Posted on July 29, 2017 by ADMIN

Arsenal v Benfica Emirates Cup confirmed teams – Who will impress?

Arsenal have released the starting line-up for the Benfica clash at the Emirates Stadium today.

The Gunners have two matches to play in 24 hours so you can’t expect our strongest line-up, but it’s definitely one to watch.

The interesting selections are with summer signing Sead Kolasinac playing in the back three, as opposed to playing at wing-back, and with Reiss Nelson and Ashley Maitland-Niles playing on the wings.


Will the young wingers have what it takes to give us the impetus out wide? Will Walcott and Iwobi behind Giroud guarantee goals? How long will it be before Lacazette comes from the bench?

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49 thoughts on “Arsenal v Benfica Emirates Cup confirmed teams – Who will impress?

  1. John Ibrahim

    Good balance of seniors and juniors

    hopefully we can use this game to improve on our passing, crossing, communication, game play and etc

    1. Jan

      Well…I would rather see our best team on the field season is around the corner no time for experimenting.

      1. oh my oh my

        Agreed, no wonder we never prepared for the season.

        You now need to start playing your team so they can gel.

        Common sense tbh

        1. Break-on-through

          Also agreed. And I would also like to see us take our team shape and defending very serious, at least a bit more serious anyhow, that would be something. Arsene seems to be preparing in the exact same way, ever since we stopped staying in Europe for preseason it’s been like this. Big wide open games with allot of players who aren’t even going to be involved in the first few sets of league fixtures.

  2. Muffdiver wants change...not for arsenal...for.the vending machine, I'm thirsty as f###

    Sanogo scored 4 against these lot
    He’s not here

    What are we going to do!!!!!!!

  3. Gunners

    I feel for for Nelson and Miles , they will never improve as they don’t know their position. The same happened to AOC!

    1. Segun

      And I say you don’t know what you are talking about. These kids are still learning and have no clue where they will end up. They are, at this time, grateful for being recognized by the manager at all. This is a high profile game and they are given a shot? They will play in goal, if asked to, I assure you.

      1. Gunners

        Yes he is good but if he is always shifted from one position to another, he will never improve. That kid is better than many Arsenal first team players. As for Niles, I really dot know why he is playing in defense, to me is is not good enough!

  4. oh my oh my

    Wenger will never learn, tomorrow has to be strongest team, but I think it will be too late.

    Pre season.done and we not prepared.

    1. thembela

      fellow Goonerz…sulky $anchez must be sold…we need players who want to for thee Arsenal not players who think they are bigger than our beloved club..COYG!

  5. jaydawg

    @admin I am a regular visitor to this site and your ads are rolling over the text on some of the posts. Also on apple devices you can’t click the like/dislike buttons and for years due to the ads the site isn’t properly responsive. I guess you get a shed load of money for the ads due to the traffic to the website so you probably don’t care much. If you want the above fixed and no doubt reduce your bounce rate you have my email : )

      1. Jaydawg

        Lol fair play but new users wouldnt do that and wont bother coming back. It actually puts me off. Anyways if you run a business you should care about every customer.

        O well looking forward to the new season

  6. Abel

    Team seems to be gelling nicely. Sead look very comfortable overlapping as evidenced by his assist to Walcott for the first goal and key pass to Coquelin who put in on a platter for Walcott for the second goal.
    However, the rest of the defenders with the exception of Nelson are too casual hence Conceding very soft goals.
    Let’s hope they get better at it by second half.

    1. Break-on-through

      Abel, about being clever with cards on the other post. I was talking about knowing when it’s acceptable to take a hit. And I said clever ..from time!, not every-time and always.

      It inspired our team when Vieira stuck up for his teammates like that, it was an awesome sight. So if it’s a choice of letting players get away with it – Or taken a yellow card in retaliation. That’s a no brainer. I get that you like Coquelin but I stand by everything I said. I know exactly what I like and what I do not like. Another thing I don’t like, FYI people trying to twist words.

      1. Abel

        @ Break on through, you are welcome to your opinion on Arsenal players which you have every right to hold.
        We do not need to argue back and forth about it. Besides this is a separate thread, so there is no need joining issues emanating from a different discussion here.

  7. Ronny

    Nelson looking good walcott hungry and with a point to prove.
    We must never play per and m niles at the same time

  8. Abel

    Giroud finally gets the goal his play deserves.
    Kudos to Nelson, if I was Bellerin, I’d be very worried.

  9. Abel

    What a bullet from Iwobi. finally some quality from him today after a previously dismal display.

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