Image: Confirmed Arsenal team for EFL Cup clash with Wimbledon

The teams are out for todayโ€™s EFL Cup clash between Arsenal and Wimbledon at the Emirates Stadium.

Much of the build-up to todayโ€™s fixture was around whether youngster Charlie Patino would get the nod to make his senior debut, while the likes of Gabriel Martinelli, Eddie Nketiah and Folarin Balogun could also be in contention to stake a claim for further involvement in the first-team.

The only confirmed absentees this evening were Granit Xhaka and Mo Elneny, two players who could well have stood in young Patinoโ€™s way for a role in central midfield, but unfortunately he didnโ€™t even make the bench.

Does this prove that Nketiah remains a part of the managerโ€™s long-term plans? What are your scoreline predictions after seeing the strength of our confirmed line-up?


Tags EFL Cup Wimbledon


  1. OxInTheBox says:

    why the hell Partey is risked?

    1. Rixile Ngobeni says:

      Am asking myself same question, we have spurs coming up arteta๐Ÿ™„

    2. PJ-SA says:

      Completely unnecessary risk I agree. Considering we have a large squad for a team out of Europe this is a poor decision.

      Yes he’ll prob be fine but why take the chance.

  2. Rixile Ngobeni says:

    I thought partey will be rested to give youngsters chance. Anyway good line up

  3. Grandad says:

    Very surprised at the inclusion of Partey.

  4. Chuxzzy1 says:

    Partey’s inclusion is kinda strange

  5. Sue says:

    Strong line-up… hope TP comes through unscathed ๐Ÿ™
    The draw is later (I’m hoping we’ll be in it ๐Ÿ˜„)

    1. Gogo says:

      Sue help Pls, where can i stream this match

      1. Sue says:

        Sorry, Gogo, I’ve not come across it anywhere…

        1. Gogo says:

          Yeah thanks though sweety

          1. Sue says:


  6. Stephanie says:

    Im worried about Partey ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ž

  7. Davi says:

    Well I’m interested to see Eddie – looked like a new player over the summer. This season (maybe just the first half) has to be the last chance for him at arsenal. Hope he takes it.

    1. Phenom says:

      He surely will Davi!!!

    2. Eddie says:

      Enh Davi I don’t remember announcing that I’ve signed for the club, neither did the club make any sort of announcement about me without my knowledge ๐Ÿ™„

  8. gotanidea says:

    I don’t Nketiah and Lacazette would like to extend their contracts. So maybe we play them to attract other clubs, to make a move in January

    1. Sylva says:

      I kind of like Lacazette but for his age. So he can leave. Nkethia is not exceptional. We have Matinelli and Balogun who can develop well if given enough chance to impress and improve.
      This lineup is capable of winning the game. We must keep the momentum towards London derby on Sunday.
      T. Pathey should not do more than 45 minutes if possible because of his injury record we need for Sunday gamel

      1. gotanidea says:

        Yeah, unfortunately Lacazette is 30 years old, short and not getting any faster

        Nketiah and Martinelli seem to be more explosive on the left wing. About Balogun, he needs four more games to start as a CF, before we write him off or move him to the left wing as well

  9. Declan says:

    I think Partey is in just to thwart Wimbledonโ€™s early onslaught and once thatโ€™s over he will be subbed off, after say 15 minutes๐Ÿ˜Š but Iโ€™m worried Leno will be targeted with high balls and we know how he like those, not!

  10. SueP says:

    Hopefully itโ€™s a case of getting the job done and then taking players off
    I agree on Partey
    Maybe Arteta thinks he needs the game time?

  11. Sean says:

    Patino not even on the bench is a shame!! Big chance for Eddie & Gabi….

    Partey will play as much as he can at a normal pace to build up fitness, maybe just the 1st half for him!

    Cmon Arsenal let’s bang in a few tonight, all being well… Imagine if we go out ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™‚๏ธ jesus I hope not lol

    1. Eddie says:

      Patino played the full 90 minutes against Chelsea didn’t he?
      Now we are going to start overreacting because of a 17 years old kid most of y’all started reading about months ago?
      Whose position is he meant to take?

      1. RSH says:

        eddie, some of us have known about him for years. and wanted to see him given a chance. i suppose the full 90 min shouldve been the hint he wasnt going to play, but something that easily couldve been planned for.

        1. Eddie says:

          I’m sure he would’ve been on the bench because he trained with the first team, but according to Chris Wheatley, Partey asked to play today so to build his fitness.

          I know only a few knew about Patino, as only few of us actually put in the time to watch our academy and women squad.
          What I don’t get is the whole overreacting that why isn’t he starting, his first training with the team and some fans expects him to walk into the team?

  12. Chuxzzy1 says:

    First half win for the betting kings

  13. SarsfieldNY says:

    Asking a favor, does anyone know how to stream this game in the US? Unable to find anything. Thanks in advance

    1. SarsfieldNY says:

      I can’t believe this game is not being televised! what the heck is going on

  14. Nickerless Bender says:

    Anyone know of any streams tonight?

    1. John says:

      Partey asked to play to get his fitness up apparently.

    2. Konstantin says:

      If you are really DESPERATE, you can try this:

      http s://

      Hopefully the link will be allowed.

  15. Gogo says:

    Where can i watch online pls apart from I need your urgent help….

    1. Sue says:

      I can’t find it anywhere ๐Ÿ˜ซ

      1. John says:

        This is the first time that I have been unable to find a stream for an Arsenal game.

        1. Sue says:

          It’s bizarre…

          1. Dan kit says:

            Iโ€™ve sent a link but itโ€™s awaiting approval ๐Ÿฅฒ

            Itโ€™s on Vipleague

          2. Sue says:

            Nice one, Dan ๐Ÿ‘

          3. Dan kit says:

            Take that back
            Itโ€™s kick me off the match ๐Ÿ˜‚
            And now disappeared

          4. Sue says:

            I couldn’t even get on it ๐Ÿคช

        1. Sue says:

          Cheers Vlajko

  16. Mark says:

    Partey is a bit strange but players have to play. He cannot be treated like glass folks..

    1. Ozziegunner says:

      Mark, Partey asked to play to build match fitness.

  17. RSH says:

    strong lineup hinting that this side just doesnt have confidence and arteta is not confident about the players. where are the academy players? many expected for patino to at least make the bench.

  18. Mickmematethemasterfarter says:

    Arteta try young patino ur havn a laurfe ๐Ÿค” but deadwood kola รณ ya,, balogun lucky he made bench eddie wouldn’t score in a who#ehou%e๐Ÿ’ฉ

  19. Okiror says:

    No links for this match even on hesgoal, then there s Tottenham n United, even the TV package I paid is showing the same am dissapointed

  20. Milos says:

    Any stream guys???

  21. Angus says:

    For those looking for streams etc. apparently this is not being shown anywhere so no streams (as far as I’ve been able to find out.) Highlights only.

    1. Angus says:

      Take that back seems it is being shown somewhere (DAZN) so should be able to find a stream somewhere.

      1. john wheeler says:

        i cannot find it, and I am in Spain
        we get every game.

  22. PJ-SA says:

    You know you’ve hit rock bottom as a club when no one is even willing to stream your game ๐Ÿ˜‚

    1. Davi says:

      I swear it’s been like that for years with this cup. Remember when I was desperate to see Carlos Vela playing but couldn’t because the games weren’t big enough. He looked incredible in this competition and I still believe he could have been excellent for us if given a proper crack

  23. Dhoni says:

    Today I cannot watch the match so sad๐Ÿ˜ฉ

    1. Sue says:

      It is a bummer, Dhoni… but Laca scored a penalty ๐Ÿ˜

      1. Dhoni says:

        Hope we bang in more for confidence going into the NLD.

        1. Sue says:

          Let’s hope, Dhoni, we certainly could do with it!

  24. Declan says:

    Laca BOOM

  25. Danny mcdonnell says: not showing arsenal very strange
    Anyone know where else yo watch it?

  26. Kondwani Tyson says:

    Had it been arteta was our head couch before unai Emery, we couldn’t have seen saka playing. He’s a coward!

    1. Eddy says:

      Arsenal fans never fail to disappoint ๐Ÿคฆ
      This because of a kid most of y’all never heard of or spoke about until weeks ago?

      1. SueP says:

        I despair at times

    2. Angus says:


  27. Declan says:

    Oh Patrick, 5-1? Weโ€™ve had one shot on target, the penalty!

  28. Declan says:

    If anyoneโ€™s interested, radio commentary on BBC 5 Live.

  29. Lenohappy says:

    So according to the first half stats z we’ve only had 1 shot on target and it was a penalty. All hail King Arteta.

  30. Kev82 says:

    Damn Arsenal are showing AFC Wimbledon the quality of the PL tonight ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ˜†

    1. Sue says:

      Bloody hell, Kev, I thought we’d score at least 4 ๐Ÿ˜ณ

      1. Kev82 says:

        You could be right Sue ๐Ÿ˜€ Jadon Flopcho has minutes to save United exiting the cup ๐Ÿ˜

        1. Kev82 says:

          Nope Flopcho won’t be appearing in round 5 ๐Ÿ˜†

        2. Sue says:

          I bet Moyes loved that; especially after Sunday!!

          1. Kev82 says:

            Mark Noble ruined that Sue and missed a sitter tonight as well ๐Ÿ˜‘ it’s amazing how United fans call Havertz, Pepe etc 70 mil flops but Flopcho needs time ๐Ÿ˜‚

          2. Sue says:

            If it hadn’t been his last season, it would be now ๐Ÿ˜€
            At home to Leeds in the next round, Kev. I was expecting the scousers!

          3. Kev82 says:

            Yeah because we usually play them in the league cup every year ๐Ÿ˜† done Sue I knew he was missing on Sunday who comes on to take a pen ? Any west ham player capable of scoring from 12 yards apart from noble? ๐Ÿคจ onto the real stuff on Sunday NLD day ๐Ÿ˜‰

          4. Sue says:

            Mental decision letting him take that penalty – I couldn’t watch ๐Ÿ˜†
            I can’t wait, Kev, I’m going!! 2-1 to us I’m going with – you?

          5. Kev82 says:

            Your nephew must have been punching walls after that ? ๐Ÿ˜† Well Son and Kane always seem to cause us problems Sue and Sunday won’t be any different so I am going for a 1-1 just as long as we don’t lose ๐Ÿ™ I’m very impressed with Tomiyasu I think he could be the signing of the window ๐Ÿ‘Œ

          6. Sue says:

            Yes, he has Noble on one of his shirts – can’t see it being in one piece after that haha!!
            He’s been excellent, Kev. Really enjoyed watching him (please keep it up on Sunday!)

          7. Kev82 says:

            Haha no that shirt might be put out to pasture now Sue ๐Ÿ˜‚ oh I think these type of games will suit him so I wouldn’t worry ๐Ÿ˜€ how was your day out to the Norwich game was it ?

          8. Sue says:

            It was great, Kev! The atmosphere was brilliant – realised how much I’d missed it… went home really hoarse ๐Ÿคฃ

  31. SueP says:

    This is very frustrating listening to snippets here and there and itโ€™s still 1-0
    Disappointed to say the least

    1. SueP says:

      Wrote too soon, as usual

      1. SueP says:

        And another cute goal

  32. Sue says:

    The Smith ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. Sue says:

    Floodgates…. ๐Ÿ˜„

  34. Declan says:

    3 nil !,

  35. Angus says:

    Comments. 3-0. Stop looking for it before it happens, we’re fans.

    1. Josefilory says:

      Thank you so much sire!

    2. Angus says:

      Man Utd 0-1 West Ham
      Chelsea 1-1 Aston Villa
      Wolves 2-2 Spurs

      Rest my case.

      1. NY_Gunner says:

        Both Chelsea and Spurs are through after winning their penalty shootoutsโ€ฆ

        1. Angus says:

          Changes what?

          1. NY_Gunner says:

            It means theyโ€™re still in the Cup. And that we might face one or both of them down the lineโ€ฆ

          2. Angus says:

            If you replaces Chelsea/Spurs with Arsenal what would you be saying currently?

      2. Kev82 says:

        Rest your case about what ? ๐Ÿ˜‚ They are all playing premier League teams lol

        1. Angus says:

          we won 3-0?

          1. Angus says:

            If I need to elaborate what reaction would be on here if we had lost to West Ham or drawn with Villa though on pens or drawn with Wolves through on Pens? Outrage about how dire we are so it is obviously relevant.

          2. Kev82 says:

            Yeah we won 3-0 against an average league one side with a very strong team playing, nothing to write home about and nothing much else to say just job done.

          3. Angus says:

            So bad we won yes?

          4. Angus says:

            Further United B losing to West Ham B a ok, arsenal 3-0 shhhhhhhhhhh

          5. Kev82 says:

            I personally don’t give a toss about the league cup tbh I only care about the FA cup i think the league cup should be for championship teams and below.

          6. Angus says:

            Think it’s worth winning but doesn’t rank in my priorities. Your just arguing for the sake of it clearly. Given my original point. That was support the team before laying on about it only being 1 nil because it ended 3-0. The other teams results were illustrations.

          7. Angus says:

            To further explain it (shouldn’t be necessary) had we played the teams I mentioned above the results would of been considered below par. 3-0 was expected from our B team no doubt but they also did it.

          8. Kev82 says:

            Not in the slightest and judging by some of the lineups it’s not in the priorities of a lot of managers either. My take on the game is that AFC Wimbledon tired near the end of the game and we took advantage.. we won happy days but I’m not gonna get overly excited by beating a team we should be wiping the floor with. As I said job done.

        2. Angus says:

          Wasn’t getting over excited, responded to comments.

    3. Declan says:

      What is your problem?
      It happened, thatโ€™s why I posted!

  36. Sue says:

    At home to Leeds

    1. Angus says:

      That will be interesting.

  37. Sid says:

    We won and no match article? Was it thst bad? ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

    1. Declan says:

      Difficult to write an article if no one saw it๐Ÿ˜Š

      1. Sid says:

        Ohh. Makes sense. Well we can only infer from the highlights. Good win๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  38. Drayton says:

    Clever finish from Nketiah on his goal. Job done. Happy w Leeds at home.

  39. Declan says:

    Highlights on

    1. Sue says:

      Just watched the highlights on YouTube. Nice goals ๐Ÿ‘Œ

  40. SueP says:

    Winning with whatever grade of team Arteta fielded was good enough for me. Winning builds confidence throughout the squad.

    1. Angus says:

      Winning is always good. It’s also irrelevant to the NLD except Partey getting mins he needed. One thing I know our fans will be fully on board for the derby and Spurs can’t handle us. Above them on GD by the end of that day (we need 2 clear goals.)

  41. Angus says:

    I focused on the negative fans and then Spurs at the weekend, on the off chance any of you players read this…. you did us proud today! No doubt!

    1. The-Real-Vieira-Lynn-4ever says:

      Angus, you’re overplaying your hand, as per usual, so it might be wise for you to slow your roll a tad until we actually put together a handful of quality performances against some Premier League sides…what you fail to realize is that many of us who aren’t buying what Arteta is selling have been waiting, for years I might add, for someone within this organization to put on their big boy pants and right this rudderless ship….the fact that this manager, who you so eagerly endorse, has asked us to patient, once again, even though he himself couldn’t do likewise when it was so clearly required, following his rather fortuitous FA victory, is a bridge too far for some, especially considering the self-inflicted nature of our present predicament…furthermore, please keep in mind, when you’re embarking on one of your usual in-game and/or post-game crusades, against those whom you have deemed as “negative” fans, that many of these very individuals come to the equation with a considerable amount of justifiable angst which extends far beyond that particular day’s events

  42. Ozziegunner says:

    Watched the highlights package. 3 good goals, a clean sheet, a good day at the Office. Martinelli very lively, although some of the challenges on him and Saka were pure hacks. They need protection from officials.
    Thomas Partey was pure class, got more kms in his kegs and only a great save stopped him scoring his first goal.
    Rise in class for the North London derby EPL to Division 1 team), but the team is hopefully on the rise.

    1. Quantic Dream says:

      Yap, also heard from the fans that Nuno Tavares put in an excellent shift. Am very excited for the NLD .. we MUST take out the trash!

    2. Ozziegunner says:

      Auto correct is pissing me off; “legs” became “kegs”!

  43. Prof.Wenger says:

    Well done all!

    So happy for Laca (a goal and an assist) + Nke for his brilliant goal.

    Martinilli was lethal and created decent chances for his teammates and Lokonga seems to be the perfect duo with Partey

  44. Andy Mutula says:

    Gradually we are getting there. I won’t give up on my team for I know this time we will be in the top 4

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