Premier League action as we face Bournemouth away from home. Three points required after the last few disappointing results.
Here are the official line-ups.
Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal, Flamini, Ramsey, Ozil, Alexis, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Giroud
Subs: Ospina, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Coquelin, Walcott, Iwobi, Campbell
Arsene trolling again. He wants to give the angriest man on twitter a meltdown. Not one fuck was given.
Flamster again. When will we learn?
It’s not like we are on a winning run that Wenger is hesitant to change the team!
Flamini ahead of Coquelin AGAIN?! Whyyyy? We’ve been saying we need Coq back for months, he’s finally fit again (and actually ahead of schedule) and everyone celebrates…. only to have him sitting on the bench in what is a huge must-win game. Ludicrous.
Were you aware of what happened to Rosicky? I am not defending the inclusion of Flamini but the gradual return of Coquelin.
Wenger logic. Flamini + Ramsey can’t play together, Coquelin is fit. Continuing playing Flamini + Ramsey.
What the actual fuck is going on in this club?
Just the worst possible center field pairing yet again.
We never learn. For Fuck Sake.
Settle the fuck down everyone. Its not like you know exactly how coquelin has pulled up after his first games back in months. Its all well and good to say just start coquelin and dont start flamini. Pretty sure flamini has kept us in the race except the past 4 weeks. So stop trying to put the team down before the whistle when there is absolutely nothing you know about how individuals are feeling with their niggling injuries and recoveries atm. Play a 75% coquelin tonight and risk more injuries? Or ease him back in and play a 100% fit… Read more »
Need to be fully focused on the game today – fuck the Barca game for now!
Risk more injuries, you plum. If Arsenal lose this match they’re OUT of the title race. The risk is now in NOT playing him.
Oh come on, i just noticed ox ahead of Campbell.
This is just funny now.
I hate us. Why does this team to do this to me every fucking year?
GET BEHIND THE TEAM YOU MUGS
Nice goal from Ox.
GRAAAH WHY DA FUCK IS ARSENE PLAYING FLAMINI AND RAMSEY TOGETHER AGAIN?!?!!?!!? DOES HE NEVER LEARN?!?!? STUBBORN OLD BAG! AND NOW HE’S STARTING CHAMBERLAIN WHO CAN’T EVEN KICK A FOOTBALL THESE DAYS!!!!!!!!! GRAAAAAAAAAAAAAA…..ah…oh…well that’s a good goal by Ozil…bu..BUT WE’D BE TWO NIL UP BY NOW IF….ah, well that’s a good goal by the Ox….CAM ON LADS I BELIEVE IN YOU!
Not too sure about the midfield too but at least Gabriel is getting a run, time to show he’s a starter. I feel Joel Campbell should start because he never finishes a game.
Wenger doesn’t want top 4 at least this season. Whats going on?!
Same flamini/Ramsey combo.Will Wenger’s ego allow him to give this title push a real go?
Wenger “I will only buy, super top, top quality” so, unless injured, where’s Elneny? Flamini & Ramsey doesn’t work, never has, never will! But our tactical genius of a manager cannot see it.
Elneny has been given the day off. His wife has just given birth to their second child.
Thanks, was wondering what was going on.
They´ll do things that will excite you
So much flamini bashing in this thread. I for one am happy flamini started. We need conquelin fit for the run in. If we can’t win against Bournemouth with flamini then it means we have a shit squad.
I think the boss is right to persist with flamini until Coq is fully fit.
Again? Groundhog day ended on Tue. We can do this.
Somebody explain why Coquelin’s on the bench please
Coq probably needs to play 3 or 4 games coming in as a late sub before he starts or plays a full game.
The whole of the world can see that Flam and Ram does NOT work yet he still fucking persists with it …
An out of form Ox over Campbell ?
I can only assume he wants to make 100% sure Coq is fit for the Leicester game and that this is as good a game as any to try and give the Ox a chance to play his way back into form. Otherwise leaving out Coq and Campbell strikes me as decidedly odd in a game which certainly won’t be a stroll in the park.
I honestly think Le Coq isnt %100 fit. Theres no other reason for not starting him. If u look at the training pictures he still had the knee heavily strapped. As above we def need him for the Leicester game.
I don’t think Gibbs helped him out during the Burnley game. It was a bit of an…. industrial challenge.
Nonsense. If he wasn’t fit he won’t be on the bench in the first place. What i would’t give to understand just how Wenger’s mind works. The man is just unbelievable. The same midfield pairing that’s been shite since inception, glaring as fuck for all to see in over 8 games now and he sticks with it. We are laughing stock right now. Anything outside a win today i don’t see how any one in his right mind will still back this manager to deliver.
to put a positive spin on it….roughly the same team created a lot of chances last time around. fingers crossed for a positive result
No elneny on bench. Ox and flamini. Could be two more points dropped today
Can Elneny be any worse than Flamini?
His wife / gf had a baby today so he’s not available
Flamini and Ramsey again?????…..is he crazy?……we are fucked!……i am sorry, i am not a pessimist, but for me, that combination spells doom!
I will of course gladly eat my words and will be the happiest on the planet if they manage to prove me wrong!
If you think i am “fickle”?, then i suggest you go back and look at arsenal results in the past games when that particular combo anchored the midfield and see if you are “not deluded”?…clearly that must be a misnorm!
Same midfield pairing that played against man city! Just saying.
Oh and last game Flamini really played well, against the Saints. Just look over that match!
If they will pull it off, that will be an outlier. We’ve had enough evidence to suggest that it fucking doesn’t work.
Even if it works today, no more of this shite please
wtf is an “outlier”??
That’s shocking.was hoping he would drop both Ramsey and flamini from the middle. Neither are good enough if we want to win league. The odd game as cover for sure. It’s unfortunate we have had to play not just one of em but the pair for so long. If Ramsey scores today (l hope he does) some will sing his praises like they did when flamini got two at Spurs.
Oh dear. There’s going to be a storm of criticism of we don’t win this….
I’m afraid wenger has never accepted that his decisions at times create a very hostile atmosphere (think emerates when he stubbornly refuses to spend) jack said when we bought Ozil they were all buzzing at the training ground and if memory is right went on unbeaten run for a while. Ian Wright says same about bergkamp and we won the league soon after. It’s so frustrating that a man as clever as wenger seems to have these obvious blind spots. Kim kalstrom would be wonderful example of terrible management.
That’s one thing you can be sure about
I hope Arsene is not stubbornly trying to prove everyone by persisting with Flamini – Ramsey combo.
Let me just hope he knows what a layman like me does not.
This is really odd. Is Coquelin not really 100%? I can’t think of another reason to start Flamini.
The whole world can see that Flam+Ram does NOT work yet he still fucking persists with it.
Coq and Campbell on the bench?
No Elneny (what has he been sidelined for daring to shoot from outside the box and not pass it into the net?)
What’s going on with Elneny that we don’t know about?! I don’t believe he’s not good enough for even the bench against newly promoted opposition. He’s got CL experience ffs!
Just watch us struggle again.
Jesus wept! This man is stressing me out!#clueless
If the Coq isn’t match fit why is he on the bench? COYG. Said in the triumph of hope over experience style.
Perhaps so he can play some of matches and thus get match fit.
Coq can’t be 100%. That’s all I cam hope for now
Glad Gabriel is getting games as per would be horrendous against Leicester and barca
Ox for Campbell correct too. he needs to take his chance now
How long has he been given to take his chance?! And yet people did not even want to give Campbell a chance far less a game with the first team to show what he can do. With all this said I am sure The Ox will come good and he is one of my favorite players.
WHOEVER IS ON THE PITCH JUST NEED THEM TO DO THE BUSINESS! COYG!
Wait, did we buy another “always crocked” player to fill in the shoes of our always crocked players? I would have thought elneny would be available.
For fudge’s sake wenger, anything would be better than a ramsey-flamini midfield.
Is Elneny injured? Why the fuck did we buy him? Is Wenger trying to justify his decision to play Flam and Ramsey together in theprevious games.?
Elneny became a dad today. i’m sure that wasn’t Le Prof’s fault.
Same old arsenal same old arsene wenger
All I can hope for here is that the Ox is playing centrally with Ramsey on the right (hardly a title winning formula but at least it’s *something* different). Very underwhelming to see this midfield again, but to those suggesting Wenger’s only playing Ramsey and Flamini in order to prove fans and journalists wrong, do piss off.
Oh boy! The boss saw the created chances n fell in love
If, as someone has already suggested, Wenger is saving le coq for the Leicester City game then that is stupidity and arrogance rolled into one!!! We HAVE to win this game or else the Leicester game will be pointless!!! So fed up with Wenger right now and don’t think I will be feeling the love come the end of this match – had dropped points written all over it!!!
Joel Campbell very hard done by, The Ox getting a start ahead of him sends out a message that form doesn’t matter, but the players the manager likes will always start anyway
Joel was poor last game to be honest. And the Ox didn’t even play. hes probably looking for more directness which the Ox gives more over joel
To be completely honest Campbell’s done fine, but really hasn’t done much to make me go “he HAS to start the next game” in the way Coquelin, Monreal and Bellerin did this time last year. Campbell’s proven to be a useful squad player, but the Ox (who’s looked to be getting back to his old self in his last couple appearances) is definitely the better option for us going forward. We’ve criticised Wenger for sticking with the same dysfunctional line up for the past few weeks, but at least this is one risk he has taken to change things up.
agreed – and this is a good chance for the ox to get some momentum going.
I just worry about our stability with both him and sanchez on the pitch.. Joel provides a bit more security and defensive cover. Let’s hope Ox has a solid all-round performance today
And just to quickly add, if you’re talking about form, then I’m not really sure Campbell’s shown much at all since the Liverpool game.
Why is Elneny not making the bench again? It really pickles my head man.
We so must win this.
So COYG i’l be right behind ya!! Up the Arse
Is Coquelin underperforming in training? Or has Flamini sold Wenger some shares in his new venture??
Why Flamini again for fuck sake?And where the hell on earth is Elneny?Why did we buy him if at all?
Wow wenger.either we are stupid or you know more than us
Yep, he knows more than us. The midfield 2 are playing well. Flamini needs to be more disciplined though!
What’s happened to Arteta? Isn’t he fit again? We could certainly use some of his control in the center of midfield; god know neither Ramsey or Flamini give us that!
Elneny is injured.wenger thinks its 3 months
Why worry about the Leicester game when we need nothing less than a win today.If we don’t win today Leicester game means nothing play your strongest team ridiculous team selection again
Starting Gabriel ahead of Per is welcome decision, but I hope the choice of Ox doesn’t cost the team. But why Famini when Couqelein and Elbeny are fine?
Never seen a more baffling starting line-up.Touch wood(or anything in this case) that we win
At least Wenger left Theo on the bench!!! Unbelievable team selection though!!!
Pathetic, stubborn and poor decision to play that Flam and Rambo together again.
Hopefully we’ll get away with it today.
Wenger im afraid has a personal love thing going on with Ramsey.
The only way he will be left out is if he gets injured.
Flamini maybe not the answer either but at least he is a team player who who doesnt go glory hunting putting his own goals above the team.
guess le coq isnt fully fit yet, otherwise i see no sense in playing flamini
You think todays team selection baffling can guarantee Wenger will pick per against barca 100%
I’ll reserve judgement until the final whistle. If we don’t win, I will board the shitstorm train though.
Lets just hope Afobe doesn’t score the winner
Oh sh*t. No coq. Wenger why !