Official teams and preview of Galatasaray v Arsenal

Arsene Wenger had already let it be known that a number ofArsenal first team players like Alexis Sanchez, Laurent Koscielny, Danny Welbeck and Kieran Gibbs would be left in London to recover and recharge their batteries for the Premier League games to come.

And with six young players from the academy system going in their place and the game against Galatasaray unlikely to make any difference to the Champions League standings, I wondered if Wenger might take even more risks and start with a couple of the young Guns.

But the manager has put his strongest possible side out, with the most interesting part of it being the return of our French international Mathieu Debuchy at right back, allowing Chambers to partner Mertesacker and Bellerin to show what he can do at left back.

THe midfield is not far off what he would have selected anyway, except for Oxlade-Chamberlain taking Santi Cazorla’s place. But the young Englishman has been in great form and his pace and power can do serious damage to any opposition.

The front line consists of three playyers that have been crying out for more playing time, so hopefully they can all use this chance to show Wenger that they deserve more minutes on the pitch.

Debuchy, Chambers, Mertesacker, Bellerin
Flamini, Ramsey, Chamberlain
Campbell, Sanogo, Posdolski

subs: Martinez, O’Connor, Kamara, Maitland-Niles, Zelalem, Iwobi, Akpom

The ideal situation is for the Gunners to get a comfortable lead and allow three youngsters to show their stuff, while Anderlecht stun Borussia Dortmund. But I think we should just enjoy the game and not worry too much. COYG

Tags Debuchy Podolski Szczesny


  1. ArseOverTit says:

    Best form of defence = attack (or at the very least, keep the f’ing ball).

  2. captinweestain says:

    Gotta say the Gala fans are amazing, most of us Gooners should be ashamed!
    Straight up fact.

  3. mr lean says:

    The Wenger thanks for the memories banner has been confiscated by arsenal officials in Turkey.just shows what our board think of the fans and there human right to protest and free speech.

    1. captinweestain says:

      That wouldn’t go down well with the Arsenal Kids.

  4. phil-thompsons-nose says:

    The reason Wenger doesn’t play Campbell more often is because Sanogo is better than him.. At making the fans laugh..

  5. Matt says:

    I’m sorry but Joel Campbell is so overhyped by everyone and overrated, he’s useless.

    1. captinweestain says:

      Doesn’t look.

    2. Mesut O-grillz says:

      Why because he attempts to dribble through the defenders to get a shot on goal? Who hasn’t done that on our squad?

      1. Mesut O-grillz says:

        not saying he’s having the best game, but he’s played decent for his first Arsenal start in a competitive match. Not to mention the first few times he did attempt to pass Sanogo lost it

        1. captinweestain says:

          He’s only played about 1hr half of footie all season, give him a break.

    3. Justsoccerfan says:

      I find Campbell got a good game but seen lost a bit of pace now, maybe no much match for him. Sonogoal is a waste of space for the start till now.

  6. Mesut O-grillz says:

    I want akpom. Where is akpom.

  7. Justsoccerfan says:

    Ox is back to his cave again.

    1. Ljungberg's Cool Red Hair says:

      *To his shell, the kid looks like one of the turtle ninjas

  8. joeboy says:

    Sanogood has been poor tonight along with campbell but podolski certainly deserves a start saturday! Campbell looks like he is trying to hard

    1. phil-thompsons-nose says:

      Oconnor needs a hair cut because his hairs getting in his eyes..!

      1. mr lean says:

        Thought about growing mine in that style !

  9. mr lean says:

    Have to say I’m very disappointed with Campbell tonight .

    1. phil-thompsons-nose says:

      He’s average ‘joe’

      1. Justsoccerfan says:

        At least he is better than ox and sonogoal.

        1. captinweestain says:

          Did you just say better than the OX ?

    2. Mesut O-grillz says:

      come on guy, leave him alone.

  10. phil-thompsons-nose says:

    He looks like the liquid sulphur policeman that is shot by Arnie in the terminator films and gets cut in half then re morphs back to one..

  11. Mesut O-grillz says:

    Yes they have leveled! Come on Anderlecht!

  12. Justsoccerfan says:

    Dortmund 1-1

  13. captinweestain says:

    1-1 dortmand

  14. Brada b says:


  15. juhislihis says:

    Are we plaing with 10 men?

    Anderlecht scored..

  16. phil-thompsons-nose says:

    Not wanting to slate a decent performance.. But
    Slow-mo Sanogo and average ‘joe’ Campbell are ‘not’ pulling up any tress for me..
    Podolski was a beast in the first half but don’t think he or the ox have touched the ball in the 2nd!!
    Defence is still poor..

  17. Ronny331 says:

    Consistency is what’s needed, will will turn up next game or will it be a repeat of the Stoke game?
    Happy tonight for some young debutants, 2 goals for Ramsey and a comfortable win.
    What this tells us is we play well when not under pressure and that the PL does not favour us well at the moment.

  18. captinweestain says:

    Arsenal basically have the reserves on, stop complying bi6ches.

    Good goal, Rambo was better though.
    That commentator has been on a bender by the sounds of it.

  19. Ronny331 says:

    Anderlecht score shame we didn’t go on and take Gala apart 🙁

  20. Ronny331 says:

    Boo no clean sheet!!

  21. YuukiShindouGoArsenal says:

    LOL typical arsenal… playing to0 relax & got punished…

    NO spirit for fighting for 1st place, despite other team result atleast u must give ur all to seek another goal… I take akpom for sanogoal place, he his useless sh*t…

  22. captinweestain says:

    Were not going to win the Cl league anyway so why does it matter who we draw
    Be realistic

  23. captinweestain says:

    Poldi nuva goalllllllllllllllll

  24. luvdaguns says:

    so, maybe we saw what wenger sees in joel campbell?

    1. supertuur says:

      Yes Campbell was disappointing.

  25. Ronny331 says:

    So on Poldi, will he go will he stay?
    Will Wenger sell him anyway? either way he’s boosted his market value tonight.

  26. luvdaguns says:

    liverpool out, bye bye! poldi always finds a way, campbell not the beast we hoped for, at least from this game, squad looked good, its CL, so no team easy away, bring on the draw,

  27. Ronny331 says:

    Campbells gone I feel, at least tonight Wenger got to show us fans the story behind his lack of game time.

  28. fullmetalalc says:

    Hoping we get Porto, Monaco or even PSG. Surely not Bayern again.

  29. royalman says:

    Beryan, Barca, real, chelsea, we r out!

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