OFFICIAL Arsenal XI and preview of Community Shield v Chelsea

Whether you see this Community Shield clash between Arsenal and Chelsea as just another but maybe slightly more important pre-season game or as an indicator of how the respective sides are set and ready to go for the new Premier League season, we all want our team to win and this London rivalry makes it all the more important that Arsenal play well and lift the trophy at the end.

Both sides have a few key players out with injury but both of us have big squads full of quality, so it really could go either way and a lot depends on just how well the teams perform on the day. From the respective team sheets I would say that Antonio Conte is slightly more desperate to win, as he has picked his strongest possible team, while Arsene Wenger has decided not to start Alexis Sanchez or Laurent Koscielny.

Neither is even on the bench and I hope that does not mean that there is a problem, just that the boss wants to make sure they are fit for the start of the season on Friday and I assume that is also the case with Mesut Ozil who is not in the squad today. Wenger has also left Giroud and Walcott on the bench, with Iwobi, Welbeck and Lacazette the front three and he has opted for the more defensive central midfield of Elneny and Xhaka, with Chamberlain and Bellerin as the wing backs.

Cech
Holding, Mertesacker, Monreal
Bellerin, Elneny, Xhaka, Oxlade-Chamberlain
Welbeck, Iwobi, Lacazette

Subs: Ospina, Kolasinac, Willock, Nelson, Maitlaind-Niles, Walcott, Giroud.

I am not all that confident after seeing the teams, to be honest, so can this Arsenal team prove me wrong and give Chelsea the blues?

Bob.

119 Comments

  1. ArsenalGenes says:

    dafaq is the lineup

  2. Gunners says:

    The season had already started and this buffoon of a coach hasn’t fielded his strongest line up yet!. He will try that against Leceister and will lose! What is the purpose if the preseason then?

    1. Napersie says:

      Oh Lord from what I’ve seen this preseason, I hope this won’t be our team in the EPL cos Niles, Willock, El Neny, Walcott doesn’t breed confidence especially when other team have the likes of Matic, Lukaku, Silva, Danilo, Aguero, Bakayoko etc.
      To be sincere I expect this team to lose but wish them the best.

      1. Napersie says:

        And what is wrong with Arsene, what is wrong with trying out your best team 6 days to the start of the season proper. Why Kolasinac on the bench? Is it until against Leicester that he will bring on his team and probably they’ll struggle to gel together? Seriously don’t understand what he’s trying to do.

        1. Napersie says:

          And hope we don’t get trashed by 3 goals because it will bring back the tense atmosphere of last season and when it happens Wenger will have himself to blame not the supporters

  3. Victor victory says:

    Ox on the left and welbeck on the right? I am confused. The last match against sevilla, ox changed the game when he switched from left to right. Why is Wenger repeating it again?

  4. olu says:

    that midfield doesn’t have enough creativity, only xhaka capable of putting in a shift

    1. HA559 says:

      Only creativity will be from Xhaka (long through balls) and wing backs running down channel and crossing.

      Thats it.

      I think it’s more important to get the next Cazorla in CMF to partner Xhaka. Someone who can run the midfield from collecting from CB to passing the ball over to the more attacking players and getting goals.

  5. Ronny says:

    Oh dear not even started and lost of a few players which demonstrates our b side is poor.
    Saying that though let’s see how they do.
    Nelson on the bench? He can have a go at opposition.

  6. Gunners says:

    Why not play Kolasinac to the left and AOC from the right?

  7. Dennis the Menace says:

    buckle up guys, its going to be a long season with this buffon in charge

  8. jisig says:

    The most unserious coach I have seen.

  9. Coldzero says:

    Where is Ozil? Alexi? Kos on the left? Ramsey? What just happened with this weird side he is fielding?

    1. Gunners says:

      He is resting them before they even kicked a ball this season!

  10. jisig says:

    Wenger has destroyed my betting ticket with this lineup already.

  11. citrenoogeht says:

    I am not happy with this line up. There are too many weak/doggy spots in it. I question the likes of Holding, Mertesacker, Elneny, and Bellerin who have been very shaky in preseason . As we know, Wenger never changes anything before the 60th minute. By that time Chelsea could be out of sight. I predict we’ll be 2 – 0 down by half time.

  12. Rkw says:

    LOL .. Doubt this team would get out of the group stages of the EPL … The ostrich is taking the club for a ride already … Can add his idiot football brain to death and taxes

  13. Dennis the Menace says:

    though it will pain me, still i want chelsea to humiliate arsenal today. Atleast then Prof. Fraud might be forced to strengthen the team.

    1. citrenoogeht says:

      I understand where you are coming from but I think you under estimate our leader’s stubborn fortitude. Remember Chelsea beat us 3 – 0 in China recently. This clearly has had no effect on either his transfer dealings or his team selection for today. I made a promise to myself to give the team a chance this season but I can already see that that is going to be very difficult.

    2. Dee23 says:

      Yeah that will work.

    3. desire to excel says:

      Wishing humiliation on your club? Even if you don’t like Arsene or the players?
      Glad I don’t think like you do.

  14. Raj says:

    What is wrong with Wenger. Why is kolasinac on bench? Will this be how things will be played this season.Playing people out of position?
    He is really lost it .We have to get ready for a long season ahead.

  15. Jay says:

    Guys let’s give these players some breathing space. These were the players who had good preseason.Xhaka and Elneny played against Chelsea in their former club.

  16. Vijay says:

    who’s going to create for lacazette? -_-

    1. citrenoogeht says:

      If today’s game goes tiiits up and Lacazette doesn’t score, Morata is going to look like the signing of the transfer window!

  17. Who said Arsene can't do grime? says:

    Arsene knows best!!!!

    When had he ever let you down????

  18. Ronny says:

    Not a bad move starting your new striker on the bench mind get into the game and the atmosphere first. Lacazette looks very nervous.
    What’s with ox giving cahill the loving? Connection to Chelsea or England?

  19. Gunners says:

    As expected Bellerin is rusty. I am loving Lacazette and Elneny’s work rates!

    1. Waal2waal says:

      elneny excellent first 45′, lacaz’ a threat.

    2. Nothing changed says:

      what excuse does Bellerin have to be rusty? He was always poor going forward with his final ball IMO.

  20. kelisjech says:

    Welbeck is reborn… He’s been nothing short of trouble to that Chelsea defense

  21. John0711 says:

    Why no CB on the bench wtf this is going to be a long season

  22. Arsenal_Girl says:

    Lacazette has Alexis type of work rate. Love players who work their behinds off for 90 min +

    I’m liking Lacazette more and more each match

  23. Gunners says:

    may someone tell Holding to take it easy and make it simple!hes does not have to dribble past everyone. A simple pass will do!

  24. Who said Arsene can't do grime? says:

    When did Chelsea sign zoro?

  25. rkw says:

    decent but just not enough creativity in the middle of the park … elneny passes the ball backwards more than ramsey … xhaka does not move ball on quickly enough … iwobi fine but ox and bellerin looked very poor
    so still the same issue … quality midfield ballplayer and attacking options still needed

    1. lcebox says:

      Bellerin is only back from short break so his fitness isnt up to speed yet Ox is on his weak side as you see when he turns back always so give them a little leeway.

      1. rkw says:

        please …. sloppy football isnt a product of what side u are playing

    2. Adam Criniti says:

      Broken Record reality for years @ the Emirates but Arsene is unwilling to make the necessary upgrades and move on from player’s like Ramsey, Jack, El Neny, etc.

      Imagine if Le Prof simply would of signed Kante last summer and Seri earlier in the window. PROBLEM FREAKING SOLVED

      Sadly the man won’t make those difficult decisions for the betterment of the club.

  26. jisig says:

    Iwobi is class

  27. 2 more world class players and we ll be the best

    1. John0711 says:

      Ha ha ha ha ha havnt we been saying that for a few years now

  28. TongaBull says:

    Half time yes but im happy with our perfomance. I hope someone tells Holdings that he is not Ronaldihno for our sake

  29. lcebox says:

    Good first half we looked the better team and still most are moaning this and that come on guys its friendly at the end of the day it wont give us 3 pts.
    You can see who hasnt been back as long as others i think we look good and should be well ready for Leicester on friday.
    Players are injured and we can only play what we have same as Chelsea and i can tell you i think im happier fan now than Chelseas.

  30. Krish says:

    LOL What is wrong with the fans who commented here?. Seriously toxic attitude before the game and the season have even started.. you all should go to some self-control-therapy xD you guys are too pessimistic for your own health 😀

    1. Gunners says:

      Because it has been more than a decade without winning a league with a coach who is not very serious and many fans are tolerating him. Why is he playing players out of positions? Why dont we have real defenders on the bench?Why is he resting players who are not tired? Wenger is creating a toxic atmosphere himself!

      1. And with all you’re whys we still won. Wenger’s new signing scored the equilizer and the Chelsea side most put faith in couldn’t even shoot on target in the shoot out. I hope this will be a lesson to all those that write off Arsenal before a ball has even been kicked.

      2. Dee23 says:

        ll you’re whys we still won. Wenger’s new signing scored the equilizer and the Chelsea side most put faith in couldn’t even shoot on target in the shoot out. I hope this will be a lesson to all those that write off Arsenal before a ball has even been kicked.

  31. say-ma-name says:

    Chelsea are looking toothless without COSTA and i’m loving it…

  32. Ronny says:

    Considering the sqaud put out I’m surprised and pleased.
    I think you can sense Conte’s discontent amongst the team.

  33. ozil10 says:

    Elneny has impressed me.. Sometimes a bit of assurance is needed in midfield.. He’s not your Santi but passes and retains the ball well.. Some people were concerned with our ball retention.. It’s not a coincidence that we enjoy more possession with Elneny on the field rather than Le Coq or Ramsey.. Elneny won’t dribble past players but play it safe .. Look I’m not saying there aren’t better players out there but IMO he’s a valuable squad player!

  34. Arsenal_Girl says:

    Well that was a terrible start 🙁

  35. gunnerman8701 says:

    Nothing surprising here. There’s always that moment and gap for weakness with this team. Push enough and you will get a goal. I won’t be surprised if Chelsea goes ahead to score more.

  36. Ronny says:

    That’s was sh*t! What a poor way to concede

  37. ozil10 says:

    Holding was switched off there.. It was at fault.. Eyes on that ball . Didn’t track Moses’ run

    1. John0711 says:

      Holding is the only CB in a back 3
      Where’s chambers ? He played the same tournament holding did who left him out
      Why not play or have mustafi on the bench Elneny the 5 choice CM is playing(although defensively he’s done ok)
      Lacazzette thrives on quick play Elneny only passes back and Xhaka passes to slow. Welback has the technique of a 12 year old centre back
      Guess what we knew all this months ago yet what has changed ???

  38. Who said Arsene can't do grime? says:

    Cahill just came to head but people today

  39. Declan the Gooner dog says:

    Great shot from Elneny

  40. Declan the Gooner dog says:

    And another

  41. Ronny says:

    Kolasinac = terminator.
    Takes out 2 cbs and remains standing

  42. Declan the Gooner dog says:

    Good block Holding

  43. LL_cool_gunner says:

    Iwobi take that shot bro

  44. Ronny says:

    John0711.

    I agree nothing like making the striker feel like he’s made the right choice! Hopefully he’s seeing enough in training to be happy.
    Still think in a back 3 as long as they are playing in the right side sometimes lb or rb is a good option.
    Kolasinac and Monreal but never ever bellerin!

  45. Gunners says:

    Oh it looks like Wenger was expecting to win! It looks like we deserve him after all. I am getting so many vote downs when I highlight how not serious he is! Thats how dictators thrive, by fooling the masses! Now instead of introducing Reiss Nelson he is putting on Giroud and Walcott!

  46. Who said Arsene can't do grime? says:

    Theo Theo Theo

  47. gunnerman8701 says:

    love Iwobi’s movement. Lacazette should have stayed on with Giroud joining him upfront.

  48. TH14atl says:

    We now have 0 technicians on the field that can make the first line of defense miss, or thread a properly weighted pass into the final 3rd.
    Arsene has to see the transfer requirement, no?

    1. rkw says:

      sadly no

  49. GunnerMan says:

    Doing the same thing year after year and expecting different outcome nonsense!!!!

  50. Nothing changed says:

    One guy will make me happy this season win or lose, Kolasinac!!! He reminds me of when we had a team of man. Love the guy.

  51. Nothing changed says:

    Has Bellerin put in one singel cross that arrived at an Arsenal player?

  52. gunnerman8701 says:

    Ox dribbles too much. Not sure if he thinks he’s as good as Messi.

    1. Nothing changed says:

      He has to because he is on the left and needs to cut back to cross the ball. He should had been playedat the right side. Iwobi prefers the left they could have been switched.

  53. Gunners says:

    Elneny is my man of the match. No wonder why Wenger wants to sell him! Oh red card for Pedro?

  54. GunnerMan says:

    Yes!!!

  55. Who said Arsene can't do grime? says:

    I have a crush on Kolasinac

  56. TH14atl says:

    I’m not sure our formation benefits our personnel anymore. No 10 on the field; Theo has no footballing ability to be in an inside channel; both our cms are in their comfort zones going sideways or negative = ball may circulate, but likely won’t purposefully penetrate.

  57. rkw says:

    kolasinac seems to have what it takes

  58. Ronny says:

    Never rated him bit elneny had been great today, good feet, mobile positive. We so need some more creativity in the mf though. It seems Ramsey is the only option in the middle.
    Jack? Cazorla one day?

    1. TH14atl says:

      And Ramsey doesn’t have the requisite technical ability or creativity to do the job, nor does he have the positional discipline in a 2 man central midfield pairing. How many years until people realize we’re not good enough to win with Ramsey as a maninstag in the 11? We might a well be west ham/Everton/crystal palace with a midfield 2some of Xhaka and Ramsey.

  59. Arsenal_Girl says:

    Kolsanic was an excellent signing
    A solid defender
    And can score once in a while lol
    We got him for free too

  60. Ronny says:

    10 men and then kolasinac!!!!!

  61. Gunners says:

    Here is my man or boy!

  62. GunnerMan says:

    Put in a shift lad!

  63. LL_cool_gunner says:

    How is Walcott earning 140 a week at arsenal

    1. LL_cool_gunner says:

      Forget that, why is he still at arsenal

    2. Gunners says:

      and why is he even playing !

  64. Ronny says:

    I used to watch kolasinac for schalke and he’s a monster he’ll of engine and fast too when he’s sharp. He’s an incredible signing for free.

    1. lcebox says:

      Dam right …

  65. Gunners says:

    Chelsea are not 10 after all, they have Walcott!

  66. rkw says:

    140 grand a week!!!!! … the whippet never ceases to amaze me as to just how hapless he is

  67. Ronny says:

    Walcott is a spanner!
    Overall win or lose pretty happy with the showing considering the players missing.

  68. Nothing changed says:

    Is it possible to win a penalty shoot out with Petr in goal?

    1. RSH says:

      We’re about to find out

    2. RSH says:

      Omg, he made a save!!!

      1. RSH says:

        Or maybe that was post

  69. LL_cool_gunner says:

    Martinez where are you???

  70. RSH says:

    Horrendous games from Walcott and especially Bellerin. Xhaka I thought was great today and decent from Elneny, but something is clearly still missing in midfield and no endproduct up front

    1. Vlad says:

      Walcott and Bellerin? How about Ox? Worst player on the pitch by a country mile.

      1. Nothing changed says:

        I have to say that it is a bit harsh to critisice Theo. He didn’t get a lot of playing time and wasmore dangeroud than Iwobi on the right.

        1. RSH says:

          Theo is poor 90% of the time now. It has nothing to do with playing time, just not that good

  71. Break-on-through says:

    Yeeeeeeeeees!!!!!!!

  72. Gunners says:

    Yes!!!!

  73. Ronny says:

    Ox doesn’t look happy today I think he wants and thinks he’s a Chelsea player already!
    1st game and a cup!! Beauty coyg……

  74. Declan the Gooner dog says:

    Some sh1t comments but we won!

    1. Krish says:

      our fans are despicable… just toxic

      1. Coldzero says:

        This- our fans are so toxic.

  75. RSH says:

    Did we pay off courtois, lol. That was terrible. Great pens all around from us

  76. gunnersrocks says:

    its a win …its a win ..guys we ve done it …..

  77. Declan the Gooner dog says:

    Deserved win.

  78. gunnersrocks says:

    kolasinac you beauty …………

  79. gunnerman8701 says:

    Well done to the team!! Let’s try to treat every league game as a final. Morata is no where near the level of Costa.

  80. Ronny says:

    I think Morata won’t be out in London tonight staying in for a takeaway I’d say lol

  81. lcebox says:

    Just beat the best team the Premier league has to offer and beat them well you see its not as bad as half our fans think some very good performances today some dodgy but we still looked the better team.

  82. gunnersrocks says:

    sanchez r u watching it ….

  83. desire to excel says:

    Arsene said Morata is less of a scorer and he proved it straightaway. Am lovin’ it

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