Official teams and preview for Crystal Palace v Arsenal

I guess the Arsenal manager really does believe all his talk about the cohesion and stability of a team being all important, because Arsene Wenger has, stubbornly some might say, stuck largely with the same starting line up that was so poor as we lost to West Ham last Sunday.

The Frenchman has made a couple of changes, but with our star of last season Alexis Sanchez being fit to play after his extended summer break, one of those changes was bound to happen. The other is to put the young Spanish right back Hector Bellerin back in the side in favour of Mathieu Debuchy and that is also because he is fit to play again after a thigh problem.

So there is no real tactical change, with Giroud keeping his place at centre forward, Theo Walcott on the bench and both Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla in the starting XI. Whether that means our little Spanish midfield maestro is going to be stuck out wide again we will have to wait and see.

But let’s be honest, he has an abundance of talent in the midfield and I don’t think that if Yo had gone at that time, whether he would have got into that Arsenal team, he would have had to fight.

Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal
Coquelin, Cazorla
Ramsey, Ozil, Alexis

Subs: Ospina, Debuchy, Gibbs, Gabriel, Arteta, Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain

So the main man from last week, Oxlade-Chamberlain is rewarded by being dropped? You better win this one Arsene or the Arsenal fans and football media will have every reason to get on your back.

Tags Alexis Chamberlain Wenger


  1. plastik Fan says:

    wtf does arsene consume reallyyy?????…..these guy clearly wants us to fail

    1. Dee@ease says:

      No pace in this line up I don’t know what Wenger is thinking

      1. Goonsquad8 says:

        I hope he has a plan cause we have no pace or width and a slow build up might hurt us with palace preffering to play on the counter

    2. joeboy says:

      Yet again only one natural winger and wenger trying to accommodate for all the midfielders by playing one of them out of position, which ends up with everyone trying to go through the middle and it gets conjested.
      Wenger needs to grow some balls and drop one of the midfielders for the ox and play with two proper wide players.

    3. Rock says:

      oh God help us ooo wat on earth is ramsey doing on the flank when theo and ox is fit, wenger need to tel us the relationship btw him and ramsey, or those it mean ramsey givs him his halve of wages?

    4. Wonder says:

      Why the should we pay Wenger some an amount of money when he is reapeting the same mistake expecting a different result. Play real wingers for God’s sake Wenger! I think our weakest link will always be Ramsey and Ozil. Ramsey in the sense that he tries too much , Ozil does the opposite! he doesn’t care being dominated by a 16 year old!

  2. Mick The Gooner says:

    Ugh.. Wenger needs to have the nerve to drop either Ramsey or Cazorla. Play one, not both. Cazorla has been playing better, he deserves the starting spot right now. Playing Ramsey out wide makes our whole attack too narrow and makes us week defensively down the right side. I feel sorry for Bellerin a lot of the time, he very rarely has any support down the right side of the pitch. Glad to see him back in the team though.

    3 points is a must. Come on Arsenal! Cech clean sheet and a MOTM performance today please.

    1. galen says:

      Wenger should drop either ramsey or cazorla but no mention of Ozil. I am still waitimng for someone to explain how ozil is way better than Ramsey and cazorla. Rambo was player of the season 2 years agao. last year cazorla was on beast mode. Now we want them out. But Ozil always plays anyways.
      We all all are Bias. From the manager to the fans.

      What does Ox needs to do to Play?

      What does per needs to do to be droped?

      1. Mick The Gooner says:

        Well, Arsenal tweeted this earlier: ‘In the Premier league in 2015, Meaur Özil has created an average of 3.5 chances per game, more than any other player in the league’.

        What’s Özil’s job? To make chances. Clearly he’s the best at it…

        1. Wonder says:

          Well, if we play Carzola in that position he can create more chances too as well as doing more in marking and scoring!

  3. mall-gooner says:

    I am not from AOB but Wenger will never change. Again he is playing Ramsey and dropped best palyer of pre season (atleast for) Ox. If we win today people will forget about West ham but remember know other manager would have played Mert over Gabriel and Ramsey over Ox. What we can do, we are not Wenger.
    Still al the best to my gooners. COYG!!!!

    1. Wonder says:

      AOC is all energy without much output. He is costly too. He much learn that before he can start every game!

  4. Ks-Gunner says:

    I told you guys that Wenger would start with the same line up all over again. Observe and understand. Favorisem from the manager at its best.

    1. Mick The Gooner says:

      What’s the point in ‘competition for places’ if it doesn’t exist? Most of those players had an appalling game last week and none of them have paid the price for it. Not saying they should all be dropped but Ox and Debuchy lost their places, and Ox was probably one of our better players last week. Doesn’t make sense.

  5. gooner4ever says:

    What is Wenger actually thinking?!?!?!?!?
    How many times have we seen, that it doesn’t work to play central midfielders instead of wingers outwide???
    How can one single man be so f#cking stubborn?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

  6. olis says:

    wenger does what he likes.. not what is best for the team

  7. nicolaile says:

    Wenger doenst have the balls to drop Ramsey or Cazorla. Naive and stubborn at its best

    1. ArseOverTit says:

      Same old same old.

      Different season same ole shit from AW!

    2. galen says:

      Again no mention of Ozil. Just ramsey and cazorla. we are as bias as Wenger. Ozil was poor too. Infact he was very poor. But he is the star. he is the £42m man .

      Even when Ramsey was our player of the year. he was still criticised. But Ozil will walk away freely.

      As for wenger ” He does what he wants.”

      1. chenrob2 says:

        The reason being, he’s playing Ramsey on the f***ing wing,where is says doesn’t like and where we have two dynamic options, one who has been our best player so far and the other he’s paying 140K.

  8. Ks-Gunner says:

    Wenger knows that if he would put Ramsey on the bench, the bighead would immediately put an transfer request in to leave the club. He is a player who thinks that he is to good already and him being benched is absolutely out of the question! Where the Ox is young and unproven so he needs shut it.

    1. seatofthesoul says:

      How do you know what goes on in Ramsey’s head? If AW asks him to play out wide is he going to say no? No player, especially not Ramsey will refuse to play if the boss asks him. I agree one of Ramsey/Carzola/Ozil needs to be dropped but don’t start personally criticizing one of our better players for unfounded reasons you haven’t the slightest clue about, idiot.

  9. ButtFlaps says:

    I wish Thierry play for us instead to commentate

  10. chenrob2 says:

    Guess we’ve figured out why Arsenal haven’t bought someone in the middle, Ramsey has to play no matter what and where, Wilshere will have to play no matter what or where, if I were Ox I’ll be catching my head and wondering what the hell is going on, if I were Walcott I’ll be smiling because if he’s gonna pay me 140k per week to sit on the bench ooh well. All I have to say I do hope for Wenger’s sake that this works, if it doesn’t, then the drum beat will be sounding.

  11. emmnuel neci says:

    Sorry to say this. Wenger is the biggest fool alive. For what reason is still playing Per, Ramsey and Giroud when Gabriel, Ox and Walcot are all fit to play. I just pray we win this game. Coyg

  12. samtz says:

    Poor Wenger..know what will happen today??pass pass pass Loss ball be counted,Goal then we start pass pass pass again!!!coz no pace apart from Sanchez

  13. FT says:

    I like this line up – Walcott and Ox to come from the bench if needed, if the attitude and confidence is right they’ll win.

    If we lose I’ll post ” I was wrong”

    If we win I hope you guys will post “I was wrong “

  14. Fatboy Gooney says:

    Call it what you like. …
    Stubbornness, Ignorance, arrogant or just plain indenial,
    Maybe Wenger is trying to prove a point here,
    In his own deluded way of course ?

    There will be no excuses if we lose today!

  15. Justsoccerfan says:

    Wenger know best.

    Why wenger like to change the line up at the beginning of the season. I remember we having good games at the end of 13/14 and Wenger changed the formation at 14/15 and we struggle. Now same old thing, we having wonderful ending of 14/15, now he change the good understanding of cazorla and Cox and the WH match not make him undrstand?

  16. Bryte says:

    Can Wenger just pls drop Ozil? Wenger and loyalty… Like bread and margarine. Same ol shit he is doing with Per.

    Let those German know football is a collective game and a 100% performance like that of OX and Sanchez. I really believe we can win this Anyway but just remember Palace has a player called Bolaise.

  17. leo says:

    one of Santi/Ramsey has to be dropped so that we can play natural wingers all that pace missing today against a team with plenty of pace . Team has no balance. Worrying for today

    wenger is outdated just leave so that we can bring in klopp

  18. Tyno says:

    Chamberlain gave away the second goal. What are you on?

  19. Bravox says:


  20. leo says:

    overplaying alexis when we could have played theo & ox in this game & trusting that selfish ramsey big mistake from wneger

  21. leo says:

    Walcott & Chamberlain have never played 90 minutes together in all competitions

  22. chenrob2 says:

    Someone please tell me why Wenger sold Afobe and kept Sanogo, SMDH.

  23. Mick The Gooner says:

    So Thierry Henry just said ‘Dennis Bergkamp is the best player I played with’. Henry played with Messi.

  24. Yes! All his midfielders have to play. Let me just support the team,but why on earth did you renew your contract Walcott? To stay on the Bench while midfielders take your position?

  25. Bryte says:

    Nothing but 3 pts is my desire.

  26. Mallu_Gooner says:

    Why does Ramsey and Giroud starts every game. Wenger is a stubborn idiot.

  27. Mallu_Gooner says:

    I want us to win. But I don’t want donkey Giroud to score, which will make wenger think that we don’t need a striker.

    1. Wonder says:

      I wouldn’t hate a Arsenal player like that!

    2. Wonder says:

      Please @ Mallu dont celebrate our beautiful goal from a “donkey”

  28. illiterate says:

    Irrespective of the team that was chosen by the deluded one, I’ll predict Arsenal to be victorious by 6 goals to none. Arsenal through and through. COYG!!

  29. JAmerican says:

    I love Özil as a player and admit he goes missing every now and then but what does Wenger do to help him out, to make it better for our most expensive player. NOTHING!!! People bash Özil when he is left out to hang by his own manager time after time. Why the f**k did we buy him if we keep putting Giroud and Ramsey with him??? Yet leave Ox and Theo on the bench, Alexis is his ONLY outlet and even he has been rushed back. Shame on you Wenger…

  30. Mick The Gooner says:

    Should’ve scored 2 already

  31. myco says:

    sanchez contracting giroud syndrome

    1. Wonder says:

      Crystal Palace defenders did well to stay on the ground. But had we scored, it could have changed everything!

  32. Wonder says:

    What a start! Wenger must me right after all!

    1. Justsoccerfan says:

      No he put back cazorla and Cox to the middle. You can see we are more balanced when Cox and carzola cement the middle.

  33. Justsoccerfan says:

    Ramsey chose the wrong guy to cut back. Sanchez is so self charge up and he can’t see his teammates.

  34. Justsoccerfan says:

    At least it won’t be a boring game.

  35. Mick The Gooner says:

    Quality finish from Giroud.

  36. Justsoccerfan says:

    What a assist and Giroud fans will be back.

  37. Greg says:

    Giroud!!!!!!! Great finish!!!!!

  38. illiterate says:

    Quality goal Giroud. 5 more brilliantly executed ones please

  39. Justsoccerfan says:

    Can’t denied is a very a excellent goal by Giroud.

  40. medvet says:

    goodbye new ST, but i still hope for a new Forward….

  41. THEFINALGURU says:

    is Ramsey and wilshere better than ox . no

    is Ramsey and wilshere better than carzola?.no

    is Ramsey and wilshere better than oZil?. no

    is Ramsey and wilshere better than rosicky?. no

    But the deluded manager of all time will always find a way to start is pet.


  42. Greg says:

    @ mallu gooner
    As u were saying about giroud?

  43. illiterate says:

    When Sanchez starts, he brings back the Arsenal we had for the second part of last seasons Premier League campaign.

  44. Darlingbudsofarse says:

    Just watching the game but not enjoying Alexis’s role. Him and Coquelin keep giving the ball away. But Bolases for Palace is really strong as he is quick and skilful!

  45. Mick The Gooner says:

    Oh wow…

  46. Justsoccerfan says:

    Another easy goal.

  47. Wonder says:

    Petr Cech is just useless. He is going to cost us 20 points this season! How I miss Sceny!

  48. vijaygunner says:

    wait what ? but cech? well sh*t!

  49. Twig says:

    I hate to say this… but I’m quite pleased with the Palace goal. Wenger must see that his selection was WRONG! You can’t play without either the OX or Walcott. What an uninspiring dull lineup :/

  50. Darlingbudsofarse says:

    At this rate Cech seems to be throwing away points than saving us points! Please someone tell me what’s going on with this team!

  51. illiterate says:

    Again, Koscielny just turns his back whenever someone shoots or even attempts to shoot. My God!

  52. Justsoccerfan says:

    Why the cut back alway chose the wrong guy.

  53. gunnerman8701 says:

    Cech looks finished. I am beginning to doubt we will be able to actually finish 3rd this season (hope I am wrong).

  54. vijaygunner says:

    refund for cech please?

  55. Justsoccerfan says:

    Our defenders thought we got WC goalkeeper so they think they don’t need to put 101% concentration.

  56. medvet says:

    for god sake, please, can someone take out ramsey?

  57. plastik Fan says:

    sorry ospina….they thought that cech was perfect but you are the better keeper…we should have signed the whole chelsea defense along with mourinho to make cech look good

  58. rkw says:

    As I keep saying 3 players short of being contenders … Oh and a manager!!!

  59. Wonder says:

    By the time Wenger changes Cech as our goalkeeper, we would have been fighting for 4th place place.

  60. Darlingbudsofarse says:

    Even though Giroud scored, he’s still not the one to lead the line. How can we be so mousy against a team like Crystal Palace? I just can’t get it. There’s something fundamentally wrong with this team!!!

  61. blondin says:

    Theo should of started instead of Sanchez
    Mert should be sold/released/loaned
    No need for new striker
    In need of 2 good defenders,1-2 solid defenders

  62. Justsoccerfan says:

    We got no width on the right. Wenger can you see that.

  63. THEFINALGURU says:

    Giroud scored


    can he be consistent for the rest of the season???

    That’s the question.

    Beside its a mid table team with mediocre defence

  64. Bereal says:

    Can some one please tell me who is playing on the flank?

    1. Justsoccerfan says:

      Our left is ok, right side is the problem.

  65. rkw says:

    Two games of clueless management .., how many more do you people want to see

  66. Mick The Gooner says:

    Trying to walk the ball in. Have a shot and yu might score…

  67. goonerretic says:

    So chelsea sells a finished gk to afc and has begovic on the bench.well at least this time its not just wenger.most pple here thought we were buying gold too

    1. Rockylegendliveson says:

      Not everyone 😉 Many of us went another GK?! We need a DM and Striker. We do not have another DM or a striker and ended up with 3 GK’s. One on loan at Roma.

    2. rkw says:

      Said it once twice a thousand times our problms last year were not with goalkeeper .., it’s the defense and attack where we need to strengthen … Actually not one of our defenders is a power player not one and that includes kos who is the best by a long way … Monreal is weak mert is a joke and Bellerin is work in progress …. 40m for Coquelin anyone …lol

  68. leo says:

    kos at fault again now u know why he isn’t the best cb in pl need to sign a new one like abdenour or someone else ASAP

    1. BigWilli says:

      Kos at fault? U serious?!

  69. medvet says:

    i’m really disappointed with the display of the team…. another yellow card to coquelin and goodbye arsenal…… We Need Another DM, thats for sure…

  70. juhislihis says:

    Looks like Chelsea ripped us off. Low shot, no curl, not even that powerful, didn’t come between the legs of a defender, one man in mask..

  71. NIKK says:

    Take coq off before he gets sent off and put Ramsey in the middle and get Walcott on second half but doubt he ll do that!

  72. Arsenal have conceded from three of
    the six shots on target they have faced so
    far this season

  73. GOONSTER says:

    We are playing too much pass pass instead of being ruthless.. Doing flicks in and around the penalty area with no end product..

    1. juhislihis says:

      Thought that’s been a problem for 2 seasons now.. It got predictable about 18 months ago.

  74. FT says:

    Only I’m an Arsenal supporter I’d put £10 on Coquelin to be sent off.

    Poor distribution leading to frustration and silly fouls.

  75. GOONSTER says:

    The Coq is a red card waiting to happen now…. Something is missing in our team, we just look as fragile as ever..

  76. YingYang69 says:

    Looks like we might have to take Coq off right now, one more mistimed and the boy is gone. COYG.. dont let us down ..pleeaze.

  77. Invincibles49 says:

    And Wenger be like our defense is sorted out. 3 goals conceedes from 6 shots on target with a world class goalkeeper between the poles. Yeah right!

    1. Justsoccerfan says:

      Same old mistake by our defend. Did we really learn our mistakes or just talk no action.

  78. GOONSTER says:

    Koscielny being a bittch, that is where Terry, Cahill, Kompany would throw themselves at the shot, but we don’t have that…

  79. Justsoccerfan says:

    Don’t worry we got our captain to the rescue. Captain arteta.

    1. gmv8 says:

      Schneiderlin anyone? Oh – we didn’t need him….

  80. Rockylegendliveson says:

    Serious lack of width on the right, Ozil can’t play their. Need Chamberlain on the pitch. Giroud is offering nothing, goal was a mis-kick. Walcott for me over Giroud anyday.

    Ramsey, Giroud off Walcott, Chamberlain on

  81. vijaygunner says:

    bolasie off for palace, lets kill em

  82. Bereal says:

    Wenger u moron deluded buffon take coq off

    1. Bereal says:

      Forgot u didnt sign any other dm cos ur deluded like ur akb ass wipe.please weneger leave

  83. alugunner says:

    buying club reject is Arsene’s trademark. This man is determined to send us to mid table

  84. Justsoccerfan says:

    Wow our players still sleeping, is there a half time talk from our manager?

  85. medvet says:

    god bless bellerin, f#$k slowsacker

    1. Justsoccerfan says:

      Yes luckily. Alot of time player have to cover the speed that mert miss.

  86. gmv8 says:

    Aargh Get on Walcott or Ox

    1. Justsoccerfan says:

      Wait is still not wenger sub time.

      Btw why there is no running time on the TV screen?

  87. alugunner says:

    hahahahaha can’t stop laughing!!!!!! leaving two natural wingers out to accommodate Ramsey! yeah Aesene knows best.

  88. reddb10 says:

    Why is wenger risking it by leaving coq on.
    oh yeah i forgot we still havent bought a DM so no one is there to replace him

  89. Quophi says:

    some nice play from ozil….Ramsey wtf!!! put ox in! now!!

  90. vickyy says:

    Sign otmendi…. Pls for god sake

  91. alugunner says:


  92. vijaygunner says:

    he’s baaaaaaaaaaack!!!!!!!!!!!!

  93. vickyy says:

    Sanchezzzzz!!!! Ok resf him now… Bring ox in..

  94. Greg says:

    Alexissssss!!!!!!! It just had to be him!

  95. YingYang69 says:

    Alexis Sanchez baby.

  96. vickyy says:

    Sanchezzzzz!!!! Ok rest him now… Bring ox in.. And get theo in also

  97. Quophi says:


  98. gmv8 says:

    How was that not a foul on Ozil? He was wrestled to the ground ?!?!

  99. Justsoccerfan says:

    First cross from Bellerin and he make the assist.

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