Official Arsenal XI and preview for Man City – No Alexis

Arsenal cannot go to the top of the Premier League with a home win over Man City this evening, because of that pesky Leicester City side of Claudio Ranieri, but we can open up a four point lead over the club that is likely to be our main rivals for the EPL title.

Arsene Wenger has spoken in the build up about this game being an important moment for the Gunners but it os perhaps even more important for the visitors as they have been on a bad run and another loss could really dent their confidence.

So they will be very happy to be able to name Aguero, Toure, Silva and De Bruyne in the starting line up, while Sterling only makes the bench. Our own hoped for returning player, Alexis Sanchez, has not even made the squad so the boss sticks with Walcott and Campbell on either side of the in form Giroud.

While not having the Chilean available is a blow, we have done alright without him and I think that the loss of Kompany for City will prove to be more important, especially if Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey can pick up where they left off and our own first choice defence can stay strong.

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

subs: Ospina, Chambers, Gabriel, Reine-Adelaide, Gibbs, Iwobi, Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Would we take a point from this big game or is a win vital for Arsenal and our title hopes?

Tags Alexis Ozil Sanchez

77 Comments

  1. Fatboy Gooney says:

    Wot no Sanchez ? ?
    Wot no Gabriel either? (Double Bulk) ?? ??

    God help us ?

    COYG’s

  2. Fatboy Gooney says:

    I will be happy with a cleansheet and a clean pair of pants after tonight’s game! ???

  3. antiwenger says:

    mertesacker?? whyyyyyy???

    1. Fatboy Gooney says:

      It’s not as if City have any lanky giant striker’s or anything?

      I just hope that wenger has at least got his tactics right,
      for this game!

  4. frogarsenal says:

    We will win!

  5. NY_Gunner says:

    *We Got This…COYG*

  6. fullmetalalc says:

    Interestingly Flamini has never lost a game at the Emirates.

  7. Dennis says:

    Best line up we can put forward to be honest. Flamini and Ramsay better have the game of their season or else we’re be freaken exposed.

  8. SoOpa AeoN says:

    Hehehe………No risk Taken……… Hope walcott and campbell Live up to expectations!…….. GUNZ Loading…

  9. Fatboy Gooney says:

    We need a quick start and a early goal,
    Otherwise if we sit back and invite them to attack us,
    They will punish us for sure!

    Come on you Gunners, makes us proud!!!

  10. Koss the Boss says:

    Here we go Gooners a real test to see where we are at in the league! Draw written all over it but hoping we beat them badly like we did their neighbours not too long ago!!

    COYG

  11. Uzi Ozil says:

    I have a good feeling about this game. Make us proud boys! All the best to all the players tonight!

  12. rkw says:

    man city team has goals in it at both ends…attack the best form of defence…sadly walcott not the player to exploit this but giroud and campbell in confident mood so a lot rests on ozils shoulders tonight in terms of provider

  13. Godswill says:

    The only line up we can put up at the moment. The dept at the moment so bad that we have Iwobi and Reine-Adelaide both on the bench in a top PL match but they can spring surprises. Well, City also have Iheanacho on the bench. Sagna will see that the Monreal he knew is a very different one from the one he will confront. We have Cech so 2-0 to Arsenal.

  14. Sack-Wenger says:

    Ozil please play out of your skin tonight.

  15. Sack-Wenger says:

    We really lack depth, these injures will bite us at some point.

    If everyone could be fit for a full season I would back us all the way. But this is Arsenal and that wont ever happen.

    Think we going to miss Coq the most this game

  16. Sack-Wenger says:

    Really missing Sanchez and Coq arrrg, Emirates sounds loud at least

  17. rkw says:

    they have better ballplayers…need to press

  18. luvdaguns says:

    campbell assuming the role of giving away the ball,

  19. rkw says:

    uhh anyone explain to me how we are going to play barca?

    1. luvdaguns says:

      sanchez changes the pace of this team, but do not expect to win either, barcas central defense vulnerable ie: Pique

  20. Sack-Wenger says:

    Bellerin and Campbell looking more solid than Walcott and Monreal.

    1. luvdaguns says:

      really? campbell has given away 3 easy balls, monreal has has two very nice crosses?

  21. luvdaguns says:

    we are being dominated on the right side of the pitch,

  22. rkw says:

    nothing in middle…too many back passes

    1. gooner100 says:

      Lol you are officially the worst pundit on JustArsenal.

  23. luvdaguns says:

    kos way out of position! silva was wide open

  24. rkw says:

    my god…there is no middle in this team…lucky

  25. luvdaguns says:

    theoooooooooooo,,,,,,!!!!!!!!!

  26. luvdaguns says:

    pow!!!! this is how we beat the last yr!!! hold up, hold up and pow!!!!! crowd sounds great!!!!! coyg

  27. luvdaguns says:

    ozil beauty, giroud strikes! wow!!!!!!!!!

  28. nygooner says:

    Amazing. This would be a MASSIVE win.

  29. Seetsuma says:

    Just like that, Ozil with 15 assists on the season and it’s not even the end of the calendar year!

  30. Sack-Wenger says:

    Fantastic strikes by Walcott and OG, very clinical.

    COYG

  31. Fatboy Gooney says:

    Yessssssss!!! Get in there!!! SUPER LAMP POST ?
    Another assist for Master Ozil ??

    COYG’S

  32. NY_Gunner says:

    Halfway there Ladz…Let’s take it HOME.

  33. juhislihis says:

    Keep it up boys!! City will come out all guns blazing so sit deep and counter with Theo and bulldozer Giroud!

    1. Godswill says:

      So people are now appreciating Giroud?

  34. Uzi Ozil says:

    Oh Yeah… I said earlier that I have a good feeling about this game. Who saw Ozil tracking back? Dude has taken his critics to another level. So happy for Him. Kos had Aguero in his pocket in the 1st half.

    Let’s focus in the 2nd half and we got this wrapped up. Focus guys!

  35. RWRW says:

    I’m sorry but Ozil is the best player in the league- BY A CLEAR CLEAR MILE

  36. rkw says:

    ozil is right now the best creator around … no one close …and effortless…just a joy to watch

  37. Roe-hahn says:

    Shots fired,, BAM BAM…. !!!!

    Cohesion,Unity,Team Spirit 2-0 Oil Money

    COYG !!!!!

  38. gunnerman8701 says:

    A good win tonight will give me all the belief I need for a title push.

  39. gooner100 says:

    Great tactics, great performance all round and top quality finishing….keep it up lads. Coygs.

  40. rpk says:

    Ozil to Walcott, ozil to giroud and ozil to ????

    1. Tidan2 says:

      I swear, you have moaned the ENTIRE match, a match we are actually dominating. Go away

      1. gooner100 says:

        Every single game…never changes

      2. rpk says:

        I swear u dunno wat u r talking abt!!

  41. Big Gun says:

    What a sizzler from Walcott – his shooting has improved tremendously over the years. Wizard of Oz oozing style and confidence – great assists. Giroud is proving me wrong with each game – from mediocre to world class. Campbell might not be having the best attacking movement, but he is working extremely hard which anyone can appreciate. Even though we are not dominating possession, we are clinical which is opposite to how we used to be – all posssession, no end product. Our defense looks pretty solid too. COYG another goal and we are smooth sailing.

  42. seancali says:

    Giroud to get his double tonight.great strike from giroud. And people are saying he cant score against big teams. He has already scored against manure,Bayern and now city..not good enough yet??giroud is one of the best strikers in the epl

    1. arsenal207 says:

      Seancali – one of the biggest moaner on justarsenal.com finally accepted that Wenger was right to put faith on Giroud.

  43. luvdaguns says:

    oh campbell missed a sitter,

  44. luvdaguns says:

    glad i recorded this, will no doubt watch again tonite,

  45. rkw says:

    giving city 70 per cent possession is a risk

    1. Bigvalbowski says:

      JFC Ramsey, if your gonna expose Flamini put the sitter away

  46. Sack-Wenger says:

    Should be 4-0, hope Ramsey and Campbell miss dint cost us, but we look most likely to score again

  47. gunnerman8701 says:

    I don’t think it was necessary to bring in Gibbs. Campbell was making a mess of City.

  48. rkw says:

    definitely need to bring in midfielder in the window

  49. rkw says:

    why bring gibbs on makes no sense

    1. luvdaguns says:

      oh my

  50. luvdaguns says:

    best match i have seen mert play in two years,

  51. rkw says:

    just awful defending

  52. ozildatrequartista says:

    Rkw wot is wrong wt u? We’v got our foot so far city’s @$$ they’r eatn shoelaces.

  53. luvdaguns says:

    here come city….

  54. gunnerman8701 says:

    A nervous end again. We are beginning to panic.

  55. Bigvalbowski says:

    Game should be done and dusted but if course Arsenal will find away

  56. gunnerman8701 says:

    Bad substitutions in my opinion. Gibbs was not necessary and neither was OX. I hope we hang on to the lead as we squandered many chances. Could have easily had 5 goals.

    1. luvdaguns says:

      fresh legs, match in 5 days, subs brought no issues,

  57. Bigvalbowski says:

    WTF is Giroud doing?

  58. gunnerman8701 says:

    Gibbs is really making me nervous. Loses every ball. Can this game end please?????

  59. vinie2000 says:

    GIBBS/ WTF..THIS BOY IS AVERAGE..OMG
    WHAT WAS HIS ROLE? I REALLY DO NOT UNDERSTAND WENGER
    WE NEED DM IN JANUARY..RAMSEY POOR

    1. arsenal207 says:

      i think admin should auto hide comments of this kind of people who use caplocks. You think that make others listen to you? It only makes you look like an annoying kid

  60. vinie2000 says:

    WE WON BECAUSE 2 AMAZING FINISHING BUT WE NEED BENCH..NOT INVENTING.

  61. vinie2000 says:

    WE NEEEDD TO BUY..THIS BENCH IS FOR CHAMPIONSHIP..NO EXCUSES, THIS YEAR IS OURS IF WE GET 2 DECENT PLAYERS IN JANUARY..

  62. luvdaguns says:

    vinie, we just won with our bench, no sanchez, santi, coq…. not to mention welbeck, rosicki, arteta are bench injured,

  63. vinie2000 says:

    Arsenal207 It was not my intention to insult anyone here..do not be so sensitive dude.I was typing while watching the game and i did not realise was cap locked.
    ludaguns bro, do not mention rosicki,wellbeck,arteta when we all know they are not fully fit for a demanding season like this one where is so inconsistent and there is huge chance to win it only if we get 2 more signs.we all know a DM ( Carvalho/biglia just to mention few ) is a MUST for years to come and why not adding extra ST ( huntellar /lacazette ) would be nice addition.Today game if you analysed not watched..Ramsey was poorly positioned not just in their goal but in decision making,bringing a left back with 15 mins left who doesnt give you and edge and chambers to fill the centre with a CB instead of DM which caused chaos and pushed us even deeper.Conclusion as SKY pundits again and again “Arsenal need a DM and ST” to win the EPL until then NEVER. Can you see it? I do so to others..

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