Official Arsenal team for West Ham – Cech on the bench

Arsene Wenger really is keen to stick to the winning formula that Arsenal have found either side of the recent international break, because despite him being fit enough for the squad last week and this week, the vastly experienced keeper Petr Cech has been left on the bench by the manager who has kept faith with David Ospina after the Colombian international’s impressive performances with Cech was on the injury list.

That was the one change that most people expected Wenger to make, but instead we have the same starting line up that put four past Watford without reply last weekend. So it is another chance for Arsenal fans to see the up and coming academy graduate Alex Iwobi, with Alexis Sanchez on the other side and Danny Welbeck through the middle.

Arsenal also have a great new central midfield partnership of Elneny and Coquelin, but with the fit again Aaron Ramsey on the bench it will be interesting to see if they both finish the game.

West Ham have gone for the big and powerful Andy Carroll up front and so Gabriel and Koscielny will have their work cut out, especially from set pieces and crosses into the box, but hopefully we will be able to restrict the number of those by controlling the game and making sure that most of the goalmouth action is at the other end.

Can the Gunners keep up the pressure on Tottenham and Leicester?

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132 Comments

  1. Ronny331 says:

    Hmm Ospina v the aerial threat of Andy Carroll.

    1. Trevor says:

      One match in particular last season, I remember Ospina done brilliant in collecting everything that came in aerially. I think it was a job on Benteke, he was couched to do so.

    2. jonm says:

      Ospina playing for columbia did a double save against messi and aguero, thats the best goalscorer in the world plus the best in the PL. If the defense do their job Ospina will be fine. He was best goslkeeper in PL last season according to the stats, by a long way.

  2. Trevor says:

    I hope we concentrate our counter attacks well. Because this is Leic and Whams game plan but a team like ours should be able to play them at their own game. I just wish some mid to lower place clubs treated them the way they treat us, congest and break quickly. Also I wish that we never got our win against Bayern, instead just went out of the CL. Playing with a full weeks rest is helping us keep the same eleven each week, as it did for Leic.

    1. jonm says:

      I take your point about CL but same could be said about FA cup, it is why we have a big squad.

      Leicesters aim this year was to stay in the premiership, get 40 points asap.

      We are a big club, yes we want the PL most but to attract top players we need to do well in CL and win some domestic cups. RVP left because we did not win things and he could not see us winning things in the future. Basically lack of ambition which we now know comes from the top based on Kroenke’s comments at the conference in USA.

  3. vinie2000 says:

    ospina v aerial threat? even If chech was playing it is the same. we have to stop making silly fouls near the box and do not let them cross the balls..it is a defensive cohesion from keeper to the back 4 and 2 dms so let’s hope they focus.

  4. Ronny331 says:

    @Trevor. I remember the game but it was aches in goal. Never seen Ospina commanding aerially. #flapianski2

    1. jonm says:

      Last season in PL, goals conceded per 90 minutes played., for every two goals ospina conceded then courtous, hart, de gea conceded three. The defense overall must have been able to deal with aerial threats.

  5. nygooner says:

    COYG. Massive game here. I fear set pieces this game so we really need to be on our best.

  6. Dee@ease says:

    We’ve made a horrendous start and just got lucky the ref called an offside for a clear onside West Ham goal!

  7. luvdaguns says:

    mesut you beaut

  8. gooner tetra says:

    any one who says we arent helped by the refs is a fool.
    Lanzini was clearly onside for that goal

  9. Juhislihis McLovin says:

    ÖZILL!!!!

  10. muffdiver says:

    oziiiilllllll

    YESSSSSSSSS

  11. rkw says:

    Wow have to thank ref for this lead … Bur ozil showed his class

  12. ArseOverTit says:

    For the luck lovers out there. We are arse hole lucky not to have been trailing before we scored.

    Nice finish by Ozil.

  13. rkw says:

    Too many unnecessary foals in our third silly and dangerous

  14. rkw says:

    Great goal

  15. Arsenal_Girl says:

    Love Mesut
    But want to see an assist so he can break Henry’s record

    1. Arsenal_Girl says:

      I meant assists. I think he needs 2 more
      But equallylove his goals too

  16. muffdiver says:

    WHAT A GOAL

    brilliant!!!!

    where the hell have this arsenal beeeen!!

  17. muffdiver says:

    young obi wan with the assist 😉

  18. vinie2000 says:

    KEEP FOCUS..ANOTHER ONE WILL KILL THE GAME..FOCUSSSSSSSS

  19. nygooner says:

    iwobi vision and weighted pass on both goals is class

  20. rkw says:

    Waiting for welbeck to put on his strikers cap

  21. Juhislihis McLovin says:

    Come on man, too easy goal to concede

  22. rkw says:

    Very very very poor

  23. vinie2000 says:

    WHAT A HELL OF THIS?
    WHY THERE IS NOT PRESSURE..PEDAL OFF? WHY?

    1. sevenitti says:

      Where’s the captain-like figure that should’ve prevented the slack inbefore the first goal even? Roy Keane is right

  24. Juhislihis McLovin says:

    2-2, come on man

  25. nygooner says:

    absolutely pathetic

  26. muffdiver says:

    wow

    what a match

    UNBLOODYBELIEVEABLE

  27. nygooner says:

    lmao absolutely nobody defending carroll on the cross into the box

  28. luvdaguns says:

    prefer mert vs caroll, just saying,

  29. vinie2000 says:

    DISASTER AS USUAL..WHY? WHERE IS THE COACH ON THE LINE SHOUTING AT THEM IN THE FIRST GOAL? STILL DRINKING WATER? COME ON MAN..YA KIDDING ME?

    1. Budd says:

      Just shut up, Wenger was on the sideline shouting the whole half. Two personal mistakes starting from Iwobi ended in the first goal and the corner conceding. Lack of experience but if he would have been benched all of you would shout crime.

      1. jeff says:

        Iwobi gave two assissts, behave.

        1. Budd says:

          So what? He gave two goals assists the other way. Not like I hold against him, he’s young. But picking on Wenger for the two goals is as silly as it gets.

  30. muffdiver says:

    PROBABLY THE MOST MENTAL FIRST HALF IVE SEEN THIS SEASON

    IM NOT TAKING OFF CAPS LOCK -!!!

  31. rkw says:

    Absolutely pathetic … Does wenger coach his teams on what to expect from opponents

  32. muffdiver says:

    andy caroll looking like lewandowski

    lol gotta love my arsenal

  33. Juhislihis McLovin says:

    Even after scoring 2 great goals, the first half goes down the drain by completely bottling it in 2 minutes. West Ham now has the momentum. Wenger needs to have a good speech during half time, otherwise we are screwed.

    1. muffdiver says:

      u want a war cry from wenger?

      haha

      put ur feet up…could be a long decade

  34. vinie2000 says:

    not MERT..it is a defensive errors coming first from not dealing with the crosses..Carroll is there for this..and in the last 5 mins we throw it as usual..no leadership to SHOUT CLOSE DOWN QUICK..REFLECTION OF THE SEASON..OFF THE PEDAL WHEN WITH SHOULD KEEP GOING FOR THE 3rd..now A MOUNTAIN TO CLIMB..THEY WILL COME FROM THE OFF AND WE AS USUAL PASSIVE PASSES…they got 3 at the back..I guess with THEO in for ewobi to inject more pace as their full backs are creating the crosses…but hey I’m not a coach.What a shame if we throw this game.

  35. jp says:

    because West Ham have equalized I am hoping that Billic keeps 3 at the back and hoping we finish the chances we get in the second half… though the way West Ham have been set up looks like they will get at least one more goal too, so I think we will need at least two more goals to win this.

  36. Ronny331 says:

    Why going gung ho at 2-1? What happened to the arsenal that could slow the game down and control the ball? Shocking! Apart from the two lapses we’ve looked good and totally dominated.

    1. muffdiver says:

      i agree after going two up bring george graham into the dugout
      wenger could sit down and create a app for zips or something

  37. rkw says:

    Probably a fair score at half time …we were awful in parts and excellent in parts .. They work harder and have a clear game plan they stick too … Big lesson for iiwobi but welbeck is absent and too easily bullied … Could go either way … But at end of the day you get a team in the managers image and that is certainly true of us ..

  38. Twig says:

    Andy Caroll is the last striker you want in your box when you’re under pressure. Hope we can score 3 in the second half to win it 5-2 🙂 #hopeful

  39. Bigvalbowski says:

    Shambolic defending, typical Arsenal bottling the moment they grab a 2 goal lead.

    WH in the ascendancy, second half is going to be an exercise in want and desire….

    Doubt Arsenal will answer the bell

    Love Billic

  40. JAmerican says:

    Hope as we praise Iwobi you can see he was the cause for at least the first goal. Then gave the ball away again that eventually pressured us into conceding the second. We play in sectional patches, firstly our front line were drawing blanks now they’re firing and now it’s the defenses time to crack. Crazy how that works with us…

  41. Fatboy Gooney says:

    Yep!…. The tides have definitely turned mr Admin ?

    2 nil up then we go and conced 2 goals in 2 minutes ??
    Unbelievable!

  42. muffdiver says:

    guys lets not get on wengers back- this isnt his fault

    defensive error
    iwobi error

    lets get behind them for second half-

    SUPPORT!!

  43. luvdaguns says:

    gabriel sat back and watched that second goal, should be 3-2 actually, not feeling confident about the 2nd half,

    1. vinie2000 says:

      lUV GABRIEL SETBACK? IN THE CROSS LECOQ DUCKED, ARE WE WATCHING SAME GAME? AND AS FOR IWOBI? I’M NOT ATTACKING THE BOY I JUST SAID WE NEED DISCIPLINE SPECIALLY WHEN YOU HOLD ON THE BALL..WE NEED SOME PACE AS THE FULL BACKS ARE CREATING THE PROBLEM. IF WE LOSE, IT IS CURTAINS..TO WIN, WE NEED MORE GUTS AND FOCUS.

  44. JAmerican says:

    The last thing we want to do right now is let them come out confident after those 2 goals. Bring them back to reality quickly.

    1. Budd says:

      Caroll will get a second yellow. Bring in Walcott. Personally I would not take Iwobi out after his mistakes because it will shatter his confidence. Let him learn. Title is anyway far far away. Besides, we never know what would have happened if West Ham goal was allowed as it should be. Let’s calm down and support.

  45. Twig says:

    Welbeck needs to score regularly to keep Giroud/Theo out. That’s what he’s put there to do. He has been on the fringes of the game so far.

  46. muffdiver says:

    here goes lad

    back on the rollercoaster!!

  47. rkw says:

    Welbeck probably should be replaced if nothing happens in next 15… Really ineffective

  48. ArseOverTit says:

    Leave the teeth alone caroll! Or I will de-braid you!

  49. gilo says:

    This is the gaffer’s fault. Everyone knows Andy Carroll’s strength is aerial balls. I would expect Mertersacker to start instead of Paulista. Just wait till Mr. Arsene brings on Ramsey. And trust me, you wouldn’t love to see Ramsey in such a fast game.

    1. gilo says:

      And no sooner had I said than Carroll showed us how it’s done.

  50. ArseOverTit says:

    Lucky Arsenal! Farcical..

  51. vinie2000 says:

    what was kos doing? oh dear god..omg..please..kick the ball away..

  52. rkw says:

    No complaints about ref today please …

  53. nygooner says:

    just f**kin kill me

  54. vinie2000 says:

    HERE WE GO..TYPICAL ARSENAL..BOTTLERS

  55. Juhislihis McLovin says:

    Monreal LOOOL

  56. rkw says:

    Hopefully wenger’s last season … Sick of his sh@@

  57. Budd says:

    Get Iwobi out now. Changed my mind.

    1. muffdiver says:

      hahaha

    2. JAmerican says:

      Of course! Overhype him immediately and then this.

      1. Budd says:

        I never said a word about Iwobi on this site except the fact that he did two mistakes. That’s it. Actually three, last goal also started with a ball lost by Iwobi. I never overhype or kick players. To me the team is the most important asset.

  58. jt says:

    how?? just how??

  59. gunnerman8701 says:

    Another loss!!

  60. luvdaguns says:

    there is no answer for carroll, miserable, defense getting shredded

  61. jp says:

    damn…. Ospina prob would have saved that if Gabriel didn’t head it 🙁
    though also surely Carroll is one foul away from his second yellow?

  62. Koss the Boss says:

    3-2 down. Wenger Out i dont care what happens this is an absolute joke.

  63. muffdiver says:

    gabriel two deflected own goals

    from brazil with love

    come on arsenal!

  64. Ugabooga says:

    Lol bottlers, Monreal has been a joke today.

    Imagine Leceister, spurs and Westham in cl

  65. vinie2000 says:

    MONREAL? IT IS COLLECTIVE S… WE SHOULD COME OUT BUT NOT FOCUS AS USUAL..PACE IS NEEDED IN THAT SIDE AND NOTHING IS BEING DONE..HERE WE GO AGAIN..THROWING GAMES THAT COST US THE TITLE..NO MORE ARGUMENTS..LET’S HOPE IT IS NOT A TRASHING.

  66. Arsenal007 says:

    Arsenal is unfortunately not ready for the title. Not yer.

  67. Darlingbudsofarse says:

    I’ll pay for Arsene Wenger’s removal company to move him out of our club!

  68. gunnerman8701 says:

    Could not defend a 2 nil lead? Terrible play.

  69. nygooner says:

    why is it so foreign to get defenders with a damn backbone?

  70. muffdiver says:

    come on wenger . bilic tactical switch has them higher up the pitch

    ffs caroll is destroying us

    show ur managerial prowess- prove yourself!!!

    1. muffdiver says:

      there more compressed in the midfield ffs its obvious!!!

  71. vinie2000 says:

    THERE IS NO DESIRE..THERE IS NO GUTS..THIS IS WHY LEICESTER IS WHERE IT IS..COME ON MAN..YOU ARE 2 NIL UP AND BOTTLED IT BIG TIME..MAKE A CHANGE QUICK TO GET AT LEAST A DRAW.

  72. JAmerican says:

    Now we’re no even bothered

  73. gunnerman8701 says:

    Funny how other teams can come from behind but Arsenal can’t.

  74. jp says:

    what sort of rubbish is that… “if he wasn’t already cautioned it would have been a yellow” (?!)… if it’s a yellow card it should be a yellow freaking card! jeez

  75. jt says:

    and this is why arsene has to go, because he should have done something by now to try and turn the game around, and bringing on ramsey is probably not the key, unless we want to see our midfield flooded and concede even more

  76. vinie2000 says:

    RAMSEY COMING IN? WE NEED PACE ON THE LEFT SO THEIR FULL BACKS DUNNO COME FORWARD..THEY ARE PUSHING US AGAINST THE WALL..COME ON.

  77. JAmerican says:

    I have no confidence whatsoever in Gabriel.

    1. nygooner says:

      even kos has gone downhill hes just as soft

      1. jt says:

        kos has been out of form for a while now but noones really said anything about it

  78. Ronny331 says:

    Shocking! 2 can play that game bring mert on up front and go long lol

  79. Ugabooga says:

    Ag game is over, westham look more likely to score.

    Now no more title talk, mathematics is overrated, mathematical chance lmao.

    Tottenham will beat us for first time

  80. rkw says:

    Until we get a manger who understands how to press we will never move ahead …. Reproduce after error

  81. gunnerman8701 says:

    Emenike have not scored a PL goal but will score today. Every mediocre player becomes world class against Arsenal.

  82. ArseOverTit says:

    Iwobi is gonna get sent off if not careful.

  83. nygooner says:

    now their entire team minus carroll is defending in the final third… we operate so damn slow and let them set up defensively… how nice of us

  84. rkw says:

    Ramsey has 30 mins to prove me wrong …. Make that 25

  85. Ugabooga says:

    Lol Ramsey doing what he does best, giving ball away.

    Bring on OG or Theo

  86. vinie2000 says:

    ELNENY IS THE ONLY ONE SHOWING DESIRE..GUTS..

    1. Fatboy Gooney says:

      So… that’s why wenger subbed him off? ?

      Yep! .. Arsenal are back!
      Wenger subs are beyond a joke! … we are leaking in goals,
      So what does he go and do?..
      He takes off our two DM’s ??

      Oh, how the spuds must be laughing at us! ????

  87. nygooner says:

    bring in giroud for welbeck immediately

  88. DennisTheMenace says:

    put up a strong striker up front and arsenal is done for…. it seems like apart from a new coach we need 11 pairs of balls for our 11 baby gunners

  89. Ronny331 says:

    To take some pressure off we need giroud on and time for some hold up play. Got to change something.

  90. rkw says:

    Elneny was our best player ..wtf is the frog doing

  91. Ronny331 says:

    To take some pressure off we need giroud on and time for some hold up play. Got to change something

  92. Juhislihis McLovin says:

    BOOMO1!!!!!!½½!

  93. jp says:

    the Giroud sub has worked… another one please!

  94. rkw says:

    Didn’t see that coming I really didn’t ..

  95. Ronny331 says:

    Wow kos!!!!!! Now that’s what he can do 🙂 coyg

  96. muffdiver says:

    bloody hell my heart.

    i cant take anymore loool

  97. Durand says:

    Ramsey form is irrelevant; Wenger plays him anytime he’s healthy. Ramsey should be a last chance desperate change. The more he plays the less i like him. Monreal due for bad game and he’s having a shocker.

    I expect Giroud and Walcott to come on and defeat will be complete.

    Hairdryer anyone? Perhaps a drubbing needed to put in perspective. Arsenal need more quality

  98. rkw says:

    U can’t win games making so many mistakes

  99. nygooner says:

    10 minutes boys.. please oh please

  100. jp says:

    as Hoddle said why on earth did Sanchez not shoot with his left foot

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