Official Arsenal team has Giroud starting v Everton

We do not know if there is a problem with the Arsenal centre back Per Mertesacker as yet, but the German has not made it into the starting line up or even the subs bench for the visit of Everton today. And that is not the only change to the Gunners.

We knew that Aaron Ramsey was out and suspected that it would be young Oxlade-Chamberlain that would replace him on the right of the Arsenal attack, but we did not expect Arsene Wenger to switch his centre forward options as well. Perhaps it is the added pace of the Ox and with Alexis Sanchez on the other side that has convinced the boss to start with Giroud in the centre, or perhaps it is a reward for the way he has come back from that dip in form and scored vital goals from the bench.

Cech
Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal
Coquelin, Cazorla
Chamberlain, Ozil, Alexis
Giroud

subs: Macey, Debuchy, Gibbs, Chambers, Flamini, Campbell, Walcott

I would expect the Gunners to put a lot of pressure on EvertonĀ“s young left back Galloway and with the brilliant Bellerin backing up the dynamic Chamberlain it should be a tough game for the lad, but with Deulofeu, Lukaku and Barkley, the visitors carry plenty of threat themselves and this could be another game which calls for patience and full focus all the way through.

I still think Arsenal should win the game and an early goal could well see us win it by a decent margin.

Tags Chamberlain Gabriel ox

108 Comments

    1. SoOpa AeoN says:

      The Line-up is okay, as long as we win and don’t Lose our counter!

  1. tatgooner says:

    so everyone is out injured.
    Nice one wenger

    1. northbankgooner says:

      Nothing wrong with that side.

  2. Greg says:

    Dont mind him starting at all, hoping that his good form continues and he bangs in a goal or two or three! Coyg!

    1. Goonsquad8 says:

      I’m not complaining but why change a winning formula our attack has been scoring goals for fun and walcott has been terrorizing defenses.

      BUT it looks like everton will play on the counter with both Lennon and duelefeu playing on the flanks so wenger probably thinks the game is more suited to giroud

  3. Fatboy Gooney says:

    Giroud deserves the start but I would have preferred Walcott on the right wing.
    The Ox has looked losted so far this season,
    I hope he has a good game today, otherwise he can go xxxx himself ???
    COYG!

    1. HA559 says:

      You can’t miss an open goal and start laughing, although it was given as a goal for Ozil’s shot. He has to perform bigger than anyone else today to show he is good enough. If you can’t do much offensivley help the full back out atleast. Hope he doesn’t run out of energy in 50 minutes.

    2. SoOpa AeoN says:

      playing Giroud and walcott is a bit risky tho……..

  4. HA559 says:

    Come on let’s get the win and go top. Players have to put a performance in.

    Then we can see the Manchester derby tomorrow with ease and the lunchtime kickoff next week when Chelsea take on Liverpool. Maybe even another loss for Mourinho next week.

  5. DKR.Gunner says:

    Mert has an illness apparently. Good luck lads!

  6. Greg says:

    Well done westham! The curse of eva continues!

  7. georgie b says:

    Would love to see Alexis rested and Theo in. Giroud and Theo together finally.

    1. HA559 says:

      Sanchez will get the rest he needs against Sheffield Wednesday. Everton will be a hard game, especially after they got beaten 3-0 at home vs Manu.

      1. luvdaguns says:

        i think they play Sheffield on Tuesday?

  8. georgie b says:

    BTW the lineup as is …awesome.

  9. HA559 says:

    Leicester keep scoring, West Ham keep beating big teams. Is that enough to get either one a top 4 spot this season? Unless ofcourse BPL loses a spot in UCL.

  10. Cliff says:

    Chelsea lost against west ham and Mourinho got sent off . lets beat everton and make this weekend a perfect one.. COYG!!!!

  11. HA559 says:

    Some pundits said at the start of the season even in preseason that whoever finished above Chelsea will win the title. S0 does that mean 10+ teams will win the league?

  12. BabyPlease says:

    Listen Baby Please

    I would have preferred both Walcott and Giroud starting but this lineup should be good enough to take apart Everton (hopefully)

    Haha We can increase our lead over Chelsea. It’s funny seeing Mourinho go mental

  13. juhislihis says:

    How was that a foul by Giroud?

  14. BabyPlease says:

    Forgot to congratulate our Jenkison and West Ham. Well done lol

  15. Lethal Prince 9 says:

    Anybody else feeling Arsenal has lost some confidence instead of gaining??

    1. luvdaguns says:

      the whole motor slows down when your central attack is slower, thats not saying it doesnt work, its just not playing into the strength of this squad,

      1. Jim A says:

        Pace on the outside is the key.

  16. luvdaguns says:

    thats one helluva rain,

  17. Lethal Prince 9 says:

    Why I am missing Walcott so early?? Ox is frustating me… and he is not the only one

  18. luvdaguns says:

    thats a yellow card??

  19. Lethal Prince 9 says:

    How Coquelin got booked is beyond me? He just slipped there, just give a warning to him

    1. juhislihis says:

      Mason is not the sharpest tool in the shed. One look at him and you can tell that

  20. PaddyGooner says:

    Ozil again. What a fantastic goal.

    1. Charlie Nick says:

      Amazing cross

    2. luvdaguns says:

      everything i type is awaiting moderation??

  21. Lethal Prince 9 says:

    Thanks Giroud, that’s one hell of a header…. What an assist from Ozil

  22. luvdaguns says:

    COYG!!! what a ball by Ozil!

  23. tatgooner says:

    this is abdolutely shocking lucky not to be behind

  24. PaddyGooner says:

    Woo Hoo. Kosielny. Top of the table here we come!

  25. Cliff says:

    Girooooooooouuuuudd

  26. Charlie Nick says:

    2 goals from crosses…amazing. We’ve looked dangerous a few times

  27. Lethal Prince 9 says:

    LOL 2-0 from Koscielny. I take back my words, they have increased their confidence and by a huge margin.

  28. Greg says:

    Bosscielny you beauty 2-0 arsenal!!!!!

  29. bhagalpuri says:

    yessssssssssss koscielny giroud

  30. tatgooner says:

    i am being moderated why??

  31. bhagalpuri says:

    2 goals in 2 minutes!
    urgency?

  32. BabyPlease says:

    Vive Le France

    Next Frenchman to score is Coquelin

  33. juhislihis says:

    Check who lost the ball because of his selflessness, OX again.

    Is he smiling about that as well?

    1. juhislihis says:

      Selfishness*

  34. PaddyGooner says:

    Stupid by Ox. Should have let it run to Hector. Now its 2-1.

    1. juhislihis says:

      I was about to say he’s Aaron Lennon 2.0, but he’s actually worse than him.

  35. Bigvalbowski says:

    Get Ox the F off!

    Dude is just terrible

    1. Charlie Nick says:

      He’s potentially a great player. Give him a break, needs confidence

      1. juhislihis says:

        I don’t care about his potential. He can’t do nothing else than drop his shoulder and run. He can’t dribble, jump, head, shoot, pass, he has no vision, no defensive contribution at all, he misses open goals and keeps on smiling like he’s playing Sunday league with his mates. Look at his “try” at challenging Barkley in the goal, GUTLESS.

        Oh and he has been with us for 4 years. It took less than a month for Bellerin to impress. 4 years and countless chances for Oxlade.

        1. Bigvalbowski says:

          I would comment but this is spot on!!

          Well said, might as well play Campbell if were placing the same tired emphasis on “potential”

          1. Charlie Nick says:

            Just wait till he starts scoring…then you’ll be creaming yourself. He came to us as EIGHTEEN year old FFS.
            He’s out of form, needs confidence. Have you never seen a player coming through a period like this in football? (sorry SOCCER to you geniuses)

            1. juhislihis says:

              I have seen players going through a period like this, when forwards just can’t find a way to score. I have never seen an attitude like OX has had since that Monaco defeat. He lets his head drop the second we concede. If you’re having tough time finding the net, contribute in defence which in my opinion is more important right now since we have players in form, scoring.

              I don’t know what’s soccer, care to explain because you seem to know the definition.

              1. Charlie Nick says:

                He chased the length of the pitch after he lost the ball, and has been our best man in the second half. Who has decided that his attitude is bad?
                You just love to slag someone, since Aaron injured, it’s Ox

                1. juhislihis says:

                  Well I would love to see a message where I have slated Ramsey. Clutching straws are we?

                  But I guess it’s forbidden to criticize since the lad is English and I assume you are as well.

        2. bhagalpuri says:

          give it a rest man we all know he is badly off form but seriously he can’t dribble he can’t pass remember 1st goal in fa cup quarter final against manu he will come to form in next few matches

  36. Cliff says:

    I love Arsenal

  37. Lethal Prince 9 says:

    Give that Deulofeu an OSCAR…

    1. juhislihis says:

      @Lethal Prince 9,

      come on man, let’s be gentle. After all he has mastered the Barcelona way of playing: dribble, dribble, dive!

  38. bayjerkoff says:

    and some of u still rate ox ahead of Ramsey in this team…..am sorry but I don’t like him

    1. bamiprof says:

      Any time the ox loses the ball, it leads to a goal.dude is just an unlucky guy.

      1. gunnerman8701 says:

        Was he also unlucky when he scored the winning goal against Chelsea? Can’t we just relax and watch a game without laying blames? Even if he plays a bad game today, is he the only to have done that within the team? I am very sure we will get the 3 points and that is the most important thing to do today. He will get better and he is a good player. Just not enough game time in my opinion.

    2. waslim says:

      On the score card Ramsey is better for me. Ramsay can be frustrating at times, but no one can question his defensive abilities and hard work. Ox has potential, but he is taking too long to unleash it. He needs to work hard and move to the next level of his performance. These possession losses of his leading to goals against us is getting too much!

  39. PaddyGooner says:

    And there goes our clean sheet record!

    1. Charlie Nick says:

      Freak goal, not much anyone could’ve done

  40. Tyno says:

    Don’t send me mental

  41. bhagalpuri says:

    why so many deflected and own goals this season we need to sort this out

  42. BabyPlease says:

    Listen Baby Please

    Give the OX another 10 min then Sub Walcott for OX

  43. biddu says:

    Ox is wasteful

  44. Uzi Ozil says:

    2:1 after first half….2nd half is gonna be interesting. Wish it was 2:0 though…

    Don’t wanna pour my frustrations on OX’… He needs a lot to learn but He’ll come good. Hoping to win this game and go top until tomorrow….

    1. bamiprof says:

      well he is running out of time!

  45. Redeye says:

    Ox costs us a goal yet again, get Walcott and Campbell on for alexis, he looks completely knackered.

    1. PaddyGooner says:

      Alexis is being closely marked by Coleman, on of the best it the league.

  46. Robkrieger says:

    See that empty look in Fabregas eyes,
    I bet he’d pay himself to play for Arsenal now!
    Viva la Wenger-Renaissance

  47. Twig says:

    How many goals have we conceded from an OX mis-pass?

  48. papacini says:

    ox has been disappointing I don’t like his atitude in d last 3 games he’s featured. I expect much more commitment from him and he also should improve on his passing the first pass he intended for bellerin was poor and a few more and then he should have passed the ball to bellerin rather than force an uncreative attempt at goal which was blocked and converted by barkley.but I still say hell come good.5 -1 to d arsenal.ya gunners ya!

  49. ziol says:

    and for any of you who didn’t understand way ramsey used to start over ox? that’s why!

  50. luvdaguns says:

    carzola and ozil, pure class, squad looks good so far, everton goal was a fluke, coyg!!!

  51. Death merchant says:

    I can’t remember the last time Ox doesn’t do some foolish thing that will result to a goal against arsenal, dude is just terrible! Doesn’t track back, leaves Hecto exposed and most times get in his way to cause confusion! Why can’t arsene give campbel a chance and yank this Ox dude outa that place before he causes more damage!

  52. Charlie Nick says:

    Feckin amazing run Ox!

  53. Lethal Prince 9 says:

    Cazorla has been outstanding so far

    1. luvdaguns says:

      no doubt, the mid field look great,

  54. luvdaguns says:

    bellerin makes it easy to forget sagna, 20 yrs old, amazing speed, what a great signing

  55. Charlie Nick says:

    Alexis looks knackered….Theo please

  56. BabyPlease says:

    Listen Baby Please

    We are living dangerously
    2-1 is making me nervous
    Lets make it 3-1 soon

    1. juhislihis says:

      BabyPlease listen, I couldn’t agree more!

  57. NIKK says:

    Time to inject pace and movement of up front… Flicks and headers has run its course!

  58. Lethal Prince 9 says:

    Just skipped a heartbeat

  59. Twig says:

    Living dangerously….

  60. Charlie Nick says:

    The goal-machine is coming on…

  61. Bigvalbowski says:

    CRUNCH……dear lord

  62. Lethal Prince 9 says:

    How was that a goal-kick linesman??

  63. Charlie Nick says:

    That Lee Mason’s not very good, is he?

  64. Lethal Prince 9 says:

    Monreal is the best defender in the league…. and I dare say that.

  65. juhislihis says:

    CECH WHAT A SAVE

  66. Charlie Nick says:

    Petr Cech = Amazing

  67. Lethal Prince 9 says:

    Monreal the best defender …. Cech the best goalkeeper

    No disrespect but Walcott for Sanchez please

    1. Lethal Prince 9 says:

      Gibbs is good as well

  68. Lethal Prince 9 says:

    What a goal that could have been from Ozil…

  69. Sack-Wenger says:

    Not watching, please tell me we won.

    1. gmv8 says:

      Sack Kroenke – if only it was so easy……

  70. luvdaguns says:

    top o’ the league!

  71. Lethal Prince 9 says:

    Gabriel last ditch tackle …. sums it up

    Top of the table baby

  72. Charlie Nick says:

    That’ll do…hard fought win …top of the league (for now at least)…Oh, and Chelski lose again, the moaning one in meltdown, haha

  73. gmv8 says:

    We can thank Cech for that, as well as the midweek result.

  74. gmv8 says:

    Everyone has a go at Ox, but he does amazing and awful things in equal doses, that’s the measure of a genius.

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