Arsenal take young squad to Greece

118

Arsenal’s squad for tomorrow night’s encounter with Olympiacos could have a youthful look about it. Arsene Wenger has decided to rest ‘senior’ players like Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud, Mikel Arteta, Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla ahead of this weekend’s important league game with West Brom.

The manager said, “Some players needed a rest as they’re on the fringe of injury. Some are injured, like Podolski, Walcott. I needed to rest Wilshere 100%.”

As those senior players sat out training, youngsters like Martin Angha, Elton Monterio, Zak Ansah, Jernade Meade, Chuba Akpom and Sead Hajrovic all took part and could be part of the squad.

Fringe players like Andrei Arshavin and Marouane Chamakh are both likely to start while with injuries to Johan Djourou, Laurent Koscielny and Ignasi Miquel, Sebastian Squillaci could start his first Arsenal game since Jan 9th (Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Leeds in the FA Cup).

Full squad

Arsenal squad:
1 Wojciech Szczesny
5 Thomas Vermaelen
7 Tomas Rosicky
15 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
16 Aaron Ramsey
18 Sebastien Squillaci
22 Francis Coquelin
23 Andrey Arshavin
25 Carl Jenkinson
27 Gervinho
29 Marouane Chamakh
38 Martin Angha
39 Zak Ansah
48 Sead Hajrovic
53 Jernade Meade
55 Elton Monteiro
60 James Shea
67 Chuba Akpom

Leave a Reply

118 Comments on "Arsenal take young squad to Greece"

avatar
Sort by:   newest | oldest | most voted
ugh

Gah

squid

cheer up! i’m back .

Lod

I have no doubt in my mind you’ll help us to a crushing defeat. Thats our squillaci!

weedwacker

That is without a doubt the worst Arsenal squad I have ever seen

Bonjour

The worse the better – why was Arsene even contemplating taking his full squad to Greece for a game that depends on Schalke-Montepellier, and then after that, still depends on who we draw in the knockouts?

Put the youth team on to show the first team their places aren’t guaranteed! And give players like Arteta and Cazorla who have played every minute of every game (except the who gives a fuck cup) a rest for heavens sake!

weedwacker

No mate this is the problem,. There is no competition at all throughout the squad and none of these kids picked are anywhere near a call-up to the first team. We are sending a team of deadwood and schoolboys away to a Champions League tie. I think its fucking embarrassing.

Rob'67

It’s certainly the weakest in living memory.

Frankly they can’t do any worse than the seniors did on Saturday. But clearly any idea of ‘topping the group’ has been cast aside.

Wenger had better be ready to act the moment the Transfer Window opens in January. If he sits on his arse for this one, they’ll be doing more than marching round the ground in protest.

TomJ

Why isnt cuntface Walcott travelling? He should be playing the arrogant wantaway little shit up front, through the middle and into the ground. And typical Djourou and Santos injured when the need them. No Esifeld or Miquel either?

Runcorn Gooner

Last time he put out a senior player in Greece he got injured and was out for ages.Now look what has happened to him. AS has never been the same since.
Why risk your best players .If we come first or second we will still draw a good team.

bingobongo

We are gonna get so thumped!

Hope they all enjoy the occasion though.
Must be amazing to stand out in front of the rowd for the first time on a European night.

(keep it tight a the back!)

Wonderla

We took a really young squad two years back and only lost 1-0…i don’t think we’ll get thumped..just want to see them give it all.

The Loving Hands of Wenger
The Loving Hands of Wenger

Normally I’d be happy at this kind of news, but everything has a dark cloud over it at the moment!

Well, fucked up things happen in the CL; maybe we’ll go all the way in some weird twist of fate to stay in the Premier League CL spaces.

>:0

BafflerMeal

Yay, Squillaci!

TheYusufPatel

Yay! Squillaci’s back. Been waiting for him to start all season. I was beginning to think buying a shirt with his name on it was a waste of money

Justin

Best comment hahaha

Richie_101

hehehe, Let’s hope Squid and the Kids enjoy the occassion. Guys where’s the Eis?

eggs

I’m pretty sure Eis is hasn’t been at the club long enough to count as home grown, and would need to be registered as a sqaud player and we probablly didn’t have space, some complication like that.

MJB

He’s not allowed to play due to international rules or something…

Taking The Mik

Squillaci’s last appearance was in the 1-0 against Leeds? I knew that night was memorable for some reason, but now I remember, a clean sheet featuring Squillaci.

Los Polandos

If I remember correctly he spent the game playing right wing. A fantastic move by Wenger since it not only helped our defence but also kept the leeds players busy double marking him in case he dragged his magical “the-shit-is-about-to-hit-the-fan” ability to their third. This also created the space thierry exploited. Poor ol’ squillacci. Never gets credit he deserves.

Master Bates

Yeah we kept a clean sheet , and french bearded bloke scored a goal and people went nuts for some reason

goonerdan

Would like to see Akpom get a few minutes on the pitch. He’s come a long way recently

furious arsenal fans

I desire to see Arshavin! Love him!!!

Hassan

Squillaci in defence. Yay, we’ll concede 5

vin_unleaded

Tell you what – Stick him up front. He’d do better a better job than the forehead!

Hassan

But in all seriousness, Akpom, Ox & Arshavin could all shine. A win is needed just for morale purposes I feel

Nick

The senior players need a rest because we don’t have depth to rest them until they’re about to break!

I wanna see Eisfeld, Gnabry & Akpom!!!!

kratoshes

I just hope chamakh scores hattrick because he is a decent forward with excellent aerial presence. RVP overshadowed his presence with his scoring abilites and Chamakh never ever again got enough minutes on the pitch to recapture his intial form in arsenal colours. I really feel he is seriously under valued and under-usedplayer. Now arsenal has learnt to cross the ball in the box and not in the z rows so chamakh should be an asset for us.
IMO ramsey & chamakh are the players who have been wrongly picked by arsenal fans and sometimes those criticism has no place in real the world.
COYG! Lets win the match to clear some toxic fumes around the AFC

Elly

Yes very much agree with this, for me if any player really hasn’t deserved the amount of flak from fans its Chamakh, poor bloke has somehow become a byword for everything bad at Arsenal and in my opinion he’s been treated pretty dreadfully by manager and fans alike. I really hope he can carry on from his couple of goals in the Reading match and get another 2 or 3 tonight – even if all it does is improve his chances of being sold then surely the guy deserves that much at least.

austrian_gunner

eisfeld and gnabry aren’t in the squad

Tottenhams reckoning

Eisfeld wasn’t chosen to be in the Champs league squad…and he doesn’t class as homegrown because he hasn’t been with us three years…or some shit like that, but i would have loved to see him play!

Arxavin

Yeah, and its the same case for Gnabry.
A shame really, would have loved to see them in this match!

ANDR

Eisfeld is not registered in the CL squad and gnabry is injured

ugh

So much for the selection solutions !! Now we’re about get squillacied :-!
God help us!

Lasagna

Everyone calm down, Squillaci is here to turn this season around

JF

Eisfeld isn’t on the European roster, don’t think. But Gnabry is, so I’ll settle for that.

John

My pick: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Coquelin, Eisfeld, Arshavin, Chamberlain, Gervinho, Walcott.

Let me explain. We need a solid defense to go to such a hostile stadium. Gibbs and Sagna have’nt played enough to be drained while Vermaelen and BFG don’t play a position to be drained.

Coquelin impresses me infront of the defense, keep him there, dont make him roam around. I would love to see this guy again, think he’s a real gem. Arshavin, I don’t care how much he underperforms on the wing, he never advertised himself there so don’t moan when he isn’t the greatest. Give him a free role behind the striker where he’s always looked much more interesting.

Both of the wingers are fantastic one on one against a full back, give instructions to get it to them fast, isolate the full back and we will get chances. Make sure they know that its not about the times they lose the ball its about the times they beat there man and create the good chances!

Walcott up top really needs no explanation. Give the boy a chance, tell him to make runs non stop all night, whether that be passes from deep, through balls or driven crosses.

Just my two cents based on a diluted squad but not based on the squad he has actually taken to Greece.

Josh

Not sure Eisfeld is eligible?

Arseblog News Hound
Admin

Josh you are correct – Eisfeld has not been registered for the Champions League. I believe he could be added when we revise squad for knockout rounds.

Des

After this squad, I.d like to say sack the board. Coz they surely must be the one making the selections.

And btw I expect no “jaded” claims from the team when we play westbrom. Arses in jaccuzis for the whole week then a whooping for brom is all!

Bonjour

Walcott’s contract has nothing to do with playing up top. There exists such concept as a “lie”. No matter what the media say (I know I know, Daily Mail is the trustworthy spokesman of Britain and a symbol of its majesty).

Joe

Mertesacker, Sagna, Gibbs, Eisfeld and Walcott aren’t in the squad.

heihaci

no Eisfield in the squad?

ugh

Such a shame that Gnabry is injured and Eisman not eligible for CL :-\ would have prefered them rather than frustrating Gervais… id still go for Akpom instead of forehead

Dr Baptiste

Ricky Gervais is a little old for Arsenal isn’t he?

Dr Baptiste

I’d like to add that before people start complaining that “he doesn’t mean him” or “don’t you know anything about football”, etc… I do realise that he means Gervinho or Gervais Kouassi and not actually Ricky Gervais.

Arxavin

Is Gervais his name?
On fifa 12 i remember they either called him Gervinho or something sounding like Yaol Kouassi..

Dr Baptiste

Gervais Lombe Yao Kouassi is his full name

Lod

We’re gonna get greeced!

gunnersftw

sack the board!

Large Dave

Lets see how it goes maybe these young kids can show us all there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Shame about Eisman not being able to play !!!

Master Bates

can I boo about this decision ?

Dr Baptiste

No. You may smile, nod and give a hardy clap.

Lod

Schezz
Karl,,,,,,squill….verm,,,,,meade.
Rosicky….coquelin….ramsey (free role)
Chambo…….arshavin (free role)
Chamakh.

Gerv can fuck off till further notice

Master Bates

I’d rather Zhervinyo start as the striker than Chamakh ,atleast he shoots wide ,Chamakh doesn’t shoot at all.

look at us discussing lineups and whatnot , No wonder we get pissed off when Wenger does things HIS way

Heh

Gervinho shoots?…..he shoots straight into an opponent that is.
Arsenal vs swansea. Gervinho didn’t master a single shot on target. That only is enough for chamakh to take gervs place.

N/b chamakh vs reading. That was one hell of a shot, so relax he might just surprise us.

eleanor

Zhervinyo or our own little Zhivago … I’m quite optimistic.

Dr Baptiste

Can we not just give the whole team a free role? Maybe not going as far as rush goalie but everyone just swapping positions everywhere on the field

David O'Leary's Dad

I think we should play rush goalie all the time actually – including the PL. Would fucking do other team’s heads in and be better for a laugh than the shite we’ve seen recently.

GunLover

Mmm…That’ll be the team Arsene has in mind, I think.
Or maybe if Rosicky isn’t fit enough, put Arshavin in the #10 Role and play one of the other winger kids on the right with Chamberlain left?

cescloh

chamakh and arshavin finally be given the chance….try play 442 instead of 4231,wenger! midfield diaby wilshere carzola or rosicky arteta play role as creative midfield striker giround and walcott…

trackback

[…] 什琴斯尼 谢阿(门将,James Shea) 维尔马伦 斯奎拉奇 詹金森 安格哈(后卫,Martin Angha) 米德(后卫,Jernade Meade) 蒙特罗(后卫,Elton Monteiro) 哈伊洛维奇(后卫,Sead Hajrovic) 柯克兰 拉姆塞 罗西基 阿尔沙文 张伯伦 热尔维尼奥 沙马赫 安萨(前锋,Zak Ansah) 阿克波姆(前锋,Chuba Akpom) 来源:[Arseblognews] […]

Angry Gooner

Such a shame Eisfeld can’t play. I would love to have seen him. Its unlikely we will finish top of the group even if we win so it will be nice to watch us with no pressure on the team and some fringe players and younger players getting a run out. I’m looking forward to it.

Lod

Sarcasm??
Let me rectify that.

Sack the scouts……….still not quite!
Somebody appropriate needs to be sacked, we’ll have to wait I guess

Arseblood

What a great squad we have!….NOT! A second string of kids, injury prone sick notes, players who only care about money and oh so average journeymen….
Errrrr, nice stadium though.
We’ll get stuffed.

billybog

Seems like a huge mistake to play chamack and squid in this match. They’ll be cup tied so all the major teams in the champions league like barca, Bayern and Madrid won’t come in for them in the January window.

ugh

Sack Gunnersaurus hes eaten all our brightest prospects!!

Pearson

Gunnersaurus is fuckin embarrassing. Send him to the U11 team

MJB

That’s because they’re TASTY. Gunnersaurus wouldn’t touch the likes of Squillaci would he now…

uddeep

I hope we meet barcelona next and end our misery. ….. It’s not like we are going to win the champions league anyway! might aswell give our players their mid week rest before they get a chronic case of abou diaby

weedwacker

I hope we play Barca next and spank the fuckers

Simao Segunda

End our misery? The fuck?

Why can’t we win it? Chavski won it finishing 6th, Liverpool reached two finals with worse squads that we have now.

Mind you, they both had fans who actually got behind the team.

uddeep

believe me, i wil be the happiest man alive if that does happen, but you know how the things have turned out, we are more likely to make a silly mistake which will cost us dearly, so i’ve grown a bit pessimistic, need to see something fresh to regain hope

Big Dave

I was planning to do some wallpapering that night…. and I still am.

chamakh in the house b***h
chamakh in the house b***h

Yo chiiiillll, gonna scroe a hatrick, then do a double back flip, just relax trust the CHAMAKH!

ugh

Id still rather have the Chubs sorry

cesc

i think arsenal will win this match ,because arsene( REFRESH) the squad.He should always rotate betwen the players.

DB10

Why not take the under 18’s to Greece? They wouldn’t embarass us like that fucking shower did on Saturday.

HanNolo

I thought you were bullshitting and making up names during this part:

“As those senior players sat out training, youngsters like Martin Angha, Elton Monterio, Zak Ansah, Jernade Meade, Chuba Akpom and Sead Hajrovic all took part and could be part of the squad.”

Dick Swiveller

Nice to see them get some experience and with the way we’re playing, I don’t think anyone’s expecting to get past the next round so we may as well get a game against someone good rather than go out to the Latvian champions.

So…Akpom is the next striker in line after Chamakh. Will be interesting to see how many injuries it takes for him to get a spot on the bench.

eddee

I got a feeling this team will win and surprised us. Well i won my FIFA 13 seasons cup against R.Madrid with all reserve team. No joke. Ok.. maybe im virtually fantasized about the winning. But would love to see them bring something to the arsenal team. Maybe their performance might be better so that the first xi will buck up their asses to play again ..

Aamir

Damnit Eisfeld is not eligible. I really wanted him to play. Oh well, he will be put in for the knockout rounds. Im so glad Arteta cazorla Podolski, wilshere, giroud, can all get a week of rest.

Joeos

A squad for the haters to dribble their bile over.

weedwacker

So much desire, skill and commitment in that squad I can’t wait to see them play all at the same time.

mercury

The only two names I care about is Rosicky and Arshavin. Former because we need him to get back to his best, and the latter because I think he still can have an impact. Andrey Arshavin this season; 2 starts, 1 goal, 6 assists. Clearly deserves a chance.

to mercury

so no care for the captain of the club, interesting

satan

we’re going to end up facing barcelona at some point, and losing… so who cares?

Simao Segunda

Fans.

weedwacker

I care.

PGunner

Should be interesting. Wonder if Olympiakos will rest a load of first teamers too, after all they have nout to play for?
I boldly predict a 2-0 Arsenal win, Sebastian to shine bright like a squid glinting in the Athenian moon light. Come on you squidy squady squishy squashy squillful gunners!

PGunner

+ I care too.

A N Other

to be honest, they should use keep this squad for west brom game as well..
we cant go worse than what we have been all season and in any case west brom look like they have just hit the wall with 2 defeats in a row…Maybe youngsters with all the energy in the world just do the trick and get us those valuable 3 points..

Where the hell are Djourou and Gnarby?

GunLover

They’re both injured, mate. #Crocked

madfan

i love thomas eisfeld!

than big fuuuurehead

duh!

rossi88

Us gooners dont half talk shit sometimes, myself included. But we all moan about our players needing rest then when we do some of us are moaning about the squad we send. Tbh i dont care about the result wednesday, just the performance with the squad hes sent. Next round will be tough no matter if we finish 1st or 2nd. Thats not being defeatist. Just i think this game is irrelevant when compared to our domestic campaign and the 1st team squad thats strugglung to cope with it. Priority has to be PL. Now boys pull your fingers out! CPYG

RedRich

Im shocked not to see young mr eisfeld amoungst that lot. For me hes the most complete of all our youngsters. I find it a little strange not to have seen him in any squads after his pre season performance.
Not that i think hes our saviour, just the best of our younger gunners. Rant over.

RedRich

Maybe i shoild have read the earlier comments before posting mine. Doh. Not eligable it seems.

Santi's Sack

I’d like to see Arsene stick in le Coq from the beginning and then later on pull him off and then maybe we can have a look at his Chuba later.

Abs

Common chamack…..
Show these ppl how good u are

Kiran

What the fuck happened to Miquel and Djourou? ! Did somebody drop a comically large anvil on them at training?

wpDiscuz