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. 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. 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

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

  1. 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

  2. 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. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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

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

  6. 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

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

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

  9. 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.

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

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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

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

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

  19. updating:

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

    a very bad game so far…

  20. 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!

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

  22. 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..!

  23. 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. 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

  24. Ox LW
    Campbell RW
    Sanchez st
    Carzola cam

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

  25. 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

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

  27. updating:

    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

  28. 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

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

  30. 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.

  31. 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

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

    1. 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

  33. 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. 😀

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