EPL: Arsenal v West Ham - 9/8/15, 13:30 - SS1

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  1. yybecause

    yybecause Formerly known as ArsenaLover

    Probably Liverpool game
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  2. Now back to me

    Now back to me New Member

    Only one change from the weekend, Walcott out, Giroud in. Not only does he have a great record vs West Ham, he is also a much better striker than Walcott. The Ramsey-Özil-Giroud partnership is the best thing about our attack and is key if we are going to do anything big this year.

    For the first time in ages, Walcott isn't really needed, there is pace in the side now. I'm amazed at the contract offered, I'd rather have Welbeck upfront. On the right, Chamberlain looks to be coming along nicely.
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  3. yybecause

    yybecause Formerly known as ArsenaLover

    I cant decide on my team for this one.
    Would go with Santi, Coquelin, Özil and Ramsey in midfield, but I am stuck on attack. Usually would say Giroud and Walcott, but Ox deserves a start

    Good times, off to watch Chelsea game again ;)
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  4. Santi's Left Foot

    Santi's Left Foot Sleeps in Theo's bed

    Don't forget we've just came out of difficult pre season games not least the psychological and physical battle with Chelsea.

    I wouldn't be surprised if we're not quite 100% yet. Let's just win these next 5 games, keep it tight at the back, then go from there.
  5. Linson

    Linson Well-Known Member

    I'm really not a fan of the Ramsey on the wing, I really do feel his, and Wilshere's, best position is central midfield.
  6. yybecause

    yybecause Formerly known as ArsenaLover

    My only doubt is Ox or Theo.
    Giroud up front, Özil in behind. Santi and Coq in the middle. Ramsey one side, Ox/Theo other
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  7. Hegemony

    Hegemony Well-Known Member

    It would be a mistake to take the opposition lightly; it's the first game of the season, let's not risk it with unnecessary resting. We should be able to bamboozle West Ham's defence with our attack; using our nice 1-2s and tempo-changing ect ect. Hopefully we can run rings round Reid and Ogbonna.
    I would line up the same we did against Chelsea. Right mentality to go into the first game of the season with your best possible XI, I reckon West Ham will be tough opposition.
    Oh, and Ox, if you're reading, would love to see one like this again...

    Let's smash em!!!
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  8. dbig

    dbig Well-Known Member

    Would go with this. Maybe a bit light defensively, but I'm hoping we can smash a couple past them by half-time.

  9. Gooner416

    Gooner416 Well-Known Member

    Agree with @fabo
    West Ham getting spanked. Have had some tough europa games. Injuries and we always seem to turn up against them. Hate the sunday start though.
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  10. Rex Banter

    Rex Banter Got Swerved By Gallas Trusted

    I'm not expecting us to batter them, hitting the ground running is a rare thing although this team is incredibly settled, rested and in good form.

    I think a one or two goal victory is what we'll get.

    On a side note the season seems to be starting earlier every single year!
  11. blaze_of_glory

    blaze_of_glory Moderator Moderator

    Gonna miss the game as I'm away all weekend. Bad timing but can't be helped.

    Any type of win will do, just get those first 3 points on the board.
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  12. redanddread

    redanddread The stone that the builders refuse

    You camping in the North Pole-even then I'm sure you can get satellite link!
  13. blaze_of_glory

    blaze_of_glory Moderator Moderator

    Off to a music festival in the woods, gonna be great but no way to watch the game. Luckily its easy to find replays now
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  14. yybecause

    yybecause Formerly known as ArsenaLover

    Is it Sunday yet?
  15. BigDane

    BigDane Well-Known Member

    Agree with you completely. Can't leave out Cazorla in our current state, he is unmatched in transition from defense to midfield. Ramsey has to be on the team sheet too.

    It's up in the air for me - can't wait to see what the gaffer chooses, will tell us a lot about the CF situation with Theo/Giroud plus how much of a chance Ox will be given this season.
  16. BobP

    BobP Memri Fan

    Where's @Dokaka at? Give us an update on how the Hammers are shaping up.
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  17. albakos

    albakos Arséne Wenger: "I will miss you" Administrator

    I expect they will be sharper than us due to European games, but what a bad luck for them to have injuries even before season starts.

    They have a new manager in Bilic who is a bit unknown. We had a difficult time against him vs. Besiktas so who knows how we'll fare vs. them

    Cazorla will be back to CM along with Coquelin
    The only dilemma I see is who will play on RW. It's either Walcott or Ramsey (d'oh)

    Giroud should start

    Bellerin --- Mertesacker --- Koscielny --- Monreal
    Coquelin --- Cazorla​
    Ramsey (Walcott) --- Özil --- Chamberlain
  18. Big Poppa

    Big Poppa Well-Known Member Trusted

    I hope so. Why change something that clearly works?

    I also think Walcott/Ox are more effective RWs than Ramsey. Ramsey is a great player but his position is where Cazorla is and it should be one or the other, not both. Wenger needs to stop trying to squeeze them both in the same team along with Özil. Reminds me of when Barca tried to get Cesc, Xavi and Iniesta in the same team (and our guys aren't quite at the level of those 3). You just end up stifling your attacking potency for the sake of some extra possession.
  19. redanddread

    redanddread The stone that the builders refuse

    We're ready for this-the team will come flying out of the traps.

    I think Santi's back in the middle for this one and Ramsey (groan) will be out wide again.

    I think Theo may well start again but lets see-Wenger's going to give him an extended opportunity to prove himself in the ST position imo. Thing is West Ham will sit deep, so maybe Giroud might start.....I don't know really!!!
  20. Oh_Snap

    Oh_Snap Well-Known Member

    Why so late actually? Vidal's already played for Bayern yesterday. I'm NOT doubting his morale, i'm just curious. Better he's fully rested than half-empty.
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