Arsenal…..Today: “You’re The Boss”.

Three Parter today, and it’s a case of “you show me yours, and I’ll show you mine”.

Picture this, we’re about to play Utd at home, it’s a must win game for both teams and everybody is fit as a fiddle and on top form, with one exception, Olivier Giroud is injured.

We are a few games into the season now, and have witnessed a few seismic changes. The form of Ramsey, the central Arteta/Flamini axis, and the inclusion of Mesut Ozil. How does your First XI line up now, and we can limit this to the midfield and attack, as I wouldn’t mind betting we’d all select the same back five.

This idea comes on the back of talk about False No 9’s, as well as chat about various striker back-up options. Also, to date, Arsene has not had the luxury/problem of selecting from a full squad. You do, well almost!

I am going to complicate things, and that is why this is a Three Parter. I am going to give you two further selection headaches. First, it’s 0-0 until the 70th minute, when The Arsenal score, and second, it’s 0-0 until the 70th when the unbelieveable happens, and Utd score. On 71 mins, you can make one substitution for each scenario.

So, I’m asking for:

Your starting front six, and how they line up.

Then, your Arsenal 1-0 up plus substitution.

Finally, your Arsenal 0-1 down plus substitution.

Remember, it is a Must Win game for both sides. I said “I’d show you mine”, but I’m going to have to think this through, so hopefully, see you in the comments with your suggestions.

Written by MickyDidIt

93 Responses to Arsenal…..Today: “You’re The Boss”.

  1. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Morning anyone.

    I have not thought it through yet, but am toying with theFalse 9 line up. I am pondering this:

    Santi Diaby Ozil

    ….Arteta Ramsey

  2. Evönne says:

    ha ha ha Micky 🙂 you owe me nothing, you make me laugh and that’s priceless, ta xxx

  3. Evönne says:

    Rasp – i think I told you about polish man (do not confuse with lovely polish women). They are drunks and womanizers at the best of times.

  4. Double98 says:

    Diaby pound for pound is a starter i think…. Especially in a midfield battle with fellaini and carrick for height and power
    Flamini over arteta for his aggression and legs
    Thats quite an engine room – Flamini, Ramsay and Diaby… they would run Utd ragged

    So I’d think about starting

    Ramsay Diaby Cazorla


    Then at 1-0 up – Arteta for Cazorla
    At 1-0 down Walcott for Ramsay – movel Podolski over to the left and play Ozil central but withdrawn so that he has two runners to hit left and right…
    No room for Jack coz diaby fit is a lion


  5. Choochgooner says:

    Front 6: Giroud, Cazorla on left, Ozil through the middle, Theo on the right, with Ramsey and Arteta behind.

    1-0 up: i would bring on Flamini for Ramsey and ask him and Arteta to sit. Use Theo’s pace on the counter.

    1-0 down: i wouldn’t change the original line up….can’t wait to see Ozil, Santi and Theo together. The only thing i may do is put Podolski on for Cazorla. Think Podolski is the best finisher at the club.

  6. MickyDidIt89 says:

    I strongly suspect Theo is going to feature a lot in the 1-0 up scenario.

    Damn, need to re-think my line up, as I’m a man short 😦

    Interesting that you too would consider Diaby.

  7. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Right, had a rethink


    Pod Ozil Santi
    …Ramsey Diaby

    Pod off, Theo on. Ramsey told to sit deeper alongside Flamini.
    Same as above.

  8. JM says:

    Flamini, Ramsey, Cazorla, Rosicky, Oezil, Podolski/Walcott.

    1-0 up
    Walcott in for Rosicky.

    0-1 down
    Podolski in for Walcott.

  9. Choochgooner says:

    Think Diaby could have been an Arsenal great but i don’t think he’ll ever be fit enough to get a long enough run in the team. Technically Theo is nowhere near the class of Ozil and Santi, but he gives us blistering pace which causes fear in opposition defences, and stretches the game out. Teams can’t just sit a watch the play in front of them, Theo gives us a real option in behind. And with the weight and timing of pass of Ozil, i think this will be a good combination.

  10. marvin says:

    Tricksy type question this.

    Start with:

    Poldy – Vermaelen – Gnabry

    Ramsey – Arteta – Diaby

    Gibbs – Kozzer – Mert – Sagna


    If 1:0 up or 0:1 down; Only make substitutions dependent on circumstances regarding injuries, who is playing well, who is playing crap.

    I am available for matinees, bar mitzvahs and as the next Arsenal manager!

  11. Danny says:

    Is it really 40 years ago? Seems like yesterday!

  12. 26may1989 says:

    Micky, you are the master.

    But stop with this talk of Diaby, that’s just some sort of sick joke played on Arsenal over the past seven years and more. In the sage words of Imagination,”Open up your eyes and look around;
    It’s just an illusion, illusion, illusion….”

    On the basis that we would want to pass the buggers to death, my starting front six without Olly would be:

    Wilshere Arteta Ramsey

    -Walcott – Ozil – Cazorla

    Sub if 1-0 up: Flamini for Wilshere

    Sub if 0-1 down: Podolski for Cazorla (unless Theo is anonymous, in which he case he gets subbed for Poldi).

  13. chas says:

    Well bowled, Micky.

    I must say I’m loving Marvin’s TV5 at centre forward and not even playing Ozil and Cazorla. With our paper thin squad, too. 🙂

    Cazorla Podolski Walcott
    ……..Ramsey Arteta

  14. chas says:

    Sub 1-0 up
    Jack for Podolski and swamp the midfield
    Sub 1-0 down
    Rosicky for Walcott and push Ozil further forward.

  15. marvin says:


    I keep all my good bits clean, polished and immaculate in a cabinet in case they get broken.

    I would keep Ozil and Santi spruced up and threatening looking on the side lines to scare the opposition, and in case they got injured, and also charge £5 for anyone who wanted to walk around them.

    In Micky’s hypothetical world anything goes! lol

  16. RockyLives says:

    Great idea Micky – but you and the rest of them are MAD (Diaby, indeed 🙄 )

    Clearly the line-up in front of the back five has to be:

    Flamini Arteta

    Theo Ozil Ramsey Santi

    (Ozil plays the balls through for Theo and Ramsey to score repeatedly, so we’ll be 5-0 up with 20 to go, but I’ll indulge your other hypotheses anyway):

    1-0 up after 70: No changes

    0-1 down after 70: Podolski on for Santi

    I thank you 🙂

  17. Fisher says:

    Arteta, Wilshere and Ramsey.
    This gives you a great base to retain the ball, break up play and transition from defense to attack. Utd will drop Rooney onto Arteta to stop the ball out of defense, but then Ramsey or Wilshere will pick it up and Rooney will be cut out of the game. With Ramsey’s running, Arteta’s accuracy and Wilshere’s transition, we will likely stop the ball getting to their front man (some Dutch c@nt).
    Ahead of that, it’s Walcott right, Cazorla left and Ozil in the false 9. Creativity, pace and bringing the midfield runners in to play. It’ll also cause the Utd defense so much trouble, that their midfiled will sit deeper, giving Ramsey and especially Wilshere some space in front of them to turn/run.

    At 1-0 up, we bring on Flamini for Wilshere (only if Utd are pressing forward, otherwise I wouldn’t make the sub until the last 10mins)

    At 1-0 down, it’s the Ox for Wilshere. Ox goes left, Ramsey right, Cazorla and Ozil sit behind Walcott up top. Arteta sits deep.
    That might leave us a bit exposed, but I’d rather lose 2-0 having really gone for it.

  18. picnic says:

    Arsenal’s first choice elevan:

    1. Viviano
    2. Bellerin
    3. Koscielny
    4. Vermaelen
    5. Monreal
    6. Diaby
    7. Cazorla
    8. Ozil
    9. Podolski
    10. Rosicky
    11. Giroud

  19. Jamie says:

    Another fantastic post Micky. I think my front six would be,

    DM: Flamini
    CM: Ramsey
    AM: Ozil
    RW: Theo
    LW: Santi
    CF: Podolski

    Arsenal score on 70 mins: Santi off, Ox on, to add a bit of counter attacking danger.

    Man Ure score on 70 mins (yeah they wish): Flamini off, Jack on.

  20. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Ouch Jamie, that looks good.

    None of the False 9 stuff. Crikey, Ozil, Santi and Theo surrounding Podolski sounds absolutely deadly.

    On reflection, I’d merge Yours and Rocky’s:

    Santi Ozil Theo
    ….Arteta Flamini

    Mind you, it hurts leaving Ramsey on the bench.

  21. Prince says:

    Judas playing?……Ping Pong must start

  22. arnie says:

    Fantastic stuff, Micky. I would start with Ramsey on the right (based on current form).

    Santi Ozil Ramsey
    ….Arteta Flamster

    If we are 1-0 up, no change.

    If 0-0 or 0-1 (never going to happen, though), bring Theo on for Ramsey to provide a more direct approach.

    Great fun!!!! 😀 😀

  23. RockyLives says:

    I like that idea 😀

  24. jnyc says:

    giroud unavailable

    With 1-0 lead arteta in for walcott ( ramsey moves left wing, santi to right ) arteta- flamini shield back four – new wingers try to help control posession ( rambo does his defensive work as always. )

    Down 0-1 replace flamini with rosicky

  25. jnyc says:

    After submitting my choices, i went back and read the others posted, no disrespect, but mine is the best haha

  26. Jamie says:

    Jnyc after going 1-0 up, would you rather go ultra-defensive or play counter and use the pace of walcott and ox to your advantge?

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  30. MickyDidIt89 says:

    You do circulate in strange circles to attract all these tweeeeets 🙂

  31. MickyDidIt89 says:

    I am going to watch the England match.

    Am I suffering withdrawls? A fever?

  32. chas says:

    What score do you think, Micky?
    Do we want England to qualify?

  33. chas says:

    What’s wrong with following Lukas Podolski?

  34. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Actually Chas, I take that back. Any more from The Arsenal Gentleman? Genius those cards he did.

  35. chas says:

    Rasp is going tonight.
    What I want to know is, why?

  36. MickyDidIt89 says:

    To be honest, my answers would be: “Don’t know, and Don’t care”.
    I want Brazil to win the competition.
    If England had some players I liked as people, some who could play exciting football, then I’d be more enthusiastic.

  37. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Love the Arsenal Gent link 🙂

  38. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Rasp mentioned picking his son up at the airport. He also mentioned some Polish Skinheads, so my money says he going for a fight.

  39. chas says:

    Rasp looks a bit like a polish skinhead. Mr Sheen. 🙂

  40. chas says:

    Rasp is a martial artist, isn’t he?

  41. MickyDidIt89 says:

    My God, you’re right. He’s a double agent. Cripes.

  42. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Need to pop out for 20 mins to cut pigs toenails

  43. LB says:

    Ahhhhhhhhh, I almost missed this one, what a brilliant post.

    You are all wrong of course, well 26 is close as usual 🙄


    Walcott, Ozil, Cazorla.

    One up, change? Why on earth would we want to do that?

    One down and here comes my ace.

    Drum roll………..Bendtner for Flamini

  44. RockyLives says:

    I think the Rasper used to be in this band… (not very skinheady)

  45. Strus says:

    Flamini Ramsey
    Walcott Cazorla Podoski
    at 1-0
    Arteta for Podolski , Ramsey up the pitch, Rosicky for Cazorla to left wing
    at 0-1
    AOC for Walcott, Rosicky for Podolski

  46. RockyLives says:

    Er… that’s the same as my line-up LB.

    Same old LB, Always cheating 🙂

  47. LB says:

    In my excitement to write my team I never noticed yours Rocky, but it is interesting that we shared the same view about not making a change at one up.
    The Podolski–Flamini swap is the most obvious but what I think people have forgotten is the need for an aerial threat at that stage of the game and Bendtner provides this far more than Podolski.

  48. Evönne says:

    Rasp – are you 1:26min of the clip with lots of black hair?

    and why on earth are you singing about Tottenham??!!! shocking

  49. Evönne says:

    come on Poland! you have nothing to lose, show those Anglikom how to play for your country!!! Polska, Polska, Polska!!!!!!!!!!!!

  50. RockyLives says:

    I toyed with the Bendy solution at one down LB, but in the end thought we were more likely to pick our way through with a bit of Ozil magic (and we’d have the CBs and Sagna for set pieces).

  51. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Wow, LB, that’s thrown a spanner in the works (Bendy), and I thought I’d done that with Diaby 🙂

  52. MickyDidIt89 says:

    You’ve just failed the Norman Tebbit Test 🙂

  53. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Right, well best go and warm up the telly and get prepared to be bored rigid.
    Imagine the atmosphere might be good, and hopefully the Poles can drown out the din from the England Band.

  54. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Great game, very exciting

  55. jnyc says:

    Good point Jamie, but after 70 id stick with more conservative sub– earlier might be different

  56. 26may1989 says:

    Very good game, Rooney’s putting a great audition for joining the Arse….

  57. 26may1989 says:

    Szczesny having a good game tonight.

    I hope Woy gets James “I’m very interesting” Milner on for Townsend soon, we need solidity and ball retention now.

    Wilshere coming on…..

  58. Evönne says:

    my poor boys 😦 they look more like a team than the English mob, but are technically worse.

    Lewandowski is a striker we don’t need; wasted 3 great chances tonight and 2 against Ukraine

  59. 26may1989 says:

    Hi evonne. I agree that Lewandowski hasn’t been great (though with one chance he could make his mark yet….). And the Polskas have been cohesive. But I wouldn’t say England have been lacking as a unit – I just wish they were less gung-ho when they’re winning, seeing Cahill go up front unnecessarily is bloody annoying.

    Oh yes, Gerrard has been about the worst England player tonight and now he scores!!!!

  60. 26may1989 says:

    Aaron Ramsey scores a late equaliser against Belgium! And Ozil scored earlier.

  61. Evönne says:

    typical stevie me!

    hi 26, yes, your lads looked more as a unit tonight than they looked for many years now; fair play to Roy H. Still, there were parts of the game they looked like they didn’t know who’s next to them

    Anyway, me is not happy. Good night my English friends! with friends like this… 🙂

  62. 26may1989 says:

    Night evonne!

  63. 26may1989 says:

    So Europe’s teams next summer will be Belgium, Italy, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Russia, Bosnia, England and Spain, plus four of Croatia, Sweden, Romania, Iceland, Portugal, Greece, Ukraine and France.

  64. 26may1989 says:

    Oh f***, Ozil went off injured.

  65. Gööner In Exile says:

    Just in so haven’t see others yet.

    Starting 6 without Giroud is difficult as I expect we all have come to accept.

    So at kick off:

    (That parts a no brainer)

    Go 1 up replace Santi with Ramsey drop Ramsey back into the two defensive and and move Ozil right, Pod left Theo up front for the counter.

    Go one down, bring on Nik B for Arteta.

  66. siam says:

    Aaron Ramsey scores a late equaliser against Belgium! And Ozil scored earlier.

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  72. neamman says:

    FRONT 6
    Flamini, Ozil, Ramsey, Arteta, Walcott, Giroud

    1-0 up Ox for Theo.. keep speed to expose a team pushing forward

    1-0 down Podolski on

    4-0 up bring on Gnabry and Frimpong

  73. dhakka09 says:

    I think you have to term the selection under realistic starters because, I’m sure many in the comments section, which I haven’t read yet, would want Diaby in the line-up (I do too) but that’s, sadly, not realistic enough. Diaby is probably too broken to consistently play in the top flight and as hard as it to admit, we must and move on.

    Anyway, quibbles aside; my attacking line-up with Giroud injured would be:


    Leading 1-0:
    Ramsey off for Arteta
    Trailing 1-0:
    a) Ramsey off for Wilshere, keep same shape
    b) Ramsey off for Rosicky in taking left-wing, Podolski pushing further up.

  74. double canister says:

    Arsenal’s current best 11?
    Rambo Rambo Rambo Rambo
    Rambo Arteta
    Rambo Özil Rambo

    And I’m not Welsh.

  75. weedonald says:

    Your starting front six, and how they line up:

    Walcott – right midfield
    Cazorla -left midfield
    Ozil -central midfield
    Arteta – DM
    Flamini – DM
    Sagna -fullback

    Then, your Arsenal 1-0 up plus change

    Finally, your Arsenal 0-1 down plus substitution: Podolski for Bendtner

  76. arnie says:

    Nice to see Bendy getting a cautious thumbs up from mant AA-ers. I have the feeling he is a dark horse this year. So be it. Let Bendy get a chance to redeem himself.

    If he helps us win against Chelski in the League Cup, I will certainly sign up as well…..

  77. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Morning all.

    Really enjoyed watching England.

    Loved reading through all your team selections. It makes such happy reading knowing what options Arsene has in his Arsenal 🙂

  78. MickyDidIt89 says:

    I take it from comments, that Ozil will be fine, so we have come through this ordeal unscathed.

  79. MickyDidIt89 says:

    t-80 hours

    Sad thing is, I’ve been waiting a full ten minutes to post that accurately. Nearly there though 🙂

  80. Evönne says:

    watching the news – you’d think that Engerland have already won the world cup!!

    neamman – the trick was that Giroud was not available

  81. Evönne says:

    Herr ertates – I forgot to answer your question. Right, I like living dangerously, so I’d play the usual suspects (Ramsey, Cazorla, Wilshere, Ozil, Walcott) and Bendtner to start with.

    Draw after 70mins and no obvious problems – no change
    We are winning – off goes Wilshere, on comes Flamini
    We are losing – good bye Walcott on comes Podolski

    now you can move the goalpost and remove Ozil from the squad, or is bad luck to even suggest it?

  82. Gööner In Exile says:

    The worst thing is Ox didn’t even crop up in my head as an option….or maybe that’s the best thing demonstrating that we have quote some depth.

    I know Micky said everyone else 100% fit but the risk of using Diaby and having him break down in 10 minutes is too great to use him in starting line up.

  83. Evönne says:

    GiE – and you believe anything that Micky says? pssshhh…..

  84. mickydidit89 says:

    My Diaby insertion was my first line opening comment and was me putting the blog before ego. Kind of a conversation stimulator 🙂

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  86. chas says:

    From vital Arsenal
    “O.K. Tuesday’s internationals. A false alarm over Laurent Koscielny it seems, he played the full 90 in France’s 3-0 win over Finland. Olivier Giroud might have scored, it might have been an own goal. The important thing is, his limbs are still attached.”

  87. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Arsenal star Mesut Ozil limped off injured from Germany’s thrilling 5-3 victory over Sweden in World Cup qualifying, raising doubts over whether he will be fit for the return of Premier League action this weekend.

    The midfielder picked up the knock in a clash with less than 10 minutes of the match remaining, and was replaced by Julian Draxler. He immediately went down the tunnel for treatment, which will give Arsene Wenger pause for thought ahead of Arsenal’s match against Norwich at the Emirates on Saturday.


  88. Sorry everyone, I walked the dog and forgot about the post 😳

  89. There’s a New Post …………….

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