Saturday, May 25, 2024

Alexis starts: Chelsea v Arsenal teams

Chelsea: Courtois, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Schurrle, Oscar, Hazard; Diego Costa

Subs: Cech, Zouma, Filipe Luis, Mikel, Willian, Salah, Remy

Arsenal: Szczesny, Chambers, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Wilshere, Flamini, Cazorla, Ozil, Alexis, Welbeck

Subs: Martinez, Monreal, Coquelin, Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Campbell, Podolski

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dotman

why in seven heavens is the ox on the bench?

mike

Stop moaning about every single decision, it is annoying. COYG!

Mohan

The Manager can select only 11 people. If cazorla had been dropped , people will be complaining why he was benched. Some people are never satisfied. They just want to criticize whatever Manager decides.

ThierryWalcott

4-2-3-1

Yay!!! Let’s do the win

john

No it’ll be 4141 with Ozil on the wing again

Jijo

Ox 🙁

Donal Magennis

Where is ospina?

Goooooner

Where’s ospina?

ach

I really hope Cazorla is on the left and Ozil in the middle.

Swedegunner

Wenger has said the 4-1-4-1 is for the big games. Özil is on the wing.

Wellorden

In the first time Cazorla looked good (apart from that mistake with Hazard), Ozil not so much though.

Gooneron

Good line up. Now I hope we be at our best today. 3 points please. COYG

poirobi

What happened to Jose’s lineup? Usually fills the midfield with a bunch of DMs. Clearly only one today on the pitch. Anyway, I’ll be looking for the moment when Terry slips like he did 3 years ago, and Theo scored. That would be marvellous.

Dexterbear

It wasnt Theo that scored After terry’s slip

Andy Mack

Joanie’s got a new midfield general.
Really running the game for them.
Name of Atkinson!

Gunner pundit

I think Arsenal may surprise some Arsenal fans #coyg

Alexstratz

Both attacks are similar in quality. Their defense is superior to ours. Their bench has more depth than ours. I think we will lose, but I hope we will win.

Giroud Awakening

Don’t see how their defence is any better than ours

Andy Mack

They’ve 2 poor CBs but their DMs & FBs make up for the defensive weakness.
The Flamster needs to have his best game of 2014!

Oly

At least we top them,(Chelsea) when it comes to wage bill, hurray!

palovgunners

good team… let’s do this #coyg

Opto

crucial match for the rest of the season, at least confidence wise
win and we can start dream of winning the League
a draw is ok
lose and we go back to our 4th place fighting against Manure, Everton etc

i don’t care about the system/tactic as long as it gives us the result today but yeah Ozil in the middle would be nice

Andy Mack

A close loss isn’t a problem at their place.
As long as it’s close…… but a win is better!

Will

Sanchez on the left, ox on the right. Is it that hard Arsene. IS IT THAT FUCKING HARD!?

Aedan

For all Ox probably deserves to start in midfield, I can’t help feeling that clever, more technical players (Not that Ox isn’t technical, but he is more of a battering ram than a scalpel) Like Oezil and Cazorla will have a better chance of getting around the brick shithouse that is Matic. Strange as it may seem, I think he’s Chelsea’s most important player (He’s the only defensively minded midfielder) and running through/past him (which is the style of Ox, Wilshere and to a lesser extent Ramsey) just ain’t gonna happen. Quietly optimistic.

simafem

Coyg.
Just avoid defeat today and I’ll be so elated

Giroud Awakening

Elated about a draw? Is that what we’ve been reduced to?

Andy Mack

It’s a reflection of the opposition.
I’d feel the same at RM, farca or Bayern.
At home is a different matter.

bazza-wicks

looks an exciting line up still some worries for the counter attacks on us we need to have the defensive element too, if we go gung ho again then were doomed

John

@poirobi, it was Van Persie who scored when Terry slipped

simafem

Coyg.
Just avoid defeat today and I’ll be so elated.
predicting a 1-0 scoreline with John Terry scoring an own goal

MTZ

This might turn out to be 4-2-3-1 with Ozil in the middle and Cazorla on the left, but I suspect it’s actually 4-1-4-1 with Cazorla and Wilshere in the middle. I hope I’m wrong though, as 4-1-4-1 has yet to impress.

john

I agree, I fully expect to lose if we play 4141 as it has the dual effect of weakening both our attack and defence. 4231 on the other hand we have a better chance

Trimi

The OX and Sanchez on the wings provide so much more in terms of defense than Cazorla or Ozil, who should naturally play through the middle. I’ve got a bad feeling about this one, but I really hope I’m wrong.

COYG!

ace

Were gonna lose like this

Rich

If Ozil starts left, Mourinho will move Hazard right.
Wish Ox was starting, we can’t defend our best bet is getting in front and forcing Chelsea out.

Mr.Arsenal..

DISLIKE THIS.. Lets go!

john

Fully expect to lose if we line up 4141. Wenger has in that formation found a special formula of getting the worst out of his best players. Deploying Cazorla in a deep central position doesn’t make us stronger defensively just weaker in attack and playing Ozil on the wing just forces him to do too much running backwards, at which point you might as well not play him. I hope I’m wrong :/

john

Hmmm 1 nil down with Hazard going past that famous defensive midfielder Santi Cazorla, who would have guessed that?

Rich

Watching this is going to be painful, Chelsea are better than us because they do what needs to be done.
We just dither around.

Chan

It’s simple, beat the Chavs and go unbeaten all season.. coyg

Arsene's Wengerboyz

Wilshere is going to lose the ball a lot in the middle of the park today. 🙁

Gooner from Pretoria.

Fuck it I’ll support any team chose by the Manager and hope for a win…

Rich

Support the team chosen by the manager?
I haven’t heard such madness since Arsene’s last team selection.

kebabsmasher

Come on you gunners smash the chavs and if its not working wenger then change it. Costas just a shit Eduardo. No booing of cesc unless he scores and celebrates. LETS DO THIS!!

Possession

This may be a 4 3 2 1 formation to begin with. Keep it tight and then open up later to a 4 2 3 1 with the Ox coming on.

kebabsmasher

Time for a quick 1 lol. Howd they get flares? Hope the chavs dont get in trouble haha

Mohan

Match delayed by 15 mins ?

Arsenalman29

Arsenal fans bring flairs into the stadium?

BAN MOURINHO FOR THE NEXT GAME

Happened to Wenger, #UEFAYOUAREDRUNK

Thin Gooner

Welbz is Dat Guy
Terry is Dat Cunt

Henry! Chance!! Goal!!!

Wtf?! Who is lighting off flares at the game? It must be Mr. Blogs trying to rally the troops

sanchezla sangat

Why delay?

Arseblood

Big Bad Bastard FC V Teeny Tiny FC

Thin Gooner

Kick off delayed due to Terry having to go and pay his mum’s bail again

kebabsmasher

Gooners letting off flares.

Rich

Wilshere right
Alexis left
Cazorla and Flamini central
Ozil playing off Super Danny

Henry! Chance!! Goal!!!

I love this! We are parking the bus against Bus FC!

Henry! Chance!! Goal!!!

Fireworks!!

MeinBergkampf

Theres only one Arsene Wenger!! One Arsene Wenger…

Rictastic

Let’s limit this to a one nil loss. Goal difference might mean something at the end of the season as we try and make forth.

john

hahaha goal difference for what?

La Défense

Wilshere fucking useless.

Bring on Le Coq for our vapid no 10

lanre

We are a playing really pathetically. Arsene shouldn’t have tinkered with the champions league team. Well we all knew he would. So predictable.

MeinBergkampf

Enter the Ox!

Andy Mackenzie

Mesut (Lazy Arse) Ozil once again, hasn’t earned hit wages or come anywhere near his price tag. What is wrong with the idle ******?

john

Bollocks! The real problem is a manager who continues to address our problems in central midfield. Until he buys some players who can win the ball and control the tempo of the game, Ozil will be a luxury we don’t deserve to have

john

continues to refuse*

voldermort

Yeah that’s the fucking spirit. A 1 nil loss to Chelsea then a 1 nil loss the city and Liverpool and the seasons a success. That’s the trouble with the mentality that runs through this club. From players and manager and now fans.

Andy Mack

For many years we wouldn’t be really unhappy with a loss or draw away at Elland Road or Anfield or various other places when their team is top 2 or 3 in the league but our expectations at home were different. We have had times when we’ve been top of the league and expected an away win everywhere but we’re not there at the moment. Hopefully we’re getting closer to being that team again, but not yet.
We don’t want a loss but it’s not the end of the world.

Sheila

Of course it’s not the end of the world, and any team can lose away from home. However, these results are par for the course from a manager who gets paid a lot of money but refuses to address his team’s glaring weaknesses for several years now. Arsenal can’t compete with Chelsea financially, but there is more than enough money to afford a proper holding midfielder and defender. Furthermore, Arsene has been coaching long enough that he should be a better tactical coach than what he has demonstrated against the bigger teams he has faced. He has an appalling record… Read more »

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