Welbeck comes in, no Wilshere: Arsenal v Man City team news

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Arsenal face Man City in the Premier League this evening, just four days after losing to Pep Guardiola’s side at Wembley in the Carabao Cup final.

Not exactly the opposition we’d like, but there’s not a lot we can do about that.

Here are the official line-ups.

Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Koscielny, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Xhaka, Ramsey, Ozil, Mkhitaryan, Welbeck, Aubameyang

Subs: Ospina, Holding, Chambers, Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Iwobi, Nketiah

Man City: Ederson, Walker, Danilo, Kompany (C), Otamendi, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Silva, Bernardo, Sane, Aguero

Subs: Bravo, Stones, Laporte, Jesus, Zinchenko, Toure, Foden

Follow the game on the Arseblog live blog

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Daft Aider
Daft Aider

The line could be worse I guess

Daft Aider
Daft Aider

line up that should have been….

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_Arsenal_2004_Formation

4_2_2_2

Milky
Milky

Where’s Jack?

Stringer+Bell
Stringer+Bell

Ramsey and xhaka in middle. It’s a one in ten chance with two above average but not good enough players in midfield. We could win and then Wenger will feel vindicated and justified to continue playing them. Could it be slowest midfield we have ever had?

Smart-arse
Smart-arse

As usual, zero punishment or change in approach. Joke

Jean Ralphio
Jean Ralphio

It’s four at the back so that’s good enough

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

What exactly do you propose? Play the u23s?

Mayor McCheese
Mayor McCheese

Does it matter who starts at this point?

ArsensArmy
ArsensArmy

That’s just the point. It doesn’t matter who Wenger puts in the starting 11, none of them give a shit what happens and tactically they are clueless. But xhaka and Ramsey are going to get overrun. I would love do dribble through the holes they will undoubtedly leave open in the middle. City must have given Cheshire Cat smiles when they saw those two in the starting lineup.

Ididntpay
Ididntpay

That bench…

Sheffield Gooner
Sheffield Gooner

I’d like to watch a 7-a-side, their bench vs ours. Just to take my mind off the actual football situation…

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

How about their bench against our first team? That seems fairer

Araj
Araj

The bench is a very interesting comparison actually.
Both the backup goalkeepers are first choice for their respective south american national teams. So thats a very similar profile. Both teams have young centerbacks on the bench: Stones (23), Laporte (23), Holding (22), Chambers(23). But the difference in profile is massive. City’s 2 are established first teamers while Arsenal’s two aren’t even considered to have the potential to be as good as City’s.
Maitland-Niles, Iwobi, Foden and even Zinchenko can be considered midfield academy products. Again, there is a big difference in potential there. For all the good reviews he might be getting, no one considers Niles to be the same level of talent as Foden.
Jesus is the 19 year old striker city bought and Nketiah is the 18 year old striker Arsenal are bringing through after catching him at a younger age. No real comparison between their profiles.
Elneny and Toure are the midfield rotational players. Again massive difference in the level of talent.

ramgooner
ramgooner

100 million between Stones and Laporte. Chambers and Holding cost 20 million but not a big difference when it comes to talent. It’s clear our defense needs coaching and get rid of part timers like Koscielny and bring in a couple of new Cb’s

ArsensArmy
ArsensArmy

Stones and Laporte are miles ahead of chambers and holding.

SB Still
SB Still

So, that’s a back 4? We know the rest of the formation is fluid anyway hehe

David C
David C

Mustafi rewarded with a start…

I would have included Elneny or AMN in the midfield 2 and let Rambo play wide right in the 4-2-3-1.

COYG! Win, lose, or draw please play with some passion today.

EZD
EZD

Problem is, who could we drop Mustafi for? No good competition at CB

Gunner in Canada
Gunner in Canada

Holding. He played so well in the FA Cup, don’t know when he has played poorly

PeteyB
PeteyB

Give holding some playing time? A week ago I would have been asking for Chambers but he got done for goals in cup final and against the Swedes.
Catch 22 when developing young defenders I guess… of course it would be nice to see more evidence of off field development

Paul
Paul

Jack’s head not “in the right place” then??

Paul
Paul

I think down voting a question is a bit harsh! You lot….lol

Greg
Greg

Injured. Can’t take chances

Damobot
Damobot

Sticking with Xhaka!!! I don’t get that. I don’t hate the guy, in fact I like him but if you are not playing to your maximum then you should be benched, period. Elneney plays well every time he comes into the side and plays his heart out but Xhaka is put ahead of for what reason I don’t know. He changed the shape yet again which is rubbish because 3 at the back suits us playing against bigger teams but if Monreal is out then I guess there is not much you could do.
Last time I said we won’t get caught out at the back with 3 defenders but that Man city would score from a mistake. This evening well, it could go horrible in so many ways.

Lanre
Lanre

Only player who put in his best on sunday now out of the team. I do love Arsene’s reward system.

Daft Aider
Daft Aider

completely delusional………

Lord Bendnter
Lord Bendnter

I have a fishy feeling something happened between Wilshere and the club management, behind closed doors…

Daft Aider
Daft Aider

was reported to be a disagreement over his contract elsewhere

ArsenalManitou
ArsenalManitou

Back 4 I like but I would have preferred Elneny or AMN to Welbeck in a 4 3 3 (4-3-2-1 if you like). This effectively looks like a 4-2-4 and I’m worried we’ll be overrun in midfield. Again.

Honest gooner
Honest gooner

I think we will lose 2-0 atleast

london
london

Worse squad depth we’ve had in past 20 years

Paul
Paul

We sold a load to buy the last two players. Sam’s ranches don’t grow on trees you know?!

Chippys chip
Chippys chip

Sam who? Kroenke out wenger out half the team out. 0-3 again 73mins pathetic

Chippy87
Chippy87

Wonder which Mustafi will show up tonight, the one that can sometimes defend or the one that really really can’t?

Greg
Greg

The man is not for turning

Calm
Calm

No Iwobi or Elneny. These guys have been more consistent than most in the last few games and yet still cannot get a look in either match. Some may say Iwobi is not good but i definitely play him ahead of Welbeck as he can make a shot for himself and takes them too besides his interplay. Elneny has done nothing wrong last few games and is arguably our most consistent midfielder who actually knows how to play the midfield role. Smh… but still COYG!

Chidi
Chidi

I might just play ✊?✂️to decide whether to see today’s match…. With myself… ?

bdagooner
bdagooner

That bench sums up Arsenal at this juncture…

Hi-brid
Hi-brid

It’s fair to say I’m pretty worried about this one. Could be merciless if they score early. I’m fearing an absolute hammering of 8-2 proportions (if we can get 2).

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Looks like we decided to attack them. Worth a shot.

Lanre
Lanre

Lot of empty seats @ the emirates

Canuck Gunner
Canuck Gunner

Not televising the game here on the west coast of Canada, but they are replaying the last game of the Invincibles season. I’m sure that’s way better to watch. Ahh, the good ol’ days.

Canuck Gunner
Canuck Gunner

Viera just made it 2-1 for the Gunners. What a pass from Bergkamp (as usual). And in current time, it’s 3-0 City. I obviously made the right choice to watch this replay.

Canuck Gunner
Canuck Gunner

Game over! Arsenal 2 : Leicester 1. After being down 1-0 at half time. Pk by Henry and winner by Viera. The Invincibles reign!.
Now unfortunately need to get back to reality (and work).

He’s got no hair but we don’t care...
He’s got no hair but we don’t care...

I have never said this before about my beloved Arsenal but I hope we get tanked by at least 5 or 6 if that results in Wenger leaving the club tonight.

Ealing
Ealing

It’ll be like shitting bricks

Ricardo
Ricardo

Man… the pain we endure now…

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

I thought we turned up tonight. Unfortunately so did they.

Couldn’t do much about those goals

Pete
Pete

Lol, no of course not. No pressure on the ball, no one from midfield tracking back, no organisation. On the ball, Arsenal are misplacing easy passes all over the place. The players look lost and don’t give a shit anyway.

Voldermort
Voldermort

difference is apart from pure class is when we broke they took one for the team and took our man down and earned a booking, we just don’t have the brains to do that and let them run rings around us.
Saturday they were average and still turned us over tonight they are brilliant. sad sad days

Dusko
Dusko

Brains?? With two sqiptars from Kosovo (Xhaka and Mustafi) and a Bosnian (Kolasinac) ?? You are not probably from former Yugoslavia 🙂

Nketibag
Nketibag

There’s no such thing as couldn’t do much. Again Kolasinac doesn’t show bernard onto his right. Xhaka just lets silva run off the back of him.. Then we lose a ball in midfield and theres nobody between there and the centre backs.
Unavoidable?? wake the fuck up!

Billy Bob
Billy Bob

3 goals down inside the first 45 minutes!!! I can see this being a hammering of epic proportions!!!!

Hi-brid
Hi-brid

I’m not sure whether it’s better or worse than Sunday that we’re playing with some heart today and still getting thrashed.

gooner of Oz
gooner of Oz

Well that escalated quickly

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

They are too good for us.

To be honest i don’t understand everybody booing, that isn’t going to help. Support your team ffs.

gooner of Oz
gooner of Oz

Which team? theres only one from where im standing

Pete
Pete

Maybe the boos were for Wenger?? Duh!

Voldermort
Voldermort

Maybe its a case of you have to be there, paying ridicules money for a ticket, freezing your bollox off, having the nightmare of getting home and then up for work in the morning only to be ripped by every other football fan at your place of work only to do the same thing again and again and again.

Chippys chip
Chippys chip

Season after season after season…

Espen
Espen

The midfield protection is sorely missing.

Billy Bob
Billy Bob

Oh dear all three of those goals is embarrassing, as for the missed penalty!!!

Goontang
Goontang

What a joke. Out of the top four race at the end of February.

Petits Handbag
Petits Handbag

Its March…..but your point still very much stands

Chippys chip
Chippys chip

At the current rate of decline we will be struggling to stay out of relegation zone in 3 or 4 seasons.