Arsenal confirmed team to take on Liverpool in Carabao Cup clash

Arsenal are at Anfield for the second time this week, and will this time try and oust Liverpool from the Carabao Cup.

The two teams will go head-to-head in battle for a place in the quarter finals of the League Cup, and the winner will find out their fate for the next round shortly after the final whistle.

We expected both teams to field squad players tonight, but we wasnโ€™t expecting a change in formation.

The team has lined up in a 4-3-3 formation, and I canโ€™t help but be excited of our chances against Liverpool

I was feeling confident that our rotated squad could bring an exciting change, and I canโ€™t help but thing we have a better shot at a result tonight, than we did on Monday. Their teamsheet looks a little light on first-team action, and we should exploit that.

What do we think guys and girls? Do we like the setup tonight?

Patrick

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182 Comments

  1. Incoming โ€œwhere is Ozil and Douzi? Arteta isa poor managerโ€ folks…. Here we go in 3….2……1…..0…… aaaannd start

    1. At Eddie
      Your acting as if you’re not as confused as anyone else. We the fans would just like to know what our manager is aiming to achieve.

      1. neither of them have been able to get into the squad for months. Who is confused? Who actually expected them to start?

      2. I ain’t confused as anyone else.. Both havent been in the team for the past 3 months.
        Why would I expect them to play today and why would I be confuy about both of them not playing?

        What the manager is aiming to achieve?
        Both players are not in his olansy, that’s not even a secret anymore. Both players had various offers to leave, both players refused.
        Is it meant to change the decision of the coach because they refused to leave?

        1. Where is Saliba, is he injured or not achieved match fitness, we are 4 weeks in since start. It baffles me he is still struggling to be match fit. I hope it’s not another career ruining injury which unfortunately fall on young talented players sometime Diabi, wilsher some of them….I really want to see him play. I pray he has a great glittering career and takes Arsenal to new heights with Gabi and Tierney.

      3. Since the matter is on the table expecting eagerly to see if Ozil name is on the sheet every match is getting on my nerves and driving me nuts.

        I miss the great Arsene so much we didn’t have this BS in his time.

    2. It seems that you are the one to bring it into the conversation Eddie, why not let it go and concentrate on the game tonight?

      1. I’m concentrating on the game for sure… You only need to scroll down to see the Arteta out comment to know I knew what I was talking about

        1. Well, I can’t see one mentioning either of the players you mention, so I guess your on your own on this one and I’m surprised at your negativity and devisive comment… haven’t a clue what you wanted to achieve by it, but each to their own.

          1. I’m not being negative or divisive here..
            I said what I knew would definitely pop out.
            I won’t pretend he said Arteta out because we lost on Wednesday.
            But aye man, let’s just watch the game instead of debating this

    3. There are two kinds of people in this world my friend. Those who are obsessed with Mesut and admit it and those who are obsessed with Ozil but don’t admit it.

      1. There are two kinds of people in this world my bro.. Those who know the truth about Mesut and admit to it, and those who know the truth about Mesut but chose not to admit it

  2. OT
    I feel we lost our league match againat them due to the thrre back formation. You people might say its the formation we beat them with but make no mistake that formation surrenders midfield for numbers in defense. Three back only looks good when it works. We were dominated in midfield. It os no coincidemce that even West Ham dominated us at times at home. Im happy we’ve been winning matches with it but I cant be the only one that hates that formation? I feel had Arteta begun with a high energy midfield of AMN-Elneny and Ceballos we wpuld have matched them. They would have outplayed us but we wuld’ve got more interceptions and outlets. This is my opinion but people keep igoring the shortcomings of three back. It is no coincidemlnce that Chelaea beat us at home last aeason when they switched from three back to 4-3-3 after being completely dominated initially. We will win today

    1. Arteta used 3-4-3 because it worked well against big teams, but Klopp found a way to break it. Besides, we don’t have a left-footed half-winger like David Silva, despite having good options for the right mezzala

      At least Arteta tries something else today. I know he’s still got many trick up his sleeve

        1. Forget how he used his tricky 4-2-3-1 with moderate success when he first came to replace Ljungberg? That was before he was forced to use 3-4-3

    1. Arteta seems to now be playing a revised more defensively astute version of “Emery-ball”.Little to no creativity,slow ponderous sideways passing along with this ridiculous process of bringing the ball out from their own defensive corner flag.If this is the tyoe of football that we are going to play it certainly won’t be productive enough to break into the top 4 and the likes Everton,Wolves and Leicester will in all liklihood keep Arsenal out of the top 6 too!!

    1. I don’t think so, because nobody else but Saka can play as LW in 3-4-3 today. Unless Arteta ask Ceballos to play behind two forwards, but it’s going to be 3-4-1-2

  3. I welcome the pairing of Holding and Gabriel at CB but I suspect our full backs will be put to the test.After drawing two each we will win 5-4 on penalties and get drawn against Man Utd in the next round.How’s that for a prediction?

    1. Maybe he’s not necessarily gone. Maybe it’s to showcase his skills so we get more money for him. LOL

  4. My players to watch and expect good performance are – Saka, Gabriel, Ceballos, Nketiah.

    My players to watch and hope for improvement are – Pepe, Willock, Holding, Kolasinac.

    Hoping to see Xhaka, Ceballos and Willock boss that midfield.

          1. RSH,

            It’s hard to positive about Pepe, what are his qualities again?
            I sincerely want to be proven wrong

            1. Despite his inconsistency, he’s the only left-footed RW specialist we have. He’s very quick and quite good in the air as well

        1. Apparently he was a better bet than Zaha… given his age his sell on value would be far more profitable…I wonder what he’s currently worth to the Club as far as a prospective transfer fee is concerned?…Apparently Arsenal are paying for him in 5 installments of ยฃ15…I would suggest that the Club would currently struggle to get more than a total of one installment!!

  5. Arteta out. You said u are giving everyone a clean slate but u lied to us. You allow us play boring football. Is this what u learnt from Guardiola?

  6. That’s a pretty strong Liverpool lineup, with jota, Minamino and Salah upfront. And VVD in defense. Let’s see. Is that a 4-3-3 by Arteta? Would be interesting.

  7. @Emmaobi Did you think a clean slate meant an automatic place in the squad?

    Have you not heard Arteta say on numerous occasions that you have to follow the non-negotionables and show that you want it more than anyone else in training to get a chance to play?

    1. Common sense isn’t common..
      He thinks clean slate means an automatic shirt..
      At least they are training.. But Arteta has said it just last week that its gonna be difficult for Ozil to make the team given the effort other put in training..
      Maybe they missed that interview after the Westham match.
      Both players aren’t just in his plans and can’t play the way he wants both in commitment and effort.. So move on

  8. Is Dani C the furthest Midfielder. I was kinda hoping it would be Willock, but its good anyways. Hoping for Gabi to ping some beauties to little chilli and Pepe. I hope our defence wont make me miss Pennywise lol.
    COYG!

    1. Willock is just over rated useless player, he brings nothing to the team. I don’t know why we are hell bent on giving him so many chances. I have never seen him have an amazing game ever. Even the most inconsistent ones play amazing once in a while. Sell him, he is young Elneny.

      1. I get it. But what if he peaks late? He does have good ball carrying abilities and can become like Ramsey, a reliable performer.

          1. No. He defo needs a loan. Too bad Arteta doesnt try AMN there. Or at least those who have experience.

      2. @Moshan .God bless u. I have said this a billion times .Now saka is a talent , Nelson tries but for willock he cant pass , shoot , dribble , defend .

  9. Where is Saliba, is he injured or not achieved match fitness, we are 4 weeks in since start. It baffles me he is still struggling to be match fit. I hope itโ€™s not another career ruining injury which unfortunately fall on young talented players sometime Diabi, wilsher some of themโ€ฆ.I really want to see him play. I pray he has a great glittering career and takes Arsenal to new heights with Gabi and Tierney.

  10. Bloody hell, the women are 1-0 down… and they’re spitting ๐Ÿ˜ฑ Not very ladylike is it?! ๐Ÿ˜†

  11. We need to play Saka more specifically when we don’t have his type of players in squad at all. I think with a deep DM, Saka and Ceballos on each side of him as CM we can fix our creativity issue in midfiled.

  12. This lineup is very good and more attacking.

    But Why doesn’t he be more confident to use the same in the league???

    1. Its a learning process mate..
      He’s a young manager still gaining experience..
      Eventually he’ll know what works for the team..

    2. I think he played same tactics too many time against Klopp, got figured out and hammered. But like any good manager, MA will bounce back, learn his lesson and this time make klopp to think about his tactics.

  13. We don’t learn don’t we, same fck play from back with their whole team standing Infront of our own box. And I thought some times Wenger was stubborn. I said before and I will say it again MA has got UE flue.

    1. I don’t why is MA afraid of Liverpool that much we are making their B team look like pep’s Barcelona. Even when he chooses to play more offensive player we play to deep and defensive formation. In all honesty every time I see Arsenal play after Wenger era it feels like we are the underdogs or small team even against mid table teams. Leeds players are not better then ours but look what can a different mentality can do for you….play with out fear.

    2. I didn’t know that Salah is Liverpool 2nd, neither do i know that willock is Arsenal’s first team.

      1. Count how many first team players they have and how many we have…plz coutn with eyes open. Apart from Salah and VVD who else is a regular starter for them.

  14. Wow I thought Arteta was going to try something new. But at least Pepe looked more lively in the first ten minutes, by playing on the left wing

  15. We could have won the game if Nkeitiah scored…ignoring the fact they had more possession, chances and hit the bar. ..guess who am I ?

    Answer: another delusional Arsenal fan.

    Hahahahaha

  16. I don’t see what fans see in Willock and Nketiah. IMO, They are just bunch of overhyped academy graduates which the club are hoping will come good

  17. Lol arsenal are making Liverpool team b look like Bayern Munich, I still don’t know what formation and tactics arteta is using in this match.

    1. Well both teams are based on pressing tactics, and our side does seem to have an obsession of playing out from the back, lol.

  18. Is it that arteta is not watching this match or he doesn’t know what to do to change the match.

  19. I swear what am I watching?
    I’m sleeping off๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
    Leno must be tired of saving this squad.
    So far he’s the only one from our side doing his job, Pepe?
    Wtf? MI6, FBI, KGB needs to investigate how Lille could pull that 72M heist off๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚.
    Oh Leno just made another save while I’m writing this

    1. Lol Eddie we all know this is what Leno can do, saving shots is What hes good at. I still don’t know what arteta is doing.

  20. I think Klopp doesnโ€™t want to win this –
    VVD and Salah off!
    And looking at it Iโ€™m not sure Arteta wants to either
    Having worried that Leno might lose confidence- I got that wrong as he is playing really well

  21. Can someone please explain to me what it is exactly that Willock offers to the team? I’d really love to hear.

  22. In answer to your question earlier sue p I think Leno Gabriel Saka Ceballos maybe Cedric (really donโ€™t think Bellerin is good enough) are arsenal starters.

    1. Pco
      This highlights the lack of quality and/or experience in the team tonight
      All of the Arsenal team on display can and do start reasonably regularly whereas the bulk of the Liverpool team tonight donโ€™t

    2. Both teams played on Monday, only Leno Xhaka, holding, vvd and sallah started, so, it’s just looking as if we have some good players to rotate with

    1. Dis is really sad to watch.pepe on the left saka on d left as well.tot it was to mark Salah.noow salah is off.same shift still on

    1. Iwobi has hit the bar 3 times in 2 games . scored once and provided 2 assists in 2 games .
      We got a good deal selling him but we have a lot of dross in our team. By my count about 15.

  23. look at our first touch that’ll tell how bad our players are, we cant even dominate the liverpool b team

  24. OT:

    Everton have reportedly agreed
    terms with Norwich for CB Ben
    Godfrey. The speculated fee is
    ยฃ22M stretching to possibly ยฃ30
    after add ons.

    The Merseyside squad have spent
    close to ยฃ70M in this window
    meanwhile Arsenal continue to
    struggle finding the finances
    to land HA and TP.

    Apparently Arsenal are the only
    club in the EPL impacted by
    the pandemic.

    SMMFH

  25. Pretty surprised by the comments. Didn’t think we were that bad but apparently we were. Solid performance, good win in my books. MOTM Leno who turned around his performance from a few days ago. Huge credit to him.

    1. Youโ€™re right but it didnโ€™t feel good I suppose.
      And credit too for Leno who clearly believes in himself

  26. i thought pepe had a great game…

    what exactly did nketiah , willock, ceballos, saka, contribute?

    1. Really? Pepe got shut out by a 19 year old, he was not great. Put in a good cross and thats about it. Dont think any of the other players you named had a bad game. When Nketiah doesn’t get service he’s pretty much not on the pitch tho. Need better midfielders and have 4 days to get them. Same problem as the game a few days ago honestly. Liverpool are just way better drilled than us too. But players were more up to the task and made less awful mistakes.

      1. ?? you’re saying saka had a better game? couldn’t even finish a 90 min match

        pepe is a not a defender but i thought he gased out defending today, and still making those runs to win the game during the last 20 minutes

        1. Saka was fine. Not an amazing match but gave them more to think about than Pepe did. Pepe’s dribbling doesnt impress me when it very often leads to absolutely nothing.

  27. SORRY LENO WHAT !

    LENO WHAT !

    LENO WHAT !

    THE MAN COMES BACK FROM A LONG INJURY, AND AN ELEMENT ON HERE ARE ON HIS CASE FOR NO REASON WHATSOEVER !

    SOME OWE THE MAN AN APOLOGY !

    Well done boys – Gabby a rock.

    1. Seriously, many owe him an apology. How people preferred selling him instead of Martinez surprised me

      1. Indeed they do!!!! And our playing out from the back was pretty darn good too…. so to all the doomsayers – just zip it ๐Ÿ™‚

        1. Knowing our fanbase, even if Leno does this for 3 months, it won’t change anything, he should’ve been sold๐Ÿ˜‚

    2. MOTM for sure. I guess I’ll be the one to start an argument tho… I stand by my statements. Leno is a top top shot stopper but struggles with other parts of his game. What was he amazing at today, shot stopping. But never doubted that part of his game.

    3. Please get a bit of perspective
      I though Emi was great and I stand by that
      I am also ready to say that Leno showed an assurance that was lacking before and nailed it tonight

      1. Yeah Emi was, and still is.
        There is always room for improvement, and Leno showed that today. He was excellent.

  28. Leno, you’re an absolute beast!! MOTM all day long…..take a bow!!
    Please stop with all the BS about how we sold the wrong keeper!!

    Yay!! We won at Anfield… smiles wiped… no teeth… How cool was Ainsley’s penalty?! ๐Ÿ‘Œ Yesssssss!!!!
    Get in there, you beauties!!

  29. Please where are the idiots that compares Leno with Martinez??? Arsenal fans are a confuse set of people. Why will you come a world class goal keeper with an average performer??

    1. Whats idiotic is to vindicate someone for one good game lol in know way means your right… only time will tell.

      Are they right if leno has a terrible game next time? No.

    2. You’re the perfect example of most Arsenal fans, who are not only reactionary but make conclusive statements without background thoughts or prior analysis.

      Am afraid that self joy of wanting to be proved right over an absolutely wrong ideology is short-lived. Because the ideology will be proved wrong sooner than later.

    1. ๐Ÿ‘โค

      I saw it coming.
      How was that Milner’s obstruction of Willock in the final minutes not a penalty.
      Never mind we won anyway.

      1. I wondered that myself, Gily…I think we all know why ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ
        So happy we won!! A great night!!

  30. What do you mean by 1 good game you ungrateful idiot. How many games has he saved us??? I cnt even start to count. Ingrate

    1. Couldnโ€™t agree more.

      Short memories some people.

      Runner up to PEA last year for player of the season TV as I recall !

    2. Iโ€™ve not read that anyone thinks that Leno is a bad keeper
      It doesnโ€™t stop us having opinions that Martinez was also brilliant whilst Leno was injured

  31. This criticism of Leno has really got to his head!!! His interview, he’s like “Am No. 1”

    There’s no need for that now. Relax boy. You’ll ever be good in knock out cup games but need to improve in the league, especially timing of crosses and passing the ball.

    1. No but its a good start also arteta out ๐Ÿคฃ two trophy in a few months let’s see the bigger picture and give support we might even get more trophies. bashing players don’t help it needs to be a team effort not I like this player hate that one. Some fans I wonder if they are glory hunters whatever team is winning or fans that argue even if arsenal win.

  32. Yes arsenal made them look like a great team that lost on penalties Leno handled that shit so did defence in the match I will say one more time no 3-1 again. Was that your point?

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