Saturday, October 1, 2022

Bellerin & Gibbs return: Arsenal v Monaco teams

Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Coquelin, Cazorla, Sanchez, Ozil, Welbeck, Giroud

Subs: Szczesny, Gabriel, Chambers, Monreal, Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Walcott

Monaco: Subasic; A. Touré, Abdennour, Wallace, Echiejile; Moutinho, Fabinho, Kondogbia; Dirar, Berbatov, Martial.

Subs: Stekelenburg, Kurzawa, Diallo, Carvalho, Silva, Traore, Ferreira-Carrasco

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Jamie

Still no Wally?

Paul

Correct!

argiebhajji

I know, where’s Wally?

Parisian Weetabix

I think we have to have Welbeck’s defensive contribution in the team to make up for the fact that we’ve got only Santi and le Coq in the midfield. Santi’s diligent enough in his defensive duties but he’s not a properly combative central midfielder in the way Ramsey and Wilshere are, and I think Welbeck offers more of that to the team than Walcott does.

Alex

Let’s do it!

Zenithreptile

That’s eleven is as strong as any we’ve put out in the last 5+ seasons. I hope we destroy Monaco.

Zuarosaurus

I think thats our strongest line-up imo except that anyone in the bench can easily displace them

LKoscielny6

Terrific lineup. Can’t wait to hear the champo league music, coyg!!!

ooh to be

Our tactic will be to get behind them on the wings with the two rapid full-backs .. They’ll be defending deep for sure

Gooneropilis

Yes, please and thank you!

GunnerDareMACEDONIA

So Monaco’s most attacking treat and dribbler Carrasco is out, and their best winger back kurzawa is out also, that is a good news for us, maybe that is why gibbs is starting to bring more on attack. COYG !

David C

I read a lot about Silva as well and he is on the bench. I guess they are going for experience. One thing I know for sure is this is a team that is hard to score against.

Big Mad Andy

That’s front 5 just makes me so happy.

David C

no Monreal? I guess he needed a break.

Let’s do this!!! Welbeck, Giroud, Sanchez, Sanit, and Ozil together again!

Walcott as an impact sub too!

Jay Song

Wow our starting 11 as well as our bench looks so strong. And thats without Wilshere, Ramsey, Arteta, Debuchy. COYG

Frank

Without Abou too, don’t forget!

Askar

Is Monreal injured? If not, has Gibbs done enough to usurp him already?

another goon

Monreal ever had Gibbs’ attacking power, it’s what we need in this game

Joel

I’m am so damn excited for this

COYG

Paul

Perfect! COYG!!!

Paul

The clue to the answer is he’s on the bench!

Abhi

We have the team..let’s hope we have the tactics and tanacity to destroy them tonight..

Man Manny

The bench is as solid as the team playing…come on you gunners.

I AM ARSENAL

Walcotts got alot of work to do before he warrants a starting place.

Funky Gooner

Got a 5 am start tomorrow and as have 2 hour time difference I will be very tired tomorrow. Do I care? NO!!!! COYG!!! Champions League Finalists 2015

Guyverjay

Welbeck again?? I was hoping Theo would start, we are at home after all

gunnerdareMacedonia

welbz was excellent in the last couple of games, not to mention his much needed difensive contributon which walcott is lacking. Coyg

Guyverjay

Me thinks everyone is exaggerating regarding dat guy

SoqedHozi

The Monaco bench looks stronger than their starting team…

Paul

I’ll take your word for that! 🙂

Canuck Gunner

Damn work conference call got rescheduled to be right at game time. What is the problem with the people in Canada and the US, don’t they understand CL football warrants a few hours off work!! This sucks!! Sadly will have to catch the replay of the big win later.

Canuck Gunner

F- it. I’m working from home and can put the game on and half pay attention to work. Gotta keep my priorities straight!

Xxxrob

I chucked a sickie for this haha
That first half hasn’t been worth the trip to the docs for a certificate so far..

Goonstein

Is Diaby injured or something? Cant find his name on the team sheet.

ArseHobbit

And what about Sagna?

Scott P

Can’t believe that the manager hasn’t played RvP for this one #WengerOut

MT

Monreal is better attacker than Gibbs is. He is way more intelligent so I don’t think Nacho is missing because of that. Maybe Gibbs is quicker but that is all. Nacho is surely better crosser of the ball. But probably because of bad performance against Crystal Palace changer Wenger mind or he is just rotating.

Ciderman

Come on you gunners lets go win this!!!

palace gunner

COYG

Ciderman

Arseblog just wrote, after the goal, “time for Arsenal to wake up” – shame we have to concede in order to wake up!!!

deji

is there any team better at pissing away an opportunity than arsenal? I sincerely doubt it

mo74

we are shit, no bite at all, monaco are in for the sensation if we don’t seriously wake up.
the midfield is not working. santi is not a deep lying midfield for fuck’s sake. arsene has to find a tactical solution quick other than than it’s a draw at the very best.

Ciderman

I know what you mean deji you only have to go back to last season and the way our title bid faded – over wengers time in charge we should have won the league three or four times more than we have, won the champions league twice, and won the FA cup three more times!!! Such a waste and a serious shame!!!

hank1979

Miles off their men in midfield and no width especially on the right. Their goal scorer is exactly the type of man we need in our midfield I think we were tipped to be onto him while he was at seville. Need to speed the game up.

Runkeball

Right now it would be a blessing for Arsenal to score just to shut up that moron Gary Neville.

Ciderman

Right now it would be good to blow the final whistle before this gets worse – play the reserve team in the away match as this is toilet and we need to be realistic and hang on to top four and hope we improve in time for the fa cup

me

This summers wish list –
A new striker
a new center back
a new dm
and a new manager

Ciderman

What are the chances Wenger will play a weak team in the FA cup in a last ditched attempt to win this tie and thus blow both cups?

Ciderman

Glad I ain’t in a position to watch this game and had to rely on updates – less painful

palace gunner

The team must put these goals away serious monaco away game ox yes

me

I dont know what to say shocking is not enough is it … really is time for a change … big change needed … big change

Eyob

R u kidding meerer?????

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