OFFICIAL Arsenal XI at Everton – Ramsey and Ozil IN

Arsene Wenger would have been hoping that he could bring Danny Welbeck back into the starting line-up for Arsenal today, as the England forward has been in good form so far this season and his pace and power would have been ideal for this away clash with struggling Everton, but Wellbz has not won the race to be fit in time.

There was better news for the boss ahead of this must win match, though, with both Aaron Ramsey and Lauremnt Koscielny making themselves available to strengthen our central midfield and the injury hit defence.

Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal
Bellerin, Xhaka, Ramsey, Kolasinac
Alexis, Ozil, Lacazette

subs: Macey, Wilshere, Giroud, Walcott, Holding, Iwobi, Coquelin

With Monreal on the other side of Mertesacker Arsenal should be much harder to breach and with Ozil in front of Ramsey and Xhaka we should be able to create a lot more chances for Alexis Sanchez and Lacazette up front, with the flying wing backs Bellerin and Kolasinac to add even more pace and penetration.

It is a strong Gunners side but what is more important is that they approach the game in the right way. A fast start and giving the under pressure home team no easy way to raise the Everton fans’ morale is a must and I feel that an early goal could lead to a fair few more.

A poor start, though, and we could be in trouble. COYG.



  1. Alkali says:

    Ozil has no business being in this team, not on current form.

    1. Ackshay says:

      1st time this we will see alexis, lacazette ozil front-line start a match. Give the man one last chance, if he flops again might as well release him now. took wenger 9 match to play our best attackers together if we win easily it will prove how much he has regressed as a coach.

    2. neil says:

      aaaaargh ! Sick and tired of weak mentality of this Arsenal team… should be 3-0 up in first 10 minutes and first shot on goal Everton score from !!!
      Yet another sloppy piece of play by our so called CDM Xhaka.. !
      Everton is worst form of all teams and Arsenal gift them a goal… if they had scored any of first 3 shots Everton would have folded

    3. Alkali says:

      I apologise to ozil, let me eat my humble pie

  2. redmau5 says:

    alexis ozil lacazette…
    the people have been heard….

    still jack would have been interesting…sub in second half perhaps

    xhaka …huge game for him. he has cost us an wenger spending on him stupidly has to justify the money spent by playing him regardless.
    he needs a huge game …he has been dreadful

    1. kev says:

      Xhaka does not deserve to be in the lineup more than anyone.As bad as Ozil is at least awe can say form is temporary class is permanent though he also does not deserve to start.Why is Coquelin not playing instead of Xhaka?Even Elneny is a better buy than Xkaka.I don’t care what kind of performance Xhaka has today.Why should a player be allowed to go off form and still be in the starting eleven while other players should be taking his place?Poor management from.Wenger.It’s not fair at all.Mark my words that Xhaka won’t last in the lineup when Wenger is gone and I can see some youngsters like Maitland-Niles and Kelechi Nwakali surpassing him in the future.The guy can’t defend to even save his own life.

      1. Nero says:

        Wenger doesn’t even have to go for him to be benched but Wenger is a useless blind Bird

        Any sane teen-ager can see that xaka is useless, what more a supposed world class manager…

        You people in uk should please visit the Emirates to ask what exactly xaka does for Arsenal aprat from assisting the other teams score

  3. Swap SUPER SUPER JACK WILSHIRE for Mesut Ozil and that would be perfect

  4. Arsenal_Girl says:

    I like this lineup
    Because of defensive injuries it’s not our best but looks more than enough to beat Everton

    Been waiting to see Ozil, Alexis, lacazette with Xhaka and Ramsey behind them

    Looking forward to it


    1. Sue says:

      I like it too! Come on Arsenal!!

    2. kev says:

      Xhaka is average regardless of today’s performance.Elneny is a better buy.Go and compare both in their first season.

  5. Eddy Hoyte says:

    it’s another game and Ozil has been given another chance. so I’m willing to put his Watford performance behind me. And hope he turns up today.

    With this attack I’ll be so happy if we could get 5 to 7 goals…
    But hey, I’m human, I’m allowed to dream.
    Goodluck guys

  6. Nine says:

    I would day this is our strongest team that we have never seen this season

  7. Vijay says:

    can’t blame wenger for squad selection today….COYG!!!

  8. Eat Pie says:

    Drop Xhaka for Jack or Elneny and I’m happy.
    Maybe ozil for iwobi as well

  9. Eat Pie says:

    Going to be a tough game.

    going for a 1-0 win

  10. Eat Pie says:

    Mert why oh why, he was terrible last week.

  11. Eddy Hoyte says:

    Xhaka at his best!!!

  12. Redmau5 says:

    As I said granit xhaka is ruining our season

  13. Ronny says:

    It’s that weak spine again per then xhaka just get it out!!

  14. gmv8 says:

    Making Everton look like Barcelona and Ronald Koeman like Guardiola … yawn

  15. Gunners says:

    When will Wenger realise how costly Xhaka’s mistakes are!

  16. Rkw says:

    Long enough for Xhaka he isn’t epl quality

  17. Mertinho says:

    Xhaka classic as always. Liability all season, this guy has single handedly lost us atleast 3 to 5 points imo. Wenger will never, i repeat NEVER change his ways and will continue playing our non-performers until we are the next Everton.

  18. Bur says:

    Yes struggling Everton! Still good enough to beat useless Arsenal.
    Here we go again laim excesses from weegor.

  19. AllDwayfromAfriCa says:

    xhaka at his peak

  20. Not Vanpayslip or that other guy says:

    This is pathetic

  21. Invincibles49 says:

    Chech should have done better!

    1. Gunners says:

      No ways, Martesacker was blickit his view!

  22. Ronny says:

    Xhaka # no awareness
    I mean what is he? B2b no? Dm certainly no!!
    Big and xhaka = wobbly.

    Game on now.

  23. John0711 says:

    No problem Admin if you won’t allow honest comment and don’t respect others I’m done with this website bye

    1. stubill says:

      See ya.

  24. Yevgeny Portman says:

    Mert is morte-never been good.Should of been released after first season.Every year we are loosing 3-5 games just because of him.Wenger’s stubbornness is truly amazing.Watch how West Ham will transform under Mancini.

  25. reddb10 says:

    Everyone having a go at Xhaka, but no mention to the idiot mertesacker who plays it to him with three opposition players surrounding him instead of playing it wide.

    1. Gunners says:

      Xhaka made a touch and could have moved that ball elsewhere!

  26. Roehahn says:

    When did Everton sign Neur ???

  27. gmv8 says:

    To be fair though, that foul on Xhaka looked similar to the one on Ozil, which went Everton’s way as well

  28. McLovin says:

    Xhaka has single handedly cost us 5 goals already. He can’t be dropped because Wenger paid 35 mils for him and Wenger would rather burn this club down rather than admit he bought a big money flop

  29. reddb10 says:

    No discipline in the team for over a decade. Disgusting

  30. Ack77 says:

    Now this is the real arsenal beautiful attacking football, ozil very good and the atrocious defense. A flashback to the old arsenal, had enough of xhaka gave him many chances and he flops. Mertesaker not in fault blocked the right side forced Rooney to shoot left, coquelin and Ramsey would be far better axis.

    1. Ack77 says:

      Just put an arsenal shirt on gueye at half time, suit our style of play far better than xhaka. Xhaka is a mourinho player suited for tough counter attacking style.

  31. gmv8 says:

    They are playing aggressive with us, we have to respond, trouble is that the ref allows their aggression, but not ours

  32. GW says:

    Ramsey so wasteful. Can’t finish and too often makes the wrong pass or turns the ball over.

  33. Rkw says:

    Fcuk me … unless wenger goes shortly we might be in bottom half by Xmas … a team that prided itself on mid field quality has none

  34. OxInTheBox says:

    amateur hour

  35. LL_cool_gunner says:

    This is very difficult to watch..

  36. gmv8 says:


  37. gmv8 says:

    At least a good proportion of the team are up for it, with some absences

  38. Rkw says:

    There is no way Chaka can come back after half time .. he is a permanent accident waiting to happen … Wilshire on

  39. McLovin says:

    So after all that pressure and effort we are back in square one. Thanks Xhaka, he can now f*** off.

  40. GoonAR says:

    No less than 3 pts here

  41. Elliot says:

    Mert shares just as much blame as xhaka for that goal. Ozil looks like hes pulling his weight which is good. We need to get laca more involved (not taking him off at 60′)

    1. Break-on-through says:

      Xhaka called for the ball in the way he came for it. He had players behind him, all he had to do is know who he intended to give it to, but he didn’t intend to give it to anyone, he asked for the ball in a bad situation and then dallied on it. He should have known exactly what was around him and he should have given it towards Cech first time. That was all on Xhaka, Mert is the CD out of position yet Xhaka calls for the ball with markers on him, he’s a little dim to be honest.

  42. Redmau5 says:

    Need a win
    No excuses

    Should be 3 up already
    Pickford looks a keeper

    Xhaka looks …second season aswell .
    No excuses he is losing us games

  43. Rkw says:

    Ozil excellent … lacazettes movement excellent … Sanchez a bit rusty but always a threat …. bellerin has been poor again and mert and Chaka make for soft spine with no compensation in terms of forward pressure …. team remains unbalanced but st least the football was good to watch

    1. Break-on-through says:

      I think Kos is better when playing left side to Mert, that was their thing. But Monreal can only play left side and Mert and Kos don’t look the same swapping sides.

  44. Waal2waal says:

    i think the focus, commitment and determination shown by monreal since becoming a gunner is remarkable – much appreciation to you nacho; far as i see you seems you always try. #COYG

  45. gmv8 says:

    Wouldn’t mind Wilshere coming on …

  46. LL_cool_gunner says:

    Bellerin can’t cross to save his life..

  47. gmv8 says:


  48. Break-on-through says:


  49. Rkw says:

    Arsenal minus Sanchez and Ozil = problem … lovely goal

  50. gmv8 says:

    Musn’t sit back now, must keep pushing

  51. Rkw says:

    Gotta remove xhaka surely

  52. Waal2waal says:

    …it’s a bit ironic singin ‘sacked in the mornin” to koemans wen many of us would like to see also wenger changed/sacked in the morning too: ???

  53. gmv8 says:

    We have to wake up and finish this off … bring on Wilshere

  54. Break-on-through says:

    Wanted him to score, nice 1!!!!!

  55. luvdaguns says:

    best day of the season, beautiful football, finally see laca-ozil-alexi link up, genius football,

  56. gmv8 says:


    1. luvdaguns says:

      really? i kinda like ramseys goal

  57. Break-on-through says:

    FS, Wenger, leave Lacazette to it ffs. He needs the time to adapt to our play more, this is his first game with Ozil and Alexis. You done the same with Oxlade and look how that turned into a mess, you had Oxlade feigning tiresome whenever that certain minute came up. You are a bloody meddler.

  58. gmv8 says:

    Why is Wenger going defensive against 10 men?? Anyone understand??

  59. gmv8 says:

    Another 3 and we could go above Chelski ….

  60. Waal2waal says:

    …love it when we play the way we supposed to do – wonderful game (imo)

  61. gmv8 says:

    Thanks god for that … made up for Everton’s comedy second goal

  62. wenger says:

    Wilshere still has it. Past 3 games hes been nothing but influential in our play. I hope he live up to his dream playing for us a whole season no injuries. You can tell he love this club

  63. Break-on-through says:

    Cech should be fined a week’s wages for that, the ball back was slow but Cech showed the most care free attitude and an arrogance. Disgusting way to end a serious PL game.

  64. Waal2waal says:

    …ramsey with a goal and an assist …impressive (keep it up rambo)

  65. gmv8 says:

    Looking at the interview afterwards, I think Mr Mertesacker is doing more behind the scenes, than just what he’s doing on the pitch

  66. all most all of u wrote the team off before the game began

  67. almost all of you wrote the team off before the game began

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