Ozil returns: Cardiff v Arsenal – team news

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Arsenal take on Cardiff City at the Cardiff Stadium in Cardiff this afternoon, with Unai Emery looking to follow up last week’s 3-1 win over West Ham with his first away victory as Arsenal boss.

Here are today’s official line-ups.

Cardiff: To follow

Subs:

Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Mustafi, Sokratis, Monreal, Xhaka, Guendouzi, Ramsey, Ozil, Lacazette, Aubameyang

Subs: Leno, Lichtsteiner, Holding, Elneny, Torreira, Mkhitaryan, Welbeck

Follow the game on the Arseblog live blog

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Pedant

Good team. COYR.

Uba Ngenegbo

What does Torreira have to do to start a game!
Emery is starting to piss me off!

COYG1001

Cardiff is a tall, lump into box, set place team. Our lineup has some height and heft. The new guy doesn’t. His time will come!

Getso gunner

Glad to see Mr Ozil back to the starting line-up

Raphael

Hope Ramsey is not playing in the middle. Shunt the him out wide at least. We need to keep the ball and he is hopeless at it.

Crash Fistfight

No Miki, when his relationship with Bellerin in the last couple of games has looked like the only thing that has clicked? Hmm. No Torreira either seems like a strange choice – we looked markedly more secure with him on, last week.

Hantal

Cech looking pretty shaky at the back again, I don’t know why Leno isn’t being given his chance. It’s not like he lacks experience

Michael Bolton Wanderers

Great fucking pass xhaka! Giving the ball away so they can score

myrtle

He is so fucking thick. 40 seconds left, keep the ball you utter bellend!

Pedrito

Please leave Xhaka out of the starting XI
He’s not a bad footballer, but this guy doesn’t learn anything from his mistakes
i can’t even count, how many easy passes he misplaced, that were resulting in a goal for the opposition since he became a gunner

Santori

I said it before, we are an UNBALANCED team. 1) Ozil or Ramsey. Either one but not both. We should be playing to tactical congruence not trying to Man manage with team selection. 2) We LACK wide players. We are such a SLOW team trying to pick passes up field. There is no one on the right to relief the need for Bellerin to push up. 3) Aubameyang is NOT Thiery Henry. For that matter Henry never flourished on left wing. So why are we (AGAIN) dependent on him as a winger on the left? Why we loan Nelson is… Read more »

Wolfgang

As usual the gunners take ages to go on the attack.Its too slow. Maybe Emery has an obsession with ball retention just like Wenger.
The defence must improve. 8 goals conceded is not the sign of ateam going places.
Arsenal is a soccer top brand which has been allowed to deteriorate the last
ten years .Please stop it by winning games and trophies even if it means winning ugly.

David C

But we won ?

Owl faced Deeney's cojones

And Spurs lost. I want many many weeks like this.

Mpls

We’re only 3 pts off them in 5th, and they’ve played the likes of Fulham, Newcastle, Watford, and ManU while we’ve had to go through City, whom we’re only 4 pts off in 4th, and Chelsea who appear on a tear at the moment. All is not as gloomy as some would have us believe.

Red-Sky

Welcome back!