Official teams and preview of Arsenal v Monaco

Arsene Wenger has made two changes to the line up that saw Arsenal take a two goal lead and hold on against Crystal Palace at the weekend and it will be no surprise to most fans that both are in the full back position. So Hector Bellerin comes back in and Kieran Gibbs returns for Monreal.

So Ospina keeps his place in goal ahead of Szczesny and Coquelin continues to be Wenger’s main man in front of the back four. The manager is also sticking with his somewhat experimental and very attacking formation of Cazorla and Ozil in the central areas.

There is plenty of pace, power and goals up front as well with Giroud leading the line and Welbeck and Alexis on either side. We also have a very strong looking bench with the likes of Walcott, Rosicky and even the Ox in case they are needed.

Ospina
Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs
Coquelin
Alexis, Cazorla, Ozil, Welbeck
Giroud

Subs: Szczesny, Gabriel, Monreal, Chambers, Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Walcott

And there is good news from the Monaco team sheet as well, with their star winger Carrasco and one of their best defenders Kurzawa only making the bench after picking up knocks at the weekend. They are also missing the experience of Carvalho at the back and Toulalan in the middle.

Go get em Gunners!

Tags Bellerin Gibbs welbeck

261 Comments

  1. ras911 says:

    This is a very attacking squad against a very defensive team. As long as we don’t get caught out on the breaks we will be okay. This is going to be very interesting.

    1. KickAssFan says:

      Ozil is messing up our game.

      1. ras911 says:

        Ozil really is messing up. If he doesn’t get his head into the game He should come off of Lil Mozart and Santi should be in the center. With our line up we should be bombarding Monaco. I guess we expected them to sit back and let us play our game but they have been really solid at the back and pushed up front too which may have messed up our game plan.

      2. galaxygooner says:

        I’ll Happily take 30 million for ozil, 15 mill for wilshere, 18 Mil for ramsey and spend it on a DM and a striker

    2. galaxygooner says:

      Mertesacker

    3. galaxygooner says:

      Mertesacker my god. Against fast teams and quick players, he is only as good as a lamp post.
      Arsenal needs at least a 7 player clear out

  2. Goonsquad8 says:

    Im glad welbeck is starting, don’t know why people are calling for theo when welbeck is in form and we are playing a team that PARKS 2 BUSSES. Walcotts attributes are nullified against a team that plays negative football because theres no space for him to run in to.

    And with cazorla as the b2b we need our wingers to be tracking back every opportunity in order to provide more defensive cover.

    Come on boys lets put monaco in there place!!!!
    COYG!!

  3. kam says:

    Who is going to replace Coq as a defensive midfielder if he gets injured? Chambers?

  4. CraigZWE says:

    Watch Monaco take the game to us and then we all shocked.

  5. KickAssFan says:

    Hahaha!!! Interesting. Sometimes the first thing that inspires confidence in a fan is the team selection.

    #COYG!!!

  6. CraigZWE says:

    Why didn’t we sell Poldolski and get Griezmann in summer, he is going to go for double when Athletico cash in.

    1. muffdiver says:

      why say this right before a huge champions league tie?

    2. Redsoldier says:

      we dont need him, we got alexis is better and chambo who i personally believe will be much better over time

  7. Mesut O-healed says:

    Welcome back to the squad Ox.

    COYG

  8. Miles says:

    I think we’ll win 12-0, ospina to score first in the 87th min

    1. chimchimgiroud says:

      You’re wrong buddy, i can only see 9-0 im afraid

    2. muffdiver says:

      i disagree….only very slightly

  9. Sumo says:

    Lovely line-up. Walcott not taking up defensive responsibilities is costing him dearly. Welbeck will help out Bellerin more than Walcott. Come on boys. Let’s do this.

  10. Mallu_Gooner says:

    3-1 to the arse

  11. CraigZWE says:

    Our passing is crisp, like a Simba chippie

  12. CraigZWE says:

    Hope we keep this up for 90 minutes

  13. Kotte says:

    Its a rili boring game..hv a bad feeling bout ths game!

  14. Mesut O-healed says:

    What are we doingggggg

    1. ArseOverTit says:

      Flapping.

      RozzA on for Ozil please. He is off the boil tonight..

      Monaco must be well chuffed!

      1. KickAssFan says:

        WTF??? But you are actually spot on. Ozil is cramping our style FFS!!!

  15. TioMoses says:

    Literally the only commentary G. Nev has provided so far is to criticize Ozil. STFU Nev!

    1. Goonsquad8 says:

      i know hes the only “expert” i respect but I’m starting to lose it

  16. muffdiver says:

    this is the champions league- wtf – motivate urselves

    1. NIKK says:

      Falling asleep here mate

  17. TH14atl says:

    Gary Neville give it a rest already. Youve been nothing but negative this entire game. Just admit you hate Mesut cause you ain’t mesut and keep it moving. I’m about to watch this game on mute or in Spanish.

    Sick of this guy.

    1. ArseOverTit says:

      No he isn’t.
      Gary Neville had 1% ability 99% work ethic and perspiration.

      Ozil 99% ability 1% effort.

      His right to criticise him. His not made one pass when he has touched the ball and reacts by slumping his shoulders.

      £42 mil back please!

      1. muffdiver says:

        is the exact reason i get on ozzys case-

        big games he disappears,
        someone that talented- so frustrating

  18. Kotte says:

    Haha we are a joke…we simply dnt turn out in games which matter most!

  19. ArseOverTit says:

    Oh

  20. CraigZWE says:

    Haha good bye

  21. TioMoses says:

    Come on man… Wake up

  22. Mesut O-healed says:

    Wow. Clucking WOW.

  23. ras911 says:

    well then.

  24. Mesut O-healed says:

    Monaco had no reason to score there. NO REASON.

  25. nygooner says:

    fk me

  26. juhislihis says:

    Away goal conceded. Absolutely unacceptable. This is worrying since now Monaco will park the bus.

  27. Daedric_Lord says:

    already eliminated, funny…

  28. CraigZWE says:

    Now we go gunho and lose it

  29. muffdiver says:

    embarassing, who the fckkk was marking kondogbia

    monaco barely ever score.
    no urgency from us.

  30. Mallu_Gooner says:

    No game plan…

  31. CraigZWE says:

    Is it only me, I know Ospina was wrong footed, but he could have tried.

    1. gmv8 says:

      It was a big deflection of Mertesacker… he didn’t have much chance

  32. Daedric_Lord says:

    sadly it will be another humiliating elimination…

  33. Mesut O-healed says:

    How is that a yellow on Le Coq?

    1. CraigZWE says:

      Nothing wrong there really

  34. TH14atl says:

    Relax and believe. We’re down 1 nil, it happens. We just have to win this game and the next, which we’re capable of. Nothing changes.

    1. ArseOverTit says:

      We are also capable of playing like c@*nts
      And blowing the best chance in 4 years to get in the last 8!!!!!

      F@ck!

  35. sam-afc says:

    What a joke. I actually thought we would boss this game. We have been so crap on the ball and no one looks up for it.
    We are so inconsistant.
    It takes a goal against us to actually start playing/ waking up.

    I’m livid

  36. reddb10 says:

    Mert standing like a plank as usual.

  37. Invincibles49 says:

    Ozil missing from another biig game. Take him off Wenger. He feels he is greater than the club, put him to the sword. Make him squeal. Show some guts!!!!

    1. ArseOverTit says:

      Rozza on!
      Ozil’s got slumping shoulder syndrome again.

  38. gunnerman8701 says:

    I think we not using the wings enough. We need to get some speed to the wings and we will get goals. We are not playing great but Monaco ain’t playing well either.

    1. Mesut O-healed says:

      I agree. Our right flank has been pretty open the entire match, but everyone seems to be clogging the middle

  39. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    Really enjoy watching all our world class players

    *pours another drink*

  40. reddb10 says:

    Apparently Monaco were happy with the easy draw against Arsenal. Looks like they had a point.

  41. Mallu_Gooner says:

    Ozil should be subbed off. But we know Wenger, subs on at 89th min…

  42. CraigZWE says:

    Ozil off
    Rosicky on

    If Welbeck doesn’t stay wide bring on Theo

    1. Mick The Gooner says:

      You can’t play Giroud and Welbeck together against good teams. This is exactly what happened against Liverpool – Welbeck doesn’t want to play as a winger and goes centrally, so there’s no one out wide to pass the ball out to and the central midfield is too congested.

  43. juhislihis says:

    Welbeck committed himself in a tackle, not only did he lost the ball but he also lost his man. His mistake was the reason why we conceded. You don’t commit yourself in your own defensive half unless you get either A) ball B) the player, but never miss both.

  44. RWRW says:

    Shit performance, even shitter fans!!! Fcuking silent at the emirates!!

    1. Mesut O-healed says:

      yeah, no energy

  45. sam-afc says:

    We’d be lucky to get 42p for özil at this rate. When is the boy gonna start playing to the best of his ability?
    A goal out of absolutely nothing.
    Same crap different year.

    1. gmv8 says:

      Saw him when he lost the ball he just stood and watched, rather than chasing… then after he kicked the ball into the box, he was pulling up his socks, when he should’ve been following in. Think he misunderstood the bench shouting at him to pull up his socks….

  46. Mick The Gooner says:

    Absolutely shocking performance. No movement out wide at all. None. This is why you don’t play Welbeck and Giroud together against a half-decent side – they both want to play as central striker and the wing is left completely unoccupied. Welbeck has played well, probably one of our better players, but for the sake of the team he has to be brought off for Walcott or Ox, wide players.

  47. Zulu-boy-SA says:

    Arsenal midgets and Monaco big men, everyone is gettibg bullied

  48. GOONSTER says:

    Where were our midfielders to close down that shot? Coq, Cazorla, Ozil, etc, where were they??

    The team does not look balanced without a B2B midfielder..

  49. jackieboy says:

    got what we deserved that half. I honestly don’t know why I even bother with these champions league games anymore cos it’s not like we’re close to winning it.

    This second half better be exceptional.

  50. NIKK says:

    So far same old crap…hope wenger sheds his cautious shell and sub ozil & giroud & get ox & walcott on frm half time

  51. Big Gun says:

    I really thought for a minute we were playing away. No atmosphere. Ozil needs a kick up the f*cking backside seriously, tired of his attitude. Take him off and bring on Rosicky. I would also take Welbeck off and bring on Chamberlain. We need players now that move forward with pace. We also need more movement off the ball. I hope Arsene Wenger blows a casket in that dressing room.

  52. gunnerman8701 says:

    Why does everyone have to pick on specific players when we play badly? The entire team have not really done very well. They need to be able to pass the ball quicker than they doing.

  53. Kotte says:

    I said its a boring game n i hav a bad feelin bout this game and ppl thumbd me down bt its easy to knw if arsenal playrs hv turned out 4 a game frm the 1st minute!

  54. ras911 says:

    I’m not worried. We will win. I hope none of of you actually thought it would be an easy game against a team that conceded 1 goal in 6 games in the CL so far. We can do this, COYG!!!!!

    1. Mick The Gooner says:

      It’s nothing to do with Monaco’s performance, only Kondogbia has really played well for them – and he’s played exceptionally well – it’s about our performance, and our performance has been shockingly bad.

  55. Mick The Gooner says:

    Ozil has been in very good form lately, but he’s been so awful tonight. I don’t know what’s wrong with him. He’s just constantly lost the ball and misplaced his passes.

  56. GOONSTER says:

    And everyone seems to want to be the creator,

    Sanchez is dropping deep and running at the defense.

    Ozil dropping off and trying to create,

    Cazorla is playing CM and is trying to create,

    Welbeck dropping deep and trying to run at defenders,

    Giroud is a target man and is not running in behind.

    Basically all our attackers are ball players rather than runners in behind..

    smh

  57. ArseOverTit says:

    Reduce the f@cking ticket prices so fans who would sing their gearts out could afford to get in.

    In fact start paying the fans for having to watch this shit.

  58. AYZAY says:

    Tell welbeck to embrace the wings n stop cutting in to cause congestion in the middle, we need a better 9, ozil isn’t wack our nine isn’t that good so it makes ozil look average

  59. Mesut O-healed says:

    Okay okay okay Ozil has been awful, but let’s not scapegoat him. Everyone on that pitch needs to step up their game this second half.

  60. HA559 says:

    you didn’t care before against Leicester and Palace, but now you are concerned with performance?

  61. Greg says:

    “Little mozart” should be brought on in the second half and ozil off! We need more energy and a better work rate rosicky gives us that! Coyg!

  62. isaaclys says:

    Miserable performance in the first half.
    Welbeck Sanchez Ozil even sometimes Coq were too closely packed in the midfield.
    I dont understand why welbeck had to move to the midfield despite successfully created dangerous play out the wings in the early minutes.
    Sanchez forgot he is a winger.
    Ozil Giroud Flop. Really poor touches n passes.
    We need cazorla to move up as CAM to create chances.
    Rosicky in for Ozil and play b2b.
    Only positive: bellerin

  63. Ks-Gunner says:

    Oh to be a gunner. You know it already but i like to say it aswell. We will all die young.

  64. marky958 says:

    Due to a medical condition bought on by the last 10 years of Arsenal playing shit! NO FKG COMMENT!!

  65. Burton says:

    A game crying out for Walcott

  66. Wayne Barker says:

    It is the mentality that worries me. Big game comes we tend to screw things up.

  67. Daedric_Lord says:

    and this giroud conclusion is why we need a world star forward like cavani or lewa

    1. Mesut O-healed says:

      so quick to forget his goal against Newcastle

      1. Daedric_Lord says:

        the results speak themselves

  68. gmv8 says:

    Why the hell is Ozil playing the second half, he doesn’t look like he knows where he is – he’s just given it away again!

    1. Mesut O-healed says:

      WHAT WAS MERTESACKER THINKING

  69. CraigZWE says:

    Constant fouls, surely a yellow is needed

  70. jb29 says:

    Hey, don’t get upset, we are fighting for fourth and getting to the quarter finals would just make us feel strange. This team and this manager has 4th and some mediocre CL performance written all over them. Stepping up would rob us of our good ole’ long lasting total mediocrity and might raise our blood pressure or whatnot.

  71. juhislihis says:

    Giroud should’ve scored. No excuses.

  72. Daedric_Lord says:

    can i say wenger out ????

  73. CraigZWE says:

    Told you, gunho

  74. ArseOverTit says:

    Goodbye UCL

  75. juhislihis says:

    Disgusting team.

    1. juhislihis says:

      Mertesacker bellend.

  76. RWRW says:

    Yep good bye Arsenal. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, FCUKING BOTTLEJOBS

  77. TioMoses says:

    Mertesacker……… what were you thinking

    1. nygooner says:

      he is a giraffe and it is a sin that he starts for us still

  78. nygooner says:

    LMAO. What!? The lack of concentration and the sheer j@ck@ssery is comical sometimes.

  79. Mallu_Gooner says:

    ozil out please

  80. sam-afc says:

    Absolute fool. Mertesacker you utter fool.
    Game over

  81. Shah of Arsenal says:

    Absolute trash

  82. CraigZWE says:

    Poor Kos shouting for backup and no comes.

    Kos and Santi only ones who should be wearing the Jersey today.

    Mert will be dropped next game for sure.

  83. muffdiver says:

    per mertesacker u f*cking moron

    embarassing

  84. Daedric_Lord says:

    we are far superiors in quality, but no specifical game plan, who is the culprit?

  85. Mesut O-healed says:

    We gotta get two back somehow.

  86. gunnerman8701 says:

    This is embarrassing. Now we are definitely out. Ozil should be substituted.

  87. CraigZWE says:

    Literally a Monaco 2nd team

  88. ArseOverTit says:

    What’s the AW excuse to be? Over confidence?

  89. Mesut O-healed says:

    OMFG GIROUD……

  90. sam-afc says:

    Get özil off the pitch now wenger for christs sake
    Why is theo A Winger on the bench….

  91. CraigZWE says:

    What a miss, first the header now tjis

  92. gunnerman8701 says:

    Out of ideas. What’s wrong with Giroud finishing today?

  93. kam says:

    The surprising thing is that Monaco playing with out their five first choice players.

  94. TioMoses says:

    Giroud should’ve scored that header, should’ve scored that rebound too 🙁

  95. Daedric_Lord says:

    giroud ‘^’^^’^’

  96. juhislihis says:

    GIROUD YOU F’N BELLEND GET THE F*CK OUT !!

  97. Shah of Arsenal says:

    Jesus Giroud WHAT ARE YOU DOING

  98. joeboy says:

    Get those two useless Germans out of the club now!!!!
    Sorry but wenger this is your fault, why do you refuse to see how Shti mertesacker is! Wenger thinks every arsenal player is good when they aint! No go about them what so ever tonight

  99. alejandro1301 says:

    Giroud is GOOD enough? REALLY?

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