Confirmed Arsenal team to take on Everton for the chance to take eighth spot

Arsenal have the chance to move into eighth in the Premier League table with a win over Everton today, but the visitors may have other ideas.

The Gunners currently sit ninth in the table, with the Blue of Merseyside holding a three-point lead over them.

We have some key injury issues which may well give manager Mikel Arteta a headache with both his first-choice strikers confirmed as missing, but it is a shame that youngster Folarin Balogun was overlooked from the squad as he awaits his long-awaited Premier League debut.

David Luiz and Kieran Tierney are still out also as confirmed by Arsenal.

Martin Odegaard was also claimed to be ruled out, which led us name the below Predicted Arsenal Line-up earlier today:

Leno
Chambers Holding Mari Xhaka
Partey Ceballos
Saka Smith Rowe Pepe
Nketiah

As you can see below, we are clearly mind-readers…

Who would you like to have seen make today’s line-up?

Patrick

Tags Arsenal v Everton Everton

173 Comments

  1. I says:

    No Balogun on bench

    1. Tom k says:

      Our keeper is the worst in the league get rid now and as for Eddie God how low can we go he so bad

  2. Declan says:

    Good, Pepé is on the left where he should be.

  3. Shone says:

    The line up is ok….if they put in a Good fight 3pts all the way.

    2-0

  4. Reggie says:

    Not sure about Nketiah but pleased for him to show me im wrong. I dont get it at all that he gets in ahead of Martinelli.

    1. CorporateMan says:

      Neither do I tbh
      Let’s hope the coach knows better

      1. Hilary says:

        Two left footed wingers?? 🤔
        I’m thinking why not Martinelli on the left wing instead? But then what do I know…coach knows better right?

    2. RW1 says:

      Coz arteta is a clueless manager learning on the job about how to create a mid table outfit … kroenke is scum arteta is just a pawn in his corporate game

      1. Longbenark says:

        I hope you noticed Martinelli goes do every time he’s hit on the knee or anywhere close to that region,

        I believe he’s still under going the healing process, he wouldn’t last 45 mins as a CF for now,

        But I would have preferred Balogun on the left or right.

    3. Pirate Dandy says:

      I think Arteta’s adding a few thousand pounds on Nketiah.

    4. gotanidea says:

      Nketiah deserves to start after saving our arses in the previous game. Martinelli wasted two big chances, so better start the other attackers first

      1. Dan kit says:

        Martinelli is way above any striker at the club ,strange decision again from mr tinker
        How he does not get a start with all these injuries is a fcking joke .

        1. gotanidea says:

          Remember his missed two sitters against Fulham. Besides, Nketiah has been playing with Smith-Rowe and Saka for several years, so they’d likely have better connection

          1. Reggie says:

            Goi, so Nketiah hasn’t missed the sitters? I would not have Martinelli striker,he would be left an Pepe striker.

          2. Dan kit says:

            2 sitters !
            That’s abit far fetched ,he was the best player on the pitch ,he makes sh1t happen and always a yard ahead of the opponent’s.
            Eddie scored a tap in now all of a sudden he’s aged of Martinelli .

    5. Phenom says:

      Nketiah will surely prove you wrong Reggie.

      Show them Eddie!

      1. Reggie says:

        I hope so! And i dont mean scoring a tap in i mean all round.

      2. Dan kit says:

        Let’s wait and see ,but Looking at both line ups i don’t hold much hope .
        Looks to me as Arteta is another manager who does not like being told what’s best for the team .

        1. Dan kit says:

          And the 2 sites you must be talking about must be the hard chip and the chance where Ceballos got in his way .

  5. Trudeau says:

    Surprised Balogun didnt make the bench. I hope this isn’t the game that Xhaka is found out as a makeshift left back (which he has done admirably) but fear it might be.

    1. Perry ames says:

      I hope I’m prove wrong but no martineill starting I just dont get it but coyg but I’ve got not enthusiasm for the game

  6. gotanidea says:

    Congrats on the correct prediction. Nketiah deserves to start and he should have some good understanding with his fellow academy graduates

    1. durand says:

      His fellow graduates produce when they play, Nketiah merely runs around and takes up space. Imagine getting 10 goals and 3 assists in your first season, and then sit on the bench behind a woeful and wasteful Nketiah.

      1. gotanidea says:

        Nketiah should’ve learned from Lacazette, since he hasn’t started for a long time

  7. Matthew says:

    Nketia???,arteta just never learns

  8. Uzi Ozil says:

    Decent lineup as I predicted. Only change for me is martinelli over Nketiah. I predicted an Everton win but I hope I m proven wrong. For everytime we have a chance to climb up the table, we bottle it… thats my worry.

  9. Eddie says:

    Good luck to the boys, good luck to Eddie. He’s one of us, an academy player.

  10. McLovin says:

    I have a bad feeling were are in for a beating today

  11. mickmematethemasterfarter says:

    nketiah will miss every good chance dat comes his way,no balogun 2 right backs on bench,arteta is bonkers

  12. Gmv8 says:

    Just repeating what’s here already should’ve started Martinelli with Balogun on the bench. Typical Arteta

    1. gotanidea says:

      Nketiah deserves to start after saving our arses in the previous game. Martinelli wasted two big chances in the first half of that game, so better try the other attackers first

      1. mickmematethemasterfarter says:

        remember eddie at goodison park dire

  13. mickmematethemasterfarter says:

    ceballos wouldnt get a game for sheff utd……dont get me wrong hope eddie scores a hat- trick hes just good enough,xhaka gona b found out 2nite big time we all know it except gotanidea bot

  14. Kedar says:

    Don’t understand what’s so favouritism for Niketiah when you talent like Martinelli at disposal..

    1. Phenom says:

      Martinelli is no Messi. He’s no game changer, he’s just an up and coming star like Eddie. They are all Arsenal players so let’s support whoever is selected.

      COYG.

      1. gotanidea says:

        In addition to that, Martinelli couldn’t convert two big chances into goals, in the previous match. Besides, Nketiah has been playing with Smith-Rowe and Saka for several years, so they’d likely have better connection

        1. durand says:

          Nketiah hasn’t converted chances for almost 2 years now, a bit unfair to Martinelli’s one game cherry picked comparison.

          Martinelli faster, better technically, passer, finisher, and creating chances for himself. Edie, well he seems to run around a lot.

          1. Adajim says:

            Are you guys planning on using Martinelli upfront? I’ll pick Nketia over Martinelli upfront, I feel he is not ready for top striking role yet, I like his zeal, his selfishness, but he isn’t ready yet, wing is ok

          2. gotanidea says:

            Nketiah has got plenty of time to train harder, so let’s see how he plays tonight

          3. Phenom says:

            I stand to be corrected but I remember giving Laca a sumptuous assist in one of our game.

            Be patient with Eddie guys!!!

        2. Phenom says:

          No one will about that GAI because he’s Martinelli and we’ve been reminded of what happened at Goodison.

          They don’t even remember he scored in our last game.

        3. Matthew says:

          Which 2 big chances if i may ask?,you’ve just been running your mouth from the beginning of this article for 2 big chances that never existed&some on here have been made to believe you

          1. gotanidea says:

            Watch the first half of the Fulham game

      2. Adajim says:

        the way arsenal rate the guy one would wonder he is the messi. the pressure on him alone is the reason the coach is resting him, because he is trying too hard to impress and getting nasty injuries

      3. durand says:

        Don’t recall anyone saying Martinelli is the next Messi; but plenty have said he is better than Nketiah. That is if scoring goals and assists count.

        Think Edie has had enough chances to prove himself capable.

  15. Sean Williams says:

    Nketiah is so far from being a Lacazette replacement it’s sad. How can he be chosen to start?

  16. Vinod says:

    Never realized we have a game tonight. I am not sure what to expect from Arsenal on a normal day, let alone after such an eventful week. Today we may find out the concentration levels of our players.

  17. Eddie says:

    So typical with the Nketiah comments. SMH

  18. Dan kit says:

    Too late to change my prediction Dan Smith ?
    Lol

  19. S.J says:

    Where is Sue?
    I have not read any of her comments today.

    Hopefully, we do not lose this match. A good lineup. Nketiah should cease his moment tonight.

    1. Sue says:

      Late to the party, S J!! 🙂 Let’s hope for a decent performance… topped with an Eddie brace!

      1. Dan kit says:

        I saw you did a draw sue ,wished I had done my predictions after I saw this sh1tty line up .
        Suppose you need all the help you can get to knock the king off his perch though 😂

        1. Sue says:

          🤣 I need a bleedin’ miracle to catch you, Dan!! 🤣

          1. Dan kit says:

            😂 it’s pretty close though sue

  20. Kenya 001 says:

    Sue must be somewhere outside the emirates protesting #kroenkeout

    1. Sue says:

      I wish, Kenya!! 😁

    2. Perry ames says:

      Anyone else think this is a boring load of crap but hopefully it will get better

  21. Jimmy Bauer says:

    Partey is a liability..
    For a guy brought to put steel in the midfield he misplaces too many passes to be taken seriously…
    Runs like he’s 80years old too..
    Highly gutted..
    More millions down the drain..
    Our scouting over the past 5yrs or so..I’ve been really abysmal

    1. Kedar says:

      He is playing as single pivot..
      Do you really think it’s easy to play as single pivot in PL?
      We saw what happened last weekend when we played Elneny single Pivot..
      We never took control of the midfield

  22. Jimmy Bauer says:

    Get Partey the fvck out of this club!!!!

  23. Kev82 says:

    Get Partey off a red card waiting to happen

  24. Sean Williams says:

    Same old song on repeat. Rubbish. “If things don’t change they stay as they are”. Painful.

    1. Sean Williams says:

      We are playing with 10.5 men again. Nketiah is just .5 of a player. Get Martinelli on.

  25. David says:

    Just got home…how’s the game so far?

    1. Sue says:

      Not much to report. Sigurdsson hit the bar, that’s about it…

      1. Kenya 001 says:

        Why is it that any underperforming team just fancies meeting Arsenal 😭

        1. Sue says:

          We usually come out all guns blazin’ in the 2nd half, Kenya 😉

          1. Kenya 001 says:

            I really hope we win been poor at the emirates lately

          2. Sue says:

            Maybe not then, Kenya 😬

        2. Reddb10 says:

          So Villa and Everton do the double over us.
          Thanks Arteta

          1. Sue says:

            Still time for more too!

    2. Vinod says:

      You missed nothing.

  26. Jimmy Bauer says:

    Nketiah absent…Sorry to say boy will never become anything but average…
    Get Martinelli on!..

    1. Reddb10 says:

      Well said Jimmy.
      We all know it but our manager is in the twilight zone.

  27. McLovin says:

    Borefest of 2 midtable clubs. I see Everton wanting the win more though.

  28. Declan says:

    What a bunch of moaning fvckers on here tonight, as usual. Some even asking to get Partey out of our club sheesh school kids eh!

    1. Jimmy Bauer says:

      Be sensible enough to explain what positive impact Partey has had on this game or any other game of importance since he arrived at Arsenal..

      I’ll be waiting…

      1. Declan says:

        🤫

      2. Declan says:

        Oh Jimmy Jimmy ooooh.

  29. gotanidea says:

    Partey needs to be replaced in the second half, otherwise he’d be targeted by Everton. Nketiah should’ve gotten the ball from midfield more often, but his link-up was decent

    1. RW1 says:

      Ridiculous … nketiah was a zero threat … the sooner he heads of to qpr the better for everyone … bielsa worked this mediocrity out in a couple of games in favour of Banford which says it all

    2. Khadii says:

      Decent my foot..
      You got no idea about anything.
      Nketiah is a sh;t player.
      Boy needs to go to Reading.

  30. Sue says:

    Daniel Ek??

  31. Sean Williams says:

    Arsenal should be prosecuted for torturing their supporters. A crime against humanity. Sideways, backwards, and waterboarding us in our tears.

  32. indian gooner says:

    Overhyped young players, they think they already done enough for this club to become valuable players of this club full of mediocre players no heart no passion, fight for that badge atleast

  33. Sue says:

    Martin Tyler said Auba has lost weight 🥺

    1. Jimmy Bauer says:

      Just Arsenal’s rotten luck..Both first team strikers out and we play Everton.
      Everton there for the taking..But no experienced striker to put them to the sword..

  34. Joe. S says:

    Simply lacking, quality. Part of the problem is that Pepe and Saka have to also do the overlapping work of Chambers and Xhaka, so they can’t get into better central positions. Management is also a problem.

  35. Sean Williams says:

    Surely it’s illegal to bore us to this level.

  36. Jimmy Bauer says:

    They’ll overtune the penalty…
    I’m 100% sure .with man United it’s a penalty every fvcking day .

  37. Kenya 001 says:

    Maybe we should bring on Cedric at left back and xhaka to go back central

    1. Perry ames says:

      Var again an absolute con I’ve had enough of this crap corrupt bollocks

  38. Ackshay says:

    Ceballos got lucky that was a pathetic dive

    1. Perry ames says:

      You are a berk, never a dive you are not a arsenal supporter

  39. Matthew says:

    I hope the arteta lovers are really enjoying this magnificient art of arteta

    1. Ahmad73 says:

      Where is Art of Teta?

  40. Reddb10 says:

    If that’s offside then football is officially dead.

  41. Jimmy Bauer says:

    Fvcking predictable.;!!

  42. Jimmy Bauer says:

    Rookie Arteta…Partey off..Xhaka to mid field and ceballos and Martinelli on…

  43. Jimmy Bauer says:

    *Soares.meant to say..

  44. RW1 says:

    How many times does our slow witted manager have to play nketiah before he realizes how hapless he actually is ..

  45. Jimmy Bauer says:

    One shot on target in a game we need to win..
    Arteta forever!

  46. Palash says:

    Let’s see gabi can do through the middle

  47. Kenya 001 says:

    No subs so far 75 mins in. Typical wenger esque

    1. Perry ames says:

      Leno is shit but var is far worse

  48. Jimmy Bauer says:

    Arteta forever

    Man will relegated us next season then we can atleast have a chance of winning a championship..
    Such masterstroke!..

    1. ozziegunner says:

      Jimmy, this is Kroenke’s plan. Have you seen how much Norwich City will get from being relegated and promoted?

  49. Lenohappy says:

    Best keeper in the league. Nuff said.

  50. Sue says:

    🙈 is there a full moon??

  51. RW1 says:

    Great left back great keeper.. just remove the Spanish clown ASAP

    1. Perry ames says:

      This is actually getting more embarrassing than I thought it would be

  52. RSH says:

    please get a new keeper. ive had it.

  53. Sean Williams says:

    Leno or Martinez? Unbelievable. Arteta out. Now. Today.

    1. Jimmy Bauer says:

      This is all on Arteta…Xhaka didn’t ask to be placed at left back..

  54. Reddb10 says:

    Xhaka is a liability but arteta insists on playing him. Terrible from Leno.

    1. RSH says:

      he shouldnt even be at LB.

      1. Kenya 001 says:

        We have no choice! Do we?

        1. RSH says:

          cedric on the bench

          1. Quantic Dream says:

            Cedric at left back is shit mate.

    2. Kenya 001 says:

      Ain’t watching the game what has leno done?

  55. Matthew says:

    Dan kit’s greatest keeper of all time

    1. Dan kit says:

      Anyone lost a village idiot ☝️

  56. Danny says:

    Brilliant ARTETA OUT!!

  57. Sean says:

    Wow. 1st time they got in our half and just as the commentator mentioned it Leno does another error.

    How many individual errors this season now!!?

  58. Brtan says:

    All set up now for the players over the top injury time equaliser!

  59. Coldzero says:

    We are such a poor team….awful.

  60. Sue says:

    Everton can do the double over us….

    1. Kenya 001 says:

      Sue I said earlier teams off form fancy Arsenal even wolves and Brighton 😭

      1. Sue says:

        I’m dreading our last few games, Kenya!!

        1. Ahmad73 says:

          Don’t Sue! We’re safe!

  61. Bryan says:

    *celebrations

  62. Dan kit says:

    Oh 😳
    Them boners are goer be raging tonight .
    That’s the worst mistake that Leno as made since he signed for us ,such a shame as the knives will be out for him now rather than the real suspect ,Arteta .

    1. SueP says:

      Dan kit
      We all have our favourites
      It’s human nature
      And it frequently applies in the other direction too

  63. RW1 says:

    No worries willian on to terrify their defence

    1. Perry ames says:

      We have to hope we dont win Europa league as we will get slaughtered. You can see the players want arteta out as they are not even trying and if you think I’m wrong you are talking crap

  64. Sean Williams says:

    Willian…. .5 of a player. We now have 10 and a half players.

  65. Bryan says:

    My first post hasn’t shown. Celebrations relates the the over the top reaction from the players if we get an equaliser in injury time as they did the Fulham game.

  66. Jimmy Bauer says:

    Willian!!?!!!?
    Arteta the fvck out!

  67. NathanB says:

    Good game from Arsenal after the second half… Keeper error let the team down this time. Positive team play in the second half but mother luck not on this one. Can’t fault Xhaka as he’s not a natural left back.

  68. Sean says:

    What a terrible season this has been!

  69. Bryan says:

    Why are we playing like crabs when we need to be going forward?

  70. Topgun86 says:

    Shambles. Complete and utter shambles. Disgrace of a club and a team. Arsene wenger was a goddamn God for keeping us afloat for that many years. I can’t believe what I’ve witnessed the last 3 years. Our style is gone. Our identity is missing. Recruitment is laughable. This club is rotten to the core and I see no hope for improvement under the current regime. What a disgrace.

  71. RW1 says:

    Just how many losses and rank awful performances does it take before the brain dead supporters of arteta on this site flicker in to life … he’s a disgrace to the club

  72. NathanB says:

    Arteta is still the man to lead this team forward however he needs to be backed to bring in his kind of players..

    1. Sean says:

      I am starting to have my doubts if I’m honest…

      I like Mikel alot but results speak for themselves. Unless he wins this Europa League then he may be out of a job.

      This is embarrassing.

    2. Sean Williams says:

      ???.
      You need spectacles.

      1. Sean Williams says:

        Nathan B
        You need to face reality….Arteta is a failure

    3. Joe. S says:

      No, No, No Nathan. His kind of players are workhorses and yes men. He is the perfect Kroenke manager.

    4. Ahmad73 says:

      And what exactly are his kind of players?

  73. Dube james says:

    Partey has been the best player on the pitch so far.At least he tries to be positive whenever he gets the ball compared to the others.
    Arteta really has to go, his tactics is also part of partey’s problems on the pitch.

    1. Gily says:

      All he does is trying to shoot down the sun. Rubbish player.

  74. Bryan says:

    Another longstanding record gone!

    1. Perry ames says:

      RIP arsenal if you can support that then you are a liar

  75. Phenom says:

    Kroenke, Arteta and Leno. Who is at fault?

    1. SueP says:

      Please enlighten me Phenom

      1. Phenom says:

        I don’t even know SueP…….

        It’s embarrassing.

        1. SueP says:

          I hoped you would help me out!

  76. RSH says:

    gotta wonder how long this can keep going on. where’s the progress? It’s non-existent. Nobody can honestly say he’s better than Emery!

    1. Bryan says:

      But its supposed to be a long term project isn’t it? To season repeating relegation battles at this rate RSH.

  77. Joe. S says:

    Are there still idiots on there who still believe Kroenke hasn’t destroyed Arsenal?

  78. Perry ames says:

    If you watch the game on Thursday then you are a complete twat

  79. mickmematethemasterfarter says:

    PATHETIC… PATHETIC……PATHETIC

  80. McLovin says:

    Mikel Arteta brilliance.

    Selling Martinez instead of Leno.

    Bringing in Willian with ZERO goals this season.

    Xhaka our 2nd choice LB, brilliant.

  81. Matthew says:

    Best ever arsenal tactical coach at it again.getting beat home&away by aston villa,wolves&everton.never happened since i started following arsenal in 1999

  82. Splendid says:

    I swear, I can do a better job than Arteta with this team. Arteta has broken every negative record in our history.
    What kind of coach waits till 70+ mins to make changes even when thing’s are clearly not working? The most annoying is the constant back passes and recycling of ball between defenders when we’re losing and approaching end of match.

  83. Matthew says:

    Dan kit i wonder who thought you that being abusive is the best way to reply a comment…i believe you lack basic education or perhaps proper home upbringing

    1. Dan kit says:

      Don’t get what your saying mate
      Are you the same one who said Dan smith was cheating on his predictions Lykmate

  84. Durand says:

    Their pride and ego won’t let them admit they were wrong.

    Arteta is terrible; no style, no philosophy, poor selections, negative football.

    He should be shown the door at season’s end. Epic fail from ownership, epic fail from Arteta.

    What has he shown to give anyone confidence with him?

  85. Nifty says:

    Trust the process. Which process?

  86. Ben says:

    Dreadful Arsenal, no composor not team spirit,lack pace and a very bad manager. Its unfortunate what Arsena has become

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