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.

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

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


  1. Ronny331 says:

    How many of you would have taken 0-1 at half time? Blow the whistle please so we can get in the dressing room.

    1. ras911 says:

      I’m not disappointed with 1-0 by the half to be frank

  2. Poop Scoop says:

    Ox for Jack
    Campbell for Carzola

    Ozil in middle and see what happens.

  3. blondin says:

    Why Oscar is holding his head-team of pricks starting from coach-that self-proclaiming super coach and just a demagogue in reality.

  4. REiGN says:

    Take wilshere off, play ozil in the middle, bring on the ox.

  5. Ljungberg's Cool Red Hair says:

    Ozil the awesome winger

  6. phil-thompsons-nose says:

    On the balance of play we haven’t done that error and we are behind .. Typical!

    Don’t think we are that far away.. IF we get a chance and it falls to the right man..!?!?!?

    Keep it tight..

    1. reddb10 says:

      question is who is the right man cos i can only think of sanchez and danny

      1. phil-thompsons-nose says:

        True but the right man is the one that puts it in the back of the net..

    2. Sango says:

      Oooh my geeee, Wenger, Wenger, Wenger! why kill the right side when we are at Stanford bridge to kill Chelsea? Chambelain on the right, Ozil in the middle, Sanchez,…….pairing forward loving duo of Wilshire & Flamini sound appetizing but lacks positiveness. Why bring him in when all are tired to positively influence result?

    3. KickAssFan says:

      I hope Wenger takes off Ozil and not Sanchez

      1. KickAssFan says:

        I said it… The stupid one does it again. Takes off Sanchez, brings in Podolski. Why did he not use the exact team used against Galatasary.

  7. joeboy says:

    Ozil is far to lightweight! Get him off and the ox on!!!

  8. nygooner says:

    this game…

  9. Demwan Jones says:

    Jack wilshere??????? Future captain indeed

  10. Poop Scoop says:

    Fck Chambers, what you doing.

    But Schurrle what a pansy, really

  11. joeboy says:

    Oh look kos fcuking up again

  12. REiGN says:

    I feel like there is someone pointing a gun to my head whenever Chelsea has a set piece.

    1. Twig says:

      Ha ha ha

  13. Ronny331 says:

    Why oh why in this game after the mw performance is ozil back on the wing, grrrrr.

    1. ritblitz says:

      Ozil is not the player to play on the wings in big matches..he is being pushed as if he is not there..
      Can’t be waiting for the killer pass to come over 90 mts…
      Bring OX and take off chambers he is will be sent off otherwise

  14. GunningSoulman says:

    Kos does give a lot of penalties away.

  15. reddb10 says:

    FFS get ozil off he has been s##t all season

    1. nygooner says:

      ur an idiot

      1. joeboy says:

        Yeah coz ozil has been playing well today! Hes been dreadful, get him off he cant hold his own…..get the ox on

      2. reddb10 says:

        and your blind

        1. nygooner says:

          explain to me how he has been s**t all season. you deserve to get one of those flares from the pregame right to your face.

    2. ras911 says:

      Like any of our players have been playing well? Give the lad a break, he is having a decent game so far

    3. Ljungberg's Cool Red Hair says:

      And what about wilshere, what a sh*t performace from the no 10

  16. Ronny331 says:

    Chambers lucky not to see red, am I right no bellerin on the bench today?

  17. Justsoccerfan says:

    Wtf arsenal just shot.

  18. Poop Scoop says:

    Besides from Jack and Chambers we have done well vs Chelsea.

    Based on first half a draw would be fair.

    Maybe Poldolski must come on, at least he shoots given half a chance

  19. ras911 says:

    Why does Wenger insist on our players trying to squeeze through tiny spaces to score goals? In front of the box or inside the box SHOOT THE DAMN BALLL!!!! It is so frustrating sometimes

    1. Jim A says:

      It must be practiced for that to happen. I feel that our shooters must take 100 shots each day training. I’m really not sure that happens but they should.

  20. Ronny331 says:

    Ox ox ox ox ox, please arsene!

  21. Justsoccerfan says:

    Chelsea don’t play great but we are losing 1-0.

  22. REiGN says:

    Disappointing but somehow relief at half Time.

  23. Matt says:

    42 million for a f*cking liability

    1. reddb10 says:

      spot on mate.
      A five year old could mark ozil. Every time its the same thing he will cut back and bring the ball on his left foot. so f###g predictabe its frustrating

    2. ras911 says:

      People like you amaze me. Are you not watching the game> What do you want Ozil to do??! He is one of the best passers in the world but such a player becomes useless when playing against a team like Chelsea. Have you not seen how compact Chelsea plays? There’s no space for anything!!! Learn how to read the game before commenting and hating on players.

  24. Twig says:

    Cazorla and Koscielny have been awesome so far.

  25. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    Not too bad. Only one conceded. This is a huge improvement.

  26. Poop Scoop says:

    Keep it to 1 – 0 with 10 min and we may just get the goal, or concede 2

    Kos why didn’t you just leave Hazard, trust Schez to sweep it up

  27. nygooner says:

    1. Only thing that seperates us is 1 moment of brilliance from Hazard and Hazard alone. We didn’t play badly.

    2. Shoot the fkin ball in/around the box. Useless extra passes and we lose the ball

    3. I am SCARED of the impending red. Chambers on a yellow because of Jacks BS… lucky to not get a second with that shove on Schurrle.

    1. juhislihis says:

      The ref is a joke. Cahill’s challenge was a red no doubt. How the hell Chambers’ technical foul and that c*nt’s stomp on Sanchez’s leg were equally punishable?

      Atkinson shat his pants right in the beginning.

  28. arsenalman365 says:

    Still better than last year, we are still in this. COYG

    1. Robin Vanpayslip says:

      Damn right! I’m bragging about this shit at work tomorrow

  29. Ronny331 says:

    Arsenal don’t shoot as they are scared of giving the ball back to the opposition. We are still in this with just one goal but fear chambers wont finiah the game.

    1. ritblitz says:

      No only Alexis and welbeck can shoot..but if they don’t have the ball then we have to depend on the tap in

  30. Twig says:

    Ozil should be off in 2nd half, and Rosicky should be brought on for more energy.

    1. arsenalman365 says:

      Ozil made 1 great pass earlier to Cazorla which cut Chelsea open.

  31. samgunner says:

    Wilshire is killing our midfield bring on ox

    1. ritblitz says:

      Waiting for 2-0! To bring ox

  32. th14 says:

    Only watched the last 15mins of the 1st half.
    Whos been good and whos been poor.
    Ozil looked horrendous from what i saw has that been the case the whole 45mins?

    1. nygooner says:

      No, but you know how people are… always ozils fault.

    2. Twig says:

      Yup. He’s so weak in possession. Needs to pass the ball quicker…

  33. Justsoccerfan says:

    When you hoping someone like wilshere to become great on this type of match is like you playing Russia roulette. Everyone can see he can’t be no.10 , especially in the final 3rd.

  34. DaveJay says:

    Danny Mills would have a hard time fitting anymore of Chelsea’s d1ck down his throat.

  35. Adienl says:

    We haven’t played so bad, but the commentators are only all praise for chelsea.
    The only problem I see is that we take a touch too many near the penalty area(even when we are attacking with pace).
    Shoot the ball. Wilshere should have equalised. We should have easily got away with 3-4 shots on target.
    Get the ox on for ozil or wilshere.

    1. Adienl says:

      Flamini has been great, by the way.

      1. ritblitz says:

        Huffing and puffing but not great

  36. WiserthanWenger says:

    Should take Wishere off, Ozil as no 10, Ox on the wing .

    1. RSH says:

      cazorlas been great as No.10 so far this match and has been tracking back too. Take ozil off, Ox on.

      1. WiserthanWenger says:

        Is Wilshere playing well in your opinion ? Canola has been good doing defense work so he should play as one of the 2 deep lying ones.

        1. RSH says:

          Wilshere has been better than Ozil. Why take Wilshere off and have a midfield of Cazorla/Ozil/Flamini?Thats too lightweight. Wilshere at least adds some physicality and thats the reason we’ve been able to match with Chelsea’s midfield so far. Im not saying take Ozil off because im anti Ozil, its honestly just the obvious thing to do. He’s giving the ball away, making some poor passes and allowing Chelsea way too many countering opportunities.

          1. WiserthanWenger says:

            What I saw was Wishere losing possession more than anyone & as well as his touches were awful , not any better than Ozil, and Ozil is definitely a better no 10 given the chance so Wishere should b the one taken off.

  37. Matt says:

    Ozil just doesn’t care, he’s so lacklustre, no passion, no fight, no willpower, useless, robbing a living.

    1. Gooneristic Truth says:

      …this Ozil-completes-the-puzzle argument is at the edge of the cliff!

  38. ritblitz says:

    But good to see AW pushing off mourn..

  39. Ronny331 says:

    Man u winning, spurs winning us losing 🙁 one or two moments of magic is all it will take. Ox has to come on and ozil needs to start playing. Starting to think he’s toonsoft and weak for the pl, guy needs toneat some spinach, get on the weights and man up!

  40. medvet says:

    I said before and say again , THIS 4-3-3 FORMATION IS SH*T, ours players become from good to sh*t…. sanchez is not for a possession game (didn’t work for barcelona); ozil from good to nothing, chambers is defending alone, and the worst thing is that chelsea play like sh*t …… and take off wilshere…. for god sake.

    1. RSH says:

      if we played 4141 today the match wouldve already been over. Its only 1-0 and really only Hazard brilliance has been the difference. Our final balls have been poor, we couldve had a goal as well if we took our chances better. 433 i soo much better.

      1. medvet says:

        i prefer a 4-2-3-1 without wilshere anyday…..

        1. RSH says:

          yah, same. but these days just not playing a 4141 is an improvement now lol

          1. medvet says:

            the funny thing is that we can see it and wenger not, lol

  41. Hafiz Rahman says:

    flamini did ok…..

    thats what Dm for….go hard and break up play….

    the dirty job…

  42. Ronny331 says:

    Dare is say poldis left foot last 15 minutes? He owes us one!

  43. phil-thompsons-nose says:

    Ozil is too lightweight.. He’s got all the skill but no desire and gets brushed aside when in promising positions.. Chamberlain would be the obvious swap but Wenger has been proven not to change things until it’s too late..?
    Currently Campbell would do better than Ozil.. Wenger plays the wrong players against the wrong opposition in the wrong positions ..
    You don’t want ozil in the trenches against powerful players..
    I’d rather Wenger in ozil’s position ‘there’s more fight’ !!!
    Get it right Wenger in the second half and we could get something here…

  44. Hafiz Rahman says:

    we are now below spurd and utd…….

    very disappointing

  45. Mk2013 says:

    Why did Wenger changed a winning team ????

    1. nygooner says:

      good question

  46. Mick The Gooner says:

    The one thing Özil needs more than anything else is strength. He’s pushed off the ball a lot. He’s not a small player, he’s almost 6ft, he just needs more strength and power when he’s on the ball.

    1. Gooneristic Truth says:

      He’s already got more money… now he needs more food and the gym!

      1. ras911 says:

        Yes because all Number 10s in the world are tall heavyweights…

  47. Gooneristic Truth says:

    Wenger will make substitutions at the 75th minute when we are 2 or 3 goals down… our great manager!

  48. Justsoccerfan says:

    Not a bad 1st half for us but we still like to make silly mistakes. It won’t be a penalty if we didn’t give away cheaply on our free kick. We still can looking for a draw but not wilshere as no.10. This is not a game to wait for him to excel.

  49. Matt says:

    I know Wenger is too classy for this but if I was Wenger I’d f*cking spit on Mourinho and then headbutt the c*nt.

  50. Arsenal Fan says:

    Looking at the penalty again. Costa is smart. He runs across the box pulling mertisacker with him, creates the space for hazard to run into

    That’s what we don’t have. When we are faced with the defence in front, it’s all trying to get the ball through the eye of a needle. Terry Cahill just sit and wait. We need someone pulling them out of shape, shifting there structure and opening the space for the cazrola ozil Wiltshire to work in!

  51. Gooneristic Truth says:

    Oh yeah, that Özil guy completes the puzzle for a team… he’s good when doing A and B and C etc etc!
    Well, he’s ruining the fukkin’ puzzle now!

  52. dopplesoldner says:

    Makes me mad that we played our best game of the season and then Wenger insists on changing it again…

    Same after the Aston Villa game..

  53. Arsene=Arsenal says:

    happy to see wenger shove moureen.
    hopefully a positive result on the pitch will back it up.
    but the problem is noone apart from alexis n welbeck want to score a goal.
    everyone else want to make an assist.
    wilshere need to be replaced, he s holding on to the ball for too long near both penalty areas and putting unnecessary pressure on others.
    he might end up scoring, but that won’t vindicate the while lot errors he has made so far

  54. Mk2013 says:

    Please Wenger bring on the Ox

  55. Onochie says:

    Whenever we are playing against a big team in EPL,I hardly see a smile on people’s faces. Just Moans and disappointment,we must all be seeing something that Wenger isn’t or the other way round. Wonder what happened to the legs of our players to at least take a shot?

  56. Mick The Gooner says:

    Why is everyone afraid of shooting? We’re not going to pass it into the goal…

  57. GOONSTER says:

    SZNY is so annoying, he always tries to get us in trouble with his nervous over confident kicks.. smh

  58. REiGN says:

    Just look at the difference between the way they attack and us attacking. We are so slow.

  59. phil-thompsons-nose says:

    Ozil a bigger waste of money than Torres..?

  60. Justsoccerfan says:

    Frankly we got a bit of luck. Normally we will got a red for the penalty and that reflection will be a goal.

  61. Ronny331 says:

    We attack wirh fear and nerves they attack with utter belief and confidence.

  62. medvet says:

    we have a substitutes players???

  63. Justsoccerfan says:

    Just too bad ozil can’t play either wing, he has to be the no. 10.

  64. joeboy says:

    Ozil has gave the ball away more times then that! Take him off

  65. phil-thompsons-nose says:

    Game crying out for the ox..!!!!

  66. Justsoccerfan says:

    Why don’t we just try the last formation.

  67. nygooner says:

    That is a blatant fkin handball lmao

  68. Mk2013 says:

    Someone tell AW it’s time to change tactics

  69. Gigi2 says:

    any live stream on internet?

  70. reddb10 says:

    we have been playing for an hour and have yet to shoot on target.
    Hazard is doing whatever he wants because Chambers is afraid of that second yellow and Ozil is lost again.
    Get some subs on before the 77 minute for once Arsene.

  71. phil-thompsons-nose says:

    Didn’t Atkinson once give a similair decision against fabregas for handball when he played for us..?
    Atkinson is a twat!

    1. reddb10 says:

      Youre right, fabregas was standing in the wall and the ball hit his elbow oh and Atkinson is a twat

  72. Ronny331 says:

    Ozil centeal ox on for ack rw sanchez lw do it now!

  73. juhislihis says:

    WOw, like I said during the Cahill’s challenge, disgusting refereeing.

  74. ritblitz says:

    Hope Alexis is not substituted for OX..

  75. Arsene=Arsenal says:

    the commentators are sooo biased… only praising chelsea players.
    when they fall it’s legitimate red.
    when they put “hands in unnatural position”, the rules are not clear.
    any guess who ll be off for ox.
    i bet its not gonna be wilshere

  76. Justsoccerfan says:

    Positive points :- we are only 1 down. We play okay.

  77. Ronny331 says:

    Subs please god damn it!

  78. joeboy says:

    Wenger needs to get his tongue out of ozil arse! Cazorla has had a real good game

  79. blondin says:

    if that wasn’t hand ball( by Cesc),what is then?

  80. reddb10 says:

    santi off and ozil still on???
    Are you F####g kidding me

  81. RSH says:

    Lol, Cazorla off… This is why we cant win the league.

  82. Justsoccerfan says:

    Is either ozil or wilshere but not carzola.

  83. Arsene=Arsenal says:

    really fear for ozil.
    he just seem so tired always.
    he s going to get a backlash for this performance.
    really hope he comes up with a goal

  84. Ronny331 says:

    0-1 indeed, we have the chance to get something subs please….

  85. Ronny331 says:

    Cazorla off, is wangrr not watching? Jack or ozil.

  86. Justsoccerfan says:

    The problem is our defender scared to start a attack. They either back pass or side pass. We are so slow in attack.

  87. Mk2013 says:

    Wenger should have substituted Wilshere instead of Carzola

  88. Justsoccerfan says:

    We got five players on our half but Costa can hold the ball till hazard come in. Pathetic.

  89. REiGN says:

    Wow. Nice assist from cesc!

  90. Justsoccerfan says:

    Chelsea really know how to defence.

  91. phil-thompsons-nose says:

    Wtf… Words can’t describe how woeful mertesacker is ..

    Same old same old Wenger..!

  92. joeboy says:

    Thats why jose is a tactical genuis and wenger aint! And why he has never beaten jose

  93. muffdiver says:

    fabregas and costa end the match

  94. REiGN says:

    Yay! It’s podolski to the rescue!

  95. abishek says:

    we r good but they r better.

    1. reddb10 says:

      no mate they are not good. we are just s##t

  96. Justsoccerfan says:

    2-0 than you make subs, sick and tired of wenger sh*t.

  97. Ronny331 says:

    And costs scores his tradditonal goal per game. We are fooking rubbish and so is the manager! I give up 🙁

  98. reddb10 says:

    did you see that pass from fabregas wenger? What was it you said, we have midfielders? What a load of Bull###t.

  99. Ljungberg's Cool Red Hair says:

  100. Mick The Gooner says:

    Ridiculous goal to concede, just a hoof upfield and they’re in 1 on 1…

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