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No changes from the Hull City line up then, no surprises there then. It is great to see both Ramsey and Mesut on the same pitch at home for the first time in well, ages! We've got decent strength on the bench also which is great news. What is the betting that Arteta has a good end of season now he has his side kick (and legs) alongside him in Rambo. We should be beating this Newcastle team and I am confident the players will be up for it on this lovely sunny evening.

Ok, posting a preview minutes before the line up was to be announced was a schoolboy error, I blame sleeping in for my mistake. I got the team all wrong, quite surprised about a few of the selections but hey. Mesut Özil and his silky through the lines passing goes straight back into the team along with superman Aaron Ramsey. I bet those two have a very high win percentage when playing together.

So Oxlade-Chamberlain is the one who steps down and Mikel Arteta keeps his place in the side. I like many assumed that Kim Kallstrom may have started this one after his positive impact from the bench in midweek and also his freshness but Arsene is sticking by his vice captain. Lukas Podolski who made and scored a goal in a matter of seconds keeps his place in the team on the left.

So there rumours of mass changes were rubbish as Arsene pretty much sticks with the team that lost at Stamford Bridge. Laurent Koscielny is ruled out with injury so Thomas Vermaelen replaces him at centre back while Lukas Podolski is replaced by Mathieu Flamini in the centre of midfield to no doubt give the team some more steel. Kieran Gibbs takes his place on the right of the attack while Oxlade-Chamberlain plays at left back.

There I was pre match talking about Lukas Podolski being dropped to the bench to accommodate Tomas Rosicky but Arsene has had other ideas. Mathieu Flamini has been the one to be sacrificed and instead a fluid attacking side consisting of Cazorla, Podolski, Chamberlain and Rosicky. Kieran Gibbs is starting which is fantastic news.

Arsene Wenger is really going for it tonight. As is often the case in these big games the Arsenal manager has thrown a curve ball. Lukas Podolski has been given a chance to shine against his old side. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has replaced Mathieu Flamini in the middle of the pitch and Santi Cazorla will start from the right but with plenty of interchanging you would imagine. There is no room for Tomas Rosicky but the other Thomas, Vermaelen comes in to solve our left back problem. Ok, try and solve our left back problem.

  • 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