Official team news and preview of Liverpool v Arsenal

It did not take a lot of thought to work out what the Arsenal starting line-up for the Premier League away clash with Liverpool would be. As soon as we heard that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had passed a late fitness test yesterday, Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal team almost picked itself.

Because of all the injury problems which have left the boss with little option in central midfield or the back four, Wenger has at least got two first choice full backs in Kieran Gibbs and Mathieu Debuchy, with Calum Chambers set yto partner Mertesacker in the centre of our defence.

Their biggest task today will be to keep Raheem Sterling as quiet as possible as Brendan Rodgers keeps the youngster in the centre of his attack. He is also sticking with a back three with Sakho taking the place of LOvren on the left of his back line. The Arsenal front three of Alexis, Welbeck and Giroud should be able to give them a torrid time with Cazorla providing craft and guile behind them.

Flamini and the Ox have a big job today to stop Gerrard, Henderson, Lucas and Markovic from controlling the midfield but as long as they can cope with that, Arsenal should have a much better day than the last time we were here.

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286 Comments

  1. Mick The Gooner says:

    Why can’t we just be consistent? We blow Galatasaray and Newcastle away, now we’re back to how we played against Stoke.

  2. Mallu_Gooner says:

    Entire team was poor.
    Giroud is super shit even if he scores the winner today

  3. luvdaguns says:

    1-1, flamini assist??? almost comical, welbeck & ox give away every ball,

  4. Mallu_Gooner says:

    I hope wenger makes necessary subs in the 89th minute.

  5. Justsoccerfan says:

    Let start celebrate like we are the champion. We got our first goal on our first attempt so luck is with us, champion need luck.

  6. Dennis says:

    All you negative poster boys go support another team or stay behind the team through and through. Stop judging play by play you sound like 10 year olds with temper tantrums, leave that for the pundits they’re getting paid to do so.

    1-1 half time, when Walcott comes in the game is going to be flipped on its head so just be patient and enjoy this Sunday game 🙂 have a beer or two to calm your nerves.

    1. dboy says:

      Piss off man!!! Guys are just calling as they see it.

  7. phil-thompsons-nose says:

    That first half was on a par with diabolical

    1. phil-thompsons-nose says:

      Surely we can’t play as bad in the second..?
      Flamini off please otherwise he will be sent off..
      WENGER use your fukin brain!

      1. juhislihis says:

        Flamini off and unfortunately Chambers is NOT a RB.

        Bring Coquelin NOW!

        1. phil-thompsons-nose says:

          Coquelin on for flam otherwise it’s Russian roulette ..

      2. Grazza says:

        Flamini is like this every f@ckin game lol he should know better with experience but he’s off his face on soggy baguettes !!

  8. Matt says:

    We have been absolutely disgraceful in that first half, as we usually are away to these sort of teams, I’m glad we’re level but undeservedly, hope Wenger gives them a f*cking rocket at half time.

  9. goldfish27 says:

    What a come back…

  10. dboy says:

    Pheeew!!!

  11. medvet says:

    there are so sh*t today in the pitch… Giroud, flamini off…

  12. Mick The Gooner says:

    From my perspective, Welbeck and Giroud can’t decide who’s on the wing and who is central, so half the time we have no one on the wing and it’s really distorting the balance of the team.

  13. GOONSTER says:

    Life line that we don’t deserve.. What the hell was that first half about?.. No nothing at all.. Cazorla, The Ox, Giroud, Welbeck, Sanchez, Flamini etc all looking rubbish.. I thought the first 15-20 minutes it is fine for the home team to have the better start, but it has carried on fir the whole 45 minutes..

    We are truly big game bottlers..

  14. Grazza says:

    Awful first half whole team looks flat. Lucky we scored from that set peice. We better up the tempo second half

  15. juhislihis says:

    Horrible performance. I would understand if the tactic would be letting Liverpool run out of steam in the first 30 minutes but the amount of misplaced passes is beyond me.

    I really, really hope Wenger has something else for the second half..

    1. CraigZWE says:

      A plan “B”. Is that possible?

      Thumbs up: yes
      Thumbs down: no

  16. vijaygunner says:

    chambers is having one of those games.

  17. TioMoses says:

    Considering how badly we’ve played, 1-1, especially in the fashion that it happened is a good first half outcome.

    Hopefully that late goal pumps us up, and takes the wind out of Liverpool’s sails a bit. Sfter Liverpool scored it would’ve pumped them up, solidfying a great first half for them, then our equaliser was a big momentum killer for them hopefully.

    Need a better second half, COYG!

  18. NIKK says:

    Disjointed Arsenal…frustrating to watch!

    sort it out 8m poundman!!

  19. Justsoccerfan says:

    First time I am confident we will win this. We are so good, the first 45 mins we can’t even reach their 6 yards box and we got one goal, next goal we will win.

  20. CraigZWE says:

    Take OG off bring on Poldolski or Campbell.

    Maybe Campbell he might challenge pool

  21. CraigZWE says:

    Bring on Le Coq please Arsene

  22. Mick The Gooner says:

    Who’d take a draw at this point?

  23. Justsoccerfan says:

    We will win even the whole world said we don’t deserve, let order dozen of beers we going to celebrate pool fans sallow even they deserve better.

  24. dboy says:

    We got to keep possession and control the tempo of the game in the second half. If we allow Liverpool to dictate we will be punished.

  25. Twig says:

    Cazorla needs to move central beside Flamini and OX go to the left. Alexis to the right.

  26. Kay123 says:

    I still dont understand why Wenger believes The OX can play in CDM position, he doesnt have the positioning needed for a CDM,,,,, And Flamini has been awful,, always lost

  27. TioMoses says:

    Might be worth subbing off one of Giroud or Welbeck for Coquelin, trying to break up play in the middle and putting Cazorla or Ox out wide.

    With Liverpool effectively having 7 able to attack, we can afford to sacrifice a striker to protect the middle and still have enough to get at them when we go forward.

    They’ve had way too much room up the middle, we need to address that before it stings us.

  28. True.Gonner says:

    I think i have a bad feeling about this game

  29. HA559 says:

    Chambers out, Coquelin in
    welbeck out, Walcott in.

    Giroud Left wing? why?

  30. deejay says:

    Chambers is playing shit.. lots of mistakes

  31. fred cowardly says:

    I want to see Podolski and Walcott brought in but we were only allowed 3 subs and I’m worried about Flamini. Flamini looks more like a liability.

    I think sub Flamini and wait 10-15 minutes to see How Giroud and Welbeck do. Then sub one of them.

  32. luvdaguns says:

    realistically, this team look like a team without Ozil, Theo, Jack, Ramsey, Kos and Even Arteta, too much talent on the injury table. only a matter of time before flamini gets red, very frustrating…

  33. Twig says:

    Hope Wenger understands that we’re only a yellow card away from making this game a disaster. We need a reshuffle in the 2nd half. Flamini should be substituted, but who takes his place?

    1. luvdaguns says:

      Coq

  34. phil-thompsons-nose says:

    I’d say we need to take either wellbeck or giroud off and put an extra midfielder on because we are being overrun..
    Can we play any worse..? Hope not..!

  35. alexhare says:

    Coquelin for flamini, Campbell for giroud.
    Push welbeck up top have campbell and sanchez on the wings and really go for it. Cazorla in behind with coquelin and Ox behind

  36. AYZAY says:

    Please, for your good Watch this second half with bottles of chilled beers

  37. Justsoccerfan says:

    Let see our 8 mils manager can perform on the break talk.

  38. AussieGunner247 says:

    Glen Johnson looking dangerous up front

  39. GOONSTER says:

    Cazorla has got to get into the game… The Ox is nowhere to be seem..

  40. GOONSTER says:

    Why are we still no hungry for the second balls? We just seem to not want that ball and Liverpool want it more..

    Wake up guys…

  41. Mesut O-grillz says:

    Damn Giroud

  42. CraigZWE says:

    Great acting OG, that’s how you do without getting cards

  43. Justsoccerfan says:

    Wenger post game comments:- we purposely let them have the ball and dominated the whole game, we just a need one chance to win the game, that is our game plan we have planned.

    1. Mesut O-grillz says:

      I wonder if he thinks we are gonna win in the last 15 minutes

  44. No Giroud, I'm happy says:

    Why Flamini is still on the pitch ?

  45. phil-thompsons-nose says:

    Best thing giroud has done all game..!

    1. luvdaguns says:

      yeh, he finally used his boot in the box

  46. phil-thompsons-nose says:

    Skirtel cauliflower ear…

    1. Mesut O-grillz says:

      Skrtel the Pokemon

  47. Justsoccerfan says:

    I still very confident we will win this match. We look like the champion.

  48. GOONSTER says:

    I too have got a bad feeling for this game now, we are not looking any better in the second half..

  49. CraigZWE says:

    Le Coq for Flamini
    Walcott for OG
    Poldolski or Campbell for Welbeck

  50. CraigZWE says:

    They making us look Championship material.

  51. phil-thompsons-nose says:

    Ref definitely a homer..

  52. Justsoccerfan says:

    Pool are so sh*t, dominated but don’t look like they are going to win it.

  53. CraigZWE says:

    Schez is stupid very stupid

  54. Mesut O-grillz says:

    wtf was our GK thinking

  55. CraigZWE says:

    Take the Giraffe off

  56. Justsoccerfan says:

    Giroud will scored with that header, lol@ Gerald.

  57. phil-thompsons-nose says:

    Chambers wellbeck flamini ox giroud wtf are they doing???

    1. phil-thompsons-nose says:

      Oops bit too soon.. Great finish son..great goal

  58. CraigZWE says:

    Really pathetic they taking the ball away like candy from sleeping baby, hell a sleeping baby that’s 100mil away

  59. captinweestain says:

    THEO TIME
    Wenger

  60. Mesut O-grillz says:

    Giroud the GOD

  61. CraigZWE says:

    Hahaha

  62. Justsoccerfan says:

    You see I told you all we are going to win these.

  63. Mallu_Gooner says:

    Great goal by the donkey

    1. fred cowardly says:

      Stupid comment

  64. Dennis says:

    what did i say?!!! support the team through and through or go support another team

    bammm 2-1!!

    1. Justsoccerfan says:

      Yes I am supporting, we will win the champion. We are the champion.

      1. Justsoccerfan says:

        Who the fcuk thumb me down for supporting my champion look arsenal.

  65. captinweestain says:

    GIBBO-GIROUD
    GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLSO

  66. Mesut O-grillz says:

    So all the people playing like sh*t are either scoring goals or assisting goals

  67. luvdaguns says:

    we should play this bad all the time!

  68. CraigZWE says:

    I will take this hahaha.

  69. ABK says:

    nice one my son!!

  70. captinweestain says:

    Cmon shift the arsenal gear into 2

  71. GOONSTER says:

    Chambers is a poor defender right now sorry… What the hell is wrong with him?

  72. CraigZWE says:

    Bring on Le Coq for Giroud or Welbeck

  73. captinweestain says:

    Poldi

  74. Mick The Gooner says:

    Smash and grab.shouldnt be in this situation but I’ll take it as payment for the United loss.

  75. dboy says:

    That’s more like it!!! 2 more goals please! !

  76. captinweestain says:

    I’m drunk, i have to be to watch this.

  77. GOONSTER says:

    THE OX offffff.. He is being a liability now..

  78. CraigZWE says:

    Wtf is wrong with our defence

    1. ABK says:

      You actually sound suprised that are defence is shit, its been shit for 9 years now

  79. AYZAY says:

    Got thumbs down for saying we will win, now we are winning can i get my thumbs up back please!!! Thank you

    1. ABK says:

      How about you stick your own thumb up your bum, then swiftly stick it up your nose

  80. luvdaguns says:

    so far, DeBuchey my MOTM,

  81. CraigZWE says:

    Fix the defence Wenger, make a change before it’s too late

  82. luvdaguns says:

    there is gonna be 10′ stoppage

  83. phil-thompsons-nose says:

    Ref is pissin me right off!
    Still, get wellbeck off he’s ineffective today!

  84. Ljungberg's Cool Red Hair says:

    Take off chamberlain or maybe welbeck.

    Alexis has been very quiet too

  85. Justsoccerfan says:

    We are the champion, we don’t need to play to win. Poor pool fans, your team play nice but life is cruel, scuk it.

  86. CraigZWE says:

    Does Welbeck know we wearing yellow.

  87. GOONSTER says:

    This formation where we are getting dominated… Welbeck is not doing anything, take him off.

  88. Mesut O-grillz says:

    No subs yet? come on wenger

  89. Mick The Gooner says:

    We need another goal to give some comfort for when Flamini gets sent off.

  90. reddb10 says:

    i bet a tenner AW makes his first substitution between 77 and 81 min

    1. ABK says:

      Could you be more precise please

  91. CraigZWE says:

    Make a change Wenger I can’t watch anymore

  92. phil-thompsons-nose says:

    Wenger use your brain and sub flamini chambo and ox!!!

  93. dboy says:

    We still allowing Liverpool to take too many shots. We need to close them down quicker.

  94. Mick The Gooner says:

    Get Walcott on, I want to see him run Sterling.

  95. Mallu_Gooner says:

    SUBS WENGER ??

  96. Justsoccerfan says:

    Pool like to play nice soccer but they just can’t win game even they dominated, no wonder MU best them now us.

  97. GOONSTER says:

    Wenger change it now… Make some changes before we concede again, we are looking clueless in possession…

  98. CraigZWE says:

    Chambers must be CB, I feel better with Debucy at RB

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