Friday, March 1, 2024

No Ozil, Lucas starts: Arsenal v Crystal Palace teams

It’s Premier League action today as Arsenal face Crystal Palace at the Emirates. With two games in 48 hours, Arsene Wenger has had some thinking to do in terms of his team selection.

Here are today’s official line-ups.

Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal, Elneny, Xhaka, Iwobi, Alexis, Lucas, Giroud

Subs: Ospina, Maitland-Niles, Mustafi, Coquelin, The Jeff, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain

Crystal Palace: Hennessey; Kelly, Dann (c), Tomkins, Ward; Cabaye, Flamini, Puncheon; Townsend, Zaha; Benteke

Subs: Speroni, Fryers, Husin, Mutch, Sako, Lee, Campbell

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Granit Coq through the middle

Interesting line up


Ospina deserves a PL start…


Particularly as Flamini is playing as well!


Not keen. Hope I’m wrong.


Iwobi in the 10 role?

The Little Mozart

I would have expected Alexis playing in the middle behind Giroud, similarly to how Griezman played off of Oli for France during Euro 2016.

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Any ideas as to why Mesut isn’t on the bench? I’m liking the inclusion of Lucas, he will provide dangerous crosses for Giroud!

Hes out with the flu.


No Ramsey stepping in for Ozil.


Probably trying to be careful Ramsey, as hes been in out of the team with injuries.


Lots of faith in Iwobi!


Thank god

Teryima Adi

An interesting line up indeed. All we need is 3 points. COYG!

David C

who plays number 10? Iwobi or Sanchez?



Or are we going 442?

David C

Sanchez in the Griezzman role with Giroud! I think it should be explosive 🙂

Happy New Year’s everyone!


that will be my dream come true. i know its not a formation ozil can play but sanchez playing in griezman role combining with girouds will be devastating. i really think we should try this more often


For Arsene’s great qualities, him being tactically flexible??? I strongly doubt it!


Downvote me all you like but we are playing the usual 4-2-3-1 with Sanchez and Lucas wide and Iwobi no. 10


This is a very bad team. Do we not want to win?


How is it a bad team?


Sanchez or Iwobi as the #10? I like the idea of Sanchez there: he likes to distribute and he can cover lots of ground. Also fast enough to get in behind like Ozil has been doing. A very intriguing spot for him.


I think we needed to have Sanchez play he no 10 because he was doing i anyway. Ozil changed his play this season as he is not on the ball as much and wants to be the one doing the runs to get at the end of things. He needs balance as too much of one thing is never good. Sanchez is an example. He will run in behind, can hold the ball up and also that trade mark chip cross to setup chances. He is getting better and better at Arsenal so he owes that much to the club.




This is a great lineup! We are going to destroy them! Lucas is hungry…and he will eat well today!


he can chunk big sam if he wish


This might work

Kwaw botan

All we need is the three point

gunnerfan ov palace

Look at the prem table and see that arsenal fc need to win because spurs gone third goal difference with city come on you gunners

gunnerfan ov palace

Look at the prem table and see that arsenal fc need to win because spurs gone third goal difference with city come on you gunners happy new year both teams

Lord Bendnter

The few out with the flu


Three hyphens on the bench! Is that a record?


Ozil couldn’t stand the emotional anguish facing up against the flamster…it’s just to soon


Shin pads on lads a certain Mr Flamini is playing!!!

Jeffers the Francis

Flamini starting at centre forward for palace


Come on Flamster get two yellows before half time…


Is that a 4-4-2?!


Flamini is playing, that’s why Ozil isn’t. He just couldn’t face it.


Özil not playing might be because we have another game in 2 days!!


OMG! Giroooooood!!!

Mustrum Ridcully, Unseen Academicals

Iwobi is making a good first of playing No 10. Perez looks a little rusty. I am still concerned that Arsenal are not dominating the Midfield. Still not sure of our best midfield 2 without Santi. Would have loved to see Xhaka and Rambo but sadly Rambo has flu!

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