Official Arsenal XI and preview of HUGE game v Atletico Madrid

It is almost time to find out whether the Arsenal team will step up to the plate after the announcement that ASrsene Wenger will be ending his long reign as manager of the Gunners, by giving Le Prof the send-off he deserves with a European trophy.

It will not be easy, though, even if Arsenal do perform at something like our best, as the opponents today are the Spanish side Atletico Madrid, who under Diego simeone have become one of the toughest teams in Europe. With a few fitness and injury concerns to boot, Arsenal fans know that tomnight’s game could go either way, so we need the 11 players Wenger has picked to do a great job for us.

Ospina
Bellerin, Monreal, Koscielny, Mustafi
Wilshere, Xhaka, Ramsey
Ozil, Welbeck, Lacazette

Subs: Cech, Holding, Iwobi, Chambers, Maitland-Niles, Kolasinac, Nketiah.

So Petr Cech is fit enough for the bench after a slight hip problem but the boss has opted for Ospina. Kolasinac jas also been passed fit but is on the bench, while Mkhitaryan has not even made that. It is a strong midfield that will hopefully give Arsenal control and the front three on their day can be pretty devastating. The question, however, is whether this is our day or not? COYG!!!!!!

Bob.

Updated: April 26, 2018 — 7:10 pm

90 Comments

  1. Oh man…
    Look at the sub…..

    1. Am a little anxious now

  2. we need to play above our level, i cant see anyone of our players getting in their side. so fingers crossed we grow balls and compete

  3. it looks with the players available is the best choice. hope to shoot on sight and not walk with the ball. gooner = forever

  4. Vanpayslip, Esq - Founder of the Iwobi out of Arsenal Trust

    As long as Iwobi doesn’t come on at any point I still have hope

    1. I honestly thought he’d play!!!

      1. Dont worry he will be on in 70th minute

        1. I hope not!!! And I don’t want to see him on Sunday either!

  5. we are winning by a three goal margin. I don’t care about the team selection even if it’s our B team( do we even have one) coyg.

  6. arsenal win both home and away. coyg

  7. The best that are available.
    On their day we can win and we will win.
    Lacazette is no push over now

  8. Hmmmm…

    Considering form, and performances against quality opponents, I am surprised with that selection. I would have loved to have seen:

    Ospina
    Chambers Koscielny Monreal
    Maitland-Niles Xhaka Wilshere Kolasinac
    Ramsey Welbeck
    Lacazette

    I have only selected Xhaka because Elneny’s injured, and Maitland-Niles is at RWB. I know people may laugh at my selection, but the team picks itself. I haven’t selected Mustafi, and I do not even need to explain why, for all those who watch him regularly. He’s our worst defender by a country mile! Ozil is a quality player, there’s no doubting that, but when does he ever turn up in a big game? I honestly cannot remember. Bellerin offers nothing in defence or attack, and has been awful all season. Like I already said, it’s only injuries that have kept Xhaka in the team as well.

    I would love for us to sit deep, make a back five, allowing Atletico onto us, and then hit them on the counter.

  9. Mustafi, Xhaka, Wilshere….I only hope Monreal plays CB

  10. Without Coq and the now-injured Elneny, Xhaka will for the first or second time this year start as the sole defensive midfielder.

    Unless everybody else defends well, this could be a disaster. Was hoping for a 3-4-3:
    Cech
    Kos-Mustafi-Monreal
    Bellerin-Willshere-Ramsey-Maitland/Kolasinac
    Ozil-Laca-Welbeck

    I predict 1 – 3 or something like that.

    Hope I’m wrong. If we start well, maybe the lads will be up for it.
    COYG!

  11. It will be 0-1 to Atletico their defence is very strong.

    1. You will be proven wrong mate, i know you want us to win deep down!

  12. What a fantastic sight ! Go Gunners #MAGA.

  13. In a New York bar … two days ago it was packed to watch lpool … quiet today which I think is one reason for wengers departure … our best 11 … so I just hope they show up coz Madrid are a serious proposition

    1. Exactly, because attendance of yankee bars is what Arsenal is all about.

  14. If we dont concede, we stand a big chance, but unfortunately, we usually concede…good luck to the boys…coyg!

  15. Bellerin started really well

  16. I predict a goal in each half for us=2-0

    #WeCanDoThis
    #NobodyCanStopUs

  17. The quality of a side is the full sqaud, AM bench and ours of deary deary me!
    Sorry but to compete we so need to spend this Summer.

  18. Impressed with the Emirates atmosphere though, rocking!!

  19. The game was open and we were on top of them. Now they’re gonna sit in and this is gonna slow things down.

  20. @rkw.
    I hear you but wrong continent isn’t it, if you were in shanghai, Bangkok, Tokyo I think you might see a bigger Arsenal crowd.
    Also CL is always going to get more following the El yes?
    Coyg!!!!

  21. Athletico players falling all over the place to win a foul and time wasting already. It reminds me of the cup winners cup final against Valencia in 1980

  22. Whoever comes in the first order of business is selling xhaka … he is a negative force

  23. The men thing doesn’t always help.
    Can put negative pressure on a side as immediately they are expected to win.

  24. I think Wenger was doing a fantastic job these player are useless which of team are down to 10 men what happened to world class ozil

    1. Wenger is their father, he did no job. These people can’t press, can’t play direct football, can’t tackle, can’t score, all under the tactics and supervision of Wenger, who’s fault is it now?

  25. I guess simeone won’t be getting an interview now then.
    Gazidis wouldn’t have that sort of thing here!

    1. No true Arsenal fan wanted Simeone.

      His football is the least attractive, worse than even Mourinho’s, and the man himself is the biggest scumbag of all coaches. He would be perfect for Chelsea.

  26. V10 men, 14chances not a single goal…. tut tut tut!!!

  27. Bellerin and Ospina and the rest been outstanding this half

    1. Bellerin good but ospina no, he is hesitating too much and his distribution is bad. If he continues like this we will concede. The guys are up for it today, no bs sideway passing, continue and we will score at least once. We need to win this match because a.madrid dont concede goals at home.

      1. Bad distribution ospina? What game are you watching mate?

      2. Wtf he hasvsaved a great Chance and distribution top on tonight !

  28. Well the half finished off with our lot looking tired even though it’s the opposition who are a man down.

  29. Good game so far…. pity we haven’t taken out chances though 😐

  30. The team need two player that can dribble too predictable these kind of game prove that Ramsey and Jack wilshere is very average nothing special no Cutting Edge a player like Wilfried zaha would do wonders for this team

    1. I’ve been saying for ages we need a proper winger. We have about 4 or 5 playmakers but no natural wingers. Ozil isn’t one, neither is Mkhi, and Welbeck started as a CF. Not even sure what Iwobi is supposed to be.

  31. Very kind gesture for the referee to try and win this game for wenger.well appreciated

    1. …and what game have you been watching mate?!
      😒

    2. ???

      Clear 2 yellows, and a clear red for Simeone.

      Any other asinine comments?

  32. We need a powerful winger turned mf someone similar to hmmm……..Ox?

    1. We need to pass less and shoot more in and around the 18 yard area…
      If we can’t make it happen beautifully there’s nothing wrong in forcing a mistake or two

  33. Why do we keep insisting on zonal marking? They have 10 men so we should be pressuring their players and forcing them into making errors.
    It’s so frustrating to watch since we allow them to pass the ball around without pressure and waste even more time.

  34. so far IMHO Atletico de Madrid is winning 0-0 Is Wenger is going to wake up?
    with 10 players and Arsenal only shotted 5 times to the Atletic goal

  35. We came out fast and had to score as we’ve a weak attacking bench.
    Whilst they have torres and Costa chomping at the bit to come on against a tired arsenal.
    That’s his master plan all along.
    Hold on all game until we’re tired and then bring on the big guns.

  36. Athletico AM, anyone know fraggle rock?

    1. He’s scary looking!!

  37. Lava laca laca

  38. Get in there!

  39. We would require another couple of goals and clean sheet because of our dreadful away record and their top home form witj firepower of Grizemann, Torres and Costa…

  40. at least another goal or we are in big trouble for 2nd leg

  41. @kedar91.
    Normally I’d agree but this isn’t normally anymore. When have last seen us play like this? It’s the wengers leaving effect.
    It’s been a while but we’ve travelled before and played well away.
    I for one didn’t see this coming.

    In fact I wonder what he thinks tonight?
    Kind of my team and stadium have to come to life and it’s because I’m leaving, cheers then….

    1. Bit fact reamains unchanged that we are poor away from home and they are pretty at home…

  42. So our Europa Campaign is over…

    1. Not necessarily, but scoring away at Atletico will be difficult.

      Depends on their approach.

      Let’s face it, the combo of Mustafi Kos and Ospina was bound to fail a couple of times.

      1. we’re bound to concede at least one in Madrid because were terrible. So we have to score once to force extra time. And that’s us only conceding once. had to win 2-0 today to stand a chance. It’s pretty much over. This Arsenal team is no good.

  43. The most Arsenal game ever to end Wenger’s European home match LMAOOOO. All the possession, one mistake, game over. 2nd leg looks pointless now, let’s be honest.

  44. thats it 1-1 what can I say ……….. with very little Atletic tied the game….

  45. I knew there will always be that one mistake😄

  46. We are shit in defence….

  47. Complete loss of shape and discipline that near the end of the game. Couldn’t we feel them coming out and into us.
    That’s crippling and probably puts us out.

  48. We are watching lazy Arsenal show

  49. We’ve gone and Arsenaled up again ffs

  50. We are not going to score goal Madrid thats for sure…

  51. and that is why wenger is off, defensive frailties have been our downfall for years but never been addressed.. another match were we dominate and concede.

  52. Can we be more unlucky

    1. its not unlucky when it consistently happens. Arsenal cant defend even when there is one attack to stop an entire half.

  53. Mustafi…y clown
    How the heck y can slip….

  54. The problem is arsenal have a lot of poor left footed players in the pitch

  55. Let’s hope we get a good coach n give him enough to revamp the squad or else

  56. Now diego simeone will park the bus at Madrid Because we need to score at any cost…. So we will attack and we will keep ourselves open at back and tje Simeone will parl the bus and Madrid will hit us on counter… A goalless draw would be enough for Madrid….

  57. Lets just give up now.
    Thanks Wenger.
    Please kindly piss off now – don’t wait until May…
    Having no manager is no different to having you…

  58. Weak team

  59. PATHETIC
    PATHETIC
    PATHETIC
    PATHETIC
    ARSENAL ARE PATHETIC !!!!!!!

  60. So pi**ed off… had a golden opportunity from the 9th minute to win the game…. and end up drawing. The start of the week from hell… what’s the betting we’ll lose at Old Trafford then get dumped out next Thursday. That defence had better be sorted over the summer. Plus I’d love Oblak

    1. Yeah and I would love Neymar and Salah but it’s not going to happen.
      We will get some donkey like Arteta or Vieira and regress back to the George Graham days – the BAD days.
      I have no confidence in Anyone at Arsenal.
      And getting shot of Wenger now would be the best thing – having no manager and having him is pretty much the same thing.
      Season OVER…

  61. And I will be happy to see the back of Wenger and his f*cking legacy….

  62. Why did even bother, its been a while since i cared this much, now i feel terrible, oh my arsenal, smh..

  63. Playing with ten men, still no tempo, no pace. Whenever Ramsey got the ball, the tempo was always disturbed. We saw poor Xhaka and Poorer Mustafi again.

  64. If I was kos I think I’d sneak out he stadium and gk home in my kit rather than step into that changing room.

    Hit it sideways, sky it anything but trying a little flick back over your head?!? So naive and lacking g concentration and leadership from Kos even Ospina should have been calling the danger.

    Highlights lacazette whooping up the crowd and ozil screaming at bellerin at the end. Ozil was on it tonight.

    One thing though no one expects us to go through now and we can score an away too, I bet we will!

  65. @sue
    You’d love oblak as arsenal keeper or to pop round when your husbands out? 🙂

    1. Very funny Ronny, there’s always one!!

  66. @Ronny
    Trying to be funny heh?

  67. Well some of us expected it, just because Wenger said he’s leaving doesn’t mean Mustafi wasn’t going to mess up or that our defense will become better



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