Monday, June 24, 2024

Mertesacker in for Mustafi: Southampton v Arsenal teams

Arsenal are looking to bounce back from last weekend’s defeat to Man United by taking three points away at Southampton.

Here are today’s official line-ups.

Southampton: Forster, van Dijk, Stephens, Yoshida, Bertrand, Hojberg, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Tadic, Redmond, Austin

Subs: McCarthy, Hoedt, Davis, Lemina, Boufal, Gabbiadini, Pied

Arsenal: Cech, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal, Bellerin, Xhaka, Ramsey, Kolasinac, Alexis, Ozil, Lacazette

Subs: Ospina, Maitland-Niles, Wilshere, Iwobi, Coquelin, Welbeck, Giroud

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Original Paul

Looks like a couple of my Ex’s on the bench!? 🙂

Bruce Lee

Fix thr arses, can’t even open anything from today.

Mein Bergkampf

You dated Ospina too? Man, that guy gets around. And he never calls…

Chidi

No defensive sub…. In game tactical flexibility beckons. And they say He’s lost it ??

TheG

The Coq as a DM and Maitland as a potential wing back option, so guess again.

Leon

You could put a traffic cone in front of the defense and call it a defensive midfielder.
Doesn’t make it a good one !

Chidi

Oh…those were the exes then…..hardly my fault….carry on

Goontang

Coquelin and maitland niles would make 2 defensive subs…

Original Paul

Or we go to a back four.

Vonnie

Filthy weather here on the south coast, gusting gale force winds and driving rain, tough conditions for the match. Expected to calm down by one o’clock, so expect lots of missed passes in the first half. Nice team selection, we should be winning this one COYG!

Original Paul

Maybe the wind might straighten up a couple of Alexis’ passes? COYG! 🙂

Gunner Matt

Combined age for our centre backs of 96 – the year Wenger was appointed manager of Arsenal.

wash_dc_gunner

Is Theo injured or just not making the bench? He had a decent outing last.

ronaldo

anybody would look good against that team, even walcott

Anonymarse

Pretty standard looking lineup

That attack is lethal, it will be a shame if we don’t get to keep it

Zonda

No surprises with the team. Expectation is on Arsenal… but can they do it on a cold, midday kick off, in Southampton.

Thierry Bergkamp

I predict not

Bruce Lee

That will be a big fat no.

Leon

What a start !
People talk about changes in January.
The only change I want is a new manager…

nketibag

You just know the whole week they would have drilled into them how to shoot better. Instead of saying that defensive concentration is absolutely key in the first few minutes. That’s what lost the last game.

Bruce Lee

Losing, wait until the skinny old man sings, please.

Bruce Lee

Nothing working over here.

TrueGunner

Why on earth did Arsenal sell Gabriel. He is on fire in la liga

Bruce Lee

Nothing working against humpton, too.

We are being humped.

Espen

Whats the point of playing Bellerin, he doesnt take on defenders and always looking for a back pass. I rather give Debuchy a chance now. Xhaka needs to give way, he offers nothing.

St.macca

Hugely overrated, apart from being quite fast I don’t really see what he offers, Debuchy is a far better technical player.

Sheffield Gooner

Agreed, and when did Kos get so shit?

Yagaru

Bellerin has been awful. Terrible decision making, bottles headers, gets caught in possesion. Poor.

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

I’ve been banging on about Xhaka for ages. It’s lije he’s running through treacle. We always have a man less when he plays. He’s not a Wenger type player which makes it even more surprising he picks him ALL THE TIME!!

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

Garbage ideas and garbage motivation will always resurface when someone has been doing the same job for 20 years.
We love you boss but please leave while we still have a chance of finishing above the scum and in the top 4.

Voldermort

Game is screaming out for Jack to open up their defence but fuck all from Wenger a absolute joke that he’s not on already

Alex

Why is this the only place I can “live complain” during the game? When do we get our live blog back?

Leon

So let me get this straight.
Wenger said the uncertainty about his future was a major factor in Arsenal playing poorly last season.
Now that he has signed a new contract – what will his excuse be now?

Bruce Lee

Blogs pulled the plug on thw arses, can’t blame him.

Fucking atrocious.

Leon

So disappointing.
I don’t know how the players, the board and especially the manager can sleep at night.
What a spineless bunch Arsenal are.
And to charge fans so much to follow them.
A disgrace…

Bruce Lee

I guess you were right about the blog destructing in 5, 4, 3; actually I think it was sooner than 5 minutes.

Catbiscuits

We shouldn’t have kept three players in the first XI who wanted to leave (sanchez, ozil, bellerin). Save for ozil, they’ve been toilet this season, and are probably a cancer in the dressing room.

Espen

I have been watching Bellerin the whole match, all he did was one successful cross that i note of. Other than that he has been awful to watch. He loses the ball far too easily and when the ball is coming towards him, defenders already knew he is looking for a back pass.

This season he hasnt been solid in defense in the 3-5-2 formation.

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