Official Arsenal team for C.O.C. match away to Spurs

The biggest surprise for me this evening with the Arsenal team selected by Arsene Wenger to face Tottenham in the Capital One cup game is that the boss has not picked Gabriel, and tha Braxzilian international defender who has just been let off his red card from the Chelsea game has not even made the bench.

And neither is Laurent Koscielny, so let’s hope that Chambers and Mertesacker play well and do not pick up an injury or a red card. They are likely to be tested though, because the spuds are starting with Harry Kane, Townsend, Chadli and with Eriksen in the number 10 role.

Our rotated defence will have the extra protection of tweo holding midfielders in the absence of Coquelin at least, with Wenger going for Arteta and Flamini as a double pivot and it looks like Aaron Ramsey will be our number 10, with the Ox and Joel Campbell on either side of Olivier Giroud in attack.

Ospina
Debuchy, Mertesacker, Chambers, Gibbs
Arteta, Flamin
Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Campbell
Giroud

Subs: Macey, Bellerin, Monreal, Ozil, Iwobi, Sanchez, Walcott

So it is a fairly strong Arsenal team but with a lot of changes and they need to perform well to avoid the Gunners going down to three losses in a row for the first time since 2010.

Tags Chambers Giroud

121 Comments

  1. Dee@ease says:

    Giroud starting a game for Arsenal is never a good thing!

  2. Bumpy says:

    It will be interesting to see how Ramsey gets on in the central position. He’s been pretty poor out on the right this season…

    1. mohawk says:

      I think that has been the problem. Ramsey needs to play centrally – and not just in this one game.

      1. TH14atl says:

        Right down the spine is a concern for me. Chambers/BFG seems slow and easily penetrated. The two in front of them….obvious concern. Ramsey at attacking mid. When Ramsey played advanced centrally in last year’s 4-1-4-1 he struggled mightily as he tried to do more than he was capable of, and selfishly tried to score too much. Will see how he does tonight…
        Huge game for OG12 tonight. The man needs confidence back in a hurry.
        From a wide perspective, Gibbs, Debuchy, and the OX underwhelmed when they played in Europe, and Campbell wouldn’t even be hear if Welbz wasn’t hurt (though I think I rate his ability higher than most if he was just given a run of games to get confidence).

        So I guess in saying this I’m terrified of all 10 outfield positions. yikes

  3. Goonsquad8 says:

    I like the line up, I’m excited to see what a front 4 of the ox, Ramsey, Campbell and giroud could do. Let’s get a win boys COYG!!

  4. ziol says:

    pretty much i expected except the absence of iowbe and idelende. i like it though…also i think this shows that Gab koss partnership will b z 1 that we will c throughout the season. COYG!

  5. Kelscent says:

    Dis squad is gud nd i doubt dat d spurs ll turn up 4 tonites game

  6. rkw says:

    A couple of bottom half premiership teams could go either way

  7. Kelscent says:

    i jez pray kane dosnt put on his scoring as he has bin doin against us

  8. Bayz says:

    LOL Spurs are going to have a field day… Wenger is such a comedian

    1. Johannesburgunner says:

      Bayz….we won 2-1. You never saw the show before it started……remember that before calling someone a comedian.

  9. ras911 says:

    Damn Arteta and FLamini -…………….- Really hope we play well tonight

  10. lupe says:

    This is the team i predicted would start man for man. It’s just the only team to pick with injuries,suspension and players needing rest. Let’s see how flamini and arteta play.

  11. juhislihis says:

    Arteta Flamini partnership is ABYSMAL.

    I predict an agonizing game to watch..

    1. gmv8 says:

      There is not much other option tho’ – Coq is out, and we couldn’t manage to recruit in the summer, Cazorla is on his one match ban – lol, only other option was Ramsey, who I think is better where he is.

    2. Goonsquad8 says:

      Don’t watch then

  12. gmv8 says:

    I don’t like this line up – it is mostly bench players.

    We should at least have one full time 1st team member in defence – It would’ve made sense for this to be Gabriel, as we don’t know what’s going to happen in the next FA hearing.

    Let’s just hope that certain players step up to the plate this time…..

  13. BigWilli #WengerOut says:

    flamini AND arteta AND gibbs?
    expecting nothing but a shaky defensive display.

  14. gmv8 says:

    Spuds are playing their full King Edward

  15. Fatboy Gooney says:

    Hahaha wenger is a joker ?
    you call that a strong team? ???
    maybe at 3nil down he will bring on Sanchez and Walcott and take off Arteta and Gibbs … why even bother turning up!
    ????

    Come back Annie…. all is forgiven!! ?

    1. gmv8 says:

      Even she’s had enough of Wenger…..

    2. Fatboy Gooney says:

      I take it all back… I have just seen the spuds teamsheet and there just as ?

      1. gmv8 says:

        Spuds are ?, but they are playing their first team up front

  16. NIKK says:

    Playing away….lets hope the lads take a que from the boss and rise to ocassion!

  17. Twig says:

    The “triangle” in front of Cech is too slow. Not much legs out there. We really don’t have a B team to be excited about, do we?

  18. NIKK says:

    Watchin Giroud does my head in…No bleedin pace trickery or movements!

  19. davidnz says:

    Excellent rotation.
    Mertz back is good.
    Giroud chance to get
    back in form.
    Campbell a chance to shine.
    All the defenders need game time.
    Ramsey in the middle.
    So yes good team selection

  20. Charlie Nick says:

    The players chosen need to really put in a shift tonight. Fed up talking tactics. 100% effort all round. That would be a start, getting paid enough

  21. Charlie Nick says:

    F-f-f-flaminiiiii …don’t believe it

  22. juhislihis says:

    Flamini what the πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  23. Goonsquad8 says:

    Captain krunch is back! Lol

  24. Ks-Gunner says:

    In Flamini i trust. lol

  25. Koss the Boss says:

    Funny ol Flamini… pops up when you need him!! ??

  26. davidnz says:

    Thats what happens when
    you get shots on target.
    Less tippy tappy
    more shooting.

  27. Charlie Nick says:

    That’s twice Debuchy has let Rose in…get the finger out!

  28. RSH says:

    Debuchy… wtf are you doing?

  29. Demwan Jones says:

    Debuchy and gibbs have been horrible so far

  30. Charlie Nick says:

    Seriously, get Debuchy off now…f***ing hopeless

  31. rkw says:

    my god its difficult to watch this shit…debuchy is woeful…no creativity in middle…no real threat up front…ocassional effort by the ox …

  32. rkw says:

    and campbell is utterly clueless

  33. Invincibles49 says:

    49 bucks say we are not finishing this match with 11 players.

  34. Invincibles49 says:

    Haha. Flamini almost scoffed the goal. It was just perfectly mishit. I am happy but I chuckled.

    1. Charlie Nick says:

      Not my favourite player, but he took the goal well mate. Credit where it’s due

    2. Goonsquad8 says:

      i feel bad for you. you still whine and moan and belittle our players even when they score smdh

  35. Robertthegooner says:

    Debuchy, Flamini and Gibbs have been our best players

    Campbell is just useless
    Get him off an replace with Alexis or Theo

    1. juhislihis says:

      Debuchy has literally been the worst player on the pitch.

      But then again I remember you’re a troll, so I shouldn’t feed you.. sshhhh

    2. Goonsquad8 says:

      campbell has barely had the ball but he’s putting a real shift in is it that hard to see

      1. rkw says:

        the guy is utterly useless

  36. gmv8 says:

    Hope Coq is ok, with only other two DMs on yellow cards. Wenger is being very elusive about him, which isn’t a good sign.

  37. davidnz says:

    Spurs have to come out
    and attack so exciting
    footy coming up πŸ™‚

  38. Charlie Nick says:

    Let’s not give Kane ANY more chances eh?

  39. gmv8 says:

    Warning – Wenger need to bring on a first team defender, Bellerin or Monreal.

  40. gmv8 says:

    Can’t afford to keep giving the chad free kicks.

  41. Lethal Prince 9 says:

    LOL OX is trolling Spurs players but then lets off by his crossing

  42. rkw says:

    the idea that wenger couldnt find some better players than this lot is comical it really is

  43. juhislihis says:

    Chambers second own goal this season, he’s our leading goal scorer!

    1. Robertthegooner says:

      No Walcott and Giroud have scored two goals each.

  44. Charlie Nick says:

    Debuchy again…

  45. gmv8 says:

    Saw that one coming – Wenger is an idiot, should’ve changed the defence

  46. Demwan Jones says:

    Own goal again. These players should be ashamed of themselves

  47. davidnz says:

    OG again πŸ™
    C’mom you Gunners

  48. gmv8 says:

    Clueless spud fans so pathetic they can’t make up their own chants

  49. rkw says:

    cant watch anymore sorry…time to shut up shop and wait til next season when the colnel hopefully will have gone coz he is a joker and an embarresment to our club

  50. TioMoses says:

    Say what you will about Chambers OG, but Debuchy has been getting beaten like a drum all game long so far

  51. We need to sent off the Manager and 3/4 of this team players only then we will be ARSENAL again.

  52. Lethal Prince 9 says:

    Chambers is the next John Terry? Only let down by own goal syndrome!!

  53. DennisTheMenace says:

    why always us…..

  54. I wonder when will Le Fraud bring the big guns to avoid another embarrassment

  55. TioMoses says:

    This lineup doesn’t have a lot of creativity in it. It has a couple of dribblers, but nobody who will really break down a defence with a pass. Giroud hasn’t been a factor at all aside from his half chance earlier, hardly got the ball up to him really.

  56. Demwan Jones says:

    What do u expect when u have a fashion model as our striker

  57. Lethal Prince 9 says:

    By the way I missed most of the game. Who has been the best? Don’t just say Ospina….

    1. Justsoccerfan says:

      Yes is ospinaaaaaaaa sass! !!!

    2. Charlie Nick says:

      Nobody….really nobody

    3. Invincibles49 says:

      Everyone has been the best but the worst has been Debuchy.

  58. Ronny331 says:

    God we are shi*e at times! Was debuchy out drinking late last night? Shockingly off it!

  59. Lethal Prince 9 says:

    Gibbs saved us there….

  60. Demwan Jones says:

    All from debuchy’s wing and mr. Bean doesn’t want to do anything

  61. Zulu-boy-SA says:

    This is a joke, we just can’t keep the ball

  62. Invincibles49 says:

    So Ramsey was one season wonder. Hmm..

  63. Justsoccerfan says:

    Campbell is officially out of wenger team.

  64. NIKK says:

    Time to divorce i mean dump errr sub Debucy

    1. Robertthegooner says:

      For just one match?

  65. gmv8 says:

    Spuds aren’t parking the bus, so can’t use that as an excuse

  66. Demwan Jones says:

    The donkey strikes again

  67. Invincibles49 says:

    Ohh Lord Giroud. Cant finish these chances as well.

    1. Lethal Prince 9 says:

      Michael Vorm thrown himself in front of him. What do you expect?

  68. Invincibles49 says:

    Donkey cant run.

  69. Charlie Nick says:

    Aaron’s come to life since Alexis came on

  70. Invincibles49 says:

    Donkey to the ground.

  71. Robertthegooner says:

    If Giroud or Debuchy scores the winning goal you will all be changing your attitude like the fickle People that you are.

  72. Charlie Nick says:

    Ok …Giroud out Flamini in..

  73. davidnz says:

    COYG πŸ™‚

  74. Demwan Jones says:

    Holy shit flaminiii

  75. Lethal Prince 9 says:

    Gibbs has been solid, just stays forward for most of the time.

  76. juhislihis says:

    FLAMINIII WHAT THE HELLLL πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  77. gmv8 says:

    I’m sorry but make Flamini our new striker!!!!!!!

  78. TioMoses says:

    What a strike! He’s having the time of his life

  79. davidnz says:

    Must have heard me πŸ™‚

  80. Invincibles49 says:

    Giroud, you have another competitor.

  81. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    Flaming on a hat trick………

  82. Koss the Boss says:

    Best forward at Arsenal… Flamini!!! Cant believe he has got 2…

  83. Demwan Jones says:

    Flamini 4 ballon d’or

  84. gmv8 says:

    Wenger can we please shore up the defence …… now!!!

  85. DennisTheMenace says:

    now i know why our coach did’t buy a striker …….. flamini is like a new striker

  86. Seetsuma says:

    Go back to midfield Flamini, you’re drunk.

    1. Lethal Prince 9 says:

      If him being drunk, we are getting goals I would provide him the barrel by myself….

  87. sam-afc says:

    put him upfront
    Put him upfront
    Arsene Wenger put him upfront
    Flamini that is?

  88. Lethal Prince 9 says:

    Flamini – The best player today

    1. Charlie Nick says:

      not hard mind you

  89. Zulu-boy-SA says:

    Flames a player who plays his heart out!

  90. Demwan Jones says:

    Giroud is just busy dancing with the stars

  91. gmv8 says:

    Can Wenger bring on Bellerin for Debuchy? It’s only 20 mins…..

    1. Charlie Nick says:

      Yes…please do that…he’s doing my nut in

  92. Lethal Prince 9 says:

    One of the best NL derbies ever??

  93. Hard to believe deadwood FLAMINI MOTM even him looks a better striker than Donkey Giroud

    1. Lethal Prince 9 says:

      Flamini 1st game 2 goals …. think that again before calling him deadwood

  94. viczil says:

    I am not sure we lack goal scorers as Chambers’ goal per game ratio is excellent. Two in Two so far.

  95. gmv8 says:

    Not just saying it but the only problem I ever had with Flamini, was the number of silly fouls he did to get himself sent off / concede penalties.

  96. Kelscent says:

    yea jez kip d flames on like dat bliv me ur gone be d nxt human torch..FANTASTIC!

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