Official teams and preview of Chelsea v Arsenal

After the shocking way Arsenal were hammered at Stamford Bridge last season, today’s Premier League clash with Chelsea is a good chance to see if Arsene Wenger and the Gunners have learned their lessons – and whether we will have any more joy against the big clubs this season.

But the Frenchman’s starting selection is hampered by injuries, so he is unable to call on the likes of Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Debuchy and Olivier Giroud, but the biggest loss is surely our Welsh midfield star Aaron Ramsey. That is probably the reason why Wenger left Jack Wilshere out of his team for the Galatasaray game, as the Englishman comes back in with fresh legs today.

That means that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain drops to the bench while Santi Cazorla keeps his place. There is some good news for Arsenal in the return of our Spanish left back Nacho Monreal from his back injury, so we have some cover in the centre of defence as well.

Szczesny
Chambers, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs
Flamini, Wilshere
Alexis, Ozil, Cazorla
Welbeck

subs: Martinez, Monreal, Coquelin, Chamberlain, Rosicky, Campbell, Podolski

Chelsea make just one change from midweek at left back, so they have a very strong line-up with Costa, Fabregas, Hazard, Schurrle, Oscar and Matic. This is going to be tough, Gooners, and the Arsenal players need to be at it for 90 minutes, but the talent is there. COYG!!

Tags Chamberlain Wilshere

324 Comments

  1. Dan.M says:

    Wenger has fcked the team up again !!! Taken off the most fluid front 3 with pace to start passing the ball to death

    With Wenger we will make no progression,

    1. arsenalman365 says:

      Why don’t tou pick the team? Cazorla or Ozil are more than capable of challenging Ivanovic. I have watched Ozil long enough to know that he is faster than Oxlade Chamberlain years before he went to Arsenal. Chamberlain is just a more direct player. In matches like this you need players thaf make the right pass in the final third.

      1. muffdiver says:

        anyone got decent stream links?#

        wiziwig has been poor for weeks-

        quality streams plz!

        haywill where u at, u had some nice ones

        1. chimchimgiroud says:

          im watching it on ilemi, there is always a decent stream

        2. rpk says:

          http : //www.vipleague.se/sports/football.html
          http : //www.ifeed2all.eu/type/football.html

          There u go..

      2. Dan.M says:

        It’s easy to defend against a guy who wants to cut in and pass the ball sideways rather then one running at you with pace

    2. Dan.M says:

      Was I talking about playing cazorla in the middle u a mug .. No talking about the fluid front 3 we had .. Now ozil or cazorla will play outwide and slows down all the tempo of the game ,, very easy to defend against

  2. Dan.M says:

    Ox such a dangerous direct player .. Dropping him for a slow player ..

    1. Mick The Gooner says:

      Playing Özil on the right means Chambers will have no help against Hazard… Not confident.

      1. arsenalman365 says:

        But you could flip that round and say that Azpilicueta won’t get any help from Hazard.

        1. arsenalman365 says:

          Against Ozil

  3. GunningSoulman says:

    This could either turn out to be the happiest day, or the most catastrophic.
    Im nervous as f£&@@

    1. Mick The Gooner says:

      It’s not too far away from the team we played against Man City, though of course that was a home game.

      Cazorla instead of Ramsey means we’re weaker both energy-wise and defensively, but perhaps a little better at creating chances.

      Chambers for Debuchy means we’ll probably be better off defensively, but better on set pieces with another big presence. We got away with Özil on the right against City because they have no left wingers, Chelsea are the opposite – they have Hazard and Schürrle that can play there. It may be a tough one..

  4. Justsoccerfan says:

    Is not a good time to play Chelsea, they are really in good form. Draw will be a good result.

    1. NY_Gunner says:

      @justsoccerfan
      It’s the best time to play em. That way when we beat them the pundits won’t have any f**kn excuse about how/why we won…
      Up ya attitude dude and point positive towards the Squad…
      COYG!!!!!

      1. Justsoccerfan says:

        We can be very positive but we know reality we are still working to put up a good team to complete. Wenger is still finding his set of players and Chelsea already fire all round in all competition.

        1. NY_Gunner says:

          @justsoccerfan
          Understood dude. Thats what I’m rollin with, positivity and faith in the squad…

  5. Arsenal Target says:

    Would have wanted the Ox to start but hey! Not complaining and 100% behind the gunners COYG! make us proud…

  6. NY_Gunner says:

    F**k it. We Got This Y’all…

  7. joeboy says:

    Why no ox! Hes a young lad surely he can play two games in one week!! And i thought diaby was back fit? I fear wenger hasnt learnt anything as he didnt learn anything last year after playing city, liverpool and chelsea away…..and hes too stubborn to change

  8. Matt says:

    We never beat big teams, there is no way we’ll win, I pray for a draw and hope that if we loose we’re lucky enough to get beaten 3-0 instead of 6-0.

    1. joeboy says:

      Exactly! How many of our 11 today would get into chelseas team??? I can only see sanchez and maybe kos over cahill

  9. ruelando says:

    This would have been an ideal game to use hayden in the midfield with flamini, now we have less defensive cover, because wilshere is not the solution in that position

  10. macgooner says:

    No ox really wenger its not like cazorla is better defensively thats a strange one

  11. phil-thompsons-nose says:

    Costa first goalscorer
    Fabregas sent off
    Wellbeck equaliser
    Ozil winner!
    2-1 …

    1. joeboy says:

      Keep dreaming mate this aint fifa

      1. rpk says:

        Even in FIFA its difficult..!

  12. highbury44 says:

    Could anybody tell me why Diaby is still not even in the squad.The guy played as sub against Norwich at the end of last season so he must be fit by now.Well i suppose if he never plays he can’t get injured.

    1. Ljungberg's Cool Red Hair says:

      Because wenger loves wilshere

      1. highbury44 says:

        Thats the trouble with Wenger.If he likes you ,you can do no wrong and if he doesn’t you have no chance

  13. Ljungberg's Cool Red Hair says:

    Cazorla wide? I’m tired of this false winger bulls*it

  14. Hafiz Rahman says:

    juz dont get hammered will do…..

    if we lose this game RVP utd is on top of us

    1. arsenalman365 says:

      United played 1 top 7 teams after everton while after Chelsea we would have played 4.

  15. eloaking says:

    Against Chelsea as well as the strong teams, we need fast direct players. The combination of Ox and Sanchez represents are our best wingers at present. Ozil should play just behind the main striker. Cazorla and Ozil are useless on the wing, especially against strong teams. They are easily run over and they are bound to easily lose possession on the wings because they hold on to the ball and pass round excessively, without much directness. Except Wenger alters things and play Ox and Sanchez on the wing in the second half, we will be lucky to get a draw in this match.

  16. phil-thompsons-nose says:

    Seriously can’t see anything other than a Chelsea win today as they’re too powerful all over the pitch in every dept..
    Hazard vs the snail…!!!!
    Costa vs kos.. Hmmmm?
    Matic vs flamini…’
    Fabretwat v Cazorla

    Their defence is water tight wellbeck will have to play out of his skin to have any joy… Sanchez.. V ivanovic will be hard as I rate him as one of the best in BPL

    Stranger things have happened in football but I think ozil (who should be setting the prem alight with his vision) will be overwhelmed again, try too hard and lose possession in a crucial part of the pitch..
    Wenger will play him on the left and we will get murdered..

    Just keep it tight lads as a defeat is on the cards but the longer it stays goalless a draw would be seen as an improvement.. A win would have me eating my words regarding Wenger..!

  17. Esosa7 says:

    I would have proffered this formation
    sczcesny
    chambers per kosc Gibbs
    flamini arteta
    ozil
    ox wellbeck Sanchez

  18. highbury44 says:

    Today will be painful.Can’t see us getting anything.3-1 to Chelsea

  19. RWRW says:

    Is anyone else literally shittning themselves???

    1. AussieGunner247 says:

      Well everyone thinks chelsea will beat us so there isn’t massive pressure on us unless we get flogged, but if we get the points it proves that were big title contenders

  20. AussieGunner247 says:

    Why isn’t ospina on the bench?
    Would of preferred ox for santi

  21. summerbreez says:

    Mr winger cant see what we see

    But we still need the win come on the Arsenal come on wilshire be the man of the match

  22. Ks-Gunner says:

    This is going to be a long match, consider that i have to watch it with mates who are non Arsenal fans and one is a Chelsea Dipsh$it. lol. Good luck to any one.

  23. medvet says:

    so, the choosen pretty boy, wilshere, is in the first XI, mmmmmmmm………….

  24. REiGN says:

    So many mixed emotions while waiting for the kick off! Let’s support our boys! Coyg!

  25. haywill says:

    awesome streaming links!!!!!!: vipbox dot sx !!!! 😀 😀 😀

    1. muffdiver says:

      thanks man-looks good

  26. Justsoccerfan says:

    Can wenger fire up his players for this game, I am still doubt about him, can he once be a proper coach and win it even playing ugly like UTD tonight.

  27. Twig says:

    Was the OX dropped for the little bit hand ball last year? I don’t want to comment on speculation.

  28. Justsoccerfan says:

    Match was delayed for 30 mins.

  29. REiGN says:

    Wtf! A 15 minute delay becus some of our fans set up flares?! Sigh….. Since when did we become galatasaray?!

  30. haywill says:

    man utd is above us 🙁 🙁 🙁
    im afraid 🙁 🙁 🙁

  31. Ronny331 says:

    Ox and / or Poldi to come on and inject so power in the 2nd half.
    Today whatever happens no rout please!

  32. Poop Scoop says:

    Ox for Wilshire, let Sant. Play deep.
    Why change if from the midweek team, why.

    3-0 to Chelsea, but hope we pull in together and give WC performance.

  33. haywill says:

    game delayed, watching spurs now 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁

  34. Green Gunner says:

    Fcuk this web site. I’ve never seen so many negative comments before a ball is kicked. I actually think some of these ‘fans’ enjoy loosing so they can b!tch about everyone at the club. I’m going to support my beloved AFC and to hell with the begrudgers!

  35. Poop Scoop says:

    Kos to keep entire Chelsea team in his pocket.

    Know he can do it.

  36. Poop Scoop says:

    Let’s let flares off in the bridge and get Chelsea in trouble, no doubt if it happened we would be in the sh*t again and not the money whores

  37. frogarsenal says:

    I’d be ok with Wilshere as the DM and have OX in for Flamini to start

  38. Ljungberg's Cool Red Hair says:

    Ozil wide. Wenger idiot

  39. Justsoccerfan says:

    Since like ozil is going to the left.

  40. Demwan Jones says:

    Just hope we don’t get hammered and none of our players pick up a silly injury

  41. Twig says:

    Please Flamini, don’t get a red card 🙁

  42. John Legend says:

    Hoping here

  43. reddb10 says:

    looking at our midfielders incuding the ones not playing can anyone honestly be classed in the same league as fabregas and please dont say ozil.

    1. GunningSoulman says:

      Cesc would have the same impact for us as he has had at chelsea this season. We are missing pieces in the puzzle. Chelsea are pretty much complete. If Ozil was playing for this chelsea team he would be on top form, because he would have some muscle with matic behind

  44. xhafeezx says:

    I can’t stand the way commentator speak.. They keep finding arsenal mistake.. Arsenal this, arsenal that.. But when Chelsea made a mistake.. Nice idea..good vision.. What the fish!!

  45. Ronny331 says:

    Wtf we’ve not conceded yet 🙂

  46. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    Over 10 minutes and no goal conceded. This is new ground. How am I supposed to feel?

  47. Ronny331 says:

    @rvpayslip. Happy abd surprised, I am!

  48. Ronny331 says:

    If we could only score the first goal! If chelsea score first big problems due to them being masters at shutting up shop. Coyg!!!!!

  49. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    Haha Wenger just pushed Mourinho

  50. Justsoccerfan says:

    The game is heating up even on the touch line

  51. reddb10 says:

    come on Arsene head butt the arrogant one.

  52. phil-thompsons-nose says:

    Chelsea physio is well fit..!

    1. NY_Gunner says:

      @ptn
      You know it…:-P

  53. Tas says:

    Arsen Wenger our new defensive midfielder job done

    1. NY_Gunner says:

      ****
      AW to Mour”Stay in ya lane b***H”

  54. Justsoccerfan says:

    Did wilshere just lost the ball the again?

  55. Twig says:

    Surprise, surprise, Chambers has a yellow!

  56. Mick The Gooner says:

    That’s like 3 or 4 times Wilshere has lost the ball in a stupid position. Dribbling it out of defence, playing silly passes, it’s going to cost us unless he stops.

  57. Ronny331 says:

    Wenger pushing mou!?! Omg 🙂 a little of that controlled fight on the pitch please.

  58. GunningSoulman says:

    I love how Wenger hates Jose. Shame he always has the last laugh though.

  59. juhislihis says:

    Disgusting refereeing.

  60. Demwan Jones says:

    Wilshere playing shit and giving d ball away

  61. Ronny331 says:

    God damn wilshire playing around with the ball. Would love us to have a Gerrard today who can spray long accurate passes bypassing the mf.

  62. Justsoccerfan says:

    Just don’t like wilshere every time silly mistakes cost pressure to the back line

  63. Tas says:

    Here we go again

  64. phil-thompsons-nose says:

    Great defending lads ..

  65. Gunnersrule says:

    fahl

  66. Demwan Jones says:

    Once again the gods spread cheeks and ram cock in a**

  67. Gunnersrule says:

    fahk .-.

  68. nygooner says:

    Must be fkin dreaming… How does Hazard just dance around 3 people? What a joke

  69. REiGN says:

    What a surprise. Koscielny gives away a penalty. Sarcasm level 100

  70. joeboy says:

    Typical kos! Id like to know how many pens he gives away! Stupid indavidual mistakes first wilshere then kos! Useless…..we aint gunna get back into this now, jose will play it out

    1. NY_Gunner says:

      @joeboy
      At least he tried to defend instead of lettin Hazard slide through like the other 3 guys did…

      1. joeboy says:

        Tried and failed

        1. NY_Gunner says:

          @joeboy
          You aint gettin this are you dude. The other 3 guys didn’t even try. More like how you would do it. Don’t even f**kn try and still b***h about it…

  71. Matt says:

    Surprised we lasted this long

  72. medvet says:

    this 4-3-3 system is soo sh*t, ozil do nothing, alexis become from world class to average and chambers can do a sh*t alone……. well done wenger….

  73. juhislihis says:

    Well, just park the bust. I’d take this result any day.

  74. xhafeezx says:

    Finally..as we expected.. Goal from Chelsea.. Ok next

  75. Ronny331 says:

    And there it is boom, now we are fooked!

  76. ras911 says:

    And the floodgates are open..

  77. ras911 says:

    Come onnnn Jack!

    1. medvet says:

      fack offf jack

  78. Ljungberg's Cool Red Hair says:

    Wilshere you are awful.

  79. juhislihis says:

    Reason why Wilshere shouldn’t be starting. Oh my

  80. nygooner says:

    Nice touch Jack, nice touch.

  81. Gunnersrule says:

    wilshere awesome!!!!!!!!!!

  82. Aggelos says:

    Just drop f*cing Wilshere

  83. Ronny331 says:

    @medvet. Agree. No what you going to do wenger? Chelsea the maters of seeing out and controlling games. They will counter us and score more now 🙁

    1. medvet says:

      this formation become us in a weak midfield team, that is why Eden Hazard can run easily to the box.

  84. Hafiz Rahman says:

    losing 1 or 2 goals to chelsea is already a very good result…

    just dont get hammered please….

  85. Justsoccerfan says:

    Is not like I don’t like wilshere, is just he is just sh*t to watch.

    1. Mick The Gooner says:

      I think he’s usually great to watch, he looks to be having a bad game though.

  86. Poop Scoop says:

    We will go gunho and get exposed at back, our guys just need to breath and be composed.

    No rash challenges and we will bring X on in 2nd half and press, but can’. Concede again

  87. medvet says:

    and wenger drop the OX for that sh*t…………….. hilarious

  88. sandy1985 says:

    Not Saying this because i am an Arsenal supporter.As a football lover the fair result would be a draw.

  89. Gunnersrule says:

    i cant watch wilshere anymore

  90. haywill says:

    wth is jack wilshere doin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  91. Ljungberg's Cool Red Hair says:

    F*king wilshere

  92. Poop Scoop says:

    What are they doing, you get half a chance take your shot.
    Why get to the box and then hold play up, increase tempo

  93. Justsoccerfan says:

    Fu*k I am sick of wilshere, he spoil the attack again.

  94. Poop Scoop says:

    This ref is always in our players way, 3rd time this game

  95. Gunnersrule says:

    promising attack till the ref blocked it

  96. blondin says:

    arsenal is playing great( no joke) except Jack-he is TERRIBLE.and not just today.selfish.constantly looking at the ball and hardly at teammates until it is too late.accuracy of passing. Is below 50% on any given game.but most importantly,no sense of playmaking.Rosicky is much better.Again,they are playing aggressively and that is how they can win a lot of games.

  97. Ronny331 says:

    Jack off ox on simples! Why the hell didnt wenger field the gala sqaud? Because jack brings him an apple every day.

  98. phil-thompsons-nose says:

    Why has Sanchez got a pair of john Barnes shorts on..?

  99. Demwan Jones says:

    Arsene quit being a p***y and bench wilshere

  100. Justsoccerfan says:

    Can someone tell me why we let wilshere doing the no.10 roll and we got carzola and ozil. He really out balance our team.

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