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. Sue says:

    Nice to see Ryan get a game.. COYG

    1. Quantic Dream says:

      Agreed! About time Leno paid for his nonsense.

      1. Sue says:

        Been a while since we last saw him, QD. Leno will be back for Everton on Friday 👍

    2. Lola says:

      I dont know why Arsenal fans are sweating about results. Arsenal will finish 10th or more. No way in hell they are gonna win europa. So chill and enjoy the loses.

  2. Johnba says:

    Happy to see Martinelli start. Hope he will do much to win the heart of the technical team. Go gunners

    1. Shone says:

      Euroupa….the only ticket to Europe next season.

      1. gotanidea says:

        – If Tottenham lift the Carabao Cup, they will be in the UEFA Europa Conference League. Unless they finish in a European place in the Premier League

        – If Man City win the Carabao Cup, the place for the UEFA Europa Conference League will go to 7th in the Premier League

        – If Southampton win the FA Cup, the place for the UEFA Europa Conference League will go to 6th

  3. Quantic Dream says:

    Am extremely happy Leno has been dropped. Ryan has been committed when called upon and that is what we need.

    1. A K says:

      Leno has not been “dropped”, it’s called managing your squad – A.K.A Rotation.

  4. Innit says:

    Strong team
    COYG

  5. Dan kit says:

    COYG

  6. Admin Pat says:

    Saka – Smith-Rowe – Martinelli – Lacazette … Perfect front row if ever I saw one!

    1. Dan kit says:

      Agree Pat ,if they are set up like you said this is what I’ve been waiting to see

  7. gotanidea says:

    Lacazette, Smith-Rowe and Saka start, so Arteta doesn’t underestimate Fulham at all

    Unfortunately I must say that I’m happy Aubameyang is excluded. His ball control is pretty bad in the last few games and we can’t win if our attackers keep losing the ball

    If what Gary Neville said about our French attacker clique was right, we need to start Lacazette or Aubameyang only. Both of them don’t work well together

    1. Davi says:

      Re: Auba and Laca – they used to work well together though? Must be something more to it..

      1. gotanidea says:

        They worked well together last season, when Arteta set the team up for counter-attacks with 3-4-3 formation. Arteta changed the formation this season and maybe some senior attackers didn’t like it

  8. MarkM says:

    I hope Nelson sees some bit of action today.

  9. FootballisTrivial says:

    Now this will be a match worth watching.

  10. Sue says:

    Craig Pawson….. 😳

  11. NY_Gunner says:

    Just hope Elneny and Ceballos take control of midfield…

    1. Kedar says:

      Elneny will play single Pivot just like Partey in Last 2 Matches..
      He was superb as single Pivot…
      We shall see Whether Elneny is good enough to play single Pivot

  12. Highbury Hero says:

    4-0 pretty please Arsenal? With sugar on top?

  13. gooner4life says:

    Would have been nice to see Balagon get some minutes.

  14. I says:

    This line up is strong enough to do the job.

    I will be watching out for Saka, Laca and Smith.
    Arteta should withdraw them if we are winning comfortably.

  15. Richard Emzy says:

    Arteta finally realised William is ussless👏👏👏

  16. Vinod says:

    Will Xhaka lose his midfield role permanently? Without Partey I expected him to be in the middle.

  17. Sean Williams says:

    Elneny and Ceballos. Not so sure about that midfield pairing.
    Martinelli….thank the lord. At least Willian not playing means we will be having 11 players starting instead of 10.5.

  18. PJ-SA says:

    3rd lower quality team(with all respect) in a row. Just what we needed to get a bit of confidence.

    That being said Fulham can play some good footy so let’s be ruthless. COYGs

    FYI Laca has always been great, the people and movement around him is needed for him to be great which the youngsters provide now.

  19. Ackshay says:

    The average age of the 3 behind lacazette is 19. The future is now.

    1. Sue says:

      Sweet 👌

  20. RW1 says:

    Sadly arteta can’t imagine an Arsenal 11 without xhaka … reason enough to see him go … that said expect a 2 goal margin today against a team that know they are doomed

    1. Ackshay says:

      Keep crying I love whiners tears

      1. RW1 says:

        Whiners !!! fans who think 8th place is ok need to move on ASAP

        1. Onyango says:

          RW1 your fixation with Xhaka is borderline annoying. You can’t make any contribution without mentioning Xhaka jeez!

          1. RW1 says:

            Am just responding to the inane praise across this site for the clown … He’s symbolic of decline and the ineptitude of arteta … why after 60 minutes against a relegated team we are one nil down … but we are getting better in your eyes right !!!!!

  21. gotanidea says:

    Smith-Rowe’s legs were full of bruises, after he was subbed in Prague. Our CAM should always risk his legs like Smith-Rowe, but hopefully he won’t get injured in today’s game

    1. Ackshay says:

      ESR should wear double shinpads as his quick ball control will always have him late tackled.

      1. gotanidea says:

        Yup. He’s playing well in the first half

  22. MartinelliTheBench says:

    Lovely to watch 1/2 touch then immediately release in the midfield. Such a big change in the speed we get the ball forward now to previously.

  23. NathanB says:

    It won’t be an easy game, however I’m banking on us for the crucial 3 points. COYG

    1. Perry ames says:

      It has the feel of an end of season nothing to play for game. We need to up the tempo

  24. Declan says:

    Well, this isn’t looking straight forward, Fulham have grown into the game and we are making far too many mistakes.

    1. PJ-SA says:

      Yeah i think we obsessing with getting the ball wide too much. Gaps seem to be in the middle.

      Often we’ve had ESR, Saks and Bellerin within 5 yards of each other on the RW and still having to pass back. Think ESR needs to be more central, he’s miles away from Martinelli

  25. siamois says:

    Get in!

    1. MartinelliTheBench says:

      Nope

    2. Perry ames says:

      Var is killing the game. Players would be better off not celebrating until they know what the clown at var has decided

      1. Skills1000 says:

        I agree with you. We have clowns with the VAR thing. Last season, Liverpool FC benefitted slot from wrong VAR calls. If that was Liverpool of last season, that would have been a goal.

        1. Skills1000 says:

          A lot I mean to say

  26. Highbury Hero says:

    Oh my god!

  27. Sue says:

    Poor Dani, was a great header!!

  28. Declan says:

    Yup he was offside.

    1. Declan says:

      Saka, that is.

  29. PJ-SA says:

    Right call according to the rules, not ref or VARs fault.

    Lawmakers are the issue

    1. Declan says:

      Well said PJ-SA.

    2. siamois says:

      I guess do!

    3. Gily says:

      The problem is the tendency to ignore the check when it’s against Arsenal

  30. FootballisTrivial says:

    Bellerin has given away the wall way too many times with his misplaced passes. Disappointing.

    1. gotanidea says:

      Saka was the one who lost the ball several times

    2. Durand says:

      Been thinking the same thing. Except for the chip to Ceballos he’s been pretty poor.

      Several times given the ball away or immediately goes back to Holding.

      Won’t be fussed at all if he’s off in the Summer. Lost his pace since the injury, defensive liability with his poor defending.

    3. Joe Allysons says:

      Really? He’s not allowed to misplace even one?

  31. siamois says:

    What are we talking about ?a toe offside?

    1. Gmv8 says:

      Yeah – like a massive advantage towards getting a goal – VAR is a complete joke.

      1. siamois says:

        😂

    2. Gmv8 says:

      How come his hand wasn’t considered in the offside – is that a new rule?

      1. Jax says:

        Hands are not considered goal scoring parts of the body.

  32. Kedar says:

    Elneny and Bellerin are very poor…
    Elneny cannot control the midfield as single Pivot..

    1. sekman says:

      spot on

  33. MartinelliTheBench says:

    I hope that was a cross and not a shot from ESR🤣

    1. Vinod says:

      Lets wait for Grealish to settle that.

  34. FootballisTrivial says:

    VAR was spot on with thay decision.
    But the offside rule might need revision.

    1. RSH says:

      why? i feel like we wouldnt even be talking about VAR right now if fulham had a similar goal disallowed. The other proposal on the table gives a massive, massive advantage to the attacker.

      1. PJ-SA says:

        Yeah i agree attackers would have too much of an advantage.

        I’m a fan of one of the old rules. Offside is taken by the players head, only 1 point of reference per player. An attackers head can be slightly ahead of the defenders just as long as theres no daylight.

  35. PJ-SA says:

    I’d like to see Cedric on for Bellerin and ESR to be in the pocket in the middle. He’s crowding the RW a bit too much.

    1. Joe Allysons says:

      What does Bellerin have to do?

      1. PJ-SA says:

        Be better

        Do you ever share your own opinion or do you onltmy ever comment on other people’s opinions. It’s pretty sad man.

        You have an obsession withdecent but average players. Are you a fan that’s content to end 6-10 position in the league because it seems like it.

  36. RSH says:

    best parts of our attacking play was when we had players trying to run in behind. Ceballos and Elneny always want to play the ball to the feet of our players, and Fulham are all set to sit and defend. Should’ve had a goal early in the game as well and need better finishing. Think saka can take on the fulham defense a bit more too. lets hope to see it in 2nd half.

  37. gotanidea says:

    Two big chances were missed and Saka lost the ball at least two times. I think Saka or Martinelli would be replaced in the second half

    So far so good. The players just need to keep their spirit, despite having a goal cancelled

    1. Durand says:

      Why replace Martinelli? He’s been working both sides of the ball, been lively and attacking all game.

      Who would you replace Martinelli or Saka with? Willian is trash and doesn’t defend, no one on bench offers more.

      Elneny not done much and Bellerin has been very poor.

      Partey for Elneny, Xhaka sitting back like a back 3 anyway, and Partey offers more than Elneny in the attack.

  38. Kobin says:

    Another offside. Hope this won’t come and hunt us.

  39. PJ-SA says:

    Under Wenger’s proposed offside rule that would count.

    I don’t know if im a huge fan of it though as it would make it very difficult for defenders to play an offside trap effectively.

    1. siamois says:

      I doubt that we will ever get to a stage where most fans are happy with VAR/offside rules!

      1. PJ-SA says:

        Haha fair enough

        I’m a fan of one of the old rules. Offside is taken by the players head, only 1 point of reference per player. An attackers head can be slightly ahead of the defenders just as long as theres no daylight.

        IMO this would solve a lot of the issues.

        1. siamois says:

          I agree it was way simpler!

  40. Declan says:

    Xhaka most tackles and retrievals for us this season. Who would have thought…….

    1. All Gunz Blazin' says:

      Maybe it has to do with the fact the he’s played ‘virtually every game’.

      If Partey or ElNeny played three-quarters of the games he’s played, I’m pretty sure they would have the same figures.

  41. Kedar says:

    Elneny needs to be replaced by Partey and Bellerin needs to be replaced by Either Cedric or Chambers…
    Either Saka or Martinelli needs to be replaced by Pépé
    But Partey should be introduced in 2nd half and Bellerin should be off..
    Both are really poor..

    1. MartinelliTheBench says:

      Agree, u don’t think Elneny has been that bad but Bellerin has been very poor and Saka looks very tired. At the same time Elneny isn’t a game changer

      I’d like to see Cedric, Partey and Pepe on soon

  42. S says:

    We can score as many as we want and still lose. Why? Cos we don’t know how to play.

  43. Vinod says:

    Started off brilliantly and tried to be on top to the end of the half as well. Seems our players are not yet physically fit to play two high intensity games in a week.

    On the other hand Arsenal Women are killing the game 5 up in first 20 min. that too with a strong bench than the starting 11.

  44. siamois says:

    OT:Buendia confirmed that he had the opportunity to leave Norwich in January it might have been for Arsenal?

    1. Bryan says:

      Yet another Arsenal record about to be broken this season!

      1. sauce kid says:

        Can anything good come out from this arsenal?i dont think so.if u put your heart supporting arsenal u get a heart attack and die young

  45. Palash says:

    No!! Please not another injury xhaka is an important player for us

  46. siamois says:

    Why did Laca stop?

  47. siamois says:

    Penalty?

  48. Sid says:

    Oops😱😱

  49. Declan says:

    Penalty, Gabriel you fool

  50. Sue says:

    That wasn’t in the script!!

    1. Kev82 says:

      Arteta wants to turn the emirates into a fortress…. For away teams Sue 🤦

    2. Bryan says:

      I thought Nketiah was on his way out and Balogun was going to be in. I guess Mistake Arteta is giving him a last try out.

    3. Joe. S says:

      Ha, yes it was Sue. Someone had to stuff up.

  51. Thebush says:

    Terrible game for Gabriel…..no confidence in his movment, his passes are too weak or too strong…keeping the ball too long….he is just rubbish today

  52. Declan says:

    Anyone have a Fulham win in the prediction league?

  53. Perry ames says:

    Never a pen imo but var again not given us a brake

  54. Phil says:

    So with 55 minutes gone we have had FOUR attempts on goal with ONE on target.
    One poster yesterday was saying how we don’t need to defend properly now because we always score more. That’s because Arteta has made us so much more potent in attack. I won’t name him because that would be unfair on @TMJW as he is continually wrong in just about everything. As he is here. And now Fulham have a penalty. Now we are 0-1 down. But it’s ok. According to @TMJW we always score more than we concede
    The MUG

    1. PJ-SA says:

      🤣🤣🤣

      In all seriousness though…why change our sokid CB partnership of Holding and Mari

    2. Sid says:

      😂😂
      The problem has to be the tactics in my opinion. Focusing too much on buildup and lack of directness is the problem against Fulham.

  55. Vinod says:

    When we have the chance to close the gap with 7th and 8th . . .

  56. PJ-SA says:

    Said at the start Mari should be playing, he definitely doesn’t need a rest

    Tinkerman strikes again

    Also we’ve created very very little. Need Partey and at least one proper wing back on now

    1. siamois says:

      I agree concerning the CB’s you can’t keep changing it like that we need stability.

  57. Sekman says:

    Need Pepe and partey

  58. Sean Williams says:

    Snore bore. Poor by any standards.

  59. Gmv8 says:

    That wasn’t a penalty, and are hands not counted in offside?

    1. PJ-SA says:

      No as you can’t legally score with hands.

  60. MartinelliTheBench says:

    Standard procedure…

    Unplayable one game, next game we are a bunch of muppets out for a stroll.

    Inconsistency of this team is unrivalled! Suppose it happens when the team continually changes.

  61. RSH says:

    we concede a goal and double down on the sideways/backwards passes….

  62. Jimmy Bauer says:

    Same old, same old.
    One good performance followed by 3 bad ones..
    Arteta’s Arsenal Ladies and Gents..

    Get this man off my club…

  63. RSH says:

    bellerin & elneny off the pitch, and hopefully off this summer.

  64. Sean Williams says:

    Pretty pathetic by any standards.

  65. Sid says:

    Oh no! Not Lacazette…

  66. lcebox says:

    Bah what luck we have……

  67. lcebox says:

    Come on Pepe.

  68. MartinelliTheBench says:

    Martinelli immediately looks more comfortable on the RW

  69. siamois says:

    I have to admit I’m sick of all this rotating crap we should have the same spine/core of the team playing most games.

  70. Vinod says:

    This is going worse.

    1. Admin Pat says:

      It is not a good day for Ceballos!

      1. Vinod says:

        Not just Ceballos, but for the entire team.

  71. MartinelliTheBench says:

    Tinker
    Tinker
    Tinker
    Tinker

    Considering other top teams are in more comps than us for longer, makes no sense why we change so much

    1. siamois says:

      Can’t argue with that!

  72. Kedar says:

    Don Hutchinson is so anti Arsenal Commentator…

    1. Perry ames says:

      This will probably be the most embarrassing game of the season
      No heart
      No passion
      No idea

  73. PJ-SA says:

    Perfect game for Giroud, is he on the bench?😆

  74. Kedar says:

    Arteta reminds me of Rafa Benitez… Rafa’s was Liverpool only good in cup games in Europe..
    Pathetic in League..
    Exactly same with Arteta
    Good in Europa
    Pathetic in League

    1. Innit says:

      He won Champions League though

    2. sauce kid says:

      Let me sound it clear to u arsenal will not win the europa league with de likes of roma,villarealand man U involved .arsenal must loose against villareal take it or leave it

  75. Pco says:

    Why did Pepe not head the ball instead of letting it hit him in the face🤦🏿‍♂️

  76. Sid says:

    Not looking good for us…

    1. Kedar says:

      Fulham will win 1st time at Arsenal Ground…
      So frustrating..
      Only good thing is today match is not in Midnight..

      1. Sid says:

        Agreed!

  77. Adega Olatunji says:

    This is a total failure by Arsenal standard and it is not acceptable. Arteta has got it so easy at Arsenal and he’s dropping the standard and mentality of arsenal football club on daily basis.

  78. RSH says:

    a striker that can actually run into the box is nice to see. even if it does end up at the foot of nketiah.

    1. Sean says:

      Very surprised by this performance…

      Bad day again the league!

  79. PJ-SA says:

    We now have to rely on Eddie as our CF. Not prolific enough.

    For everyone having a go at the fans that were saying that Balogun needs more game time, now you understand why!

    Bit more experience could definitely benefit our team now.

    1. Perry ames says:

      We all know that arteta is not good enough for the arsenal if you think otherwise you are either a fool, a liar or not a real fan. This has been at best a absolute disgrace

  80. Kedar says:

    Why to Elneny when you have Partey in squad….
    So Frustrating and Pathetic

  81. Adega Olatunji says:

    This guy called Ceballos, is he a footballer or dancer? he must turn around before he makes simple passes. He’s just wasting opportunities away all the time.

  82. Declan says:

    I think the last time we lost this many games at home was in 1923.

  83. Durand says:

    Constant tinkering drives me mad! Holding and Mari played great, so Arteta breaks it up.

    Break up the midfield as well, and start Bellerin.

    Blame Arteta for the inconsistency, no reason for the changes. Poor player management yet again, still hasn’t learned.

    We look so slow in the build up giving them too much time to set up.

    1. MartinelliTheBench says:

      Drives me insane! Ludicrous amount of changes all the time!

      1 week great,next week terrible

  84. Sean Williams says:

    Honesty….total rubbish. Poor team choice….saw it coming.

  85. Sid says:

    Even Saka gave a dirty look at that miss… Nketiah needs to be sold. Not good enough.

  86. Kedar says:

    Niketiah is horrible…
    He can’t even control the ball

  87. damilare israel says:

    the issue with our style is playing safe. not taking enough risk and responsibilities

  88. Gmv8 says:

    I have to ask, why aren’t we playing Balogun?

    1. PJ-SA says:

      Short answer…

      -MA favours Eddie for over a year
      -MA finally realises hes bad
      -MA now needs to sell Eddie
      -To get a good price, he must play

    2. Skills1000 says:

      Because arteta has his favourites. His favourites have to play even if they badly.

    3. Hill says:

      Arteta was average as a player and is also average as a coach.
      Bring on Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergham

  89. Adega Olatunji says:

    Arteta OUT

  90. RSH says:

    notice how this side never ups the tempo when we are down in a game. even with limited time left. it’s the same things we were doing earlier in the match. this team is poorly coached. and if you want to talk about mentality it’s poor as well. sleepwalking towards a 10th place finish….

  91. Kedar says:

    Saka looks frustrated with his teammates
    Understandable…
    If we play like this, soon he, Martinelli and ESR will leave For bigger club like Liverpool or Man Utd

  92. Sid says:

    The way we are leisurely passing near our box is so infuriating!

  93. Innit says:

    Pathetic display
    Fulham are a relegation team

  94. Sid says:

    How did Robinson beat Pepe to that ball? SMH…

    1. RSH says:

      My EXACT thought. That right there is the problem with this whole team!!!!

      1. Sid says:

        Pepe looked disinterested, as did the whole team until the last 4 minutes or so.. the entire second half was not good enough interms of attacking performance.

    2. Kedar says:

      Simply by desire

      1. Sid says:

        Which was obviously lacking in our team…

    3. Sekman says:

      Because his teammate was suppose coming up to get it (thomas)

      1. Sid says:

        You might be correct but still, from whatever angle you look at it, Pepe was the favourite for that ball until he decided to not go for it and try to stop Robinson with a weak body block. That was showing lack of desire in my opinion.

  95. ozziegunner says:

    WHAT A JOKE – ARSENAL AT HOME TO FULHAM! CAN’T HIT A BARN DOOR.

    1. Perry ames says:

      So slow in the build up again and again, its really pathetic and dont cheer for a equaliser against fulham and again pathetic

  96. Namo says:

    You can’t keep on changing defensive partnerships and expect the team to do well.
    I’m really getting tired of Arteta and his approach. All hope rests on the Europa league now.

  97. Adega Olatunji says:

    It’s so amazing no one is questioning Arteta from the board

  98. Sid says:

    Well the block looked good but that effort was going comfortably wide. Also why is ESR always going towards the RW? That has been the main problem in this match IMO. No real penetration from the middle… As soon as I say that Eddie saves our blushes😅😅
    Good for him and us.

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