Official Arsenal XI and preview for Bournemouth at home

Arsene Wenger has made four changes to the Arsenal starting line up that lost at Southampton two days ago and you can hardly blame him after the lacklustre effort we saw from the Gunners at St. Mary’s. The only real surprise for me is that our German centre back Per Mertesacker keeps his place after a shocking show against the Saints, while Nacho Monreal who was one of our best players is dropped.

So in comes Kieran Gibbs for the Spaniard and I have to assume that is to do with fitness levels and injury concerns as the Spaniard is on the bench. The same must be true of Laurent Koscielny as he makes way for Gabriel in the centre of defence.

The other two players to drop out of the side are Mathieu Flamini and Joel Campbell, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain coming in and Calum Chambers taking his place in the middle with Aaron Ramsey. Flamini has not even made the bench so I hope he has not picked up a knock and of course we hope that the versatile youngster is up to the job.

Bellerin, Mertesacker, Gabriel, Gibbs
Ramsey, Chambers
Chamberlain, Ozil, Walcott

Subs: Ospina, Debuchy, Koscielny, Monreal, Campbell, Iwobi, Reine-Adelaide

More important than the line up though is the effort and application which has to be a hell of a lot better than Boxing Day. Will it be Gooners?

Tags Chamberlain Chambers Gabriel Gibbs


  1. Fatboy Gooney says:

    Wtf! ???

    1. NIKK says:

      Friggin Lampost again…got no pace, movements and cant create a goal a goal of nothing unless you spoon fed him!
      Amount of chances our superd midfield creates should be scoring double the amount !

  2. Bolly from Borehamwood says:

    Down thumbs will be coming but looks like spuds will be our big rivals for the title!

  3. Bolly from Borehamwood says:

    Err Bob I think it’s called rotation. It’s Bournmouth and I know we can loose to anyone but I think the boss knows best and is doing something everyone has been asking for.

  4. InternationalArsenal says:

    You’ll wanted Wenger to make changes 🙂

  5. muda says:

    Gibbs WTF??

  6. Fatboy Gooney says:

    Looks like Cech is going to be busy!
    This game has got Doom and gloom written all over it!! ?

    But don’t worry folks! Wenger reckons our squad is stronger enough to win the premier league.

    What an ass…. hole!

  7. Zulu-boy-SA says:

    I can’t wait to see Chambers in that role.

  8. Solerdeus says:

    In our day we can beat anyone. Its about finding the right tune to dance. Get them cherries.

  9. JAmerican says:

    Honestly nervous even if it’s a home game. A must win now Spurs are a point behind us in third and Stoke are looking like real giant killers.

  10. Bolly from Borehamwood says:

    On our day we can beat anyone. We can also loose to anyone!

  11. Davros says:

    Still should be good enough for a win

    Let’s hope OX and Gibbs play their best

    If OX can play at the level we expected of him this attack could look tasty. I consider Walcott and OX to be natural wingers and Giroud natural CF. Them. With Ozil in center looks like a solid attack

    I’m being optimistic. But I expect a win today
    We MUST win

  12. Twig says:

    I think Chambers will be off by half time…
    Just like the last time…
    Hope he proves me wrong though.

  13. It’s not on sky or Bt Sport, anyone have a streaming link? Thanks in advance.

  14. HA559 says:

    Just like last year, for some reason Koscielny can’t play twice in three days but Mertesacker can? I dont beleive that.

    Ox and Chambers better turn up this evening. They’re lucky they are being allowed a lot of time at this club, especially Ox, he has had a lot of seasons at this club.

  15. goonthinker says:

    wake me up after someone gets murdered.

    arsenal 1 bournemouth 5

    Wenger out brigade beginns

  16. juhislihis says:

    OX on the wing… cringe.. Hopefully he proves me wrong

  17. gunnerman8701 says:

    OX and Mert are not very consistent. The guys look shaky and might just be another upset. Hope they prove me wrong.

  18. Sack-Wenger says:

    Bournemouth look better at moment.

    2-0 Bournemouth

    Wenger out, take ox, Gibbs, debuchy, Jack, mert, Arteta with you

  19. Sack-Wenger says:

    Lol these useless players are going to throw away another chance to go top.

    Spuds 1 point dehind us, this might be their year if they don’t suffer injuries like us.

    People will hate the truth, but it is what it is. Spuds title challangers.

    1. NIKK says:

      Sub the lampost donkey

  20. Sack-Wenger says:

    Guys we look terrible at moment

  21. highbury44 says:

    No change today,we are playing awful.Bournemouth 1-0

  22. Sack-Wenger says:

    Is Arsenal wearing blue & black today?

    Cause it certainly can’t be Arsenal in red & white

  23. Sack-Wenger says:

    Walcott must improve finishing, missed 1v1

  24. luvdaguns says:

    ozil you beaut, ox creates a corner, gabs knocks her home, phantastic!

  25. Sack-Wenger says:

    Ozil 16 assists, you beaut.

    Gabriel you beaut 2

  26. Sack-Wenger says:

    16 in 17.5 games.

    2 more for 18 in 18

  27. luvdaguns says:

    ozil could hit the head of a moving pin from 40 yards…

  28. Sack-Wenger says:

    Only ozil showed up, best player in league by a mile at moment

    1. luvdaguns says:

      thinking gabs putting in a good shift, ox not bad as well, his speed creating issues,

  29. juhislihis says:

    If our forwards would be as lethal as ones for the big clubs such as Barca, Bayern etc. Özil would have 30 assists!

    1. luvdaguns says:

      so true, watching giroud off the ball, no energy, should be the highest energy on the pitch,

  30. luvdaguns says:

    doess giroud want to be on the pitch?

  31. NIKK says:

    Sub Lampost now…not good enough!
    put Wallcot in the middle!

    1. juhislihis says:

      We don’t have much choice LOL. Campbell but he played already 2 days ago. The reason he isn’t starting I would imagine is because of his fitness.

    2. Sack-Wenger says:

      Yeah, bring Campbell on. Bournemouth will have to come out and OG doesn’t suite that style of play.

      But the problem they have with corners it a matter of time before he scores

  32. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    This is more painful than standing in front of a fat chick in the buffet que and they bring fresh hot wings out………

  33. Koss the Boss says:

    Not able to watch the match and just using stats from cash out on sky sports, looks like we are dominating is that the case? Ozil again 16 now for the season and good to read Gabriel scoring ?

    1. juhislihis says:

      Well in short:

      Mert 3 misplaced passes in the first 10 minutes.

      7 corners, 6 of them found our player first (1 goal, 1 post).

      Chambers has been SOLID.

      Özil created 3 chances for Walcott, 1 for Giroud. They should’ve done better with finishing.

      1. luvdaguns says:

        and giroud dispossessed 2x, and one misplaced pass, 3 fake injuries, one dive in the box,

      2. Koss the Boss says:

        Typical. Ozil should have already broke King Henrys record of 20assists! Good man cheers, nice break down – Mert being the same ol same ol and Chambers playing good, he might just take his chance like Coquelin did?

  34. samtz says:

    Wenger needs to be dynanmic!!why not use Gabriely as our DM while Le Coquelin injured?the guy tackles,fast,good in air!!he colud turn our own Kondogbia…..

  35. JAmerican says:

    Giroud not playing today. We need to get 1 or 2 more and take Ramsey off, not feeling settled after that yellow.

  36. luvdaguns says:

    we complain, meanwhile the 6th place team is scoreless vs the 16th place team… lol ( Utd v Chelsea)

  37. samtz says:

    WENGER needs to be dynamic!!why not use Gabriely as our DM while Le Coquelin injured?the guy tackles,fast,good in air!!he colud turn our own Kondogbia…..

  38. luvdaguns says:

    if we stay in striking distance of the top of the table, as we get back our core players for the stretch run, we should win this league, we cant forget we are without our co- best player in Alexi and our solid DM in Le Coq, this year feels better,

  39. luvdaguns says:

    I cant believe we have Petr Cech… what a pick up!

  40. gunnerman8701 says:

    Walcott doing well in defence. We need another goal to avoid being shocked by a Martinez type of goal.

  41. rkw says:

    when will wenger realise walcot giroud combo cant deliver arsenal top quality … never am sorry to say…

  42. rkw says:

    want a striker to match ozil…genius

  43. Sack-Wenger says:

    Mesut again, not for sale Madrid, not for sale

  44. juhislihis says:

    Magical finish.. Coolest man on the stadium

  45. Sack-Wenger says:

    Walcott has improved enormously defensively.

    Always a threat going forward always, he just needs ti improve finishing, with chances created for him tjis game he could easily of had a hatrick.

    No wonder Ronaldo was so upset to see Ozil leave

    1. juhislihis says:

      And Walcott needs to look up. Shooting isn’t always the best option (see Ramsey’s position when Theo shot wide that chance)

  46. Sack-Wenger says:

    Ozil should have 25-30 assists already cause of easy wasted chances.

    Guy is magic, absolutely magic.

  47. rkw says:

    15 mins left bring on one of youngsters…giroud is absent

    1. jt says:

      yeah he looks knackered, but I’m not sure if its cause walcott’s also on the pitch, when walcotts on the bench giroud presses well and actually tries to influence the game

  48. rkw says:

    get the frenchman off he is utterly feckless

  49. juhislihis says:

    Jesus F’n Christ, Walcott and Giroud are being useless

  50. rkw says:

    walcott id another hapless striker .. but in the window wenger u clueless man of a manager

  51. luvdaguns says:

    nice shift Ox, pleased with all but one today, if you dont have sreaming pace as a CF, you better have some mads skills and energy, not seeing it…

  52. nygooner says:

    ozil coulda had 5 assists today

  53. luvdaguns says:

    0-0, MU v Chelskie,

  54. Sack-Wenger says:

    Game and match.

    Ozil Ozil Ozil

    Fkin MOTM how he did not beat Henry’s record this match I do not know.

    Ozil 9.5 – 10

    Keeps this up and thosr Pundits who laughed at him for wanting to win ballondor will eat their words.

    Watch out Messi, Ozill gunning for you

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