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New boy Gabriel makes his Arsenal debut this afternoon as vice captain Per Mertesacker is rested to the bench. So the Brazilian will be partnered alongside Laurent Koscielny. It is an interesting partnership as both players are supposed to be similar in style. Many have had worries that they might not be able to function alongside each other due to the past relationship between Koscielny and Vermaelen. But I tend to believe the latter just was not as good at defending as we all hoped rather than an issue of chemistry, So today's partnership looks very interesting. They have not played together in a game so we will have to hope the gel and gel fast.

Arsène has tinkered with the line up this evening and has put out what looks like a team capable of playing some rather sexy stuff. Tomas Rosicky and Alexis Sanchez have come in for Aaron Ramsey and Oliver Giroud. Theo Walcott has also replaced Danny Welbeck on the right of the Arsenal attack. The back four remain which is a little surprise. Thought it was a good chance to rest Koscielny but I assume he is fit and ready for more action. The midfield set up will be interesting. Arsene does not tend to play Rosicky in the number 8 position so it will be interesting to see if we do go 4-1-4-1 playing both Rosicky and Cazorla in central midfield just ahead of Coquelin.

The Arsenal line up is out and I suppose there are no real shocks. Theo Walcott and Mesut Özil retain their places more than likely in wide positions. David Ospina comes back into goal. I wondered if Gibbs would return to the side but it's nice to see Arsene stick with players on top of their game. Monreal deserves his place and perhaps gives a bit of defensive balance assuming that Bellerin on the other side will be pushing forward to join attacks more than the Spaniard. New boy Gabriel  starts on the bench which was to be expected.

Nice to see Arsene Wenger choose a strong line up this afternoon, I assume the seven day breaks between games has influenced his decision. In come Flamini, Rosicky and Monreal which allows Coquelin, Cazorla and Mertesacker can drop down to the bench and get some much needed rest ahead of our league fixture against Aston Villa.

The team sheets are out at the Etihad and as I thought we have been left with a surprise or two.

David Ospina continues in the Arsenal goal. There were rumours that Szczesny would be drafted back into the side but this was clearly untrue. Arsene is also sticking with attacking right back Hector Bellerin. It should be his biggest test in the Premier League so far. As expected Monreal continues at left back after some solid performances.

Aaron Ramsey comes back into the team alongside Francis Coquelin. It seems as if the young Frenchman has pushed his way up the pecking order. Gotta feel sorry for Rosicky but it is a very exciting looking team.

Come on the Arsenal.

  • 15 Sep 2015
    So let me stop reminiscing of days gone by and let me focus on our Welsh wonder. Let me start off by saying that I think it is quite obvious that Aaron Ramsey is better in central midfield. His partnership with Mesut Özil, his running from deep and his underrated ball winning ability makes him a ...Read more