OFFICIAL Arsenal XI for Swansea – NO Mustafi

Arsenal fans will be hoping for another three Premier League points today as the Gunners continue to claw themselves back after a poor start to the current campaign and the recent setback at Watford. With a struggling Swansea City side the visitors to the Emirates Stadium today and on the back of a convincing attacking performance at Everton, I think it is safe to say that nothing else will do.

It was being reported that Arsene Wenger had been handed a defensive boost as well after Shkodran Mustafi returned to full training, but the German has not even made the bench today so Per Mertesacker starts again in an unchanged back line.

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

Subs: Macey, Wilshere, Giroud, Walcott, Holding, Iwobi, Coquelin.

In fact the whole starting line-up is the same as the one that we saw at Goodison Park last week and hopefully it will produce the same sort of thing, both in performance terms but more importantly in the result as we got from the Gunners last weekend.

We could do without conceding an opening goal this time, though, but in the likes of Wilshere, Walcott, Iwobi and Giroud the manager does have good options to turn to on the subs bench if he needs them.



  1. Eddy Hoyte says:

    sweeeeeeet line up!!!!!

  2. ramterta says:

    pretty sure Ramsey is in midfield and kolasinac at lwb.
    Anyway come on you gunners

  3. kev says:

    I don’t care what kind of performance Xhaka has,today so that those who love him will come up and show their face.Let me ask a question.Why should a player be allowed to go through bad form and then still be allowed to continue playing in the first eleven untilthe player eventually comes back to form?Is that how a top team should function?I thought there was a word known as competition.Swansea are average so it wouldn’t shock me if some of the average ones perform.Then people will come out and say”I told you so” yet when these players are under pressure they crumble.Xhaka can’t even defend to save his life and he’s only in this team because of Wenger’s kindness and the same applies to a lot of our players.Wilshere might go out this season with a long term injury and if that happens will be sold but I will forever know truly in my heart that he’s twice the player Xhaka is but at his best three times the player Xhaka is.What a bias club we have.

    1. Break-on-through says:

      Let me hear ya say Boom! Boom! let me hear ya say Xhaka! ..Xhaka!, Let me hear ya say Boom! Boom! let me hear ya say Xhaka! ..Xhaka!!

      1. kev says:

        Criticizing players who are already average is not my thing.I just speak on theif average qualities.I didn’t criticize him in the Everton match because,I felt he was only doing what average players do hence critizing him was not needed.Regardless of today’s performance he’ll still be average in my eyes.It’s a shame the level we Arsenal fans have to put up with.

  4. Dave says:

    Great line up …..
    Would love to see an Alexis, Giroud, Lacazette partnership some day with Giroud upfront and the two right behind him in a 3-4-2-1….

    I can see that working very well….Giroud using his power and the two running at the defenders…

  5. Gunner kabs says:

    Agree completely on Shaka. More often than not, he is caught in possession. He is too slow on the turn, clumsy in possession and lacks defensive urgency. I wish Wenger could drop him particularly against teams that practice a high press

  6. Simon says:

    Xaka gets played because he is only option we have that can deliver accurate long ball

    That said – that skill and asset comes at a heavy price.

    I’d drop him to the bench and try Jack, Coq, or Elneny.

    1. kev says:

      The guy is not supposed to do only that.He is supposed to be the defensive midfielder in the team.He can’t defend to save his own life.Arsenal have got their midfield combo all wrong.A very very good team will expose our defense so easily.I guess that crack will be covered today when we beat Swansea but we willl be reminded about it again later on in ths season.The truth is Xhaka must be benched for a proper DM in the team.I just don’t know why people love him so much.He’s just another playing who will continue to terrify us as long as Wenger remains.
      He may well impress today then people will come out and say”I told you so”.Fast forward some weeks again then another average performance.

      1. Ackshay says:

        xhaka should be replaced by coquelin in big matches. I mean the defensive midfielder rock we know not that crap box to box player wenger made him since the start of the year.

        Get this right at the start of his career till the charlton loan coquelin was a box to box midfielder= average player, then he begin playing def mid and became a good player with his tough play, stamina and recovery pace. so ‘genius’ deluded wenger makes him a box to box again. expected result he turned average again and fans turned on him, masterstroke by wenger.

    2. Nine says:

      I think xhaka is always selected because of our system which causes The wing backs go forward a lot which requires a long ball distributer. Don’t get me wrong he is an Everton level player and I would have preferred wilshere and for that matter I prefer 4-2-3-1. I miss our playing style with it

  7. Godswill says:

    I think the line up is the best we could offer.
    Me Coq am not too sure that he is far ahead of Xhaka as the moment.
    Well, I hope I will see Arsenal version of Mbappe ( you know who? Recall Tuesday night) on the bench soon. Age is a number.

  8. Mitch Connor says:

    Good lineup but at first I thought Ramsey at lwb and Kolsanic at CM was a typing error but knowing Wenger’s like of playing players in the wrong positions it’s not impossible
    But hopefully Xhaka and Ramsey will do good in the centre. If they don’t. Wenger should consider playing Wilshere against City.
    4-0 COYFG

  9. Mitch Connor says:

    Save Mustafa for Man Shitty

  10. Otunba007 says:

    Please does anyone knows any links where I can watch a live match

    1. reddb10 says:

      Do yourself a favor don’t watch it

  11. Declan says:

    Oh dear

  12. rkw says:

    xhaka and ramsey is a none midfield ,,, neither dominate nor create … our idiot frog so called manager persists with this combo even when it obviously doesnt work … nothing to do with the greedy yank

  13. Ganja says:

    Match not even televised. Where can I see it?

  14. Sue says:

    So frustrating when teams above us lose and we don’t capitalise!! I know it’s not over yet but with 70 odd percent of the play you’d think we’d have done something with it but no we trail again……

  15. Declan says:

    Wtf what the hell is going on, 1-0 down already? If we lose this he needs to resign, cos he won’t get sacked, unlike any other manager!

  16. Anko says:

    Swansea are 1 goal up. The problem is that whenever teams device a plan against us it works, defend and counter attack us and we always fall for the same trick. I hope we get a win eventually.

  17. Tim says:

    Another loss coming up- what’s new? Arsenal players should hang their heads in shame.

  18. reddb10 says:

    we are making flappyhandsky look good.

  19. rkw says:

    shocking utterly shocking said it last week even when we won … merteshaker xhaka and ramsey is championship level football

  20. reddb10 says:

    mert is a f###g liability

    1. Yevgeny Portman says:

      If we look back at games we lost because of him,we,probably,could of won league twice.

  21. Break-on-through says:

    We look hungry, someone throw them a snack box.

  22. gmv8 says:

    Clueless – making Clucas look like the ginger Messi

  23. ramterta says:


  24. reddb10 says:

    so 77% possession and two shots on target which is exactly what swansea have managed. Pathetic

  25. Kamikaze says:

    hahah merte-s*cker

  26. Sue says:

    I wonder what the half time score will be next Sunday?? 4-0???

  27. Declan says:

    Swansea could be 3 nil up ffs

  28. Mitch Connor says:

    This lineup should not be 1-0 down at halftime at home to Swansea, yet here we are!
    This sucks donkey balls

  29. Highbury44 says:

    Nothing changes and another defeat on its way

  30. Rkw says:

    If you walk like a hapless manager talk like a hapless manger and perform like a hapless manager … Chances are you are a hapless manger …wenger has never changed a team at half time and so don’t expect him too even though the changes are obvious … Like job bush wenger is a low energy manager and we end up with low energy team …sad … And giroud will add nothing here they need to be opened up from wings and middle …

  31. Gunner kabs says:

    Hoping against hope that the conservative Wenger changes it at half time and brings on Giroud for either per or kolasinac and reverts to a back four.

  32. ramterta says:

    wonder why you guys are so angry.
    We’ve seen this movie before

    1. Durand says:

      Truest statement yet. Classic Arsenal baby, playing down to level of competition.
      Mert is liability, has been. Xhaka and Ramsey a joke. Club like Arsenal and that is our midfield, with coq and el neney as subs. Shameful midfield and embarrassing.
      Can’t blame either yank for this shit show.

      Is it obvious manager and players mistakenly looking ahead to city game?

      Sanchez this club is rotten on inside and dying on outside. Thanks for the moments you provided in the shirt, but leave for your own good.
      We are stuck with mert, ramsey, walcott, no need for you to be anchored down to them as well

  33. Middle Man says:

    disappointing , it’s so sad to give away goals to pathetic teams like Swansea who play anti football and their players are no where near the quality of ours , this is Wenger’s fault !

  34. Ronny says:

    Ffs get bfg off the pitch. He was slow before but now even his feet are slow at moving when he isn’t!
    He’s finished Arsene can’t you see that?!
    We sucks this is without Bony and Renato Sanchez playing as well.
    We need somehow to giroud in their maybe for xhaka? Once up front get him to do a troy deeney ie rough them up a bit and let the other players do their stuff.

  35. Sue says:

    We ain’t even got Eddie on the bench to save us ☹

  36. Adam Criniti says:

    Can’t wait to hear Wengers laundry list of excuses after yet another embarrassing home loss to a bottom half team.

    “How can I manage this team and win in the modern game of futbol if the fans don’t appreciate what I’ve accomplished in the past?”

    AFC is on life support gents and sadly Silent Stan is the only real power of attorney.

  37. Rkw says:

    Seems like we will have to rely on our defenders to get us back in to games … Nice strike

    1. Durand says:

      Does LB sead have more goals than Ramsey? I’m not sure but I’ll bet yes.

  38. reddb10 says:

    A goal from the only player we have on the pitch with a pair

  39. Rkw says:

    Nicely taken … Kolas inca playing a blinder

  40. Break-on-through says:

    Rambo to the rescue!

  41. John Ibrahim says:

    as usual 1 mistake and we are behind

    we are just passing the ball around with no penetration or goals

    whats the point of total domination and passing without scoring goals

  42. John Ibrahim says:

    We need a player like Martial or Mbappe

    a miracle player

    a player who has pace, skills, confident, determine and good in finishing

  43. Ronny says:

    Is this arsenal?
    I know we’ve not won yet but two weeks in a row where we’ve come from behind!
    Steady on or pundits will be saying we’ve fighting spirit and character
    Favourite arsenal players by far santi,(when playing) and kolasinac. I love everything this guy stands for # fighter warrior

  44. Rkw says:

    Need another

  45. Rkw says:

    Oh dear … A wenger change …

  46. Break-on-through says:

    The change should be Ozil not Lacazette. Similar amount of running from Ozil and Giroud that’s why this should the one.

  47. gmv8 says:

    Lost a bit of momentum since Kolasinac went off..

  48. Rkw says:

    Score then sit back let relegation team dominate and hope there is no mistake … Weird …

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