Confirmed Arsenal team to take on Lyon in Dubai – Nketiah leads the line

At last we have an Arsenal game to watch, despite all the attention being on the World Cup in Dubai.

But Mikel Arteta has to get his squad fit and ready to keep our title challenge on track against West Ham on Boxing Day, so there will have been some serious training sessions going on already on our warm weather break.

Despite having lost a host of players to the World Cup, Arteta still has a strong team starting today against Lyon, although with both Ramsdale and Turner both otherwise disposed at the moment, Karl Hein hets a chance again to show his worth.

Cedric, Holding, Gabriel and Tierney are not a bad back four, and Elneny and Lokonga will be looking to impress the Boss while they have the chance.

Obviously Nketiah will be keen to get a run of games (and goals) and with Vieira, Odegaard and Nelson around to supply him, he should get a few chances today.

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  1. Considering this is a team without Jesus, Saka, Martinelli, ESR, Xhaka, Partey, Zinchenko, Saliba, White, Tomiyasu and Ramsdale. 11 Players who could easily start games at times. You could play that team as 11 in fact. Think it’s quite impressive really and that our depth issues are overrated. Add in Turner over Hein as 2nd choice. Compared to Spurs I think we have a far more impressive depth overall throughout the squad. 2 or 3 quality additions in Jan and we’d have insane depth.

    Worth noting as well that City’s 2nd 11 is not quite as good as people pretend. This is their 2nd team

    Noone (Random youth)/Alvarez/Mahrez
    Carson (or Ortega not sure who is no.2 now)

    Anyway 3-0 now, Gabriel, Eddie and Vieira are on the scoresheet.

  2. I suppose it’s a chance today for Blethia to start proving he can successfully lead the line in today’s Arsenal vs Lion friendly. And subsequent Arsenal friendlies that followed scoring goals .before the Epl games resume playing after the break for thr WC is over.

  3. Haaland.

    Foden. Debruyne. Silva.

    Gundogan. Rodri.

    Cancelo. Dias. Akanji. Walker.



    Grealish. Debruyne. Mahrez.

    Palmer. Philips.

    Gomez. Ake. Laporte. Stones.


    1. You’ve used De Bruyne twice.

      Grealish Haaland Foden
      Silva De Bruyne
      Caneclo Dias Akanji Walker
      Was what I had as a 1st 11.

      If you shift either Silva or De Bruyne to the wing to include Grealish in the 2nd 11 then you just have no one (random youth) in CM instead of Gundogan.

      1. Yes, that is the case.

        B. Silva has been used more on the right wing than in midfield.
        R. Mahrez’s game time has reduced this season.

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