Okay Arsenal fans this it, the latest chance for the Gunners to take advantage of the struggles of our old enemy and get one over Manchester United. There is the small matter of a trip to Wembley for the FA cup semi-final as a prize as well.
Louis van Gaal has made just one change to his side, with Luke Shaw coming in for the banned Jonny Evans and Rojo moving from left back to the centre. So Di Maria and Fellaini keep their places and Falcao stays on the bench.
Arsene Wenger has been a lot more liberal with his team selection, making five changes to the Arsenal line up that beat QPR last week. It is no surprise to see the boss bring Danny Welbeck in, hoping to get some of that fgormer club effect from the England striker.
We already knew that Szczesny and Mertesacker were set to start, with the other two players coming in the Spanish left back Nacho Monreal and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in central midfield. Giroud drops to the bench so Ozil will be playing in one of the wide forward roles with Welbeck in the centre and Alexis on the other side. Cazorla moves back to his favoured CAM role.
Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal
Alezis, Chamberlain, Cazorla, Ozil
subs: Martinez, Chambers, Gibbs, Ramsey, Walcott, Akpom, Giroud
Why is Ox in the middle… even if that is the actual formation he should be on the wings injecting pace
Cazorla might be in the middle as a b2b with ozil as the #10 and Alexis and ox on the wings but I’m not sure
That’s what I’d assume. Very bold from Wenger, playing both Cazorla and Özil as our midfielders. I would’ve expected a more solid team away at Old Trafford. Let’s hope it pays off.
im gonna try an stay positive here
but im very concerned with that line-up
this game is so huge- COYG
mother of F*CK- im nervous
Just gotta stay positive son. All we can do is support now
Chill.Flexx. Let the game begin and the adrenaline will kick in. Then you will not be nervous anymore. C’mon! Don’t give up hope now.
WE GOT THIS GOONERS!!!
They want the Cup, they gotta take it from US. And until they do(if they do), let’s have faith in our Club on keeping it. Not just tonight, but until we lift it up again at Wembley…
Y start with Danny Welbeck? This guy can’t win any ball. He’s such a plunk! Him and Wenger.
Y is Danny Welbeck on the pitch? An over glorified flop!
Criminal defending.. All di maria does is cut inside and we cannot deal with it.. fellaini causing huge troubles
Giroud should start he would take alot of pressure off the defence with his jold up play plus he could mark toilet brush head fellaini at set peices
Midfield is very weak. Worried about that.
We might be playing 4-3-3 with ox and caz as lcm and rcm helping out Le coq
Giroud on for Welbeck! We are failing to he up the ball up top.
I would have put Giroud up front and Ozil in the centre. On the wings you can have any combination of two of the following players: Alexis, Walcott, Welbeck or Ox.
I don’t get not using our in form striker. Giroud scored against United in November
Anyway, I HOPE Wenger’s gamble works
The gamble hasn’t worked so far. We need aerial dominance up top. Giroud can provide that. Welbeck off instantly.
very ballsy from wenger here.
that midfield…shezza back.
he is either gonna get crucified or be celebrated as a tactics guru
we believe lads- come on u arsenal
Bad lineup….dat guy will run tire today..alas wif no end product….how did wenger drop giroud
Midfield is weak again….no one to compete wif fellani in duels…game lost until proven otherwise
This is a vital match. If we lose our season is more or less a failure because it’s our most realistic chance of a trophy, so Wenger should really start with our best 11. Giroud is our best striker. I’m a bit shocked really.
Anyway, lets hope we win. There’s still enough quality there.
Think Wenger’s going the old Gibbs as a left winger route for late on if it is still tight. Bringing Giroud on later for height for corners/long balls might pay off, as could having the pace of Walcott to use at anytime we please. Just want a f*cking hard working performance from everyone tonight!!!!
OG always plays better from bench, if 0-0 won’t be surprised for home to score winner or equaliser
We all expect more from Welbecks output next season and onwards, but is Wenger got an eye on his education right here, right now in the home of his old classroom? To show just how far he has come along.
It’s been 10 years since we have own at Old Trafford…whatever whoever says we are the underdogs.
Let’s be safe and precise.
Very mobile team…we need to play like Man City game.
Man utd are crap…3-1 to Gunners
Get into them!!
Hope the thumbs down hide their heads in shame when we win !
Sanchez and the OX are our wide players
Ozil is playing CAM
Santi is playing the B2B role
Wasn’t even lookin forward to d lineup….whoever plays….its always d same outcome everytime
very bold and frankly scary!
Suprised Giroud with his strength is on the bench.
Welbeck in due to his work rate and pace against a possible 3 at the back?
I think VG will go 442 tonight.
I must echo what Lee Dixon said, it’s time for the men to turn up! Come on you fcucking gunners!!!!!
Rosicky should have at least been on the bench. We need a player like him who can drive forward with the ball.
It depends who does better job today Blind or Coquelin. I am happy carrick is not playing but Blind has also been doing a solid job for them. Hope coquelin does an effective job himself.
Mmmmmmm worrying to say the least.
Not the time to tinker. & Wellbeck is our cutting instrument..
Let’s hope his ability to score goals has exponentially improved since the last time he played?:(( I doubt this but hope he proves me wrong.
I agree with what many have mentioned we need to look at the glass half full but looking at this line up is like wenger does not want to win.
Horrible lineup. Better get your wenger out picket signs ready.
Biggest game of the season, our only chance of a trophy and Wenger already has us on the back foot. This is ManU away! Not some average side. Cannot believe he’s dropped Giroud for Welbeck. Shocking decision! I imagine Ospina must be injured, as he’s not even made the bench.
Even though we’re away, I believe this is probably the best chance of beating them in years. Although ManU could easily stuff us considering what happened at home against a depleted Monaco. I just hope, for once, we can keep it tight at the back and let them come onto us.
that is one bold line-up..hopefully it works out well…absolutely buzzing for this tie..
lets beat the scums…
buckle up! here we go!
Fears for me are : Scez and Mert.
Degea could have a big say in tonights result.
Do us proud guys, COYG!
i dont understand this worrieness, its not like we are playing against barcelona, their back 4 are very slow, and wenger is trying to use this, so this means we will counter attack, fine for me, cuz possesion dont mean anything, remember first game!!! LETS DO THIS!!!!
Monaco aren’t Barcelona Either or they now!
Please Szczesny, no mistakes tonight. Play like a Golden Glove winner should play.
Lets Win. I don’t want to go through this again.
COYG WIN WIN WIN
An Old Trafford victory is long overdue. COYG, let’s get this done
No ducking tonight Mert, toughen up and control Toilet brush head.
All 9,000 Arsenal fans at Old Trafford need to make some f*cking noise tonight.
Hoping our Gooners in the stands break some Man U ear drums tonight too. That will get our squad going.
Fellaini and Blind. We may struggle physically in the midfield with Cazorla and Özil.
FFS take the captains armband off that lanky slow fool
Looking good so far….
how I hope we play badly and win….but as u knw…its always d other way round
We pressing really high, I like it.
Young the pro diver, where his scuba gear
Alexis looking right up for it
One yellow and one injury already. Great
At least we know which one is getting sent off
Does Mertesacker even care? He is getting the ball taken off too easily
wouldn’t be surprised if Fellaini hit Coqelin’s nose deliberately
Fcking diving cheat
Doesn’t look like Szczesny has lost any confidence..
I would rather chambers at cb than mert, going to be a long game for bellerin wilk we end up with 11 men?
Danny Murphy’s a barrel of laughs…makes Phil Neville seem exciting
Welbeck has messed up 2 chances. Going back to Old Trafford might be too overwhelming for him. Giroud starts all day long for me.
Pull the trigger Ox!
Rojo doesn’t get booked for same foul as Bellerin. Arsenal corner not given. Poor Refereeing.
I was so certain he’d hit that straight at De Gea. Haha
Theo on after 50 minutes. Reason: United open right up in midfield when they lose possession and their back four is slow.
But would you play him as ST or on the wing?
Monreal whooohooo send em packing
Great stuff guys keep it tight now for next 10 minutes
Well done OX! Great finish by Monreal!! COYG
Good build up to the goal, let’s keep them pouring in
Sing you gunners!
Nachooooo! Composure now guys. Game on. At what point does ozil come off cazorla push up and ramsey come on?
If Monreal had missed that…..oh boy
Great play by Ox
And don’t forget Ozil for not being selfish. He could have tried to go for goal himself
Really where are our cb
gave Di Maria too much space, Kos lost his man
Wellbeck has the touch of a man wearing led boots…Awful
Ospina would have saved that
Totally. Scez was scarecrow like..
So much for keeping it tight our lead lasted 4 minutes, chambers> per!
Per was marking Fellaini…Kos missed the ball…are you watching game??
Was actually a great cross. If Mert was marking Rooney and not Fellaini he would have saved it. Koscielny was just too short.
Where were the Centre backs?
CRAP, spoke too soon.
The grandmother fudger scored
And a penalty not given to us
From joy to blah within minutes
Arsenal far the better team.
Utd score against the run of play.
But great header…
Arsenal still look the better team but goals is what counts.
Szczesny’s first blunder of match
Should have caught ball
Lets hope it’s his last
He’ll be on his way in the summer…not good enough
BTW I wasn’t talking about Rooney’s goal
I’m talking about dropping the cross afterwards
Open you eyes and think before you write something koncielny and mert left Rooney all on his own to execute sczesny. He might not be playing well lately but don’t blame him for every mistake.
That explains why he dropped a cross???
I you responding to my comment
I wasn’t talking about Rooney’s goal
I was talking about Szczesny not catching the cross afterwards and mishandled the ball.
I don’t blame him at all for the goal
Alexis is the worst passer and link up player in our squad, he can’t pass the ball to save his life..
We have to beat these Fcukers! We just have to!
And Alexis has got to stop being one dimensional, he always cuts into traffic time and time again.
he just makes it more difficult for himself for no reason
We need Goroud’s hold up play.
dumb German snail and our lousy and indifferent goalie must be released ASAP
Does Mertesacker think he is playing for utd? He keeps passing to fellaini
Yeah reddb10…not good enough
Mertesacker has to stand up to old bog brush…..
50/50 game. Would’ve hoped for a little better but at least we haven’t bottled it for once.
shezza looks nervy.
bad kicking, poor choices. luckily his saving is on point.
really miss ospina
yeah his decisions with kicking have been atrocious.
Good half but we have to criticize Koscielny sometimes, I think that was kossy’s fault. He seems to struggle with ariel balls and we just let him off most of the time..
Chesny + Rhino = Disaster
Sherk not picked up. Central defenders no where.
welbeck has zero composure and sanchez is taking way too many touches. I won’t be mad if the scoreline stays the same after 90.
god i miss gabriel aswell.
mert an shezza are making the whole team nervous
Ian Wright was right about Welbeck. He said that Welbeck doesn’t hold the ball long enough.
I want see Walcott play now, enough is enough
Alexis brings so much to Arsenal, but he really needs to know when to pass often holding on too long.
There were a few times he could have put Welbeck through on goal or made a pass to Ozil / Cazorla that would open united.
Hope for an exciting 2nd half and bring on Theo
Good game apart from a few little moments. We look comfortable.. But Sanchez has got to work on his link up play and passing, his passing is so poor, it’s not improving..
Kossy struggles with high balls and gets found wanting lots of time, the defending for that goal was poor from him..
Welbeck might as well not be on the pitch, his first touch is so poor, wow.. Everytime the ball comes to him it just bounces off him and pressure back on us.. I don’t rate him at all..
But all in all a very mature performance so far..
Walcott ST for Welbeck and always bring OG later and move Theo to wing
Wish we could swap mert and de gea. De gea has better agility, feet andeye for a pass than the rhino 🙁
Giroud should hv started, Welbek is poor.
Welbeck is running around like a chicken without a head. Poor first touch and no pressure on their defenders. I wish Wenger would just once and for all buy a top top CF, I am tired of no presence up front. Theo needs to come on to replace him at least Theo shoots and is more direct. We are also not moving enough off the ball on attack, often our midfielders have to pass sideways. Contrary to their goal, I think our defence has been pretty good and contained them to an extent. This is the type of game where we need the Ozil’s and Sanchez’s to really step up and make a difference. COYG tired of getting beat by these mancs, let’s go home tonight with a victory. COME ON LADS
We can’t wait for subs til 70th minute. Wenger has to shake things up now. The Danny plan has flopped. Gironde is in form. Play the guy before we go down!
Stop panicking! Watch the first two players to warm up.
Fellaini already broke Le Coq’s nose again.
If the Chezzer drible the ball one more time take him off. WTF was he doing?
We can’t even celebrate a 1-0 lead anymore. Always conceding and always in a dumb way.
Stop weeping, we have 45 minutes and Theo and Giroud.
Cannot understand that substitution
Midfielder for midfielder; mystery?
Cos Theo can’t defend
Should have brought on Walcott for Ox, not Ramsay
Or even Giroud. Stick Welbeck on left and Alexis on right.
Anyway, nothing can be done now
Maybe Ramsay will have a great half.
its over as usual…..fans need to get real
Please just STFU
It’s 1-1, Hafiz
In what way is it “over”?
Give Fellaini a card, wtf
Not messing around, how many fouls is Fellaini allowed to make before he gets booked? This is ridiculous.
How to keep faith with a manager that don’t even know who he going to make that sub.