Ozil in, no Ramsey: Arsenal v Crystal Palace teams

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Arsenal take on Crystal Palace this afternoon in real need of three points to stay within touching distance of the top four.

Having beaten Palace with the help of a couple of Alexis Sanchez goals just a few weeks ago, the Gunners will have to do it without the Chilean today as he looks set to complete his move to Man Utd.

Here are today’s official line-ups.

Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Xhaka, Wilshere, Elneny, Ozil, Iwobi, Lacazette

Subs: Ospina, Mertesacker, Kolasinac, Chambers, Maitland-Niles, Nelson, Nketiah

Crystal Palace: Hennessey, Fosu-Mensah, Tomkins, Van Aanholt, McArthur, Cabaye, Milovojevic, Zaha, Sako, Benteke

Subs: Speroni, Souare, Ward, Delaney, Riedewald, Lee, Townsend

Follow the game on the Arseblog live blog

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Pedant
Pedant

Kos and Monreal, excellent. Not so sure about Elneny and Xhaka but let’s see.
Jack and Ozil, so plenty of creativity. Let’s hope Laca can start scoring again, otherwise not sure where the goals are coming from.

Adam
Adam

And looks like 4-3-2-1. But where is Wellbinho?

Stepanovs Defensive Masterclass
Stepanovs Defensive Masterclass

Injured

Calm
Calm

Xhaka deep lying with long passes, Elneny short passing play, with intelligent interplay linking defense to attacking midfield and adding that extra body for long range attack. Now Wilshere can feel a bit free knowing he has 2 behind when getting by players with Ozil and Iwobi on either side of him. 4231

goongot
goongot

What happened to ramsey ? Damn our bench looks kiddish to what it was in the 1st quarter of season!

Gooner
Gooner

Na! I am okay with the bench. Yes there is no proven firepower but then Nketiah has a point to prove and Nelson has that Messi-ness about him. 30 minutes for him please.

momozemio
momozemio

THAT guy injured or on his way as well ???
Whatever, COYG !!! nothing less than 3 goals and 3 points… Hope Iwobi puts his decision boots 🙂

Hank1979
Hank1979

no walcott on the bench…..

momozemio
momozemio

70% less offsides in next “by the numbers” section 🙂

Locksley444
Locksley444

He’s starting…. for Everton

Donald\'s Trump
Donald\'s Trump

What’s big Sam doing bringing Walcott on that early?

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Going missing again

Jean Ralphio
Jean Ralphio

Happy we’re going 4 at the back though was hoping to see Niles paired with Xhaka in the middle.

Greg
Greg

Elneny will be at cb

Thierry Bergkamp
Thierry Bergkamp

Elneny and Xhaka the 2 deeper midfielders, I think. Obviously, I could be wrong

Joel+Carter
Joel+Carter

What’s the formation?

Mutemi
Mutemi

Looks like a 4-3-3

Tom Gun
Tom Gun

I’m guessing it will be more of a 4-2-3-1 with Wilshere further forward and given more if a licence to roam and create with him, Ozil and Iwobi moving and creating for Lacazette. Lacazette has been waiting for this type of team with loads of creative players behind him looking for the through ball and other clever creative play. If he doesn’t do well in this formation, then I’ll begin to really worry about him. He needs to bag a couple today for his confidence.

Original Paul
Original Paul

Back 4 or back 5 with Elneny?

Merlin\'s Panini
Merlin\'s Panini

No Welbeck. Is he injured or has the boss finally given up on him?

thebetterJFK
thebetterJFK

Am I crazy or do I only see ten names in Palace starting XI?

Man Manny
Man Manny

I hope the first eleven can pull this one off – no attacking experience of note on the bench.

Uba
Uba

Bare bench.

Lula
Lula

little on the bench. but looks like a good team. Maybe he will try Maitland-Niles in midfield later on.

Lula
Lula

I assume its a back four, however. Good points made here. If back five, not so thrilled.

gunnerdaremkd
gunnerdaremkd

No ramsey on bench maybe he has a little setback or he is ill but where is welbeck?

thebetterJFK
thebetterJFK

Picked up something in training yesterday I think

Keith
Keith

Palace down to 10 men already, brilliant!

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Always helps

Indian+Gooner
Indian+Gooner

Back to our best back line and it is always good to have Ozil back in. Let us get those three points now.

Teryima Adi
Teryima Adi

I love the fact that Nketiah is on the bench. Strange that that is the only thing that excites me about the lineup.

Frank
Frank

Don’t want to be negative but im not too sure about this team. Nice to see Kos and Monreal back but not too keen on Elneny and Iwobi starting also where is Ramsey?

Tusik
Tusik

God, why is he doing this to Kolasinac? I mean,m Monreal just got back and he goes straight into the first team. Now we’re back to four in the back, and we’re playing Elneny? Jesus Christ!

Goons
Goons

How does Iwobi keep getting games?
I understand if you don’t get dropped after having 2-3 off games. But this is a joke

Fred
Fred

Why not AMN instead of Elneny? Give the kid a chance.

Original Paul
Original Paul

It’s embarrassing Palace think they can take us on with only ten men! 🙂

Chrispy
Chrispy

Oh great….Iwobi’s playing.

Calm
Calm

loving this lineup! i honestly see us winning and comfortably bar red cards or undeserved penalty

Ozenal
Ozenal

Is that 343 with elneny playing defence?
Only other formation I can think of is one which practise for miki/Ozil playing together.

Ozenal
Ozenal

4231, jack out wide?

Next week…
Bellerin Kos Mustafi Monreal
Xhaka jack
Miki Ozil Iwobi
Laca
?

Lord Bendnter
Lord Bendnter

Walcott is fit and still didn’t make the bench. Wonder what the manager is thinking, hmmm

joe warugongo
joe warugongo

must be really difficult for some to take back the harsh pre game comments..shame.