Sanchez on the bench: Chelsea v Arsenal teams

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Arsenal team news 2017-18

It’s Chelsea v Arsenal the Carabao Cup semi-final 1st leg at Stamford Bridge this evening.

Can the Gunners bounce back from defeat to Nottingham Forest just three days ago? Here are tonight’s official line-ups, and the sight of Alexis Sanchez on the bench will be sure to raise more questions about his future.

Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta (c), Christensen, Rudiger; Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Drinkwater, Alonso; Hazard, Morata.

Subs: Eduardo, Luiz, Zappacosta, Bakayoko, Willian, Pedro, Batshuayi

Arsenal: Ospina, Chambers, Mustafi, Holding, Bellerin, Xhaka, Wilshere, Maitland-Niles, Welbeck, Iwobi, Lacazette

Subs: Macey, Mavropanos, Mertesacker, Nelson, Elneny, Walcott, Sanchez

Follow the game on the Arseblog live blog

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Jack
Jack

There is no better time for Laca to find his shooting boots. Come on Gunners

Santori
Santori

So far, he has not looked “WORLD CLASS”.

Welbeck looks hardly plan C.

Giroud we like to play as plan B is going to leave.

If we don’t get someone like Draxler who can anchor left wing when Alexis leaves and still have potential up top as a CF, I’m not sure what our thinking is.

bdotm
bdotm

COYG

goongot
goongot

Let’s not be shit again !!!!
Coyg

Daft Aider
Daft Aider

let’s not be shit again

btw
btw

LNBSA

LeftBollock
LeftBollock

MAGA (make Arsenal great again)

Third+Plebeian
Third+Plebeian

Yeah, the problem with that slogan is that it conjures one the biggest idiots in political history.

Merlin\'s Panini
Merlin\'s Panini

or just history.

#MAGA
#MAGA

I thought it was Make Arsene Go Away but yours is better

AlmaGooner
AlmaGooner

LNBSEA
Let’s not be shit EVER again

Arun M
Arun M

COYG

MesutSanchez
MesutSanchez

I am scared! This team looks depressing, with very little creativity. Hope we don’t get a shellacking.

myrtle
myrtle

The entire spine is missing.. and it looks like they are out for revenge – this could get very embarrassing.

SB Still
SB Still

As some bloggers have covered we have playing as a bunch of individuals mostly this season.

Hopefully this is a game where Wenger is going in with a game plan and maybe after even practicing the defensive aspects as well the last couple of days after the shambolic performance in the last game.

Sheffield Gooner
Sheffield Gooner

Welcome to life after Sanchez and Ozil.

SB Still
SB Still

Hmm Chelsea seems to have put out their strongest team.

Although we are missing Ozil from the squad and Sanchez from the starting XI, I’m wearing my lucky pants (didnt for the FA Cup game πŸ™ ) and sitting in the lucky chair, so I’m hopeful πŸ™‚

Gooner57
Gooner57

Thank you. Our season is saved now

Tasmanian Jesus
Tasmanian Jesus

Cheers to that, with my lucky beer.

Adam
Adam

Danny Wellbeck in the 1st eleven. End of days.

Third+Plebeian
Third+Plebeian

Nah, he’ll score tonight. The question is, with which body part?

Jonvafc
Jonvafc

My Β£5 is on either his left bollock or just spinning of an ear!

David C
David C

he’s due for one off his head at some point. He’ll try to score with his shoulder, but it will go in off his head πŸ˜‰

Donald\'s Trump
Donald\'s Trump

Or he’ll try to kick it, end up shinning it onto his forehead and it will trickle in.

He’s like the John Virgo of football.

Original Paul
Original Paul

I hope it’s the latter for Danny Boy!

Jack4343
Jack4343

I’m guessing he will finally strike it cleanly but be way off target and hit Rudiger square in his balls and in.

Merlin\'s Panini
Merlin\'s Panini

I reckon it’ll be off his coccyx while facing towards the goal… how that might happen I have no idea but this is Welbeck after all.

Heavenly Chapecoense
Heavenly Chapecoense

Same for Iwobi, the other son of daddy Wenger. No end product from these two.

Lord Bendnter
Lord Bendnter

WTF our new kid signing is on the bench against Chelsea??? Are we really that short on bodies right now???

Don
Don

He’s been there the least amount of time so he’s the least likely to have been corrupted by our defensive coaching…

IceBerg10
IceBerg10

Hahahaha @Don…brilliant

Exiledgooner
Exiledgooner

We have defensive coaching?

Gunnerer
Gunnerer

Is Ozil injured?

Third+Plebeian
Third+Plebeian

Yes. I mean, that can be the only reason to persist with the badly out-of-form Iwobi…

twisted cuntloks
twisted cuntloks

He’s either injured or ‘injured’ due to a possible bid for him

Susan
Susan

Or ‘sick’

Petits Handbag
Petits Handbag

Why the fuck is Alexis on the bench? Just take him out or play him. He’s our best available player.

Lord Bendnter
Lord Bendnter

He’s on the bench because he’s leaving for sure. You can’t risk an injury to a player who is about to leave to another team, that’s why you don’t play them just before the transfer.
……aaaaaaaaannndd then there was that time we started Ox against Liverpool….

pedro
pedro

This is the new arsenal, what a team

Ivan Parasite
Ivan Parasite

So Sanchez is not playing Europa League, not in FA Cup obviously, just made the bench in Carabao Cup 1st Leg Semi, what else?

NELSON
NELSON

Crikey, was not expecting that at all.

I am honestly left for words at the situation we are in, i can’t believe we are selling coquelin for one, defensively he is very impressive.

How can we honestly inspire players to play for us, ahh come to arsenal to play with welbeck and iwobi, i genuinely would love to know if lacazette regrets joining us.

Like if alexis is going then okay let him go, but don’t put him on the bench. If he is staying why the F is he not starting.

I would rather see wilshere play in iwobis position and maitland niles in cdm with debuchy or sumin play lwb.

so much wrong with this squad especially seeing how strong chelsea went.

just cant see how this is going to function hope im proved wrong COYG

Third+Plebeian
Third+Plebeian

That’s a really naive back line. Let’s hope Morata’s wearing the same shooting boots he used at the Emirates last week!

Little Mozart
Little Mozart

Perfect opportunity for Ospina to redeem himself.

LuisBoaMuerte
LuisBoaMuerte

I’d love someone to explain to me how he was supposed to stop Lichaj’s first goal. Like he’s expected to defend the goal from a shooting position and man mark an opposition player at the same time?!

Not defending his overall quality but he didn’t do much wrong in that game.

Bim
Bim

I’m not normally pessimistic before a game, but comparing our line up with theirs fills me with dread tonight. Fingers crossed the lads can pull a big performance out of the hat.

Donald\'s Trump
Donald\'s Trump

Needs to be a magic hat

catbiscuits
catbiscuits

I know we’ve got injuries, but that’s a depressing squad to look at.

Of the first eleven, only Wilshere and Lacazette (perhaps AMN too, given his age) have been remotely close to being in form this season.

joshhimself
joshhimself

And Mustafi has pretty consistently been our best defender since he’s returned from injury.

Runzac
Runzac

Will anyone have learned anything from the game on Emirates last week? We will soon find out. Not very optimistic but we will score one – question is how many we will concede

Lonely Loneliness
Lonely Loneliness

Wow !! Look at that Bench. It will send shivers down the spine of any premier club. And the less said about the playing eleven the better. Hopefully Welbeck will score one more screamer, the way he usually does.

Burn Baby Burn
Burn Baby Burn

Mavropanos on the bench!? Guess he did alright in training over the past 5 days.

Caj
Caj

Oh dear I fear by the end of this game the second leg will be irrelevant.

Third+Plebeian
Third+Plebeian

As many contests with Bayern over the years have shown, Arsenal excel in dead rubbers. No hope?! Let’s give it all, lads!

Media Hates Arsenal
Media Hates Arsenal

No Arsenal game matters until Wenger leaves.

SFME
SFME

OMG
How much will Arsenal need to spend to turn the club back to top4? If Kroenke wants of course

catbiscuits
catbiscuits

Swiss Rambler estimated that the difference in revenues between Europa League and Champions League qualification was only Β£20 million. So no, Kroenke doesn’t want to

Matt+P
Matt+P

Ok but look at the bigger picture…
No Champions league. Top players don’t come.
Top players don’t come, our performances and premier league placing drops.
Equals less revenue in terms of sponsorships, merchandise etc etc

Kenny
Kenny

This team sheet looks light. Hopefully, our recent results against Chelsea can repeat itself

Morzaq
Morzaq

I hope to see the Arsenal of the past, the pride, the Glory and the scintillating football !! COYG

twisted cuntloks
twisted cuntloks

LOL!

Gordy
Gordy

Why Iwobi? He is not 2nd Division standard, can’t score goals, can’t make them, runs around and then gets tired.

Third+Plebeian
Third+Plebeian

And then, judging from his eyes, very, very sleepy.

PV4
PV4

What a nice reward to holding for having such a despicable performance against a championship side. Take it or leave it, arsene’s arsenal is a joke.

Indian+Gooner
Indian+Gooner

This an extremely weak team. Say no more. Surely Alexis would have started if he wasn’t going to go to Man City. Just my thought. Get a draw somehow today.

antgoon
antgoon

I’m sorry to be so negative but get ready for an embarrassment.

Third+Plebeian
Third+Plebeian

Aren’t we immune to embarrassment by now, though?

These days, I’m in turn amused and bored by Arsenal. Way past embarrassment.

Ricardo
Ricardo

Wenger you old dog you.

Putting Sanchez on the bench keeping us guess.

Well played, well played.

Michael Bolton Wanderers
Michael Bolton Wanderers

Chambers, Holding and iwobi… Not expecting much today

Papas
Papas

Having a pre-game set of tapas at Iberica on the Great Portland St beforw i cross the street to watch the game in the pub and Giroud has just walked in with his wife and kid…so he’s not watching the game…

B Jack
B Jack

At least it’s Wednesday. Happy hump day. COYG

Original Paul
Original Paul

Looking forward to see how VAR goes.

Susan
Susan

This looks like a team which has been sent out to not lose instead of win. But hey, this is the new era of the 6th place PL finish and crashing out of two competitions in a week!

Papas
Papas

Chelsea put out their first team and we our 2nd/3rd string because of injury etc…it’s an honourable result …

Papas
Papas

Blogs why are my posts subject to moderation? Have I abused anyone? Have I expressed pro sp#rs comments here? I was just saying that Giroud walked into the restaurant I was eating in as I was leaving to watch the game in the pub across the street…wtf is wrong with my post?

Santori
Santori

Sell all our best back ups – Gabriel, Coquelin

Don’t sell our mediocre players- Walcott, Debuchy, Elneny

Lose our best assets – Alexis, Ozil

Don’t buy proven replacements buy young players instead.

Promote young players Holding Chambers (potentially Willock and AMN) who have yet to show delivery on promise.

Rely on injury prone players – Ramsey and Jack to anchor the midfield.

Arsenal Recipe for success.

Santori
Santori

Tell me we can’t benefit from a Mahrez.

Barely anything from the right.

Santori
Santori

We sell Coquelin (like we did Gabriel), we rely on injury prone Jack. We have mediocre Elneny. Granitalso poor.

Lets use AMN and Willock in midfield like we do Holding and Chambers.

Oh we have Ramsey as well the chap who tends to wander too high.

We don’t need anyone in midfield to come in.