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?

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  1. 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™‚


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

  3. 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

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

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

  6. 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!!

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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…

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

    1. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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?

  13. 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. 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,!

  14. now that really bothers me.

    any women reading this…

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

  15. 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.

  16. 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

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

  18. 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!!!

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

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

    Still think Sissoko would be a fantastic January addition

  21. 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.

    1. 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…

  22. 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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