Will Arsenal team changes lead to a change in fortune?

Arsene Wenger has made three changes to the Arsenal starting line-up for the away clash with Aston Villa. But they are not the changes that a lot of us may have expected, because two of the players that have been dropped from the starting XI, Jack Wilshere and Alexis Sanchez, have been arguably our best two Gunners so far this season.

I am not going to second guess the manager, as I have usually been wrong when I do that, but I hope that he has seen something in training that the rest of us have not. Maybe the introduction of Santi Cazorla to the Arsenal team will at least mean that our under fire German international Mesut Ozil will play in his favoured number 10 role and that he will start to prove his ever increasing band of doubters wrong.

I am happy that Oxlade-Chamberlain is starting today, as the young Englishman gives the team real pace and drive. The other change, Calum Chambers for Hector Bellerin, should mean that the Gunners are more solid in defence and hopefully that will give a platform for the attacking talent in the side to do it’s stuff.

Chambers, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs
Chamberlain, Ramsey, Ozil, Cazorla

subs: Ospina, Coquelin, Diaby, Alexis, Rosicky, Wilshere, Podolski

So Gooners, will this change in team selection lead to a change of result for Arsenal?

Tags Cazorla Ozil Wilshere


  1. It’s a shame that Ozil has no aggression because he is lightning quick. The only players faster at Arsenal are Walcott, Bellerin, Welbeck and Koscielny. He is much quicker that people think.

      1. Alexis is quicker than Ozil but Ozil is quicker than Ox, Campbell and Gibbs. Wind back the clock to his games for Germany in the World Cup like the 4-1 drubbing of England plus a few counterattacking Madrid and Werder Bremen goals and you will see the pace. He looks slower because he ain’t aggressive.

  2. Good early cross from Chambers.

    I think Wenger must sub Chambers soon.

    We have been down to 10 men too often

  3. Do you see how our Fullbacks are bombing up the pitch unnecessarily even though we are 3-0 up which in return exposes Arteta and our CB’s? Villa are still able to get to counter us.

    This is the same reason why we keep conceding when we’re ahead.

    Wenger should sacrifice an offensive player and plant Diaby next to Arteta like Mourinho would do when he brings on Obi-Mikel when Chelsea are holding onto a lead.

    Such a shame we don’t have a player to cover for Chambers so we can take him off and not risk him getting a red.

    3-0 up but we’re still bringing pressure on ourselves.

  4. 2nd half performance was too casual. A man city or Chelsea would go for more goals. We would have been able to make it 5

    1. nah….they had hard game on wednesday, quite rightly played at their own pace anf won 3-0 away, no injuries…some people just have to moan…

        1. so you’re not happy with 3-0 away at in form villa, after a midweek defeat, welbeck’s first goal, ozil coming back to form, good display from ox, defence comfortable….f@ck off

  5. happy but waste of a 2nd half. why do we never try to go for big wins anymore? Villa didnt even turn up for the 2nd half and we didnt take advantage. Well still 3 points so hooray.

  6. delighted for ozil , delighted for welbeck , delighted with clean sheet , disappointed with worthless secomd half performance ,. villa were there for the taking , and as we all know goal difference often plays a big part at the end of the season , we could have run up a record score today if wenger wished to .but hey , aint taking anything away from this wonderful victory , lets hope this is the spring we need to push on .

  7. Good win, clean sheet no injuries and an Ozil sighting, he was all over the field today , scored his goal from the MIDDLE OF THE PARK, was not stagnant out wide today.

    i think we should have gone for more goals today, but did not mind the outcome, we had a rough Tuesday and the clean sheet gives the keeper and defense confidence

    Arteta looked comfortable today because villa was not pressing him, i by no means feel comfortable with him in our midfield, ramsay had a better game but still was a little bit sloppy him and kos mad some unnecessary poasses when there was nothing left in the game.

    Again good win on to the next game hope to have a DiaBY sighting

  8. Actually happy to see Alexis rested and Rosisky playing. Would have love to see Campbell for a few minutes as well. We have options going forward but terrible in defensive numbers. Chambers almost got a red

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