Confirmed Arsenal team for London Derby with Fulham – Ryan in goal

The teams are out for Arsenal’s clash with Fulham, where we will be looking to close the gap on eighth place.

A win today will see the Gunners close to within two points of Everton, and three points of Tottenham, ahead of our clash with the former this coming Friday.

It was already confirmed that we would be without David Luiz, Kieran Tierney, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Martin Odegaard today, so there wasn’t any huge shocks in today’s selection.

With the knowledge of the missing players, we had predicted the following XI earlier today:

Leno
Bellerin Holding Gabriel Cedric
Partey Xhaka
Pepe Smith Rowe Martinelli
Lacazette

As you can see, we were mostly right, but it was difficult to predict Arteta’s thinking, especially without knowing which players were 100% after Thursday night’s victory.

Below is the confirmed starting XI for today’s clash.

What are your scoreline predictions after seeing the confirmed Arsenal XI? Who else would you have liked to have seen make today’s line-up?

Patrick

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210 Comments

  1. Declan says:

    Eddie

  2. Dendrite says:

    We are now officially a cup team. I’m sick and tired of the constant changes Arteta makes on the team every week. It’s his job to pick the best team. Europa is a must-win at this point. If he fails then he might have to go. See you in the final of Europa.

  3. RSH says:

    thank goodness. at least we avoid some embarrassment… happy with a point after this poor poor game. if VAR overturns this,btw, we riot.

  4. Phenom says:

    I believe Nketiah can’t control a ball but he can score.

    1. Sekman says:

      Exactly. Saka made an excellent pass and he manage to fumble it

  5. Innit says:

    Still a pathetic display even with the equaliser

    1. Phenom says:

      We couldn’t win because of bad luck. I will take a draw even though we were to win. Happy Nketiah got the equaliser. Don’t listen to anyone Nketiah.

      1. Skills1000 says:

        A draw against Fulham st the Emirates is very bad. We are arsenal FC for goodness sake. This is a disappointing result and unacceptable.

    2. R says:

      70% possesion 18 shots against 3, one of which from penalty, which I belive was not clear penalty, as the contact was too weak to cause Fulham’s player to loose balance. Two dissallowed goals, one of which outrageous, and you say this was “pathetic” dispaly? Maybe it was pathetic for team VAR, but not for Arsenal. It was poor result and frustrating to watch, but not because of our team play. If you can’t recognize this, you are biased.

  6. Skills1000 says:

    This game shows the mentality of the team and the manager. They cant produce the required consistency of a big club. Gabriel was very casual in what led to the penalty. Arteta should have started Mari ahead of Gabriel. Our forwards should have been composed in the first half. A game we could have scored 3 goals in the first half if we had been more composed. Ceballos dances unnecessarily. Maybe he is in awe of the way he dribbles himself. Dancing to the right and to the left.
    Maybe our players have a crystal ball that showed them they are going to win the europa league so easily and therefore there is no need to fight for the remaining league games.

    1. Hez says:

      Spot on

      1. Johnze says:

        Yes because maybe he wants to keep the market value of bellerin ? And the one of nketiah (instead of playing balogun some minutes)… By the way, everyone noticed how useful again was our 220k a week player arteta went for this summer 👍👍👍. What a shame. Worse situation than ozil because this one is still under contract for 2 years. Damn, 2 years… Au a resigning retrospectively was a mistake in my opinion but at the time you had to do it. But damn willian. These two cost half a million a week. 24 millions per year

  7. Adega Olatunji says:

    This team can not win Europa league

  8. Sue says:

    Arsenal women winning 9-0 👌

    1. Skills1000 says:

      I wouldn’t mind us swapping the arsenal ladies with the men. Maybe arsenal ladies can do a better job than the male bottlers

      1. RSH says:

        nobody can convince me Elneny would start over any of their players.

    2. Roachie says:

      Wish I’d watched that game instead

  9. Chuxzzy1 says:

    Ticket spoilers has done it again🤦🏾what a shame..nketiah never our kind of player

    1. RSH says:

      keeps his price up for a sale this summer. so good for him to score.

  10. PJ-SA says:

    If you going to play Xhaka at LB you know he’s not going to be bombing forward to support the attack (Xhaka fans please relax im not having a go im just stating a fact).

    Logically you should probably then play a decent RB that can support the attack well….he plays Bellerin😐 Chambers and Cedric are both far superior in supporting the attack

    1. RSH says:

      Agree. One fullback who sits back (only option if Xhaka is put there), and one who is just poor all around… makes it so easy for teams that sit to just track the attacking players. I dont know why Cedric isnt back in this team in some capacity. Espescially with Xhaka still playing 90 mins today, you may as well have put him in midfield, and put an actual fullback out there.

    2. Adajim says:

      Are you sure Bellerin doesn’t bomb forward? He is the most attack minded RB we have . My opinion, am sure his stats too are better in attack than chambers or Cedric. He go as high as bee in cf position. Remember his last involvement before getting sub. I think we were very unlucky toda, apart from playing sloppy things went against us

    3. Johnze says:

      Yes because maybe he wants to keep the market value of bellerin ? And the one of nketiah (instead of playing balogun some minutes)… By the way, everyone noticed how useful again was our 220k a week player arteta went for this summer 👍👍👍. What a shame. Worse situation than ozil because this one is still under contract for 2 years. Damn, 2 years… Au a resigning retrospectively was a mistake in my opinion but at the time you had to do it. But damn willian. These two cost half a million a week. 24 millions per year

  11. Adajim says:

    Only Xhaka and maybe Martinelli deserves some applaud, others had a very average game. We are reaping the advantages of playing safe even when our players are just close to each other they prefer going back, we can’t win with such mentality, though it reduces opposition pressure and make the defence settled, but it also limits attack fluidity. To score goals we need to take risks. Average officiating, poor team play

  12. RW1 says:

    … and the excuses for a hapless manager begin to roll …actually worse excuses than wenger’s last couple of years … if Leeds beat lpool which isn’t completely out of bounds we will slip back to 10th and villa with 2 games in hand will surely overtake … the only person responsible for making us a bottom half of the table team is the manager … utterly clueless

  13. Hez says:

    Looks like Arteta’s tactics confuse the players, the switch from defensive positions to attack is not swift. We cant find a pass, players are too far from each other or hiding behind opposition players, cant utilize counters!
    No penetration through the middle, our wingers are too far from the goal…

  14. Gogo says:

    Sorry but the reason of this team after the goal is atrocious. We were suppose to pick the ball out of the net and go again instead of celebrating like it was the winner.

    1. Gogo says:

      Reaction I meant.

    2. RSH says:

      i noticed that too. didn’t get what they were celebrating. even a few years ago we wouldn’t do this. now, they are happy with draws against relegation sides.

  15. Mickmematethemasterfarter says:

    Bellerin kept playing hospital passes 2 teamates shocking player with ceballos elpassbackelny pure mule

  16. Matthew says:

    Speechless

  17. Vinod says:

    Let us be honest to ourselves, our youngsters does not yet have the legs to play two high intensive games in a week. They are too weak both physically and mentally.

    What a performance by our ladies. They clearly shown what it is to mean a big team.

  18. Taiwo says:

    Above all comments made by arsenal fan. For me arteta must be sack if the team want to be successful. Appoint allegro(formal juventus coach) or appoint the present Bayern Munich coach. For next season. With arteta we are going nowhere.

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