Walcott starts: Arsenal v West Ham teams

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Arsenal: Ospina, Chambers, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Ramsey, Walcott, Ozil, Alexis, Giroud

Subs: Szczesny, Gibbs, Bellerin, Flamini, Cazorla, Welbeck, Akpom

West Ham: Adrian, O’Brien, Collins, Kouyate, Cresswell, Song, Noble, Nolan (c), Jarvis, Downing, Sakho

Subs: Jaaskelainen, Demel, Onariase, Poyet, Cullen, Amalfitano, Nene

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wash_dc_gunner

What’s up with Bellerin?

Cornelius P. Snuffington III

I would bet he’s just getting a rest. It’s amazing that his absence is immediately noticed and in fact it has me a tiny bit worried, what an amazing breakout performer he’s been.

Dick Swiveller

Given the way West Ham play, putting Chambers in there makes a hell of a lot of sense though.

Cornelius P. Snuffington III

Not a bad argument, let’s hope it plays out the way you suggest. 🙂

Henry! Chance!! Goal!!!

If you want to know how good Bellerin has been, just think about how we haven’t really missed the guy who used to play rightback for the past few years. It just came to my mind yesterday. I was thinking “what ever happened to the guy who used to play RB for us? The one with the really hot wife. Uuummm Sagna! That’s his name”

Seoighe

Nothing would be my guess or he wouldn’t be on the bench.

MPLS

With Theo and Alexis on the wings, probably asking Chambers and Monreal to sit back more. Speed up top!

Ozil, Alexis, Theo, and Giroud- we’ve been waiting a long time for this- Let’s hope they’re all in good form!

Gooneron

COYG!

arsenalista

he’s been playing a lot, and he’ll be started against monaco.

LKoscielny6

Good de

Man Manny

Should win over 90mins. I have a feeling the bench will determine this.

Gunnergetuptogetdown

Solid team. Solid bench. COYG

Chrispy

Such a good front 4. I’ve waited a while to see Ozil at number 10 threading balls through to Theo and Alexis….. Interesting times.

TruthHurts

Walcott to continue scoring at least a goal in every game he plays!

Mooo

I dreamt that we drew this game.

Andy Mack

Are you a WHU fan?

Dylan

what a nightmare that must’ve been.

Seoighe

No Dreaming Mooo!

Andre

I do think it’s to give him a rest, however having two attack minded players down the right in Bellerin and Walcott might make Wenger fell were a bit unbalanced – However imagine the pace, surely the quickest dou of RW/RB in the world!?

Paul

Nice to have two excellent full backs in reserve!

Paul

Good team COYG!

Alexstratz

I hope Walcott will help out Chambers.

Paul

Don’t hold your breath!

Me So Hornsey

No Enner Valencia allowed Wenger to slot Chambers in.

No real pacey wide players for the Spammers.

All eyes on Ozil at no.10.

Dick Swiveller

Sakho is prety rapid.

ernstein

We’ll beat Westham 4-1 and come Next week, we’ll beat Monaco by the same Margin!COYG!!!

Hi-brid

No pressure son.

Thierry Bergkamp

Enough there to win today. Giroud,Sanchez and Walcott to score

RosaLegend

is Rosicky injured?

Anonymous Physicist

You’ve got to feel for their right back. Probably his only game in a while as well as for a while, and he gets to face Sanchez.

Witoldo

Walcott obviously in in order to give more important players rest before Monaco away. That’s where he’s at in the pecking order right now.

Andy Mack

Due to lack of match fitness you’re correct but when he’s fully fit it he’ll be a genuine option.

BigArse

I love the fact that we’re in a position where if theo left we wont be devastated..

Red Cannon

Yup. But I’d still like for him to stay.

shokim

Alexis and Giroud to score. COYG!

David C

that’s a lot of pace up front! Let’s go Gunners!!!

TR7

Rosicky not even on the bench ! Arsene is a complex man. This team is good enough for three points at home though.

Chucktown Goon

Anyone else see that screamer from 40+ by Matt Phillips in the QPR Palace game?? Goal of the season for me! Anyways come on you Gunners, lets see if Walcott really wants this and steps his energy up!!

Petit's Handbag

Fuck me Gus Poyet is on their bench, what age is he!?

Nordin

I got a good feeling Ozil gonna score the first goal today!!
Followed by Sanchez, Giroud & Walcott 🙂

jack

3-1

shokim

What a wonderful strike by HFB Oli Giroud to go into half time at 1-0!