Official teams and preview of Arsenal v West Brom

I expected Arsene Wenger to make some changes to the Arsenal starting line up for the final game of the Premier League season today, at home to the in form West Brom of Tony Pulis. But the Frenchman’s XI is still a bit of a surprise, with both Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere coming in.

Almost as big a surprise is that Wenger has dropped Olivier Giroud to the bench and put the star of the season Alexis Sanchez through the middle. Also, it is Aaron Ramsey that drops to the bench while Santi Cazorla keeps the box to box role alongside Francis Coquelin.

Whether Laurent Koscielny is still a bit under the weather we don’t know but the Frenchman has been replaced by Gabriel while Kieran Gibbs keeps his place at left back. There is great news as well with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain taking his place among the subs after a long injury lay off.

Ospina
Bellerin, Mertesacker, Gabriel, Gibbs
Cazorla, Coquelin
Walcott, Wilshere, Ozil
Alexis

subs: Szczesny, Koscielny, Monreal, Flamini, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Giroud

This is a big game for the two England internationals, with Jack given the coveted number 10 position and Theo on the right as they attempt to save their Arsenal careers as well as force their way into the team for Wembley next weekend.

Tags Walcott Wilshere

144 Comments

  1. Gunner_PB says:

    Flamini missing the starting lineup again, whats wrong with Wenger.

    1. SoOpa AeoN says:

      we can still win the League this yr………all hope is not Lost COYG! *grinning*

    2. SoOpa AeoN says:

      Oh Lord pLs HeLp us……….. WE ARE PLAYING AT THE EMIRATES *Raised eyebrow*

      1. SoOpa AeoN says:

        waLcott starts……….. Expecting an OX cameo …….. YIPPEE!

      2. vince says:

        get out m8. you and your negative comments. no need to be that atm.

  2. ArsenalGenes says:

    Doesnt matter we are 3rd.. Coyg

  3. juhislihis says:

    Walcott starting! Is he the right winger or striker? According to Flashscore he’s starting as striker.

    Anyways, hoping he plays well. Can’t stand the fickle tit boys coming here bashing our players after one match.

    1. captinweestain says:

      Giroud should be super sub at all times.

  4. Peter says:

    walcott plays in the center

  5. sevenitti says:

    No real striker on top, Γ–zil out wide? It looks to me like Wenger’s playing 4-2-4-0 instead of 4-2-3-1. We’re either gonna win big or really struggle to find the net.

    1. WM says:

      Looks like the former haha

  6. lupe says:

    what’s wrong with wenger, why is sanchez starting again, can’t he be rested and he has been out of form and with the FA cup final he should have rested him and where is rosicky and chambers also. Why is he playing wilshere, ozil and cazorla together.. seriously wenger will never change when it comes to rotation and balance of his squad, some people just never get to play. I actually believed we can win the league again with wenger but i am starting to doubt that.

    1. YingYang69 says:

      Do you want players going into the final after some bad bad displays or would you rather they go in on a high with some goals to boot.

    2. galen says:

      Even if we win today my opinion won’t change. Playing all this Cm is not the answer. Its either Ozil or cazorla and its either Rambo or Jack. No need trying to fit them all together. last game we had Cazorla ozil rambo and jack and yet we din’t score a goal. having creativity doesn’t mean the team is balanced.
      Chelsea swansea United Sunderland have all crowded the midfield and make it difficult for us as we have no width. Wenger needs to be bold and make the big decisions.

      I also felt Sanchez Ozil and cazorla would have done with some rest. Sanchez has played almost every game and its only natural that he slows down a lil. But Wenger sees them in training everyday so i respect his decision.

  7. Mallu_Gooner says:

    Glad to see Walcott starting.

  8. Big Head says:

    Where is Diaby?

    1. juhislihis says:

      Gone already I hope. Love when he’s playing but enough is enough. We are a professional football team, not a fair play charity team.

      1. HA559 says:

        You must’ve missed it when he said he doesn’t want to be paid when hes out injured.

        1. juhislihis says:

          No I haven’t. Even though he hasn’t been paid, he’s taking one squad place in our team. A place which could be filled with a young, upcoming player (like Bellerin has been this year) or just a squad player actually can contribute to our cause.

          What possible contribution can he do what we hypothetically would regret, if we get rid of him?

          1. Tidan2 says:

            young players don’t count to the squad…

  9. Dennis says:

    where’s rosicky man? surely the dude deserves ONE game instead of playing people out wide.

    1. HA559 says:

      Wenger destroyed Rosicky. First Rosicky comes to Arsenal from Dortmund as an AMF. Wenger then converts him to Left Winger, in which he then starts to shoot less at goal. These days he hardly even shoots. Why not give him a run at AMF and rest maybe both of Cazorla and Ozil. So many of ou rplayers will go into the Fa Cup final out of form anyway.

      1. sun says:

        Rosicky isn’t destroyed. He is still an amazing player, injuries have forced him to change his style over the years.
        Also if you were to ask Rosicky if Wenger has “destroyed” him he’ll likely laugh in your face as with the amount of injuries he has had over the years not many managers would have stuck by him and no other big club would have kept him around. He has also just signed another one year extension because Wenger knows he is still a good player and Rosicky wants to stay at Arsenal… if he was “destroyed” he would have left years ago.

  10. Godswill says:

    No matter the line-up, we must pick loopholes. Giroud out and Theo in, Ramsey out and Sanchez play, etc., still complain. When has CR7 been rested when he’s fit? Sanchez likes playing. Ok, me, I did not want Ospina for this game so am complaining.
    @ Admin. Where is Hafiz? I hope you have not censored him. We need his crackers some time.

    1. juhislihis says:

      I agree with Sanchez assessment. I like to think he’s the kind of player who doesn’t need rest. I’m sure HE himself knows when he’s fit than any of us keyboard-managers.

  11. RSH says:

    would have liked to see Zelalem on the bench. Put him on in 80th minute or something. Dont really care bout lineup. I hope this doesnt mean Wenger thinks Walcott can actually play striker though.

  12. HA559 says:

    If we get atleast 5 corners today, Paulista will score his first goal.

  13. Mesut O-chill says:

    DAMN THEO!

  14. juhislihis says:

    GET IN THERE THEO!!! WHAT A SHOT

  15. Mesut O-chill says:

    Moving the ball a lot quicker, loving it.

  16. Twig says:

    Now, that’s what you get with Walcott. Goals and assists. Always believed in you Theo πŸ˜‰

    1. Big Gun says:

      HEAR HEAR! Theo always dangerous, scored against United now again today. Vital player.

  17. RWRW says:

    Great finish!!

  18. Dennis says:

    wow!!! you telling me we had that all year long? and we chose to sit him down for donkey giroud?

    1. RSH says:

      I mean it’s not like giroud was scoring every game at a point or something….

  19. SoOpa AeoN says:

    walcott showing what he is capable of in Just 4mins

  20. Mesut O-chill says:

    THEO THEO THEO

  21. True.Gooner says:

    Theo plays well when he wants a pay rise

    1. juhislihis says:

      Or when he starts?

    2. Twig says:

      Or when he pays through the middle?

  22. juhislihis says:

    THEO THEO THEO

    “Sterling is better” Hahahahahahahahah

  23. Mesut O-chill says:

    That counts as an Ozil assist surely, right @Twig?

    1. Twig says:

      I didn’t see that incidence

  24. RWRW says:

    Theo Theo Walcott!!!

  25. arsenalvienna says:

    i have to say it again … Theo is the one and only who gives us the little extra special thing that can make us a real world class team

  26. Mesut O-chill says:

    WTF IS THIS MADNESS

  27. juhislihis says:

    JACK WHAT A SHOT!!!

  28. RWRW says:

    What a goal??????

  29. ras911 says:

    Oh lawdd!!!!

  30. Godswill says:

    Oh Theo. You’ve spoil things. Wenger will not buy a top striker again. Why did you choose this last game for this exhibition?

    1. Godswill says:

      Where were this English guys? I was talking about Theo the Wilshire came up with his own. Anyway, lets enjoy the game.

  31. True.Gooner says:

    I’m happy.. Watch out villa!!! πŸ™‚
    πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  32. SoOpa AeoN says:

    sign him a new contract right on the pitch…….. THEO deserve to stay at the emirates….. I tell u!…sign him quickly!

  33. True.Gooner says:

    Gabriel assist, how many has per made?

    1. RSH says:

      so we’re judging defenders on assists now just to make mertesacker look bad? Or was your comment just a joke. Pray it’s the latter.

    2. Mesut O-chill says:

      I’m just happy we scored from a corner. Haven’t done that in a while.

  34. alejandro1301 says:

    Maybe a preview of what we can have next season. Jack has playing good recently apart from the goal, and theo just shows his quality. He gives that thing that Giroud doesn’t, spark up the attack. Don’t get me wrong I think both are good but this shows that variation gives results, it may be the last game but it proves a point I believe

  35. Dennis says:

    Theo only plays well when he wants a new contract, overpaid pre-madona

    1. captinweestain says:

      Pay dat guy.

  36. True.Gooner says:

    Walcott to get first half hatrick??? πŸ™‚
    what Giroud has failed to do in 3 seasons πŸ˜‰

  37. Tidan2 says:

    and who did they both thank? Shad Forythe.

    mark my words, our injury woes are a thing of the past and all teams should be scared.

    1. Tidan2 says:

      my bad, it was Declan Lynch

  38. True.Gooner says:

    Second half will be same old sh*t πŸ™ πŸ™

  39. True.Gooner says:

    Now man city will bid 50million for wishere πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
    Wenger please take the money and run πŸ˜‰ we can buy vidal with it πŸ˜›

    1. galen says:

      U silly. Jack is arsenal till he dies. Watch Rosisky interview and he says how jak is one of the leaders of the team how he is one of the fighters. he talks about Jack Per rambo and Flamini as leaders. U want to sell that quality to Man city? What a way to help your rival win the league. we are not broke anymore. we don;t have to sell SILLY.

  40. True.Gooner says:

    Who are those thumping me down ?? πŸ˜› πŸ˜€

    1. WM says:

      Maybe it’s the fact that your usename is True.Gooney when you berating a true gooner who plays for us with his heart on his sleeve. Stop slagging off one of our own, even if he isn’t on form.

      1. galen says:

        How can u be a true gooner and you want to sell jack at thesame time? I hope jack becomes our gerrad like of figure and spends his who career at Arsenal.

    2. captinweestain says:

      Apart from Theo, he’s playing the best football in ages, moving fowrd with the ball.You watching the same match??
      Wislhire is amazing.

    3. Big Gun says:

      The ones with common sense

  41. RWRW says:

    Please bring the OX on. Have missed him too much!!!

  42. Tidan2 says:

    Walcott is insane now… I knew he had it in him but this change is pretty special

  43. RWRW says:

    Brilliant!!!

  44. juhislihis says:

    Well now we are just walking the ball to net! Marvelous!

  45. True.Gooner says:

    I said it!! πŸ˜€ hope you’re watching Giroud πŸ˜‰

  46. True.Gooner says:

    I love santi when he come forward πŸ™‚

  47. play this team in the cup final!

    1. True.Gooner says:

      You’re not a season ticket holder.

  48. True.Gooner says:

    What is happening to liverpool??? πŸ˜‰

  49. Justsoccerfan says:

    One thing about Walcott, he is good in front of goal.

  50. Young J says:

    Should Walcott go? no f*ck you he is scoring

  51. gunner4life07 says:

    Wilshere and walcott show
    Wilshere is class in thΓ© middle like ramsey
    ✌

  52. Mesut O-chill says:

    Who ever is at the Emirates – can you get a chant going please? I can hear a pin drop

  53. True.Gooner says:

    Just win 8:0 and scare villa.

    1. captinweestain says:

      Villa are scared already, trust me.

  54. True.Gooner says:

    Walcott to score five and get bench against villa.

  55. juhislihis says:

    We leading 4-0..

    Stoke winning Liverpool 5-0 πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ No European football for them if Tiny Tots win today.

    1. Sacrificial_Pizza says:

      Uhhhhhm so then you think Villa will be in Europe? That’s not very optimistic

  56. Andrew AFC says:

    Well done Theo. Wenger take him off in the second half, I do not want him to miss another FA Cup final.

  57. True.Gooner says:

    How many goals did sterling scored this season? Is it up to theo’s?

  58. Mesut O-chill says:

    5-0. Liverpool fans are probably getting consoled from their Spurs friends right about now

  59. True.Gooner says:

    Theo has more goals than lambert and fan favourite baloteli in one match πŸ˜€

  60. captinweestain says:

    Theo and Wilshire are on fire!

  61. Justsoccerfan says:

    For the good of beautiful game, I will always go with Walcott. I just hate hold up play.

  62. GOONSTER says:

    And people keep jumping on the bad wagon calling for Walcott and Wilshere to be sold.. Just lost in the moment fans..

    I keep saying it and will keep saying it.. Wilshere, Ramsey and The Ox are better EPL midfielders than Ozil.. They just need to stay fit and you will see what I am talking about…

    Good half but we have not been challenged by West Brom..

    1. RSH says:

      None of them are better than Ozil are you being serious? Again, Ozil has created the most chances in the side this season. Wilshere has two good games the whole season and he’s better than Ozil? Ramsey had a poor first half of the season, and a patchy 2nd half, Ox wasn’t the most effective player first half of the season either. Maybe if you mention Cazorla this season you have an argument, but the players you named are not near Ozil yet.

    2. Mesut O-chill says:

      Go eat a Snickers bar, @goonster

      1. captinweestain says:

        Love snickers

        1. Mesut O-chill says:

          cool, but you’re not the one who needs it.

  63. GOONSTER says:

    Our home support is the most terrible in world football. Absolutely embarrassing.. I wish I could afford watching the Arsenal again. It’s a joke the atmosphere at the Emirates..

    1. reddb10 says:

      All we have are the memories of the north bank rocking loud and non stop

  64. Giroud being rested because he better than walcott or what!

    1. captinweestain says:

      Hope not, you should be at the game as you’re name suggests.

  65. True.Gooner says:

    Ox to come in and get a goal πŸ˜€

  66. Justsoccerfan says:

    I just hope arsenal won’t go down tempo in the 2nd half. Recently we only play one of the half.

  67. Mick The Gooner says:

    If I were Arsene Wenger I’d feel so embarrassed right now. Walcott has been great.

    But let’s spare a thought for Steven Gerrard. Ouch. Really. Ouch!!

    1. captinweestain says:

      Let’s laugh you mean. lolololololololol.
      There’s a Liverpool on arsenaltv that trolls us gooner’s, i said to him “You’re Stocke in disguise”
      I take that back!

      1. Mick The Gooner says:

        You get the sense Stoke let Gerrard have that goal, their defence just kind of sat back and let him have it.

  68. Mesut O-chill says:

    ffs give Santi his goal

  69. True.Gooner says:

    Each time we have good games like this, it follows by 3 bad games πŸ™ πŸ™ i’m scared πŸ™ πŸ™ very very scared.

  70. True.Gooner says:

    Hector to score the last goal πŸ˜€

  71. Mesut O-chill says:

    Here we go!

  72. juhislihis says:

    Well there we saw the fault of Ospina: he’s too short

  73. RSH says:

    another Ospina error. Why do i find myself saying that every other game? Too short, shouldn’t have lost that. Flawless performance besides the goal we’ve conceded.

    1. Mesut O-chill says:

      which other goals were his fault?

      1. RSH says:

        From our recent games he shuld’ve made saves against United and again against Swansea. These are points that make all the difference in a title race.

        1. Tidan2 says:

          just no; this goal was his fault, those other goals were not easy saves that you seem to be making out.

          1. RSH says:

            they were. Taller, better keeper would’ve made those saves.

  74. reddb10 says:

    When you don’t own the six yard box you ain’t a goalkeeper.

  75. Justsoccerfan says:

    Did our players just only can perform one half or half season. No wonder we are always short.

  76. True.Gooner says:

    Now they’ll turn on Ospina πŸ™

    1. Mesut O-chill says:

      it has already started.

    2. RSH says:

      from the get-go I’ve always said he’s merely an improvement on Szczesny. Want to win EPL and UCL, we need somebody who is world class. Ospina has done a great job this season but if Cech becomes available Arsenal should get on that.

  77. True.Gooner says:

    More sign cech article on the way :O

  78. Justsoccerfan says:

    We are back to indecisive, slow on the ball again.

    1. captinweestain says:

      We can afford to go into 1st gear. We’ve won this easily.
      Here come the Giroud hate comments.

  79. captinweestain says:

    Stop moaning, picking holes were winning.

  80. Justsoccerfan says:

    I hate hold up play.

  81. Mick The Gooner says:

    Sure it’s Ospina’s fault but really I’m not that bothered. I’m curious why Szczesny didn’t start if he’s now our FA Cup keeper. Fabianski started the last PL game before the FA Cup final last year, costing Szczesny the outright win in the golden glove competition too I might add. Would’ve thought Szczesny would start today, but really I’m not that fussed. We’re still comfortably winning after all.

    1. captinweestain says:

      Fabiasnki saved a peno…Just sayin’
      He kept us in it.

  82. Mesut O-chill says:

    OXXXXXXXXX

  83. captinweestain says:

    OX

  84. Dennis says:

    here he comes, my fav arsenal player!!!!!!

  85. Justsoccerfan says:

    Just hate to watch pass and pass

  86. Mesut O-chill says:

    Someone give Ozil his assist please

    1. Justsoccerfan says:

      I don’t think anyone out there, Ramsey, sanchez, all just like the goal glory. Some time I quite piss off with ozil, he should more selfish, please learn from Ramsey, especially Ramsey.

      1. Mesut O-chill says:

        I agree that the guy needs to shoot more, but he has always said he likes assisting. Could’ve had a couple today.

  87. True.Gooner says:

    Chelsea goalie concided 3goals against this same opposition last week and he has let in another today.
    But the mouthy one keeps benching cech the justarsenal and media favourite πŸ˜‰

  88. True.Gooner says:

    Ramsey deserve a goal.

  89. Justsoccerfan says:

    Ospina in on sleeping mode.

  90. sun says:

    commentator is a noob saying….. “tony pullis at 4-0 at half time probably thought the worse and thought the game would end in double digits… 6, 7, 8 or 9… DOUBLE digits”…. needs to go back to school. lol

  91. Mallu_Gooner says:

    Yaaay

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