Although Arsenal fans are hopefully expecting Gabriel Jesus to return to the Arsenal squad shortly, Mikel Arteta suddenly has a few injuries and illnesses affecting his choices for the starting X! at Craven Cottage today, especially when it comes to our usually reliable attacking line-up.
With the inclusion of Jesus just looking like wild speculation, we are also missing Trossard and Nketiah, and Smith-Rowe is unlikely to be risked either, having played 70 minutes on Thursday, and the prognosis for Odegaard is not looking good either.
Rice-Nelson replaced Smith-Rowe for the last 20 mins against Sporting and is likely to start, and I can’t see Saka and Martinelli getting any rest either in the near future, but maybe Vieira mat get another chance to impress.
The back line I am sure will revert to standard, with White, Gabriel, Saliba and Tomiyasu in front of Ramsdale, with Partey, Xhaka and Vieira in the middle. Martinelli will likely be the false nine, with Saka and Reiss Nelson down the wings.
So now let’s see who Arteta chooses from his greatly reduced squad…..
🖤 𝗧𝗘𝗔𝗠𝙉𝙀𝙒𝙎 ⚡️
🪄 Odegaard in midfield
💪 Trossard returns
🔙 Jesus on the bench
✊ Set and ready for a London derby! pic.twitter.com/GniDeOi108
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) March 12, 2023
Come On You Gooners!!!!
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— Le African Gooner (@leafricangooner) March 12, 2023
Wow, strong team. So happy Odegaard and Trossard are fit and in. COYG.
Glad too Jesus and Trossard back, come on boys we got this!
Great line up…
Jesus on bench..
Great too see all our players back at the right time…
Should be winning this game…
Happy to see Trossard recover so fast. Jesus could be our super-sub, because he was so intense and tricky before he got injured
Martinelli is back in his best position and hopefully Saka will be fit enough to score
Jesus is back..great stuff
So crucial game.Welcome back Jesus!Come On You Gunners!!!!
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Finally. Jesus is back
Let’s troll Willian today huh?
No… no need..
It’s not that important…
Win is most important and clean sheet than trolling him.
LETS NOT BEHAVE AS LITTLE CHILDREN, BUT AS ADULTS.
Nah, just a joke.
He isn’t in the matchday squad though.
Why? Willian was subpar but at least he had the decency to quit his multimillion contract.. Kudos to him I say
Would be suicide to even consider Jesus taking part from the bench. Looks more like a morale thing having him on the bench. I personally would like to see him after the international break. He is recovering from an ACL injury after all
Many Gooners, rightly, welcoming JESUS back.
BUT a word of caution, as he can not possibly be match fit yet.
Unlikely to be called as sub, UNLESS we have injuries.
I hope he is not called upon today, nor for a week or two at least, just yet.
We can win this and open a 5 point lead again. I want our defence to put in a good performance today so to shut up these so called pundits n you tubers who think we are not good defensively to win the league even though we are 2nd best defensive team and 2nd best offensive team. Come on Arsenal. Need a win with clean sheet.
I just hope our defence tightens up and makes sure that Mitrovic is never left unchallenged in the air.If we can keep a clean sheet we will win.
Oof that bench😍😍😍
When was the last time we had such a strong squad.
Big chance to put pressure on mcity, can put them 8 pts behind before they play Liverpool on the 1st april if we win our next 2 games.
At this point of the season a chance to shift all the pressure to your title rival is a boon especially when you know our fixture list in April.
Well done Gabriel
3 goals in 4 appearances for Gabriel against Fulham
Fulham were hopeless for the second
Nice cross but the defence were like statues
Trossard is becoming super acquisition in January window
Its a Gabriel partey at the cottage.
Need the 3rd Gabriel to score to make it a dream match.
I get your excitement but if we are comfortably ahead then we shouldn’t risk him…
I do not have words for Thomas Partey. How can someone play that way with that little effort? It makes you feel that it’s as easy as making his bed for him.
I don’t know how we gonna replace him in due course…
Martin Zubimendi can be answer..
He should be cloned. He’s so effin gut.
Champagne football in full flow. Need to finish these chances.
Are you listening to John Champion and Andrew Townsend??
Whatcha talking about willis?
What a fantastic football we are playing at the moment..
Should have been 4-0 ahead
If Xhaka’s first touch had been better….if only
Hands down Goal of the season
Fulham are hopeless and we are making them pay. Lovely finish by Odegaard and another good cross by Trossard
Should be 6-0. Trossard having a field day.
He is been majestic today..
Hat trick of assist for trossard
Trossard was absolutely majestic..
Right foot or left he doesn’t matter…
Hattrick of assists..
Top class acquisition…
Fulham’s defending was atrocious and they played openly, but our boys were excellent
We produced so many clear-cut chances. World class passes by Trossard, despite missing an easy chance to score
Yes… Fulham did not park bus…
They did not play like low block team…
But Arsenal were majestic..
We need same intensity for next 20 mins to see off this game…
Hopefully Nelson will replace Trossard in the second half. It’s better to keep Trossard fit for Sporting, because he just recovered from his injury
But next 20-25 mins we should keep this intensity and keep the score like this or better and then we can do the substitutions
Thomas partey is a beast.
Wow.. Trossard take a bow.
Now keep the same intensity for another 20-30 minutes and Fulham will forfeit for good. Come on boys keep concentrating!
With our terrific away form in the league, I would be shocked if we do not win the league this season. City should have been at least 10 points behind us if not for the terrible officiating in the league deliberately aimed at making the league look like a two-horse race. 11W, 1D and 2L in 14 away games (34 points) is the kind of form that wins you the league.
I thought I could spell rather well. But when I looked up, to check how to spell “sumptuous” and “exhilarating”, to my surprise they are both spelled thus; ARSENAL!
What a truly magnificent first half.
So much more to come and with a bench to die for.
Agree with Jon Fox, let’s keep Jesus on the bench for this game and give him even more time to recover – Sporting Lisbon won’t know what hit them.
At H-T we are only 5 goals worse than City in goal difference, overall. Time to reduce that gap. Great opportunity to do it!
You beat me to it Jon
Keep this up in the second half and the goal difference between us and City will look even better.
What our bench looks like: Jesus, Nelson, Viera, Jorginho, ESR, Tomiyasu, Tierney. Title rivals beware!!!
We are running riot! Trossard very involved.
Paul Merson was right it’s a Sunday evening stroll in the park.
They really dont want that london derbies away record, risky passes to give fulham a goal
Fulham have up their intensity
Good to see Saka being subbed…
He needs rest and we need game management…
Welcome back Jesus for a shortish run out and a round of applause to Trossard 👏👏
Nice gentle introduction for Jesus just get a little of the rust off.
Like the changes , Zinchenko and Nelson with one eye on Sporting Lisbon,
Surely Tossard has to be man of the match what a January signing
A pity we couldn’t add to the tally but I’m not complaining. A good win.
We haven’t conceded in our last 5 London derbies. That should be a record if I’m right.
Its a record alright
What a performance by everyone…just amazing. Big thumbs up for our defence specially Saliba he is back to old Saliba. Just dominated their attack, was so calm, great tackling n interception and good passes from back. Trossad what a player man. So happy our whole team is back. Now you can see our squad depth and strength. They are not a joke and I feel we are not far behind city in squad depth specially not many miles all these pundits claim all the time.
When the gunners are in the mood and playing like this, the rest could just be playing for minor places.
Personal apologies to Merse. I had it down as a tight game with only probably one goal in it. He called it correctly though.
I thought we played like the 1958 Brazil team a lot of the time. THEY WERE THE BEST TEAM I HAVE EVER SEEN! Even my cat was purring today, though not as much as I WAS!!