Oxlade-Chamberlain and Arteta start: Sunderland v Arsenal teams

Arsenal team news

Here’s the team news for today’s Premier League clash with Sunderland. There are recalls for Arteta and Oxlade-Chamberlain while Nacho Monreal continues at centre-half.

Sunderland: Mannone, Vergini, van Aanholt, Oโ€™Shea (c), Brown, Cattermole, Larsson, Rodwell, Buckley, Johnson, Fletcher

Subs: Bridcutt, Wickham, Gomez, Reveillere, Altidore, Mavrias, Pantilimon.

Arsenal: Szczesny, Chambers, Mertesacker, Monreal, Gibbs, Arteta, Flamini, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Alexis, Welbeck

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

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Flamini and Monreal starting is absolute nonsense. Flamini is just a bad footballer and Monreal is poor out of position. Even with our injuries we can do so much better than this.

Springbank 1965

Without any of us knowing the exact state of fitness of our players … what exactly would you do?


I really don’t get the Monreal at centrehalf thing. I realise that very game he plays centrehalf he’ll be gaining more experience there and he and Mertesacker will get more understanding of each other, but it’s a game in which Chambers could be gaining that experience and forging that partnership and I think that’d be better in the long run. It’s baffling.


Right now we’re too dependent on Sanchez. Given the amount of games he’s played (including international friendlies), I hope he doesn’t burn out by mid-season.




FEO? Meaning?


Theo Walcott is on the bench.


“Wenger promotes youth”

I’m again pissed off that Wenger don’t play Bellerin. Wonder if he’s going to use Monreal for the rest of Koscielny absance, which will be at least a month to hear them say it :/


Arteta-Flamini against a team that just got beat 8-0 by Sunderland. Am I missing something here? Disgrace to Rosicky, Podolski and Campbell. Tactical genius my foot.

ramsey's spirit

Sunderland beat themselves did they?

Monkey Nuts

Pretty much


Arteta-Flamini? and Cazorla? wtf Wenger? Why not Rosicky, Podolski or Campbell?


Aparently Arsene cant graps the concept of Rotation no matter how much time Bould explain him


I’m guessing this means Ox or more likely Cazorla is going to have a free role this morning (afternoon, whatever, I’m five hours behind). Kinda thinking Rosicky should’ve gotten into the team over Flamini, would’ve given us a different flavour going forward.

Not quite

Bellerin at LB with Chambers in the middle is a thousand times better than a Monreal Mertesacker partnership that were ripped to shreds by Anderlect. And looks like Ramsey was rushed back too soon again and is out injured again.

Leave the jokes to me

Arteta-Flamini combo is even worse than a Wilshere-Ramsey combo. Let’s hope they prove us wrong but if they don’t we knew that anyway


A very strong bench.

Monkey Nuts

Our bench could beat their 11


Seeing that lineup just makes me angry. I can’t stand Wenger. Everything passing week makes me hate him that little bit more.


Kinda past the whinging stage. CYG! Remember CL win against Napoli both Arteta and Flamini started and the game was over by half time. 3-1 to the ARSE


Wenger has lost it all. This is my template for now till things change.


I think we should skip the game and go straight to the player ratings.


I’m still seething about passing on Cesc.

Andy Mack

About his leaving or about AW not wanting to re-hire a player that went on strike to get a move away from us?


Does Arteta-Flamini we’re going 4-2-3-1? If so I’m not too upset about it.


We needed to add some security to our defence. Damn good shout Wenger and time for fans to put their rattles back in theirs prams and get behind the team. Great to see Theo on the bench.


Im forever blowing bubbles

Monkey Nuts

Song and Jenkinson played well


Allerdyce in!

Santi Claws

lucky Bubbles! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰


You know things are bad when any sort of reasonable critism is actually accepted on Arseblog.


Playing 2 defensive minded midfielders should mean we are a bit more solid. I also think it means arsene doesnt want to push ramsey too hard after his injury.

I think monreal is chosen to play cb because when chambers plays there he plays on the right and that would mean the right hand side of our defense ( chambers and bellerin) would be very inexperienced. Which is surely a massive risk away from home in the premier league. I think if debuchy was fit chambers would be at cb.


I just don’t understand this persistence with Monreal in the middle. Is he then really our 3rd choice CB?


That’s definitely a 4231. And a strong bench, with Walcott finally back. Must win game, we’ll be within two points of city. COYG!

Ancient Gooner

Looks good. Protect the back four first of all.


Haters out on force today… Come on you gunners! Doesn’t matter who plays if they wear the shirt and get the results.


Thank you mister Brown


Thank you mister Manone and who ever the fuck did that horrific back pass


1 nil to the Arsenal 1 nil to the Arsenal 1 nil to the Arsenal.


…and another one bites the dust


What would we do without Alexis?


Cheers doubters 2 nil WENGERS RED AND WHITE ARMY are u watching fatgooner. Liverpool nil hull nil ha ha


you’re joking right ? From what i saw there’s no need to get ecstatic (good team defense do)


Thank god that’s over. I’ll take a bad performance but 3 points, a clean sheet, and 2 goals any day.