Official teams and Preview of Arsenal v Liverpool

The biggest surprise for me in Arsene Wenger´s team selection for the game between Arsenal and top four rivals Liverpool today is not that both Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla will start, but that Per Mertesacker is preferred to the Brazilian Gabriel in the centre of our defence.

With the pace and trickery of Raheem Sterling and Phillipe Coutinho to deal with, I hope that the boss is right to opt for our giant German´s Premier League experience and reading of the game over the pace and tigerish defending of our January transfer signing.

Danny Welbeck is fit enough for the bench and I would have expected him to start but Wenger has gone for Ozil in the wide forward role, with Cazorla in the number 10 position, so with Alexis on the other side of the in form Giroud, there is plenty of pace and guile in our attack and with Liverpool having to replace the suspended Skrtel with the former Gunner Kolo Toure, we should give them plenty of problems.

Lallana has not recovered and Sturridge is only fit enough for the bench so with Ramsey and Coquelin to protect our own back four, you would expect Arsenal to be too strong for the visitors, but nothing is certain and the players need to be on their toes from the start.

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

subs: Macey, Gabriel, Gibbs, Flamini, Rosicky, Walcott, Welbeck

The keeper situation is a bit of a worry, with young Matt Macey on the bench as Martinez has been loaned out and Szczesny….who knows? Let´s just hope nothing happens to Ospina and that Arsenal win of course.

Tags Cazorla Ozil welbeck

115 Comments

  1. macgooner says:

    Lets put liverpool iut of the top four race COYG

    1. seancali says:

      Amazing first half,well done mesut,great goal Alexis and what a move by bellerin.I’m buzzing.revenge is for the taking. Giroud will score and we will win 4-1…coyg…I’m fkin excited

      1. seancali says:

        From now on mark my words.I told you 4-1 and giroud to score.

        1. seancali says:

          What a strike from the bpl current best striker, special goal.lovely strike giroud.well done, and the record keeps rolling,,

    2. Arzenal says:

      @ Mcgooner
      Let’s show them what we smoke at the Emirates.
      Coyg more goals , today is our day

  2. galen says:

    Well i expected the midfield 3 of cazorla rambo and Coq as we need to press and defensively solid. Am a little surprised to see Per starting especially as he liverpool are short in height and fast at pace. Well I hope we have no regrets. I didnt just expect to see per starting at Cb in this game. liverpool don’t have Andy CAROLL.

    Come on Arsene we are playing against sterling coutinho and markovish. Anyways all the best to the team. come on arsenal.

  3. Demwan Jones says:

    Hopefully after dis game the whole world will realise how average raheem sterling is

  4. galen says:

    Come on Per Just proof me wrong. Just go out there and proof me wrong. Sterling vs per is one way traffic. Coq please dont let coutinho send in any balls in behind. defend well as a team.

    I want to see a great Ozil playing with freedom and enjoying himself.

    1. vince says:

      prove you wrong? he is a fine defender and has had a good 2nd half of the season

  5. Mistamonn says:

    Really what’s haps with Szcesney?

  6. jt says:

    I feel like this is more of a test from wenger to see if per is still capable in big game situations. Thought we might have gone with more pace as liverpool like to attack in numbers and we could exploit that on the counter but gonna have to wait and see how it goes I guess. COYG!

  7. gooner954 says:

    the big question in line up is Per if sterling runs off him then we screwed
    i hope he doesnt duck another header
    overall we have too much quality should be a win
    COYG

  8. John Legend says:

    I want to stream this game. I need someone to share a streaming link that is certain to be smooth. Thanks

  9. Mick The Gooner says:

    Honestly, every single time BT Sport show our games ‘if (opposition striker) isolates Mertesacker they can get in behind and cause problems’. How often does it actually happen? Very rarely. Come up with a new line already… Not confident with Mertesacker vs Sterling, but Koscielny normally pockets quick strikers, so hopefully he will today.

  10. Twig says:

    Per has been perlaying well of recent. I hope he keeps it up today…

  11. MESWEET GOALZIL says:

    Macey??! Martsacker?! I hope Martsacker proves my fears to be unjustified but I would have preferred Gabriel to deal with Liverpool’s pace and counter attacks. Still I believe in a 4-2 win in our favor

  12. MESWEET GOALZIL says:

    I love the desire we are showing in the opening seconds

  13. nygooner says:

    how do you miss that omg

  14. CraigZWE says:

    We are poor already

  15. Demwan Jones says:

    Ramsey o, what have u done

  16. CraigZWE says:

    We playing a dangerous high line. Mert scares me

  17. Mick The Gooner says:

    We had to score in that early flurry

  18. Bravox says:

    Lets do this,d’nt care hw we do it bt a win wil do

  19. CraigZWE says:

    Take Mert off now, use your brain Wenger

    1. bomber says:

      You’re a plastic fan. Please support another club. You drag our club down, it’s painfully obvious you don’t watch football.

      1. CraigZWE says:

        Only every game

        1. bomber says:

          Nah you comment on the score lines…you don’t watch. Everybody can see that, even Stevie Wonder…

          1. CraigZWE says:

            Okay bomber guess you the only real fan.

            What fan attacks another, got support Chelsea you will fit right in turd

            1. CraigZWE says:

              Or go continue your love affair with mert

            2. bomber says:

              No – I just attack trolls who never comment positively on the club. Your track record speaks for yourself. If Arsenal were losing you’d be posting walls of font. You’re probably not enjoying this scoreline.

              1. CraigZWE says:

                Please go back and check there are plenty of positives, if you were on in play you could see as well.

                Anyways wasted enough time on you little boy, go back to mummy

  20. gooner954 says:

    koscielny has to keep covering for mertesacker should’ve played gabriel

  21. Mick The Gooner says:

    Why is Ramsey on the wing?

  22. gooner954 says:

    take mertesacker OFF

  23. gooner954 says:

    think ramseys playing wide instead of ozil to cover defensively when moreno attackss

  24. mesüt says:

    Ramsey is leaving bellerin exposed.i would take him off for welbeck.

  25. Not looking good ………….We need to sell OZIL 42M to make little passes, loose the ball with no attempt of getting it back

    1. Leader says:

      Great ball by Ozil.. how do you feel now…

      1. PaddyGooner says:

        Ha ha ha. Love Ozil. Always have. Man is a genius on the ball. Feck the haters.

    2. nygooner says:

      go home dude

    3. bomber says:

      I’m so happy you’re not our manager – we’d be in division three by now. Stick with playing FIFA.

  26. Demwan Jones says:

    Mert making me nervous

  27. 2nd Half Welbeck and TR7 try something different we lost the initiative

  28. ras911 says:

    BELLEERINNN!!!!!!!!!!!

  29. gooner954 says:

    yes played belllerin

  30. Mick The Gooner says:

    Quality finish.

  31. gooner954 says:

    great ball by ozil

  32. mesüt says:

    Bellerin says f**k it.

  33. Seetsuma says:

    Wow. What a composed finish for the young Spaniard, especially since it was with the left boot!

  34. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    Why is James Corden in goal? Has he lost weight?

  35. gooner954 says:

    OZILLLLLLL

  36. ras911 says:

    What did u say about Ozil again??? Yeah thats wht i thought!! OEZILL!!!!!

  37. Seetsuma says:

    And to think. People were calling to remove and/or sell Ozil a few minutes ago.

  38. Eat my words Bravo OZIL

  39. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    My dream was right but the scorer was wrong

  40. Big Gun says:

    42 million? YOU BET YOUR ASS!

  41. True.Gooner says:

    I love arsenal

  42. ras911 says:

    Oh laawwwddddddd

  43. gooner954 says:

    BEatuiful

  44. gooner954 says:

    He’s Back
    COYG

  45. gooner954 says:

    REVENGE IS BEST

  46. GOONSTER says:

    This is the best game Ozil has played like a monster since joining us.. I am not his biggest fan but he is running the game for us 🙂

    1. Twig says:

      Aye! 😀

  47. vijaygunner says:

    i told you we’d slap liverpool silly.

  48. PaddyGooner says:

    Revenge for last year. Yes. Yes. Yes. First Ospina makes a great interception then Sanchez hitsthem with a cracker. Why can’t it be like this all the time.

  49. mesüt says:

    Three goals all beauties.COYG.

  50. GOONSTER says:

    Now lets not give away a 3-0 lead.. We always seem to give our opponents a chance in the second half to get back..

    Lets not give this away..

  51. John Legend says:

    Am not watching this game but I understand Ramsey is playing on the right and making assists. Can someone please explain the tactics Arsene is employing in this game?

    1. jeff says:

      Pressing Liverpool high and hit them on the break when they lose the ball in attacking positions.

    2. vijaygunner says:

      he went back to our 2012-13 season.

  52. RSH says:

    3 World class goals. Revenge feels so sweet. COYG!!!!

  53. rambo says:

    Thought not taking our early chances would come back to bite us on the ass, so glad it hasn’t, it’s been a long time since we’ve destroyed a top team, more goals plssss!!

  54. Twig says:

    Wow. What a half. Hope we don’t take our foot off the gas in the second half…

  55. juhislihis says:

    Bellerin – CLASS

    Özil – MAGICAL

    Sanchez – WORLDIE

    and Ramsey 2 assists despite the miss in the beginning SUPERB

    Arsenal – BEAUTIFUL, keep it up!

    1. PiresTheLegend says:

      Also gotta give it to le COQ. I know everyone wants a new DM in the summer but I don’t know what a different player could be doing any better than him at the moment

  56. TioMoses says:

    Literally buzzing! Best 8 mins ever! LOL

  57. Gundam says:

    I said 7 nil. 4 left. Giroud still needs that Hattrick.

  58. bomber says:

    CraigZWE and MIA Gooner are actually disappointed with the score line…plastic trolls – find another club. Funny how you have no positive comments now with this score line. Jog on.

    1. Redsoldier says:

      Cmmon, how can they be happy wen Wenger looks good. They want wenger out don’t u get? so this puts a damper on their campaign….lol

  59. Budd says:

    And Mert is playing one of his best games so far. Who’d have thought. I know I didn’t.

  60. great guns says:

    Kolo toure was one of our best players back in the day ……..nothing seems to have changed much.

  61. gooner954 says:

    The game is made for theo and danny to come on
    Liverpool are gonna go for it like champs league depends on it
    We just gotta sit (which is good for Per) and break
    5-0 FT
    COYG

  62. Redsoldier says:

    hahahaha…..I wonder how the dudes that did not want ozil and alexis to start feel now. This is the reason world class players have to play. They make something out of nothing. Class. More to come from these boys.

  63. Mesut O-healed says:

    second half let’s go, keep this lead Gunners

  64. Mick The Gooner says:

    Testament to our season that we’re 3-0 up at half time and I’m still not too confident we’ll win. Even this great run of form we’re on hasnt repaired the damage of those early season results.

  65. RSH says:

    Lets keep it going in 2nd half, still 45 min to play. COYG… Clean sheet would be great too 🙂

  66. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    I want 6. Time to put this to rest.

  67. PaddyGooner says:

    Hope we don’t do a Newcastle type implosion here. Fingers crossed.

  68. Gundam says:

    This needs to happen in the FA Cup if both teams make the final.

  69. PaddyGooner says:

    Whats wrong with Kos?

  70. sam-afc says:

    Damn kos has gone off. Hope it’s nothing bad 😐

  71. All we need now is a clean sheet COYG

  72. sam-afc says:

    Groin injury f*******ck

  73. PaddyGooner says:

    Wow what a save. Need to get the fourth now.

  74. Twig says:

    Ramsey’s biggest problem is pace…

  75. sam-afc says:

    Ramsey looks as though he’s injured as well…..

  76. PaddyGooner says:

    Oh no Flamini on for Ramsey. I sense a yellow card

  77. AYZAY says:

    Mama Craig: what do you want to be in future? , Craig zwe: a classy troll like…. Like hafiz, papa Craig: Wanna be a troll wanabe?, Craig zwe : yes dad just like hafiz

  78. GOONSTER says:

    Sanchez kills our moves.. The guy won’t let go of the ball..

  79. GOONSTER says:

    Bellerin been rush and causing problem. Needs to learn how to calm down..

  80. Mesut O-healed says:

    exactly what we don’t need

  81. CraigZWE says:

    Poor referring

  82. PaddyGooner says:

    Damn
    We’ve gone completely off the boil.

  83. PaddyGooner says:

    Stadium is so quiet

  84. PaddyGooner says:

    Red card ha ha

  85. GOONSTER says:

    Sanchez can sometimes be like a headless chicken, he always holds ton to the ball too long and has not sense of awareness.. smh

    1. Redsoldier says:

      Dont worry he will learn.

  86. CraigZWE says:

    great game gunners, let’s hope Chelsea slip and see what happens when they come to Emirates

  87. ras911 says:

    and to finish it offf, GIROUUUUDDDDD

    1. Redsoldier says:

      worldclass

  88. fred cowardly says:

    Who’s watching MOTD tonight lol

    So happy
    i may even give the Mother in law a kiss on the cheek

    My mother in law looks the spitting image of Ozil 🙁

  89. CraigZWE says:

    Commentator, ” Arsenal running their on goal of the season campaign”.

  90. fred cowardly says:

    Don’t worry about consolation goal. lol

    We beat Liverpool BIG

  91. Twig says:

    Was hoping for a 5-1. You know why 😛 Well done to the lads.

  92. Bravox says:

    Woooooo!!! What a game,welcum to the emirates.Chelsea here we come

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