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. REiGN says:

    Interesting starting XI….. We’re gonna do this! Coyg!

  2. muffdiver says:

    WIN WIN…ermm err FFS winnnnnnn

  3. reddb10 says:

    time for ozil to stop praying and start playing

  4. muda says:

    Hopely so

  5. HA559 says:

    It only took 3 minutes for the team to go mental. Today it starts with Scszesny with his clearance.

  6. Brada b says:

    Did I jus see ozil try to defend

    1. Gunnersway says:

      Well.. that escalated quickly

      COYG!! 0-3

  7. HA559 says:

    Still playing with high line, it will only take Villa only one break to score.

  8. captinweestain says:

    Anyone got a link please.

    1. captinweestain says:

      Got one

  9. Sumo says:

    Nice. Welbeck. Ozil putting in a shift.

  10. Young Gun_AFC says:

    What channel are you uk guys watching the game?

    1. captinweestain says:

      Go on Wizizwig . tv and search football Engliash games.

  11. Moreno says:

    Look how villa is pressing us… they KNOW how to play us lol .. its just a matter of time before they score.

    1. jonestown1 says:


  12. captinweestain says:

    BFG staring to not close players down, he backs off ???

  13. Justsoccerfan says:

    Our players look so nervous. Why our attack always so slow?

  14. Moreno says:

    the goal is coming guys … wenger out!

  15. Brada b says:

    Can u mates at least support the boyz for 90min & stop wit the negative comments we can do that after 90min #COYG

    1. Brada b says:

      I said the boyz not #AW SOOO!!! #FACK AW HEHE!!

  16. Sumo says:

    3long balls already. I knew it.

  17. captinweestain says:

    Foul ref

  18. Justsoccerfan says:

    Not a good start again. Do you all worry? I am.

  19. HA559 says:

    You would’ve thought Arsenal would come out of the traps quickly after getting the poor performance in midweek.

    15 minutes zero chances created.

  20. Kotte says:

    I think we hv the worst defence!

  21. gunnerman8701 says:

    Very poor challenge from Chambers

  22. medvet says:

    what a boring game….. this formation is not working at all

    1. RSH says:

      its actually a 4231, the formtion we all wantd

    2. Ljungberg's Cool Red Hair says:

      No. This formation keeped us on the very top of the table last season. PLAY OZIL IN THE MIDDLE STUBBORN MAN

  23. Kay123 says:

    Every time i see Arteta in the starting line up, i automaticly think it will be a slow game

  24. Sumo says:

    Szczesny. What a save. Make him captain Wenger please. I pleade with you everyday.

  25. Geerude says:

    Is it just me or are we man marking on set pieces today?

  26. Justsoccerfan says:

    Good pass by ozil but Ramsey…what wrong with him?

  27. Moreno says:

    just a matter of time before they strike a goal in…… what does wenger have against campbell??

  28. medvet says:

    well, at least ozil in the middle is playing a little better…
    and ramsey….. awnful

  29. Sumo says:

    Moderfcuker that wasnt offside bestard.

    1. Geerude says:

      Yes it was

  30. Justsoccerfan says:

    Since like Wenger is happy with our performance at the moment.

  31. captinweestain says:

    C’mon Arsenal wheres the sparkle, playing like Hull

  32. REiGN says:

    What’s with our poor long balls?

  33. Demwan Jones says:

    Boring game so far

  34. Brada b says:

    Im feeling a little better about ozil today

    1. Brada b says:

      What did I say goallllllll #11

  35. medvet says:

    i bet my life that rosicky and campbell can do better that ramsey, arteta or cazorla……

  36. Jay-Dub says:

    I don’t get why Campbell never gets to play…he’s even of the bench now…just hope we win this

  37. Sumo says:

    Benchod come on

  38. captinweestain says:

    Seeeeeeeeeeeeeee, don’t put ozil on the flanks GAOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

  39. Demwan Jones says:

    Great goallllll

  40. HA559 says:

    Just when you least expect it he scores.

  41. Ljungberg's Cool Red Hair says:

    OZIL your Have to stay in the middle.

  42. medvet says:

    see, that happening when you put ozil in the middle, sutbborn man

  43. Mick The Gooner says:

    ÖZIL! Still think we should sell him? Fools..

  44. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    Wellbeck assist for Ozil. They got it the wrong way around but shit just got real

  45. RSH says:

    well if someone needed to score a goal it was for sure Ozil. thank god 1-0 up

    1. captinweestain says:

      2 up 😉

  46. captinweestain says:


  47. Brada b says:

    Goallllll wellie

  48. HA559 says:

    and there is the second.

  49. CraigZWE says:

    Ozil and welbeck

  50. medvet says:


  51. REiGN says:

    Yeeeeaaaahhh!!! It’s that’s guy!

  52. Sumo says:

    Any one wants to talk madrc***

  53. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    Shit now he set Wellbeck up.

    A dragon never burns ……

  54. InWengerImlosingTrust says:

    For Christ’s sake we aren’t playing Chelski.
    Score a freaking goal already

    1. InWengerImlosingTrust says:

      Ask and thou shall receive


      1. InWengerImlosingTrust says:

        Woo-hoo x 3


  55. jeff says:

    Özils back!!! Good goal Danny!!

  56. RSH says:

    thannkkk youuuu 2-0 welbeck

  57. muffdiver says:

    hahaha ozil with one goal an one assist- in 79 seconds

  58. HA559 says:

    Villa defence going mental like Arsenals defence usually does.

  59. Brada b says:

    Haha og

  60. CraigZWE says:

    Welbeck and Ozil both goals, someone said in another post 3 goals with those 2 involved in all via goal or assist, might come true

  61. Sacrificial_Pizza says:

    Özil surely isn’t good enough.

    Piss off plastics

    1. Brada b says:

      We can clearly see ur not a gunners supporter

      1. Sacrificial_Pizza says:

        Or you’re too stupid to get sarcasm

        1. Brada b says:

          I waz jus going with the flow #chill I know you are a supporter waz just kidding I alwayz read your opinion

          1. Sacrificial_Pizza says:

            Haha. My bad, now I feel like a jerk. Cheers mate

        2. Brada b says:

          I waz jus going with the flow #chill I know you are a supporter waz just kidding I alwayz read your opinion smh

          1. Sacrificial_Pizza says:

            Haha. My bad, now I feel like a jerk. Cheers mate

  62. muffdiver says:

    hahahahah- 0-3

  63. Sumo says:

    Sisoko u reap wat u sow.

  64. captinweestain says:

    3 nil to the gooners

  65. REiGN says:

    Omg! Are you serous 3-0!!!! I feel a lil pity for villa though.

    1. captinweestain says:

      I don’t

  66. CraigZWE says:

    And the flood gates open

  67. CraigZWE says:

    This is turning into Germany vs Brazil

  68. GOONSTER says:


    I knew you could do it.. Yes, now who was criticizing Ozil?

    1. gamer says:

      What u have to say now ? Clueless u dnt no what class is. I feel soo good right now

    2. nicolaile says:

      Hahahah What now GOONSTER? Where is the hate now?

    3. jonestown1 says:

      Fair play there mate – thought you’d be absent today.

  69. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    Hahaha that spud Garth Crooks and Claridge have begun an argument over Ozil

  70. ymoola says:

    Ozil haters! Are you watching???

    1. CraigZWE says:

      We watching

    2. RSH says:

      yep. but ill keep quiet cause no point in arguing during a match.

  71. CraigZWE says:

    Now we must keep the pressure on, 5-0 Atleast

  72. captinweestain says:

    “Are you tottenham in disguise” lol yesssssssssssssssssssss!

  73. Moreno says:

    is this arsenal or real madrid???

    1. Charlie Nick says:


  74. gunnerman8701 says:

    What a turn of events. Welbz first Arsenal goal

  75. Charlie Nick says:

    Nice to see Mesut with a smile on his face

  76. CraigZWE says:

    Ozil showing some confidence now, good for him and Arsenal

  77. InWengerImlosingTrust says:

    Honestly, I don’t care about giving pity to Villa
    More goals. I want more
    I’m greedy bastard.
    (Lol, my mobile gives me word options as I type and when I typed the word “bastard” one of the 3 options I received was “Gerrard”. I think because I typed his name recently)

  78. Sumo says:

    I wish Mesut would pass instead of shooting. Cazorla was standing free. The second chance i mean. Where Ramsey lobs the ball.

  79. Charlie Nick says:

    Well played Szczesny…that save made all the difference

  80. Mick The Gooner says:

    Moved to the centre, Özil begins his pursuit of Cesc Fabregas for the Premier League assist crown..

    1. InWengerImlosingTrust says:

      Ozil can get the assist crown. He scored loads of assists with Madrid. I believe last two years as many as Messi.

      I never stopped believing in him.

    2. GOONSTER says:

      Ozil is not in the middle, he is playing on the wings as in the previous games.. The difference is that he has pulled the finger out of his bum in this game so far.. He has a free role with the likes of Ramsey, Cazorla and The Ox, they interchange..

      That’s what we have been saying all a long, some fight and contribution towards the team and we will have now complaints..

  81. HA559 says:

    crazy five minutes that was.

  82. Charlie Nick says:

    There must have been someone who went for a pee and missed the goals

    1. Sacrificial_Pizza says:

      I went to get a beer and missed the own goal haha

  83. Geerude says:

    Plenty of positives from the first half;
    1. Ozil not just finding some form but playing with real intent. Looks 10000% better through the middle.
    2. Our defensive structure looks to now include some man marking at set pieces… About bloody time.
    3. Welbeck’s touch! Showing he does have some.
    4. Using our speed to create space and chances rather than tiki taka and indecision.

    I just hope Ramsey can find some form and we end with a clean sheet! COYG

    1. RSH says:

      Arteta was still getting bossed until we scored. Still showing he’s not good enough for the starting lineup. and yeah, Ramsey passing still off, but he was still involved in all 3 of the buildup to goals. Cazorla also playing well, deserves a shout.

  84. HA559 says:

    When was the last time anyone see Arsenal have more goals than shots on target?

  85. oz says:

    I always know know ozil was never out of form, wenger just play him out of possession cus of wilshere, i hope afta dis game he wont go back to the wing oh

  86. TioMoses says:

    Ozil so much better through the middle. Looks much more confident and dangerous on the ball, his passes have been excellent, got himself a goal with a very smooth finish, then followed up instantly with the assist. Completely different player when played in his actual position, hopefully should be enough to keep him there permanently.

    Nice to see Danny get his first goal today, hopefully the first of many! Pretty cool that he set Ozil up for a goal, then Ozil set him up for another one a minute later!

  87. medvet says:

    ozil must play in the middle, without doubt… and please “stubborn man”, change the formation, 4141 is not working, this four central midfielders looks invisible.

    1. Charlie Nick says:

      and yet he crossed from left wing for second goal

    2. RSH says:

      this is a 4231. Ramsey is deeper than he has been earlier this season, Cazorla and Ozil rotating LW and CAM position.

      1. medvet says:

        mmm, just do not look like the 4-2-3-1, the most time, arteta was alone in the middle…. and ozil the most part of the game played in the middle.

  88. Sumo says:

    This is, my friends, what is called the
    Mesut Özil Show

  89. Twig says:

    Go Welbeck! Goal and assist 😉

  90. InWengerImlosingTrust says:

    Ozil in number 10 position and he is awesome

    I think Ozil is one of those one position only players, but when he is in that position he is a master.

    I also think not playing in his favourite position, hurt him mentally. He lost interest and confidence.

    Anyway, I’m not greedy by nature but want even more goals today. We need a big boost.


    1. RSH says:

      he played the whole world cup on the wings

      1. muffdiver says:

        an he had average world cup on the wings

        1. arsenalman365 says:

          He made the second highest number of chances on the wing. I don’t think that Mourinho, Low and Wenger didn’t play him out wide by coincidence. Ozil made the 2nd highest number of chances and the most successful passes in the final third.

  91. CraigZWE says:

    would like to see Sanchez on around 60 minutes, more defensive than Santi and villa need to come at us so his pace will be handy.

    70 minutes Abu Diaby for Arteta

    Last 10 minutes Poldolski for Welbeck, needs game time for cup

  92. O2-Home kit says:

    Ozil’s best position is in the middle where he occasionally roams out wide, he done this a lot before Walcott’s injury. Just because his assist came from the wing doesn’t mean he should start on the wing.

  93. Charlie Nick says:

    When Ozil plays well. he’s f@ckin awesome. Needs some consistency. Maybe World Cup hangover…but time to put lotsa performances together now

  94. Jason says:

    campbell please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  95. Charlie Nick says:

    Haha…Trevor Francis – ‘Villa should try to make Arsenal a little un-nervy’

  96. Brada b says:


  97. Justsoccerfan says:

    Ramsey still sh*t.

    1. Charlie Nick says:

      He’ll come good soon

  98. REiGN says:

    Come on chambers! We can’t afford any suspensions in defense in particular.

  99. gunnerman8701 says:

    Chambers being silly again. Should have been a second yellow.

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