Official Arsenal XI and preview of Wolfsburg clash

Arsene Wenger has gone with an almost completely different Arsenal starting line-up to the one that took the French club Lyon apart yesterday, with just our club record signing Mesut Ozil keeping his place. The manager must be very happy with the fitness of the German international to play him again so soon and he is clearly happy with Ozil’s form.

Quite a few of the stars of yesterday are on the bench for the game against Wolfsburg today, such as Ramsey, Giroud, Iwobi and the Ox, while Jack Wilshere and Petr Cech who were not involved against Lyon get the starts that the manager promised against the Germans.

Bellerin, Chambers, Gabriel, Monreal
Arteta, Cazorla
Reine-Adelaide, Ozil, Wilshere

Arsenal subs: Martinez, Debuchy, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Giroud, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Akpom, Coquelin, Hayden, Iwobi

Another interesting bit of news is that the former Gunners striker Nicklas Bendtner will start and I’m sure he will be keen to show the Arsenal fans what he can do, although I am more worried about Kevin De Bruyne and Andre Schurrle. Our defence will need to be switched on, especially with Arteta instead of Coquelin protecting them.

And I am also hoping that Jack Wilshere gets some time in the middle rather than being stuck out wide the whole time, although with Arsenal needing a couple of goals to win the Emirates Cup then he could have fun going forward, with the pace of Walcott in the middle to link up with.

Surely that trophy is staying in north London this time isn’t it?

Tags Cech Walcott Wilshere


  1. ArsenalGenes says:

    Ozil again?? And No DM against shurrle and De bryne??
    God help them.

    1. ArsenalGenes says:

      On the other hand, We would see a lot of Cech action ..

  2. Mick The Gooner says:

    Doesn’t look as exciting a team as yesterday. There’s just something about having Arteta in the starting 11 that tells me it’s going to be a slow game. Hope I’m wrong and we get another entertaining game.

    1. Mesut O-chill says:

      so far, so right

      1. YingYang69 says:

        So yous are giving Coq all the credit for Arsenals one touch game, give it over.

    2. joeboy says:

      So far your right, we best play better then this next sunday as chelsea will be less wasteful!

      1. YingYang69 says:

        Wolfsburg are a better team than Lyon. Even the commentator mentioned how tight there unit is compared to Lyons. Also we had a more balanced and better team out yesterday, do you not think this might have something to do with it instead of saying oh its Arteta’s fault and Coq was the reason for yesterday… well?

  3. Sacrificial_Pizza says:

    All aboard the Jeff train lads. Let’s go!

  4. HA559 says:

    Wenger playing Walcott upfront hoping he scores 2,3 goal so he can come out and say we don’t need striker.

    If Walcott gets his demand for a higher wages in his new contract, it shows how poorly the club is. He isn’t among the top 5 players at the club, arguable even if he is a top 10 player at the club, and for him to get a high wage is not justifiable.

    I won’t be surprised if Wenger misses out on a top striker in this window because he was waiting and ends up getting Llorente or Dzeko on the last day.

    1. Sacrificial_Pizza says:

      And you know really absolutely nothing at all, and have no idea what you are actually talking about. But we should totally trust your opinion and not that of professionals, right?

      Seem to forget that before Theo got hurt against Spuds you were all swinging off his nuts as he carried this team.

    2. Sacrificial_Pizza says:

      And another thing. If Theo starts bagging goals up front, why the hell would we need another striker? Opens Ox to play primarily off the wing and then we have a real scary team.

      I wish I wish I wish I had the time to dig through message boards to find some of the cries of our dumber fans when Arsene Wenger wanted to play some French winger up front, calling for a top striker to lead the line. It’s all so familiar its almost sickening haha

      1. BigWilli says:

        IF IF IF…

        what if sanogo starts banging in goals. lets give him a pay rise!
        u want to win something? then dont bank on IFs.

        hes right. walcott is overhyped by arsenal fans.

        i would love to see him banging in goals for fun though. but just cant see that happening.

      2. HA559 says:

        Have you forgotten We are still waiting for Walcott to be prolific. You always think Walcott can become the next Henry. This is where your mistaken.

        There is no question Walcott can score goals against 2/3 the teams in the league whilst being the striker. But can he do it in the big games continuously? Perform in the champions League? Even in those games you have to look at how many clear chances are converted. There is a gulf of difference between a top striker and Walcott. But I get it you will settle for Walcott, for now and of for the future. You waited over 6 seasons and you will continue to wait.

        Professional, what professional do you speak of. Those that overate some players? Or those that think we need a new striker?

        1. YingYang69 says:

          I’m a fan of Walcott’s but I don’t think he can become a T. Henry (that’s Adelaide’s job), I believe he could become a M. Owen type striker though.

  5. RedReigns says:

    Big game for Walcott, he needs to show that he is capable of knocking them in on a regular. Great to see Adelaide starting, looked really silky from the few touches I saw of him yesterday.

    1. NY_Gunner says:

      He’s lookin silky now, but he needs to help out Monreal also…

  6. vijaygunner says:

    Hoping to see a good partnership of young paulista and chambers.

  7. jonnhirons says:

    Really looking forward to see this adelaide kid, showed some neat touches yesterday.

  8. AlmiR says:

    Cazorla and Ozil will run the show, i want Wilshere to step up, cuz if cant find his best form, i can see him a lot on bench this season

  9. AlmiR says:

    Prediction 4-0 to Arsenal, Walcott hattrick 😀

  10. Tatek says:

    I hope the secret striker whos Arsenal are after is Luis Suarez

  11. The Handsome_Gooner says:

    Pep to be manager of city from 2016/17 according to BeIN Sports

  12. RSH says:

    is anyone else getting bad connection to the game, or is it just me?

    1. Justsoccerfan says:

      Mine okay just didn’t show the running time and score.

    2. Just_Trolling says:

      No it really bad on supersport

    3. Mesut O-chill says:

      yup. ESPN3….

    4. NY_Gunner says:

      Go to and pick recommended stream. Enjoy Gooner…

  13. Justsoccerfan says:

    Did ozil make a touch?

  14. Justsoccerfan says:

    Arteta look like a old man in the park.

  15. Mesut O-chill says:

    Someone previously asked for a team that would pressure us on the ball more. Definitely got that wish.

  16. Justsoccerfan says:

    We look so disorganised.

  17. willyrich says:

    Hello mate! Any link to stream the match? Pls I need help

    1. Dubgun says: or
      Firstrow is working fine at the moment

  18. truegunner12 says:

    Wolfsburg are bossing us at the moment

  19. Just_Trolling says:

    Ozil almost assisted himself there if Walcott made the pass

  20. Mesut O-chill says:

    Why is Theo defending Lord Bendtner on their corners?

  21. Justsoccerfan says:

    Is Wenger purposely putting cech to see how many balls he can saved.

    1. Justsoccerfan says:

      *With these line up

  22. Just_Trolling says:

    Walcott making great runs and is a great weapon, but he needs to make it count.

  23. leo says:

    According to reports 33yo free agent Marco Amelia could move to Arsenal replacement for Martinez who could be loaned out

  24. leo says:

    Benzema has a slight Thigh injury/niggle & trained away from the main group with Modric.
    [L’Equipe] are we in for modric as well ????????

  25. Justsoccerfan says:

    Why is young guy keep showing off when he can make one pass to free other.

  26. Mick The Gooner says:

    Well isn’t this a load of rubbish…

  27. RSH says:

    our midfield is just a cluster of playmakers, and Walcott can’t stay onside or finish. I don’t think Wenger would ever use these players in an actual game thankfully. Monreal MOTM so far.

  28. Justsoccerfan says:

    Good thing is Wenger look unhappy with our performance. He look piss!

  29. Mesut O-chill says:

    So all we need is a win, a 1-1 draw, or score 2+ goals and we win the cup right?

    1. Mick The Gooner says:

      0-0 and we still win on goal difference.

      1. Mesut O-chill says:

        I thought villareal was ahead of us on points?

        1. Justsoccerfan says:

          No they got 5pts, we got 9 pts for the 1st game.

  30. AlmiR says:

    Arteta slows our game so radicaly its not even funny, Walcott needs to find his scoring boots, Ozil is simpy magestic

    1. RSH says:

      I agree. At least Flamini has quicker distribution. And is honestly still an upgrade defensively compared to Arteta so far. Every Wolfsburg counter has looked good and I can’t find where Arteta is on any of them. I’m glad this game is happening though because it shows the flaws in our team. Wolfsburg have been better so far.

      1. YingYang69 says:

        The Arteta comments today are all showing huge signs “confirmation bias”. Wolfsburg are simply better than Lyon, defensively sound also. Why not congratulate Mert or Giroud giving them the credit for yesterday instead of singling someone out today to say why it went wrong.

  31. truegunner12 says:

    Gotta say, Wolfsburg have looked the etter side so far, put us under a lot of pressure. Walcott seems to be hit or miss thus far, inconsistent.

  32. AlmiR says:

    This is exactly why we need top class CF, when things arent going our way, someone who can create something from nothing, only Ozil and Alexis are able to produce such magic, we need CF with that abiltiy

    1. Jim A says:

      I love that. Something outta nothing.

  33. Justsoccerfan says:

    When you compare arteta and coq, you can really see the big difference. Our defence were under so much pressure without a real cdm in front. How many corner we have conceded for the 1st half?

  34. Bolly from Bollywood says:

    Unless we get slaughtered we can loose and still win trophy as long as we score.
    Peace and Love

  35. Justsoccerfan says:

    I don’t think we play that badly, just one change, coq for arteta, I think will be good enough to take them on.

    1. medvet says:

      and that is reason that we need another DM

      1. medvet says:

        “the reason”

  36. Redeye says:

    No wonder wilshere gets injured so often. The guy just doesn’t want to pass the ball and runs straight into players. He could learn from ozil the sooner you let go of the ball the less likely to get tackled. And the wose thing is that he always has an easy option, i think in his brain he thinks that the more you get tackled equates to world class. So frustrating, combine ozil and wilshere hell of a player but life isn’t fifa.

    1. Justsoccerfan says:

      Well I will combine sanchez and ozil.

  37. RSH says:

    Smh… Arteta trending on Twitter… No, its not positive.

  38. Mesut O-chill says:

    Gooooooooood sh*t. Nice assist from Jeff, nice finish by Theo.

  39. Justsoccerfan says:

    When you give him the space and he will kill you with a simple slot in goal. Walcottttttttttt.

  40. truegunner12 says:

    Walcott will score

  41. Goonsquad8 says:

    Great goal. Great run and finish.
    WELL DONE ARTETA excellent vision and pass to start the attack

    1. medvet says:

      well done arteta, you almost did another wonderful pass to the Lord

    2. Justsoccerfan says:

      Yes that a good pass to your opponent. Yes he can make good passes but his defensive is the worst trade he process.

  42. RSH says:

    Further enforces my belief Walcott is much more efficient coming from a wide position. Nice finish, and nice assist from the new boy.

    1. RSH says:

      and Arteta actually started that attack, haha

      1. Goonsquad8 says:

        Sorry, why is that funny?

  43. juhislihis says:

    Oh my Arteta… you are a spent force I’m afraid

  44. medvet says:

    WOW, adelaile looks very promising

  45. Mesut O-chill says:

    Cech is a goon, fam.

  46. Bolly from Bollywood says:

    We scored so it’s pre-season trophy number two!
    Peace and Love

  47. Goonsquad8 says:

    This is why I hate when wenger sAys he sees chamberlains future in the middle. He is perfectly made for a winger

  48. Mesut O-chill says:

    Great performance by Jack, but maybe we should start putting bubble wrap around his ankles…

  49. İ feel bad that am not watching this game. How good is this kid Jeff.?..everyone is talking about him

    1. Justsoccerfan says:

      Very promising but too show off his skill when he can just pass the ball, anyway he is young that youngster do.

    2. Mesut O-chill says:

      He played well got an assists. Made mistakes but the beauty of it is that he’s only 17. A lot of promise in the kid.

    3. RSH says:

      has potential, great dribbler, assisted on his debut. Looked a bit out of depth at times but stayed in the game always. Can’t really ask more from a 17 year old.

  50. Justsoccerfan says:

    We got the double, treble into the making.

  51. Justsoccerfan says:

    I hope ox stay injured free all season, I pick him to be the up coming star of arsenal, like a new signing.

  52. Leader says:

    Waiting till next Sunday for treble before season.

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