Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Chambers starts in midfield: Arsenal v Bournemouth teams

Arsenal look to get back to winning ways today after the disappointment of Saturday’s defeat to Southampton, and Arsene Wenger has made some changes to his starting XI.

Here are the official line-ups.

Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Gabriel, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Chambers, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Walcott, Giroud

Subs: Ospina, Iwobi, Monreal, Debuchy, Koscielny, Campbell, The Jeff

Bournemouth: Boruc, Daniels, Cook, Francis, Smith, Gosling, Arter, Surman, Ritchie, Pugh, King.

Subs: Federici, Distin, O’Kane, Stanislas, Tomlin, Rantie, Murray

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Cornelius P. Snuffington III

Immediate second-chance at going top, that doesn’t happen often. Let’s make it count! Put the horror show from Saturday behind us. 3-0 to the Gunners.

Sonic Gunner

In Arsene I TRUST.


Curious and hopeful… Come on guys!


Would love for us to try out 4-4-2 with Giroud/Walcott some time soon. Come on boys!


A 4-4-2 would require 2 all round CMs. It also takes out a CAM from the equasion, so we would have to either drop or move or best player so far this season. (Ozil)

It might be a good idea when Ozil is out injured, but certainly not when he’s fit and in form.

Merlin's Panini

If Chambers can’t convince in this game I don’t we’ll see him in midfield again for a while. Still looks much more like a centre back to me.
Interesting to see Debuchy back on the bench too. Were we reading too much into his absence before?
If the Ox can also get it right today I think we’ll win comfortably.


Debuchy in probably more to do with Flamini being out, rather than on merit?

Ozil's eyes

Confident me….not at all

Its a game I hope will not turn out into a draw or even worse

David C

Get behind your team. Bourn. are as tired as we are, but we’ve added some quality players to our starting 11.



Interesting, worrying, and exciting all at the same time! COYG!

bims lay

A very important game for us and arsene did the right thing by rotating and resting some key players ahead of saturday…..Chambers gets his chance and now he has to show us he deserves to be in the team…..hope he does a coquelin/bellarin on us. i must admit i am a bit worried about the effect of the southampton defeat on squad confidence?…but we can do this!…..in fact, WE WILL DO THIS! COYG


I am really worried about this one, but I hope the boys can do it today! COYG!


I could tell Arsene was furious with Flam, hauled off at 70mins and now nowhere near the team.

That should give him time to rethink his dissapearing act.


Not the most impressive line up but still… 3 pts please


Wrong on koz! Mertashocking will kill us

bims lay

don’t be a pessimist….the 3 points is ours


Might want to have a rethink on that one

Me So Hornsey

Not sure what Flam did so wrong that others culpable didn’t.

I’m hoping it’s just going on his age and importance.


Got muscled away in every challenge against STH.. He was good against City though, but hasn’t got the legs to play two times in 48h

das Pauly bear

I would have put debuchey in today. Hector has been poor last few games.

Tarquin Farquar

This shows how desperate we are. Chambers playing holding mid. If he happens to play well I’m afraid wenger will try to convince everyone and himself that he can play there. He can’t. He ain’t good enough. Positioning awful, slow and clumsy in possession. This is not a one game solution, if it was it can’t be helped and you have to play squad player, it happens. Coq and santi are long term. Coyg

bims lay

i believe chambers will be fine…….we said the same thing about coquelin, .look how that turned out


Well we got all the error prone people out but it’s only Bournemouth so we should (must) win. I’m just worried we are running Giroud and Özil into the ground but there is no choice. At this rate they will get injured when Sanchez comes back.


Half full I am guessing Alex?? 🙂


…actually I meant “Half empty”…getting nervous sorry.


Let the gamboling begin!!!


Flamini can’t play this many games in one week. I wouldn’t see his absence as punishment.


Man we are down to bare bones, we so need to win this game

bims lay

with no injuries, please God!


Bournemouth were on a bit of a roll until recently, dishing out hammerings to Chelsea and ManU, so I wouldn’t take them so lightly. They’ve been in better form than Southampton.

But let’s hope they all got as shitfaced as we did on Christmas.


Let’s get our defending right on set pieces today…

If we can do that, I can only see 3 points. There are goals in this team. One from the Ox would be nice! COYG


It’s gotten to the point where seeing Ox anywhere near the pitch scares the crap out of me. I’m ok with players not scoring or being off form offensively, but it sure as hell isn’t ok when you’re directly responsible for conceding goals. Ox is now a liability.


This team can thrash the life out of Bournemouth, surely. #COYG


Very nervous with this one. Too many changes. Under performing Walcott (last game) and behind him no Monreal. Chambers coming in midfield is inexperienced. He did no better than Flamini if anything. Flamini wasn’t the main player culpable last game. Koscielny had a very bad day but some would prefer to blame Flamini. Instead we are bringing in Gabriel. Ordinarily with Flamini in front, I’d say OK. There is a measure of understanding already established with Per and Ramsey. But that’s two changes in that critical midfield area/central defense. Ox. I want to see him come on. Maybe there is… Read more »


Just seen the table and Sp*ds are within smelling distance and quite frankly they stink, so let’s go top and get away from the stench! 🙂

Come on boys!

Heavy infantry

I just realised Flamini is undefeated at the Emirates and hes not there today…


Please score more for that goal difference that we fucked up two days ago.


I’d take 1-0 tbh

das Pauly bear

Any takers on hector dropped now ? Debucey should be in next game.

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