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.

Szczesny
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

182 Comments

  1. Mick The Gooner says:

    Be nice to watch Arsenal play without having to worry for once – a good runout for the younguns as well. No Rosicky? Is he injured?

    1. Goonsquad8 says:

      Was wondering the same thing. He has to be injured if he didn’t even make the bench.

      I was looking forward to see lil Mozart play though damnn

      1. captinweestain says:

        Yeah slight injury

        1. arsenalkid1970 says:

          That’s one of 10 players needing to go out to the championship or anywhere but arsenal and replace them all with great players

  2. mr lean says:

    Wenger getting slated on sky sports by Niall Quinn,Paul merson and Jamie rednapp over his failure to strengthen the defence yet again !

    1. Johannesburgunner says:

      Nothing new, Even our own fans have been slating him for the same reason after almost every game.

    2. KickAssFan says:

      Mr. Learn, was that ur voice in the video??? (Smiling)

      1. mr lean says:

        No mate

  3. AlmiR says:

    haha those sky sport pundits are funny, when they abuse wenger they have class, but when we “fans” abuse him we are classless, never mind good luck to joel, hope he scores a hattrick!!!

  4. mr lean says:

    Good luck to the team tonight and hope we get a great result,to the loyal fans out there cheer the boys on and take care of yourselfs.

    1. Goonsquad8 says:

      I’m hoping the gala fans won’t be to crazy since they really have nothing to play for

      1. KickAssFan says:

        Man, I’m afraid, those “turks” can be damn too crazy…

        1. captinweestain says:

          Expect some stupid flares thrown on our beautiful pitch.

  5. gooner100 says:

    Did they tell him to fcuk off, that he was a cnut etc? Perhaps you can spot the difference? COYG’s!

  6. Sumo says:

    2hrs of non negative Just Arsenal for the match please.
    Let’s make it a dcik free zone please.

    1. mr lean says:

      Let’s cheer the team and have a cease fire for two hours !

      1. NY_Gunner says:

        @mr lean
        Agreed…

  7. Sumo says:

    Good to see Szczesny and Debuchy back. Let’s find out if Campbell is any better than Ox, hopefully he should be. COYGs.

    1. captinweestain says:

      Ox is well better, Cambpell just needs game time.

  8. Ted Drake says:

    hope joel Campbell proves he should be given a run in the team

  9. Raja Danish says:

    Best luck gunners and win this match but wenger out.. COYG!!

  10. Justsoccerfan says:

    Without a proper CAM I think our attack will be messy.

  11. KickAssFan says:

    Man, I’m afraid, those “turks” can be damn too crazy…

  12. captinweestain says:

    COYG

    1. KickAssFan says:

      OMG!!! That left foot! #ThePrince

      1. KickAssFan says:

        Lol! YamYam Sanogo

  13. Raja Danish says:

    Where will ramsey play at no 10 position or Ox at no 10?? Any one tell me? By the way nice to see second choice players like poldi campbell sanogo are playing and we will see what special they do? I m going for 2-0 to our Arsenal..

  14. mr lean says:

    Fancy a three one win with goals from the ox,poldi and Rambo.COYG’s

    1. Sacrificial_Pizza says:

      Haha 2/3!! Come on Ox!!

  15. captinweestain says:

    I can feel us smahing gala tonight , i feel it.
    COME ON YOU GOONERS!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. arsenalkid1970 says:

    Stop this shit on here and get behind our ram no matter who they are and stop the shit with AW coz he is there till 2018 sorry lads it’s our arsenal

    1. captinweestain says:

      Ram…Thats derby county mate.

  17. captinweestain says:

    My stream just dieded, what timing ha.

  18. luvdaguns says:

    win or loose, whatever happens its Wengers fault,

  19. mr lean says:

    Great to see Debuchy back,we have missed him.

  20. luvdaguns says:

    poldi score in 2″

  21. mr lean says:

    Poldi what a strike ! One nil

  22. captinweestain says:

    GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL POLDI FACCCCCCCCCCCCCCKIN HELL.

  23. juhislihis says:

    That’s the kind of striker Wenger has benched almost a year now..

  24. Mick The Gooner says:

    Wow. Podolski you monster!

  25. Let’s sit down and enjoy the game to see what the youngsters can do, cuz the way things are looking right now, next year is Europa League…. AOB but ready to switch sides when the Old Man changes his ways and do what he is paid to do and what we all expect him to do.

    1. davidnz says:

      There are no youngsters playing

      1. captinweestain says:

        Bellerin, sonogoal

      2. captinweestain says:

        Rest are on the bench

  26. davidnz says:

    So how is Dortmund doing?

    1. luvdaguns says:

      0-0 8″

  27. luvdaguns says:

    that was clasdic poldi, a shot out of a cannon from cornerof the box, no chance, nice pass fr rambo

  28. mohawk says:

    Wenger’s expression after the goal revealed his mixed feelings……

    Glad that Arsenal are ahead.

    Embarrassed knowing that he is the genius who keeps that amazing left foot on the bench each week.

  29. Ljungberg's Cool Red Hair says:

    Galatasaray are awful man

  30. Mesut O-grillz says:

    If Dortmund draw 0-0, and we score 6 goals, we can atop the group. COYG!

    1. captinweestain says:

      3 more to go, possible.

  31. Raja Danish says:

    These players who are given a chance today need to play attacking and free flowing football because it’s nothing to gain from this match just play exciting football to entertain fans because Win or loss in this match doesnot hurt us as we are already qualified for the round of 16.. I hope and pray that dortmund lose today INSHAA ALLAH and we win so we may get an easy tie in the next round.. COYG!! But Wenger out this must and should be his last season thank you wenger for previeous glory years of invincibles but now need fresh ideas.. Now guys match is ready to go so sit, watch and enjoy it..

  32. davidnz says:

    Clear penalty for Gala.
    Arsenal has the ref on our side.

    1. captinweestain says:

      Yeah well you smell, so you mares well run away.

  33. captinweestain says:

    Tackle bellerin

  34. Ronny331 says:

    Now what does Wenger do with Poldi now 🙂
    He doesn’t want to play him, but when he does he scores.
    Wenger sells the fans favourite then he risks even more wrath!
    COYG!!

  35. Raja Danish says:

    O yes prince poldi u beauty..

  36. Mallu_Gooner says:

    RAMBO is back !!!

  37. Ljungberg's Cool Red Hair says:

    Gala are so f*ing awful maaaan 2-0 ramsey is back.

  38. Mesut O-grillz says:

    Rambo!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  39. luvdaguns says:

    absolute classy goal by ramsey

  40. captinweestain says:

    Replay that net buster, i demand to see it again.

  41. Raja Danish says:

    O yes goal prince poldi u beauty..

  42. Twig says:

    Wow. Ramsey scores with his left 😮

  43. Matt says:

    Rambo and Poldi, f*ckin quality

  44. Matt says:

    Now please Anderlecht beat Dortmund so we don’t get drawn against Bayern again.

  45. captinweestain says:

    Wenger knows best!

  46. arsenal207 says:

    Yes. Ramsey looks like he is back!!!!!!

  47. Mesut O-grillz says:

    If anything, our players need protection after THIS match. Sh*t is about to go crazy

  48. Ronny331 says:

    2!! 🙂

  49. Mallu_Gooner says:

    Does the skysports commentator have a cold ?

    1. captinweestain says:

      Too many ciggies

  50. Raja Danish says:

    O what an excellent start this from arsenal boys superb goal by rambooo!! Now guys go and have a crack at gala they are looking awful score as many as goals as we can so in case dortmund draws against anderlecht we can progress on goal difference INSHAA ALLAH..

  51. ras911 says:

    Don’t start saying Rambo is back and when he plays against a stronger team you call him shite..

  52. fred cowardly says:

    Shame on you Wenger for not playing Podolski more often. What a strike

    1. arsenal207 says:

      Boom! and Arsenal has one nomination for goal of the year by Ramsey

  53. Ljungberg's Cool Red Hair says:

    Sanogos ball control is even worst than giroud’s

    1. phil-thompsons-nose says:

      Is that possible??? I’d say on a par…

      1. luvdaguns says:

        funny

  54. phil-thompsons-nose says:

    Slowmo-Sanogo

  55. Justsoccerfan says:

    You all saw the argument between our players?

    1. Johannesburgunner says:

      About time too and they must be nice to each other after the game only. A true fighting spirit is what we need, let’s hope our defence stay tuned in also.

  56. Mesut O-grillz says:

    You see how mad Ox got when Sanogo didn’t pass to him. Love it

  57. Matt says:

    Come on Anderecht

  58. phil-thompsons-nose says:

    This has all the hallmarks of a friendly..

  59. phil-thompsons-nose says:

    Take a bow son… Rambo

  60. luvdaguns says:

    ramsey goal of the century

  61. captinweestain says:

    woooooooooooooooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh goalllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllasoooooooooo
    RAMBO

  62. Ljungberg's Cool Red Hair says:

    My god

  63. Mallu_Gooner says:

    RAMBOOOOOOOOOO

    MY JAW JUST DROPPED AND HIT THE FLOOR

  64. Twig says:

    He is BACCKKKKKK!

  65. Mick The Gooner says:

    Ox don’t you dare get injured

  66. Seetsuma says:

    I didn’t want to say this early but oh my god, that Ramsey strike! Is he back now?!

  67. juhislihis says:

    WHAT WAS THAT???????

    1. captinweestain says:

      A rocket with a ball attached.

  68. Mick The Gooner says:

    Well if Dortmund draw, we need to win by 6 goals to top the group.. Wouldn’t put it past us at this rate..

  69. Mesut O-grillz says:

    4 more goals and we can win our group with a Dortmund draw.

  70. luvdaguns says:

    i love watching poldi run, like a bulldog, puts his head down and charges forward,

  71. Ljungberg's Cool Red Hair says:

    Lets get that 6-0

  72. luvdaguns says:

    dort still 0-0, 32″

  73. Matt says:

    Stop it Ramsey, that was rediculois!

  74. arsenal207 says:

    FIFA PUSKAS – GOAL OF THE YEAR BELONGS TO RAMSEY – ARSENAL. No need to consider other candidates

  75. luvdaguns says:

    fyi, liverpool loosing to basel, 1-0, need to win to advance

  76. reddb10 says:

    surrounded by overrated useless players

  77. fullmetalalc says:

    Why cant we start every game with this intensity? Why do in crucial games our defense starts by taking a nap?
    6-0
    #COYG

    1. arsenal207 says:

      because Galatasaray is terrible today. Play 4 3 3 agaist Chelsea with Poldoski ? You are dead

      1. fullmetalalc says:

        I agree EPL teams are not so generous in the midfield and defense. But I haven’t seen this intensity from Arsenal for making tackles and meaningful ball forward. Most recent example Gibbs allowed the cross for first goal against Stoke. No desire to make a tackle. I just want the team to carry this desire to make tackles, do pressing off the ball up the pitch with more intensity like this. Not start like a nervous bride like we usually do these days.

    2. Johannesburgunner says:

      Fully agree with you.

    3. arsenal207 says:

      the midfielders of Galatasaray is too useless. Against big teams in EPL, without 4 5 players in midfield, you will never have this amount of ball possession.

  78. Justsoccerfan says:

    What a save, nice try by Campbell.

  79. Johannesburgunner says:

    Don’t u remember? He was never in hiding. Wenger has been telling him to curb his goalscoring instincts and today no Sanchez, so he can play with freedom.

  80. Justsoccerfan says:

    I think ox is injured, he look a bit out of the game.

  81. juhislihis says:

    Could’ve easily been 5-0.

    Podolski has been a beast, won the possession so many times for us to counter. Beautiful first goal, unlucky with the crossbar. Just give the ball on to his left foot!

    Ramsey, no description needed. 2 goals, one assist. Also gave the assist for Campbell’s try.

    Debuchy and Bellerin look good.. Good to have Mathieu back.

  82. phil-thompsons-nose says:

    Podolski Ramsey goal – totally outrageously awesome..
    Podolski getting sold in January and Ramsey injury 2nd February.. (Unfortunately)

    But for the time being.. Sit back and relax.. Enjoy.. And listen to merse and co mention how good the goals were but how SHITE galatasaray are!!!

  83. reddb10 says:

    looking at how poldi can hit the ball is just an emphasis of how inept wenger is for hardly ever playing him.

  84. arsenal207 says:

    more likely Galatasaray is shit today. All they can do is pass long ball to our defender or shot ball to the sky

  85. luvdaguns says:

    say what you want about wenger, so glad i am not born a pool fan, that squad is awful,

    1. captinweestain says:

      God, glad i’m not a spud.I’d have to shoot myself directly in the face with a Mini gun.

  86. Sumo says:

    La la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la.
    He is back he is back la
    La la la la la la la la la la la la la
    He is back
    He is back
    He is back
    La la la la la la la la la
    Next time anyone calls him average, remember to stick your dcik in his mouth.

  87. captinweestain says:

    Miles and galem on wooohooo.
    Kiss my ass davidn

  88. ArseOverTit says:

    Ramsey is off. Think he has retired knowing he will never score a better goal than the one he scored tonight..

    Still recovering!

  89. Ljungberg's Cool Red Hair says:

    Why we are defending?

    Cant understand f*ing wenger

  90. NY_Gunner says:

    *Bet no one even noticed that AW made changes at halftime instead of waiting til the 80min…Lol

  91. phil-thompsons-nose says:

    Dortmund 1-0

  92. juhislihis says:

    Dortmund scored so I think it’s over.. Let’s pray not getting Real, Bayern or Barca.

    1. captinweestain says:

      We will get Barca Madrid or Bayern

  93. Ljungberg's Cool Red Hair says:

    It will be bayern then..

    1. phil-thompsons-nose says:

      Whoever it is we’re out!

  94. Mesut O-grillz says:

    Welp, we’re playing like the typical when we have a comfortable lead. Where’s that hunger for more Gunners

    1. Ljungberg's Cool Red Hair says:

      The same happened against anderletch.

      1. Mesut O-grillz says:

        [Jaws theme music ensues]

  95. captinweestain says:

    2 fouls now ref, same area.

  96. Bigvalbowski says:

    FYI,

    Give Basel 15M for Schar, big time player

  97. Hafiz Rahman says:

    fans have forgotten arsenal 3 anderlect 3

    wenger still out!

    1. captinweestain says:

      Go away little spud

    2. Mick The Gooner says:

      It appears that result is what cost us top spot in the group at the end.

  98. captinweestain says:

    I want Laporte, but that will never happen.

    Anyway whats all this talk..Arsenal are winning so Gala are rubbish, were playing really well, with no pressure.

  99. phil-thompsons-nose says:

    Sanogo is that lanky kid in the playground nobody wanted on their side..

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