Confirmed Arsenal team to face Juventus in Emirates Friendly

Arsenal now face their very last mid-season friendly ahead of getting back to nitty-gritty on Boxing Day.

Juventus are the visitors this afternoon, and Mikel Arteta will be pleased to see most of his World Cup players returning to the side (excepting Gabriel Jesus of course).

Gabriel Martinelli, Saka and Ramsdale are the latest to depart from the World Cup, but they are very unlikely to take part tonight but should be fit to face the Hammers.

Matt Turner and Granit Xhaka left Qatar earlier, so I expect to see the American in goal, and we can return to our best midfield pairing of Partey and Xhaka.

Zinchenko, I think, is still in the last stages of recovery so is unlikely to feature, and Saliba is still waiting for his World Cup Winners medal in Qatar.

Tomiyasu would only be used sparingly by Arteta, along with Smith-Rowe, until they are declared fully fit.

But I still think we will have a very strong line-up, especially as Fabio Vieira is now fully integrated to the side.

So, here is my prediction….


White, Holding, Gabriel, Tierney;

Partey, Xhaka;

Vieira, Odegaard, Nelson


That looks good to me!

Now we just have to wait to see who Arteta has confirmed as his starting XI. and here it is…..




  1. This looks a strong team to me, hope The Old Lady got back most of their first team players for this one, need a game where we struggle and made to suffer.

  2. I am sorry to have committed a bhobho ibm my last comment posting on the last article thread, when U made reference to Dusan Vlahovic as a Croat. But he is a Serb
    regarding our tonight’s home friendly match against Jeventus. Both Odegaard and Nelson have fluffed their lines for Arsenal early on in the game.
    This is not good. They should both stop profigancy in front of goal for Arsenal in the match. But hit the back of Jeventus’ net when next they have the chance to bury some goals for Arsenal in the match.

  3. Talking about that Serbian, hoping he is in the team tonight, it would ensure the gaffer gets one last close up look at him before the January window fly open.

    This team has some really could players that could make us suffer

  4. Tomi, Zinchenko and Lokonga all injured. Nelson off after half hour with what looked like a pulled hamstring. Watching live on Twitter EPL CAM live stream.

  5. Thank God that wasn’t a competitive game. For all of our possession we did not complete one clear-cut goal-scoring chance other than the first-half strike against a post by Nketiha, or cause the keeper to make one save (that I remember).
    Two own goals has to be so very careless.

    1. Only watched highlights but Eddie looked pretty good tbh, and the two own goals were unfortunate, rather than us being under pressure or seriously caught out. Oh well

  6. One of the young ones on the left wing (didn’t get his name, think it was Butler-Oyedeji) was particularly impressive.

  7. Slow and side way passing,not even taking risks in the final third. Sometimes those Tierney crosses look absurd with the way we play! No target man, it gets me thinking if he were to be in a man City team, and his target haaland or a certain Giroud ! Then all the crossings could make sense

    1. Exactly righr Kenya001, without a Giroud type centre forward or no players coming through the middle the crosses appeared futile.

  8. Is it 2 own goals or 1 that Arsenal conceded to Juventus? The Final score-line read: Arsenal 0-1 Juventus.
    To me, Arsenal losing 0-1 at home to Juventus in a friendly match is unacceptable in all the ramifications of the game. For, I think Arsenal have left losing games behind them to win them. Or play to a draw gameat least since they last lost at home against Brighton in the Carabao Cup. And that was a big completion match loss that Arsena suffered this season’s campaign.
    Who were the first teamers missing for Arsenal in their today’s friendly match loss at home against Juventus?
    Tomiyasu, saliba, Zinchenko, ESR, Saka and. Martinelli. But if those six Gunners have today played for Arsenal against Juventus. Bar Tomiyasu, Zinchenko and ESR to leave Saliva, Saka and Martinelli in the squas. Would these trio not have influenced a friendly match win over Juventus today? I will think so.
    Anyway, it is thank God it wasn’t a PL match that Arsenal lost to Juventus today. As the Arsenal players who played in the match loss looked to be inept. And not fully ready to play for Arsenal this winter. But they could come back to play for Arsenal again this season if they work very hard in training sessions, to improve and improved on the average quality of their game which they lacked for Arsenal.

  9. Arsenal again fired blanks up front from all the possession in the attacking third. Nketiah in particular, as a key forward, needs to sharpen up and hit the target.

  10. Apart from my 80 minute journey to the Emirates taking 2 1/2 hours, the main things I’ll be left with;
    – Tierney looking more comfortable in the new formation Arteta introduced this year
    – Gabriel looked sharp
    – Cozier-Duberry looks an exciting prospect
    – Lord help us if Partey goes down. This isn’t a criticism of Elneny, he played all right. But Partey is a cut above anything we have to bring on.

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