Official Arsenal XI for Chelsea – Alexis Sanchez only makes bench

I am guessing that Arsene Wenger is still being ultra cautious with the Arsenal and Chile international forward, because if Alexis Sanchez is fit enough to make the Arsenal bench today for the visit of Chelsea, then I would assume that he is match fit and should have no problem playing 90 minutes.

But if the boss wants to make sure that this key player does not suffer another injury setback then we cannot complain or second guess him. The fact that the Gunners have the star of the season so far, Mesut Ozil, back in the starting line up makes it easier for the Frenchman to be careful with Alexis.

Hopefully the German will work his creative magic and with Ramsey, Walcott, Campbell and Giroud to fire the ammunition he provides the boss will be able to bring the dynamic Chilean on at his leisure. I am a little surprised to see that our new signing Elneny is not even on the bench and hope that he has not joined the injury list before kicking a ball in anger for Arsenal.

Cech
Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal
Flamini, Ramsey
Campbell, Ozil, Walcott
Giroud

Subs: Ospina, Chambers, Gibbs, Gabriel, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alexis.

Get stuck into them Arsenal, we really need this win to keep up the pace in the title race.

Tags Elneny Ozil Wenger

176 Comments

  1. medvet says:

    and ramsey loses the ball again, and again, and again….

  2. jp says:

    Ramsey and Walcott can be so stressful to watch at times. lol

  3. rkw says:

    Wenger u complete arsehol@ why take of Campbell he works at least …

  4. sam-afc says:

    Per is a complete moron.
    Why look at koscielny then commit the foul that will then get him sent off?
    The elephant man was through on goal. He still had Čech to beat. Ruined the game from that moment.

  5. Invincibles49 says:

    One thing Chelsea do best is defending and that is the worst thing about this match now. 10 man and trying to score against such defence is incredibly tough. I have very little hope of getting anything from this match.

    The Chelsea Curse continues.

  6. Gooneristic Truth says:

    Wenger is never serious when it comes to the final push in big games… Absolute rubbish! Quite frankly, Leicester City plays with a lot more energy and know how to push a team to its breaking point even when they are down. I frankly have yet to see anything that convinces me that we can win the league this season, EXCEPT for the performance against Manchester United!

  7. DennisTheMenace says:

    costa might have exaggerated the dive a bit, but i still blame wenger cause you never bring a tortoise (mertesacker) to a horse race and still expect to win…..

    and why o why withdraw campbell and keep that idiot walcott on the pitch?

  8. Invincibles49 says:

    Well Kos got away with one body check foul. And Ozil needs to up his game.

  9. jp says:

    why did walcott not give chase? 🙁

  10. Invincibles49 says:

    Ramsey and Walcott has been so poor. Am i surprised? Absolutely not!!

  11. rkw says:

    Is anyone really surprised … Despite facing a team in the bottom 8 wenger put out a defensive team … The man lacks ambition it’s that simple

  12. BUR says:

    Title contenders? I don’t think so , not any more

  13. rkw says:

    Take of Ramsey bring on elneny

  14. Gooneristic Truth says:

    We are going to feed on scraps for the rest of this game… I hope we make use of the one or two chances we’ll get for the rest of the game.

  15. medvet says:

    well, that is all folks…………….

  16. Invincibles49 says:

    HAHAHA.. goes Walcott and Comes even the worst player. Way to go Title contenders.

  17. Gooneristic Truth says:

    Alexis is trying to bring life into the game, but the rest of the team is refusing to…

  18. BUR says:

    Just take Ramsey off,,,,,,

  19. jp says:

    in hindsight it would have been better with Giroud on and Walcott off earlier as Walcott AGAIN did not use his pace.

  20. Invincibles49 says:

    Thats it guys!! At least we will be fighting for 3rd rather than usual 4th. So that is something.

  21. Invincibles49 says:

    Getting off Giroud and keeping Walcott was the right decision LOGICALLY. With Zouma and Terry, pace works better than physicality. But pity the option for pace is Walcott who never uses it.

  22. Invincibles49 says:

    Give Ramsey a cookie for his efforts.

  23. medvet says:

    please someone, just kick ramsey

  24. arsenalkid1970 says:

    Why buy a player and not play him? Why dose AW always get it wrong 3-3 then 0-0 and now yet again we lose to the blues. No we can’t win the EPL with out a CF and a new CB end of. I’m getting so fed up with this. The blues can pay for a win but yet play us and bang

  25. rkw says:

    Though to believe either team is representing EPL in cl … No wonder we get nowhere

  26. PaddyGooner says:

    Not going to happen I fear. When did we have a shot last?

  27. PaddyGooner says:

    Why is flaming playing CD?

  28. Gooneristic Truth says:

    At least, we could’ve done something with Neuer as defender today…

  29. PaddyGooner says:

    That’s better. All we need is someone who can score at the end of a movement

  30. Invincibles49 says:

    Rusty Sanchez comes off injury after 2 months and gives a MOTM performance. Other players should take cup of water and drown to shame. English players can take a cup of tea!!

    1. Ronny331 says:

      Positives from today:
      We didn’t lose 0-6, Sanchez got some game time, Mertesacker can’t play for a while due to suspension, (only way Wenger will start Gabriel!).

    2. jp says:

      if these players have a twitter account I think they deserve to be barraged with questions of WTF?!?!?!

  31. PaddyGooner says:

    Last chance

  32. Ronny331 says:

    Would have liked to see Elneny today, a player slightly unknown to the opposition may have been useful.
    Move on we lost but there are plenty of games left! #not over until it’s over

  33. PaddyGooner says:

    Poxy Chelsea. Post bloody Diego Costa!

  34. rkw says:

    Where r all the slavish wenger fools on this site …2 points from last 9 ….Walcott world class Ramsey to barca merts positional sense give ox game time flamini doing a good job … Give me a break … All as clueless as wenger about what constitutes winning fball …sad fan base that has put up with this sh@@ for so long

  35. gunnerman8701 says:

    Thank God it ended 0-1. The boys showed up better in the second half and we all know Chelsea is good with defending a lead.

  36. vijaygunner says:

    Chelsea’s worst f**king season and we still score a goal!!! How the the f**k are supposed to go to work tomorrow?

  37. gunnerman8701 says:

    I really hope Leicester and Spurs don’t finish above us. It will be very hard to take in. We could not win Stoke yet Leicester thrashed them 3-0. We could beat Southhampton who were in a terrible form when we played them. We could not beat Liverpool who conceded 4 goals against Norwich.

  38. BUR says:

    Wenger you are ruining a good club with your stubbornness, your ignorance and your arrogance. I am totally fed up with it.

  39. vinie2000 says:

    Manager at fault but he will not admitted as usual.Anyone beat Chleasea but not us..the worse chelsea team in a decade and from start we look average to go for it..DO NOT BRING TH RED CARD as it would not have made any difference to our approach whatsoever…NO 2 YEARS EXTENSION at all..Buy what we know is needed for years and Get the hell out our beloved team..4 place is what you all are happy at..even Leicester will be around there and SPUDS..so europa league here we come..

  40. sam-afc says:

    After this game……

    Per can get f****d if he thinks he is getting the captain armband after Arteta leaves.
    Walcott 10 years at the club woohoo good for you son. Let me just remind you that offsides do NOT count as goals.
    Even with 11 men on the field we were useless with and without the ball. Clueless when we got to the final third.
    I saw three opportunities in Chelsea’s box today where we should of at least got a shot away. We didn’t.

    Games like these at home we need to win full stop.
    It’s not good enough.

  41. gunnerman8701 says:

    Southampton, Leicester, Man U and Spurs in our next 6 league games. We are fucked. Goodbye title. 3 points above Spurs who was 9 points behind 2 months ago.

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