Confirmed Arsenal line-up for Watford’s visit to the Emirates today

The teams are out for Arsenal’s clash with Watford this afternoon, with the chance to move level on points with fourth place.

The Gunners are in top form, unbeaten in our last nine in all competitions and could well make it three wins in a row with victory today.

That win would leave us level on points with West Ham in fourth spot, with the Hammers having the tough task of trying to stop Liverpool later on today.

We will have to concentrate on our own task in hand before worrying about any other results, and as table-topping side Chelsea showed us yesterday, no three points can be taken for granted.

Watford have recently moved to bring in Claudio Ranieri as their new manager, a decision which has seen them win one of their last three fixtures, and we will need to be aware that they could begin to gel under his guise, but you would expect us to win if we play anything close to the level we have been.

We go into today’s match missing just Granit Xhaka from the squad, while Kieran Tierney had only returned to training in midweek, meaning he just missing out on today’s line-up, but we now appear to have lost Thomas Partey in the build-up to the selection, with his absence yet to be explained.

Would you have chosen the same line-up? What is your score predictions after seeing the team?


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  1. Sue says:

    No TP??!! ☹

    1. Gogo says:

      This midfield needs a party and these injuries make him not dependable. We need another tough man in there.

  2. kev says:

    No Partey I see. I only hope its not anything serious. My wish is for us to not concede. I’m also hoping we thrashing them. My fantasy is already in the mud so I need a Tomiyasu and Auba haul.

  3. Jax says:

    No sign of Partey and nothing on the .com to suggest he has an injury or illness. Strange!

  4. Splendid says:

    My confidence just dropped with the absence of Partey. Time for other players to step up. Would have preferred Tavares kept his place and Tierney on the bench.
    Good luck to the team.

    1. Eddie says:

      KT is on the bench bruv

      1. Splendid says:

        My bad. Nice performance from him though.

  5. SueP says:

    Slight hamstring according to Talksport

  6. Eddie says:

    TP out with a tight groin.
    Here’s AMN’s chance to show what he can do.
    Hoping he’ll hold it well alongside Sambi.
    Let’s get this W

    1. Kedar says:

      TP is very good in keeping ball and has good vision…
      I hope Sambi can do that work and AMN can do defensive duties

      1. Eddie says:

        Yeah, hopefully he steps up big today.
        Reasons like this is why I hate it when certain players get injured. Xhaka injured, Partey injured..
        Yet Elneny is not good enough to be trusted. Do you see the dilemma?
        It’s always risky to have two youngsters in the Midfield, but because of how we’ve been playing as a team over the past couple of months, I believe we’ll be okay.
        Sambi and AMN will do just well

        1. Kedar says:

          Yes… Xhaka is miss
          Today Xhaka and Sambi would have been much better than AMN and Sambi…
          I am little concerned about AMN

  7. Sean Williams says:

    Lokonga and AMN as our midfield. Not confidence inspiring…I hope MA has not made a bad mistake, AMN is unlikely to dominate the midfield. We might dominate the wings and lose the middle.

  8. Dunchirado says:

    Since the break up of the Invincibles subsequent Arsenal sides have more often than not failed to take advantage when their rivals falter…

    1. Gunner BK says:

      Very true

  9. gotanidea says:

    Great line-up! Maitland-Niles will work his socks off, to claim his role as the second-choice pivot

    If we can’t score from set-pieces in the first half, I predict we’ll play Odegaard and Tierney in the second half

  10. kori says:

    What’s wrong with Partey? he’s not even on the bench. he will be a big miss today. hope Niles will step up and fill the void nicely. COYG

  11. Reggie says:

    Partey a big miss but we have legs in midfield so shouldn’t be a massive problem. Attack should do the business for us.

  12. Pco says:

    Like someone said early today we will see if Niles is an Arsenal player! Big big opportunity for him today!
    I’m hoping he plays really well today!

  13. Jakes Mradu says:

    Midfield good enough for Watford…….👍

  14. Kedar says:

    Unfortunately offside

    1. Kenya 001 says:

      How keda is that goal offside I don’t know unless rules changed a few minutes ago

      1. Kedar says:

        Saka was behind Foster when Aubameyang touched the ball
        When any defender is behind GK then that Defender’s position will not be taken as last line..
        It’s GK is last line

      2. PJ-SA says:

        No rule change….must be 2 players behind the attacker….there was only one.

  15. Bob says:

    Shame that goal was disallowed. AMN basically created that whole thing with his interception and then great pass to Lacazette.

  16. Pco says:


  17. yakubu omaye says:

    How is this offside some one should educate me

    1. Kedar says:

      Saka was behind Foster when Aubameyang touched the ball
      When any defender is behind GK then that Defender’s position will not be taken as last line..
      It’s GK is last line

      1. Davi says:

        Yes, there must be two players between the forward and the goal line when the ball is played – one of those is usually the GK but not always

        1. Reggie says:

          Correct Davi.

  18. Kenya 001 says:

    Offside !! Var is either a scam or they have an agenda against Arsenal

    1. Kedar says:

      That was offside

    2. PJ-SA says:

      “Simply put, the offside rule mandates that during a move, an attacking player, when in the opposition half, must have at least two opposition players, including the goalkeeper, between him and the opposition goal when a pass is being played to him”

      If you think it’s a scam, please name the 2 opposition players that played him onside?

      1. Reggie says:

        Offside 100%

  19. Kedar says:

    We need to score quickly now

  20. Kedar says:

    We are not pressing the way did against Aston Villa and Leicester

  21. Ackshay says:

    Kevin fiend(no typo) is looking for a red card. Trigger happy today.

    1. Kev82 says:


  22. Kev82 says:

    Auba has to come off pens now.

  23. Adajim says:

    We will be lucky to win this game.
    It’s one of those games that everything goes against you

  24. Arsemirates says:

    We all know what it is to be spursy, but is today going to be an arsey day we do our usual and give a team desperate for a win a leg up?

  25. DaJuhi says:

    Auba missed against Villa. He has missed many times.

    Laca however I’ve never seen miss a penalty.

    1. Kev82 says:

      Me either Laca should be on penalty duty

  26. RW1 says:

    Just sell aube .. might get some money for him .. but he’s a weak point in this team

  27. Dunchirado says:

    If Arsenal lose this match,is not Arteta fault. Nobody can’t blame Arteta for it

    1. DaJuhi says:

      Agree on that.

      We are currently doing what Chelsea did yesterday..

    2. Davi says:

      If we do lose this match we’re still 100x improved on last season and it will just be one of those things – we’re playing decent but haven’t put away chances, maybe a little complacent. I won’t be happy about it, but honestly won’t be so annoyed as I would have been last season, when we could have been outplayed by a side like Watford. The attitude and performance and overt pride are all much improved

  28. PJ-SA says:

    Again I’ll say Auba needs to be sold before we can’t move him on. Not a knee jerk reaction at all…reality is that his performances/contributions to AFC don’t come even close to his salary.

    He miscontrolled an absolute sitter earier as well (Saka’s offside goal)

    1. Kev82 says:

      Agreed PJ-SA 👍

  29. Ackshay says:

    Arsenal 2 fouls 2 yellow
    Watford 10 fouls 2 yellow
    Nah no bias here nothing to see here just watford making tactical fouls with little punishment

  30. Bob says:

    AMN is having a great game. So many interceptions. Couple good passes. No doubt he can play in CM with someone more pass orientated next to him like Lokonga.

  31. PJ-SA says:

    What a save from Foster

  32. RSH says:

    It was a good first half we just don’t have the goal. Poor pen from auba. We really needed that to take the pressure off. 45 more to play though. Frustrating, but that’s how it goes sometimes. Another mental test coming up in 2nd half for this side.

  33. Hez says:

    I think Laca is better at pens than Auba

  34. Goonster says:

    Absolutely terrible first half.
    Everyone seems lost and panicky.
    They are snatching at every pass and ball.
    No cohesion or direction of play.
    What’s happening? No creativity, ponderous and just nonchalant.

    Poor poor poor

    1. instrooments says:

      Not true…we have been unlucky so far, probably would have been 2nil up by now if things went our way 1st half…so days would be like this but as far as the lads are putting in the effort, am okay with it….

    2. Bob says:

      This is probably the worst take I’ve seen in a while.

  35. mickmematethemasterfarter says:

    PEA is gone ,shot ..spent force balogun nowhere to b seen.,.shocking like this ref

  36. gotanidea says:

    Watford tried to provoke Arsenal and they played with hard challenges. Rose never learned after kicking Leno’s chest two years ago and should’ve got his second yellow card

    Lokonga got caught twice because he was too slow as usual. Maitland-Niles is great defensively, but he doesn’t have the confidence to dribble like Partey yet

    Foster made several great saves and we might have to score from a penalty to beat him

    1. Davi says:

      I don’t think the movement in front of Lokonga has been good enough. I was thinking the same about Saka – playing like Pepe at times, but his options have been limited to running the fullback or passing back to Tomi – he doesn’t want to do the latter, he wants to slip a pass inside but hasn’t had the option, so it’s made him look ponderous. I think Lokonga has suffered the same issue at times

      1. gotanidea says:

        He has to be more careful

        1. Davi says:

          Fair enough.
          It’s interesting how they’ve prepared for Ben White’s runs into midfield. They’ve surrounded him quickly each time

          1. Davi says:

            And one of his runs made the goal

  37. Quantic Dream says:


  38. PJ-SA says:

    Let’s hope we can pull a decent second half out of the hat….our weakness.

    This is the kind of game that will show if we are really making progress as a team. Partey’s absence really showing how valuable he is to us.

    Anyone know our win % with Partey starting vs when he doesn’t?

  39. RW1 says:

    Uninspiring .. limited energy … limited movement .. limited creativity .. need to wake up in second half

  40. gotanidea says:

    Breaking news: Dean Smith has been sacked. Villa’s next boss could be Lucien Favre

    1. Highbury Hero says:

      You know it is a tragedy when even Aston Villa don’t accept mediocrity.

      1. gotanidea says:

        You mean Man United accept mediocrity?

  41. PJ-SA says:

    Hopefully we can have a good second half for a change

  42. Kev82 says:

    ESR 💪💪⚽

  43. Davi says:

    We didn’t give it back?

  44. RSH says:

    YESSSS, well done boys!

  45. Sean Williams says:

    What a con King is.

    1. Ackshay says:

      Another drogba wannabe

  46. Sean says:

    72mins in a we havnt got out of 1st gear yet… Pressing has been non existing & Auba has to take blame for the bad touch for Sakas offside goal where he should’ve buried it himself and the Penalty. Saka also put in a great ball a minute ago where he should’ve got on the end of.

    Even if we win 1-0 then so be it, massive win but again as I’m writing Auba takes Ødes goal there… hes had a stinker tbh.

    1. Kev82 says:

      Awful game from Auba

    2. Davi says:

      That was ridiculous. Didn’t see the Saka one but he’s cost us a goal through stupidity – could easily lose us points as that would have killed the game

  47. Dunchirado says:

    Auba why why why again…

  48. RSH says:

    Oh boy auba…. Let’s just get over the line please. Very good from odegaard. Saka this half also been excellent. Let’s finish out this game

  49. Ackshay says:

    Auba having a blinder….. for watford🥲🥲🥲

  50. No2No2 says:

    Auba is pure sabotage today. Martinelli in?

    1. No2No2 says:

      No. Auba is not going anywhere!

  51. OZGooner says:

    Three goals, Auba. You would better hope we hang on.

  52. Gmv8 says:

    Friend is a terrible referee completely biased dishing out yellow cards to Arsenal when he should be dishing out red cards to Watford

    1. PJ-SA says:

      He just gave a second yellow to Watford for a perfectly good challenge.

      1. Bob says:

        He thought he kicked him but actually he just stood on his toes. (It wasn’t a dive or anything but just a ref mistake that happens and VAR couldn’t step in because of their silly rules)

  53. Kedar says:

    We have missed 3 goals because of Aubameyang…

  54. Dan kit says:

    No Martinelli again
    Shame how his talent is being wasted .

    1. Dan kit says:

      Oh here he is .
      4 mins to show is us what he’s made of .

  55. Mark 2.0 says:

    Auba should sign for Watford

  56. Adajim says:

    What formation did we played when Martinelli was brought in? I saw Tomi in the middle

  57. Dboy says:

    Another 3 points in the bag. Well done Gunners.

  58. Sean Williams says:

    ESR and Saka. The man…..!!!!! Two of the best. Aubameyang…???????

  59. Louis says:

    Auba was really awful today. He could have cost us the win. Good three points and fantastic just before the int’l break. Liverpool would be a real litmus test.

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