Thursday, August 18, 2022

Four changes, Gibbs, Ospina, Coquelin and Ox in

It’s Champions League action tonight as we face Bulgarian side Ludogorets at the Emirates.

Here are the official line-ups.

Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Gibbs; Cazorla, Coquelin; Walcott, Ozil, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Sanchez.

Subs: Cech, Gabriel, Monreal, Xhaka, Elneny, Iwobi, Lucas

Ludogorets: Stoyanov, Palomino, Nataneal, Abel, Dyakov, Cafu, Minev, Moti, Marcelinho, Wanderson, Misidjan

Subs: Borjan, Cicinho, Sasha, Quixada, Keseru, Plastun, Lukoki

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Matt

I would’ve liked to see Perez from the start; anyway, come on!

Tdot Gooner

Lucas over Ox in my, but Wenger loves to play the favoritism game. Ox can come off the bench for Theo. Let a “real striker” ball

DontPlayOx

Perez over Ox for sure

Morbius

Looks like he wants to give Coqzorla a run out before the massive Boro game

Daniel

Strange no xhaka when he misses next 3 games anyway. Would also liked to have seen perez and sanchez on bench if needed.

Paul

Lucas is on the bench.

Shaka Zulu

If my knowledge of the Laws of the Game is still intact then xhaka misses only one game

Third Plebeian

I thought it was three games for a straight red, one game for two yellows.

Alexy

Xhaka misses one game because it wasn’t “violent conduct”. Otherwise would have been three games.

Norwegian gunner

Professional foul(stopping a clear goalscoring opportunity) is two if I’m not mistaken. Violent conduct(reckless challenge to Cantona) can be anything from 3 to long.

Cornelius P. Snuffington III

Depends on the straight red. Red card for being the last man is one game, last man for violent conduct (including Xhaka’s) is three games.

JustBrowsing

For the love of God can we see Perez come on, hopefully when we’re two or three up.
It’s like having a shiny new toy and batteries aren’t included so it just sits there!
Looking foward to tonight’s game. COYG!!

Runzac

Let´s do this

Paul

Happy with that. COYG!

6gunner

Wenger sure isn’t much for rotation. I’d like to have seen him give Kos and Coz a day off. With those guys in their 30’s, they are going to break down if we keep playing them 2x a week.

Arsepedant

This is Champions League, not EFL Cup against some division 2 team. Four changes is enough. Kosicelny, Cazorla, and Sanchez will get the day off against Reading.

I actually quite like this line-up. There are some fresh legs in it, there’s tons of pace, and it’s very strong even with all the changes. I think my bet of Arsenal minus two goals will be a winner.

Arsepedant

*Koscielny

KAARSHE

Wanted to see Perez in for Walcott
Otherwise??

renaissancerosicky

When do we get to see elneny start :/

Chucho021

Glad to see the ox get a starting spot.

Fuhgedaboudit

I basically like the changes, except for leaving Lucas on the bench. It would bev a good time to givec Sanchez a rest and really see what Lucas can do. Its going to be a long season and we need to use our “depth” to prevent injuries as much as possible from overuse. Playe get tired and injuries happen.

Tdot Gooner

I am definitely now convinced that Lucas was bought to “shut us, the fans up”. Wenger never wanted to buy any “striker”. he succumbed to pressure of the public in my opinion. Any other opinions??

Arsepedant

Seriously? Leave the fentanyl alone, mate.

MeSoHornsey

Perez instead of Sanchez. Otherwise, I like this.

Roger Ramjet

It’s 3 games for violent conduct or serious foul play.

BW

Xhaka is eligible for CL games.

TheBeautyinMan

I have horrible feeling there’s an injury in this match somewhere.

Good squad rotation though, chuffed for Gibbs – he’s has some great cameo’s this season. Let’s hope our boys come out with a win and unscathed! If we’re up by 2 by the 60th then would be great to see Perez and Elneny.

bazza-wicks

yes i like this squad line up full of pace we know xhaka will miss games but this i feel is more about seeing if Coq’s injury will see him out i guess he will bring xhaka on at 75 minutes but Elneny needs game time too

Moral high ground

Usual uninspiring choice. Show some faith in your squad arsene!

Arsepedant

Care to reconsider that thought?

Lord Bendtner

Would have wanted Holding instead of Kos, Elneny instead of Coq, Perez instead of Walcott, Akpom instead of Sanchez. I know Holding n Mustafi would be very shaky but I really think with his history of Chronic Tendonitis it would have been worth the risk to give him a rest.

Viswaram

It is still a Champions League game, and not the EFL cup. If we are to top the group ahead of PSG and get past the first knockout stage, these games are crucial to win, and score as many as possible. So we need a strong team.

Lord Bendtner

Yea but from what I’ve seen in EFL I think we can count on the bench this season

Lord Bendtner

U know what, after seeing how the opponents are playing, I’m glad I’m not the coach pheww , good job Sir Wenger with the squad selection!

mista courifer

ooooooooooooooooospinaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!
sorry gays. keyboard got stuck there

Sheffield Goon

It’s a good level of rotation if you ask me. Don’t want to disrupt things too much. Let’s qualify and then we can rotate a bit more. COYG

Wengerballz

Cicinho is still playing?

sixteen swans over ainola

Strong side. Plenty on the bench. What’s not to like.

Arsenal Masochist

The over reliance on Mesut and Alexis is worrying.These two guys are going to need a rest soon especially with one playing the Euro and the other Copa America, and unfortunately i don’t see that happening until Wegner has no choice but to put someone else in when one of them inevitably gets hurt.

You should be able to sit those two in a game against this level of competition.

Mustrum Ridcully, Unseen Academicals

Two great goals! Score one more and we can rest Alexis and Mesüt! Gibbs and Ospina are playing well!

Mustrum Ridcully, Unseen Academicals

Now, sub Alexis and Õzil. I would like to see Perez and Awobi on for them.

Mustrum Ridcully, Unseen Academicals

Ok, will accept Santi may need a rest. Still think we should wrap Alexis and Õzil in cotton wool

Mustrum Ridcully, Unseen Academicals

I am glad Mezut did score his hat trick. Congrats.

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