Official teams and preview of Arsenal v Man City

There is some very good news on the team front for Arsenal fans today, but it does not concern anyone on the Gunners’ team sheet. It is the fact that our opponents Man City are without their talisman and best player Yaya Toure. And of course the new boy Danny Welbeck gets his debut at centre forward.

Even without that news, Arsene Wenger had promised that Arsenal were going to go all out for the win so this will only encourage the players to really take the game to the Premier League champions. And the injury to Aaron Ramsey which we feared would put the Welshman out of action for a while has turned out to be so minor that he starts today. I just hope that Wenger is not taking a risk with him.

Somewhat surprisingly, Jack Wilshere also starts and so does Mesut Ozil, so I assume that the German will be played out wide again with Jack in the number 10 position. A bit strange if you ask me, but let’s hope it pays off. Monreal’s recent good form means that he has kept his place with the recovered Kieran Gibbs on the bench.

Debuchy, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal
Flamini, Ramsey, Wilshere
Alexis, Welbeck, Ozil

subs : Ospina, Gibbs, Chambers, Arteta, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Podolski, Cazorla

A few surprises in the selection, for me anyway, but still a strong Arsenal side and hopefully enough to get us a much needed win. COYG

Tags Ramsey Toure welbeck


  1. Hafiz Rahman says:


  2. Ljungberg's Cool Red Hair says:

    Any subtitutions?

  3. Hafiz Rahman says:

    like i say previously for many times…

    Wenger has to go…

    poor tactics

    poor subs strategy

    playing players out of positions

    1. muffdiver says:

      like I SAID before ur a prik

      1. reddb10 says:

        truth hurts you then does it??

        1. captinweestain says:

          No Hafiz really is a nobhead, everything he says is trash.

  4. Jimbeam says:

    Fracking Zonal marking, the guy had a free header and Scez if you touch the ball from a heaader you keep it out!!!!

  5. Hafiz Rahman says:

    City has done very well for an away game….

    time to go Wenger…

    sick of the repeat excuses…

  6. Brada b says:

    86min sub smfh fack u #WENGER

  7. Demwan Jones says:

    So ozil ended up playing full 90 mins, just can’t believe dis

  8. blondin says:

    These 4 must go:Schezny,Mert,Monreal,Arteta.
    Need 1good goalie,2-3 defenders,1-2 defensive midfielders.

  9. Jimbeam says:

    Why did he not take Ozil out and let us play with 10 men

  10. CraigZWE says:

    Will we take confidence from this game?

    Buy a DM beast in January maybe we win return fixture

    1. Hafiz Rahman says:

      how about Mvilla? Capoue, Sissoko, Diame or even Mbigwa?

      1. jermaineBryan says:

        Sisokko would be good addition to the squad as he is a pure bred athlete but he isn’t a dm

        I think Morgan schnederlin. Would be excellent he is too big for Southampton and he is only getting better why not go for him carvalho isn’t good enough for us he has had a terrible start this season even getting sent off for mistimed tackles

    2. RSH says:

      couldve bought someone this summer and we wouldnt have this problem.

  11. RSH says:

    more bad subs, hooray

  12. sandy1985 says:

    thumbs up…if you feel we can still snatch 3 point…

  13. Hafiz Rahman says:

    well.. its over..

    game over…

    title over

    1. captinweestain says:

      Fancy a pint to cheer us up (sarcasm!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!0

  14. captinweestain says:


  15. ras911 says:

    We will win this, come on boys!!!!

  16. captinweestain says:

    Send Milner off man

    1. Hafiz Rahman says:

      its full time

  17. Hafiz Rahman says:

    Shezny has taken his number 1 position for granted again…

    hes too raw and inexperience

    time for Opina….

    1. ras911 says:

      Really? Szchezny had a solid game. Can’t really blame him for trying to save that header. Have you not seen how many times he saved us today?

  18. muffdiver says:

    post twice- we r veryyy lucky

  19. REiGN says:

    Omg. My heat skipped a beat

  20. captinweestain says:

    Thank you posts.

  21. Onochie says:

    Its very funny,how arsenal play sometimes,like they are on summer holidays and not serious,how can u put the slowest Defender against a sharp faster opponent.

  22. muffdiver says:

    hahaha sorry cashri , maybe next time

  23. captinweestain says:


  24. Gunnersrule says:


  25. mortal says:

    why cant we beat this big teams on our own home ground like they did us last season.

  26. RSH says:

    draw not good enough if were trying to win league.

  27. captinweestain says:

    cmon arsenal

  28. reddb10 says:

    we are playing at hme and wenger puts on arteta with seconds to go.
    what a joke

    1. pnk.gooner says:

      We’re you watching the game?????

  29. Hafiz Rahman says:

    its gona be very tough at Eithad….

  30. muffdiver says:

    thanks mikel u facking tit

  31. Ljungberg's Cool Red Hair says:

    Wenger tactis are pure crap

  32. Invincibles49 says:

    Zonal marking every damn time….wenge u just dont learn.. 3 points down the drain..gutted.

    1. jermaineBryan says:

      With zonal marking last season we conceded once in the league u obviously watch allot of match of the day as they always comment on arsenal zonal marking even when theirs nothing to comment on

  33. joeboy says:

    We are lucky not to too loose today, lucky to get a point! Mertasacker is so poor! But on the positive what a performance from wilshere

  34. Gunnersrule says:

    what the cfcuk.

  35. ritblitz says:

    I am convinced aw is total white… Why play ox for 5 mts when ozil was not there still all for 90 mt…fans in London shud protest against this nonsense…that’s 2 pts lost..

  36. captinweestain says:

    Point gained or 2 points lost. Going into the game i can accept this, but we should gave hung on for the 3 points.

    1. Jimbeam says:

      Point gained… they were running all over us in the last 10 minutes. 2 posts, one slightly offside goal. Our D is not good enough.

  37. captinweestain says:

    Seriously a new Turtles movie ? lol

  38. ritblitz says:

    This policy of rotating players thinking about upcoming games is has only results do in injured players and trophyless yrs…playing one game at a time and win it…

  39. Mark Mywords says:

    What do we have in the end? One lucky point and in all probability a serious injury to Debuchy. Thank god we have one guy (Chambers) covering for three positions (RB and both CB). Again we have the results of Wenger’s failings in the market and tactically. When will people understand that we need a new manager?

  40. captinweestain says:

    Hope Debuchy is alright, otherwise were a bit F*cked!!!!!!!!!!!

  41. mortal says:

    playing draw on our own home soil against the big teams is total crap if we think we are a big team as well.

    1. pnk.gooner says:

      Who played for a draw??? We’re you not watching the game. Man C is no minnow and. We were not lucky. Get off the negativity bandwagon. It was obvious the team was trying to win up to the last seconds. I diff didn’t c any buses being parked.

  42. captinweestain says:

    aghhhhhhhhhhhhhh look at Highbury 🙁 ;( 🙁 🙁 🙁 times a million.

  43. captinweestain says:

    Media clowns hating on the arsenal again.

  44. captinweestain says:

    Scholes has nothing positive to say at all, does he ?

  45. ritblitz says:

    AW is stupid now.I think it is the manager breaking confidence of the players withbhis mgmt…can’t recall one non-engine player who has done well here since fab…

  46. Adienl says:

    Why is ozils’ work rate so poor?
    Is it a fitness issue?
    He was anonymous for most of the game and didn’t produce anything of note.
    Atrocious defending today, or we’d have won today.

  47. ritblitz says:

    Ozil…..needs to be watched 24 hrs..need to find out what makes him run so meaningless and without any passion….is he still remembering Madrid..
    Campbellnot on bench but ozil plays 90 mts… I think ozil shud be made to play under 21 for 90 mts and not for the senior side…forget the world cup tag…it was not because of him but inspired of him.

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