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BFG is back and straight into the starting line up. We haven't had the pleasure of watching Mertesacker in our line up since we lifted the FA cup in May. His height and leadership will be needed from set pieces, an area we have failed in recent times. He lines up alongside Chambers in the heart of defence. Kos is resting his injury I suppose.

Yup, just the two changes as we expected. Giroud comes in for Sanago while Monreal comes in for Gibbs. I did wonder if Oxlade-Chamberlain would start the game in place of either Cazorla or Wilshere but Arsene has gone with as close a team as to the one that started against Palace last weekend.

Arsene Wenger has shown yet more faith in Yaya Sanogo as he takes his good pre season form into the first game of the season. Oliver Giroud has yet to shake off some World Cup rust and will take up his place on the Arsenal bench. The rest of the team is pretty much as expected. New flier Alexis Sanchez starts in the Walcott position while Santi keeps his place on the left ahead of the likes of Oxlade-Chamberlain.


In my match preview I put up two line ups, one was the team I hoped Arsene would choose and the other the one I expected Arsene to choose. Needless to say he didn't go with my team but all the same his selection is still very strong. Yaya Sanogo leads the line for Arsenal this afternoon while Alexis Sanchez starts from the right.

It is Alexis time as the teamsheets have been plastered on the dressing room walls at the Emirates. The new exciting forward Alexis Sanchez starts as expected. Arsene said he should be getting 45 minutes today. Alongside him is Frenchman Oliver Giroud so we can assume that the new boy will be starting from a wide position.

  • 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