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…

Tags Giroud welbeck


  1. nygooner says:

    ozil starting is fine… I’m happy mert is on bench… about time honestly. coyg

    1. muffdiver says:

      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. Sumo says:


        Enjoy the game muffin man.

        1. muffdiver says:

          sorry lol.

          just really want us to show fight- to actually care for 90 mins- for once!!

          1. KickAssFan says:

            Ruthless Wenger showing who is boss.

  2. 61 never again says:

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

    1. Mesut O-healed says:

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

  3. Phenomeno9 says:

    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. fred cowardly says:

      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. atid says:

        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.

  4. bayjerkoff says:

    Ozil will always start when it comes to wenger…we need burly in our midfield
    ….And thank Goodness mertesacker…

  5. Ronny331 says:

    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.

  6. KickAssFan says:

    Wanna know whay No’zil is starting? Those eyes, folks. Those eyes.

  7. fred cowardly says:

    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)

  8. KickAssFan says:

    Hurrah!!! Gabs starts!!! No Rhino, I’m happy.

  9. Hafiz Rahman says:

    after the monaco game…

    Arsenal 1 Everton 2

    1. Sumo says:

      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.

  10. Roythelegoboy says:

    We got a benched f***ing German

  11. KickAssFan says:

    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.

    1. fred cowardly says:

      Good point. Need some long distance goals.

  12. fred cowardly says:

    Btw- Liverpool leading City 2-1
    A liverpool win or Draw, I will be happy with

    1. Justsoccerfan says:

      Pool is sneaking behind us, they may sneak our trophy (4th) form us.

      1. NY_Gunner says:

        They are level with us, so we must win today…

    2. Mesut O-healed says:

      yeah as long as we win today

  13. fred cowardly says:

    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


  14. YingYang69 says:

    The gift of the Gab.

  15. nygooner says:

    Santi bed head I see…

  16. Dennis says:

    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. Brada b says:

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

  17. Mesut O-healed says:

    Santi is captain.

    Time to make amends Gunners. Time to make some f*cking amends.

  18. GOONSTER says:

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

  19. Sumo says:

    Santi Cazorla captain. Interesting!

  20. eloaking says:

    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.

  21. eloaking says:

    I still can’t believe Wenger left Walcot and Rosicky on the bench for lazy Ozil

  22. Mesut O-healed says:


    1. Mesut O-healed says:

      no intensity already at all. We know what this tends to lead to

  23. Justsoccerfan says:

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

    1. Mesut O-healed says:

      nah he got that from Barca

  24. Justsoccerfan says:

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

  25. Justsoccerfan says:

    Arsenal confident level is so low.

    1. Mesut O-healed says:

      it goes well with the atmosphere of the stadium.

  26. showsomeambition says:

    I think Jagielka looks like a lesbian.

  27. Dennis says:

    He missed another chance!!!! OMG!!

  28. Justsoccerfan says:

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

  29. nygooner says:

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

  30. nygooner says:

    godly tackle gab… thankfully lakuku is terrible too

  31. showsomeambition says:

    Get in

  32. Mesut O-healed says:

    Another set piece goal, there you go Giroud

  33. Justsoccerfan says:

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

  34. muffdiver says:

    good goal. gd finish

    that tackle from gabriel was vital though

  35. Leader says:

    Nice kick from Ozil and well finished by Giroud

  36. Jim A says:

    Gabriel’s tackle was one of the best I have seen from Arsenal.

  37. Bigvalbowski says:

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

    1. Mesut O-healed says:

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

  38. Cappieee says:

    Giroud. 1-0. Let’s score more goals boys.

  39. gooner4ever says:

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

    1. muffdiver says:

      hes had enough time to learn that, still being a donut

      1. gooner4ever says:

        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. gooner4ever says:

          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

  40. Leader says:

    Gabriel will bench Mert for coming weeks

  41. Mallu_Gooner says:

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

  42. 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

  43. Sumo says:

    Why couldn’t Giroud do this against Monaco? Anyways good game. Gabriel looking good.

  44. Justsoccerfan says:

    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?

  45. GOONSTER says:

    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..

  46. Dennis says:

    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.

  47. GOONSTER says:

    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.


  48. GOONSTER says:

    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..

    1. muffdiver says:

      im bit surprised- this is not the everton from last year!

  49. Bigvalbowski says:

    *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.

    1. showsomeambition says:

      I agree about Ozil and Giroud completley

  50. Dennis says:

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

  51. Mesut O-healed says:

    We spent the last 5 minutes in our own third

  52. We need more goals and a clean sheet, goal difference will determine 4th place this season

  53. Brada b says:

    Wallcott needs to come on

  54. Leader says:

    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. Justsoccerfan says:

      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.

  55. GOONSTER says:

    Get Rosicky on and move Cazorla into the No10 position.

  56. Cappieee says:

    Streaming link for this match please

    1. PaddyGooner says:

  57. PaddyGooner says:

    9-3 to Ireland now

  58. Mesut O-healed says:

    GABRIEL yes lad

  59. nygooner says:

    please bury 1 more arsenal

  60. nygooner says:

    gab 2 amazing tackles… if that as mert who knows what wouldve happened

    1. Robin Vanpayslip says:

      He would have ducked

  61. Mesut O-healed says:

    Why is Gibbs in the middle of the pitch

  62. Leader says:

    Today comments form fans are very less… where are u guys ……………….cheer up

    1. Justsoccerfan says:

      Cos we are winning.

      1. Mick The Gooner says:

        Still not over Wednesday. The performance is hardly inspiring either.

  63. PaddyGooner says:

    Damn. Its Naismith

  64. GOONSTER says:

    Make some changes now, midfield is dead.

  65. Mick The Gooner says:


  66. GOONSTER says:

    Sanchez poor passing and link up is being exposed now that he is not scoring..

    1. Justsoccerfan says:

      Yes he is going down in form lately.

    2. Mesut O-healed says:

      gotta admire his hustle though.

  67. PaddyGooner says:

    We need to win this

  68. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    Wenger out!!!!!!

  69. PaddyGooner says:

    well done ospina

  70. reddb10 says:

    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

  71. PaddyGooner says:

    Le coq is down again

  72. Mesut O-healed says:

    Do or die right now

  73. PaddyGooner says:

    There is going to be a lopt of injury time I fear

  74. Dennis says:

    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!

  75. PaddyGooner says:

    Woo Hoo

  76. Mesut O-healed says:

    two assists for Ozil, fall back haters

  77. PaddyGooner says:

    How many chances does Giroud miss

  78. Bigvalbowski says:

    Seriously, How the F do you miss that?

    1. Robin Vanpayslip says:

      Not as easy as he makes it look

  79. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    Papering over the cracks………..

  80. nygooner says:

    at least get that on goal giroud…

    1. Mesut O-healed says:


      1. nygooner says:


  81. bayjerkoff says:

    Dats wot happens wen u send strikers in when u re leading by a goal….wenger wud ve subtituted in a defender normally

  82. fullmetalalc says:

    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.

    1. Robin Vanpayslip says:

      That would be too easy.

      1. Ask the Boss….whom again took his old habit of not bringing SUBS till the 80th minute….

  83. GOONSTER says:


  84. Leader says:

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

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