Official team and preview for Arsenal at Chelsea – No Giroud or Welbeck

Most people agree that, for Arsenal at least, it is win or bust today. Beat Chelsea and there is still a chance that Arsenal could catch and challenge the current Premier League leaders for the title. Lose or even draw and that hope would be little more than blind optimism.

Unfortunately for Arsene Wenger his selection options in central midfield have suddenly disappeared at the worst possible time, so with Cazorla, Xhaka, Ramsey and Elneny all unavailable, so the Frenchman has had to put his faith in Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and you would think that his performance and effectiveness in the middle will be a key factor in the outcome of this hugely important Londo0n derby.

The manager’s other big decision, although this one was brought on by having lots of options rather than none, was how to line up in attack. Alexis Sanchez gets the nod so both Welbeck and Giroud will start on the bench and Theo Walcott and Iwobi will play on either side of the Chilean striker.

Cech
Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal
Coquelin, Oxlade-Chamberlain
Iwobi, Walcott, Ozil
Alexis

Subs: Ospina, Gabriel, Maitland-Niles, Reine-Adelaide, Welbeck, Giroud.

Chelsea’s line-up is pretty much as you would expect with Pedro preferred to Willian. Can Arsenal repeat our dominant performance over Conte’s team in September or at least get the result that we need to keep the title race alive?

Bob.

151 Comments

  1. palmer17 says:

    Where is Perez?

    1. Fatboy Gooney says:

      Sitting next to Wenger and XXXhaka ?
      His on bouncer duty today.

      1. palmer17 says:

        ???defo. Lucas should get more playing time

        1. muffdiver says:

          we wiil win 1-3

          i can feel it in my girls knickers

          up the gooners

  2. PRINCE AFZ says:

    Not entirely a bad selection but I would have preferred Welbeck instead of Iwobi based on tracking back and speed for counter attacks. But I believe Wenger inserted Iwobi to increase creativity in the middle. Not bad though.

    1. AndersS says:

      Right – Welbeck in stead of Iwobi, would be better for protection. I wonder what happened to Perez, because I also think he could have been good for us in that position.

  3. Fatboy Gooney says:

    At least Wenger is going for it with this lineup.
    Maybe Gibbs with his pace would have been a better choice instead of Monreal?
    I’m Glad that Gabriel is on the bench, better to save him for towards the end, so that he can come on and do Costa,that’s if we’re getting hammered.

    Come on Lads, show some fighting spirit.
    Cough ?

  4. highbury44 says:

    Costa will bully us today as usual.We have no real men in this team, just snow flakes who melt when th going gets tough. 3-0 Chelsea

    1. highbury44 says:

      0-1 already Lol

      1. highbury44 says:

        Sorry 1-0

        1. luvdaguns says:

          you seem to be celebrating, congrats

          1. highbury44 says:

            Just realistic

    2. highbury44 says:

      Only one goal to go .This team is a joke

    3. Hope you put money on that.

  5. Break-on-through says:

    That’s the team I expected, but I hoped he go with Welbeck. Come on Arsenal, after midweek a good performance alone won’t be enough, get these points, come on!

  6. ThirdManJW says:

    Perez cannot even make the bench now, wow! Talk about favouritism of the highest order. Obviously I hope we win, but I cannot see anything other than a Chelsea victory. A score draw is probably the best we can hope for.

    3-1 to Chelsea.

    1. gmv8 says:

      Wow – good call

  7. Arsenal_Girl says:

    Lucas didn’t even make the bench?
    Is he injured?

    I was hoping that he or Danny would play on the left, but Iwobi should do fine.

    But I’m happy
    Coquelin and Ox
    Alexis up front
    Theo on the right

    We have a decent chance
    Chelsea are not invincible and if we work hard, defend hard and create chances, then who knows

  8. rkw says:

    predictable … perez and welbeck over walcott and iwobi for me … all depends on whether ozil and sanchez turn up and ox can cut it against big teams … without that can kiss this game good bye … and the season

  9. Twig says:

    Perez probably left out since we need an extra CM! I would prefer Perez to Iwobi. But you can’t drop Iwobi after his last game display.

  10. Ronny331 says:

    Hope I’m wrong but I feel we are on for a thumping today 🙁 Chelsea will want payback for the 3-0 defeat and they have a well drilled unchanged side with no injuries and power off the bench. Sink or swim for Ox!

  11. Fatboy Gooney says:

    All jokes and the last result aside,
    If our boys are up for this (awake) we will win today.
    I have a good feeling after looking long and hard at both lineups and formation.
    COYG’s

  12. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    Fingers crossed they have had their yoga session

  13. chinaka1 says:

    This is the best possible line-up as of now!

  14. Charlie Nick says:

    Like the way we are closing them down so far

  15. gunnerman8701 says:

    I see a draw at best. I hope they prove me wrong.

  16. Charlie Nick says:

    Useless

    1. highbury44 says:

      Well what else do you expect

  17. gunnerman8701 says:

    There it begins. 12 points down. Chelsea the big team in London.

  18. DennisTheMenace says:

    and the usual story starts…

  19. Ronny331 says:

    Both cbs pulled out of the middle. Kos to the crosser and mustafi by hazard. I must admit I tuned in at 12 minutes and was shocked that Chelsea hadn’t scored yet.

  20. gunnerman8701 says:

    The injury begins. Wenger’s excuse for the loss.

  21. Demwan Jones says:

    hahaha, can’t wait for akbs who think this team can win the league with that fart as manager

    1. Charlie Nick says:

      shove your akb patter up your ****

  22. Ronny331 says:

    Coyg!!!!!

  23. Admin says:

    Bloody hell Cech. Look like you’re trying at least!

    1. Fatboy Gooney says:

      He was always the oil barons blue eyed boy ?

  24. gunnerman8701 says:

    This will get embarrassing

  25. gunnerman8701 says:

    Ozil is -1 in big games.

  26. gunnerman8701 says:

    OX trying to be Messi?

  27. gunnerman8701 says:

    Mustafi exposed for lack of pace

  28. damigunner says:

    can cech make a save for his life….ospina better for me now

  29. Break-on-through says:

    It’s a shame our wingers can’t sense danger even within touching distance. I liked how we went with Ozil out wide and three in centre, but it looks like this move might have come too late in the season. Need Alexis on the ball, Chelsea doing everything to keep him off it. Come on Arsenal, stay in it, an equalizer might change it right round.

  30. Uzi Ozil says:

    Early goal.. .why do we have to concede so early?

  31. Arsenal_Girl says:

    Don’t give up hope
    A match is 90+ minutes
    We can still do it

  32. Charlie Nick says:

    Theo is anonymous…get Danny on at half time or season over

  33. Jim A says:

    If they are going to let players obliterate players when the ball is in the air then they must be coached to box out the incoming player before the ball takes it highest point. My bet is that Bellerin had little training on that throughout the year.

  34. Adienl says:

    Arsenal are a shambles off the ball.
    We’re getting hammered tactically.

  35. Admin says:

    Cech!! Ffs

  36. muffdiver says:

    no urgency no desire

    no fight

    come on lads, have something about u

  37. DennisTheMenace says:

    we generally call the chelsea and city players as mercenaries… but to be honest our players are the real mercenaries who turn out every weekend without any passion and play for only paychecks

  38. V.uren says:

    Men against boys !!!

    Too slow to recover , defence all over the place …

    Don’t see much threat up front either !

  39. RSH says:

    This is what it looks like when the other team is just all around better than Arsenal. Chelsea playing like champions, Arsenal can barley compete

  40. luvdaguns says:

    gabriel puts that ball anywhere else, its 1-1, this announcer hates arsenal,

  41. gunnerman8701 says:

    Chelsea is on a different level. This team is no better than Liverpool and Tottenham.

  42. RSH says:

    Everyone knew ozil was going to ruin that

  43. gunnerman8701 says:

    I knew last week we’ld lose this game. Next game will be a hard earned win.

  44. JAmerican says:

    We have to get our attackers more involved. A goal could swing this game easily.

  45. rkw says:

    Ox has been our best player and with coq they haven’t conceded the middle which is a positive ozil good in parts Sanchez poor but Walcott and iwobi will never ever give the attacking options we need … Wenger 8m worth of cluelessness

    1. RSH says:

      you’re joking. Chelsea has ripped through our midfield several times. They always look like they are a pass away from scoring again. Kos has been terrible, and Coq/Ox has been too easy to glide past. That’s what happens when only half the team are working. Oil is a passenger, same with Walcott, and even Alexis is mostly just there. Arsenal just waiting to go 2-0 down.

      1. rkw says:

        Jesus … Kos has even terrible it’s true and Gabriel is a ki
        Ck away from catastrophe …

  46. Ronny331 says:

    Considering how Chelsea have an unchanged well drilled side I’m amazed were only 1 down. Gabriel at left back ox cm we are heavily disrupted and miss then creative balls from deep – cazorla. Chelsea are just so well drilled at the back with kante and magic dropping into the back line with ease when needed and even hazard and Costa are defending. Sourness said before the game we need to sign ourselves some men, I still don’t see the warrior leaders at least mustafi is vocal. On paper we have no right to win this, a point would be miraculous.

  47. Shah of Arsenal says:

    What a garbage call for the goal, CLEAR foul on bellerin, whether it was accidental or not you cannot hit him in the face.
    Sigh, at least we’re creating chances, we can still turn this around! COYG

  48. Twig says:

    Nothing going for us in central midfield. All our attacks are from the wings.

  49. Charlie Nick says:

    When you jump into someone with leading arm, catching him on the jaw, virtually knocking him ot, is that not, like, a foul?

    1. RSH says:

      it was a foul. But Arsenal had rest of half to produce a goal. Gabriel heads straight to GK, and Ozil has lazy attempt. Same old Arsenal, Chelsea are just the far superior team and have been almost impossible to defeat for most of the season, and it shows. They have their game plans down to perfection, know when to break, know when to crowd Arsenal out… and us, we’re just all over the place.

  50. Twig says:

    Sanchez holding unto the ball too much 🙁
    Did the same against Swansea as well

  51. mark says:

    Yes it was a dodgy foul filled goal, but that aside, we don’t look like league winners, or any winners come to that.

    It shows the level of accepted defeat within us all that we moan about the foul and aren’t lauding our amazing chances..

    We (well me) have been Wengered.

    On a serious note, it does seem putting AW in the stands has affected the team for the last 3 games..

    A draw today would be welcome, a win would be miraculous.

  52. ras911 says:

    First of all the goal shouldn’t have stood simply because if that happened anywhere else on the pitch it would be a foul. We’ve all seen something similar happen several times before so how is it any different now?

    Secondly we aren’t necessarily playing badly but Chelsea are playing great and not giving us much space. The few chances we got should have been converted and as you can see, it is hard for any team to keep the pressure up for 90mn. I believe Chelsea will tire soon which will give our players a big advantage. COYG

  53. Arsenal_Girl says:

    1-0 at half time isn’t the end of the world
    Its not 6-0 like some of you were saying

    I’m unhappy too, but it’s not beyond the realms of possibility to win this thing

    So I’m going to be as positive as possible for rest of match, then if we don’t win, I will let it rip after the match

    I’m hoping Danny will get in at half time.
    I don’t think we need Giroud yet but he is available if we need him.

    Try to stay as positive as possible, guys.
    We are all in it together
    🙂

    1. mark says:

      Fair comments, let’s get behind the team. 🙂

      1. highbury44 says:

        Why .There pointing any effort in .They are a joke

  54. zion says:

    This is what a crumbling looks like! End of season for me! Next season wenger leaves… Sanchez and ozil follow… New players get bought…The team becomes manure… 10 years will pass…. We become Liverpool… The face of Crumble!

  55. Fatboy Gooney says:

    It’s not that bad, we are only a controversial goal behind.
    Bellerin woke up to Stars and tweety birds and when the physio asked him what his name was he replied Tony Adams ?
    Ozil needs to turn up or be replaced in the second half.
    A few tweaks by Wenger at halftime and were back in this game.
    Chelsea haven’t been that good, It’s not over yet.

  56. muffdiver says:

    see pedro
    compare his desire to ozil

    tired of this rolls royce atttude
    sub him

  57. muffdiver says:

    perez welbeck

    come on!!

  58. gunnerman8701 says:

    This must be a joke ??????

  59. DennisTheMenace says:

    ok guys signing off… no point in supporting this bunch of pu$$ies

    1. TheArsenalWay says:

      Thats exactly what they are…. A bunch of pu$$ies!!! Absolute disgrace to the badge but it shows the lack of management, beginning of the season we dismantled this team and look at it now?!

  60. lots of pace looking good without giroud bellerin was brilliant Sanchez look looking good up front Wolcott. creating lot if chance

  61. RSH says:

    It was inevitable folks, nothing to get upset about. Aresnal fans love this, and prefer Wenger over winning

  62. rkw says:

    True fans will now call for wenger’s exit … There is nothing else to do for arsenal other than this … The man is the biggest fake in football

    1. Charlie Nick says:

      yawn

      1. RSH says:

        yea, i’m bored of failure too.

        1. Charlie Nick says:

          No, I just find you and rkw really boring people, but I’m sure you’ve been told that before

          1. RSH says:

            tbh, I don’t even recognize your name or avatar. And I’ll keep being boring until there is a change at the club. My message has never changed, even in the beginning of the season when we were doing well.

      2. rkw says:

        Jesus would have thought idiots like yourself would just F off in the face of endless failure … But no just keep supping at wenger’s 4th place kool aid. Sad fan.

        1. Charlie Nick says:

          I don’t give a flying F*** what you think you cretin. You are a boring tit and you know it

          1. Charlie Nick says:

            I’m not happy with Wenger, but I don’t bore folk rigid with same old comments

  63. Charlie Nick says:

    Bring on Kanu

  64. gunnerman8701 says:

    Sell Ozil. He is useless!!

  65. ras911 says:

    What a goal.. not sure if i can even say poor defending because that was just brilliant

    1. muffdiver says:

      yeah ok – no communication between cb’s

      marking was loose has been all game

  66. muffdiver says:

    GAME OVER

    F*** THIS

    WENGER PLEASE JUST GO. COULDNT ORGANISE THIS TEAM AFTER WATFORDS EMBARASSING WIN

    DISORGANISED-NO FIGHT- NO COOMUNICATION

    WERE DONE

    1. muffdiver says:

      please at the end of the season- just let us have a go with someone else

      wenger bow out- dont care who leaves ozil sanchez

      we wont win until he goes

      1. Charlie Nick says:

        We will, he’ll def go now

        1. muffdiver says:

          he wont mate

          for years we been hearing this im tired of it

    2. highbury44 says:

      The game was over before it even started

    3. Big G says:

      Totally agree, league challenge over, champs league nearly over leaving just the F.A.Cup to exit and season over. Arsenal have no bottle.
      O.T. i was told this morning that Barca are interested in Ozil, don’t know if this is true or not, can anyone confirm.

  67. Adienl says:

    Lol. Pub team. Giving the ball away in midfield like little kids.
    Did I mention the tactical naivety that’s so clearly visible? Conte won the game before it even started.

  68. luvdaguns says:

    Hazard just beat Coq, Kos, Mustafi and Cech…. by himself… disgraceful

    1. Big G says:

      Agreed but would you say the same if it were Messi instead. Hazzard like it or not is a great player who makes things happen on the pitch and scores lots of goals, i’d love to have him at Arsenal.

  69. gunnerman8701 says:

    The worst football club in the last 5 years. Only good at excuses. Mediocre fans too. Wenger should f*** off already.

    1. Big G says:

      Really, how?
      I’ve been a fan of Wenger since he came to Arsenal and was on the fence last season when fans were calling for his head. Now however i believe it’s time for a new manager though i cannot see the board backing a new man as well as they have Wenger.

  70. RSH says:

    But in a few months we’ll barley get 4th and Arsene will win back favor of most of Arsenal fans. It’s a trick that works every time. Now we just wait…

    1. muffdiver says:

      u see the mentality of our fans

      the top 4 is the celing – they overlook failure every year so we can play in competition we never get far in
      unreal

      no pressure no urgency from players- pointless

      1. Charlie Nick says:

        Not the faithful fans fault. We will support Arsenal forever…Blame the board or Wenger himself for not walking. Don’t know ANY fan who’s been happy in the last few years, doesn’t stop us supporting Arsenal.

  71. Break-on-through says:

    So, next season huh! Whhffffffffffff.

  72. vinie2000 says:

    People..Go out and voice your discontent with the way this team is going down.SHAMEFUL TO SAY THE LEAST. Look at conte desire on the touchline. that passes to the team and they never stop running, never stop fighting, Kante looks inmense but no we do not need him we got LaCoq ( anyone see how easy Hazard passed him out ). No shapes, No desire, no leader..NO COACH. We have ENOUGH.

    1. RSH says:

      Fear of change, but AW is going to have to leave someday no matter what. Chelsea failures one season, but now quickly heading towards the title. Rather we struggle, but actually be heading somewhere instead of this useless pattern we got through every season. And can’t compare us to United, because he left the club on a high and had to replace the best EPL manager ever. Wenger has not been the best for a decade. As I’m writing this Ozil gets pushed of the ball for tenth time today. It’s embarrasing.

  73. Demwan Jones says:

    look at how hazard just disgraced coquelin and his entire family

  74. gunnerman8701 says:

    We will buy some teenager and fans here will make him look like a messiah. Wenger will get his fans back again and the history of Wenger will become more important than any trophy for the season ahead.

  75. Arsenal_Girl says:

    Okay NOW it’s over LOL
    I can only stay positive and hopeful for so long.
    Barring a miracle we have lost this match and the Title

    Wenger Out
    We have been patient and loyal for too long
    Some may say we have been muggs too

  76. reddb10 says:

    a useless manager with mediocre players but still making tons of money for the greedy yank.
    We are totally f####ed for many more years to come.

  77. luvdaguns says:

    my prediction in october was we finished 5th, I still think top 4 w this squad is going to be difficult,

  78. gmv8 says:

    Anybody know why we’ve got Maitland-Niles and Reine-Adelaide on the bench yet Lucas Perez doesn’t get a look in? Is it any surprise we always find ourselves in this embarrassing position? #confused

  79. luvdaguns says:

    giroud, no goals vs chelsea in 9 appearances… ummmmm….

  80. reddb10 says:

    how much did we pay for xhaka and how much did chelski pay for kante who is worth ten times. more at least.

  81. rkw says:

    Arsenal players are the most overpaid in the league … But dead fish rots from the head down … Most overpaid manager … Not rocket science

  82. Charlie Nick says:

    trot off Theo…useless display

    1. Adienl says:

      Walcott was on the pitch? Are we watching the same match? He’ll correct his 100 grand anyway.

  83. Twig says:

    why isn’t it ozil to go off???

  84. rkw says:

    Walcott just go got paid a hundred grand for that performance ….

  85. vinie2000 says:

    KANTE EVERYWHERE, WHERE DID HE CAME FROM? HE IS LIVE WIRE..WHAT ENERGY AND WHERE IS OURS? 4th Place? Are you happy Arsenal fan? Please

    1. Charlie Nick says:

      shut up…we’re all Arsenal fans, all suffering…what makes you superior??!?

      1. vinie2000 says:

        I’m not superior to nobody here just probably a dammn believer like you think we are good enough. I’ve been Arsenal fan for 27 years and You? I’m realistic as most here not a dreamer. WE NEED CHANGE SIMPLE AS THIS

        1. Charlie Nick says:

          Yeah, longer than you pal. How the f*** is any of this the Arsenal FANS fault. ?

          1. vinie2000 says:

            Firstly, your language said lot about you, secondly I did ask Are you happy with this Arsenal fan? that included me so you have been arsenal fan longer than me then you are in your 55’s? i’m 50 and i’m realistic about the team chances since last time we won the EPL and it has not been improved ever since but anyway, let’s just leave it to your opinion as i expressed mine. much respect in the site with your language next time around.

  86. Charlie Nick says:

    I’m off…the rugby must be better than this….call me if they get 2 goals back lol

  87. Adienl says:

    Beech Martin Atkinson. What were you looking at when that Chelsea guy hit bellerin. Fookin crap referee.

  88. arsenal_canada says:

    Anyways guys, how’s the weather? Lol

  89. Big Gun says:

    Same sh*t, different season. Enough is enough people, time for a new manager, someone with DIFFERENT and FRESH IDEAS. Respect to Wenger, but I’m tired of living on end of the month salty cracks.

  90. rkw says:

    No passion no power no purpose … That’s the consequence of wenger staying six years beyond his shelf life …. Six years people with more than 3 football brain cells have been saying this but the krish s and nick s and buds of this world refuse to acknowledge the truth …

  91. RSH says:

    Fabregas scoring must be the icing on the cake, eh!

    1. RSH says:

      but tbh, I have no ill feelings towards him anyway.

  92. arsenal_canada says:

    WTF!!

  93. mark says:

    4th place may be difficult this year, as other teams are breathing down our necks.

    Still, if we come 5th/6th we may get a new manager! 😉

    1. highbury44 says:

      We can only hope .The trouble is we always manage to make it

  94. highbury44 says:

    I was right 3-0.The worse thing can now happen is wenger will sign another contract after we finish top 4 .On dear how many more years of this pain?

    1. gmv8 says:

      It seems odd that an experienced goalkeeper like Cech should do that. One of the best keepers in th world? Someone in the Sunday league would’ve picked the ball up to relieve the pressure

  95. ras911 says:

    Sums it all really, this club makes it so hard to support. Wenger do the best thing for everyone and leave even now.

  96. gunnerman8701 says:

    Who still want to talk about the 3:0 earlier this season? ??????

    1. Admin says:

      We beat them 4 3 on aggregate!!

  97. luvdaguns says:

    what an A$$ whoopin, so many players on that pitch overrated,

  98. RSH says:

    We scored a goal at Stamford bridge. Progress!

    1. highbury44 says:

      LOL

  99. Break-on-through says:

    Garbage, utter garbage. Ox Ozil Iwobi, moved to midfield three, sure what else could you expect. Cech, no excuse for that. Hazard goal, no excuse for not stopping him in his tracks. The opener, Walcott no excuse for not blocking his run. Our few chances, no excuses in missing them all. Redknapp was spot on, we allow teams to play, how many times did che interrupt our rhythm, yet we allow them to make fools of us if they can.

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