Official teams and Preview of Besiktas v Arsenal

This is a massive game for the Gunners, but also one which Arsenal should be confident of getting the right result in. When you consider that we beat what most would say was better Turkish opposition at the same time last season, as well as the fact that we are stronger and more confident this time around, then Besiktas should hold no real fears for us.

And the boss has certainly gone for a fairly strong attacking line-up, with Mikel Arteta preferred to Mathieu Flamini in the deep lying midfield role. Ramsey and Wilshere need to play well to control the game and a lot of the onus will be on the big French shoulders of Olivier giroud in the centre forward position.

Debuchy, Chambers, Koscielny, Monreal
Arteta, Ramsey
Sanchez, Giroud, Cazorla

subs: Martinez, Bellerin, Miquel, Chamberlain, Flamini, Rosicky, Campbell

Our number 12 needs to step up today and start to find the form that made him so important to our success last season, especially with Sanogo, Campbell and Sanchez pushing for that central role, but I think that he will. Cazorla also needs a good game after some lacklustre performances recently.

I think we could be happy with a score draw, but I also think we should get the win and put one foot in the Champions League group stage.

Tags Arteta Chambers Giroud


  1. SIK says:

    So we’re playing with a man down from the start?

    1. Arsenal Target says:

      People crying over Campbell not playing.Firstly,this is the 2nd competitive fixture.Secondly,once he has a bad/poor game,y’all will go all “cazorla” on him,calling for him to be sold or loaned out because he aint “Arsenal Material”.As for me I do want him to play but he should prove himself FROM THE BENCH!,so far most gunners have seen him just a couple of times including the Benfica game,but hey you dont judge a player based on a game huh?!(Sanogo…Benfica…4,ring any bells).He should be slowly integrated and yes,he should prove himself.Simple Logic

      1. SIK says:

        When did I say anything about Campbell?

        1. Arsenal Target says:

          Oh not you SIC,I just wanted the comment to be at the top,Lol.Not watching the game,can someone summarize it in 1 word so far

          1. SIK says:

            Wasteful in the final third

    2. gooner4ever says:

      When will Wenger learn:
      1) that Giroud can’t be our main striker and
      2) that we need a proper LW!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

  2. Dan.M says:

    What to expect with this lineup as the unbalance and lack of pace is as bad as last season

    – berely any chances
    – slow passing football side to side
    – no counter attack
    – players awkward as they ain’t got fixed position’s
    – creative players not making changes coz giroud just stands stil passing the ball back to them

    Same as last season most of the games and like the palace game

  3. Patrick Shiiiza says:

    That line up missing Wilshere right? I though Flamini might start for a more physical presence. Ox and campbell for more pace when we need it.

    Cazorla is just lacking match fitness, most of the team are, but did all right against City.

    1. Dan.M says:

      No we want him in his proper position in the middle .. Coz we saw all of last season he was terrible outwide and much better in the middle plus we need more pace on the flanks

  4. Andrew AFC says:

    Are we only playing with 10 players.

  5. Andrew AFC says:

    I am logging off to watch the game it’s got to be better than this post. Admin please read an article before you post it.

  6. Miles says:

    Does Wenger not like Campbell? How can he prove himself when he’s constantly on the bench? I think flamini ox and rosicky will be the subs used unless we’re 3/4 up

  7. 61 never again says:

    COYG good solid team
    Ohh to be a gooner

  8. Sumo says:

    Chelsea thumped Burnley. And we started crying and moaning. Now let’s see today.

  9. Leader says:

    Think positively and we will be going to win today……………just start of the season and we will reach atleast semis of UCL.

  10. Moreno says:

    What is this man? where’s campbell? where’s ox?

    Giroud? wenger is one stubborn man!!

    1. Leader says:

      Cool dear………..we will be going to kill them in second half.

  11. AussieGOONER says:

    fking cazorla is shat

  12. baldyloxxx says:

    Wilshire has looked dire so far too. He’s had three touches so far and all have been shit.

  13. Goonsquad8 says:

    This pitch is shit

  14. ras911 says:

    We look very shaky so far.. against a better team we would be losing already

  15. forever-Arsenal says:

    If we only play with 10 players, I think that give Besiktas the advantage.

  16. gamer says:

    My word wilshire is rubbish

  17. Dan.M says:

    Wow giroud u can’t hold the ball up and then u can’t bury a chance

    Look how sharp ba has been .. Wow we need a striker FFS

  18. Goonsquad8 says:

    This pitch is shitt

  19. SIK says:


  20. AussieGOONER says:

    giroud out ffs

  21. baldyloxxx says:

    Chambers looking good.

  22. AussieGOONER says:

    cazorla u fker finish it ffs

  23. muffdiver says:

    sanchez and ozil supplying a deadly striker- game over

    wallet wenger…wallet

  24. Invincibles49 says:

    Giroud is like “I dont fu*cking care” LOL

    1. muffdiver says:

      his hair looks good, that raises his transfer value

  25. baldyloxxx says:

    Cazorla should be in the centre, static and just pinging the ball about, he is not a left winger! So slow!

  26. Ljungberg's Cool Red Hair says:

    Campbell RW Alexis LW NOW

  27. AussieGOONER says:

    no1 to supprt sanchez

  28. AussieGOONER says:

    fkn giourd the snail

  29. Invincibles49 says:

    Looks like Giroud fu*ked a Turkish whore before the match.

  30. faza says:

    Alexis just go solo next time we have more chance of scoring with you Giroud looks like he couldn’t give a ****.

  31. alexhare says:

    Can’t fault Arteta as DM in this game yet. He seems to prefer playing in a 4-3-3 as the deepest midfielder rather than a 4-2-3-1 next to another mid. Maybe in a 4-3-3 it’s obvious that he’s sitting and doesn’t attack whereas in a 4-2-3-1 one sits and one attacks.

  32. Moreno says:

    Wenger got the team selection wrong once again!!!

    where’s campbell?? OX?? Mule of a manager.

  33. muffdiver says:

    ALEXIS SANCHEZ-go it alone- F O R G E T G I R O U D

  34. medvet says:

    The good=sanchez
    the bad= giroud}
    the sh*t=wilshere

    we need more signing…. end off

  35. AussieGOONER says:

    pls wenger get us a ST CDM CB

  36. No Giroud, I'm happy says:

    where are those calling for hold up play?

  37. Invincibles49 says:

    Fu*k me !! its so painful to watch Giroud right now ..

  38. AussieGOONER says:

    fk giroud u snail

  39. Invincibles49 says:

    We need pace and fresh legs there!! Campbell and OX for Fu*k’s sake.. Wenger is stupid !!

  40. Alex.Aus says:

    And people thought giroud would improve. Lol.

    1. Alex.Aus says:

      Are you f***ing serious. Can’t score and his world renowned hold up play has been brilliant

  41. AussieGOONER says:

    is this was livo city or chelshit we will be 5 down by now

  42. hardy says:

    Giroud always stops our counter attack

    Let’s be honest here he didn’t even knew where the ball was and he was trying to dribble

    I give up

  43. suramyag1 says:

    Campbell for Giroud in the 2nd half!!

  44. angryblackman3 says:

    hey guys, can somebody let me know a site to stream pretty please?

    1. ras911 says:

  45. SA_Gunner says:

    Buy a fu@king striker wenger you quack.

  46. muffdiver says:

    ppl r gonna say calm down were not losing.

    lads its besiktas lol

  47. medvet says:

    its funny, we have pace and we play giroud instead of campbell or the Ox…

  48. AussieGOONER says:

    wtf is debuchy doing its the second time he took the ball out WTF

  49. Ljungberg's Cool Red Hair says:

    Fu*ck santi he can’t be no longer in LW

  50. AussieGOONER says:

    fk giroud

  51. Ljungberg's Cool Red Hair says:

    Tired of giroud. Ba look’s way better than him.

  52. Invincibles49 says:

    I think Arsenal are showing more respect to Besiktas than they deserve. FFS Wenger is such a coward for not taking the game to them. The team selection says it all.

  53. Goontz says:

    Objectively speaking, this pitch sucks and is not CL quality.

  54. Twig says:

    On the basis of what I’ve see of Sanchez so far, Walcott will have no problems at all taking his right wing spot back.

    1. luvdaguns says:

      but walcot will end up missing 30 matches for injury…

  55. Invincibles49 says:

    FFS we have been second best in the game till now. A team which finished 8 places below FAnebecence last season in Turkey. And Giroud i am so fu*kcing angry.

  56. muffdiver says:

    team selection is very wrong

    besiktas are actually looking dangerous.

    im kinda letdown by this

  57. rkw says:

    giroud arteta and monreal equals 4th place at best…only the frenchman is blind to this

  58. Ted Drake says:

    Giroud has been as useful as a sack of potatoes so far. And I’m nervous when ever i see Monreal anywhere near the ball.

    1. muffdiver says:

      potatoes are useful…throw them at demba ba

  59. Ronny331 says:

    Pitch awful and arsenal not much better! I’d swap ba for giroud in a heart beat!

  60. luvdaguns says:

    girouds pitch position is what does not work, defender goes into 6 yard box, alexi on the kove w the ball, giroud irunning to goal in wide open box 7 yards behind defender, giroud goes up right behind the defender leaving no where for alexi to pass, if he camps in the wide open space 5 yards behind the defender, he has a wide open shot on goal, instead ball goes to GK in attempt to find the striker, it drives me crazy! he always plays on a shoulder of a defender

  61. AussieGOONER says:

    fk cazorla that guy is piss poor

  62. phil-thompsons-nose says:

    Giroud is the biggest pile is shite!

  63. juhislihis says:

    Giroud’s being a lamp post. Cazorla losing possession time and time again. Wilshere looking alright though.

  64. dopplesoldner says:

    Imagine our midfielders, if it infuriates us this much seeing our attacks break down due to Giroud!

  65. medvet says:


    the good: sanchez and chambers
    the bad: cazorla and arteta
    the sh*t: giroud and wilshere

    a very bad game so far…

    1. Alex.Aus says:

      Lmaoooooo keep em coming. So far spot on

  66. Ronny331 says:

    Get spending wenger cf, cb and dm player. Remy would have been a massive upgrade on giroud the guy’s got to go to the bench!

  67. Invincibles49 says:

    Only one who actually wants to score a goal or assist is SAnchez. Rest all just want to get out of that place asap.

  68. AussieGOONER says:

    jack needs to work on his finishing

  69. phil-thompsons-nose says:

    The reason why we seem to always look nervous and not look comfortable when defending is simple..
    Monreal arteta and giroud are the utter shits..!
    Jacks not that good either..
    Chambers and Sanchez only world class players.. We miss ozil desperately
    AND A. Top,striker..!

  70. Moreno says:

    Are you guys watching Kos limping?? lol wenger where’s the money gone??? he should’ve bought 2 CB/dm/st/lw … instead we have Giroud

    same old wenger.

    1. phil-thompsons-nose says:

      Moreno I said that last week but got a million thumbs down..
      We are fookd defensively if kiss or chambers injured.
      We need to spend 40-50m on 2 quality calm assured defenders not headless lamposts flicks and no tricks shite giroud

      1. phil-thompsons-nose says:

        Be careful all the wengerites won’t like the truth..

  71. luvdaguns says:

    someone tell the lads its not a friendly!

  72. AussieGOONER says:

    same old giroud fk this flick on

  73. Goontz says:

    Team is totally out of sync, that’s why we are underperforming.

  74. gamer says:

    F*** giroud just get lost u rubbish player

  75. Invincibles49 says:

    LOL @ Giroud. We have gone from Henry to Giroud . LOL

  76. CraigZWE says:

    Ox LW
    Campbell RW
    Sanchez st
    Carzola cam

    Jack and OG off at half time and then we will start to play.

  77. mrbennyboy says:

    Get rosicky on

  78. phil-thompsons-nose says:

    You’ve gotta laugh..

    When giroud tried that absolutely horrendous dink.. He looked despondent…
    All the other players looked and thought.. Ah well we didn’t expect anything other….
    Giroud f@k off get back to france you big gay blouse

  79. Ronny331 says:

    Campbell on and push sanchez up front, obvious as giroud cannot lead the line as a lone striker.

  80. AussieGOONER says:

    What a let off thank god

  81. No Giroud, I'm happy says:

    Still some guys think striker signing is just luxurious buy, happy now

  82. medvet says:


    the good: sanchez and chambers
    the bad: cazorla and arteta
    the sh*t: giroud and wilshere
    average: the rest of the team

    unbelievable, we are playing like headless monkeys… meanwhile Rosicky, the Ox and Campbell in the bench…. a very poor tactic display

  83. muffdiver says:

    demba ba that close to scoring- ffs its besiktas- im not happy

  84. Kingbong10 says:

    Where’s the tactics were crying out for here? Cazorla should be playing through the middle instead of Wilshere and Ox/Campbell should be on the left wing , Were lacking serious pace! Can’t wait for Walcott back because you know Wenger will put him in the starting line up on the wing with Sanchez on the other . (Giroud only plays well with pacey wingers either side) God Speed Gunners

  85. Drew says:

    There are TWO flanks Wenger, a right and a LEFT fu*kn flank god damit. Ox for Carzola, Cambell for Giroud!

  86. muffdiver says:

    well done giroud-yet again

  87. AussieGOONER says:

    fk off giroud this is awful

  88. luvdaguns says:

    at this point, i am starting to miss gervinho,

  89. dopplesoldner says:

    FFFFS Giroud

  90. juhislihis says:

    2nd great chance missed my Lamppost

  91. Ljungberg's Cool Red Hair says:


  92. No Giroud, I'm happy says:

    hahahaha, that’s ridiculous miss.

  93. archimedes says:

    Giroud is killing this game. He run with the ball, can’t shoot and can’t even hold up properly. Arsene should bring on Campbell for Giroud and play Sanchez as the lone striker.

  94. CraigZWE says:

    We are shit, BPL teams are watching this and laughing.

    He’ll I’m laughing and not cause this is funny.

    We won’t make top 4 if this continues

  95. ras911 says:

    Come on Giroud! What an opportunity.. hope the lads wake up. Awful display so far. It is bloody besiktas come on!!!

  96. nicolaile says:

    fking giroud… he has been garbage all half

  97. baldyloxxx says:

    Giro us is the striker equivalent of cygan!

    1. Jerick says:

      The entire team is fu$kin average. Only players that are to be given a score over 7 are the defensive players. For some reason Giroud thinks that he shouldn’t be tackling for the ball. Where is his sub. Am sorry to say this but we will struggle to beat Everton if the team continues like this. Poor performance. I dont know if it is the bad pitch or what but poor performance

  98. Invincibles49 says:

    Hahahaha… we look such an ordinary team. The back four has no backup right now and they look tired. Kos is limping . Chambers and Debuchy look tired. Monreal is useless. And lord GIROUD. And we are dreaming for PL with this performance. 😀

  99. baldyloxxx says:

    Girouds is the striker equivalent of cygan!

  100. baldyloxxx says:

    Girouds is the striker equivalent of cygan!

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