Arsenal’s starting XI for the game against Montpellier.

UEFA Champions League: Wednesday Nov 21st, Montpellier (h)

Afternoon folks.

With all the hullabaloo and outrage surrounding Chelsea’s, quite frankly, absurd sacking of Roberto Di Matteo today, most of the footballing world is focussed in the direction of that. As the media circus goes into overdrive, us Gooners have far more important things to concern ourselves with. We’ve the opportunity to cement our place in the elimination rounds of the Champions League tonight.

A win tonight is very important. A draw or defeat wouldn’t necessarily see us go out of the competition, but a poor result would leave us in the less-than-desirable position of heading to Olympiakos in need of a result. Given the tricky nature of that fixture, it’s best we do the job tonight.

There’s the usual mixed bag of team news tonight. Gibbs and Gervinho return to the sqaud, which is good. Walcott will play no part thanks to a bad shoulder, Andre Santos has a “stomach complaint” (I presume that it’s too big),  and there is talk of the fatigued Santi Cazorla being rested, which isn’t ideal.

If Cazorla is indeed rested, and Gibbs is fit enough to start, I’d guess we’ll line up like this:

Montpellier are a useful team, and they’ve still the faint hope of a Europa League spot to play for in the group. In the away fixture, they put us under a lot of pressure in periods, and they’ve a few players who’ll be a handful. I expect them to approach the game with a less attack minded set up tonight, hoping to expose a few of our defensive frailties on the counter.

Saturday’s win was splendid, but North London derbies count for little when it comes to form. If we are to build on that, we need to get a win tonight. We’ve a good team available, against opposition we are expected to dispatch comfortably; usually a combination that spells Arsenal doing something silly.

That said, I’m confident of a win. Twatting Spurs 5-2 can do wonders for confidence, and the players should be brimming with it. If we play to our potential and concentrate at the back, we’ll win. I’m going to predict a comfortable 2-0 to the Arsenal.

What are your predictions? How would you like to see the team line up? Let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading today, you beautiful bastards. I’ll be back tomorrow with a review on the match.

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26 Comments

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  2. El Antonio

    Predicting ά̲̣̥ 4-1 win

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  3. byron

    Think he may start Vermaelen at left back and give Gibbs a bit less to do on his return. Ramsey will start in place of Cazorla and we will loose. That is my prediction

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    1. James 'Raul' Stokes (Post author)

      Ramsey inspires such faith in supporters, doesn’t he…

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      1. Jacob

        No, just no

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        1. James 'Raul' Stokes (Post author)

          I was being sarcastic. Aaron inspires vitriol and ill-thought abuse. It’s a great shame, because he doesn’t deserve it, and any supporter worth a damn wouldn’t be constantly haranguing him or using him as a figure of blame.

          I’d concur his form is patchy at best, and I expect better from him because I believe him to be more than capable of it. What you won’t find me doing is singling him out for blame, and throwing puerile insults about because I think it makes me look clever.

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          1. Patrick

            Wow, I learnt a new word-peurile
            But i agree completely with James. The same Ramsey looked terrific against Man City away. I think he needs a Fabregas stature player to bring the best out of him like in 2010

  4. emmanuel

    carzola shld not be rested… we need him so much 4 2day. maybe a rest on saturday will be better,it will AA23 d chance to play through d middle

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    1. James 'Raul' Stokes (Post author)

      I’d like to see Arshavin given a chance at playing there – it’s by far his best position, and he’s a cunning little bastard. However, I’m not sure Arsene has enough faith in him anymore.

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  5. Shehu

    If Ramsey starts Arsenal are playing with a one Man short, pls wenger rest Ramsey for the rest of the season

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    1. James 'Raul' Stokes (Post author)

      Give the poor guy a break. Jesus…

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      1. maji

        LOL…. Ramsey should be sold in January !

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        1. James 'Raul' Stokes (Post author)

          So should your internet connection.

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  6. 22549354

    for all arsenal pyaers are legible to play

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  7. James

    I hope Ramsey plays in the hole behind the striker and rips Montpellier apart, so all of you part-time fans who love to blame him for everything have to shut up for once. Seriously, it’s the most annoying trait in our fanbase, the people who blindly criticise Ramsey without understanding that he’s played out of position in an unfamiliar role. Support your team for christ sake, or find another team to support. Chelsea and City fans are fairweather, we support our players no matter what.

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    1. James 'Raul' Stokes (Post author)

      Great comment. I absolutely agree with you.

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      1. Rohail Waheed Khan

        I second that.

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        1. Patrick

          Thirded!

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  8. segun braos

    I will go wit coqueni starting in place of santi cazorla dat will give arteta more room to go forward n at 2nd half arshavin can come in 4 coqueni den arteta will play deep as at that we should already b 2 goals ahead.

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  9. Gunee

    Ramsey in our line up? That??s minus one & we are gonna loose. Arshavin better than ramsey pls wenger dont make mistake.

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  10. sube

    Don’t think Gibbs will get the start. Our back four,atleast, will remain the same as the last couple of games.
    I also think Coquelin will not be in the starting XI. It could be Ramsey.

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    1. James 'Raul' Stokes (Post author)

      In hindsight, I think you could be right.

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  11. segun

    playing grevinho on the left its the better idea and make santi a super sub on coquelin

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    1. CARMELO PACE

      i want that young german einlfeld in casorlas place,gnabri in the squad

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  12. Sharf

    IN all fairness you’ve left him out of your starting XI…I think Coquelin is a player for the future and brings more to the team then an inconsistent Ramsey anyday. Ramsey is a champioship player…

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    1. James 'Raul' Stokes (Post author)

      It’s not necessarily ‘my’ starting XI – it’s what I predict Arsene will do.

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