Arsenal and Leicester are main rivals.

    They just dont look like slowing down.

    I know alot can change, but also a Leicester win pushes 4th place further away.

    Would love Leicester to get CL football.

  91. Bigvalbowski says:

    Artetas hair is still impecable…WTF?

  92. Sack-Wenger says:

    A good season where they make CL and finish top 3 can create a club.

    All that revenue, sponsorship, good players arrive for European football.

    Could they become another big team?

    Arteta hmmmm.

  93. Lethal Prince 9 says:

    Any body saw that first touch from Ozil while controlling a long diagonal pass from Ox
    It was Zidanesque

  94. Sack-Wenger says:

    Yessssss, what a poor FK.

  95. luvdaguns says:

    damn it!

  96. Davros says:

    Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  97. rkw says:

    We just give up so much space it’s inevitable …,what the f do yes bold do?

  98. juhislihis says:

    Yep, that was coming ever since we scored the third. Completely stopped attacking. Now we are lucky to get even a point

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