Arsenal will welcome Liverpool to the Emirates in today’s late evening game.
The Gunners had a pretty good bill of health prior to the international break, but we could have as many as four players missing this evening.
The only player confirmed as unavailable is David Luiz, who has been suffering with discomfort in his knee.
All of Bukayo Saka, Granit Xhaka and Emile Smith Rowe could join the Brazilian on the sidelines however.
The latter pulled out from the England Under-21’s must-win game with Croatia in midweek and returned to Arsenal with a tight quad.
Saka was already struggling before the international break, and despite joining up with the England senior team, he was unable to feature. The manager confirmed that he was yet to train with the team in his pre-match conference on Thursday.
Arsenal.com also stated that Granit Xhaka has been suffering with an illness since yesterday, and that he would need to be assessed prior to making a decision on his availability.
Chambers Holding Mari Tierney
Pepe Odegaard Aubameyang
As much as I hope we are able to call upon both of Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka, neither appears to be fully fit which will come as a blow.
We are stacked in options in those areas, and both Willian and Pepe have been impressing in recent months, but you would still prefer the English duo to line up alongside Odegaard behind Aubameyang.
Would this XI give us a fair shot at beating Liverpool tonight?
Tag team of the brothers of destruction are out, we have a great opportunity to win today. Will miss ESR the most of all the absentees. Get well soon lads.
Has to be Mari, and Gabriel at CB. Badly want to see that partnership.
I wish arsenal the best
Good afternoon to you Patrick and to the rest of the Gooners.
I believe today’s night in the PL at the Ems will be good and great for Arsenal as the result of the match encounter between Arsenal and Liverpool will be to the favour of us the Arsenals.
For, the Gunners will beat the Reds to close the gap of the 4 points between them and us to 1 point in the table at the end of the match.
Therefore, for Arsenal to achieve this objective in the match tonight, it is not only necessary for the Gunners to beat the Reds. But is has become a must win match for us to win by beating Liverpool in the game to achieve our aims in the match unfailingly.
This is because Arsenal will be hosted soon to a rolicoaster match in the PL by Chelsea who the Gunners will have to beat when they play against each other at Stamford Bridge comes what may come in the match.
And in a looking semi-big game that will also soon take place at Ems. Arsenal will host Everton in the PL to beat them too in a match which Arsenal must also win. These wins if gotten by the Gunners will enabled Arsenal to be progressing in the table.
I think I have to review my Arsenal starts and bench that I made yesterday on this site for this our home match against Liverpool tonight. This has become necessary for me to make because of the error that I did to leave out the quality Arsenal winger Nicholas Pepe from my own predicted lineup and the Gunners on the bench for the match.
Chambers Mari Maglhaes Tierney;
Pepe Partey Elneny Odegaard;
2nd Gk, Bellerin, Holding, Soares, Cebbalos, Willian, Martinelli, Nketiah & Balogun?
I expect a draw 2-2
Shame that Luiz is injured ,seeing he’s been our best defender this season and I just hope Ceballos does not start because of Xhakas injury,I would put Bellerin in just because chambers will get skinned on that right flank.
Would be great to finally see Martinelli get atleast 2 mins this time ,the coming back from injury excuse as now gone .
Difficult game tonight and we have to start better than we have in the last few games. I am aware the Chambers got MotM against WHU, but having watched him from his Southampton days he’s not a full back – he lacks the pace (remember Swansea) and tonight it’s Mane out there – therefore this is what I’d like to see:
Cedric Mari Gabriel Tierney
Pepe Oder Auba
Chambers won player of the year at Fulham in that role – he’s defensively minded, good in the air and disciplined. safer than Cebellos or Elneney.
Just a thought!
We can will all 6 matches in april if we play at our best level but will we that is the question? COYG
My Arteta predicted lineup
Aubameyang. Odegaard. Pepe.
Tierney. Gabriel. Holding. Bellerin.
My preferred line up –
Martinelli. Odegaard. Pepe.
Tierney. Mari. Gabriel. Cedric.
Mari and Gabriel are all left sided CB’s so I don’t understand you really
Suddenly people have forgotten how good Holding is
Martenelli should play ahead of Auba but knowing MA, he’s more likely to play Auba and Willian
The absence of any player won’t affect the team, but the tactics employed will definitely do. Arsenal currently has at least, 2 good players In every position except the Left back position. What we don’t have is a tactically gifted coach like Pep.
Despite their being left sided CBs, but can’t Mari and Gabriel play together as 2 CBs pairing for Arsenal against Liverpool tonight, and come very good in the game for Arsenal defending not giving anything away to Liverpool in the match?
Hi guys,my opinion may be different to others so my favourable line up could be like dis. Leno , Hector , Holding , mari ,Tierney , xhake , party, odegaard , saka , lacazette ,pepe . Arsenal 2-1