It used to be very easy to predict Arteta’s starting line-up in most games as he generally stuck to the same XI in most games, but now we have restarted our Europa League campaign, and our recent problems with illnesses and injuries, it is now much harder.
But also, with our three new acquisitions this winter, Arteta really has to think deeply about how to keep everyone happy and rotate without weakening the side, and of course to make sure everyone gets a bit of match fitness by playing in competitive game.
With all those things in mind, I had a wild attempt to predict what team Arteta would choose, while still making sure we progressed to the quarter finals, and this is the line up I came up with.
I was very brave and left out Bukayo Saka as he looked a bit lost last Thursday, but I’m still not sure that Arteta will leave him out if he insists he wants to play.
So here is my line-up and let us now see what Arteta’s final decision will ne….
And here it is…
White, Saliba, Gabriel, Tierney
Odegaard, Jorginho, Vieira
So here is my line-up and let us now see what Arteta’s final decision will ne….
And here it is…
🔴 𝗧𝗘𝗔𝗠𝙉𝙀𝙒𝙎 ⚪️
🧱 Tomiyasu at the back
©️ Xhaka skippers the side
❤️ Gabby leading the line
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Big big call the gaffer has one eye firmly on the Derby on Sunday.
Partey, Odegaard and Saka, the best player of the campaign resting.
This was the the most wasted 2 and half hr of life. A non top 5 league team comes and batters you in your home ground is just unacceptable especially when you are league leaders. It’s embarrassing how over rated premier league is.
That is an I mean business team
Big call playing those 3 in midfield
Surprised I didn’t see Tierney in the starting line up
Took the words out of my mouth.
I would rather Arteta went with the first eleven for starters. You’d then rest players when the game is in bed.
But the gaffer knows best I guess
Yes the lack of pace and drive in midfield could be a problem particularly when they hit us on the counter attack.I hope Xhaka plays deeper than normal to avoid such a situation.
What a cocktail ! Cheers Mikel
Arteta definitely wants to win this trophy.
I think Tierney should leave the club in the summer. I’m a big fan of zinchenko but if tieney can’t even start in this kind of match then I don’t think the coach has him in his plans. Ans why drop Turner, he has been wonderful in the Europa League.
Good that Bukayo is getting a rest. Very strong team and Reiss Nelson getting a deserved start. Looking forward to it.
Ah! What has Tierney done to have been left out of the Arsenal’s home Europa League Cup match starring Xi team agains Sporting CP tonight by his gaffeer?
Arteta just picked a strong side, shuffling with only those that have staked starting claims/been impressive at some point over this campaign (Nelson, Viera, Jorginho, Tomiyasu)
Ah! What has Tierney done to have been left out of the Arsenal’s home Europa League Cup match starting Xi team agains Sporting CP tonight by his gaffeer?
It’s a 442 formation
Martinelli and Jesus up top.
At least Arteta has accepted the facts concerning Matt Turner. Sell in the summer!
Turner is a good goalkeeper, he only need a run of game. Arteta is becoming like pep and I don’t like it. Give Tierney a Start in this match and stick with Turner. They are good players
Turner is good second Keeper
Nah, he’s a decent goalie , a little ring rusty, yes
He fielded many Portuguese speakers. Maybe to understand Sporting’s communication in the field
I hadn’t thought of that GAI
And the Sporting players understand our midfields English/Portuguese. Same way teams in the EPL understand English that the opposition is talking.
Fail to see the benefit for us at all when both sets of players understand each other. Play our own game.
Kim Kardashian is at Emirates Stadium tonight to watch Arsenal v Sporting
That’s where the inspiration came from for that Hollywood pass by Jorginho
I think Arteta is a little bit Panicked in starting a very strong Arsenal starting XI team for our home Elc match tonight against Sporting CP. For, I think and believe if he has started his last away sarting XI team at Sporting CP tonight. That Arsenal starting XI team playing at home tonight will win the match comfortably.
A rather inauspicious start
Saliba is dwelling a bit.
That was a corker
Cracking ball by Jorginho…
Absolutely stunning vision
But Vieria hang that head in shame for that pathetic attempt to win a penalty,cannot stand watching that .
He wasn’t trying to win a penalty
Watch Viera, he falls down at any contact, that’s how light he really is
Saliba’s injury is worrying sign…
We need him..
His substitution could precautionary..
We will have to wait now
After Sundays game, we will have break of 14 days.. Hopefully it’s just a muscle strain or something
We cannot rely on Holding..
We have to have at least 1 of Saliba or Tomiyasu…
If Saliba is not fit for weekend and Tomiyasu is then start Tomiyasu as RB and White as CB with Gabriel..
Oh not Saliba.
My problem with Declan Rice, he dosen’t make those Hollywood passes like Jorginho
This Holding is so poor that White is almost playing as 3rd CB to support him
Happy to be one up, after a slow start, but Sporting must not be underestimated.
Bad luck regarding the injuries and fingers crossed that neither are too serious.
Yes suep hope they aren’t serious. Saliba’s might be precaution more worried for tomi
According to BT sport, its Saliba’s back.
It was good to see Holding play very safely. We’ll need Saliba back for Crystal Palace, otherwise we’d likely be in trouble
Great through ball and vision from Jorginho
Tierney can play CB with Gabriel.
Hopefully Magalhaes is more dominant and composed than Holding
White is almost playing as a 3rd CB to help Holding..
It seems Arteta doesn’t trust him anymore..
We should be having at least either of Saliba or Tomiyasu fit for weekend..
We cannot rely on Holding
We are lucky that we are going into international break
White always plays as if he is the third CB, but Holding needs to step up
You’re seeing what u want to see
That’s not true
If you observe then you could see that White has stopped going forward and he is playing almost as a 3rd CB and Nelson is doing a job of winger and full back
A tough half! Partey and Odegaard sub in the 2nd half to seal the deal.
Jesus needs to look at elite striker like benzima how he plays the ball and keeps hold of it. Jesus just tries all the time to dribble through the whole team. He is so poor at releasing others or keep the game flowing. That’s why we look better in build up and play when trossard is playing.
Unless he start scoring goals, he cannot be referred into that category..
He will be considered as very very good talented player but he has to start scoring goals
Although he is our player but he is and will never be any way near benz but my issue here is not level comparison but for Jesus to learn not to put his head down each time and try to dribble through whole team on his own. That is why Brazil have won no world Cup since 2002, every player in their team just play indivisual football and tries to dance through opposition..no coherence no fluid passing.
Saka , Partey, Tossard and Odegaard could walk into any premier league starting team on current form, to think we rest all four and looking comfortable.
Surely this thought enough to makes the champion nervous
We don’t look comfortable, we are struggling for rhythm. A team with better forwards n we would have been 2 goals down.
What a pass from Jorginho. Probably pull Viera and bring on Odegaard, the Trossard for Nelson.
I’m not watching the game but trying to read updates. Xhaka & Vieria on yellow cards so need to be careful with that.
Saliba is a major concern?
Also Tomi coming off?
Hopefully can grab that 2nd goal and sit on the counter
Xhaka has been motm so far in first half. Gorgi is having a good game as well.
Xhaka has been a revelation, Captain too tonight & if he wins the league this season what a story. Saw his goal, strong finish.
Jorginho that bit of class In there
Saliba’s absence shows how big of a player he is for us . Hopefully it’s more of precaution to prevent long term injury.
White is playing almost 3rd CB and Nelson is doing job for both..
Full back and Winger..
Gabriel Magalhaes is dominant , it is really looking like Tierney days are numbered
With one eye on Sunday, Maybe the gaffer is saving Tierney for the Derby
Why on Earth did he sub Saliba for Holding, when he should’ve subbed Tommy for Tierney?
Not sure I understand that point
I wish we’d scored that goal. Sloppy to have given the ball away
Beaten from the halfway line ☹️
My word, what a goal by the Portuguese.
Ramsdale with eggs on his face.
Huge embarrassment by the Englishmen
He was in a pretty normal position for a keeper when in possession to be fair. Midfield lost the ball and the a inch perfect shot. Congrats to the striker, harsh to blame Ramsdale.
Did Xhaka try an unnecessary fancy flick in a tight area or was Jorginho far too slow to get to the ball?
That is Xhaka doing his thing
No Partey without Thomas…..
Saka to win it!!!
Nice game for the neutrals ,
We’ll be lucky to finish with 11 fit men
We are living dangerously and a great redeeming save by Ramsdale
The way we are playing, we might loose today
A moral boosting save by the young Englishman.
Stats have changed dramatically since the end of the 1st half. Arsenal need to wake up here.
We are in trouble if were to rely on Holding as a starter.
Right now we are playing like the way we have been for last 3-4 years
I’m sorry but Viera brings nothing to midfield. Zinchenko has been particularly wasteful with his passing too. Hoping for a goal soon and avoiding extra time.
Spot on. He offers very little , should have been better to leave Reiss on. Literally just strolling on the pitch.
Yawn, a midfield if Xhaka, Jorginho and Vierra is a recipe for failure.
That was clever by Xhaka, the angle was tight and uses his experience to win a corner
Sporting deserve to win today..
They have been really good in 2nd half
Oh no, we don’t need the extra minutes on the kids legs
It could go all the way to Penalty shootout
An absolute STUPID team selection!!!!
I can only assume Arteta wants to get out of this contest and concentrate on the Premier League.
Our bench players look okay just so long as there are at least 7 first team outfield players on the pitch.
Today, there are 5 bench players starting:
Tommy, Viera, Jorginho, Nelson, and Jesus (I consider Troussard as the current incumbent).
We look at sixes and sevens when we play too many bench players!!!
What is worse, is that Zinc gets caught a lot in midfield, when Partey is not playing, leaving his side wide open!
One last comment, it seems that Barcelona may not be the only Spanish team passing brown paper bags to referees.
(Sorry a Gratuitous comment)
I’m not sure I agree that Arteta doesn’t want to win the EL. I thought at the start the lineup was pretty strong but 2 defensive injuries haven’t helped
That said, personally I prefer to go and ‘win it’ with the strongest 11 and then make substitutions. Arteta should not underestimate Sporting who showed great resilience last week
I don’t think Viera is a bad player but he’s nowhere near the level of player Arsenal require, not even as a 2nd string option.
He is good for mid table team
Doesn’t that make him a very poor player then?
Honestly that goal by the Portuguese, deserves to win this game, but am selfish and so too are gooners
Holding stepped up in the second half. Zinchenko made two misplaced passes, but he also made a crucial block
Hopefully Martinelli still has the energy to run
We will win this , I just think we should have taken another approach. Start with strong 11 that beat Fulham then score goals n once you are comfortable then bring on the subs to rest players. Hopefully we will finish this and not take it to penalties.
Shit. We better lose in 90 minutes…
We don’t have the squad for this bulshit competition. Arteta should have started the second 11. Even if we win, do we realy need to play Juventus three days before away Liverpool game? With that squad it will be horrible. Arteta should have been pragmatic.
Nothing is guaranteed, we need to win both or any one of the two. PL is stil a long way off
Did they wake these players up from sleep to come and play this game? They all look uninterested. They are sleep walking in a knock out game, you would think we won the first leg 5:0
Why did it take this long to get Viera off? Odegaard could have made a difference at 65 minutes.
Marc, biers was just walking and lettin them pass the ball around. I was pulling my hair off that he should come off..
if Arteta really wants to rest Ode. Then move zinc in the morning dole and play Tierney
Viera *. Move in the mid*
Great saves, well done keeper!
He will have his eye in then, unfortunately
Unfortunately yes. He’s kept them in the game in the last few mins but credit where it’s due.
Dont like this, becoming one of those can’t score so we’ll take them out. Heavy challenges consecutively on trossard, Martinelli and now saka.
I am feeling too confident on this Penalty Shootout thing..
Anything can happen..
Unfortunately we don’t Jorginho on pitch..
That was 1 confirm penalty…
Sporting have a very good manager and some good players too, particularly their GK
I hope our key players will be fit to play against Crystal Palace, because Martinelli and Saka got hard tackles
This is hard to take
Is it just me or does Ramsdale not seem to actually go anywhere when he dives? Just goes from vertical to horizontal without actually covering any ground.
He actually went the right way for all penalties. I think he waits for the last possible second to jump hence he doesn’t go right up the post like when gk anticipate.
Like the shot he got 2 hands 2…gets to the ball but because he’s actually not moving much he has zero effect on trying to stop it. If you get 2 gloves to the ball, you should be keeping it out at this level.
Play your strongest team from the start!!!! FFS.
We top of our game when all our 1st team players were on pitch…
If we would have started with this team then we would have easily won the game
No excuse now not to go win the league. Out of everything else
Well played to Sporting, fair credit.
Unfortunately that is the problem when starting with potentially the slowest midfield in top flight Europe, you set a slow and predictable tone which we never got out of.
Vieira not good enough, oetedtian walk. Chang the midfield was the main mistake.
Bottom line is that had Odegaard come on much earlier during normal time for Viera, who was hopeless, we would and should have won. Mistake by OUR MANAGER tbh!
I said it after the first leg. I said something about jeopardizing our chances in the UEL for sake of squad rotation.
There you have it.
I rest my case.
At least there can be zero excuse for league now, we’ve been knocked out of everything else already.
Can’t hide my disappointment really
Whilst I thought the team was strong I go along with those who believe that playing your strongest team right away is preferable
That is down to Arteta who perhaps thought that the team he originally selected had enough
The early injuries didn’t help but their goalie was inspired
I hope that their disappointment doesn’t spoil Sunday and they come out fighting
Bottling it up, I hope the wind has not been taken out of our sails by the 120mins come Sunday
We lost but we will go on. It can be blessing in disguise as we will have one thing only to play for. But it was error in judgment from Arteta, we should have played with same team as Fulham and then rest the players when you are winning like in Fulham game. One we had our almost best eleven out on pitch we dominated and almost scored.
Maybe Arteta thought Saka and Odegaard needed a rest. Saka in particular has played many games all season. And Partey has to be managed properly for the remaining league games.
Arsenal should focus now on the remaining 11 league games. 10 wins and 1 loss. And we are champions
Exactly Kedar. Start with main team once comfortably leading then bring subs.
I for one am not too upset if playing your starters would not have guaranteed a win but with a world cup in the middle of the season you absolutely have to rotate thats why Pep has been resting De Bruyne and they have a better squad to cope. No guarantees but we are can now concentrate on the league and I like our chances better now to win it.
Sad thing is every goal for Sporting came from a mistake. But fair play to them, took the chances.
A painful loss. We can focus now on the EPL. Many lessons to learn from this match.
Viera needs to step up his game.
Ralmsdale has to focus more and be more serious with his goal keeping.
Irrespective of where we finish this season, we need to buy another Striker in the summer. Victor Osimhen is the guy. Bid 85m pounds for him in the summer
Replacing Turner with Ramsdale for me cost us the game tonight.few times we have changed our cup keepers in the past has always backfired&it did again tonight…Arteta should learn to trust/encourage his players to perform even when they make mistakes&i sure hope Martinelli’s season isn’t ruined by his penalty miss tonight.
There is so much contradiction in here dont rotate starters but Turner should have stayed in goal. At the end of it all sure there can be criticism I am fine with that but everyone is a great manager after the fact. The regular starters could have lost just as they have in back to back games this season. All of a sudden no excuses to not win the league yet before the season started you would have taken third. When you are up against I giant like City who have a case against them for circumventing the rules and financial doping you cannot be saying no excuse for this or that utter nonsense. There is no room for entitlenment in the hardest league in the world. All I know the more games we play the higher the risk of someone like Partey getting injured and we lost against Utd and City without him. He could still get injured in training but you cannot tell me the intensity of two games does not increase that risk.
Please no abuse on martinelli.
Some detestable guys are giving nasty talk
We actually played with 10 men. Viera was totally ineffective.
True..that boy is weak..i dnt knw why arteta cnt see it.
Fantastic goal by the Sporting player, brought back memories of Nayim scoring against us in Paris in the CWC Final in ’95.
Shame we are out, as now we probably won’t be a top seed in next season’s CL.
Fingers crossed that the sub of Saliba is precautionary.