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. phil-thompsons-nose says:

    Sanchez playing with Barca is used to chasing the ball down hunting in packs.. Passing to messi and co..
    I just hope Wenger sees the problems up front and spends some money on a decent striker.. Defensive mid…defender…
    I’d honestly say next week will be a walk in the park but Wenger must surely understand with this current squad we are not getting out of the group stages..

  2. scotgunner says:

    The decision to take alexis off and leave giroud on the park is absolutely shocking !! Wenger has to bring in a top CF , he can’t be happy with that plank up top!!

  3. ras911 says:

    Why take off the only person actually trying to create chances? I think Wenger started the match looking for a draw. This makes no sense

  4. CraigZWE says:

    I would be happy with a draw, think a draw would be lucky.

  5. davidnz says:

    Arsenal can snatch this

    1. ras911 says:

      Lol Davindz stop trolling

  6. Jimbeam says:

    Did Arsene just take off Sanchez and kept Giroud? I am really just asking what the frack is wrong with Arsene? Why not play a fast Sanchez instead of a completely out of form Giroud?

  7. forever-Arsenal says:

    Giroud is World Class

    1. phil-thompsons-nose says:

      He must surely be up for the ballon d’or next season

      1. Charlie Nick says:

        world class banter

        1. phil-thompsons-nose says:

          There you go again.. Seeking me out..
          Are you girouds boyfriend..

          1. Charlie Nick says:

            Oh F@ck your patter is really cr@p….and you threw in a hilarious sexual inuendo..

            1. phil-thompsons-nose says:

              Are you stalking me..

              1. Charlie Nick says:

                Nah, you’re just a boring pr!ck

  8. Gunner T says:

    Say what you wanna, but I gotta say,
    Giroud is WORLD CLASS. His hardwork, hold up play, touch……bravo!!.
    On my feet clapping…This guy is it.

  9. Goontz says:

    Ref is an amateur. Can’t keep control on the pitch. Gives fouls when there aren’t, don’t give when there are.

  10. medvet says:

    a very predictable arsene, same old substitutions from wenger…. meanwhile campbell and rosicky in the bench…. a f*ck*ng tactical display from wenger… again.

    PS: ffffffuuuuuuCCCCKKKK GIROUD

  11. Justsoccerfan says:

    Sanchz must be thinking wtf, why this lamp post doing in arsenal shirt.

  12. jensenvk says:

    Giroud is shit! WE NEED A STRIKER!!!!

  13. Moreno says:

    Arsene Wenger is a top class manager isn’t he??

  14. AussieGOONER says:

    score this fk

  15. Justsoccerfan says:

    Actually our gunner play better than last match so guy be happy. They fight for the ball. Yes we going to score this free kick

  16. Goontz says:

    We take off Sanchez, we get a good free kick position. F*ck.

  17. CraigZWE says:

    Free kick but no Sanchez

  18. jackieboy says:

    Chuba Akpom would’ve been a better choice up top than that donkey that’s there right now.

  19. Invincibles49 says:

    Can anyone explain why it took so much time for Lord Giroud to gain fitness when i can see Debuchy who had much more World Cup playing is ass off ???

  20. Andrew AFC says:

    There is faith and blind faith wake up Wenger.

  21. jackieboy says:

    Rambo what the hell are you doing?!

  22. ras911 says:

    Well then. Red card. Yay

  23. AussieGOONER says:

    great keeps on getting better

  24. No Giroud, I'm happy says:

    Very disappointed

  25. Charlie Nick says:


  26. juhislihis says:

    Good job Ramsey, possibly a £40 million red card.

  27. PaddyGooner says:

    That was very stupid Aaron!

  28. rkw says:

    wengers lack of basic managerial skills will cost arsenal again this season

  29. Ljungberg's Cool Red Hair says:

    Fu***k this.

  30. Justsoccerfan says:

    Yes we are one down so no campbell again

  31. Goontz says:

    Oh dear oh dear. Still I think the ref is an amateur

  32. Moreno says:

    wow …. what did i write??!!!!! i told you guys

  33. CraigZWE says:

    Pathetic ref, really always Against us

  34. ras911 says:

    Good news is we weren’t playing a big team

  35. Mark Mywords says:

    Cazorla and Ramsey had a shocker on Saturday. I didn’t think they could play much worse, but they do. Absolutely abysmal!

  36. SIK says:

    I guess he was right, we are playing with 10 men

  37. Andrew AFC says:

    Now we need Wilshere to step up.

  38. Invincibles49 says:

    FFS.. As usual Arsenal making a mess of the match that should have been by 60 min. Now all that is left is defending our ass off for the remaining 10 min. What a shame!

  39. Matt says:

    Thing that annoys me is the fact Gibbs is almost as glass as Diaby, and as for Arteta, well I just knew we could not go through this game without an injury.

    1. Charlie Nick says:

      Hardly his fault that Ba is a thug

  40. CraigZWE says:

    Does this mean Ramsey misses 2nd leg

  41. Ljungberg's Cool Red Hair says:

    Disgusting game by arsenal. Wan’t ozil back and theo aswell

  42. davidnz says:

    Girouoouuud the Champion

  43. SIK says:

    How was that a red? The challenge on Wilshere right after was worse

  44. AussieGOONER says:

    giroud is a fkning disgrace man

  45. Invincibles49 says:

    Wenger for christ’s sake go out there and do business. 3 players we need. CB,CDM and ST.

  46. CraigZWE says:

    Giroud the God, God awful

  47. Justsoccerfan says:

    Coyg show some steel!

  48. Andrew AFC says:

    Ramsey getting sent off stems from not having a good CF to put the ball in the back of the net.

  49. Ljungberg's Cool Red Hair says:

    Ohhh maaaaan Giroud is such a BAD BAD PLAYER.

  50. Twig says:

    Giroud with the winner….

  51. AussieGOONER says:

    i think we will have a bad season i just have that feeling

    1. Charlie Nick says:

      You really need some Prozac mate

  52. Mark Mywords says:

    New season, same old problems. Giroud is a potato sack, Cazorla and Arteta have aged tremendously and are not fit to play. Wilshere was never cut out to be a key player, he gets sooo overrated by the English media and fans it’s laughable.

  53. baldyloxxx says:

    Did cazorla go home? I’ve not seen him this half.

    1. Charlie Nick says:

      He nearly scored from freekick…miss that?

      1. baldyloxxx says:

        Oh yeah. He nearly scored from a free kick, glad he was on the pitch.
        Giroud nearly didn’t fluff 4 or so chances. Glad he turned up too.

        1. Charlie Nick says:

          was just sayin

  54. John Legend says:

    I am nt watching this game, its a pity. One Man down, damn it.

    From live commentary, it does nt seem like Ba is still on the pitch.

    1. 007 says:

      Ba was actually way better than OG in this game as expected. Atleast Ba gave Schez and our defenders something to think about. Poor game from our lead striker once again, OG might scare off potential signing from his play, Sanchez put in a shift but the man he was crossing too lost the ball with his first touch.

  55. Andrew AFC says:

    Sac Giroud and replace him with the OX or Campbell.

  56. jernejslo says:

    OK lets go straight, Giroud useless, Cazorla nothing, Alexis played good but no help from teammates, Ramsey tried but not need to get red card, not to mention Wilshere because he was not there. Wenger should fix this, because the game is really not efficient, srceaming for transfers?? Sure! Bossing midfield, striker and defender!

  57. CraigZWE says:

    OX brilliant foot work and thumbs up for the effort, that what we been missing

  58. Invincibles49 says:

    And Wenger brought OX so late. Wenger sometimes acts clueless and insanely stupid

  59. medvet says:

    giroud touch the ball and we lose it…. no matters how many signings we do, with a poor tactital display, arsenal NEVER gonna win anything…. sad but true

  60. LoCkAy says:

    This team is just naive (like the manager anyway)…!
    Campbell on the bench !!!
    Wilshere seems to be the focal point of the team when we all know he might be the worse player in the club right now.

    Wenger, again, amorphe and motionless most of the game, not surprised he is not a tactical manager. Nothing new, and it is business as usual.

    Ramsey worries about dribbling instead of making the easy pass… Out for the next game… Dumb ass!
    Giroud could not be more useless…!!

    Wenger cannot be serious, when he talks about challenging for the BPL… But again he says the same thing every season and it ends up being chaotic each time.

    Right now we need the Germans back and 2 more signings for sure (possibly leaders too).

    Campbell and Chamberlain should have started the game… We needed speed and we got Jack “where is the ball” Wilshere…!!

  61. Justsoccerfan says:

    Wtf nobody there for rebound. ..where is Ramsey?

    1. davidnz says:


  62. LoCkAy says:

    Giroud is f*cking disgrace…!! We are in trouble for the season… Even the simple thing cannot be done… I hope it is based on his fitness and he will get better soon.

  63. Invincibles49 says:

    Giroud can’t win a fu*king header for a decent cross. And that is his only strength. What a waste. Playing with 9 players LOL

  64. davidnz says:

    Good result coming up
    4 Arsenal.
    Easy home win

  65. Charlie Nick says:

    Brilliant by Kos there

  66. Arsenalover says:

    play without main striker … no giroud no sanogo

  67. LoCkAy says:

    Koscielny is just one of the best CB in the world, no doubt about that.
    Even at 50% he is solid and reliable.

  68. gunnerman8701 says:

    The team tonight will not win the EPL or CL. Giroud should be disposed. Top striker and DM should be top of our priorities.

  69. Invincibles49 says:

    LOOOOLLLL.. Arsenal made of glass 😀

  70. phil-thompsons-nose says:

    Poor game and some poor performances .. There’s still time for Wenger to show his knack of unearthing a gem like Sanogo..!!!

    1. Charlie Nick says:

      or like Chambers?? You are really annoying, never anything positive to say…

  71. Mark Mywords says:

    Wenger merely applied some makeup to the team in form of Alexis. The key issues have not been addressed. We all knew a year ago that we needed a LW because Cazorla drifts into the middle and there is nobody to give width. We all knew we needed a CF who will make positive runs. We all knew we needed a strong DM to provide cover for the back four. We got none of that from Wenger. This could be a disastrous season.

  72. Justsoccerfan says:

    Haha their manager got send to tunnel

  73. muffdiver says:


  74. Ljungberg's Cool Red Hair says:

    I used to be patient with Giroud but no more. Giroud himself make us look like clowns.

  75. LoCkAy says:

    F*ck me, what a boring game…!!
    We got a draw, so we should be ok

  76. luvdaguns says:

    this is the worst effort by a for a striker since I have watched AFC, terrible, no fight, no energy, terrible positioning, gave no outlets for the midfield, i have not been tough on giroud in the past but today for me, the clincher, terrible!

  77. davidnz says:

    Great result.

  78. Invincibles49 says:

    Wenger shaking his head. hahahha.. You know what Wenger you are a fool. Bringing on Rosicky in the injury time and OX so late ?? Substituting Sanchez in place of Giroud ?? And no depth in defense ??

  79. paulk says:

    Arsenal will NEVER I repeat NEVER win the league with giroud up front he is awful

  80. Andrew AFC says:

    Forget the DM we need a CF and a LW.

  81. TioMoses says:

    Not a good night for Giroud. All of the typical criticisms of him unfortunately ring true tonight. Didn’t offer anything particularly good, messed up any time he was in a promising position, and still unbelievably SLOW.

    Gotta laugh a bit at Flamini too, booked within a couple of minutes on the pitch, so typical.

    DM and Striker still looking like areas of need… 🙁

  82. rkw says:

    if struggling against palace and this lot isnt enough of a wake up call for wenger then i have nothing left to say about the man…two quality signings..defensive midfielder and attacking option…. a must if we are interested in competing on any front this year

  83. marc.overmars says:

    Any comment is superfluous especially about giroud………….

  84. LoCkAy says:

    in a ideal world, Giroud, Wilshere (crap again and even putting us in danger with his rubbish passing), Gibbs, and some more would be on the bench and we would have a top 11 on the pitch.

    It seems that Wenger is trying to accommodate Wilshere… Who gave him the number 10 shirt… F*cking ridiculous!!

    As soon as Ozil gets back, Wilshere will recover his rightful place on the bench.
    As for Giroud, since that deluded manager will not buy another striker, we are stuck with the “tree”…!

  85. rotimota says:

    Can anyone tell me how many on-target and off-target attempt will have with OG as our CF today? It is unfortunate that our CF makes this match difficult for us. We still have 12 days for transfer market to close, please Arsene Wenger do something meaningful again because i, personally is tired for OG as Arsenal major prioritize striker!!!

  86. mike1977 says:

    Szcz 7. Deb 6. Chambers 9. Kos 7. Monreal 6. Arteta 6. Jack 6. Ramsey 5. Cazorla 3. Sanchez 7. Giroud 2.

    1. Justsoccerfan says:

      2 is too good man, i give him red card, maybe without him, playing 10 men may win.

  87. juhislihis says:

    Arteta injured, Diaby injured, Ramsey banned, Flamini on yellow. Good CDM plan Wenger! I’m happy instead of acquiring midfielders already we are counting on old and injury prone players!

    Oh and please Wenger, please start Cazorla and Giroud again next time and leave OX and Campbell on the bench! We’re better off without CL anyways since half our midfielders are already out and it’s 2 matches on to the season.

  88. forever-Arsenal says:

    Woo hoo. Clean sheet

  89. Zulu-boy-SA says:

    Weak and boring display by Arsenal, everyone was shit except Scezny

  90. deejay says:

    giroud played really well… best in the pitch… playing in heart of besiktas defense and ruinin all arsenals attack..
    arsenal ended the game with 9 men n besiktas with 12..

  91. forever-Arsenal says:

    Sanchez is saying “Boy, I made a big mistake, should have gone to Liverpool”. At least they have Sturridge and maybe Falcao next week

  92. ihsan says:

    Szcz 6
    Monreal 6
    Koscielny 6
    Chambers 6
    Debuchy 6
    Arteta 3
    Wilshere 3
    Ramsey 3
    Cazorla 3
    Sanchez 5
    Giroud 3

    Flamini 4
    Ox 6,5
    Rosicky (Clearly He Doesn’t Get Enough Time to Create Something)

    Wenger 3
    Poor tactic and poor selection team by Wenger! Poor performance!!! Wenger is very very very STUBBORN manager!!! Old and Senile!!! WTF!

    Ox, Rosicky, Campbell definitely should play earlier for this game !!!!

  93. ihsan says:

    Szczesny 6
    Monreal 6
    Koscielny 6
    Chambers 6
    Debuchy 6

    Arteta 3
    Wilshere 3
    Ramsey 3

    Cazorla 3
    Sanchez 5
    Giroud 3

    Flamini 4
    Ox 6,5
    Rosicky (Clearly, He Doesn’t Get Enough Time to Create Something)

    Wenger 3
    Poor tactic and poor selection team by Wenger! Very poor attacking performance!!! Wenger is very very very STUBBORN, Old, and Senile manager!!! WTF!

    Ox, Rosicky, Campbell definitely should play earlier for this game !!!!

  94. Giroud’s performance tonight is the worst I’ve ever seen from a striker in an Arsenal shirt, Why keep Campbell if you don’t wanna give him playing time? I’d rather he be loaned again or sold out, honestly. Not cool, any one noticed the ox tracked back and even made a chalenge after hitting the post with a stunner, but giroud was still walking back slugish. at least GIVE Campbell a shot. the kid
    has a great game the only time
    wearing the shirt. yet arsene
    goes with what he knows, even if one day joel cambell
    joins a rival club, scores
    against us and does an
    adebayor, i wouldn’t feel
    angry. we’re wasting his talent, wenger is so so deluded he is still living in the 80s.

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