Saturday, August 13, 2022

Ospina starts, Arsenal unchanged: West Ham v Arsenal teams

A final trip to Upton Park as we look for revenge for the opening day defeat to Slaven Bilic’s team.

The teams are in, here’s how they’ll line up today.

West Ham: Adrian, Tomkins, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Kouyate, Noble (c), Antonio, Payet, Lanzini, Carroll

Subs: Randolph, Valencia, Obiang, Moses, Emenike, Hendrie, Oxford

Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Elneny, Ozil, Iwobi, Alexis, Welbeck

Subs: Cech, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Chambers, Ramsey, Giroud, Walcott

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gunnerfan ov palace

It would be nice to see arsenal fc win this fixture revenge yes haha coyg

Man Manny

Cut crosses to Caroll and we are home and dry.

sauce

…and avoid conceeding dangerous freekicks too perhaps..?

Maniac

Funny you should mention that…

TG

Where is Campbell? Is Wenger mad or something?

goonero

Ramsey in for Joel. Makes sense tactically as he can provide cover for midfield and wide right. You’d ask should Campbell be in for Theo, my opinion is yes, Campbell offers the team more than Theo does. But Theo pulls rank on this one clearly because it’s not as if he got his place on merit. Some will say “he scored last weekend though”, I will say to that, Campbells hard work, trickery and delivery gave the assist, Theo just got the fruits of his labour.

percy

Joel ahead of Walcot all day for me. Joel must have done something to anger Wenger since he’s been at the club.

Joel Carter

If it ain’t broke…

Fatgooner

Cech is much better than Ospina. And I’m still not convinced by Gabriel.

Goon with the wind

Yeah gabriels been shakey lately. I think he will come good though, he looked really solid in the beginning and then dropped abit. Just bad form i reckon

Smart-Arse

Don’t vote for the commenter. Vote for the comment. you know he’s right

Paul

How about voting against the unrequired negativity??

Quincy Owusu-Abeyie

decent bench

Ero

Why Ramsey over Joel Campbell???

Gunman

I think that Ramsey has been relegated to the right wing putting him in direct competition with Walcott and Campbell. I wouldn’t trust him in the engine room.

UHGoner

Campbell has been dropped as soon as Ramsey got fit,Wenger doesn’t rate him at all.Would be sad to see aquality player like him leave.

Lass

Ramsey can play CM, RW and CAM if needed. Walcott covers for CF, RW, LW. More tactical options this way. Not saying that Walcott has been better than Campbell recently

Bosscielny

They have a big aerial threat.
I’m somehow not confident about defending set pieces without Giroud and per.

But can’t complain about the team selection. Everyone merits their position.

Javis

I’d of had Cech in ahead of Ospina but feel changes in outfield positions would be more risky

Getso gunner

Strong team enough to win at Westham

Thierry Bergkamp

Bet you said that opening day

toma

campbell???

Indian Gooner

Should be starting Cech ahead of Ospina!
A very bold move indeed..!

Crash Fistfight

Slightly surprised that Cech isn’t starting, especially with the threat of crosses into the box, but hey, ho. Hopefully it doesn’t give us something to moan about after the game.

As much as I’ve been a bit of an Ospina skeptic, he is a very solid deputy to Cech and rarely makes proper mistakes.

Paul

Fucking hell you’ve jinxed it now!!! 😉

Paul

A bit surprised Cech isn’t starting but I guess Arsene wants to keep exactly the same performing team.

Jeff

When we have to win to have any chance of an unlikely title, why the fuck would you leave your best keeper on the bench? Especially when you have two shorter CB’s and Andy Carrol is starting. Wenger’s tactical genius again. Ffs! Still hasn’t learnt from olympiacos!

lord-a-wenger

Pipe down mate. If you sound so p**sed off before the ball has even been kicked off, what will you do if the result isn’t favorable? jump off a bridge?? It’s only a football match hey 🙂

dr Strange

Jeff was right…

Bob Davis

A strong line-up. If Ospina is playing well the I think he deserves his place in the first team.

3-0. I can see Sanchez, Iwobi and Welbeck scoring!

Ozil assisting all three of course.

COYG!

Mesut's magic

Campbell not even in the squad???

Paul

Very strange considering Theo is in.

oroshzhaki

Good bench

Naz

Lovely line up. If it ain’t broke….

Any word on if Wenger is just rewarding Ospina for his performances or if Cech is not 100%? (or both?!)

Crystal Balls

2 assists. 35 mins played. Iwobi is the shit!

Deano

For fucks sake block the crosses!!!!

ciderman

Nice to go two goals up but letting one in before half time is frustrating and frustratingly so Arsenal!! Need to win this game to have any hope of winning the league but I did have a dream about us pulling off the league title by the skin of our teeth – hope that dream becomes a reality ?

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

Pathetic zonal defending.

We do look like we could score at will though, I think a striker change to take advance, is required.

Paul

Nothing is dull this season!! Let’s do them in the second half! COYG!!!

Fabulous

Losing the ball in a critical area led to the first goal. Absolute bollocks defending for their second. All in the space of 3 minutes. Nothing new then. Fuck sake. A lost would not be so bad, at least we can defenitely forget the delusion of a title.

ramgooner

Halftime.Knew it. I don’t know why Per gets so much bad press. Ffs Gabriel can’t pick a pass from defence. Idiot should stop trying to emulate koscielny.

ciderman

Crumbs I was moaning about us letting in a goal before half time and find out we go in level – oh please!!!

Alexstratz

So we traded Per, who would’ve been perfect against Caroll for the error-prone Gabriel eh?

Gunman

Ozil’s right, we keep screwing it up.

gunnerp

Cannot wait for Wenger’s post-match comments.

ciderman

Perfect example of why we could have won the league and at the same time shoot ourselves in the foot!!

The Gooch

Why didnt he bring on mert for his height and positional sense to deal with carrol

Alexstratz

I need a break from Arsenal.

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