Official teams and preview of Arsenal v Chelsea at Wembley

There is some good news for Arsenal fans in the shape of the Chelsea team, with their first choice centre forward Diego Costa missing out and being replaced by Loic Remy, because of a reported hamstring problem. But Arsenal have also been hit by an early injury to the unlucky Jack Wilshere who does not even make the bench.

So with Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck already unavailable, it is probably us that has the most weakened of the two teams for this Community Shield clash. Arsene Wenger has gone for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain instead of Wilshere and I expect he will play on one of the flanks.

The other one could be filled by either Santi Cazorla or Aaron Ramsey, because Theo Walcott has been given the centre forward role, with Olivier Giroud starting from the bench. There are not many other surprises in the Arsenal starting line up, with Petr Cech set to face his fomer team mates and manager for the first time, Monreal getting the nod over Gibbs, and Coquelin detailed to provide the back four with good protection and perhaps stop Eden Hazard running the game.

I am a little surprised to see Bellerin chosen over Debuchy but the young Spaniard is proving himself all the time and perhaps his extra pace could be key on the massive Wembley pitch.

Cech
Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal
Coquelin, Ramsey
Chamberlain, Ozil, Cazorla
Walcott

subs: Debuchy, Gibbs, Gabriel, Arteta, Giroud, Martinez, Iwobi

Can this Arsenal team finally give Wenger a victory over his arch rival?

Tags Costa Walcott Wilshere

112 Comments

  1. Just_Trolling says:

    Walcott over Giroud, I am surprised but happy.

    With Remy playing I would of liked Gabriel instead of mert

    1. mohawk says:

      I think we will see Gabriel very slowly integrated into the lineup as the season progresses.

    2. plastik Fan says:

      where the f is wilshere?????….he should have started these game but enough with the whining….i hope walcott scores in order to officially relegate the big guy whats his name again?? to the bench….walcott will get two AkB’s

      1. medvet says:

        injured, i think…LOL

    3. seancali says:

      Theo instead of giroud is a big mistake. Giroud is the only real striker we have in our entire squad.Theo will be eaten by terry and Cahill . at least giroud has the physical ability, Theo only offers speed which would be no use for us today.I’m very surprised.

      1. Tidan2 says:

        Not sure how using a big guy in Giroud against two big CBs who will mark him out of the game is a better idea.

        1. Champagne Charlie says:

          Theo is showing exactly why he’ll never be a CF. No presence, no dribbling ability, no link up play, he can run and finish….not good enough to lead the line vs top teams by a distance.

        2. ArseOverTit says:

          More power/strength in one on ones?
          Better finishing in tighter positions?

          Theo is great when there is space, but of course against well drilled or non gun ho teams there isn’t any…

          Apparently AW does not know this (yet).

      2. Tristan says:

        Absolutely agree with you. Giroud suits our system far better than Theo! Frankly we have ox, Alexis with speed we need. Theo is a squad player for me.

    4. Tristan says:

      Ox will have a breakthrough season. Giroud is better than Theo unless our tactics change to counterattack.

  2. mall-gooner says:

    COYG 3-0. We are going to win.

    1. seancali says:

      Where is rosicky????

  3. mohawk says:

    I like the lineup generally.

    I normally HATE IT when Wenger puts Cazorla on the wing. But I suppose he has fewer options with Sanchez and Welbeck unavailable.

    And he is always looking for a way to put Ramsey, Ozil, and Cazorla on the pitch together – so this solves that problem.

  4. Wilshere,Welbeck,Rosicky,Flamini all injured. The season has not even started.
    Anyway lets win the game.COYG

    1. seancali says:

      Good one, he’s right. Seriously the season didn’t even start and we have 4 players out injured.I prefer to see flamini instead of arteta on the bench.that’s how useless arteta is. We have no players to call on if we need to, only giroud!!!!

      1. Tidan2 says:

        Arteta is way better than Flamini and I can’t see anywhere that Flamini is actually injured. 4 injuries isn’t exactly a lot.

  5. mimile0111 says:

    Are you sure that Cazorla will be on the wing ? I think Wenger ‘ll put Ramsey on the wing … I hope not because we will need some physics on the midfiel so Coquelin and Ramsey will be perfect for me .
    COYG

    1. seancali says:

      Another shocker is debuchy on the bench.we need his defensive qualities today. I don’t like the line up…

    2. mohawk says:

      Actually it is Ozil on the wing.

  6. chinaka1 says:

    LETS GO GET THAT SHIELD!
    #COYG!!

  7. ArseOverTit says:

    Surprised Arteta doesn’t start ahead of Coquelin! :)))))) or Flamini..;)))))

    Team looks good. Let’s see how Theo does on his own against a well drilled, experienced and not overly offensive defence..might not get the space that he needs to be effective.

    Would have liked to see him on the right where he does most damage and giroud up top to put it about a bit against a strong and experienced back line.

    can’t wait..

    #iHateBTSport

  8. mimile0111 says:

    Where is wilshere ? 🙁

    1. ArseOverTit says:

      He is looking at the floor with his head poking through a hole.

      #treatmentTable

    2. medvet says:

      injured…………….

    3. iAmDimy says:

      somewhere making sure Diaby’s legacy lives on

      1. muffdiver says:

        lol…
        as diaby leaves the emirates for marseille, jack runs out..fear not abou… i will avenge u

  9. Best possible line up,thank you wenger!!!no complain if we can lose with this

  10. iAmDimy says:

    somewhere making sure Diaby’s legacy lives on

  11. Dash says:

    Great line up… Wenger finally learnt his lessons. Coq and Ramsey can help nullify any counter attacking threat they may play and also we have enough to hit them on the counter too… Theo scores today, anyone should put a bet on that…

  12. ArseOverTit says:

    Mourinho’s hair is so much better than Wenger’s!

  13. ArseOverTit says:

    Michael Owen ‘ I would have like to see Jose in a suit today’

    I would have preferred a mankini!

  14. chenrob2 says:

    Wow, Sanchez rested, Wilshire injured and suddenly our depth doesn’t look too deep does it, we need to buy.

  15. ArseOverTit says:

    Ozil the winger…hmmmmm

    Come on cech!!!!

  16. Mick The Gooner says:

    So many misplaced passes… Ugh..

  17. GunningSoulman says:

    I wanna shut up Mou so badly! Even the way he breathes annoys me!

    1. Redeye says:

      Mourinho i has some serious man boobs going on there, kmsl.

  18. arsenalvienna says:

    ramirez trying to hurt everybody in a white and red shirt?

  19. medvet says:

    GGGGGGGOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

  20. ArseOverTit says:

    Yesssssssssds!

  21. ras911 says:

    GOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

  22. medvet says:

    F*Ck YESSSSSSSSSSSSS

  23. Twig says:

    We rarely score first against Mourinho. Hope this is a good sign 😉

  24. Justsoccerfan says:

    My shining star of the coming season Oxxxxxxx.

  25. Justsoccerfan says:

    Now we shall park the bus and look for counter.

  26. Jim A says:

    Great run by Bellerin that opened up Ox’s left foot!

  27. Lethal Prince 9 says:

    The mighty Ox! What a goal.

  28. Lethal Prince 9 says:

    Cech knows when the shot is going wide of the post.

  29. GOONSTER says:

    Our player still look so clueless defensively, no one is picking up any runs and chelsea are having a nice time at our right side..

  30. ArseOverTit says:

    Falcao without lady hair (on his head)is coming on…

    We need to watch him!

  31. GOONSTER says:

    That’s the problem with Walcott as our main striker, all the high ball are useless, he does not even bother to jump, so the pressure keeps coming back..

  32. fred cowardly says:

    I think without Alexis, you almost have to play Ozil on the left and Cazorla in CAM as Ozil has experience playing on the left for Germany too even though his best position is CAM. Walcott can play on the left but he is playing up front

    On the right we have two top RW. On the left we have Alexis. If Walcott is staying up front, we should get another top winger

  33. Lethal Prince 9 says:

    We have to be cautious on the right side though. Funny our successful attacks are also coming from right side.

    1. mohawk says:

      Goal came when they finally switched the field after trying to weave thru the crowd on the left.

      Switching the field was EVERYTHING in that goal. It gave Ox his chance to thrill us.

  34. vijaygunner says:

    lame!!! cech could’ve saved that..Chelsea’s keeper is soo pathetic, what’s his name? court-what?

  35. Justsoccerfan says:

    Our bench look so thin.

  36. luvdaguns says:

    ok czech in goal feels great, bellerin speed is lethal, wow he can close down, i lov the team on the pitch but need a true consistent striker up top, hope theo can find those spaces, not sure how long wenger goes w him up top if he struggles, so happy football is back!

  37. Bigvalbowski says:

    Still believe Arsenals best squad is with Ramsey on the bench and Theo on the wing. Other than counter attacking opportunities, Theo offers nothing upfront against physically imposing CBs like Terry/Cahil. I promise this isnt a piss on Walcott piece but this would be my starting eleven going forward.

    Benzema( Maybe overpriced but needed)
    Sanchez…….Ozil…..Theo
    Carzola…..Le Coq
    Nacho…..Boss…..Gab(Chambers)…..Hector
    Cech

    1. TH14atl says:

      Agree 1000%

  38. Brada b says:

    Theo will score just watch & see

    1. ArseOverTit says:

      Brada can you tell me the numbers for the Euro Millions lottery please!!!???

      1. Brada b says:

        Im in the usa srry m8 haha

        1. ArseOverTit says:

          Na na na na na na na g-rude!

          1. ArseOverTit says:

            Not a reply:)

    2. seancali says:

      Theo is lost.he doesn’t belong at cf

  39. Justsoccerfan says:

    Ramsey passing look so immature and he asking for middle position permanently.

  40. seancali says:

    Theo looks lost!!!!our hold up play is shiiiiiiit without giroud.Theo is absolutely lost

  41. Mesut O-chill says:

    Cech really doesn’t have an outlet to punt to. These ariel battles between Theo and Terry are futile.

  42. Justsoccerfan says:

    We need sub to counter Chelsea, Wenger do your job.

  43. Bigvalbowski says:

    Arsenal getting dominated

  44. fred cowardly says:

    I honestly don’t see Theo scoring. I hope I’m wrong
    I think Giroud has got better positioning and hold up play if not having speed or better finishing. I think Walcott is awesome on the wing

    We really need another Top CF.

    Anyway, I hope we end up holding the trophy. Lets score another goal

    1. luvdaguns says:

      giroud plays much better when he has competition,

  45. Justsoccerfan says:

    What a pass by Ramsey, to a no men land.

  46. GOONSTER says:

    Now watch how Giroud changes our game.. We play better when he is on..

    1. Jim A says:

      Walcott 0-7 on aerials and plays trying to hold the ball.

      1. medvet says:

        giroud is a good striker, but lacks of killer instic….

      2. Mesut O-chill says:

        nothing wrong, we just needed a different type of ST for this match.

  47. ArseOverTit says:

    Cech mate!

  48. Justsoccerfan says:

    Come on gunner score another pls.

  49. Lethal Prince 9 says:

    Top save – Cech
    Good clearance – Cech

  50. Mesut O-chill says:

    We gotta big f*ckin goalie

  51. medvet says:

    arteta???? WTF

    1. ArseOverTit says:

      Game changer! Perhaps for the worse..

    2. Tidan2 says:

      you know, defending a lead?

  52. luvdaguns says:

    this is how chelskie used to win, take a 1-0 lead and let cech take over, the pace of arsenal when sanchez added will drive defenses crazy, just wish there was a suarez style striker to finish propel this squad, a hungry fast animal driven to score,

  53. medvet says:

    we need more players¡¡¡¡

  54. Justsoccerfan says:

    Wenger is putting a train not a bus out there.

    1. Mesut O-chill says:

      the guy hasn’t beaten Mo in his life. Trying every way possible not to mess it up

  55. Lethal Prince 9 says:

    Bosscielny literally having all forwards in his pockets.

  56. ArseOverTit says:

    Wenger has taken off, arguably our most dangerous attacking player.

    This tells Chelski we are happy to try to defend our lead and will off no counter threat to them. I JUST DONT GET IT!!

    #iScoff@TheTitleLeProf

    1. medvet says:

      inverse psychology maybe??? LOL

  57. Mick The Gooner says:

    Can’t believe we didn’t score then 🙁

  58. Bigvalbowski says:

    Carzola WTF??

  59. medvet says:

    depth squad??, without a few players arsenal looks like doomed, we need more signings

    1. Tidan2 says:

      we have more depth than Chelsea…

  60. medvet says:

    giroud is the best substitute player in the team…..

  61. medvet says:

    FACK YES¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡

  62. Ronny331 says:

    Finally Wenger meats mou, awesome!
    Would we have won that game with Scez or Opsina in goal? NO!
    #cechlegend.

    Now sign that striker!!

  63. ArseOverTit says:

    It’s fall over time..

    I might join them. 7 pints and a dry martini..

    Whose playing?

  64. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    Hose A can pretend it doesn’t matter but he knows he’s crying into his pillow tonight.

  65. sanmi.marvellous says:

    Eh where is next article ??

  66. Justsoccerfan says:

    To look at Chelsea team face, what i suffer in the past decade is over.

  67. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    LOL Per just pointed out this is without Sanchez

  68. sanmi.marvellous says:

    Eh where is next article ??

    Mourinho is gone !!

  69. YEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSS!! WE FKN DID IT.. COME
    ON YOU GUNNERS.. COMMUNITY SHIELD CHAMPIONS
    2015/2016… I LOVE YOU ARSENAL.. # AFC # COYG #WIN ..
    THE JINX IS FINALLY BROKEN… YUPPPPPIE…

  70. mohawk says:

    Josey can now break all the new dish ware his wife bought after he broke the dish ware from the Cech sale.

  71. fred cowardly says:

    Next Article please. Some word should be in capital letters like WIN

    1. Tidan2 says:

      knowing this website, it’ll be “MOURINHO LOSES, but it’s in a match that doesn’t mean anything’

  72. mourann you can lick Wenger’s ass!! hahaha

  73. Gigi2 says:

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

  74. Gigi2 says:

    Still I won’t be surprised with people that can STILL FIND ARGUMENTS FOR NEGATIVITY

    We didn’t score a second/ Mou wasn’t really trying cuz for him its not a trophy/ this trophy is not valuable or Mickey mouse trophy/ the real games are the league ones/ Giroud (add your favourite here) / now we won’t buy anyone/ Costa was injured so this doesn’t count / you ll see Falcao destroy us in the league/! Giroud (added second favourite here)/ Arteta is still old/ Kroenke isnsrill rich/ Arsene still earns millions/ Giroud (adddddd another one for fun ….ok more later.

    Well fk all that I for one am enjoying that WE WON ANOTHER TROPHY AND THAT WENGER BEAT MOU …AND TO A TROPHY!!!!

  75. Nairobigooner says:

    The look on racist terry’s face was priceless…reminding me of the slip at the UCL final.now take your wrecked bus back to the bridge.

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