Coquelin back, Ozil starts: Arsenal v Aston Villa teams

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Arsenal team news

Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Ramsey, Walcott, Cazorla, Ozil, Giroud

Subs: Szczesny, Gibbs, Gabriel, Chambers, Flamini, Rosicky, Akpom

Aston Villa: Guzan, Hutton, Okore, Clark, Richardson, Sanchez, Delph, Cleverley, Weimann, Gil, Benteke.

Subs: Given, Baker, Bacuna, Sinclair, Agbonlahor, Westwood, Cissokho

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alex
alex

Even without Alexis, this is arguably the closest to a first choice team we’ve had all season. And this must be what only the second league game both Ozil and Walcott have started in two seasons? Crazy

Alexstratz
Alexstratz

No Alexis so this Özil-Cazorla partnership better work out.

Moonie
Moonie

Alexis isn’t even on the bench? I thought Arsene would at least have him on the bench. Is this a precaution or….

SubP
SubP

Don’t worry, there’s Rozza

Goon
Goon

Sanchez moved to Villa! When did this happen?

Witoldo
Witoldo

They bid 40,000,002 for him and we couldn’t resist.

LKoscielny6

Frightening to think that’s our attack and were missing Alexis, welbz, the ox and wilshere! Coyg!!

La Défense
La Défense

Although Welbz and Wilsh are a bit rubbish tbh…

Serge
Serge

Worst bench this season?

Stone
Stone

Decently strong personnel though but Rosicky is the only experienced attacking option

goonerbynature
goonerbynature

If ever a bench was designed for a lead.

Backs to the wall? Chambers/Gabriel l

Need control of the game back? Rosicky and Gibbs

Coasting? Akpom

Serge
Serge

Attacking wise…

goonerbynature
goonerbynature

Reassuring to have real live defenders on it though.

Dave
Dave

That midfield is just sexy. That is all.

foreigngooner
foreigngooner

Why not start flamini? Coquelin is on four yellow cards if i’m not mistaking, he might miss the crucial game at Sp*rs.

goonerbynature
goonerbynature

Don’t think so; amnesty

Stone
Stone

He won’t get suspended though, you have to collect 5 yellows before a certain date, I think it’s by the end of December.

Javis
Javis

Today is about trying to get the best out of Mesut and Santi. One will primarily play out left. I’d imagine they will swap throughout the game, we might be a small bit narrow but Theo will look to get in behind all game, that’s a huge plus..We’ll have to much for Villa. Up the Arse.

Gargoyle
Gargoyle

3 defenders, a goalkeeper and a defensive midfielder on the bench. You might think we’re playing Bayern. I kid I kid. COYG

73N00G
73N00G

We don’t park the bus like Chelski tho

AntiSpud
AntiSpud

Now feeling sorry for villa. They certainly will get some battering this afternoon COYG

palace gunner
palace gunner

COYG

rossi88
rossi88

Looking forward to today. Should be a good hard game. Hopefully a nice 3nil win. Gd luck boys

Man Manny
Man Manny

Salivating already! That’s one good team and bench. Could really get messy for Villa.

Forfuckssake
Forfuckssake

The only change I would of made would of been Mozart starting from form and Ozil on the bench but not disappointed with that option. Save Mozart to give the spuds a nightmare next week.

F3AR-BONER
F3AR-BONER

GOYG!! Give me a perfect start to my 30th year on this earth, no better present than all 3 points!

Robstar
Robstar

have just seen we have that shit ref so we have no chance.

FRANCIS
FRANCIS

5 star Coq……

AntiSpud
AntiSpud

And they did. Sorry villa you’ve just been hit by a team on the rise. Wrong team wrong time