Welbeck makes the bench: Preston v Arsenal teams

Arsenal team news 2016

It’s FA Cup 3rd round action this evening as we face Preston North End at Deepdale.

Arsene Wenger has shuffled his pack a bit, here are the official line-ups.

Preston: Maxwell, Vermijl, Clarke, Huntington, Cunningham, Gallagher, Pearson, Johnson, McGeady, Robinson, Hugill.


Arsenal: Ospina, Maitland-Niles, Gabriel, Mustafi, Monreal, Xhaka, Ramsey, Iwobi, Lucas, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Giroud

Subs: Martinez, Jenkinson, Holding, The Jeff, DaSiva, Willock, Welbeck

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Just hoping Ox on the right and Lucas on the left and we got this game on lock


Well I can’t see Lucas playing on the right! 🙂


Like in the Champions League when he scored a hat-trick, all from the right side set-up by Gibbs from the left?


Time for Ramsey to show what he’s got now that he is paired with Xhaka in the middle. If he doesn’t work with Xhaka, it’s time to sell him to West Ham in the summer for the good of all parties involved.


The amount of pressure put on Aaron before this match is over the top.
He is also far better than West Ham standard.
Now let’s get behind the whole team!


Odd number of downvotes. He has not performed for three years


Ramsey apostles are a funny bunch. when you point out his lack of defensive discipline, they counter that he’s “not that kind of player” and we should forgive his defensive lapses because he gets forward to create goals. When you point out that Joel Campbell had a better return on min last season (goals AND assists… look it up), they counter that Ramsey’s defensive responsibilities are holding him back.

I’m hopeful he pairs well with xhaka, but if he doesn’t, then where does he fit? Proceeds from his sale could subsidize a Santi replacement.


ramsey really does a lot of defensive work. look at the stats and you will see that whenever he starts in centre midfield he will be the guy who has covered most distance. and in most of the games he will be amoung top for tackles too. these are facts . what you are saying is your opinion . in some games he might have had defensice lapses but after all who doesnt make mistakes.


Yes… He runs around a lot, for better or worse. His tackle stats vary. They don’t keep stats on being out of position at key moments, but any objective observer would see his marking is poor


Ramsey haters are also a “funny bunch” let’s get behind the team Jake!


I actually think the pairing could work. But if it doesn’t, how long do we wait before we realize it’s a poor fit


I really see no point in slagging off one of our only two available defensive midfielders left…… before a game!


Pretty sure he won’t see this

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Here.. Take one more and make it even..


Exactly, we need to cast an immediate judgement after only one game in the middle with Xhaka


I like it COYG!


Good lineup


Google search for DaSiva returned Joshua Dasilva … It’s him?

Leah's Left Foot

Yep 🙂


Pelenda Joshua Tunga Dasilva


COYG! Glad to see Welbeck back. The january LANS!


Excited that Lucas and Maitland-Niles are starting. And Dat Guy Welbz is back. Let’s win this! #COYG


Looks like game over for Jenkinson then.

Craggy McEddy

Where’s Theodore P Walcott these days?


Zelalem still alive?


Assuming Welbeck will be wel rusty, the bench looks a bit sparse.


damn that is a strong first eleven. really was looking forward to see jeff and other academy players. could’ve atleast played holding.


Very strong. Do we really need to risk our only fit centre mids though? Especially baring in mind how much Xhaka has played, in his first season in England. Couldn’t AMN play centre mid with Jenkinson or Holding at right back?

Hopefully it won’t matter. COYG.


I don’t think a paring of Ramsey and Maitland-Niles would be ideal defensively


Is welbeck like a new contract ((LANC)?

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Here we go again…


What the fuck are we doing?


Preston is playing like Barcelona.


lately it seems everyone playing against us is playing like Barcelona

The goooch

Chamberlain’s body language is a fucking disgrace as is the attitude of this team.
Why do they always think they have the divine right just to turn it and win


Bloody hell absolutely dreadful first half


Shocking first half performance from senior players. Xhaka and ramsey are awful in the middle. Ox has nothing. Iwobi perez not getting near the pace of the game. Centre halfs? God help us.

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Looking like groundhog day yaaay bring on bayern


Who is Pelenda da Silva


We are going to struggle with Maitland Niles out right back. Not to say he’s the only culpable player tonight but we need the extra protection and help going forward. Holding next to Mustafi because we look so shaky at the back. Shift Gabriel to Rback. Ox has been really poor tonight. Welbeck on for him. Wenger again, waiting till its too late. We could have been 3-4 nil down by half time. The defense is a shambles with too many ‘hail mary’ passes from the back, most inaccurately put. Not enough threat from wide areas. Same problem. Wenger just… Read more »


Ramsey’s been pretty decent considering some of the hate thrown at him by Arsenal fans.

Hope he scores.

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Why post after he scored?


This is shit! This team lacks everything : – muscles , envy, skills, determination. It is painfull to watch ! ramsey and xhaka are just not good enough in this first half. that kid mc geady is b…ing them big time! and maitland niles is having a stinker!

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Rambo!!! Will always love you after hull final

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Fuck off

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Well done wenger its seems we CAN beat lesser teams even when they outplay us. Our names on the cup! Lets hope, because we will not win the league or beat bayern. Very lucky today. Sort it out wenger.