Official Arsenal XI and preview for Newcastle as Ox keeps place

Arsene Wenger had said earlier in the week that we was planning to use his Arsenal squad to rotate one again during this busy festive run of fixtures, but as many people expected the boss has mainly just brought back the plkayers that he rested for the win over Bournemouth.

The only player that keeps his place in the first team after coming in for the Cherries is our England international Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, so the Costa Rican forward Joel Campbell will start from the bench and will probably feature at some point.

So Nacho Monreal and Laurent Koscielny come back in to the side and our Brazilian centre back can consider himself unlucky to be back on the bench after his brilliant game against Bournemouth, with Mertesacker being preferred by Wenger. The same can be said of Calum Chambers who makes way for Mathieu Flamini although the Frenchman has been playing well himself.

Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal
Ramsey, Flamini,
Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Walcott

Subs: Ospina, Gabriel, Gibbs, Chambers, Campbell, Iwobi, Reine-Adelaide.

The visitors today have plenty of injury problems of their own to deal with but they have been coping fairly well of late and Steve McLaren has got them playing a lot better and being much harder to beat than they were at the start of the season.

They have beaten both Liverpool and the spuds in the last month but as long as we do not see the Arsenal that turned up in Southampton, will the Gunners be staying on top of the league this weekend?

Tags Campbell Gabriel


  1. Twig says:

    The OX deserves to keep his place.
    Gutted Gabriel was overlooked though.

    1. medvet says:

      ox needs improve his game….

      1. Twig says:

        Even Sanchez needs to improve his game mate.

        1. medvet says:

          sure, but ox needs a lot, whatever, i win today is the only thing that matters… COYG

  2. Fatboy Gooney says:

    Obviously wenger is resting Gabriel? ??

    1. muffdiver says:

      what the hell does gabs need to do to get a run.
      he is obv quality

      dont get it

  3. Fatboy Gooney says:

    Hopefully no hangovers today!

    Come on you Gunners!

  4. Davros says:

    Excellent Lineup. No complaints

    As long as our players give it their all we should get 3 points

    Just make sure that when Ozil delivers his world class passes, you tap them in πŸ™‚


    1. muffdiver says:

      hes startin for roma

  5. Twig says:

    Funny if Ozil gets 4 assists today and breaks Henry’s record πŸ˜€
    Stranger things have happened πŸ˜‰

  6. Twig says:

    Does Bellerin look before crossing?

  7. rkw says:

    hmmm….hope wenger is looking for an attacker somewhere …this line up wont deliver unfortunately…should have had something from this already now letting em get settled…this is a game for improving GD

  8. rkw says:

    is wenger saying he cant find a better attacker than walcott…needs to start watching games across europe

  9. rkw says:

    ditto chamberlin

    1. Bigvalbowski says:

      Painful 2 watch these 2 English stars misplace pass after pass after pass.

  10. sam-afc says:

    Come on Arsenal. Let’s wake up. We are getting brushed off the ball far to easily. Show some fight

  11. BUR says:

    Typical Arsenal think it’s only a matter of stepping onto the field.

  12. rkw says:

    ditto ramsey

  13. Invincibles49 says:

    Walcott is riling my nerves. He should stop playing as a second center forward for this match and start playing as winger. He should bomb forward with the ball and try to put in some crosses rather than passing it back and running forward to the box. Its almost like Arsenal is playing as 442 which is not the intention i am sure. He is also not helping out anything in the defense. And on top of that he is being so wasteful in front of the goal as well. GEt your head ou of your a$$ walcott!!

  14. rkw says:

    take chamberlin off and farm him out ….utterly hopeless

  15. rkw says:

    ive watched better sunday pub teams!!! wtf is going on

  16. Demwan Jones says:

    Chamberlain has been playing top flight football for four years now and he still doesn’t want to develop his game

  17. juhislihis says:

    Looks like OX is back to his normal self. Maybe he was sick against Bournemouth.

  18. Invincibles49 says:

    I have a bad feeling about this game. Hope I am wrong.

  19. Demwan Jones says:

    Half time. Only one attempt on goal so far. Chamberlain playing nonsense

  20. juhislihis says:

    We look like Sunday league team and its our strongest line up.

    Take OX off and out Campbell on. OX is useless again. I would take Walcott off as well but he actually might show moment of brilliance. Besides we don’t have 2 forwards on our bench LOL.

  21. rkw says:

    i am not watching the next epl champions … wheres the egyption flamini is utterly useless and combo with ramsey aint ever going to dominate games!!!!!… feel sorry for the punters who have paid a hundred quid to watch this….buy isco or someone please at least the guy can control a football…

  22. ThirdManJW says:

    It really is embarrassing seeing Ozil having to play with the likes of Walcott, Ramsey and Ox. Such a gulf in quality.

    1. JAmerican says:

      You hit all 3 nails on the head, these guys have been at the club for a while now and yet they have such severe lack in composure. Now I see why Cazorla got the nod in that role over Ramsey, #frustrating. If rumors are true about Isco’s availability we should get him and play him instead of Ramsey. The perfect long term replacement for Santi and I really hope Wenger is looking at another attacking option because this isn’t Ox’s first season with the club and I see NO improvement. Again #frustrating.

  23. Big Gun says:

    Our problem is simple…we have no midfield. Tiote and Cissoko are bossing that midfield and that is why we are not controlling the game and creating decent opportunities. Ramsey and Flamini have been poor…Chamberlain no comment. Would like to see Campbell replace him for the remainder of the game.

  24. Demwan Jones says:

    The british players in this team have been crap so far

  25. NY_Gunner says:

    Ramsey is so intent on”being” Ozil, it’s effin sad…Olivier is our only forward player willing to get back and defend. What’s goin on here?

    1. Fatboy Gooney says:

      Ramsey is going on ??
      When was the last time that greedy glory hunter assisted someone?

  26. rkw says:

    Chambers and Campbell at half time for sure

    1. Robin Vanpayslip says:

      Not til the 84th minute!!!!!!

  27. kev says:

    Guys its been long how have you all been?

  28. Demwan Jones says:

    This line up is useless

  29. rkw says:


  30. rkw says:

    what the f@@@ is wrong with wenger

  31. kev says:

    There is something very typical of most arsenal fans.It is that they dont stick to their words.I mean how on earth for one second can you ever think Joel Campbell is better than Chamberlain.What is so special about Joel Campbell that Ox doesnt have.Of course sell Chamberlain but i bet you i will be laughing at those who think he is better in the next 2 or 3 years.If anything Joel Campbell is on better form than Oxlade but the fact will always remain that Ox is better and has more talent than Joel.So just face it.

    1. Robin Vanpayslip says:

      Campbell can score goals……

    2. Wonder says:

      Campbell can create chances can score and mark which I doubt on AOC. We are going to lose the epl tittle if we stick with these overrated British LLook at Gibbs,!

  32. rkw says:

    take walcott and chamberlin off …they are a zero threat and lazy to boot

  33. muffdiver says:

    now that really bothers me.

    any women reading this…

    treat yourself with more respect an give us that a**

  34. Mick The Gooner says:

    We’re getting ripped at home by a relegation team. What is going on? We can’t even get the ball off them! Not good enough. No where near good enough. Even if we win this performance is an embarrassment.

  35. Demwan Jones says:

    Ox has been playing for arsenal for 4 years and there’s been no improvement in his game at all. He’s been terrible for the past 2 years

  36. rkw says:

    its becoming embarassing

  37. muffdiver says:

    seems your all surprised that flam an ramsey are getting bossed in midfield.
    tiote an sissoko.

    we have no coquelin…what were u expecting lol

    1. Mick The Gooner says:

      I think we’re missing Cazorla more than Coquelin in this game. He’s the one that controls the midfield.

  38. sam-afc says:

    Well…. Should be 1-0 down. Except Čech keeps us in the game. This is the reason we are never considered real title contenders by all these so called pundits.

    Chamberlain for me has gone backwards the past year or so. Just not good enough when he is given the chance.

    But again the whole team except Cech are not putting enough in to win this game.

    Come on Arsenal!!!

  39. Mick The Gooner says:

    Arsenal vs Newcastle at the Emirates and Newcastle have more possession, shots and shots on target. Disgrace.

  40. rkw says:

    change u twat…u r paid 8 million quid to make things work!!!

  41. BUR says:

    League champions my arse! Poor poor not good enough. Make changes Wenger you c….!

  42. rkw says:

    wenger is clueless..this is the team 3rd from bottom….change change change…

  43. juhislihis says:

    Outplayed at home by Newcastle and the most clueless manager in the league. Title pretenders.

  44. rkw says:

    one word…barcelona!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Jim A says:

      Go cheer them on you have my permission.

  45. Demwan Jones says:

    Pathetic display

  46. rkw says:

    giroud complains too much delivers too little

  47. rkw says:

    make kos our striker…thinks faster!!!!

  48. Demwan Jones says:

    Goal thank goodness, we should defend

  49. jackieboy says:

    Bosscielny you beauty! We haven’t played well at all but win this ugly its still 3 points

  50. Davros says:

    About bloody time lol

  51. Bigvalbowski says:

    Chelsea made a hobby of this last year on there way to the title.

    Still think Sissoko would be a fantastic January addition

  52. rkw says:

    bring on one of the kids …walcott utterly useless

  53. rkw says:

    not f@@@@@@@ gibbs …sick of this

  54. mark says:

    Flamini channels Bruce Lee..

  55. Demwan Jones says:

    We should just hold out for d 3 points

  56. BUR says:

    Walcott is not as good as he and Wenger thinks he is. Hit or more often miss. Defending at home against a bottom team… goodness.

  57. Demwan Jones says:

    Wasteful ramsey

    1. Bigvalbowski says:

      Pass the freaking ball you twit, open net for Campbell but King Aaron has to attempt the wonder goal and steal the headlines.

      And Campbell in 20+ minutes was betrer than Walcott and Ox combined the entire game.

      Keep playing your favorites Arsene…

  58. rkw says:

    Ah clever Trevor…… Best possible result outplayed by bottom 3 team but take 3 points and expose the massive limitations we have with the window now open .. Perfect outcome

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