Chambers and Kolasinac in as Gunners go 3 at the back: Palace v Arsenal teams

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Arsenal team news 2017-18

It’s Premier League tonight, the first of three games in seven days, and we travel to Selhurst Park to take on Crystal Palace.

With just one win from the last five, three points are a must. Here are the official line-ups.

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Kelly, Dann, Tomkins, Schlupp, Milivojevic, Cabaye, Loftus-Cheek, Towsend, Zaha, Benteke

Subs: Hennessey, van Aanholt, Fosu-Mensah, McArthur, Puncheon, Riedewald, Sako

Arsenal: Cech, Chambers, Koscielny, Mustafi, Bellerin, Xhaka, Wilshere, Kolasinac, Ozil, Alexis, Lacazette

Subs: Ospina, Holding, Maitland-Niles, Coquelin, Iwobi, Welbeck, Walcott

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Wizard of Ozil
Wizard of Ozil

Don’t hate the lineup just wish we had some kind of strategy and process for our decisions. Back 3, then revert to back 4 for a few games, now back 3 again. Is there a rhyme or reason to it? I’d like to think so but…

Jean Ralphio
Jean Ralphio

Well they did beat us on the counter last season. I would have liked a back four but this is sensible.

jack jack jack
jack jack jack

Most likely due to personnel. More defensive solidity with a back three considering the lack of mobility with Xhaka and Wilshere. It also allows him to bring Kolasinac back in (Arsene said in an interview that he’s more suited to the wing back role). That front three also seems to work well, and it’s a bit more of a defensive formation which suits an away match. Bear in mind as well that Iwobi has been off form recently and Arsene will probably want to take him out of the firing line and give him a breather.

Basically, plenty of explanations.

gooner
gooner

Not a single striker on the bench?

GoonaDownUnda
GoonaDownUnda

Is Welbeck not a striker?

gooner
gooner

No. Probably he’ll never be.

He’s just a quicker, more popular Sanogo

Bai+Blagoi
Bai+Blagoi

If Welbeck and Walcott are not strickers, then I am afraid we don’t have any other than Laca and Giroud. Unless you expected Eddie.

Jingle Balls
Jingle Balls

Alexis needs to sit his ass on the bench. Bellerin as well.

SB Still
SB Still

Good to see Chambers get a start. Hope he uses this to get into the team more often.

Rhaatid
Rhaatid

Good for him. Still think Holding is the better defender and reads the game much better but Chambers has better ability on the ball in terms of dribbling and more adventurous.

goongot
goongot

Chambers 🙂

Tas Gunner
Tas Gunner

“Come on you eagles,spank those tinpot gooners and get venga the sack!”

there,i have said what 80% of you “supporters” are saying in your mind : )

Red-Wing
Red-Wing

What’s your problem dude?

Kwame Ampadu Down
Kwame Ampadu Down

He’s toxic Red-Wing.

Lord Bendnter
Lord Bendnter

Why do you think so negatively about us supporters?

GoonaDownUnda
GoonaDownUnda

I don’t want ‘venga’ to get the sack, i want Wenger to know when it is time to step down and end his legacy. Great man who doesn’t know when to pass on the baton.

Zakgooner
Zakgooner

Regardless of peoles prerogative regarding “venga” (I can only hope that was some autocorrect on an iPhone with its language preset to Russian) nobody here wants anything less than a win. Nice attempt at stirring the pot, bizarre but you enjoy the game buddy.

Jimbo Jones
Jimbo Jones

Toss Gunner can’t spell and what’s with the inverted commas spunk monkey?

Fergal
Fergal

4 people understand your sense of humour

Jsergio
Jsergio

Back 3 and sanchez plays again away at an in-form palace. Forgive me to anticipate another disjointed attacking performance.

Mike Monaghan
Mike Monaghan

I have to say I agree with you but I hope we are both wrong. We’ll see.

Rhaatid
Rhaatid

Sanchez to score and win the game for us. Bet it won’t be Ozil.

Calm
Calm

Sanchez to score and win the game for us. Bet you it won’t be Ozil (in form).

Calm
Calm

Sent this before the game but was awaiting moderation…lol

Goonerrific
Goonerrific

Haha. Bet you feel like a smart man now!

Damobot
Damobot

I don’t know the hell he went back to 442. We looked rubbish with that system. We were so exposed the last couple of games like we have always been.

Shank

OK ……….not barmy tonite

Tas Gunner
Tas Gunner

omg..u guys dont want wenger out/ such traitors 🙁

Tas Gunner
Tas Gunner

well its just my opinion.its a “right”,like many of u use all the time with a mixture of decent abuse and what not

Christopher Wreh
Christopher Wreh

Absolutely no point in trying to work out what this line up means. We’ll either turn up or we won’t. Nobody knows what on earth Arsenal will do so let’s just wait and see.

Lord Bendnter
Lord Bendnter

Any news on Mertesacker? Is he still injured? If fit, I can’t seem to understand how a player who gave us a world class performance in last year’s FA cup final has had very little opportunities this season.
Especially with a crying Kos’s Achilles

Teryima Adi
Teryima Adi

COYG!

Laughing Stock
Laughing Stock

Another game for koscielny, perfect

Bob davis

Solid line up. I hope the tank blows them away with a hat trick! COYG!

TrueGunner
TrueGunner

Good lineup?Looking forward to the game? I would like us to go for zaha if Alexis goes in January. He is really god as a left Winger. COYG??????

Gunnersaurus
Gunnersaurus

Is the Liveblog dead or did my work block it?

Arsengogot
Arsengogot

Dead

Larry Grayson
Larry Grayson

Dead arses

santori
santori

1) Bellerin was RUBBISH

2) Arsenal are WASTEFUL

3) We never play with our HEADS on a SWIVEL

4) We are LAZY. To switch off for that corner and let Tomkins get such an easy header…we were playing the game out when the old Invincibles would have wanted to further stamp their authority on Palace and do more damage.

5) Our counter attacks are woefully OVER complicated. Do what Alexis does. GO DIRECT.

But a word about Alexis.

Many Arsenal fans have been putting him down of late.

Where would we be without him. As is we are mediocre. Alexis always gives 100%.

santori
santori

Positives

Jack looks like he’s getting his range of passing now. Great assist.

Alexis was an animal again. Only wish we could balance his effort out with Mahrez last summer too.

Chambers was pretty solid.

santori
santori

All the players thrown in to shore us up having pulled Lacazette off and we still did not have enough players in midfield to dominate and add composure at the end let alone have sufficient players with the awareness to pick out problem areas.

That Townsend goal was dismal with all our players ball watching.

Then we have a header at the end conceded. Why we don’t have Gibbs at the post is beyond me.

arsepedant
arsepedant

Perhaps it’s because Gibbs plays for West Bromwich Albion.