Official teams and Preview of Sunderland v Arsenal

I must admit that I am very surprised at the Arsenal starting line-up for the Premier League clash with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. It smacks of extreme caution to me, when I expected the Frenchman to try to build on the midweek win and take advantage of the low confidence that the Black Cats must surely have after shipping eight goals at the home of the Saints last week.

But the boss has still not given Lukas Podolski a start and has gone for the under performing Oxlade-Chamberlain instead. He has also kept Mathieu Flamini in the starting XI while playing our club captain Mikel Arteta alongside him. The strangest decision, for me, is that Wenger has stuck with the Spanish left back Nacho Monreal in the centre of defence and kept the better defender that is Calum Chambers at right back.

Witho no Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Mesut Ozil, Joel Campbell or Podolski on the pitch, our line up seems to be a bit negative and I think we will struggle to break down a side that Gus Poyet will have been drilling on their defensive duties all week.

There is some good news in the name of Theo Walcott being on the list of subs, along with Rambo and the rest.

Chambers, Mertesacker, Monreal, Gibbs
Arteta, Flamini, Cazorla
Alexis, Welbeck, Chamberlain

subs: Martinez, Bellerin, Ramsey, Rosicky, Campbell, Podolski, Walcott

Obviously I hope that I am proved wrong and Wenger has got it bang on, but I am a bit worried that our sluggish start to the season will continue.


      1. This is poor…80 mins of complete shit..non arsenal like football.

        Apart from Sanchez no one seems to be interested! Its painful

  1. Watching the match with my father.He does not know anything about the EPL and has a very little knowledge of football in general.

    He was with me watching the West Ham match. He sat through the whole match , even asking some questions about clubs and football in general. He wouls go “Oooooo” at every missed opportunity. He really enjoyed that game.

    So he decided to sit through the Arsenal match too. But he just said to me” Can we watch some news?”. I think this sums up everything.

  2. Arsenal defending one goal lead now. A lucky one goal lead. LOL. Forget scoring from open play.

  3. Can someone call Wenger and remind him that he can use a substitute now?
    His phone alarm won’t go off until the 85th minute….

  4. why is merteshaker playing at this level…he is a bench player at best…the guy has the worst distribution of any centre back i know in the epl

  5. Why are Ox and Flamini still on the pitch? Ohh sorry I forgot its not 75 min yet. #WengerHandbook.

  6. We can’t score when they park the bus. We can’t score when we counter attack. What should we do, we wait for them to give us a free goal.

  7. For fu#k’s sake I am literally laughing at the standard of the our play.Waiting for 75 min to xome to see some Subs.

  8. Just imagine how stupid some of the arsenal fans must feel knowing that they have to pay the highest ticket pricez in europ to watch this bs.

  9. It’s worrying as to how bad we still are atm.
    Sanchez is our best player by far. The rest of the team need to take a look at how hard he works each game

  10. Our counter attack with 3 players:

    Sanchez – does everything right – check.

    Welbeck – makes the wrong pass – check.

    Cazorla – makes the wrong decision to shoot from tight angle – check.

    1. Same as. We’ve made such hard work on this game. Dread to think what the back 4 will look like on our next game if we get another injury

  11. we were bad against anderlecht and we are bad again today. All the other times we have played bad and scraped through games we have then been humiliated by stronger oposition. I honestly fear for the the current AFC.

  12. When we needed to defend the lead deaparately Wenger takes off Arteta and puts Ramsey in. #mastertactician

  13. Cazorla has the poorest shot accuracy, the guy gets in good scoring positions but always off target or weak shots.. smh

  14. There was an id*it around that was saying that CAZORLA is better 10 THAN OZIL. HAHAHAHAHAHA

      1. Did you watch the Southampton game? The guy is a bag of nerves. I guess with Wes Brown in front of you who wouldn’t be lol

  15. Cazorla should have had a hat trick… He needs to work on his accuracy, that’s his biggest weakness.

  16. Why need a team full of Sanchez’s! He is carrying us….. oh and Cazorla, my nan could have scored those chances!!!

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