Giroud and Podolski start: Arsenal v Sunderland team news

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Arsenal team news

Arsenal:  Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Arteta, Rosicky, Wilshere, Cazorla, Podolski, Giroud

Subs: Fabianski, Jenkinson, Flamini, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gnabry, Sanogo, Bendtner

Sunderland: Mannone, Bardsley, Ki, Johnson, Colback, O’Shea (c), Altidore, Bridcutt, Vergini, Alonso, Borini.

Subs: Larsson, Gardner, Celustka, Giaccherini, Cuellar, Scocco, Ustari.

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JJ

Nice!

elmeliac

Oooh Santi, Pod and Giroud. The class of summer 2012! COYG

gunnersaurus is my dad

I smell 3 points!!

Gooneron

For Arsenal

NorthernGoon

Ozil not even on the bench?

dan

Good move on leaving Ozil out, the poor guy needs a mental and physical refreshment.

jack jack jack

The Özil chants will ring out loud and clear today if I can help it. I just hope he’s watching. Come on the Arsenal!

vystina

sanogo and bendtner on the bench, what stroker crisis?

Gargoyle

But stilll, we need to get a better and more versatile stoker in the summer, on top of the stokers we already have.

Gargoyle

Whaaat?

Finsbury Park Gooner

Also no CB on the bench. :/

ghanagunner

more strokers to stroke the striker.

GoonTang

I believe the stroker crisis refers to Giroud’s off pitch shennanigans

Ian woood

About time he was rested and have santi playing where he belongs with podolski bringing balance down the left 🙂

Hodge father

I’m not suprised he’s not even on the bench after the bashing his own fans gave him after the Munich game. A sad state of affrirs that once again we have to protect players from out own fans.

Durie77

Good to see Özil rest for this one. I hope Mannone gets a good reception!

goonerLAD

ozil not even on the bench… that penalty miss must really have hurt him

Tom Thumb

Stroker, I got a good laugh out of that.mental image of sanogo stroking bendtner’s hair

Bendtdogg's Pizza

Hope Don Vito doesn’t pull a career performance against the old club.

monkey knees

Ozil not even on the bench?! Yes, be does need a rest but surely this is the sort of game where he can just play his natural game, against a shite defence and get a bit of confidence and form back?!

Andy Mack

He needs a physical rest as much as a mental one.
He’s already played more games this season that he has in each of the last 2 seasons at RM.

Andy Mack

And he wasn’t with us for the ‘pre-season’ either (RM pre-season is much lower level).

voldermort

The boss isn’t stupid. He will have rested Ozil with a full and reasoned explanation and probably with the players blessing.

Mac

Vito’s big emotional return!

Ryan tan

Ozil is finally rested.guy needs energy to work on his stamina and strength.i suggest next game bench him as well

NorthernGoon

Neither, the guy had no pre season training and hasn’t had the winter break which he’s been used to elsewhere. He’s knackered and seeing as he’s played 28 games is it already? no bloody wonder.

Gunnerson

Gunners all the way to glory

Dudelmann

Just when I thought I couldn’t hate Chelsea any more, they get an undeserved last minute winner through Cuntmaster Terry himself…

Bergkamp's Flight TickeT

F**k You Howard..

Trex d' Gunner

Lets tear them a new one. COYG.
That cunt Terry just scored. I realy hate that guy

cheekyjc

Just one defender on the bench is a little concerning!

Steve

Ugh so it was that scummer that cheated Everton out of a point

palace gunner

Gr8 return from giroud, u see he did need rest, tomas scores 3rd arsenal 3 v maccans 0 vito unlucky today m8.

monkey knees

Hope the rest means Ozil will come back like Oli has today. A hungry, fit and on form Ozil is a frightening prospect.