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. gmv8 says:

    What the hell is Giroud doing ???? He should’ve scored 5 by now!!!

  2. Me says:

    Thats it – game, set and match.

    Perpetual fight for fourth place.

    Never get past the last sixteen.

    And people still think Wenger is the man to lead Arsenal to glory.

    Arsenal fans are so deluded

    Always living in the past.

    Always thinking that Wenger can achieve greatness again.

    Wenger is useless – totally and utterly useless…

    1. Sumant The Gooner says:

      So seems we have actually managed to kill the tie in the first leg, as was so hugely expected.

  3. medvet says:

    6 chances misses by giroud, what a piece of shit he is

  4. juhislihis says:

    And the Donkey is back.

  5. medvet says:

    6 chances misses by giroud, what a piece of sh*t he is

  6. Wayne Barker says:

    No problem giroud will again score against a burnley or some other lower league club and he will be termed as the best.

    Giroud> RVP ( As per our genius fans)

    1. muffdiver says:

      lol

  7. blondin says:

    mert is morte/deadwood/0-should of been released year ago

  8. muffdiver says:

    giroud is arsenals costa

    looooool– ohhhh the irony

  9. medvet says:

    at least, the donkey is gone….

  10. Mesut O-healed says:

    Good sub. Let’s go Theo

  11. NIKK says:

    About time wenger…come on walcott

  12. CraigZWE says:

    Yes, come on Theo, and bring on ox and Rosicky

  13. Fab says:

    Haaaaa haaa! And that shows Giroud is better than Costa

  14. Mallu_Gooner says:

    Why the flock is ozil still playing

  15. medvet says:

    thanks ospina

  16. reddb10 says:

    Wenger will never learn, its the same nightmare every year and us gooners just end up visiting the doctor with heart trouble after CL games.

  17. CraigZWE says:

    Ospina to the rescue.

    2-0 I have hope
    3-0 hahaha

  18. gmv8 says:

    Wrong decision taking Giroud off though.. at least he was in a position to score… Ozil needed to come off

    1. juhislihis says:

      Position to score means nothing if you’re playing like a donkey. He missed 2 clear scoring opportunities, other one was a sitter. No way deserved to be on the pitch.

  19. Daedric_Lord says:

    âlmost 3

  20. Fab says:

    Giroud is a world class

  21. Fab says:

    Giroud is better than Harry Kane

  22. Daedric_Lord says:

    i feel embarassed… wenger cannot prepare a match anymore or motivate players…

  23. CraigZWE says:

    Alexis must be thinking why the hell he didn’t wait for a big club.

  24. GOONSTER says:

    What the fck is Coq doing so up the pitch??

  25. CraigZWE says:

    Aaaarrrg

  26. LoCkAy says:

    Welbeck has nothing to do on the pitch…
    Gibbs has foot…!!
    Why is Walcott not playing?

    Why is Monreal not playing?

    A lot of people here thought that Monaco will be an easy ride (well the deluded and the ones who have no clues about football and even watching it).

    Monaco concede one goal during the group stage and have 5 of their best players not even in the squad due to injury…!!!

    Now he is taking Giroud out to punish him and brings Walcott.
    Welbeck will play striker even though his record is abysmal and pitiful…

    The all thing is laughable so far…

    May be we will play better at Monaco…!!!

    We are the same game Man City did against Barcelona…!!

    I think the players thought they were in the next round already…!!

    1. joeboy says:

      I think the players ain’t good enough! Please tell how mertesacker is stealing a living at arsenal

    2. GoonAR says:

      We do have the quality to outplay and beat Monaco over two legs. If you don’t show up to play, snatch chances, and don’t defend you obviously don’t win. (at least the first leg) and make it a difficult 2nd leg.

  27. Daedric_Lord says:

    noooooo

  28. joeboy says:

    Wenger has no arsehole or just crazy, if that Jose ozil and mert would have been subbed straight off!

  29. Fab says:

    Giroud hold up play and link up play is soo good to watch

  30. medvet says:

    como on stubborn one, putt rozza on

  31. Zulu-boy-SA says:

    One of the commentators speaks talks like he is cuming

  32. Mesut O-healed says:

    Woah woah Ox for the Coq?!?

  33. fred cowardly says:

    I feel like crying

  34. Mallu_Gooner says:

    ozil out

  35. CraigZWE says:

    Theo looking dangerous

  36. Daedric_Lord says:

    im angry, its not possible how we have fallen

  37. joeboy says:

    Dear wenger,
    Please look at the Monaco side and see how you PROPERLY defend and how shape

  38. CraigZWE says:

    What is Mert doing. Take Mert off

  39. Daedric_Lord says:

    specialist in failure

  40. reddb10 says:

    153 European games at Highbury only 9 losses. Anyone kept count how many at the Emirates?

  41. LoCkAy says:

    Like any French team, they are good on the ball, skilled and focus…

    Wenger has his behind stuck on the chair…. Because he can… Nothing will happen, he has no pressure anyway…
    Even managers like Ancelotti, Mourinho and other still walk the touchline with informations for the players…!! And Wenger is not even close to those characters…!!

    Mertesacker… What a legend !!!

  42. Mesut O-healed says:

    kamikaze defense

  43. Me says:

    What a job the Arsenal job is.

    No pressure

    Failure after failure

    Mediocre season after mediocre season

    Lose big game after big game.

    But F**k me the man is still in a job and lets be honest there is more chance of hell freezing over than him being sacked or leaving.

    Wenger is doom for Arsenal pure and simple – nothing ever changes with him.

    Just the whining and whinging and the crap about team spirit and mental strength and all the other bollocks he drones on about.

    I have more respect for Mourinho than Wenger because despite Mourinho’s incessant whining at least he WINS things. Wenger just fails all the time – a master of failing…

    1. reddb10 says:

      I was with you up to the point you mentioned moronho

    2. joeboy says:

      Haha class

  44. Fab says:

    Giroooooouuuuuuuud

  45. CraigZWE says:

    Rosicky please

  46. gunnerman8701 says:

    Out of ideas and look clueless

  47. Mesut O-healed says:

    No one is moving… no one. And it seems like everyone is playing outta position

  48. Fab says:

    Giroud is our next Thiery Henry

  49. sam-afc says:

    An easier draw this was supposed to be hahaha.

  50. gmv8 says:

    Ox has been really good -just need someone to finish it off

    1. Mesut O-healed says:

      but our back 4 is being exposed on the counter

      1. gmv8 says:

        They were anyway, looks like we’ve turned up with no plan to defend. Ox has been doing some good work at the back as well.

  51. CraigZWE says:

    Where is Olivier Costa, don’t see him on the field

  52. Fab says:

    Giroud has scored 50 goals in three seasons more than what Drogba did. He is the world best

  53. 1998gunner says:

    This is a disgrace.
    All Arsenal players, backroom staff and the manager should all be ashamed of this performance.

    1. RWRW says:

      AND THE FANS!!!

  54. RWRW says:

    Absolute fcuking shambles. Its af is we don’t realise JUST ONE goal now whole at home will help us

  55. Daedric_Lord says:

    really i cannot bear this playing anymore, wenger is NOT capable anymore

  56. gmv8 says:

    Wish we’d been drawn against Madrid now … this is an embarassment

  57. Ronny331 says:

    We don’t know what we are doing!
    Per back to his best 🙁
    People on here saying 3-0 or 4-0 to us, joke!
    I watched this side play arsenal in the Emirates cup, they are a tight unit.
    If you remember we lost one nil to a Falcao goal, another clean sheet for Monaco.

  58. admin says:

    Jeez I can’t believe that Wenger actually started with the team i picked
    http://www.justarsenal.com/my-strongest-arsenal-team-to-destroy-monaco-what-is-yours/39090
    Obviously we both ***** up!

    1. CraigZWE says:

      Yeah, but most fans on this site were happy as well, so guess we all ****** up.

      Oh not me though, didn’t comment on the selection.

  59. Dennis says:

    I’ve said it all along, field the same 11 that beat city, ox was available yet we played with welbeck?? the only way welbeck should get into this team is as a 2nd half sub for giroud. Same with Ozil, he should be a sub for the true #10 cazorla.

    The other change that needs to happen immediately is i don’t CARE how bad gabriel’s english is he needs to start over BFG.

  60. LoCkAy says:

    Monaco shows a solidarity and composure.
    No stars (Well, I don’t really know if we have any… Really!), but players backing each other and playing in symbioses.
    They are patient, calm and have no problem withe the ball (not like Welbeck or Gibbs who can barely control the ball).

    We might do better at Monaco because Wenger will have no choice but to do his f*cking job…

    Anyway, there is no pressure and no obligation for results…

    The importance is to get into the CL next season… AND THAT IS IT…!!

    Wenger just loves his little sh*t players… Welbeck is rubbish that is why Van Gaal sold him to us (suckers !!!) for an over priced fee…!!

  61. PaddyGooner says:

    Possibley the worst I’ve seen

  62. juhislihis says:

    The fans at the emirates are pathetic, the players are more pathetic and our manager is the most pathetic of them all.

  63. Daedric_Lord says:

    gabriel should start ahead of mert …. ever

  64. CraigZWE says:

    Can someone just have a shot at goal.

    Why Santi and not Ozil

  65. Mallu_Gooner says:

    WHY THE F*** IS OZIL NOT OFF ???

  66. gunnerman8701 says:

    What a terrible home performance against an average team

  67. ArseOverTit says:

    10 mins for rozza. Ozil must be knackered with all that walking around!

  68. Zulu-boy-SA says:

    Kondogbia, what a player

  69. PaddyGooner says:

    Even the deflections aren’t going our way.

  70. fred cowardly says:

    MOTM????

    🙁

    1. CraigZWE says:

      Ummmm, Kondogbia.

      But if you referring to Arsenal, then I ain’t got a clue (maybe Muff or me he’ll even the bus down the road)

      1. CraigZWE says:

        Bum sorry

  71. macgooner says:

    For all those who thought the tie would be over in the first leg ye were right

  72. joejoe says:

    ONE OF THE BIGGEST F–K UPS EVER BY A TEAM PLAYING AT HOME WITH A FAR BETTER TEAM ON PAPER.

    THIS IS AN UNFORGIVEABLE PERFORMANCE BY TEAM AND MANAGER………………..

    REASON WHY DESPITE US BEING 3RD HAVE NEVER HAD CONFIDENCE IN THIS TEAM!!!

    1. Mesut O-healed says:

      What about that 3-0 lead we gave up to Anderlecht?

  73. Daedric_Lord says:

    monaco 2 occasions 2 goals, arsenal how many you need?

  74. Mesut O-healed says:

    We are the best Arsenal fans for still watching this sh*t show

  75. Ks-Gunner says:

    Whenever i think it cant become any worse, such things happens. Losing to Monaco,wtf. WWWWWWWTTTTTTTtt f%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%ckkk.

  76. jackieboy says:

    11 d**ks and a soppy c**t in the dugout, only way to describe us tonight.

  77. sam-afc says:

    To be fair. Monaco have come with a game plan tonight and it’s plaid off. Arsenal have made it pretty easy for them by playing utter sh*t. Out in the first leg at home is a real embarrassment.

  78. Fab says:

    Giroud is our Man of the match

  79. medvet says:

    F*ck off wenger, goiroud and mert…. and the rest of the team playing in slow motion…. i m tired of this sh*t, Monaco¡?¡?¡?, really Monaco¡?¡?¡ F*ck all the wengerites…..

  80. PaddyGooner says:

    Monaco are doing everything right

  81. Ks-Gunner says:

    how many of you people think that we will beat manure?

    1. CraigZWE says:

      I don’t think so, but I hope so.

      What we need before that game is another humiliating loss, we always play well after one.

  82. Daedric_Lord says:

    you cant buy class but we dont have class anymore

  83. gmv8 says:

    Wellbeck is not the man for central striker, which he appears to be now…..

  84. LoCkAy says:

    Kondogbia is on loan from At Madrid and Wenger will tell you “he cannot find quality”…
    Sometimes you wonder why we have not won the CL… Since we seem to have so much quality already and potential.

    Win the CL or the league is just a step to far for the club as long as Wenger is in place.

    The all structure needs rebuilding because even when we have a glimpse of hope, the all farce comes down and injuries start to pill up.

    YOU LOOK AT THE MONACO MANAGER AND YOU WILL THINK THEY ARE BEHIND 2-0…!!!

    I do understand, Wenger is concentrating on Everton and the return game because it is over.

    Steve Bould is a muppet only good to say “f*ck off” to unhappy fans… He can go f*ck himself as far as I am concerned, fake t*at…!!

  85. joeboy says:

    THIS IS ALL YOUR FAULT WENGER FOR SELLING LORD BENTDNER!

  86. PaddyGooner says:

    Wow what a goal

  87. gmv8 says:

    What did I say about Ox? Come on…..

  88. LoCkAy says:

    Chamberlain… Well done…
    Coming out of no where…!@!! But we take it, god damn it !!!

  89. Mesut O-healed says:

    MOTM – Ox

  90. Fab says:

    Haaaa haaa haaa @ Kamikaze defense? this reminds me of my country mate Shafii Dauda!!!. TZ til die Mwanakwetu!

  91. fred cowardly says:

    Goal, but still feel like crying

  92. Big Gun says:

    As per usual we crumble and fold against teams that apply pressure. On top of that, no movement off the ball and no width. I cannot believe I stayed up this late to watch this steaming pile of crap. I doubt Sanchez will be with us for more than another season, he is probably fed up with the rest of our team. Good effort and goal by Ox. Why must we wait till dire straits to start playing with some fight and passion? SMH

  93. Daedric_Lord says:

    eliminated

  94. Mesut O-healed says:

    F*CK ALL OF THIS.

  95. medvet says:

    ok, this is enough sh*t for me………… im done……….FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKk OFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF

  96. juhislihis says:

    Oh my God.. Pathetic.

  97. RWRW says:

    YUP GAME OVER

  98. Ks-Gunner says:

    Mertesacker you piece of shet. Only a facker like Wenger would pay you the money you are earning as a footballer.

  99. sam-afc says:

    Ahahahahahaha you gotta laugh.
    Arsenal football club?
    Arsenal football comedy
    Gash gash gash

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