Confirmed Arsenal team to take on Cardiff – Auba and Laca start together

I don’t think it matters that we are playing Cardiff, but all Arsenal fans are sure to be feeling nervous due to our rubbish away form which has seen us win just one of our last ten away fixtures.

But hopefully Unai Emery will now know which is his best starting XI and we can see if he has finally taught the defence how to stop our opponents getting so close to Petr Cech’s goal. I read that Arsenal had 24 on target shots against us in our first three games, more than any other EPL team. No wonder we have conceded 6 goals and luckily Cech stopped the other 18! If we let Cardiff have that much room today they will surely score as well, so we could do with Aubameyang finding his form…

Anyway, over to the confirmed team. This was my earlier predicted line-up….

Bellerin – Mustafi – Sokratis – Monreal
Ramsey – Torreira – Xhaka
Ozil – Aubameyang – Mkhitaryan

And this will be Emery’s confirmed starting XI….

Still no Torreira! But at least we have Auba and Lacca starting together at last. Let’s see some goals!

Is this team good enough to give us our first away win of the season?



  1. Sue says:


    1. Sarmmie says:

      Take carrots, Sue, it’ll help with your eyes

      1. Sue says:

        He’s a bloody sub mate!

        1. Sarmmie says:

          I’m sorry bro, I think I’m the one who should go on a carrot diet, but then admin posted the wrong lineup

          1. Admin says:

            Apologies. I got over-excited!

          2. Sue says:

            That’s ok… I think it was wrong for a split second…

    2. Nice squared! Rain of goals for us today. #Winning

    3. sanmi.marvellous says:

      Because Unai knows better !!!

      1. Invisible says:

        Nope arsene knows best ????

        1. Invisible says:

          And goal for cardiff

  2. Senile says:

    I don’t understand Emery stubbornness…

    1. Sarmmie says:

      Ramsey off for lacazette, and I’m alright, that may happen in the second half though

    2. Sarmmie says:

      Ramsey off for lacazette, and I’m alright, that shoukd happen in the second half though
      But I’m happy to see torreira, his presence should bring out the best in xhaka

      1. Sue says:

        From the bench?!

      2. GunnerJack says:

        Take carrots, Sammie, it’ll help with your eyes

        1. Sarmmie says:

          On it, bro, I’m on a carrot diet already

    3. Rkw says:

      It’s a worrying trait we have seen fail arsenal in the not too distant past … Any team that has xhaka Ramsey and bellerin starting is not going to make the top 4 … Enough to beat Cardiff probably but that’s true of all mid table outfits …

  3. Martin says:

    You’ve got the team wrong. Guendouzi and Lacazette start whilst Mkhitaryan and Torreira on bench

  4. GunnerJack says:

    Hope Guendouzi is feeling fit because he probably won’t get much help defensively from Xhaka and glory hunter Ramsey.

  5. msty says:

    yea… what i was xpecting…. its a diamond i guess…. 4-1 arsenal… we just cant buy a clean sheet

  6. msty says:

    yea… what i was xpecting…. its a diamond i guess geundouzi seating…. 4-1 arsenal… we just cant buy a clean sheet

  7. GunnerJack says:

    Laca & Auba ? – but still got Xhaka and not Torreira! What exactly does Emery see in Xhaka? He must be a real whizz on the training ground. Let’s hope he proves me wrong and plays like a professional footballer today – would make a nice change.

    1. Sue says:

      I know right, I did want Laca & Torreira both to start. But hopefully Laca will link up well & Auba will finally score!
      Xhaka & Ramsey had better have a good game, be about time!!!

  8. Leon says:

    All I can say is that if Xhaka is keeping Torreira out of the team then Torreira must be a bloody awful player.
    And Leno?
    And Lichsteiner?
    Why did we bother signing these players?
    50 million on new players that never play….
    We are not Man City – we don’t have money to waste…

    1. Sue says:

      ??? spot on comment Leon

    2. GunnerJack says:

      Yes Leon we waited years for a proper defensive midfielder, finally got one – then play Xhaka instead!!?? Guendouzi is wasted in that position, should be further forward. Now if only Xhaka gets either a knock or an early yellow card and Torreira is brought on and Guendouzi is moved forward . . .

  9. Sandeep says:

    Leon it’s long season we just started may be they will gel with team very soon and will start.

  10. clive says:

    what is wrong with Emery,
    Xhaka keeping Torriera out of our starting XI how?
    why is he playing this guy from d bench?

    1. GunnerJack says:

      Yes Clive it’s just the same as when Wenger was here. He also used a crowbar to prise Xhaka into the team every time he could – but very few could see why. Let’s hope he proves us wrong, along with Ramsey.

      1. Dee23 says:

        But Wenger did not have Torreira. I’m sure that he would have started Torreira a head of Xhaka if we had him in the squad. There were games that Elneny was played a head of Xhaka.

  11. John Wick says:

    Bellerin in the team again! No Torreira either! Unai Emery is seriously worrying me now ? I like guendouzi but he’s too young to be involved in every game, let Torreira come in he has serie A experience for heaven’s sake.. Guendouzi is a breath of fresh air but he still has too many mistakes in him!

    1. Durand says:

      Its like playing with a 3 handicap in first half. Ozil is playing like hot garbage, and Bellerin defends as well as Cech plays out from the back.

      Guess Bellerin paid NOT to defend, Cech Sanogo-esque with his feet, and Ozil making a cameo appearance early.

      Desperately need Torreria, and immediately drop Ozil for Mhki. So far take away the pressing, and it looks like previous years. Defense obvious problem, and Lichtsteiner can’t buy his way onto the pitch.

      2nd half is time for Emery to be absolutely ruthless and show the change he preaches. Actually looks a fair fight with Cardiff so far, bit shocking to be honest.

  12. Slickrick the ruler says:

    Some of yall on drugs or something. Lacazette is in the team with auba

  13. Sarmmie says:

    I dont think Xhaka is the problem, I think its the coach trying to play him as a dmf, he’s a CMF, that’s where he played when Switzerland go to round 16 of the world cup and 1/4 finals of euro 2016, he had the team’s ball winner behind him for him to play so well, if I remember correctly, he had more than two motm award at the latter tournament
    He got into the bundesliga team of the year twice at a young age when he played CMF and had a ball winner behind him
    He played better against west ham when a proper ball winner was brought in to play behind him
    So I don’t want to ignore his strengths and bash him for his mistakes, he may lose the ball at times and be awful at winning it back, but he’s actually our best passer(one of premier league’s best passers) and our most direct midfielder
    Wenger started him throughout last season, emery is doing the same thing and I’m not so sure but looks like guardiola also wanted to sign him before we did

    1. GunnerJack says:

      Thanks for the info Sammie but I’m still waiting for Xhaka to show me something – anything – that’s at all special. Maybe today . . .

      I note Papa has been brought into CB so Emery might be expecting a few long balls/throws into our area.

  14. John Ibrahim says:

    Emery is the manager and he picks the team…

    if any fans want their fav player to play or any formation…

    then become a Arsenal manager

    1. Dee23 says:

      Fans are still allowed to have opinions, mate! That’s why we are all here after all.

      1. Admin says:

        Don’t worry Dee. John has no problem telling Arsenal who to buy!

  15. Ackshay says:

    I think its a diamond shape, 4-1-2-1-2 with guendouzi as dm and xhaka Ramsey as cm with ozil just behind lacazette and aubameyang.
    It would mean guendouzi is keeping torreira out of starting 11 which is understandable instead of xhaka ahead of torreira.

    Emery likes to have a long passer in his midfield and since xhaka is the only one we have he starts despite being average.

  16. Grandad says:

    Yes but we will not keep a clean sheet.

  17. Rkw says:

    Jesus Christ … Am begining to doubt that emery has any clue what playing out from the back means

    1. gooner4life says:

      Rkw Please try not to use the Saviours name when using this comments page thank you.

  18. I might not a football specialist but I find it so comical playing all the time unnecessary from the back.
    Against a better team we would have been already 1 nil down

  19. Rkw says:

    Good job our defenders can score goals!!!! Excellent header … It was beginning to look like a Sunday pub game

  20. Rkw says:

    Our defence is an accident away from conceding a hatful … Xhaka loses it AGAIN in middle and panic sets in ..

    1. bran99 says:

      This didn’t take a minute, Xhaka on the lose then BAM, we concede just like all the other goals we conceded

  21. Rkw says:

    All I can say is we are a team that appears to have no idea about what kind of football we are trying to play … Ramsey and xhaka have neither the pace or the skill to carry ball forward …ozil and aubemayang are completely lost and we are depending on a 19 year old novice to bring cohesion … And the defence is just all over the place ….t’s weird football and so far short of top 5 teams it’s frightening …

  22. Paic says:

    Bellerin, Xhaka and Ozil again underperforming. How many more chances?

    1. Rkw says:

      You are generous … Only lacazette gendouzi and mustafi are half way decent …. We are a joke

      1. Invisible says:

        If you think we are a joke, then I don’t know what Manu are.

        1. Rkw says:

          Don’t give a sh@@ about them … Though they are above us in the table … Why are we playing this kind of utterly incoherent unwatchable football … That’s what I want to know … And it’s something to do with players out if position and favouratism … I’ve watched this disaster movie before … Spoiler alert … It ends badly

  23. Kedar says:

    Again Xhaka lost the ball… Nonsense Player completely…

    1. bran99 says:

      Don’t know why when he plays bad (this happens in all the matches) then he’ll always be in the team sheet for the next game!?

      1. GunnerJack says:

        One of the great mysteries of the universe – perpetuated by Wenger and now Emery!

        1. bran99 says:

          I don’t think anyone can explain this ???

  24. Highbury44 says:

    Normal service resumed .Still can’t defend

  25. WiserthanWenger says:

    Xhaka is the culprit again crossing the ball to the opp player resulting in Cardiff’s goal ! !!
    When can Emery see that Xhaka is a negative force for Arsenal ??

  26. Invisible says:

    No worries, we gonna win anyway.

  27. Sue says:

    Another goal conceded…. I’m so pi**ed off…. apart from Laca & Guendouzi everyone else has been pants.
    Cardiff hadn’t scored until now…. no doubt we’ll make them look like Real Madrid in the 2nd half. FFS

    1. No, this is a win am sure of it. Was an unlucky goal to concede. Xhaka was having an unusually good game but still found a way to mess it up. Cech is the one that concerns me most with his shenanigans at the back.

      1. Sue says:

        Yeah after 20 seconds… get Leno in…. Cech is really doing my head in

      2. RSH says:

        Xhaka looks good until teams start to put pressure on him. Then he cracks rather easily. He won’t do as a starter if we want a top 4 spot.

    2. Southwest says:

      Tell me one service that Ozil offered this 1st half?
      We just need him off the ship

  28. Bur says:

    We are shite.

  29. Senile says:

    And Xhaka can’t defend and always lose the ball…

  30. Aubameyang is really bad but otherwise we are playing decently. Unlucky goal to concede though we shall certainly win this game.

    1. Sue says:

      What’s happened to him????

      1. Absolutely no idea! He seems a completely different player to the one we saw last season. Time for Welbeezy me thinks!

  31. Dan says:

    This arsenal team is the worse I have ever seem making Cardiff look like Barcelona the keeper and defending is horrendous school boys wouldn’t make these mistakes will not finish in top 6 absolute crap switching it over to watch cricket much more exciting!!

  32. We look so average. Defensively an accident waiting to happen, which it just did. Xhaka poor, Ozil lightweight, Aruba has disappeared & one of best players on the bench. I support Emery but we seemed to have gone badly backwards.

  33. RSH says:

    Great start, but average after that, and now it’s 1-1.
    Cech- can’t pass out the back
    Belleirn- okay
    Sokratis- more confident about Mustafi tbh
    Monreal- good going forward, defending okay.
    Mustafi- done alright
    Xhaka- mixed bag
    Guendouzi- handling the pressure and physicality pretty well, had some decent passes
    Ramsey- good game for him, getting behind defense a lot
    Auba- need to see more effort from him
    Laca- also looking good, unlucky not to score
    Ozil- nothing noteworthy to even say about the guy

    with this defense, any team can score a goal against us. Even a team as poor as Cardiff. When is Emery going to address this? Change personnel? It can’t go on like this. We shouldn’t be struggling against Cardiff. Let’s hope for a better 2nd half. I still think we can win this. Gotta start finding some type of consistency at some point if we want to make top 4 tho

  34. Alatari Douglas says:

    we have the best strikers in the premier league on paper, why are they not scoring goals & why are we always struggling to win games all the time. I don’t even know if we would win this one. All the possession, nothing to show for it.

  35. Sue says:

    Is it too much to ask for your team to put in a decent performance & get a clean sheet

    1. Sue says:

      It’s Cardiff for Christ sake!! We’re struggling against this sort of team… imagine if it was against the big teams….

      1. RSH says:

        it’s not acceptable. I looked at their squad yesterday and Arter is probably the best player they have. Why are we struggling so much against below average sides? Aubameyang and Ozil need to wake up and fight for these points. They’ve been very disappointing today. Ozil, we expect to do nothing, but Aubameyang has looked out of it too now. One of em need to score or assist today, hopefully give them a confidence boost or something. But why they look so uninterested from the kickoff isn’t acceptable. And Xhaka, done good w/ spreading passes but the guy can’t play the DM role. Players just ghost past him and he tends to just lose the ball cheaply. And we have better on the bench.

  36. Senile says:

    Except some kind of turn around happens, no one should even talk of top 4 again.

  37. GunnerJack says:

    Why did Cech throw himself on the floor for the shot? Surely he’s supposed to STOP IT, not get out of the way of it!

    1. RSH says:

      he guessed low, but guy hit it into roof of net. Can’t really fault Cech to be fair.

      1. GunnerJack says:

        If he just stood up and faced the shot no problem – he threw himself to the ground, leaving a big gap above him. Pathetic!

  38. Otunba_007 says:

    Oh my goodness, this is no rocket science, Xhaka can never be good for Arsenal, NEVER…. this is one of the reasons I will never forgive Wenger for allowing Kante leave for Chelsea while he went and bought this piece of crap calling himself a footballer, now look at what Kante has done for Chelsea since..

    1. Southwest says:

      Not buy Kante got him sacked.
      Xhaka is shakashaka

      1. Southwest says:


  39. McLovin says:

    Cardiff failed to score in their last 3 matches against lower midtable clubs but did it against Arsenal.

    Good to know how our defense rakes among other teams.

  40. Fabu says:

    Can we just stop passing to cech i can see from miles that his not that good with his feet …wtf emery is trying to do…i blame emery for cech mistakes

  41. clive says:

    am in complete shock on hw Xhaka is keeping Torriera out of this team.
    oh Emery ar u Wenger in disguise

  42. Invisible says:

    Always wanted max I’ll agree, never wanted unai Emery, but what can I do. But I now support Emery fully, I’m begging, give the him a few more windows to get his players in.

  43. joe14 says:

    hahahaha petr cech is our version of neur. jokes aside, our midfielders are awful, they hate running or getting dirty,they not even challenging for high balls, they are making our defence look worse than they are.

    1. Fabu says:

      Yeah true haha but was the best gk in the world funny

  44. Invisible says:

    For all justarsenal, I’ve always been invisible, so to say


    1. Fabu says:

      That is the real problem ..not wenger cannot buy a house if you don t have money same thing with arsenal fc

  46. Sue says:

    Bring Torreira on

  47. joe14 says:

    We will win though, but I’m really looking forward to that match we will look comfortable in. We had the longest preseason ffs, we deserve better

  48. Fabu says:

    Wenger …wenger for f@@ sake …im tired of this …we will regret this losing wenger will make us mid table team at least…sorry but without money we cannot win this team is week

  49. Durand says:

    Unfortunately Emery has a stubborn streak and favorites it seems. So far same shit, different stink. Wonder what Emery and Ozil talked about?

    Guess Emery was right about preferring 4-3 matches; our defense is on pace to deliver their part, offense needs to show up.

  50. Tongabull says:

    Shaka, Oil and Subs useles

  51. bran99 says:

    Bring in Torreira, Mikhi and Welbeck

  52. Leon says:

    Just how many points will Cech cost us this season?
    We have Leno – we paid over 20 million for him so lets play him.
    I just wonder if the players we signed over the summer were players Emery wanted or players Sven Mislintat wanted.
    Either way this is a shambles.
    Arsenal are a shambles.
    Either Emery addresses these issues right away and gets that joke of a defence sorted out or he gets out.
    We expected some improvement straight away – not a complete turn around but some improvement.
    I have seen none.
    In fact, we have regressed.
    And as usual Ozil has done NOTHING.
    Lazy bug eyed mercenary.
    Its no wonder he deservedly gets grief on this performance…
    And Emery should know this by now….

    1. Fabu says:

      Its not cech fault for this week team …emery is stupid and make him play with his feet and we all see is awfull is so simple to solve this problem just stop play him problem solved

    2. John Ibrahim says:

      fans need to have patience….we will win

      in Emery we trust

  53. John Ibrahim says:

    we will win this game

    does everyone thinks that every non big 5 team is just a walkover with Arsenal having 100% possession for 90mins and multiple shots at goal?

  54. Bur says:

    We are so poor it’s unbelievable

  55. Sue says:

    Aubameyang is back!!!!

  56. Rkw says:

    So much for ozil laca and aub not playing together

  57. RSH says:

    much, much better. 2-1. auba and Ozil much more involved in this game now too. Let’s see if we can hold this lead now

    1. RSH says:

      we’ve got our answer

  58. Heyzee says:

    What a way to open your account for the season… Nice goal Aubameyang

  59. Sammykit says:

    Toriera needs to come in asap

  60. Rkw says:

    We have 4 yellows … Need a couple of changes ASAP

  61. Tongabull says:

    Auba is lazy, but good finisher

  62. WiserthanWenger says:

    Xhaka’s Only function is to collect yellow & red cards !

  63. Rkwr says:

    I’m beginning to think big Sam is our best option … Why the fcku is that idiot gum chewing moron still or defence coach … This ffing team hadn’t scored before they face us…. Shocking

  64. bran99 says:

    Really true we made them look like Barcelona

  65. Alatari Douglas says:

    I hope Arsenal can win this one but what I’d happening to our defense? conceding another goal. I don’t believe this rubbish…

  66. Leon says:

    Jesus Christ.
    Can Arsenal do anything right?
    This defense is incompetent, pathetic and useless.
    One step above being physically disabled.
    They have NO business playing premiership football for Arsenal.
    If Emery does not get it sorted out hen he should ****ing well walk now…
    I actually want Cardif to win now…
    I find it very difficult to give my support to this club anymore.
    There simply is no fun in it anymore having to watch this….

    1. ACE says:

      If your honestly rooting for Cardiff 2 win than
      may I kindly recommend you visit there
      respected sight and cheer them on to victory.

      AFC doesnt need plastif fans atm

    2. Admin says:


  67. Rkw says:

    Movement in middle improves as soon as torreira comes on …

  68. WiserthanWenger says:

    Arsenal has no shape , what exactly is the role of Xhaka ? We don’t need both Xhaka & Ramsey in the same team , they r similar , but Xhaka is worse , I won’t even want him on the bench !

    1. Rkw says:

      Movement in middle improves as soon as torreira comes on … But I’ve seen better plays than xhaka in lower divisions on 10th his salary

  69. RSH says:

    Lacazette! well deserved! And Emery… START TORREIRA!!!

  70. Sean says:

    Torriera just on looking good then he assists for Laca…. he starts every bloody game

    1. Sue says:

      It’s criminal him not starting

  71. Rkwr says:

    Torreira to lacazette … No more benching from this idiot in hope

  72. Tongabull says:

    Now is there still an argument on who should be our starting striker……. Laca laca all day

  73. RSH says:

    Every cameo, Torreira contributes and looks amazing. Who did he piss off not to start matches?

  74. Fabu says:

    Thats it cech dont listen to emery hahaha kick the ball foward haha

  75. jon fox says:

    Can someone please strangle the ridicuous fake “footballer” Xhaka and put us Gooners out of our misery at having to watch this unfunny joke of a so called player a moment longer. Why on earth is this man played week after week; does he have some blackmail hold on our manager? There is no more likely reason I can think of why he makes the team.

  76. Rkw says:

    Ramsey is utterly sh@@@@ … Miki at Least controls the ball … The idea he wants more than is getting is shocking

    1. RSH says:

      Ramsey has been good today. Even this website has yet to criticize him today. Think you need to watch closer my friend.

      1. Rkw says:

        Doing what his control has been hopeless he has not created anything no link up from defence to attack no threat up front …. Tell me what he has done seriously … All you people going on about this guy can’t give up just like with Walcott and wenger

        1. RSH says:

          he hasn’t created anything? That’s just false. He made runs behind the defense all game man. When you say stuff like that its hard to believe you watched the game. Dont care how much you hate him, he didn’t play poorly.

          1. Rkw says:

            That’s right he runs around a lot … The engine room blah blah blah … He did not pose a threat to their defence he’s too slow and can’t dribble …. That’s less than lingard does for man utd let alone what the likes of hazard eriksson and sundry city players are doing … He got in to the corners now an again it’s true and did as he always does from there … Goes back … He wasn’t stand out poor like xhaka it’s true he’s just a mediocre player who should be in for league cup and Europa games .”. has been always will be always …300 grand a week !!!!!!!!

    2. ACE says:

      Couldnt agree more and to piggyback your
      comment this is my preferred 1st team going


      1. Tongabull says:

        I’m even thinking of 3 5 2
        Mustaf Sokrats Mavro
        Bellerin Torreira Guendozhi Monreal
        Laca Auba

  77. Rkw says:

    Xhaka has to be dropped to reserves … He’s embarrassing

    1. jon fox says:

      He should be dropped from space and without a parachute. He is a bad joke posing as a footballer. I can’t stand his joke play a moment longer. I would sell him today were I manager; to the rag and bone man , for fourpence. Worst ever buy at Arsenal.

  78. Tongabull says:

    Torreira for Shaka, and Miktarian for Oil in Next game

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