Thursday, July 7, 2022

Wilshere and Bellerin start: Arsenal v Östersund FK team news

Arsenal taken on Östersund FK tonight in the Europa League. With the Carabao Cup final on Sunday, Arsene Wenger has rotated his team considerably.

Here are the official line-ups.

Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Chambers, Holding, Kolasinac, Elneny, Maitland-Niles, Wilshere, Mkhitaryan, Iwobi, Welbeck

Subs: Macey, Monreal, Mustafi, Nelson, Xhaka, Willock, Nketiah

Östersund FK: Keita, Pettersson, Papagiannonpoulos, Hoppcutt, Aiesh, Sema, Edwards, Widgren, Nouri, Mukibi, Ghoddos

Subs: 7 other lads

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Mayor McCheese

Monreal to come on if we need a goal.


Is he warming up already?


Well, our left-backs combined have more goals than Lacazette now.


What’s this, game number 33 for Bellerin.. 3 days before a cup final. Starting to get edgy about his lack of rotation. I know he’s young, but it’s going to catch up with him at some point.


Every other right back is either sold or about 16. Or plays as a centre back.


If Niles can play left back then surely he can do a job on the right too..

Jean Ralphio

Maybe they need some game time


So Wilshere is B team and Xhaka is A team? Why are we playing Bellerín in a dead game? The one thing we need to do is keep our full backs as fresh as possible. If Xhaka starts the game against city and Wilshere is on the bench I’m gonna flip.


Lol xhaka and wilshere dont play the same position. Def a maitland niles for xhaka.


They both play midfield in a 2 or 3. With elnenny and niles playing (both as much if not more of DMs then Xhaka). Why the fuck are the kids not playing? How stupid is Wenger? Before I used to be able to justify his stupid decisions, now I absolutely can’t. He’s lost the plot. Anyways we don’t have much of a chance against city, why not have the players we want to play fresh and if we need them this game bring them off the bench. Why couldn’t Nelson start ahead of Iwobi so we keep him fresh? What… Read more »


I think you’re the one that’s lost the plot mate.


Has that shambolic first half performance not proved my point??? Complacent fucking losers, they think just because they play for Arsenal they can turn up and win the game. Absolutely no urgency or anything what so ever. But no, “Wenger Knows” and “In Arsene we trust”. At this point anyone that thinks Wenger should remain our manager knows absolutely fuck all about football. He’s done so much for our club and he had plenty of chances of leaving on a high. I know I’m ranting, but at this point I can’t keep my cool anymore! Every week I try to… Read more »


Spot on gonnnnaa


It’s gonna be Xhaka-Ramsey in the cup final. Wengers’ most prefered mid pair.


Xhaka-Ramsey is a disaster


They were awful in the FA cup final

Kwame Ampadu Down

There’s only really two positions up for grabs for Sunday. (assuming Ozil & Ramsey are fit)
Xhaka, those two & Aubemayang will definitely start. It’s pointless arguing whether any of them shouldn’t cos they will.
It’s then 2 from Elneny, Jack, Iwobi & Welbeck, all of whom are playing tonight. Personally, I’d go with Elneny & Jack, pushing Rambo further forward in place of Micky Taryan.

Jimbo Jones

Everyone on the pitch looks D team right now!

Stuck on repeat...

Shockingly poor. D team is being generous.

Dennis’ first touch

Not sure why Bellerin isn’t being rested when there is finally an opportunity to do so. We can ill afford him to be injured or even to tire out as the season progresses and whoever his backup is (Chambers or AMN) probably could use some match practice at RB. Knock on wood and pray I didn’t just jinx the cockney Catalan.


Haha, 7 other lads in the opposition subs.

Let’s get the job done quick in this match, and get Bellerin and Wilshere some rest before the final.

Stuck on repeat...

We’re now well past the stage of “getting the job done quick in this match”. Shockingly bad at present. Shambolic.


How wrong was I.


Was really hoping Nelson got the starting nod. Hopefully he gets some time


Stronger than I expected, obviously we’re not taking any prisoners. Hopefully we have the tie put to bed by half time and Willock, Nelson, and Nketiah can get some significant second half minutes. Very happy to see the Chambers/Holding partnership and Wilshere running the show in the middle.


I think this means Wenger expect Ramsey to be ready for Sunday

Billy Bob

Fancy keeping our top scorer on the bench!!!


We’re officially a joke…..

Jimbo Jones

What a shambles….


Yikes. Chambers was unlucky to deflect the first goal in. The 2nd though….hoo boy he was skinned alive.

Make Arsenal Great Again

What is very apparent is that there are a lot of players at this club, who are just not good enough to play for a top club. Ospina, Chambers, Iwobi, Kolasinac are not good enough. And those are just the ones playing today. There are still others. Kolasinac is a terrible defender. His situational awareness is next to nothing.


How shit is this.
My god … Arsene Wenger please leave this club before everyone hates you.

I’ve defended AW for years. Now I want him gone. I don’t even care if we pull this out. What a bunch of spineless, dickless, brainless halfasses out there for Arsenal tonight. My goodness. Didn’t take the other side seriously at all. Mental weakness at the extreme.

Mein Bergkampf

People say we are complacent. Complacency comes after a period of success and over confidence takes over. We are the only team in the world who are complacent without doing fuck all to merit complacency. No one has a worse team attitude and ethos than us lot.

Jimbo Jones

Never thought of it like that but you’re right. No excuse to be this useless

Billy Bob

This and some

Merlin\'s Panini

0-2 in the first half! Fuck me. You’re supposed to keep it tight and pick them off as they get more desperate. Fucking sort it out and show some backbone.


Well, at least now we know why Maitland-Niles isn’t trusted to play in central midfield (yet). Horror show of a first half.

Merlin\'s Panini

Ummm… Why the hell are we wearing our away strip at home?


And yet. The Welbz experiment continues.
If he showed signs of becoming the killer finisher he should be, then fine. Let him play into form. But not on this planet.

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