Official team news and preview of Arsenal v Everton – OZIL starts?!?

If there was one Arsenal player that I expected to get the old shepherd’s crook from Arsene Wenger then it was Mesut Ozil. But maybe the fact that the boss left the German on for the whole 90 minutes of torture against Monaco on Wednesday showed that Wenger has a blind spot when it comes to our club record signing.

And the inclusion of Ozil is not the only surprise because there is no Theo Walcott in the starting line up once again, or Tomas Rosicky, as Giroud, Cazorla and Coquelin keep their places. In fact the only two changes are at the back, with the tired and jaded looking Per Mertesacker dropping out in favour of the January transfer window signing Gabriel. And Oxlade-Chamberlain is rewarded for his abysmal gifting of that killer third goal with a starting place with Welbeck dropping to the bench.

I hope of course that the players respond to Wenger’s loyalty by putting right all the mistakes made in the Champions League. But if they don’t then the Frenchman will have some serious questions to answer about why he would stick with the same team that was so poor just a few short days ago.

And you have to wonder what the likes of Walcott and Rosicky think about it all…

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    1. we better work hard an press today.
      liverppol were in turkey playin 120 mins plus pens 3 days ago.
      they have worked very hard an look.



  1. Great line up come on Gabriel hope you have a good game to cement your place COYG good luck guys

    1. big test for him. Could either mean a new partnership of CB or a return of the old one

  2. Its not Ozil’s fault that some of his colleagues aren’t made for football (gibbs, etc..). What so many Arsenal fans have against Ozil is just beyond me. This guy is a genius.

    1. Agree completely. The hate towards Ozil is ridiculous. He scored every game of the first 3 games he played coming back from injury and assists. following game we won 2-0 and he contributed to both goals.

      1. Exactly, people look too much at his price tag and not enough at what he actually does. He is still creating more chances than anyone, sure he is no yaya toure, but he is supposed to be our no.10 not our no.8 or no.4. The factors if he plays just off the centre forward he will produce. As for welbeck rosicky and walcott in my opinion they are exactly where they should be. I am hoping that wenger can make a pairing out of chamberlain and coquelin in the future, for me they could really be the new petit/vieira combination.

  3. Ozil I hope and suspect will bounce back today. Two changes are hoped for have happened ox in and per on the bench, (sigh of relief)! Fingers crossed gabriel has a good game and can cement his position next to kos. My only worry then is an injury to a cb then we have to rely on a rusty/not match fit per as cover, I’d rather turn to one of the enthusiastic kids we’ve got.

  4. I’m fine with Ozil starting too
    Gabriel had to come on. Mertsacker was painfully bad.

    Everton have a good defense so Giroud may have problems.

    Ox gifted the last goal but everyone makes mistakes and he did score, so ok with him playing

    MUST WIN (anything else is unacceptable)

    1. Lol.(Grown men saying Lol. Bless the internet for anonymity.)
      Everton played Young Boys after us on Thursday. They travelled by the way. And now they travel again to the Emirates. While we were at home all the time.

      We have to win today.

  5. Now that’s how to shoot. Lovely goal by Countinho. We need to startt shooting from outside, so far, only Sanchez and the Ox tend to do that.

  6. I’m surprisingly up for this match. I was so depressed all week after Monaco, but gameday abd an Arsenal WIN never ceases to cheer me up.

    Wenger and Players owe the fans a win after Wednesday’s humiliation. No excuses


  7. Horrible selection once again, Cazorla is a true #10 not ozil. rosicky should be playing alongside coquelin and walcott should be playing in OX’s spot. I don’t know what he’s doing anymore to be quite honest with you.

    1. @dennis 100% argree m8 where iz walcott & y iz ozil starting he should c ome off the bench

  8. I am not feeling confident. We play a very slow clueless type of football… Hope we can play with high intensity..

  9. I will repeat again, drop Ozil to the bench. The guy doesn’t fit out current set up. With Ozil in our match, we are bound tom struggle.

  10. Sanchez got the arsenal virus, now getting more complaints to the ref than more concentrate on the field.

  11. Arsenal just can’t play a team that good in defensive. But counter attack they also can’t so what did arsenal good about?

  12. Arsenal got so many unfinished player all look promising but at the end most of them become dead wood.

  13. I have never seen a team so clueless around the box… truly leaves me speechless sometimes

  14. Let’s what I like about ozil, he don’t go fancy. Just a simple nice corner kick.

  15. I think Arsenals LACK OF CELEBRATION after OG’s goal is exactly what’s wrong with this team, no exuberance, no excitement. WTF?

    1. that’s them saying “hey, let’s not get complacent and concede a dumbass goal like we normally do”

  16. And again Gibbs bombing forward and leaving us exposed when they counter.
    He has to sort that out!!!!

      1. Yeah you are right he has to know that, BUT to be honest Wenger has to shout to him during the game that he has to stay back!!!

        1. I mean if Gibbs is bombing forward, and the other players and himself don’t see that this is very risky, Wenger must see that and sort that out!

      2. Bellerin is right there with Gibbs, it’s just Everton has not exploited………..but ok we need the result not great game against a struggling team, but will settle as long as we get the points

  17. So far happy with the performance. Please don’t try to sit back and defend the entire 2nd half.
    Score atleast one more.

  18. If it was BFG instead of Gabriel, Lukaku would’ve scored…. on another note we should sell OZIL while we can get our money back, I am sure he is a great player, but he just does not work for us, yes he influence a game or two, but for that kind of money come on, sell him and go after Schneiderlin

  19. A lot of ppl asking for ox but his touches was so bad, he so fancy of going forward but his products alway bad. Just don’t know how our player will improve under wenger?

  20. Gibbs has got to fcking grow up and learn how to defend and attack.. He always gets into good crossing positions but then he stops and kills the attack, he cuts in or waits and waits until he is closed down, then the move is gone..

  21. This game is calling for Walcott and Rosicky. BFG’s career at Arsenal is done! Gabriel’s pace and timing is exactly what we needed.

  22. As I predicted before the game, the lack of intensity will make us so nervous..

    How come it’s only Arsenal that lose 1 game, only one game and the confidence goes to the bottom?.. How are we going to be able to compete with strong mentally strong teams?? Our mentality has got to change..

    We are so frustrating. Liverpool lost in the Europa league but they absolutely came out to show that they will now have to go for that Top 4.


  23. No energy from midfield, we are lucky that Everton are terrible….. I would get Rosicky in midfield or The Ox for that B2B then Walcott on the right wing..

  24. *Bellerin is such a young stud @ 19, best fullback on the team.

    *Gibbs and Ox’s final ball, or lack there of, have me longing for the days of Sagna. Thats how bad it is.

    *Its only a half and he did have a near suicidal moment but BFG should never start over GAB again in important fixtures.

    *An assist, but Ozil will NEVER play up to his $42M price tag with OG manning the front line. They simply are not compatible as footballers.

  25. Everton’s game plan now is crosses… we seem to give them space to actually get those crosses in

  26. Don’t give too much pressure on Ozil. what you prople say if we brought Di maria at 60 m. still Man U fans support Di Maria

    1. Some fans are just more money pinching than Wenger. Maybe we seldom pay 42 mil for a player so they think 42 mil player can fly.

  27. Most expensive player we’ve ever bought on over100k a week and can’t do jack with his right foot.
    Ozil is money down the drain

  28. Again, Ozil and Cazorla cannot play together, there’s a huge imbalance in this team. Ox can’t play in walcott’s position either. BFG is done! thank the lord!

  29. Why doesen’t Rosicky start more. All of a sudden we are full of energy with him coming on. Nobody else seems to be prepared to push the ball forward with pace like him.

  30. Everton will bounce back and will beat southamption on Tuesday………….best of luck to Everton

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