Official teams and preview of Arsenal v Dortmund – Sanogo starts!!

As wellas the injury problems continuing to pile up for Arsenal, with Jack Wilshere out for a while and now both of our first choice keepers unavailable as well as Danny Welbeck. At least Arsene Wenger had the good news about Laurent Koscielny, but the Frenchman has decided not to rush the French centre back and has stuck with the same back four that has struggled in recent games.

Another major talking point is the inclusion in the line up of our young French striker Yaya Sanogo, who is still looking for his firts senior Gunners goal. But his pace and power in the centre forard role means that Wenger does not have to change the system.

There are striking options on the bench, with Lukas Podolski and Joel Campbell wjo have both been champing at the bit to get some game time, so let’s hope they take their chance tonight if and when it comes. And we have a new name on the bench, with the teenage keeper Ryan Huddart ready for his debut if anything happens to Martinez.

Chambers, Mertesacker, Monreal, Gibbs
Alexis, Ramsey, Cazorla, Chamberlain

subs: Huddart, Koscielny, Bellerin, Flamini, Rosicky, Campbell, Podolski

The Gunners are looking seriously weakened but hopefully we will have enough to at least avoid defeat, because we need the point to take the pressure off for the last game in Istanbul. Confident anyone?

Tags Koscielny Martinez welbeck


  1. Wengers fault jack is always getting injured,,,,Keeps on playing him in CAM role,,,,,, hes wayyy better as a deep lying playmaker,,as shown in ENgland performances,,, hes messing up his career and potential

    1. Stop talking trash man. He sustained is 1st career threatening injury as a deep lying playmaker,remember? What is it with all these england performance noise cos i dont see him doing it against top team like germany, argentina etc. Wait until england face better teams before you start making a fuss about nothing. Re – the topic, we dont event have an option for dm on the bench in case arteta sustain injury. Realistically, i dont fancy us beating dotmund, a draw is possible but this is futbol where anything can happen. COYG!!!

      1. Are you stupid,, majority of his recent injuries are from advanced positions,,, and hes only been starting deep recently for england and has managed to adapt in that position after a few games,,All pundits say the same

    2. For those disliking,, it is true, Jacks style makes him prone for bad tackles,,, his long ball vision and runs are better from a deep position

      1. 1stly, i am not stupid. 2ndly, are you saying deeplying playmaker dont sustained injuries? Man, you are contradicting yourself saying he wont get injured playing as a deeplying playmaker then saying his playing style makes him prone to injuries.the point i am trying to make is wether he plays as a striker,dm,cam,winger etc,he would always sustaing injury because of the same reason you gave-his playing style

        1. I said they are better from a deep lying role you idiot,,, otherwise he would be just be running into a brick wall in an advanced position and he can also use his long balls in a deeper position.. Use your bloody brain instead of trying to act smart

  2. oh my fukin god, monsieur wenger has still not learned from his mistakes.
    Sanogo? Monreal as CB? Chambers RB?

    In Arsene we rust!

    1. Wasn’t it Sanogo who played big at Dortmund away last season? I bet Wenger thinks that he will play even better than that… even though Sanogo just came back from injury and still hasn’t scored for us yet.

  3. Sanogo ahead of Campbell and Podolski.. Says it all really.

    No offense to lad, he’s not doing anything wrong but Subotic must be trembling right now.

  4. Well, at least we got a Campbell sighting on our bench. Hopefully he’ll get some playing time, you know, at the 89th minute.

  5. Sonogoals starts up front well thats it #arsenal ah doomed #fack Aw & #FreeJoelCampbell u stupid fack!!! ……. #BRAINLESS

    1. What is it with this your freejoelcampbell? Is he one of your family members. Oh! You are a fan of his.dont worry, campbell will show the boss who he really is. Sanogo is injury proned so i dont see him completing 90min. Meaning podoski/rosicky, rosicky/campbell or podosky/campbell would get to play. The problem is they might not get more than 5min- you know wenger and substitution

      1. @tope no hes not related to but I know talent when I see 1 & this #brainless man iz killing Him on the bench

  6. Well this shows the mediocrity of wenger, same players same tactics in every match that shows it all of wenger’s poor decisions, tactics etc every thing.. Now we have to rely on sanogo as our striker for this crucial match this tells it all of our poor season we had top class strikers in the past wright, bergkamp, anelka,henry,rvp but now mediocre strikers sanogo,welbeck, giroud, its a fact not an opinion.. Not supporting wenger any more I am an AOB now a days.. Hope we win tonight not for wenger but for us fans and for our club.. COYG!!.. #Wenger out#

  7. omg. i see the worst now for the game. monreal as cb against dortmund is a suicide.
    podolski on the bench again. please mr wenger leave us alone

  8. Where is Walcott? He didn’t even make the bench. I would have felt more confident if Koscielny was in there.

  9. Sanogo lolololololololol

    He might have a cracker but come on. Is now really the time to throw the dice?

  10. I am thinking this will gonna be close and tight contest.. I still think we may get a victory here but just 2-1 for me but very difficult game.. Dortmund are playing excellent in ucl and have a good starting 11 even without reus, hummels.. Fingers crossed and all eyes will be on @jurgen klopp..

  11. Sanogo ahead of Podolski and Campbell ( 2 worldcup players )..We are about to get trashed
    Mark my word
    #wenger out

  12. 3-0 dortmund. This man has clearly lost all perspective on reality smh, he’s going to destroy the players’ morale to a point of no return.

  13. Wenger n Podolski clashed at a girlfriend’s Flat….. Sanogo can’t even make the subs bench at West Ham (no offense) maybe at Brentford or Leyton Orient… Um sure if he’s sold to Biolog in Russia, he will command a regular jersey…..and bang them…

  14. Hilarious starting line up from Wenger. As always, never, ever learning from his mistakes. We’ll definitely be starting the game with three players out of position, possible four if Santi’s out wide again, and the icing on the cake is a striker up front who doesn’t score goals.

    I’d say Wenger is playing for the defeat, let alone a draw.

    Arsenal 1-3 Dortmund is a very realistic result. But in defeat, I’m sure they’ll be plenty of positives to take out of the game.

  15. Trashed or not, starting Sanogo ahead of Camphell and Podolski is an insult to other players, n like sticking a boot to Dortmund… Wenger is not very far away from going bonkus….

    1. Campbell or Lukas as central striker has never been and never will be a workable proposition. Raw and un-cordinated as he is, YS offers far more. Something I think he showed tonight before his obligatory injury.

  16. Nice to see Wenger trusts Bellerin enough to sit him on the bench. It’s been a looooong time since I’ve been excited about an Arsenal starting line-up and….. I’m still waiting. The best result is probably a draw so we qualify but can rotate players for the last game in Turkey. I suppose it will be good to see what Sonogo does but I was really hoping to see Campbell

  17. i am so pissed off right now. the only way this can turn into a good evening is us managing not to receive more than 3 goals and aw is forced to bring poldi and rosicky in after ht who win the
    game for us. so that this stubborn old man can see what to make better.

  18. When the ball comes to Sanogo he looks like a new born calf trying to walk for the first time. I see some good things in him but he is so tentative in possession and never looks convincing with the ball.

  19. How insulting to Podolski!!!

    Disgraceful to play Sanogo over Podolski
    Podolski scored last time he played and is also our best finisher.

    Or alternatively

    Campbell doesn’t score goals often but you could always play him on the wing and Sanchez up front.

  20. If I see Cazorla anywhere near the wing I will AGAIN REFUSE to watch.

    Does anyone know why Poldi or Campbell are with club? All Poldi does is score goals, but Wenger does not like that.

    And Campbell deserves more than 10 minutes playing time this season otherwise what is the point of his existence.

  21. Look what that Sanogooooooool boy has just done… Aaah Dortmund is awful… If u thot we were worse,, they are atrocious……

  22. I somehow knew that would happen.. that was brilliant goal and set up by Sanogo.

    Like the commentator said, can we build on that goal`?

  23. Monreal again as CB
    Bellerin again not playing RB
    SAnogo ahead of Podolski

    Wenger is the most stubborn Manager and will not change. It’s ridiculous

    If something doesn’t work, you change it.
    You put your best players on the field. I’m sorry but you can put Podolski or Sanchez ahead of Sanogo.

    With Giroud, Welbeck, Podolski, Campbell and Sanchez in our club Sanchez should be on loan. Lots of forwards
    Yet we have Jenkison on loan when we are short of defenders.


  24. Won’t play bellerin but sanago will get all the experience needed laughable. Merte can’t jump for s**t

  25. Sanchez hold on to the ball too much when we are countering.. That’s his main problem. He will hold on to it for far too long and he always gives it away..

    That’s what he need to work on, need to know when to release or keep..

  26. Ramsey looks alright, best I’ve seen of him this season probably.

    I really think he is going to come good some time in December.

  27. Do we have someone on the bench to replace Arteta? he is already booked and i am worried that he will end up getting a red. So far I am pleased with our performance, it is not far from that of Man united, the difference is we have the goal.

  28. Arsenal somehow looks planless, always rushing, always wasting good counters.

    Ramsey needs to take the ball and release it to Sanchez, and not the other way around. This is so stupid to watch sometimes.

  29. santi and gibbs are doing a great job tonight. but for the rest i have to say its not us being so strong, it’s dortmund playing bad

  30. So why wasn’t Giroud registered for the CL again? Yes he was injured, but not registering him implies there was someone to take his place. Is there?

  31. What a hit that is by Ox. You may not talk too much about this lady, but i can seen high quality player coming through, it is about time.

    Sancheez finally score a screamer.

  32. Where iz sonogoal iz he still on the field!!! Or he already got hiz 2min of fame he have left the building haha

  33. I must say Dortmund supporters are amazing.Even though they are loosing, the fans are shouting and chanting still.

  34. Just feel sorry for poldi and Campbell, just don’t know why they only deserve to play for few minutes.

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