Official teams and preview of Brighton v Arsenal

Arsenal have been handed a fantastic bonus and a great chance to defend the FA cup trophy we won in that dramatic Wembley final back in May last year, with the magic of the cup waving it’s wand and getting rid of Chelsea, Man City and Tottenham for us in a crazy day of cup shocks.

But yesterday was also a warning to big clubs like us that we should not take anything for granted. Hopefully the players will have taken this and previous warnings from Arsene Wenger fully on board and will make sure that there are no shocks at the Amex Stadium in Brighton today.

But if Brighton were looking for any inspiration, the Arsenal team sheet may have given it to them, with the boss leaving our three best players of recent weeks on the bench. So Walcott, Ozil and Flamini come in for Alexis, Cazorla and Coquelin, while Wojciech Szczesny comes back into the starting line-up as well/ I assume there is a problem with Ospina because it is Martinez who is the reserve keeper today.

It is still a strong side that the Gunners will start with and I can see why Wenger has given the overworked Mertesacker a rare day off and also agree that Rosicky and Chambers deserve their chance to play. I just hope that we do not add to the number of FA cup shocks on this crazy weekend.

Szczesny
Chambers, Koscielny, Monreal, Gibbs
Flamini, Ramsey, Rosicky
Walcott, Giroud, Ozil

subs: Martinez, Mertesacker, Bellerin, Coquelin, Cazorla, Alexis, Akpom

Come On You Gunners! Win this and we will be the red hot favourites to make it two FA cup wins in a row.

Tags Ozil Szczesny Walcott

120 Comments

  1. fred cowardly says:

    I’m fine with that lineup

    1. ebemka says:

      Lineup is cool…I would prefer ozil and walcott swap wings…

      1. chimchimgiroud says:

        I hope it’s a 4231 with ozil in the middle rather than a 433

        1. KickAssFan says:

          Crazy Rozza assist!!!

          1. KickAssFan says:

            “Eh… comment makes sense. Oh, wait a minute, it’s KickAssFan!!!

            “Thumb down!!! Thumb down”””

            1. KickAssFan says:

              I know some of you must have jerked off to Rozza’s goal, but it’s ok. Let it out…

      2. fred cowardly says:

        Yes you are right. I only looked at names and got excited

      3. KickAssFan says:

        T-H-E-O!!!!

      4. MaVerick46 says:

        Theo Is Back you Bi@#$Ches

      5. KickAssFan says:

        Gibbs and Monreal together at once???

        Eh, welcome to Arsenel, Paulista.

      6. KickAssFan says:

        The Cock has come on. Let’s f**k them up!!!

    2. fred cowardly says:

      I’m not crazy about Monreal at CB. I think he is very good LB. However, he should do okay against Brighton.

      I’m happy that Cazorla and Alexis is on the bench rather than not on the team completely. Hopefully they won’t be needed and can be rested. But if there are problems, they are ready to help out.

    3. KickAssFan says:

      Yeah, not bad. Let’s show Maureen how it’s done.

      COYG!!!

      Hahahah!!! Maureeeeeeen!!!

      1. jp says:

        didn’t maureen also say that losing to Bradford would be a disgrace? lmao!!!

  2. oz says:

    why put ozil on the wing again?

    1. RSH says:

      theres no certainty he is on the wings. The twitter account seemed to have the team in a 4141 formation, with Ozil, ramsey in the center, and Rosicky on the wing actually. we’ll have to wait until the game starts to see the actual formation.

    2. KickAssFan says:

      Let’s just hope that’s just what the boss wants the world to see on paper, and that everything will change once they are on the pitch. Honestly, Ozil has never done well for us on the flanks, but he’s shorn brightly the few times he played in his preferred position.

      1. KickAssFan says:

        “Shone”

  3. georgie b says:

    Who dares wins.

  4. Ronny331 says:

    Good lineup, I hope though we have some firepower on the bench and not sure about Chambers at RB, lets hope he does well.
    P.S. Delighted Mertesacker is not starting, I’ll take Nacho over him all day!

  5. Mallu_Gooner says:

    Ozil on the wing ? Hope he switches to the middle.

    1. Tidan2 says:

      he might actually be on the right (the position he said he prefers for wing play) and walcott might be on the left where he can come in as a secondary striker

  6. medvet says:

    4-1-4-1 i think, instead of 4-3-3…..

    ws
    back four
    flamini
    Theo-Ramsey-Ozil-Rozza
    OG

    i’m ok with that…..

  7. Tidan2 says:

    Still getting better, Liverpool have a replay and West Ham are on course for one too. COYG. Oh, and nice lineup, should get the job done!

    1. fred cowardly says:

      Bad news West Ham just scored

      I guess we can’t have everything our Way lol

  8. fred cowardly says:

    I agree with many of you about Ozil on the wing

    If Wenger continues doing this we will never see the best of him. Wenger is very frustrating. Is Wenger trying to make him a winger or will he use him in the middle when Sanchez and Walcott are regularly playing.

    Ozil can be a monster in the middle like fabregas

    Anyway, I hope it works and we win

    COYG
    4-0 to the Gunners

    1. RSH says:

      Arsenal twitter account had the team listed like this
      Szczesny, Chambers, Koscielny, Monreal, Gibbs, Flamini, Walcott, Ramsey, Ozil, Rosicky, Giroud

      which would seem to translate to
      Szcz
      Chambers-Kos-Monreal-Gibbs
      Flamini
      Walcott-Ramsey-Ozil-Rosicky
      Giroud

      So Ozil wont be on the wings if we’re going by that…

      1. fred cowardly says:

        That would be awesome

        I hope you are right
        thanks

      2. Charlie Nick says:

        He played on right in World Cup…

  9. fred cowardly says:

    15 minutes. Very excited
    can Anyone recommend a live stream?

  10. No Giroud, I'm happy says:

    I would rather have Akpom upfront to give him a chance, if not now then when …. Nevertheless, it is good lineup

  11. Enigmaticben says:

    I pray we don’t let our self down today cos it will be disgraceful

  12. nygooner says:

    COYG… ozil and walcott… work the magic

  13. Mick The Gooner says:

    Γ–zil out wide… Why???

  14. Mick The Gooner says:

    Walcott! Great for him to be back with a goal!

  15. Twig says:

    He’s BACCKKKKKK!

  16. GoonAR says:

    THEO!!!!! Good start. COYG!

  17. Ronny331 says:

    ko and a goal, wtf! πŸ™‚

  18. Mick The Gooner says:

    Robbie Savage thinks he’s Ally McCoist..

  19. fred cowardly says:

    Brilliant start.
    Thanks Theo.
    Theo’s goals can compensate for lack of WC striker this season, but we need one for next season.

    0-1
    Keep em coming

  20. nygooner says:

    YESSSS OZIL

  21. Mick The Gooner says:

    Walcott and Γ–zil on the scoresheet. Great returns!

  22. No Giroud, I'm happy says:

    Rosicky … you gotta be kidding

  23. Mesut O-grillz says:

    motha-flipping OZIL

  24. Ronny331 says:

    ozil!!! the two returnees, you couldnt write it!!

  25. AYZAY says:

    Show dem how it’a done buoy, we gwan iend da giame before da final whistle a blow

  26. fred cowardly says:

    If that doesn’t booost Theo and Ozil’s confidence. Ozil hardly scores. He is more of an assist and passser. Awesome start.

    Come on keep em coming boys.

  27. AYZAY says:

    Tell em batty buoy moaning hoe how it is done

    1. goonerretic says:

      From the caribbean?

  28. AYZAY says:

    Gunners for champions league, wenger for fifa president, ayzay for gooner stoners association chairman

  29. Mesut O-grillz says:

    The Gunners going for goal number three here aware that a 2-0 lead can be a dangerous one in the FA cup.

  30. Invincibles49 says:

    Walcott and Counter Attack!! The Match made in heaven πŸ˜€

  31. AYZAY says:

    If arsenal win two goal or above clear i will win 300 dollars , just arsenal left on this coupon, if i win imma take my gyal to da beach, ya take my bitch to da bitch ( hope she doesn’t read this)

  32. AYZAY says:

    When watching a game, y’all need that good kush, n a bottle of anything

  33. Mallu_Gooner says:

    players starting to sleep now ? get 2 more goals and do whatever you want

    1. mrabeeh says:

      Which part of Kerala u from my friend?

  34. Matt says:

    Imagine if we won the FA cup again!

    1. fred cowardly says:

      Yes. 2 years in a row would be awesome

      And a nice reward for Alexis’ debut season
      He is our best player ans I want him holding trophies early. If a quality player gets money, fan support, CL and trophies, there less likelyhood of him leaving

  35. fred cowardly says:

    Ok don’t get complacent or lazy

    Yesterday, Chelski were 2-0 up and lost 2-4
    So keep the pressure on and score a few more.

    COYG
    I predicted 0-4 …. Looks good

  36. Mesut O-grillz says:

    Yeah, we gotta keep this pressure up. It only takes one goal for them to start believing again.

  37. NY_Gunner says:

    We need to kill this off and tighten up our midfield. Take off Theo, Flamini and Ozil. Bring on Alex, Santi and Le Coq…

  38. Bolly says:

    Well played in first half and hope second goes as well. Really can’t understand people commenting about who’s playing where before we have even kicked off. For instance why Ozil on left again? No one knows until kick off what the formation is, sorry, just a little annoying.

  39. Ronny331 says:

    about bloody right, 2-1 game on! πŸ™

  40. ger burke says:

    hahahahahaahhaha , here we go again , same old story , foooooooools.

  41. Mick The Gooner says:

    Terrible defending.

  42. fred cowardly says:

    BTW

    A thumbs up to Chambers and Rosicky
    Their cool assists helped Walcott and Ozil score

    I especially liked Rosicky’s pass to Ozil

  43. AYZAY says:

    Forgive me for dreaming but i think this team can go far in the champions league, we just need the right tactic for each game

    1. fred cowardly says:

      No, I agree with you.
      As long as Sanchez, Walcott, Ozil, Koscielny, Cazorla, Coquelin are healthy ans we get Paulista, we have a decent chance

  44. ras911 says:

    Oh no..

  45. fred cowardly says:

    Damn it!!
    Remember Chelski were up 2-0 yesterday
    And lost 2-4

    Don’t get complacent and lazy
    Anything can happen in the FA Cup

    Now lets regroup and Win the game.

  46. GOONSTER says:

    Sorry but Chambers is a liability defensively..

  47. True.Gooner says:

    Thank you flamini. πŸ™

    1. Mick The Gooner says:

      Flamini is just so awful..

  48. Ronny331 says:

    Like the fact Sanchez is running up and down the touchline!
    3-1, Rosicky!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  49. ras911 says:

    WHAT A GOOAALL ROOZZAAYYYY!!!!

  50. nygooner says:

    magical from rosicky

  51. Mick The Gooner says:

    Great strike.

  52. True.Gooner says:

    Mozart

  53. No Giroud, I'm happy says:

    Give us Akpom

    1. ras911 says:

      There you have Apkom

  54. fred cowardly says:

    Rosicky an Assist and a Goal
    Rosicky must be the best 33/34 year old in the premier league

    1-3

    Awesome regroup
    keep em coming

  55. GOONSTER says:

    Kill off the game now. 4-1… πŸ˜‰

  56. AYZAY says:

    Oh please score again i gotta take the bitch to the beach, if u loose i would have to take bitch out for sandwich, i know the bitch will curse like a witch, im not van gaal, i don’t want my ass to twitch

    1. fred cowardly says:

      Who are you talking about?
      Flamini?

      Flamini should hopefully be released in the summer

      1. AYZAY says:

        Next season is our turn for the epl, players like flamini gotta , now we have very few deadwoods but the gotta go, respect my ma diaby but u gotta call it quits, do business or go for coaching,

  57. GOONSTER says:

    My goodness Chambers is terrible, he can’t read the fcking game defensively…

  58. fred cowardly says:

    It was kind of us to give Brighton a goal but no more gifts. Lets win it and worry about Villa (who unfortunately won today(

  59. AYZAY says:

    Why was wenger benching rosiky back then, maan that was risky, well thank u bro i smell 300

  60. Ronny331 says:

    Akpom and Sanchez warming up πŸ™‚

  61. fred cowardly says:

    Akpom and Sanchez…interesting

    Thanks Theo
    Welcome Back

  62. Ronny331 says:

    For gods sake!! 3-2, ridiculous!

  63. Mick The Gooner says:

    Why was no one marking him?! For goodness sake…

  64. ras911 says:

    Come on lads!!!

  65. Bolly says:

    Oops a feckinggen

  66. Ronny331 says:

    Is Coquelin on the bench?

  67. fred cowardly says:

    Damn it 2-3

    WTF!!!!!

  68. Ronny331 says:

    Play it smart now guys, think city game!
    Coquelin coming on, thank god!

  69. fred cowardly says:

    That article about a draw being a good result should never have been posted. It’s bad luck.

  70. nygooner says:

    coq going to be next sub

  71. Ronny331 says:

    Rosicky tiring? 4-2 now.

  72. Me says:

    Arsenal’s defence is a complete joke.

    Brighton have offered NOTHING the entire game and yet have scored two goals.

    In my opinion the entire defence needs to be rebuilt or at the very least we employ some defensive coaches who know how to coach players properly.

    A total shambles…

    1. fred cowardly says:

      yes
      Right now the only defender I’m happy with is Koscielny and happy with Coquelin as DM.

      We should not have given away . Goals

      1. YingYang69 says:

        And Rosicky played well, Ramsey per usual abandons shape for personal crusade whilst Flamini knows exactly whats going on with everyones game besides his own and Walcott doesnt like the look of rb position so wont dare look at it and then we have szcz who breeds anxiety then Monreal and Kos who arent a partnership on top of what ever happened to Chambers form… oh and Sanchez could have scored a few if only Akpom looked up and passed the ball,.

        Other than that we looked tops going forward for large parts but didnt show enough clinical desire. Delighted with Ozil oozing some class with immaculate first touch and Theo Roscky goals. Just wish we rushed back to line up that defensive shape we know is capable.

  73. fred cowardly says:

    My heart is in my stomach

    We should not have given away 2 goals

  74. marky958 says:

    Typical, usual , what do you expect! Fkg useless! Do all the work up front for the usual back to fk it up, speechless,frustrated and fkg ANGRY!!

  75. Ronny331 says:

    Arsenal players falling like flies now……..

  76. Ronny331 says:

    @marky958. I agree but chill we’ve not drawn or lost yet πŸ™‚

    1. marky958 says:

      They do it us fans some time after time, my heart can’t take it anymore! This is our chance to regain the FA Cup, we can’t throw it away!

  77. JAmerican says:

    Sanchez is asking for Wilshere type injury if he does make the common sense passes and stop holding the ball ALL the time

  78. fred cowardly says:

    POSITIVES
    Ozil
    Walcott
    Rosicky

    NEGATIVES
    DEFENSE
    Flamini

  79. Ronny331 says:

    Schez at the back and the defense is poor, coincidence?
    And why the hell did Schez release the ball so quickly?
    Guys a fool who plays on adrenaline rather than be calm and composed.

  80. nygooner says:

    akpom pass?

  81. AYZAY says:

    Oh no more 300, in need help gooners, console me , console my or………… The first time i came this close been shouting at the top of my voice at this pub

  82. Ronny331 says:

    And breath……..!
    God that was tense, through with no replay, beautiful.

  83. fred cowardly says:

    Phew
    That was scary as hell
    We did it the hard way but WON

  84. ras911 says:

    Brighton’s second goal was class, fair play to them and onto the next one! COYG!

  85. YingYang69 says:

    Didnt like the 4141 formation at all in the past, but now looks the best way to accommodate some players and am delighted with how well we have played lately using it. Would be beautiful going on to win this competition, some can say its only fa cup all they like because another trophy on top of us finally targeting big players is a huge plus for me and we still have Monaco and possibility of furthering ourselves even more.

  86. AYZAY says:

    No more 300 , tomorrow evening date we would have sandwich, id pretend its the best thing i love eating when im on a date, n id buy her a coke id drink water (id come with the water, the water at the eatry is costly), such is life, id take the positive, but first time i came so close, damn, fackity, fackin fack

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