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Chel_don   

Anything but our starting XI makes no sense.

There's no reason to weaken us by playing Mikel, Ramires or Zouma in midfield.

Courtois; Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Azpi; Matic, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Remy

Playing that team away at the Emirates would be suicide they will carve our midfield open easily. Zouma and Matic give us better protection and strength.

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BlueFizz   

Which of the strikers are fit for this?

Lots of positivity on here (that's usually a bad sign haha).

Honestly, don't expect to win this, we may draw, but I have a strong feeling that we'll end up losing.

Won't matter much in the long run, but Arsenal are playing some seriously good football right now, and we aren't simple as. If we go for anything other than a tactical, defensive strategy, then I think we'll end up losing.

Saw them against Reading and Burnley - neither was 'seriously good' imo.

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The Arsenal mentality summed up:

https://vine.co/v/eaQ3IZ3evQE

Well we have to applaud his manners. He certainly seems to know his place!

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Won't matter much in the long run, but Arsenal are playing some seriously good football right now, and we aren't simple as.

Are you referring to the Reading cup semi they scraped through via a keeping error in extra time or the Burnley game they edged 1-0 after a very early goal?

Arsenal are in similar form to us, we just didn't hold on to beat Burnley amidst the refereeing howlers and a mystical force prevented Southampton going 2-1 down in the second half (for the second time this season).

Arsenal will be a tough game for us but back us to get a draw there definitely, perhaps even sneak a win if Arsenal mess it up.

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paulw66   

Playing that team away at the Emirates would be suicide they will carve our midfield open easily. Zouma and Matic give us better protection and strength.

Playing Zouma in midfield against their mobile midfield midgets would be as foolish as it was wise to do it against Fellaini.

We needed physicality against United, we need mobility on Sunday.

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Scooba   

Playing Zouma in midfield against their mobile midfield midgets would be as foolish as it was wise to do it against Fellaini.

We needed physicality against United, we need mobility on Sunday.

The issue for me is, if both Oscar and Willian are fit it is difficult to leave either out. Maybe if we have no fit strikers it will be something along the lines of:

Courtois

Ivan Cahill Terry Azpi

Ramires Fabregas Matic

Willian Oscar Hazard

But if Remy or Costa are fit, I hope they replace Ramires in that team.

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Drogs is fit.

Courtois
Ivan Cahill Terry Azpi
Fabregas Matic
Willian Oscar Hazard

Drogs

Hard not to be optimistic at this stage but we do run the risk of them playing their usual good early game but actually scoring this time.

Would be chuffed if we stuffed this lot.

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Chel_don   

Playing Zouma in midfield against their mobile midfield midgets would be as foolish as it was wise to do it against Fellaini.

We needed physicality against United, we need mobility on Sunday.

We also need good tactical awareness, Ramires wont provide that. The aim is to make us as hard to break down as possible.

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