Ospina in for Cech, Ramsey back on the bench – Arsenal v Chelsea teams


Arsenal take on Chelsea in the second-leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final. The winner will go to Wembley to face Man City in the final next month.

Here are tonight’s official line-ups.

Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal, Xhaka, Wilshere, Elneny, Iwobi, Ozil, Lacazette

Subs: Macey, Chambers, Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles, Ramsey, Nelson, Nketiah

Chelsea: Caballero; Azpilicueta (c), Christensen, Rudiger; Moses, Bakayoko, Kante, Alonso; Willian, Hazard, Pedro.

Subs: Eduardo, Cahill, David Luiz, Zappacosta, Drinkwater, Barkley, Batshuayi.

Follow the game on the Arseblog live blog

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37 Comments on "Ospina in for Cech, Ramsey back on the bench – Arsenal v Chelsea teams"

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Same lineup!
We’ve got a team that’s able to pip one against the Chelshit team.
Let’s do this. Show Sanchez he’s f***kingly not needed around the Emirates. Get PEA deal done, let’s start jinxing the rest of the clubs.


Love your optimism.. 😛

Mayor McCheese

C’mon Danny! Thigh one in tonight!


Back of the head


My money is on calf. Or possibly scrotum.

Original Paul

Fiver says he’s not starting! 🙂

Mayor McCheese

Could still bundle one in from the stands, I imagine.

Mayor McCheese

Oh. Some misinformation here, blogs? Dot com says Elneny’s starting. Welbeck not even on the bench.


He’s disguised as a ball boy.


Accidental backheel for me


Was hoping Miky was somewhere on the team sheet but with Wengers recent success over Conte, hopefully we won’t need him. Here’s to Welbeck getting back on track and some more goals for Laca!

Mayor McCheese



He is cup tied


I liked the balance against Palace. Would’ve preferred to see Maitland-Niles come in instead of Welbeck for Elneny. Thought it freed Xhaka to be more creative but at least Ozil is playing in the 10 role again


Arsenal Website shows Elneny playing not welbeck….
is the same as Crystal Palace just ospina as GK

DB\'s first touch

pretty attacking line up…back 4 and Xhaka back into a DM role after his foray as box to box CM against Palace when Elneny provided the extra protection. Wenger trying to make it exciting for everyone.

Original Paul

AFC Facebook says Elneny starts not Welbeck Blogs?


Same with the guardian

Original Paul

You could have thumbed me up then Cats! 🙂

Original Paul

Tough crowd on here tonight!


You are correct Sir!


What is this madness!

Petits Handbag

That team right? Elneny not starting??

DB\'s first touch

actually arsenal.com showing Elneny in for Welbeck. https://www.arsenal.com/live#!timeline

Corona X

Our lack of attacking (experienced) options on the bench is worrying. Hope we can decide this in regular time!

When is Giroud back?


Willian and Hazard in the first eleven. Unlike in the last few matches against us, Conte’s going for the kill this time.

We need some luck!


No elneny not even bench

Rectum Spectrum

Ospina, Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Elneny, Xhaka, Wilshere, Ozil, Iwobi, Lacazette.

from BBC. no welbeck starting. and elneny.


No elneny . What is it with arsenal if a player scores for against Barcelona then we get down on them , arshavin, nick b., rip, now elneny, thought he was v good last game

Original Paul

Read the posts above Riku and all will be good in your world.

Teryima Adi

Go drink them up you Red Army.COYG

Original Paul

Can someone get Blogs out of the pub to correct this?? 🙂


Guys, he fixed it


Elneny as DM and Xhaka and Wilshire as CM´s – breaking news – AW admits that a DM is necessary


Delighted they are playing a false 9 means our back 4 will function better.

Mo Elne will hold and also provide energy so ya happy with lineup.

Think we will take them Moses bayak Kante alonso doesn’t look scary. Crowd out hazard in false 9. Make Pedro track back and we be in with good chance.
If Ozil get space he will be the difference

Final here we come


Anyone has a live video link?

SB Still


BBC our 2nd bid rejected, we seem to be doing the same as what we did with Lemar – increasing each bid marginally, crazy in real life but pittance in the football bubble. We’ll probably get spooked, then put in a sizable bid.

Hope they get on with things quickly.