Friday, September 30, 2022

Walcott and Giroud start: Olympiacos v Arsenal teams

Do or die in the Champions League tonight as we face Olympiacos hoping we’re the ones dishing out a bit of Greek.

Here’s how the teams line-up this evening.

Olympiacos:  Roberto; Elabdellaoui, Da Costa, Siovas, Masuaku; Kasami, Milivojevic; Seba, Fortounis, Pardo; Ideye

Subs: 7 other fellas

Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Flamini, Ramsey, Campbell, Walcott, Ozil, Giroud

Subs: Ospina, Gibbs, Chambers, Debuchy, Gabriel, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Iwobi

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bigj

So, we have only three players on bench?

Sauce

Terrible things has happened in that jersey.. Let’s jinx it tonight!
#COYG

Man Manny

All the best guys. Go out and give your all and I’ll be okay no matter the outcome.

Goonersmurf

COYG!!!

Jay Song

Come on boys! Show us what you made of

Per

Come on you gunners! I am worried about the right hand side though, Walcott won’t provide any cover whatsoever. Bellerin will have to be at his best.

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

But he will provide goals !

Arsepedant

Best possible line-up all things considered. No real offensive game-changer on the bench, but hopefully we won’t need one. Can’t wait to see Walcott and Giroud clicking like they did the last time both were fit at the same time (seems like ages ago). There are goals in this line-up.

Come on you Gunners!

Andy Mack

If Ox has the right head on then he can change a game with his direct charging runs. Although we haven’t seen that side of his game for a while. So hopefully we won’t need him to find that today.

Third Plebeian

I would consider an injury-free evening a terrific result. Come on you Hamstrings!

Goone's Farm

Now I have saliva all over my screen. I hope you’re happy sir.

O2ba

Come on lads let’s smash them tonite. Good luck.

David C

Ox or Gibbs, only subs that could really affect the game.

COYG!!!

Paul

Ospina could, but let’s not go there…;-)

Le Jim

Paul is an absolute savage 😮

COYG!

Paul

Is that good or bad? 😐

JustBrowsing

Squeaky bum time! Bench is fine if we’re 3 up, but if we need a goal eveytone’s at home in their sick bed apart from the ox!
Tough place to go but fuck it,we’re Arsenal so let’s do this. COYG!!!

Diaby

No more injuries please!

EG

Nice to see Campbell given the nod tonight. His form has been good and he’s earned his place, above Gibbs and an out-of-form Ox.

Anonymous Kumquat

Those worrying about our lack of attacking options on the bench have obviously never seen Ospina play up front.

Cape Town Gooner

We can pull it here! Come on!

Alexstratz

This is the game Debuchy scores the 2nd after coming on in injury time. He then becomes club hero for a season and decides to stay. You heard it here first.

SoqedHozi

I could see us bringing on Gabriel for some balls into the box late on if needed. He’s shown he’s a threat in there and it’s basically the tactic we used at the end of the Monaco hame last year.

Theoden

Arise! Arise! Footballers of Arsenal!

Eh I hope the boys are on better form than my banter tonight.

ciderman

I think playing Campbell and Walcott over ox makes sense – the latter is off form and lacking in confidence, Theo and his pace will help contain them and Joel knows these guys which could be to our advantage!! COYG

tom

I scrolled too far down and started reading our subs bench thinking it was the lineup! Nearly shat a brick

ciderman

P.s I’ve had a pants day so hoping the lads can cheer me up

Arsepedant

I bet you’re cheerful now!

legend

We are going to win 3-1. If we lose its the jeresy’s fault.

Bkamp4ever

I am sorry but I still believe ox should start and Theo on the bench to come on when the game gets stretched. But that’s assuming olympiakos will park the bus. But if they try to go for the jugular, then Theo starting may not be a bad idea. Also gab and kos would be a better choice if we are to camp in their half trying to pressurise an opening, just to be insured of pace to catch up with a counterattack.

Ramsey's spirit

Bear in mind if they park the bus to deal with theo that leaves more room for ozil and giroud to work in with regards to flicks and pushes their players back so if theo does manage to get in offside is less likely

ciderman

Problem is the ox is playing so poorly that it would be like playing with ten men!!! So I can understand Wengers decision – looking forward to ox getting out of his funk and showing us what he is undoubtedly capable of but tonight is too risky!!!

Ramsey's spirit

Go out stay organised and try for the win. But don’t over stretch and get an injury. League priority

not deluded

Tonight reminds me of Anfield in 89. No need to panic lads.

Canuck Gunner

Damn work meeting scheduled to start about half you into game time. Sometimes I hate living where people don’t have their priorities straight and take time off work to watch the games – or at least Arsenals’ games.

Canuck Gunner

^^half hour into game time.

Arsepedant

Unlucky, mate. My boss specifically scheduled a meeting to later this afternoon so I could take a long lunch to see the match. I like my boss.

AntiSpud

In that jersey? No chance. Let’s hope no injuries only

ciderman

Need to up the tempo

AntiSpud

OK I take my previous post back. COYG…….

Paul

So you should! 🙂

ciderman

Nice way to do it GOOOOOOOAL giroud

Alexstratz

No extra time? Rigged ref?

Warm

Walcott was so poor. Lack denfensive ability and awareness. Does not make the right run also…hes a liability today. WE NEED TO TAKE HIM OFF

Paul

Fuck me this is exciting! I love AFC football!
It’s up for grabs chaps!

Alexstratz

Now we are in the situation where we have to decide whether to attack of defend. Exciting.

AntiSpud

What I have learned so far: 1-The shirt may not be our problems. It’s just superstition

2- we have a truly deadly striker in group

3- Campbell is bloody good.

4- Why the hell we could play like this against west Bromwich???

Bkamp4ever

Game comfortably in the bag by essentially 75 mins, but still keeps ozil on when he is in real risk of burn out. When’s Wenger going to learn the meaning of rotation?

Cracked

this is excellent!

Wenger-Is-Illuminati

Joel Campbell is Sanchez+Carzola+Coq wrapped into one.

bonkers

Fucking Joel!! Wrote him off after the mildly successful loan spells. Proving he could play at arsenal for a while

Arsepedant

Me too. As recently as a month ago I was confidently saying he didn’t have a future with us. I’m eating those words now. Pass the ketchup, please.

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