The teams are out for today’s big clash with Manchester City, where Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal will be hoping they can end a record run of wins.
Pep Guardiola’s side come into the clash on the back of 17 straight wins in all competitions, but all records must come to an end at some point right?
Arsenal do not have the best form going into the match, so fingers crossed that this goes against that, but we do have a six-match unbeaten streak at home to defend also.
Arteta will be hoping to mastermind his second victory over his former boss, after his side’s 2-0 victory in the FA Cup semi-final last season, but he is yet to overcome Pep in the Premier League in his two attempts thus far, although this will be his first attempt at the Emirates.
A win today could see the Gunners climb up to eighth in the Premier League, depending on Aston Villa’s result with Leicester which is currently ongoing.
We were aware that Runarsson was already missing from the line-up, but it’s nice to see Rob Holding return to the team. Nicolas Pepe also deserves his start, in what looks like the manager showing priority to the Europa League.
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🏴 @KieranTierney1 starts
🏴 @RobHolding95 returns
🇪🇸 @PabloMV5 will partner him
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) February 21, 2021
After seeing the team, what do you predict will be the scoreline?
Good to see Tesco and Mari back!
I thought the Tesco was a typo initially then I thought for a moment and laughed to myself 😀
I like the team. COYG
I hope we win I did say 2-1 to us but would have preferred to keep the two centre backs the same and also smithrowe playing but ma picks the team so let’s get behind the team
Despite underperforming again and again and again… Willian is here. No balogun. Why not giving a try there ??? We have nothing to loose.
Nice Team Sheet
Hopefully Pépé will match Performance of ESR today
After playing so well the last two games Arteta decided it best to Bench Ceballos for Elneny or does he wants to park bus?
Errrrr Elneny is an hustler and runner?
Tell me you seriously don’t consider Xhaka-Ceballos as runners to chase City’s players?
Also How does that lineup looks like a bus parking one?
Then u just answered the question he’s scared and wants to defend. Both of them for one forward pass they make they give a thousand to the back. Also last I checked Ceballos seems to be our best tackler and make more interception than any of our midfielders
So you call 4 attackers, a DM and a Deep Lying Playmaker with 4 defenders a plan for a defensive game?
I ain’t even debating this with you anymore.
Eddie that midfield is bad take it or leave it. Elneny and Xhaka against city lol. We are going to defend throughout this match.
you always have to complain, isn’t it?
I have always complained about the xi but today he is spot on…
You can’t play same players every game in this crazy season.
Rodri is not in the city xi even though he is one of their best midfielders this season
Sometimes you go with players that can give you energy for 90min
Nice team, love it… Looking strong, with creativity and trickery behind Auba.
both Mari and Holding are slow but more composed than Gabriel. hopefully Elneny and Xhaka do not lose ball often
I am worried for Playing out from back..
Loosing ball in dangerous position
spot on. if we could do without those, we would have good game
In comes the moaning
Are you moaning about moaning?
Clearly not lol, hes making a sound assumption based on the last 30 games give or take.
Lacazette should have played. Hold up play will be nonexistent. Saka needs rest simple. Arteta is a clown officially.
Will remind you this if we produce a good performance
hold up play? I thought it was why we wanted giroud gone sometime ago.
Big test for Mari in his first game back after injury.
Big test for the guys first game back coach put him against the most inform team. And to play with a slow Rob Holding.
Who is slower btw holding and luiz if I may ask
The four left-footed players on our left side and Odegaard would likely pin Cancelo down in Man City’s area. Arteta surely knows better than me, but I’d prefer a right-footed LW instead of Pepe
Holding is not quick, but he is quicker and better than Luis in my opinion.
Good luck to the lads cos they really need it and cant some guys here stop moaning every time a squad is chosen jeez?
Much work required from both Xhaka and elneny to nullify City’s Midfield monsters
I consider Man City’s midfielders as artists, but starting Fellaini, Pogba, Matic and McTominay in midfield would be monstrous
Goodluck to the team…the performance will be assesed at the of the game,result is secondary in this type of game
Bayern Munich beaten;
Atletico Madrid beaten and Liverpool beaten.
Today, can it be Man City?
I certainly hope so.
Am also feeling it #majorupset
Kenny, with Man City form, I don’t hope so
This team selection is fantastic and i think it’s build around Odegaard. An assist or two maybe from him today. COUNTERATTACK FOOTBALL TODAY. And any arsenal fan that understands football knows that that is MA’s gameplan today. COYG. Prediction: one nil to the gooners
Good line-up from the coach and lets hope the players selected get the result
we have 4 brazilians and there on the bench!!!holding LOL watch him cost us..COYG
Leicester has won so the Man City lead is now just 7 points. However I still think Arsenal start as favourite. I am expecting a good win for the Gunners Final whistle it is going to be Gooners 3-0.
With a brace from willian coming out of the bench ?
ill have what ur on by 4
Xhaka AND Elnenny is a worry playing together, no pace or positivity there but the rest of the team is better balanced than normal. I just think the midfield is a defeatist line up but we will see. Surprised again Lacca is not involved, something not right there.
I know sue fantastic start 😂🤯
Holding came to the pitch with his mat
Where the hell was holding game over already maybe
I now love it when people on here call me negative and fool. Arteta 😂😂😂😂clueless
It is still early in the game. Let us support our team.
Skills that’s not his style bro
One of the shortest player on pitch scored with head..
Holding i told u guys
Way too Ez.. game already over..🤨
Yes… It is
We’re the easiest team to concede in 90 seconds against. 10-0 incoming.
Top of the league MEANS top of the league.
I mean score against. Lol
Flip me I don’t believe that shite.
Could b a cricket score
Its gonna be a cricket score today! One down already 🙁
Sterling’s 50th goal against Arsenal at the emirates!
Why do we always make him look like Messi, Kev?!!
We make every player look like prime messi Sue lol sterling is hardly known for his aerial threat but he’s playing against us so he’s gonna be like miroslav Klose today 😂
Sad to not see balogun making the team sheet. Especially with willian out of form. Why not giving just a few tries here and there ? The way arrêta is handling this case is concerning. What does he see that we don’t ? Seems clearly not football reasons here… If he is waiting for him to sign, it is not fair. At 19, he can also expect few game time before signing too. He is not that young to wait and wait forever. If they were clearly only better options ahead. But for many weeks nketiah proved little and was ahead. Same with Willian. Balogun is not stupid. He can see how some players (sancho for example) can develop elsewhere. So arsenal on their side too have to show him some faith… Anyway, lets see what will happen on the pitch today
I’ve seen enough…3mins of this dross is all I can stomach..
Good luck to the boys..
Don’t complete disgrace the shirt today pls..
What’s more worrying is pathetic start and no reaction to conceding the goal. Still like Bambi in the headlights
No challenge on the ball or player by Bellerin or Holding! Teirney getting ripped to shreds, not match fit but nice to see him and Mari in.
You have to give City credit they are on form… maybe a really bad day for Mikel!!
Holding was dropped 4 a reason he’s shite sub him now
Totally agree, but you need a bold decision for that
So many so called fans not supporting our team. Instead of saying it’s all over, say COYG. It’s only 0-1 ffs
Why “so called fans” who the hell are you to say that. We are supporting the team but we are all intiled to Express our opinion
Supporting is one thing, hoping is something else Innit. City so good as a team and individually.
I do wish for an Arsenal draw at least
Thebush can you be an effective supporter or even a supporter at all if you have zero hope for your team? What’s the point?
With the form Gundogan has been in I feared for us today when I heard de bruyne was back.
Bless us wers getting excited about Odegard when city have 4 or 5 if them!
Bernardo Silva, foden, de bruyne and gundogan all ruthlessly creative with immense vision in attack.
A big difference is that man city look to play quick ball forward but we quite clearly dont. We could have the ball on the edge of city’s area and 3 passes later Leno has it. Way too negative
The difference is that their movement is so much better. They have so many options and are always in space when they receive the ball. Even when we make a successful pass we’re under immediate pressure
Aubemayang is a liability in these games doesn’t work hard enough and chickens too readily … but we just don’t have enough players who are comfortable on the ball … critically in the middle of the park where their dominance is massive
It’s 1-0 that’s all, stop fcuking moaning everyone!
Teams know we’re still asleep in the first minutes so push especially hard then.
Seems like we’re growing into the game however
Am surprised the way you people are moaning just after 20minutes. Where is ur support? Get behind the team and stop moaning.Man city is the most inform team on planet Earth nw.
Come on Clive please stop moaning and let’s support the team!
We can’t even keep ball for 10 sec
Looks like city have 15 players on pitch there toying with r poor very poor players, mari can’t pass the ball 2 yards
How did Saka not see that aubameyang run😠😠
And how Pépé so lazy coming back to onside line when Saka tried in 2nd attempt..
This is poor tbh no fight at all, waiting on a mistake. 30% possession on 28th minute. Who’s at home here!
I have just turned it off.
Can’t take the gulf in quality. It feels like City have 22 players while we are down to 7 men.
I can’t watch this anymore.
I don’t care how good City are, what’s pissing me of are these cowardly Arsenal players. Everytime a Arsenal player gets the ball they look terrified of their own shadow, desperate to give City the ball back rather than try to do something themselves (saka the 1 exception). Really embarrassing this crap.
Soon Saka could end up playing for City, Utd or Liverpool..
How good he will be if he play with Players Like Firmino, Salah, Robertson
Saka will look good in a City shirt. He deserves better than this.
Our players are so scared to even show up for the ball. They are all hiding and don’t want the ball to be passes to them.
And evey time they receive a pass it feels like the ball on fire and they want to get rid of it as soon as possible.
I thought you turned it off 😊 but I agree with you
Arteta needs to get rid of elneny at half time, the amount of time you see xhaka telling him bellerin and tierney are free and he just passes backward or sideways is criminal.
Lol. Every time he receives the ball he slows down then pass it side ways to any player close to him. Absolutely doing nothing out there.
We are getting into the game more but city seem to be only in 2nd gear but it is better
Bring back Emery and Denis Suarez all is forgiven
😂 Another high scoring weekend in the predictions, Dan 🤪
Fcking awful sue ,what are you on for the weekend ?
Think I’ve got one point 😂
Just the one, Dan 🤣 And that was for Wolves!! I’ve been awful lately…
Same match as me then ,the wolves one .
I’ve just stuck a tenner on Arsenal winning 28/1 😂 you never know
Feeling flushed, Dan? 😜 30 minutes to go…
Seems like both teams are bored honestly. Is this an EPL game?
That’s our bloody tactic, boring city to sleep and boom we score.
Getting an upgrade on Elneny during the summer is key.
Good game so far
Need more sharpness in attack from the right
It’s like playing with 10 men, he is slowing play down and worse of all he is hiding when we pass from a goal kick. When we compare his performance to xhaka who has more physical limitations it’s almost criminal.
Getting an upgrade in our back up DM is the key for Arsenal in the summer? Like your optimism.
Arteta’s system is shit but most prefer to abuse players. Aubameyang could easily start for city. Manager has to play to his strength.
Can’t see it ,I would say the only 2 players that would be close to that Man City team would be Saka and Leno
I know the game was going to be hard to watch, but Arsenal players seemed to have thrown in the towel before it even started. Tierney, Holding and Leno absolutely had no fight when Man City’s first goal process was being created
Our excessive long clearances instead of building from the back also showed a low confidence level. The Gunners seemed to just avoid injuries for the Benfica game, instead of putting in extra effort now
Shall we run a sweepstake to see what time willian comes on
And a sweep stake of how many comments willian coming on generates
Willian could be the saviour
GOT- how can you blame Leno for the goal? The cross was brilliant as was the finish. Cant see what Leno has done wrong
Switch Pepe and Saka for the second half
Maybe that could work, but I think Pep already had a plan before the game. What they should do is interchange during the game that could confuse city a bit.
We started bossing the game towards the end. Just not able to create clear cut chances. Tierney and Saka had terrible start. But came nicely into the game towards the end. Difficult game we should not have conceded so early though it makes it a lot more tougher. Let’s hope the second half favors us.
You are moaning like kids, why can’t you wait until the last minutes?
But are you not moaning about moaning, just saying. And if we waited for the last minutes no one would post anything
we always have psychological issues against this teams. lots of displace passes
Are you just watching Arteta Arsenal team today, or you just decided to be negative. Like you want to compare Arteta records with big teams and that of Wenger later years. Let’s try and be objective sometimes.
I still see us winning this game. Be patient and support the team.
Tbh, i thought Elneny had a good half, he slots into a back three very well and makes us much more solid imho.
Yes, he is not going to play amazing through balls, but he is making us more solid as is my player of thr half.
Defensively, i think we look good, but what is costing us is our ability to keep possession.
Players not even under pressure and cant make a simle pass, tierny runs ball out, bellerin passes ball out, saka passes straight to city when Odengard open, hilding passes to empty pitch.
Fix these silly individual errors and we are in the game.
I totally agree. Elneny working his socks off.
I would like to see saka and pepe switch sides 2nd half
We are second fiddle to City. No aggression no closing down nobody wants to tackle. Aubu is rubbish.
The lack of progression over the current season is worrying. On paper we look fantastic. On the pitch we look less than average. Almost like we’re in the wrong division. The team looks like it doesn’t beleive or have the confidence to play let alone win. This team is not moving forward. Simple as that! Let’s hope we see a fight in the second half!
Where is that fluid one touch football like against leeds, its not like City applying lots of pressure.
Please bring on Martinelli Arteta boy.
The whole right wing is 100% useless. Aubameyang can’t hold on to the ball at all as well.
Martanelli and move sakha to right, bring Laca for Auba
Take xhaka off for Cellabos, guy is going for red if not taken off
I really don’t think Bellerin is a footballer. That first touch makes me hate football.
While Pepe thinks he’s walking in a park.
He is not, he is a model, football just his 2nd gig that pays the bills
Isn’t it time for some subs?
Arteta loves waiting till it is too late and he will probably bring on Willan.
People said Wenger was stubborn, but Arteta might be worse.
It seems Arteta is happy to take 1-0 loss instead of battering so not changing anything..
Xhaka is killing me…..and our chances of scoring a goal lol
Pepe needs to go off, not doing much in attack and is leaving bellerin alone in defence. He is always 2 vs 1 and gundogan and KDB always playing there.
Xhaka off before 2nd yellow
Teirny is exhausted need to be subed soon
Aubameyang Pepe they’ve not offered much today. Bring on esr martenilli.
It seems like common sense.
Whats up with saka that he cant play a ball with the right weighting?
He’s been dropping off physically in the 2nd half for a couple of match now, must be fatigue.
He plays every single game and rarely gets subbed. I would imagine he’s tired and just happy he hasn’t gotten injured yet.
Saka LB and bring in Martinelli
Can Auba ever hold a ball and retain possession?
Today whole team is not keeping possession or retaining it, forget about only Aubameyang
City making a sub and they controlling game, what is Arteta waiting for
Why wasn’t sterling booked for throwing the ball very weird
👍👍 And moments later the ball was kicked away – still no card!
Well spotted sue
If Willian comes on instead of Martinelli, it will be disgusting.
It’s already disgusting that he doesn’t start.
Pepe, is like a tree to pass the ball around
Lol best comment all day
Pepe our. Sana to right wing
Oh and Laca for Auba
Pepe out. Saka to right wing
We are playing like boys against men.
We can be lucky City just in cruise mode.
Pep maybe not wanting to embarrass his friend
Come on, what is Arteta waiting for.
Does he want us to be 2-0 before reacting
Dont worry..Arsenal’s messiah Willian will soon come and save us…
Get Martinelli on Ffs
City look bored to death just like the 1st match. I would find that insulting if I was on the pitch, do these players even have pride?
Maybe now we hold onto ball and up tempo, need pepe off though
What does Martinelli have to do for a game these days?!
Leave the club….its very clear MA doesn’t want him in his teams.
I wonder how Odeggard would fair playing next to Partey with smith rowe in front
Come on boys
Head injury to holding. Why wasn’t play stopped? This fat guy shouldn’t be refereeing.
Should have been stopped immediately
Jon moss isn’t a very good ref imo definitely a foul on aubameyang by stones
That fat f**k is always biased against us.
Lol how is that not a foul