Friday, March 1, 2024

Elneny and Welbeck start: Sp*rs v Arsenal teams

A crunch North London derby today as we face the old enemy after what has been something of a traumatic week.

Can the Arsene Wenger has selected do what it takes today? Here are the official line-ups.

Sp*rs:  Lloris (c), Walker, Alderweireld, Wimmer, Rose; Dembele, Dier; Lamela, Eriksen, Alli; Kane

Subs: Vorm, Davies, Trippier, Carroll, Chadli, Mason, Son

Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Gabriel, Gibbs, Coquelin, Ramsey, Elneny Ozil, Alexis, Welbeck

Subs: Macey, Chambers, Monreal, Flamini, Campbell, Walcott, Giroud

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Monreal out too? Goodness.

Cape Town Gooner

Weird one. He can’t be fully out if he is on the bench… Maybe Wenger thinks a Gibbs/Gabriel combo is better.


Not for communication though!
Good banter maybe?? 😉

Arsene's handkerchief

Think he’s just knackered


Good to see Elneny and Welbeck start. Had to try something new. I hope Campbell gets 25min ahead of Walcott.

Mr. G

I’d hoped Elneny coming in would see Ramsey benched and Campbell still starting to be honest. Barcelona game aside, Ramsey has been mediocre for months now, and I really don’t like him on the right either


Is Monreal injured or something??

Monkey Nuts

Reacting to the opposition rather than playing our own game.

Mexican Gunner

Because nowadays we don’t know what our own game is, I think it’s the right way to go

Tarquin Farquar

It’s about time we reacted to the opposition. Its continually playing our own game that’s a part of the problem


Damn, Monreal on the bench? Carrying a knock most likely. Things never get easier.

Hopefully this return of injuries won’t be an excuse at the end of the season. Nervous times, but this is the NLD! Come on.

Bob Davis

A decent setup. Wellbeck deserves to start. Looking forward to seeing what Elneny can do. No subs listed, I hope Monreal is not injured!

Can they handle the pressure of a North London derby?

Of course they can! COYG show us what you’re made of!


Elneny No. 35, Coq No. 34. Combined is No. 69. Hopefully they can help us get into a ‘good position’ in this match. COYG.


Getting into a good position was never our problem. The question is can we maintain our stamina in that ‘good position’ for the whole 90 mins.


Hopefuly coq can get in their faces with this formation


Fell deeds awake, now for wrath, now for ruin…

– I’m sorry I just can’t get the monologue up today, just please beat them, I don’t care if it’s with the grace of an elf eviscerating a goblin, or with all the implausibility of a hobbit felling an armoured Uruk with a pebble, just please just beat them.

Tarquin Farquar

At last he seems to have taken Ramsey out of the middle. Wonderful news. Maybe he is finally acknowledging what all bar some on arseblog have known for a long while, Ramsey cannot take control of the middle and is a fucking liability in there, hopefully he makes a difference out wide though I’m not holding me breath


Mate, he shouldn’t even be on the pitch to start with. Why the fuck not start Campbell in his natural position? He’s our best RW. Unless he decided to play 3 in midfield but then again Ozil out wide?

Tarquin Farquar

I agree with you though was trying not to upset blogs and a few others on here. This people pleasing will be the death of me.


I sincerely hope so. He should’ve switched to midfield three ever since Cazorla got injured. The consequence is obviously Ozil’s misplacement from favored no.10 position, but he doesn’t see much of a ball anyway since our deep midfield pairing can’t control the game if Santi isn’t one of the two.


I like it and not surprised Gibbs is in as he knows how to present yourself in a NLD!


wasn’t having ago at Mon btw


Campbell on the bench? What the actual fucking fuck. Got everything right, except that. Understandable if Monreal isn’t fit, but how the fuck is Campbell not starting? Fuck off with all the he isn’t fit excuses and fucking play him. He was the only reason I would have actually watched this game and would you believe it! We better fucking win!


Ramsey has previous for scoring important goals for us…


You’re still back in 2013-14 bro, wake up from the past. Ramsey has been poor this season and hasn’t been benched once. At the very least Campbell should have kept his starting place not because Ramsey has been shit but because of his brilliant performances. How many minutes has Campbell played this season? And look at the number of goals and assists he has…


Completely agree but this is the sort of game where Ramsey scores… all means drop him after this one regardless!


Told you…:-)

Crash Fistfight

You, Sir, are a fucking genius! I hope to fuck this continues in the same vain.

Yanno, to be a gooner and that

loool rekt.


The lineup I knew wenger would field one way or the other. Shame Monreal is injured.
Hopefully Elneny is up for the challenge.
Lose or draw this game and 4th place is in danger. The boys must step up and be counted.


Back to playing Ramsey on the right. The cynical side of me thinks this is Arsene being stubborn and refusing to acknowledge Campbell. I’m going to tell that side of me to fuck off for a bit and support the lads as best I can. Let’s fucking do this for fucks sakes!


I think it’s a bid to get control of the midfield back, not a slight on Ramsey. Plus Ramsey’s natural pace of play is quicker so might be wanting to keep the tempo up and push Rose back.


I dislike Rio Ferdinand.


He tweeted earlier in the season the arsenal needs to be slapped with rubber sandals if we don’t win the season this year. Very classy. I’m improvising on what Arsene said once, “Sometimes if you give success to people with little class , it only makes them more classless”.


C’mon you cunts. Paint the field with RED, figuratively and literally. Sorry for calling you cunts.

Girouds' Hair Wax

So I’m just going to assume Campbell is shagging Wengers wife, can’t see any other reason to not start him


Ok so far this is best reason I have seen…


Well there are some positive changes in the team but is it me or do we lol weak on the left hand side of defense? Gibbs and gabby – the former not played much and the latter being awful against manure and Swansea!!! However, look at spuds – what a bunch of morons!!!


Exciting lineup! Think that we’ve added defensive solidarity with Elbeny and Coq, plus both Welbz and Ramsey have defensive engines. (Ramsey has issues in the center, but he always puts in a shift — always.) Gibs is fresh legs, a fresh look, speed in recovery and going back. Arsene has put out there as fresh, radical and balanced a lineup as we can with the pieces available. COYG!

Tarquin Farquar

Lee Catermoll always puts in a shift, always


Can’t believe am seeing this. There is a wide gulf between both teams. We can’t string 3 passes together. WE HAVE BECOME SHIT!

David C

just win!


Why not start Campbell? Is he injured or does he have a clause which says he gets x millions if starts certain no. of matches..
Whats the deal here..someone enlighten me please..


As much as I like Campbell, Ramsey has been effective from the right and arguably works better with Bellerin.

Özil's #1 Ceiling fan

Call me an optimist or whatever. We were Favrotires against Chelsea and lost, favorites against United and lost, Favorites against Liverpool, Drew. However today we are not really favorites which means it is time for us to win.

Ex-Priest Tobin

Wenger’s constantly playing favourites is sickening. Campbell could be scoring a goal every game and he would still be getting dropped for the British lads. Get out while you still can Joel!




So Campbell’s performance midweek earns him a spot on the bench?? WTF Arsene?? I don’t understand our manager anymore.

Crash Fistfight

Further emphasising the fact that he knows better than the fans, after they went mad at his decision on Wednesday.

Never mind the fact he was our best player, and all.

Ho hum, I’m hoping for the best but expecting the worst. Doesn’t mean I’ll be any less miserable if we lose today 🙁

Tarquin Farquar

Either he won’t drop golden boy or he wants him clogging up the middle cos he knows how shit we have been in there, giving far to much space.

He's got no hair but we don't care...

Apart from winning of course, all I’m asking of this team is to show the heart and desire we mighty Gooners all feel.

PLEASE get stuck in and let those inbred gimps know they’re in a game and remind them why they haven’t won a league title since most of their dumbass fans were born.


Feels like a gamble. We’ll see if it pays off. I’m worried to be honest.


I love this line up. I hope Giroud comes on and scores at some point. We are much better off with Ramsey on the right.

naija gooner

If Ramsey and/or Alexis do not have very encouraging first 30 minutes, I hope Wenger has the balls to substitute them by half time. We can’t afford any passengers today. Really feel for Campbell, must be so discouraging.


Realseriousgooner I couldn’t agree more!!!


Get out while you can Joel.

Merlin's Panini

The lineup is exactly what I would have chosen given our options at the moment. Seems the boss has finally wised up to the fact that no one we he picks will work alongside Ramsey in the middle. He’s got some serious hunting to do in the summer if he is to find someone who compliments him ie a disciplined, very technical, ball playing defensive midfielder. Shouldn’t be too hard…


How Campbell has not earned a start I don’t know, but happy to see elneny get a start.

Merlin's Panini

He’s unlucky not to start but we all know how effective Ramsey is from the right. Was saying Ramsey should move back to the right and Elneny should come in on here just the other day. Only surprise for me is Gibbs’s inclusion but maybe the boss wants someone who knows how important it is in there.


Wenger shuffling things up working so far. No more intricate passing in their final third leaving us exposed on the counter, two holding mids clearing things up well. Soak up pressure and look to hit them on the counter with Welbeck’s pace leading the breaks. We still are not aggressive enough in te challenge until at least when Gabriel let the team know. A bit lucky on the goal but I’d rather that than slow build up play trying to score but never do because the opponents’ defense are well in place. More of this till the end of the… Read more »


We be a goal up!!!


And guess who. Almost predictable level of irony there.


Anddddd we go and fuck it up. Absolutely no need to tackle, what the fuck Coquelin?

Crash Fistfight

Right, I’ve had enough. If anyone can stay to watch the end of this, credit to you, cos you’re better than me.


75 minutes and I am VERY sure we’re not getting anything out of this. Keep it coming Wenger, it’ll make parting with you much easier. Thanks for the memories but clearly pride has gotten the better of you. No quality in the market, and we’re served this fucking shit since December, a season when the road to the title is laid bare for us. And yet Spurs are most likely to win it now.


So heads will roll now? Maybe it’s time.


Or maybe not. 🙂


So should we settle for the draw or play for a win?


There is room for huge improvement but given the situation we were in prior to Sanchez reviving himself I’ll take the draw.

Right or wrong, I think the draw has bought Wenger and others a few minutes of reprieve but they aren’t off the hook. Far from it.

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