Confirmed Arsenal team for Olympiacos clash – Auba plays but Saka rested

So here we go with the big game that will decide whether Arsenal are going into the next round of the Europa League, so I am sure that Mikel Arteta will not be throwing our kids because he thinks it will be easy.

We can’t forget that we had a lead from the away leg last season and we managed to shoot ourselves in the foot. Although we are in a must win situation, with a two goal cushion it will allow the boss to give a few of our stars a rest to prepare for the Leicester clash at the weekend.

So this is the team that Yash predicted a couple of days ago.

Bellerin Luiz Gabriel Tierney
Elneny Xhaka
Saka Smith-Rowe Pepe

Now I think he has chosen our very best team, but after our gruelling Tottenham game on Sunday I think Arteta will be a little more conservative.

So here is the team that Arteta has chosen….


  1. Uzi Ozil says:

    No complacency boys….

    Olympiakos have won their last two games at the Emirates so we shouldn’t relax after three away goals.

    I say again no complacency. COYG….

    1. Highbury Hero says:

      We finished this tie last week today is just completing the procedure.

      1. Sue says:

        Love the gravatar 👍

        1. Highbury Hero says:

          Those were the days! Keown portray what all gunners felt after the final whistle.

          1. Sue says:

            Too right, HH! Legend!!

          2. McLovin says:

            Damn I love that Keowns expression on that snake RVN.

          3. Sue says:

            👍 McLovin

  2. PJ-SA says:

    Different team to what I thought. Hoping midfield can put a shift in.

    Hoping the players can stay injury free, some of them have played quite a few games.


  3. S.J says:

    Not a bad line up.

    Our midfield of Ceballos, Xhaka and Elneny should be able to contain Olympiacos.

    Hope we get the win and qualify for the next round.

  4. Goonerboy says:

    Xhaka’s fitness level is ridiculous!
    I am surprised Mari didn’t start though

    Looks like Ceballos is playing in the hole… COYG! Let’s finish what we started!

    1. MartinelliTheBench says:

      Would rather have a player that really puts in 100% effort and needs a rest every 10 games than have a player that doesn’t push himself and never needs a rest

      1. jon fox says:


        Under this no nonsense manager, we will carry no more long term coasters and any of those who’d take us all for a ride, both financially and on the field.

        1. Phil says:

          Under this no nonsense manager who had taken us to TENTH in the EPL He had a lot to prove

      2. Godswill says:

        I’m sure you are not referring to Xhaka. If him, you are WRONG.

    2. gotanidea says:

      Hopefully Xhaka will be replaced in the second half, to keep him fit for West Ham

  5. Sean Williams says:

    Ceballos, Xhaka, Elneny…midfield. Arghhhhhhhh!!!

    1. ObjectiveSubjective says:

      Yeah a bit risky, hoping they don’t play a high press otherwise we’ll struggle with that core

    2. Declan says:

      Certainly good enough to see us through and with Pepé, ESR and Aubamayang in front of them.

    3. Declan says:

      Certainly good enough to see us through and with Pepé, ESR and Aubamayang in front of them.

    4. Sean Williams says:

      Such a shame Gabriel Martinelli cannot get a start. I hope he gets at least 30min one way or another.

  6. Kedar says:

    Unexpected line up…
    I think Tierney needs break..
    We don’t want him to be injured again..

    1. gotanidea says:

      Arteta really doesn’t want to take any chances, does he? I also want Tierney to rest and hopefully he’ll be subbed off for Cedric in the second half

  7. Pco says:

    The new “Tinkerman”

  8. NathanB says:

    Let’s go .. all fingers crossed hoping for 3 good pints. In God we trust.

  9. gotanidea says:

    I think Arteta is too cautious and should’ve rested Smith-Rowe, Xhaka, Leno and Tierney, but he might be worried because Olympiakos would most likely have a go at us from the outset

    Anyways, I look forward to see Ceballos in the CAM position

    1. Kedar says:

      It seems so
      Ceballos could be number 10 today..

  10. Iykmatt says:

    No comment till after the game

  11. Sue says:

    Willian has a tight calf..

    Come on Elneny – loves a goal in europe!! COYG

    1. Ackshay says:

      well he should loosen it then

  12. Sid says:

    Marti is definitely someone I hope might come on, but I am more intwrested to see if Reiss comes on today? Also Holding would have to work hard to get his place back as Luiz has been very good. Great day today- Arsenal match and Exams over!
    Hoping for a good game!

    1. Sid says:


  13. Highbury Hero says:

    Really GoonerP this tie match is going to decide if we go through? We are already through. And with Man utd one leg already out this is going to be a happy weekend.

    1. Sue says:

      Come on Ibrahimovic!!

      1. Highbury Hero says:

        He never disappoint fingers crossed he delivers.

    2. gotanidea says:

      The Red Devils could still go through

      1. Highbury Hero says:

        God forbid GAI, god forbid! Lets not jinx it.

    3. Admin Pat says:

      I seem to remember us saying exactly the same thing last year….

      1. Highbury Hero says:

        All the more reason Olympiacos are in for unpleasant night. Arteta knows it doesn’t have to repeat at any cost. And they have Sokratis (love the guy by the way)

  14. Iykmatt says:

    Let me add this,i don’t like the idea of playing smith-rowe on the wing even when odegaard is not playing,i believe we have enough winger to feel that spot,smith-rowe should’ve been our 10 today&not ceballos

    1. gotanidea says:

      I agree we should’ve rested Smith-Rowe for West Ham and played Martinelli or Nelson on the left wing, but I believe Arteta is unwilling to take any risks by fielding an match-unfit attacker

  15. Wiggy says:

    Let me add this, if Bellerin when going forward then turns back and passes the ball sideways or at the back. I am done. Will turn off the TV.

    1. Ackshay says:

      Completely bellerin does his best matches attacking wise when instead of stopping and passing back he just tries to run through the defence.

    2. PJ-SA says:

      Might as well not put it on then mate

  16. lcebox says:

    I think hungry players are playing and they need to show it that’s why there in.
    Other than that I think easy enough tonight score wise , we made the mistake last season so I expect we learned from it and 3-0 I’m going with aubameyang least 2

  17. Wiggy says:

    Just put 20 quid on Auba to score. 3/1 nice way to make extra quids !

    1. Sue says:

      Come on Captain fantastic!! 🤞

  18. Declan says:

    Some of these comments are more entertaining than the game😳

    1. Goonerboy says:

      But I am enjoying the game tbh

  19. PJ-SA says:

    Game seems very flat, everyone looks fairly disinterested

    1. Kedar says:

      Tie seems to be over already..

  20. Kieron Blandford says:

    David Luiz in a 2 cb formation scares the hell out of me, I’ve always thought in the middle of a 3 stepping forward with the ball he’s great in a pairing give me holding or maybe even chambers, (when not rusty) anyday.

    Hope we get to see something of Martinelli tonight.

  21. Koktafo says:

    Where can i see the match on internet please

    1. Sue says:


  22. Koktafo says:

    Link of the match please

    1. PJ-SA says:

      http : // sportek . xyz / game . php

      Remove spaces between

    2. Highbury Hero says:

      I am watching on Livescores app. It’s legal but you have to imagine the action.

  23. Skills1000 says:

    COYG. We need to win this.

  24. PJ-SA says:

    Auba is quite frustrating. Doesn’t even try win long clearances that are in his direction…he just let’s the defender have it without even trying. Terrible attitude no matter how many goals he may score.

    Put a shift in mate, you are the captain after all!

    1. Perry ames says:

      He isn’t the only one pepe seems well off the pace. A very dull game 😴

    2. Kedar says:

      True.. He surrenders without any fight..
      Lacazzett is much better in hustle and tussle..

    3. gotanidea says:

      Aubameyang is like Henry. They’re quite tall, but they’re usually unwilling to do aerial duels

      1. Goonster says:

        True, but when it came to hold up player and everything else Henry was a something else. Auba is just a road runner and a finisher. That’s about that.

      2. Vinnie2000 says:

        Oh Lord!!😯😯😕😕!! Auba is like Thierry Henry?? Never Ina million years!!
        Even@age 30 in 2007, Henry had some ambition about him, speed and Clinical in goals. Was still trying to make things happen Ina game..
        Aubameyang is plain Lazy, weak and slow..He tries to smartly score a goal or 2 to cover for his terrible deficiencies!!
        Even Adebayor and RVP made Better Strikers contributions than him!! A Terrible striker really, if fans judge All-round!!

    4. Splendid says:

      Without his goals he is as useless as any player you can think of. Has terrible attitude when it comes to 50/50 contests.

  25. RW1 says:

    Back to football as usual … when you are being outplayed by a bunch of farm hands (whilst drawing millions of quid collectively) you need to be asking some serious questions

  26. Pco says:

    We have the basis for a great team. We have some really good young players coming through but we have to stop settling! Bellerin Pepe Aubameyang Ceballos xhaka Luiz Lacazette all need to be replaced with new buys or players coming through.
    It’s like every year we are two or three players away from challenging for the big trophy’s in my opinion. Anyway Ceballos will never ever play for Madrid. And Bellerin to Juventus, Barcelona. What you smoking!!!

  27. gotanidea says:

    Told you Ceballos is a CAM who can play decently as a DM. He made two defense-splitting passes for Pepe and Aubameyang, but they were unfortunately unable to convert the passes into goals

    1. PJ-SA says:

      Cellabos has also misplaced about 7 simple passes, he’s actually been very poor. Can’t believe some fans want us to buy him.

      1. gotanidea says:

        I don’t think he made that many misplaced passes. He’s so creative, skillful and he almost made two assists

        1. RW1 says:

          I like ceballos but he has been wayward this half … needs to play more with partey not the likes of elneny and xhaka who are clueless footballers and need to be sold ASAP

        2. Pco says:

          Ceballos is very slow in the middle he’s the type of midfielder you enjoy playing against. As you slip the ball passed him you know he’s not gonna catch you. Granted every now and again he’s made fantastic tackles or made a sublime pass but he doesn’t do it enough over the course of a few games. I should go back at the end of the season and I said we should never of brought him back fo this season. It stopped the potential of some of our youth players. Azeez could have been getting some valuable experience

        3. PJ-SA says:

          There you go…Cellabos trying to nutmeg a player for no reason while there are Arsenal players bombing forward and available.

          Everyone out of position, Cellabos loses it, goal conceded.

    2. Goonster says:

      Ceballos is no attacking midfielder for me. Iam Just comparing him to Odegaard or ESR in that position at its painful.
      He is not making it as Arsenal later on Madrid. Proper squad player.

  28. SueP says:

    A dull 35 minutes after a livelier first 10
    So annoying and dreary

  29. Iykmatt says:

    My prediction is 0-0

  30. Sue says:

    Great save from Leno…. that was about it for the half 😄

    1. PJ-SA says:

      100% action packed 🤣

      1. Sue says:


  31. Sid says:

    Some players are having a dull game. Some needless mistakes too…
    Hope the second half will be more entertaining.

  32. MartinelliTheBench says:

    Anyone here notice how Leno is continuously passing(as instructed STILL to do) to Elneny when there are 2 men marking him tight….

    Elneny simply plays his pass 1st time and there’s no issue

    Just wanted to point it out as no one seems to notice when it works. So lets stop blaming Leno when it’s clear certain players taking too many touches is the actual issue. Cheers

    1. McLovin says:

      I noticed that too.

  33. Wiggy says:

    This game needs Martinelli!

    1. Sue says:

      Wahey, you’re still watching 😉

  34. Goonster says:

    So flat. It looks like a real dead rubber game. The Arsenal players seem so nonchalant and complacent.
    Continued from where we stopped in the last 15 minutes against the Spuds at the weekend. Very poor and players are losing cheaply 80% of the ball when passed to them.

    1. gotanidea says:

      Arteta obviously instructed the players to be highly cautious and maintain the lead, hence the higher number of long clearances from Leno and our attackers seemed to press softer to save their energy

      1. MartinelliTheBench says:

        But when he obviously instructs the keeper to pass a certain way, then you say the players are free to use their own experience and mustn’t Lways listen to the manager.

        You can’t have it both ways, they either listen to the manager or they do what they want??

  35. ObjectiveSubjective says:

    Low intensity game, perfect for Martinelli to get a run seeing as he’s allegedly being reintroduced slowly by not being played at all🤔

  36. McLovin says:

    Auba and Pepe are thw worst..

    Thought Tierney, Elneny and Bellerin were our best out there?

    Bellerin was let all alone on that right side. Saw that free-kick “routine”? Just pass it to Bellerin who was alone against 3-4 enemy players and no help.

  37. Joe. S says:

    The lineup looked good on paper, with the exception of Elneny who wouldn’t make the Olympiacos team. But Arteta’s tactics have made this one of the most boring games of football I’ve ever had the misfortune to watch. Why do much negativity?

  38. Gily says:

    I’m not a fan of Ceballous though, but let nobody ask me how many goals and assists he had for Arsenal, when such glorious chances cannot be scored by Aubameyang.

    I can’t wait to have Auba sold. He is just useless and a waste of space and money when he is not scoring.

    1. Vinnie2000 says:

      I need that FAR more than you do!!
      If in the upcoming 2021/2022 season, Aubameyang and Lacazette are still in our team, May not see any Arsenal’s game, really!
      These two decieve Fans alot by scoring some easy goals here n there but in actual facts, they are Big time Liabilities!! Also, Nicholas Pepe!!😒😒

  39. Wiggy says:

    Pepe seems drunk or with last nights hangover !

  40. Sue says:

    Now I’m worried….

  41. manoj says:

    Ceballoss again losing and a goal

  42. McLovin says:

    Real nice work by Ceballos. Started our counter attack and also started Olympiacos goal.

  43. Kieron Blandford says:

    Someone slap Luiz to wake him up!
    We had 4 back and no one attacked the ball.
    Here we go again!
    Switch to 3 at the back now!

  44. Sean Williams says:

    Rubbish. Slow boring football….do they want to win.

    1. Gily says:

      Aubameyang needs to sacked from this team. He makes us play 10 against 11 and so slow.

      Without him, KT would have been a menace on that left flank.

  45. Perry ames says:

    I still think we will win this

  46. Pco says:

    Don’t know why the manager keeps forcing Ceballos into the team when he continues to make mistakes. We should still win the game!

  47. Joe. S says:

    Ceballos not exactly covering himself in glory, but where were the hardmen Xhaka and Elneny to cover? At least it will be interesting.

  48. Kieron Blandford says:

    Disagree re elneny.
    Some games that require close out need high work rate he will always always give every bit of effort he can and is stable player as in wont pass to opposition

    1. Joe. S says:

      But he did a few times Kieron.

  49. Dan kit says:

    Martinelli must still be injured 🤔

  50. SueP says:

    It’s been like this for years. Lively start then the complacency sets in. Instead of going for the jugular we now find ourselves on the back foot. Hopefully the changes will steady things.

    1. Perry ames says:

      Aubameyang doesn’t seem interested let’s hope he can prove me wrong

      1. SueP says:

        I agree but there is no excuse

    2. ahmad73 says:

      SueP: Is it complacency or lack of ideas?

      1. SueP says:

        Whatever it is, over many, many years of watching Arsenal it’s often the same. They need a shake. How difficult is it to be up for furthering their chance of getting to the final?

    3. Gily says:

      It is the Aubameyang effect. He had such a negative effect and plays when he likes.

      Get rid…

  51. Mobella says:

    But why playing to close out the game in your own home when you can go for the win. The players are doing fine, playing according to coach institutions because all of them are playing it simple and safe. That can be coincidence.

  52. PJ-SA says:

    Pepe poor again, not surprised as he’s playing on the RW. Not sure why MA plays him there.

    Very very clear when he plays as a LW he is far more consistent and productive.

    1. Sean says:

      Agreed. Auba looks like he doesnt want to be there… Get Martinelli on at least to press them back in to their own half.

  53. ObjectiveSubjective says:

    Nothing to do specifically with tonight but we should really look at selling Auba in the summer. He is becoming less and less consistent as well as not getting any younger.

    On his wages, imagine trying to sell him in 1.5 – 2 years time. We’ll likely be stuck in a situation with a player on massive wages that we can’t move on.

    FYI I love Auba but Arsenal comes 1st

  54. Sean Williams says:

    Sad..silly football.

  55. Perry ames says:

    Its actually quite embarrassing how we cant string a couple of passes together

  56. Pco says:

    Where is Aubameyang? Not what you want from your striker and captain! Hope he still gets a goal from somewhere.

  57. PJ-SA says:

    Clear Tierney and ESR have been tired since the game started. Really should be resting at least one of them.

  58. Perry ames says:

    Also how bad is party

  59. manoj says:

    pepe brainless fool

  60. Perry ames says:

    Aubameyang body language is disgraceful he should be stripped of the captaincy and he has just missed a sitter

    1. Gily says:

      Not one

  61. SueP says:

    What a miss! Deary me

  62. Sue says:

    Dan kit…. Martinelli!!!! 👍

    1. Dan kit says:

      Fck me sue I thought he had retired 😂

      1. Sue says:


      2. PJ-SA says:

        He has, this is his testimonial game 🤣🤣

    2. Gily says:

      He should have replaced Aubameyang straight, instead we continued to play 10 against 11

  63. Pco says:

    Not sure why the manager would not replace esr or Aubameyang with martenilli, Lacazette. It just seems crazy to me give them a rest, give the benched players a chance. I’m beginning to loose faith in this manager.

  64. Sue says:

    👋 Bye Ba!!

  65. Sean Williams says:

    What a miss…Aubameyang!!!!?

  66. PJ-SA says:

    If we don’t sell Auba in the summer we’ll regret it

    Wages + age + inconsistency = Arsenal subsidising wages to loan/sell him

    1. Vinnie2000 says:

      @PJ-SA, That should be Arsenal’s Number one Agenda once this season closes!!
      Sell Aubameyang and Lacazette as they are Liabilities to this team!! They are Slow, Lazy and most importantly have this Defeatist’ countenance in games which is really worrisome!!
      If they are in our team next season, Another 10th place EPL finish will be ours!!
      Successful teams play Faster and Aggressive strikers e.g Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Man Utd, etc..
      We should a good, young EPL striker and put Balogun as Back up!!

  67. PJ-SA says:

    Very soft 2nd yellow card in all fairness, bit unfair

  68. Sue says:

    We’re just not meant to score!!!

    1. MartinelliTheBench says:

      Great save though….massive difference with Martinelli on. Whole team looks better.

  69. Joe. S says:

    In with the new and out with the old. Leave the old man on the bench and start Martinellii.

    1. Perry ames says:

      What a load of crap, glad we went through but another waste of 2 hours some of the players just dont give a toss, tell me if I’m wrong

  70. SueP says:

    They are playing in time added like they should have in the first place. How bizarre is that?

  71. Sue says:


    Come on Zagreb!!

    1. ahmad73 says:

      A win and qualification for Dynamo will more than compensate our loss!

      1. Sue says:


  72. Pco says:

    How did that happen? How did we lose this game?

  73. Adega Olatunji says:

    Arteta can not just swallow his pride and ego, he definitely has issue with martinelli.

  74. Kieron Blandford says:

    Apologies in advance for this……

    The most entertaining and enjoyable moment of that game was the attractive blonde lady that walked out of the tunnel at the end of the game!

    #one of those nights but job done.

    1. Sue says:


    2. Joe. S says:

      And to think I missed it because I needed to go to the look, Keiron,

  75. Pepe says:

    Any decent club who see their selves as a big club will be beating this team home and away
    If this is how arteta instruct this team to play against a team like Olympiacos then he is better managing a smaller club in a lower division
    Omg can anyone really seriously bet on this team

  76. s says:

    for once we fatally wound Mourinho. Unless he survives the 30 minute bout of extra time.
    After that, we draw Spurs next round and he be like “Come @ me bro”

  77. Dhoni says:

    Performance wasn’t great only Pepe, Martinelli and Tierney had drive in their play. I’m looking forward to seeing Marti get enough game time. Pepe too was selfish and Auba wasteful.

  78. Skills1000 says:

    3 things I observed from this match

    1. I’m glad to see Martinelli back in the squad. We miss his aggressive play.

    2. Our players need more composure on the ball. Aubameyang should not always chop the ball. A times, play a shot.
    3. The English premier league refs are a joke. Controversy week in week out. We hardly see this in european games. Better refs in the european competition than the ones in the premier league.

  79. Joe. S says:

    Would like to say we saw the best and worst of Arsenal, but I don’t think we had one good player out there except for Odergaard. Even Tierney was poor. This one was really down to the manager and the manner in which he send out his team. Perhaps he is incapable of dealing with to games at once. Let’s hope they turn up against West ham. It also demonstrates that Arteta has been riding on Saka’s back for much of the attacking input

  80. A J says:

    Thought the referee was outstanding.

    Apart from Odegaard, that’s about it.

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