Official teams and Preview of Dortmund v Arsenal

It looks like Arsene Wenger has decided to try to get over the Arsenal defensive crisis while also taking advantage of the one being suffered by Jurgen Klopp and his Borussia Dortmund side, because he has picked a pretty attacking line-up, with the big news being that young Hector Bellerin get his first senior start in place of the injured Mathieu Debuchy.

It is not only that that points to the Gunners going for it either, because Kieran Gibbs comes in on the left and Mikel Arteta gets the nod ahead of the more defensive minded Mathieu Flamini. Wenger has also kept both Ramsey and Wilshere in the team and the under fire German record signing Mesut Ozil starts as well.

Szczesny
Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs
Arteta, Ramsey, Wilshere
Ozil, Welbeck, Alexis

subs : Ospina, Chambers, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Rosicky, Cazorla, Podolski, Campbell

There is plenty of attacking talent on the bench for the Gunners as well, so I think we are going to go for it and try to take advantage of Dortmund missing key players like Reus, Hummels, Sahin and Gundogay. The former Man United man Kagawa is on the bench for them, but they still have a strong side with the likes of Bender, Grosskreutz and Mikhitaryan so it should be an entertaining game. Let’s just hope we win it…

Tags Arteta Bellerin Ozil

387 Comments

  1. RSH says:

    easy prediction, Wenger wont make any half time subs, as usual

    1. captinweestain says:

      He wont make any *cries and shakes head*

  2. john0711 says:

    If you were playing on a Sunday morning and got caught out by that goal you would be steaming 3 players v 1 and not one players actually picked him up, so he turns and runs 60 yards
    Massive schoolboy error
    And why is the team virtually the same barring forced changes
    What’s the point of having a squad
    WENGER OUT and you will hear this again and again
    One difference in the teams , they play as a team
    Ramsey and Alexis awful

  3. Justsoccerfan says:

    We let in a goal from our free kick. Can some body tell me who took the free kick?

  4. AYZAY says:

    We should be out of this champions league early so we can focus on the epl. Yes me say so

  5. Adienl says:

    How can you play a team that has just played a high intensity game 3 days back for the whole of 90 minutes.
    Wenger is a _____.

  6. Arsenalover says:

    Poldi in —Welbeck out
    Cazorla or Rosicky in —– Ozil out

    1. No Giroud, I'm happy says:

      Cazorla or Rosicky in —– Ozil out
      Welback has the pace and positioning

      1. Arsenalover says:

        Poldi has brain and Rocket in his left foot

  7. leo says:

    heavy meta music 1 – 0 orchestra

    mertasacker looks like he is running on quicksand

  8. gunnerman8701 says:

    There goes us losing lol

  9. 3Down says:

    immobile, diego costa, mandzukic, falcao were all available this transfer window yet we buy danny

  10. captinweestain says:

    That was digusting defending, mert what are you thinking ? if you even are.
    WAK THE FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. juhislihis says:

    Easiest goal we’ve conceded this season. Immobile who is not rated even in Italy run past BOTH of our CBs.

    And I’m getting to understand why Manure sold Welbeck.. No offence to the lad.

    1. juhislihis says:

      Sorry, meant past Koscielny and Gibbs.

  12. Darlingbudsofarse says:

    My respect for Wenger has now all but gone! Can’t he ever motivate his players to put in a decent shift! The players are in a daze it seems and I just can’t believe what I’m seeing from these overpaid players! Wenger must resign and let someone else takeover. What’s going on with our team and our club under this stubborn French man? We’ll beck is also beginning to remind me of one Sanogo! Get a grip guys!!!

    1. captinweestain says:

      I’m thinking the same now, i can only defend the guy for so long, he has no plan b
      New change, new idea’s new arsenal BETTER ARSENAL!

  13. john0711 says:

    And by the way we spent 16 m on welbeck one chance and missed the goal , that’s why Chelsea bought costa

  14. AussieGOONER says:

    well have a fkning shit season i preidcted this before start of the season no CDM no fking party
    Wengerout we need a cleanout in arsenal 5 games and 1 win WTF man

  15. Justsoccerfan says:

    A really good organise team can show how is our team rated.

  16. captinweestain says:

    CL is gone out the window, why bother entering it….oh yeah money for stan 🙁

  17. leo says:

    bvb lost lewandowski brought in Adrian ramos (top 3 goal scorer in bundesliga ) & they brought immobile we lost rvp 2 yrs ago & brought welbz on last day on TW

  18. Sumo says:

    I am still hopeful.
    We will win.
    We were not that much shit.
    Sanchez just needs to calm down a bit and find his head.

    1. captinweestain says:

      Come back to earth, theres oxygen here.

      1. leo says:

        lol haha let some fans dream it’s freeeeeeeeee

  19. mr lean says:

    Another three years of this !

  20. alexhare says:

    Game is crying out for Rosicky and Ox.
    Both would give us higher work rate and penetration. Everyone has been poor, team hasn’t clicked at all. It seems the team, like most of us, have underestimated Dortmund.
    I love Wenger, but when he leaves, I’d love Klopp to take over. He instills high intensity, counter attacking football. Would fit Arsenal like a glove.

  21. Kay123 says:

    how is arteta still playing for arsenal??? seriously…

    1. Robin Vanpayslip says:

      Are you watching the game? He is not even the top 5 under performers. That you pick his name out shows more of your addiction to bandwagons than you actually watching a game.

        1. captinweestain says:

          Plastic

          1. Kay123 says:

            So you are saying Arteta is good enough for Arsenal,… I want Arsenal to win games..

  22. th14 says:

    Im happy were only 1-0 down we’ve been that f*cking shit.
    Koscielny is the only player who decided to turn up today.

    1. captinweestain says:

      And wilshire, putting that shot off and at least trying to defend.

    2. RSH says:

      and Szczesny. Everyone is terrible. Wilshere trying to make things happen but everyone else is pure sh*t around him so that isnt helping.

  23. Ronny331 says:

    Got to admit as soon as I saw the line up I decided to have a stress free night and not watch but catch it later, sounds like my gut feeling was correct. Per m awful, ozil lazy, areteta too old and slow. Wenger blind and stubborn!

    1. captinweestain says:

      Just have you’re angina spray near by, never not watch the arsenal.

  24. GOONSTER says:

    Mertesacker has been a liability since he has been back, he just looks even more slow and sluggish.. The world cup win must have done the opposite to our Germans, Mertesacker and Ozil must have diabolical all season..

    Even Ramsey has been poor, he has dropped 90% in performance. I just don’t know what is wrong with our players, they look the most weakest, they can’t run, can’t press, can’t read danger, give the ball away, they are very slow..

    MY GOODNESS.. SMH

  25. arsenal207 says:

    justarsenal, where the fans are very good at blaming. Now, those people who kept saying that arsene wenger must give chance to Berrelin or Campell ….. where are you? When you are wrong, you forget what you said and find something else to blame. Shame on you

    1. RSH says:

      you cant even spell the players names correctly, and Campbell isn’t even playing. What are you going on about?

  26. GOONSTER says:

    We are embarrassing…

  27. john0711 says:

    Ozil for once has t been bad and the best player has been Wiltshire

    1. RSH says:

      you kidding he’s been invisible? Can’t do anything wrong if you don’t do anything at all.

  28. Glen says:

    Relax Arsenal will be back strong and motivated in second half – I’m 99% sure we will not loose this match. You just wait and see 😉

  29. royalman says:

    Welbek cost us two goals in 1st half.

    1. captinweestain says:

      No he never.

      1. captinweestain says:

        The whole team is shit

    2. RSH says:

      Dortmund could’ve had a max of 3 goals. Our defense just as bad as the attack today

  30. lysander says:

    i am not good at tactics but watching united over the weekend and dortmund now
    i can kind of get their style of play. i can’t say the same thing about arsenal.
    not sure what wenger’s idea is behind setting up the team. i can only see Arteta or
    Wilshere passing the ball either to Ozil or Sanchez and then things get blurry.
    Nothing really happens afterwords. Can anyone explain what Wengers tactics are in this
    game

  31. captinweestain says:

    If Wenger makes a sub in the last ten mins after no change, then i have lost faith in him.
    I will no longer trust his coaching abilties, and he should retire to scouting players, or go upstairs.

    1. joeboy says:

      I lost faith in him at xmas when he refused to buy anyone….hes useless same tactics and formation against every team! He is fcuking clueless…..suicide defending away from home like last season against city, liverpool and chelsea

  32. mr lean says:

    Kos and jack the only two who look up this game,wenger needs to give them all a big b#llocking at half time but we all know he won’t

  33. Justsoccerfan says:

    If Welbeck took that chance, ozil will have a assist.

    1. RSH says:

      who gives a hoot about Ozil assisting, someone just needs to score!

  34. leo says:

    could have easily been 3-0 just wish we could fast forward to 2016 when wengers contract ends & klopp joins us, had enough of this nonsense

  35. Ronny331 says:

    Got to admit as soon as I saw the line up I decided to have a stress free night and not watch but catch it later, sounds like my gut feeling was correct. Per m awful, ozil lazy, areteta too old and slow. Wenger blind and stubborn.

  36. jibber says:

    we are lucky to be only 1-0 down.
    But consider this, 2 days ago, we just had an extremely intense game with man city with the exact same team par Bellerin.
    without a physical DM, our mistakes further amplify, which is only natural.

    now this game Ozil played better, szczsney and koscielny both are doing an amazing job. Gibbs is actually have a decent game.

    the 2 players who keep losing it are Mert and Arteta.

    Ramsey still needs to accommodate his game with Wilshere on, And Welbeck is doing most things right par his finish.

    If we can get a draw this game, i’m happy enough.

    the problem we all now is still wenger. Fresh players like Cazorla, ox, Rosicky aren’t playing, really wonder why Wenger depends so HEAVILY on build teamwork through play extensively…

  37. Invincibles49 says:

    Watching death metal composed by jurgen kloppatica raping the orchestra anchored by monssieur Wenger.

  38. Matt says:

    F*cking shameful

  39. Mallu_Gooner says:

    Lets finish 3rd in the group a lets……get whipped in europa league too

  40. phil-thompsons-nose says:

    It’s fair to say.. Wenger has run his cause and although it’s early in the season..
    The writing is on the wall.. Wenger needs to go for having such dross in arteta and mertesacker..!

  41. juhislihis says:

    3 years of this.. I cannot take it

  42. RSH says:

    -____- its not like we were going to win Champos League anyways. Every year the goal is R16 and thats all

    1. abishek says:

      there is good % of truth in ur statement.

  43. Matt says:

    Wenger’s tactics just never ever work anymore, ever.

  44. davidnz says:

    It’s the away leg.
    Ander and Gala will not
    win at Dortmund.
    Arsenal can still draw or win this game.
    Keep it close then win bigger at home.
    Arsenal can still win the group.
    45 min left plenty of time good subs
    Poldi Rosicky Campbell Ox Cazorla.
    Faith guys Arsenal can turn this around

    1. captinweestain says:

      Go away troll, look at you’re bagde. Take a vrtual bitch slap in the face

  45. captinweestain says:

    Cheers arsenal, for really FCUING MY DAY UP, been looking forard all day for this, now i’m gonna to bed early, pis$ed.

    1. davidnz says:

      plastic

      1. captinweestain says:

        You serisuly need a bicth slap you spud.
        I hate you!

        1. muffdiver says:

          u will learn to love him…

    2. Robin Vanpayslip says:

      I know how you feel. Wife keeps saying I should drink less so I showed her the first goal tonight.

  46. Ljungberg's Cool Red Hair says:

    Wenger and his tactics are useless

  47. WiserthanWenger says:

    BFG shouldn’t be in this game, my old lady can run faster than him.

    Sanchez is too tired , kept losing the ball.

    Winger , make the sub now!

  48. john0711 says:

    Anyone still think ” trust in Wenger ”

    Merit wouldn’t get in my old 5 a side team

    Basics basics basics – one of the centre Halfs picks up the striker

  49. Ronny331 says:

    Got to laugh what else can you do, were so kin awful!

  50. Moreno says:

    can someone tell me why he isn’t making a substitution?? it will be 3-0 soon… i swear to god this old man has lost his damn mind

  51. Matt says:

    We’ve got nothing, absolutely nothing, the problems are Arteta and Mertesaker and Ozil.

  52. Ks-Gunner says:

    Observ you akb retards. Observe and notice the problems

  53. Matt says:

    I’d rather come bottom of our group than third and have to play in the Europa league.

    1. RSH says:

      Gala losing at home right now. We’re heading for another 2nd place finish, R16 exit. The usual.

  54. Invincibles49 says:

    Even Arsenal’s jersey is tighter than its defense!!!

  55. GOONSTER says:

    It seems like we have one defender… Kossy seems like the only defender for us on the pitch…

    1. Ljungberg's Cool Red Hair says:

      Yeah but we still have a lot of CAMS 🙂

  56. abishek says:

    this is getting ugly……..

    1. Robin Vanpayslip says:

      Uglier than a chick with thyroid issues

  57. Ronny331 says:

    Been saying this about mert fir ages and most people defend him, his league two quality and offers nothing but height! Feek for sanchez he must wonder what hes done, do something then arsene!

    1. captinweestain says:

      So why isn’t no one blaming bould, he’s the defensive coach

  58. marky958 says:

    Usual shit from Wenger, get him OUT!!!!!!!

    1. rd_gunner says:

      This is getting embarrassing..a dortmund B team running us ragged !

  59. captinweestain says:

    Were getting a nice little rape!

  60. RSH says:

    now were even letting SUBOTIC run half the length of the pitch? Seriously? Hes only margins faster than Mertesacker….

  61. No Giroud, I'm happy says:

    le professeur is genius

  62. LoCkAy says:

    Limited squad, limited options, limited manager ideas…
    We are getting weaker every season…

    The Dortmund attack is already inside our defence even before the counter attack… Arteta is no where near the action…
    We might as well play with 10 players.
    Ozil is also absent.

  63. LoCkAy says:

    F*ck you Welbeck !!!

    1. captinweestain says:

      Too soon, even for this site

  64. Invincibles49 says:

    God this is painful!

  65. phil-thompsons-nose says:

    Arteta & mertesacker were the weak link last season.. Yet the manager in his wisdom doesn’t see them as weak links..
    Can you imagine ANY OTHER TOP TEAM accommodating these buffoons ?? Quite simply they are skrill league at best.. Maybe conference..! SHITE!

  66. Ljungberg's Cool Red Hair says:

    This is what pace do. We look like damn useless clowns.

    1. RSH says:

      no this is what an organized team, that knows how to press and win the ball back quickly can do. Our defense it beyond horrible, cant win the ball back, we’re just bystanders.

  67. LoCkAy says:

    THIS IS JUST PURE ATTACK/DEFENCE LOL

    WELBECK IS JUST PITIFUL AND SH*T!!

  68. RSH says:

    now can we all never mention Welbeck and Henry in the same breath ever again? Embarrassing anyone ever made that comparison.

  69. muffdiver says:

    as usual klopp shows wenger how its done…im sad

  70. Charlie Nick says:

    Right…get Ox on now

  71. captinweestain says:

    If wenger doesn’t make a sub soon my computer gets a nice little punch
    I’m so mad

  72. Justsoccerfan says:

    Can those people who said we can win because of they got a lot players injured, please tell me how we gonna win?

    1. BigWilli says:

      whats soccer, bro? how does it taste?

  73. RSH says:

    Good job Wenger make a sub AFTER its a lost cause again! Genius

  74. Moreno says:

    where are all the arsene lovers now? he should’ve been out last year with that FA cup but look how greedy the old man is.

  75. LoCkAy says:

    THE OBJECTIVE HAS BEEN COMPLETED.
    WE HAVE QUALIFY FOR THE CL AND IT WAS THE AIM.

    ENJOY THE SPECTACLE !

    WHERE ARE CAMPBELL, CAZORLA, ROSICKY…???

    THERE IS NO POWER IN THE MIDDLE !!

    F*CK YOU WENGER, DISGRACE OF A MANAGER !!

  76. No Giroud, I'm happy says:

    This had to be our starting line-up for tonight Wenger

  77. LoCkAy says:

    CHECK OUT THE KIT MAN… SAME OLD PEOPLE AROUND WENGER FOR YEARS… LOL
    JUST A JOKE!

    WE HAVE BEEN THERE BEFORE AND IT IS JUST A REPETITION… SEASON AFTER SEASON 🙂

  78. Ljungberg's Cool Red Hair says:

    Sh*t perfomace from both ramsey and ozil. Again this tactis are hurting us. The old system was better.

  79. captinweestain says:

    f*uck all this rest talk, how much rest does ozil need

    1. muffdiver says:

      f*ck ozil- yet again- sh*t

      1. Brada b says:

        Fack wenger u cant blame ozil if wenger keeps on playin him

    2. Ljungberg's Cool Red Hair says:

      What do your expect ozil to do? Counter pace? Really..? Have your ever watch internacional football?

      Wenger is mad, why the hell he expected ozil to do a Chamberlain

  80. abishek says:

    out of form players: Per, Ozil, Rambo

    1. muffdiver says:

      out of form MANAGER pal

      1. RSH says:

        no, just out of date

  81. Ks-Gunner says:

    Wenger deserves a red card for incompetence

    1. muffdiver says:

      and incontinence-he shat himself

  82. Charlie Nick says:

    Ummmmm Hummels’ GF just cheered me up…….

    1. captinweestain says:

      Babe ?

      1. Charlie Nick says:

        just a bit

        1. captinweestain says:

          MEGA BABE

  83. captinweestain says:

    Rues is thinking facccccccccccccccccccccccccck joing this shit.

  84. WiserthanWenger says:

    Do u still Reus would want to come to Arsenal ?

    1. muffdiver says:

      hes laughing at the thought-

  85. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    We’re going to get one in the next few minutes and then one after 87 minutes.

    Klopp is going to be really pissed he only got a point.

  86. mortal says:

    to be an arsenal fan is hell indeed.

  87. mr lean says:

    Make sure you get a ticket for one of the home champion le

    1. mr lean says:

      League game this year because with le fraud in charge this will be our last appearance for a while

  88. Goonsquad8 says:

    F*ck this is painful

  89. Justsoccerfan says:

    Wenger do even want to fight any more, just sitting down there.

  90. Invincibles49 says:

    I may be overreacting..but Arsenal look better after the subs ??

    1. RSH says:

      because BVB has already 2 goals and are dropping off.

  91. abishek says:

    if you take a paper and write Arsenal IX and BVB IX and ask anyone who would you bet on to win then 9 out of 10 will say Arsenal. The amount of pressing and energy of BVB always surprises me, that was always consistent no mater what players are playing. I this the credit goes to jurgen klopp.

  92. phil-thompsons-nose says:

    I suppose there’s no point getting pissed..
    What did we expect from our great manager.. He failed to strengthen in the areas we ALL knew he needed to- in midfield and attack (wellbeck wasn’t planned!) we sold vermalen and loaned out jenks.. We get an injury to debuchy and we call upon a defender who has played 25 TWATTING minutes in total for the first team..????
    Wenger get the fuk out!
    Sorry, Wenger, you are taking us down the same route year after year so let’s not take it out in you.. We are what we are.. AVERAGE UNDER YOUR CURRENT REIGN..

    1. mr lean says:

      Evening mate ,great words and totally agree.wenger out ! But won’t happen for three years .chelsea away soon bet Maureen cannot wait to play us again !

      1. phil-thompsons-nose says:

        Helloooo matey

        Ha ha I kind of expected this result and performance but you always believe in the hope ( wellbeck just missed) again!
        Wenger has certainly lost the ability to get the best out of (arguably) a good arsenal side.. Yet we are lacking total self belief.. That’s got to be down to the manager..!?

        1. Goonsquad8 says:

          Of course you come out of your hole to b* tch

  93. orvalentine says:

    Guys,
    I bought a ticket to sit at Signal Iduna Park for 105 euros… with my parttime job in Dortmund
    To watch my beloved team getting his ass kicked all 70 minutes…
    My life is so… sad…
    Schaiße

  94. Brada b says:

    FACK WENGER HES A JOKE

  95. LoCkAy says:

    All of this because of Wenger…
    We deserve better, way better.
    At £8millions a pop, that is just a rip off.
    I have always said, he is the biggest con artist of world football…!!

    A brilliant financial strategist (if you want to save money and forget about trophies), but a dumb ass manager with no football skills and knowledge.

    Wenger on the bench “Hummmm, hope the fans won’t be to upset… I should have add a CB, but I will be fine since I have no pressure from the board or even the fans (they love me those fools)… F*ck this sh*t too tired to do my job today… Until next time”

  96. Ljungberg's Cool Red Hair says:

    Our team is more compensated now. Ozil lacks everything to be a real winger and ramsey is a different player (in the BAD way) when he is playing with wilshere.

  97. Brada b says:

    The only ting that looks gud for arsenal on the pitch iz there uniform everyting else iz sh*t…

  98. Invincibles49 says:

    Look at Sven Bender..He is everywhere.

    1. Robin Vanpayslip says:

      Are you sure you’re not seeing his brother?

  99. palmer17 says:

    Ppl still think wenger was right to not sign Fabregas

  100. cardo87 says:

    There’s only one person to blame, the transfer window was wide open like a cheap slut and he didn’t address the problems that need sorting.

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