Bergkampesque Live Blog: Confirmed Line-ups. Unchanged from Greece, Gooners Have a Chance to go Top

 

Aston Villa lineup

Starting:

  • Brad Guzan
  • Leandro Bacuna
  • Alan Hutton
  • Joleon Lescott
  • Jores Okore
  • Idrissa Gueye
  • Scott Sinclair
  • Carlos Sánchez
  • Jordan Veretout
  • Rudy Gestede
  • Jordan Ayew

Substitutes: Mark Bunn, Ciaran Clark, Carles Gil, Jack Grealish, Jordan Lyden, Ashley Westwood, Adama Traoré.

Arsenal lineup

Starting:

  • Petr Cech
  • Héctor Bellerín
  • Laurent Koscielny
  • Per Mertesacker
  • Nacho Monreal
  • Mathieu Flamini
  • Aaron Ramsey
  • Mesut Özil
  • Joel Campbell
  • Olivier Giroud
  • Theo Walcott

Substitutes: David Ospina, Calum Chambers, Mathieu Debuchy, Gabriel Paulista, Kieran Gibbs, Alex Iwobi, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Wenger AND Garde go with unchanged line-ups from their most recent matches.  Can the group from Greece pick up where they left off or will Villa’s team which grabbed a draw at Southampton keep us from going (at least temporarily) to the top of the table ahead of a week off and a showdown with Man City?

 

Please join us in the comments for a bit of live-blog…

Cheers!

by 17highburyterrace

 

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109 Responses to Bergkampesque Live Blog: Confirmed Line-ups. Unchanged from Greece, Gooners Have a Chance to go Top

  1. It’s a dreary, drizzly, dank day in the West Midlands according to the announcer… Kick off coming…

    Unchanged 11s, whaddayathink?…

  2. TotalArsenal says:

    Here we go, great line up but attitude is everything. CoyGs

    Will check in half way through first half 😋

  3. 17highburyterrace says:

    We are off… Theo takes down a long ball nicely but cannot find Giroud with a simple entry pass…

    Villa look prepared to move the ball quickly on the quick pitch…

  4. 17highburyterrace says:

    3rd minute: Villa has made the brighter start but we look calm defending… Campbell ball for Bellerin too much for the fast pitch…

  5. Ab says:

    Hi there HT. Will be here intermittently. Fingers crossed!

  6. 17highburyterrace says:

    4th: Bacuna finds Gestede at the far post but he can only hit it for an easy Cech pick-up… Villa seem to think attack is the best form of defense (American spelling).

    Campbell almosts gets a low cross past some defenders…

    6th, Sinclair, left footed from distance is easy for Cech but it counts as a shot on target.

    7th. Penalty shout for Theo…

  7. 17highburyterrace says:

    GIVEN… from the assistant perhaps…

  8. Ab says:

    Great start! And great for Walcott

  9. 17highburyterrace says:

    GIROUD!!!

    1-nil

  10. 17highburyterrace says:

    Replay shows that Hutton hauled Theo down…Ref may have wanted a consultation with assistants who had the better view…

  11. FMJ14 says:

    Yessssssssssssssss!!!!!!!!!! Girouddddd 😀

  12. 17highburyterrace says:

    10th: Giroud is holding his mouth after doing the ground pounding bit… Not the face, not the face…

    Villa picking up where they left off…going for it in attack…

  13. Ab says:

    A bit of reckless attacking by Villa is just what we need!

  14. 17highburyterrace says:

    12th: They’re playing in our end but the attack ends with a tame cross straight to Cech… We give it all the way to Guzan…

    More Villa after a giveaway from Campbell…harmlessly kicked away…

  15. Ab says:

    Goals for Theo and Campbell, or Ramsey would be most welcome!

  16. 17highburyterrace says:

    Agreed AB…

    14th: Lovely turn from Ozil but the attack dies on our right…

    We keep it in their half but Theo flagged for offside on another ball over the top…

  17. 17highburyterrace says:

    16th: We’re seeing more of the ball now and stroking it around… Bellerin to Campbell ends up with Guzan…

  18. FMJ14 says:

    Good pass by Flamini eh, to Theo for the goal 🙂

  19. FMJ14 says:

    *for the penalty decision

  20. FMJ14 says:

    Ramsey needs to sharpen up!

  21. 17highburyterrace says:

    17th: We’re starting to press Villa higher up the pitch

    18th: Nice run up the middle of the pitch from Sinclair but Nacho steps in to take it away…

    FK Villa from 35 yards… Out of play from Veretout

  22. FMJ14 says:

    Can’t be giving to many fks away, luckily nothing came of that one

  23. 17highburyterrace says:

    Welcome FMJ-14…

    Ozil FK from a loooong way out almost catches Guzan stranded. Giroud’s looping header cleared, however…

  24. 17highburyterrace says:

    21st: Villa cross from Sanchez is only partially cleared by Cech…attempted volley is out of play…

  25. 17highburyterrace says:

    23rd… We’re not winning long balls nor holding much possession. Both teams giving the ball away cheaply in truth…

  26. 17highburyterrace says:

    24th: Foul from Gestede on Nacho on a Hutton throw… Now we try building from the back…

  27. 17highburyterrace says:

    FMJ, what’s your story? Where are you based? Etc., etc…

    Giveaway on our right leads to Ayew breaking…His shot is blocked at the point and now we have it at their end…

  28. 17highburyterrace says:

    27th: We’re keeping the ball better but our play between the lines is far from incisive. Theo fouled (again) by Hutton, but nearer the center line.

    Nacho clattered but he’s OK…

    Ramsey almost finds Bellerin with the outside of his right foot. Referee chatting with Veretout…

    29th: We’re pressing for a 2nd and moves are just breaking down in the box. FK from 35 for us.

  29. 17highburyterrace says:

    Ozil almost finds wide open Koscielny with the FK….Just over his head…

  30. 17highburyterrace says:

    Poorly cleared ball by Bellerin and a loose touch from Rambo leads to a wild 40 yarder by Gana well wide… Villa not looking too dangerous, IMO…

  31. 17highburyterrace says:

    32nd: Rambo almost finds Campbell with a curled ball…

  32. 17highburyterrace says:

    34th: More Arsenal possession and Friend the ref calls one of two Villa fouls on our right side. More good delivery from Ozil but we’re called for manhandling in the box…

  33. Ab says:

    Bit more possession, but still not really controlling this. More threat warranted – and another goal to make safe.

  34. 17highburyterrace says:

    35th: Bellerin is moving the ball nicely and Villa are playing a high enough line that we’re continuing to try balls over the top…

    36th: Their attack, however, is going nowhere…

  35. 17highburyterrace says:

    Arsenal are playing a very patient game with the lead, AB… We maybe miss Santi as our quarterback today…

    THEO!!!!

  36. Ab says:

    That was what we needed!

  37. 17highburyterrace says:

    Wow that was easy…

    Rambo tackle leads to a 3 v 1…

    Ozil gives it to Ramsey for the easy finish….

  38. 17highburyterrace says:

    Sorry for the mistaken identity on the goal… 😳

  39. FMJ14 says:

    Yesssssssssssssss!!!!!!!! That’s the way! hehehe. Ozil another assist. Ramsey getting back into form in the middle.

  40. 17highburyterrace says:

    Theo made the key pass to Ozil on the break…

  41. Ab says:

    You mat have a career yet refereeing HT! 🙂

  42. 17highburyterrace says:

    This could be a romp… Villa appear well beaten. That said, Ramsey’s tackle on Gana looked very nearly a foul…

    Rambo, well set up by Bellerin (I think) has his shot blocked at the point…

    42nd: Kos throughball intercepted and Villa win a corner

  43. 17highburyterrace says:

    Hutton heads it out…only 6 or 8 yards wide…

  44. 17highburyterrace says:

    😀 AB… Have you got this one on the telly? It was a very close play but the break was perfectly executed with both Giroud and Theo doing very well in our half…

    Hutton gets a ball onto Gestede’s head but it’s looped up harmlessly

  45. FMJ14 says:

    Great half well done lads.

  46. 17highburyterrace says:

    Theo offsides, puts the ball into the net…Wow, that was a nice practice shot…

    Villa look very half-hearted and we appear very professional and ruthless… Not a lot of tight control in the middle of the pitch and some giveaways going for through and over the top passes but always dangerous… They’re on the back foot and looking concerned about a big scoreline…

    That’s just my take… Tell me yours while I pull myself a HT coffee… 😀

  47. FMJ14 says:

    HT thanks. I am a Londoner and an armchair fan since Alan Smith hit the Cup Winners Cup winner in 1994. I have been to a few games but not interested in paying the exorbitant ticket prices. I like to see the big picture and hope to see the detail, as best I can. I do love the beautiful game played beautifully so I appreciate Wenger very much even if I think he might need to toughen some of them up if they are to fulfill their potential. I don’t believe buying is always the answer (hate the transfer window stuff) we have great qualities still to emerge, not least the mental qualities of champions. We made progress over the last few seasons with winning the cups and this season is hopefully the fulfillment of those qualities, which puts us in with a great chance of bringing the title home. I think it can happen but it will be very, very tough and will/may require a few to come out of their shells… Campbell is doing that, now for the Ox, Chambers (in DM) and Gabriel. Bonus would be Wilshere if he can overcome injuries but that might have to wait a little longer.

  48. 17highburyterrace says:

    Cheers FMJ… As you may or may not kinow, I’m an American…Mountains of California… but I lived for few months at my screen name just after the club made the move to the new stadium (almost in our back garden)… Indeed, it’s not a working man’s game with ticket prices as they are… What part of London?…

    If we can keep getting results the comeback could be relatively welcoming for Jack W in the new year…

    Is this one in the bag?

    I feel bad for Remi Garde–how do you say ‘hair-dryer’ in French?… They might have a good ten minutes in them here…

    Sherwood has left this team a wreck… Carles Gil impressed me earlier this season but I think he’s struggled with injury… Grealish, Ayew and Gil might be able to work Flamini and the back line… They’re also missing their Captain, Micah Richards today… Lescott and Okore are not very quick back there… Gonna be a miracle if Garde can get them to stay up… Tough on such a proud club, I think…

  49. 17highburyterrace says:

    2nd half is on and we’re just stroking it around…

  50. 17highburyterrace says:

    48th: Villa finally have it…Veretout hits a hard one but high and wide. Decent work from Sinclair on their right… It’s like a morgue in the stadium…

  51. 17highburyterrace says:

    Better from Villa…Sinclair and Hutton do well down the right but Gestede’s header glances off his dreads and out for a GK… Should have done better…

    Now a shot from Gana is blocked at the point and a Carlos Sanchez curler from 30 yards is easily caught by Cech…

  52. jw1 says:

    Thanks for the commentary HT.
    I am DVRing the match– but have had to work from home this morning, unable to watch live– until now.
    (Habitually, I watch on delay– and am comforted (mostly) knowing what is about to occur.)

    jw1

  53. 17highburyterrace says:

    51st… Giroud flagged off wrongly…

    But wins a corner after keeping it in play nicely…

    Corner is cleared but we keep it in until Theo lifts it harmlessly to Guzan…

  54. FMJ14 says:

    East London, Bow. I can see the Olympic stadium from my window hehe!

  55. Ab says:

    Back on line – family lunch intervening! Only radio and web again sadly HT. But the description of the second goal was a fulsome one – and glowing!

  56. 17highburyterrace says:

    jw…You’re like the Cockie Monster of Texas… 😀

    Cech and Mert have some ugly looking stuff dealing with backpasses…

    Bellerin does much better heading a cross down to his keeper but wide of his post…

  57. FMJ14 says:

    I hope Villa don’t go down, yes they are a proud club, but also I would miss us playing them.. 😉

  58. FMJ14 says:

    Need to keep the focus here.. and get another.

  59. 17highburyterrace says:

    Cheers FMJ…

    Ooohhh…Open header from Hutton to Sinclair but the latter can’t get it down and on target… They’re finding some pleasure down our right…

    Gestede off, Gil on…

  60. 17highburyterrace says:

    That one should serve a warning…

    Campbell flagged off negating great work from Ozil…

    Gil wants to move it forward quickly…

  61. 17highburyterrace says:

    60th: Arsenal moves not coming off at all…but Villa seem pretty bad with the balls we’re offering up to them…

  62. Ab says:

    sub time?

  63. 17highburyterrace says:

    Villa are giving a little go here… But Kos steps in and we break… Ozil showing frustration that nobody followed his run…

  64. 17highburyterrace says:

    Yeah, I’d like to see some subs…

    Bacuna curls one just over the far corner from a tough angle… a yard lower and to the left and he’d have beaten Cech…

  65. FMJ14 says:

    Time for the Ox…

  66. 17highburyterrace says:

    Campbell and Theo off, Ox and Gibbs on…

  67. FMJ14 says:

    Oh great.. here he comes..

  68. 17highburyterrace says:

    66th min: Away fans making a good noise…

    Ox does some nice hold up work at the top of the box and Gibbs almost gets on a loose ball…

  69. 17highburyterrace says:

    68th min: Villa with a little possession but only at the back…

  70. 17highburyterrace says:

    69th: Now we’ve got it…it ends at Gibbs and Villa have it… This could be a tedious 20 minutes…

  71. Ab says:

    They are notching up the shots – luckily not with much accuracy yet

  72. 17highburyterrace says:

    Hutton crosses are all they’ve got…Wins a corner, however…

    and another…

  73. 17highburyterrace says:

    And a third…

  74. 17highburyterrace says:

    And a fourth

  75. 17highburyterrace says:

    That one was taken short, the cross came in and the BFG cleared to a wild volley from Gana…

  76. 17highburyterrace says:

    73rd: I think we should score a third and really put it out of reach…

    We look happy defending, however… Gibbs does well on the touchline with a self-pass they have to put into touch…

    Giroud fouls Gil?…

  77. 17highburyterrace says:

    75th: Ramsey does well and passes to Gibbs but his shot is very high angled and easy for Guzan…

    Villa have it for a second but we play it out of our half…

    Carlos Sanchez hit in the face by Giroud’s shoulder… Grealish about to come on….

  78. FMJ14 says:

    gibbs if only the final pass was kept low could have got us the third there..

  79. 17highburyterrace says:

    Sanchez is already wearing a mask… but seems OK…

    Arsenal defending comfortably but Gil manages a left footer from 30 just wide…Cech had it covered anyway…

    Grealish on, Gana off

  80. 17highburyterrace says:

    79th: We’ve got the ball, Kos loses it, Flams breaks up their counter…

  81. 17highburyterrace says:

    Ramsey finds Ozil with a lovely ball on the break…Ref might’ve helped Ozil but chooses not too…Other end, Gil curls one onto Kos’ chest… A few fans want a handball call…Not in a million years…

  82. 17highburyterrace says:

    82nd: Kos pushes it wide left but then his cross is a wild one.. Ramsey gets it back and the ball eventually falls for the Ox… shot is deflected for a corner but nothing comes of it…

  83. 17highburyterrace says:

    Other end… Gil does OK but crosses to no one…

  84. 17highburyterrace says:

    85th: Ramsey sends Ox forward and it’s a good run… Okore steps in so it’s only a corner…

    Ozil off, Chambers on before it’s taken…

  85. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi guys,

    Am happy we have taken back initiative in the last ten minutes or so. Good first half and our midfield have been running the show. Really good to have Rambo back in the middle.

  86. 17highburyterrace says:

    Ox corner doesn’t clear the first man…Giroud called for wrestling anyhow…

  87. TotalArsenal says:

    Use your head Ox 😦

  88. 17highburyterrace says:

    This is hardly a match today, TA… Sunderland even if they couldn’t finish their moves at least made us work in the middle of the pitch… Hutton, if he hadn’t made the silly early foul for the pen was their best player…

    Silly run their from the Ox with too heavy a touch to lose the ball…

  89. 17highburyterrace says:

    there, not their…

  90. 17highburyterrace says:

    4 mins stoppage time…

    Adama Traore makes a good run and ruffles the side netting…Best moment of the day for Villa?

  91. TotalArsenal says:

    Agreed on Hutton the ex Spud, and yes Villa were poor

  92. 17highburyterrace says:

    Rambo wants another… Outplays Lescott for the ball but elects to try and chip from an audacious angle rather than reset the play…

  93. 17highburyterrace says:

    Ox puts a ball on Bellerin’s head… straight to Guzan… One more minute here

  94. TotalArsenal says:

    Good ball by the Ox

  95. 17highburyterrace says:

    Corner for us to end it?…

    Let’s hope the Toonies can do a bit better vs Spuds…

    FT, easiest points of the season?… Wenger tells Garde to call him for some advice?…

  96. TotalArsenal says:

    The away support has been fab

  97. Ab says:

    Excellent result – glad we were up against Villa today, not a tea, fighting for survival. 8 days rest and then a bigger test for us. COYG!!!!!

  98. 17highburyterrace says:

    Or the home support has had their life blood sucked dry…Those American owned clubs… :shakes head…

  99. FMJ14 says:

    We are top of the league we are top of the league 😀

  100. TotalArsenal says:

    Do we want a Chavs win? Nah feck them! 😆

  101. TotalArsenal says:

    To be fair, AB, that early penalty was a big setback for a team lacking confidence.

  102. 17highburyterrace says:

    The problem for Garde is that Sherwood only kept Villa up through a bit of spirit…With Benteke and Delph (not good enough for City but very good at Villa…) gone they look absolutely miserable…

    Indeed AB, this was maybe the only away stadium we could have hoped for after the mid-week exertions…

    That said,we played very professionally and only allowed low percentage shots and crosses… Cech and the CBs were calm all day long…

  103. jw1 says:

    Damn. I so loathe pulling for Chelsea.

    jw1

  104. 17highburyterrace says:

    That’s not until tomorrow, right?… Chavs–Foxes, I mean…

    What do we have today? Pool-WBA, Spurs-Toon?

    Three draws work for me…

  105. 17highburyterrace says:

    Hard to take much from this match… Both goals might have gone differently if the ref had done the usual thing and blown against us (or not blown)…That said, this was a very, very good week for the team. We got through with no new injuries and now we’ll have some players coming back… Man City, in the parts I saw yesterday, are not the same without el Kun (and their defense is very unconvincing). He might be back but how fit will he be?

    Certainly it will be tougher than today, but that’s saying nothing…

  106. jw1 says:

    Correct HT. Monday.
    And Chavs owe us 3pts.
    Slowing Leicester would be a down-payment.

    jw1

  107. 17highburyterrace says:

    I watched those folks last week and it’s stunning how they (Chavs) cannot score. Hazard looks almost Ox-esque with the final ball…Or maybe like Ramsey and Santi from earlier in the season… Cesc doesn’t move well but he still gets the ball more or less where he wants it to go… It’s all a bit weird, IMO… Maybe Doctor Eva is a witch and has cursed them… 😀

    Goal late for Utrecht vs Ajax…on one of my Spanish language stations…

  108. 17highburyterrace says:

    Is that Bergkamp on the Ajax bench?… and where’s Yaya?…

    Other matches I could watch are Benfica vs Coimbra, Eibar vs Valencia (Gary Neville’s new team), Augsburg vs Schalke…

    Spurs-Toon is probably the best of the lot…

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