Official teams and preview of Arsenal v Besiktas

This is the biggest game of the season so far for Arsenal, with the winner taking a place at the top table of European club football and the loser getting their midweeks off for the next few months. A 0-0 draw with Besiktas in Turkey leaves the Gunners slight favourites with tonightโ€™s match at the Emirates, but the away goal situation does leave us in danger.

And a harsh red card for Aaron Ramsey last week combined with the ankle injury picked up by Olivier Giroud at the weekend, means that two of our biggest goal threats are not going to be on the pitch. Even so, Wenger has resisted starting with the German striker Lukas Podolski and stuck with Santi Cazorla on the left and gone for the pace of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the right.

Alexis Sanchez gets another chance through the middle and we need him to do better than the first half at Everton. The good news is that we have our first choice central defensive pairing of Mertesacker and Koscielny back, which will hopefully mean a clean sheet as a platform for an Arsenal win.

Szczesny
Debuchy, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal
Flamini, Wilshere
Chamberlain, Ozil, Cazorla
Alexis

subs: Martinez, Chambers, Coquelin, Rosicky, Podolski, Sanogo, Campbell

So there are plenty of attacking options available on the Arsenal bench. Letโ€™s hope it is enoughโ€ฆ

Tags Alexis Chamberlain Wilshere

251 Comments

  1. gunner4life07 says:

    fuch u u saw wilshere is coming back great play with ozil
    alexis is staring to fire haha

    1. no sanogo no party says:

      If that goal turns out to be the winner, sanchez might have repaid his transfer fee!!!

    2. rd_gunner says:

      Hope santi scores the second goal..amazing work rate by the man ! Hats off! Keep going!

      1. Patrick Shiiiza says:

        Good performances all round. Debuchy was having a great game until the card!

  2. alexhare says:

    That’s the perfect thing that could happen. Besiktas will have to come out and attack properly now and we can catch them on the break where there will be more space for our creative players to use.

  3. Cartman says:

    At least Sanchez does not need to wait anymore for the first goal. That monkey is off his back

    Now Sanchez will show the PL what he can do

    COYG

  4. We are gonna win the CL this year

    Only threat I see will come from Real Madrid
    Rest of the teams are very beatable

    Wenger The greatest manager ever without a CL is gonna win it this season

  5. Invincibles49 says:

    Lets score one more and then kill the game off by keeping and passing the ball around. I do not want a spectacular victory, just a victory.

  6. haywill says:

    i want the champions league trophy now ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ™
    ive purchased the new arsenal puma jacket ive made my contribution to the club i have the right to demand the trophy ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ™

    1. muffdiver says:

      dude stop saying u bought a jacket. i been buying arsenal kits since 91.

      your 40 pound doesnt mean sh*t

  7. robertosante says:

    Well thats what I call a bench to rotate! I dont get why everybody wants to get rid of Podolski the guy is very good coming off the bench and we need that deep at the squad at the moment! COYG!!!

  8. poorimon_nee says:

    Hopefully we will get to see speedy one touch passing now! Game on bit*hes

    \m/

  9. juhislihis says:

    Keep composure and the Turks will lose their marbles. They are already on 2 yellows.

    Nothing’s won yet, keep attacking!

  10. mike1977 says:

    Zigic is the missing piece, beyond a shadow of a doubt.

    1. muffdiver says:

      the missing tower block maybe

  11. Cartman says:

    I wonder if this game can be the catalyst to make Wilshere, Ozil and Sanchez perform at their top level. With Walcott coming back to training next week, I see good things our way

    COYG

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  13. Twonk says:

    We just seem fragmented though. Every game! What’s with that? Is it cos everyone is out of position?

    1. captinweestain says:

      aghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    2. captinweestain says:

      Soorry that wasn’t a respond too that (the shot) i think its playing ozil on the left, our record singing playing out of postion

  14. captinweestain says:

    What a ball ox

  15. captinweestain says:

    OX is bossing it.

  16. captinweestain says:

    Thats the arsenal i know

  17. medvet says:

    mmmm…. wilshere is injured?? looks invisible in the pitch right now…

  18. alexhare says:

    Fcucking hell, did I just see ร–zil tracking back to cover Monreal at left back?!

  19. captinweestain says:

    HOOF it out, making me nervous in defence

  20. Invincibles49 says:

    Wilshere is 17 again ..

  21. No Giroud, I'm happy says:

    come on guys, need second goal

  22. admin says:

    I have just posted a video of Alexis Sanchez’s first ever goal for the Gunners in the JustArsenal gallery
    COYG!!!!!!The first of many!!!
    http://www.justarsenal.com/gallery

    1. captinweestain says:

      Heart attack mode

  23. captinweestain says:

    phew

  24. Daedric_Lord says:

    flamini too many errors

  25. Charlie Nick says:

    Flamini’s pretty poor tonight

  26. captinweestain says:

    Campbell on, ozil through middle ?

  27. ras911 says:

    Sanchez, what a fighter, that’s what i like the most about him

  28. jibber says:

    flamini was good until the 60 min mark where most of his mistakes starts happening.

    once again proven wilshere and ramsey can’t play together, they’re too similar at the moment.

  29. Twonk says:

    Hmm we need another, got a horrible feeling about this.

  30. Invincibles49 says:

    The Good: Wilshere,Ox and Debuchy,Sanchez
    The Bad : Ozil
    The Ugly : Mert,Flamini.

  31. captinweestain says:

    SHOT

  32. jibber says:

    and i’m liking debuchy!

  33. LoCkAy says:

    Alexis Sanchez work rate is just ridiculous… I mean, when he gets fit, he will lethal.

    IT HAS BEEN CONFIRMED BY L’EQUIPE MAGAZINE: GIROUD WILL BE OUT FOR 4 MONTHS A LEAST. ACCORDING TO THEIR INFORMATIONS, HE WILL BE BACK IN 2015.

    Can someone tell Wenger that he can still bring substitutes in the game… it is allowed!!!!

  34. jibber says:

    needs subs!!! chambers for flam!

  35. jibber says:

    also sub oil off for campbell, he’s just not doing enough defending.

  36. Green Gunner says:

    Ffs Ozil..

  37. Maltese Gooner says:

    Ozil Ozil Ozil Ozil ๐Ÿ™

  38. LoCkAy says:

    Ozil is tired…!!
    WTF Wenger is waiting for???

    Cazorla toooooo f*cking early !!!!!!!!

  39. captinweestain says:

    aghhhhh

  40. muffdiver says:

    nooooo.

    cant believe this is happening

  41. juhislihis says:

    F*N OX!!!!!!!!

  42. captinweestain says:

    PARK THE TANK!!!!

  43. Mallu_Gooner says:

    here we go…

  44. captinweestain says:

    SUBS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  45. juhislihis says:

    HOW CAN YOU MISS THAT?!?!?!?!?!

  46. muffdiver says:

    10 men . 15 mins.

    just to get into champions league

    oh no

  47. Twonk says:

    Ah for God’s sake!!!!!

  48. muffdiver says:

    very disappointed by mesut ozil.

    1. rd_gunner says:

      how poor has he been today! just atrocious..just do not understand why we don’t play a proper winger?

  49. Green Gunner says:

    Debuchy: Stupid haircut. Stupid player.

    Sagna: Stupid haircut. Clever player.

  50. captinweestain says:

    WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  51. ras911 says:

    Great refereeing

    1. Charlie Nick says:

      What an Arse…typical ref

  52. Mertinho says:

    THIS REF CAN SUCK MY LEFT NUT SIDEWAYS.

    1. captinweestain says:

      Suck my sweaty nervous arse hair dry

  53. AussieGOONER says:

    what a fked up ref

  54. Mallu_Gooner says:

    get campbell on. we need pace to counter now

  55. captinweestain says:

    Footballs gone mad, i knew the refs would change it up a bit, after the “penos”

    1. Charlie Nick says:

      You DID say that

  56. LoCkAy says:

    Monreal and Koscielny were immense today, so far…

  57. LoCkAy says:

    BRING SOME FRESH BLOOD WENGER… FOR F*CK SAKE !!!!

  58. jp says:

    alexis twisting up four of their players. lol

  59. Twonk says:

    Ah I can’t watch this.

    1. captinweestain says:

      U have to, you’re a gooner

  60. jibber says:

    bring in chambers at least for the RB hole?

  61. jibber says:

    o wait he did, but still, cazorla’s looking tired too

  62. davidnz says:

    C’mon Arsenal!!!

  63. captinweestain says:

    YAY times a million

  64. captinweestain says:

    arsenal

  65. ras911 says:

    what an epic game so far

  66. NIKK says:

    Look at Wenger…worried as hell!

    1. captinweestain says:

      He always looks like that

  67. captinweestain says:

    Drinking shit loads is helping a lot

  68. ras911 says:

    Some American cops are trigger happy, this referee is card happy

  69. Charlie Nick says:

    Stick your card up yer arse

  70. ras911 says:

    LOOOOL! This refereeeee LMFAOOOOO

  71. Ljungberg's Cool Red Hair says:

    That ref is a complete twat

  72. reddb10 says:

    yellow for sczsesny. this ref is probably one of the worst we have come across. what a total C##t

  73. captinweestain says:

    Chezza always looks like he’s having his own little private joke

  74. captinweestain says:

    WENGER USE SUBS ffs

  75. Twonk says:

    Ref is pathetic.

  76. John Legend says:

    The ref is having fun.

  77. No Giroud, I'm happy says:

    Sanchez, man of the match

  78. captinweestain says:

    yellow cards ?

  79. mark says:

    Think the Ref is on a card quota, and needs to make the numbers go up..

  80. captinweestain says:

    4 mins 4 pints

    1. luvdaguns says:

      only 4

      1. captinweestain says:

        in 4 minutes, smahed now ha

  81. Charlie Nick says:

    Well, that was relaxing

    1. captinweestain says:

      ha

  82. ras911 says:

    Great match by the boys, everybody played solid football

  83. captinweestain says:

    Blow it, yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
    wenger “money”

  84. Green Gunner says:

    Nobody will remember this game. It doesn’t matter. We are through thank fcuk!

  85. baldyloxxx says:

    Napoli are out of the champs league. Higuian anyone?

    1. No Giroud, I'm happy says:

      Yes, would be very welcomed. But, common we are after Zigic, the big man, the hold up sh$$t

  86. luvdaguns says:

    monreal put in a very good performance, i generally am critical, but he looks better to me ladt two matches, his excellent cross to giroud to tie everton, and his energy, tackling and tracking in the last 15″ of this match! COYG!!!

    1. Charlie Nick says:

      Yeah, I thought he was improved too.
      Ox needs to sharpen up,,,was sloppy in second half, not even counting that miss.

      Anyway…..Signings now???

  87. captinweestain says:

    Good game. but that ref was mental!

  88. Mertinho says:

    Did anybody else think that Debuchy was about to headbutt the sh*t out of the ref when he sent him off, it looked to me like the ref even stuck his head in aswell to say “I ain’t no Pus*y!”

  89. gunner4life07 says:

    yesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss
    so proud to be a gunnerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

  90. Brada b says:

    Yesssss go gunners lets see what AW gonna do now in the transfer window u better spend mr wenger

  91. rd_gunner says:

    AW owes the players big time after this performance..get some fu*king quality in the squad now ! COYG!

  92. gunner4life07 says:

    wilshere or alexis motm or arsenal motm !

  93. john0711 says:

    Mersin for manager lol
    He said the fans pay a lot of money now go and spend that money on a top striker

  94. Riddich says:

    Nice goal and workrate from sanchez tonyt. Personally, i think we would have gotten more than a goal if our forwards were a bit selfish with their play.
    We kept looking for the perfect goal when we could have just had a crack at goal.
    I think if we want to increase our goal tally this season we shld shoot more and leave the beautiful goals till we are 2 goals up.

  95. royalman says:

    We r tru, am happyyyYyyyy

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