The season opener is upon us, and the lineup for our clash with West Ham at the Emirates has been announced. There are a few surprises in the teamsheet, with Arsene Wenger making a couple of big changes following our 1-0 win over Chelsea in the Community Shield.
The main change is up front, with Olivier Giroud replacing Theo Walcott as the lone striker. Wenger could have pushed the pacy forward out wide, but instead opted to relegate him to the bench.
Hector Bellerin has also lost his starting spot, with the more experienced right-back Mathieu Debuchy getting the nod.
The rest of the team is as we were, with Arsene Wenger sticking with what works. Petr Cech will play his first Premier League game for the club, and will be hoping for another solid performance.
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) August 9, 2015
The decisions seem a little strange from Wenger, and many may be surprised by his choices. Walcott may not have shone against Chelsea, but he has been excellent since returning from injury – regardless of where in the forward line he’s been deployed.
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Bellerin has also been excellent, and it seems a little harsh to drop him from the starting XI. He hasn’t put a foot wrong, and has arguably looked better than Debuchy in recent games.
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The manager’s changes will obviously be justified if we get the win, and this side should be more than capable of brushing West Ham aside.