Confirmed Arsenal team to take on Newcastle

Arsenal are up north today as they take on Newcastle at St James’s Park, but we’d be lying if we didn’t have the Europa League in the back of our minds.

We will face Villarreal at the Emirates on Thursday, needing to overturn a 2-1 deficit, and that away goal means that just a 1-0 victory will see us through.

We should be focussing on today’s job at hand though, and Newcastle will be up for this.

The Magpies are closing in on safety from the drop, needing just six points from their remining five matches to secure promotion, even though their current points tally could see them through assuming that one of Fulham or West Brom are unlikely to return the maximum possible points.

Arsenal go into today’s game without Alexandre Lacazette, as confirmed by Arsenal, while Kieran Tierney also remains a doubt, and with claims that we could well rotate with Thursday in mind, we named the below predicted line-up:

Bellerin Luiz Gabriel Tierney
Ceballos Elneny
Willian Odegaard Martinelli

As you can see, Mikel Arteta had slightly different ideas although that could have been that Tierney wasn’t ready. Here is the confirmed team as shown on Arsenal’s official website.

David Luiz
Aubameyang (c)

Is this team strong enough to get the three points? What are your predictions after seeing the confirmed team?


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  1. Sean M says:

    I hope I’m wrong but Xhaka at LB, Elneny and Willian don’t fill me with confidence. Great to see the Gabis starting though. Anyway, positive thinking…ohhmmm

    1. ozziegunner says:


  2. Vinod says:

    Arteta is considering the remaining matches as preseason, I am ok with it.

    1. Sims says:

      Only if that preseason is used to bed in our talented youngsters and get them ready for next season.

  3. I says:

    The team looks strong enough to do the job. Auba to score

  4. Kedar says:

    Xhaka at left back
    Elneny as Single Pivot and Ceballos who doesn’t want to be here is really worry…

    1. Gmv8 says:

      Plus Willian who is marginally better than going down to ten men … Why isn’t he playing Cedric on the left with Xhaka and Partey in midfield? We need to know how the team will hang together on Thursday …

    2. Gurrosco says:

      Ceballos got the red in EL. It’s only ‘natural’ for Arteta to make full use of him today.

  5. Dan kit says:

    Nice to see our best 2 CBS playing together ,but. Gala at left back again I take it 🤔
    Anyway COYG .

    1. Dan kit says:

      Xhaka *

    2. Kedar says:

      And Frustrating Ceballos who will drift on to left wing and Elneny will remain as single pivot who cannot control midfield as single pivot..

  6. TheJuhi says:

    I think we have 4 Brazilians on the team but none of them are in the national team. How the mighty have fallen..

    Can you please put my frigging message through?

  7. John Legend says:

    Both of our defenders are prone to conceding penalties, and with Ceballos in the middle who is prone to errors, I hope we deal with that well. That is the only issue I have with the line up

    1. PJ-SA says:

      How many has Gabriel conceded?

      1. John Legend says:

        Maybe 2 or 3

  8. gotanidea says:

    Hopefully the match will be the real test for Ryan and I’m glad to see Bellerin back in RB position

    My only concern is just Willian and Odegaard. It will only be effective if Willian plays CAM and Odegaard plays RW

    If Willian plays RW, he won’t have the pace to race with Newcastle LB. But if Odegaard plays RW, he can always cut inside

    1. BELLA says:

      my opinion is to start smith rowe with martin odegaard instead of Ceballos and Elneny

  9. Quantic Dream says:

    Xhaka at leftback again? Surely, is this to mean we have nobody training as a leftback in the youth academy?

    1. Trudeau says:

      Saint-Maximan’s eyes will be as big as saucers with Xhaka at LB. So frustrating to see players put in positions to fail.

      Real head scratcher unless Xhaka is playing LB again on Thursday and needs to keep learning a new role. The last five PL games should be chance to see if anyone in u23s is ready to back up Tierney next season or if we need to dip into the market.

      1. Quantic Dream says:

        Agreed! Well at least he has caved on his Martinelli stubbornness and given him a start.

      2. ozziegunner says:

        Joel Lopez

      3. Johnze says:

        Lol but that would be if there were a real process. Not a fake one with underachieving loanes like Ceballos or olders like Willian/luiz.

    2. Raphael says:

      William salib

  10. Sue says:

    So glad Auba’s back 👍
    Really surprised Balogun didn’t even make the bench – TMJW/TRVL you were both right!!

    1. Sims says:

      I’m curious to know what TMJW and TRVL were right about Sue? If it’s about Arteta having a thing against talented youngsters or him not being the one to develop our talented crop of youngsters and take us forward, then I agree. They are totally right lol

      1. Sue says:

        As Balogun was absent for the U23s yesterday, I thought he’d make the squad today. They said we’ll see him up in the stands when the cameraman zooms in on him!!

  11. MartinelliTheBench says:

    Our league campaign is over

    Why not use the youngsters and get them some valuable minutes and experience??

    1. instrooments says:

      My thoughts too.

      Give all the youngsters minutes.. Try new formations and lineups for the remaining games..

      Azeez,reiss, balogun, Lopez, moller should be playing some games now..
      Cedric Luiz Gabriel lopez
      El neny Azeez
      Nelson Balogun martinelli

      Better line up for me

      1. ozziegunner says:

        👍 Instrooments, I really like your line up.

  12. Marty says:

    Bit surprised Balogun not even on the bench, I would have thought this was the perfect match to give him some minutes., is he nursing an injury I wonder.

  13. Sean Williams says:

    Ceballos, Willian????? Obviously Arteta lives in a parallel universe where they don’t play football, probably netball. Ceballos… he kidding…..stupid wally….Ceballos hates Arsenal and sabotages us. Willian….as strong as a feather duster and weaker than a five year old child. Elneny……OK he deserves a game…..plays his guts out.

    1. Sean Williams says:

      Also if Xhaka is left back then Arteta ‘bites his nose to spite his face’. Arteta is an obstinate man who will not learn from his mistakes. How badly we are led (misled), managed. Xhaka is not a left back and it is unfair to play him there.

      1. says:

        Arteta selection makes all of us mad. Along with ignoring playing youngsters like AMN before, balogun Azeez now. I don’t know what he is doing. He develops nothing, no planning on de loooong anyone. Just trying to win game after game which has not work perfectly this year. I think keeping Freddie would have been better last year. Easy now. But probably true. He had coaching experience contrary to MA. He would not have go for a old Willian (a 35M error) or a second Ceballos loan but probably keep installing the youngsters he knew in the first team.

  14. jon fox says:

    Seems that Xhaka will again be LB. FACING ST. MAXIMAN TOO! I see self induced trouble ahead for MA. Todays result is in one sense irrelevant now, BUT MA is not helping himself, I am thinking.

    1. Trudeau says:

      Arteta”s inability to learn from his mistakes is concerning and I increasingly fear will stop him from becoming the top class manager that a dwindling number of us think is still in his future.

  15. Vin rimson says:

    This Arteta man knows nothing always gambling with line-ups xhaka at left back again

  16. Ackshay says:

    Hats off to the fans protesting at the stadium 👏👏👏

    1. Kedar says:

      Just read rumours somewhere that Kroenke is willing to sale Arsenal..

      1. Ackshay says:

        That article was fake. It was the mail Who posted it 😂
        That leech will be nearly impossible to get rid of

  17. Seroti says:

    Why can’t Arteta just accept that he his wrong, why xkaka at left back can’t he play Cedric there?
    Xhaka needs rest if he is playing on Thursday especially at left back. The league is done and dusted why not rest most of your key players for Thursday why risk it all, are they telling us no body is playing left back at the under21 level?. Na waaa ooo for Arsenal self them go just they behave like say we no see another team for this planet 🙄🙄🙄

  18. Gmv8 says:

    I really don’t like the look of this – as ever it’s a half way house. Why is Ceballos even on the pitch? We need Xhaka and Partey midfield and someone competent at left back otherwise saint maximin will run riot

    1. gotanidea says:

      I guess there is a certain number of required starts written on Real Madrid loanees’ contracts

      1. The-Real-Vieira-Lynn-4ever says:

        Finally, on ounce of cynicism and a modicum of realism in your postings…for this I must applaud your efforts

  19. Joe. S says:

    Agree that more of the younger players should be featuring in these nothing games. In reality I would never pay money to watch the likes of Luiz, William, Elneny and Xhaka playing together. It’s called torture

  20. Mickmematethemasterfarter says:

    Arteta is one arrogant man xhaka lb against saint max ceballos no punishment for being a useless player but guendouzi grabs a player by the neck & slags him off ends his arsenal career 5_0 magpies

  21. Ackshay says:

    This is pretty much the b team playing so don’t mind xhaka at lb or ceballos, willian on the pitch. If they play the 2nd leg vs villareal arteta will kill off the last of his dwindling support.

  22. Declan says:


  23. PJ-SA says:

    Great dummy from Auba

    1. Dan kit says:


  24. Declan says:

    Great goal Elneny

  25. Dan kit says:

    Fair play Luiz is our best passer by a country mile ,so classy with his balls forward .

    1. ozziegunner says:

      Dan, better than with his balls behind! 😁

  26. Donald says:

    Arsenal fans😂
    Tone’s gradually changing to a positive one

  27. Sue says:

    Really pleased for Mighty Mo!!

    1. Gily says:

      He’s underrated and unappreciated by quite a good number…

      Ryan gave Leno a number of lessons in goal keeping.

  28. MartinelliTheBench says:

    Surprised Steve Bruce hasn’t put Saint Maximan directly on Xhaka from the start, quite lucky so far

    1. Trudeau says:


      1. MartinelliTheBench says:

        I cursed it🤣

  29. PJ-SA says:

    Normal service has resumed

    Terrible 1 game, decent the next….it’s a lottery. So far so good today

    1. ozziegunner says:

      “So far so good”, said the man who fell from the 13 story building!

  30. SueP says:

    Great save

  31. Dan kit says:

    All kicking off at old Trafford 😳

  32. Mickmematethemasterfarter says:

    Xhaka off in 10 mins we all know it arteta take him off plzzzz

    1. Gily says:

      He sure got it but Mike Dean loving Arsenal today. He let additional 2 minutes pass ‘cos he’s visibly enjoying the game

  33. MartinelliTheBench says:

    What on earth does MA have against Cedric honestly

    1. Declan says:

      Saving him him Thursday

      1. MartinelliTheBench says:

        Saving him? He’s very well rested and could def use the game time if he is playing Thursday

    2. Gily says:

      Why would he have any against him?
      He bought him remember

  34. Mickmematethemasterfarter says:

    The new manager has a lot more deadwood to rid, xhaka William bellerin holding mari etc etc

    1. Johnze says:

      How can you call deadwood a player like Willian that MA wanted so badly. When carragher questions joorabchian, he confirmed that.

  35. RW1 says:

    Could anyone tell me who looking at the French league put Pepe above rafhina and Maxime and valued him at 3 or 4 times their price … criminal

    1. Joe. S says:

      What a good comment. Maxime over Pepe most days of the week.

  36. Mickmematethemasterfarter says:

    Mike Dean connect by ceballos 👍👍👍

  37. Trudeau says:

    Shocking lack of class from Ceballos there to get Almiron a yellow. Embarrassing to see.

    1. Ackshay says:

      Ceballos is Spanish man they literally dive out of their mother womb 🙄

  38. Mickmematethemasterfarter says:

    Ceballos must b the worst arsenal player since ‘wee’ jock mcwhiskey in the 1935 side🙄

    1. RW1 says:

      Stupid comment

  39. Sims says:

    I am really impressed with Martinelli. Not only can he play the left wing perfectly, getting beyond his man and crossing, but he can also cut into his right foot and play as a forward and attack the box. Love this boy

    1. Dan kit says:


  40. PJ-SA says:

    Willian’s uselessness is epic…

    Hoping I’ll be forced to eat my words later

    1. RW1 says:

      I doubt ii

    2. Sean Williams says:

      Nah…you are right….epic uselessness.

    3. gotanidea says:

      Willian isn’t effective as RW, because he doesn’t have the pace to race the opposition’s LB. He’s better as in CAM and LW positions, where he can cut inside and shoot

    4. DaJuhi says:

      Willian did whip in dangerous corners and cut few times inside. But thats about it.

      I honestly didnt even realise Ceballos was on the pitch until 20 minutes gone.

      Gabriel and Martinelli have been standouts so far.

      Take Xhaka off. He’s one xhaka away from red card (xhaka = an act of causionable tackling someone with no looming danger whatsoever)

  41. RSH says:

    should be more than 1-0 ahead. Martinelli looking good, Auba, Willian feel like filler players now, which is probably why they are in todays lineup.

  42. gotanidea says:

    5 M midfielder Elneny has been showing Partey how to make long shot properly. I know Partey has never been a goalscoring midfielder, but he should’ve honed his long shot technique

    Saint-Maximin and Martinelli were the best dribblers in the game. No real challenge for Ryan yet

    1. Kedar says:

      But Partey is much more quality and talented than Elneny….

      1. gotanidea says:

        Partey’s strengths are his dribbling and aerial abilities. His passing is inconsistent and his long shot is atrocious

        As a box-to-box midfielder, he might be better than Ramsey and Willock in dribbling through the middle of the field. But he is shocking in other aspects

        1. Kedar says:

          His ball control is also much better…
          He can able to keep ball in tight areas
          Clever in tight areas

          1. RW1 says:

            He’s crap at long shots … otherwise he’s on a different footballing planet than elneny in every department ..

    2. Gogo says:

      I love the confidence ooxing out of Ryan. He has this control and command Leno lalack

      1. gotanidea says:

        Ryan is having a honeymoon period by facing teams with low motivation. He looks great, but we can only see his real abilities in big games

      2. Gily says:

        The ball he parried over the bar would’ve been a goal if Leno was there

    3. Gily says:


      I don’t know why some fans hate, or rather don’t like this humble industrious guy.

      1. Kedar says:

        It’s not about like or dislike….
        It just hé is not good enough…

        1. Gily says:

          … and Partey is?

          1. Kedar says:

            Absolutely yes

  43. Gily says:

    Happy we are leading at the moment and not playing so badly. But this man Arteta sure has a death wish for himself; Ceballos, William, Xhaka at the LB again? Wow! Just wow.

    1. Kedar says:

      Xhaka could get off in 2nd half..
      Already on yellow..

      1. Gily says:

        He has to be because of that yellow. Don’t be surprised Arteta will let him stay on until red carded.

        1. gotanidea says:

          I bet Soares would replace him in the second half

          1. Gily says:

            Better before he receives a matching order

          2. Johnze says:

            this would require. “coaching”… With a view to the next few games. At the moment he probably just want to grab a win, whichever the price, to ease the pressure he is facing

  44. Gogo says:

    This is the problem with Mikel. The ability to know the problem in between games so as to change things to increase the dominant spell. I sensed this in this firest match against Chelsea. He should be aboable to look at the game and manage games within games instead of just allowing the players play like headless chickens.

    As good as we have played today we can still drop points.

  45. Adega Olatunji says:

    It’s still beats my imagination how can a coach have a player like martinelli in midst of all these below average players and will still not play him week in week out. Arteta should be told by next season that he was not signed as Arsenal manager to come and favour some players over others who are better or get sacked. Arteta ruined our season with his pride and favouritism.

    1. gotanidea says:

      I guess Arteta’s management style is based on the promise he made to the players at the beginning of the season

      The first choices of strikers are definitely Aubameyang, Lacazette and Nketiah. Whereas LW priorities seemed to be Aubameyang, Willian and Pepe

      I think Arteta made his selection based on promise and seniority. I believe Martinelli and Balogun will replace Nketiah or Lacazette next season

  46. Vinod says:

    Last minute penalty saves the day for Arsenal Women.

  47. Mickmematethemasterfarter says:

    Xhaka William ceballos still on for 2nd half seer arrogance from arteta wait till the red card and say I was thinking of taking him off💩

  48. Kedar says:

    Xhaka need to be very careful…
    He could be off
    MA need to replace him with Cedric

  49. PJ-SA says:

    For everyone that says we never get anything from the refs

    Xhaka should 100% be off, very lucky

    1. Kedar says:

      Considering Mike Dean in ref
      He is one the most ruthless Ref

    2. Davi says:

      Unbelievably lucky.

    3. Gily says:

      I agree

  50. Mickmematethemasterfarter says:

    William wow is he 4 real retired mls player playing 1st football 4 AFC

  51. Kenny says:

    Very poor performance from Arsenal. 1:0 is not enough. Old Arsenal cannot satisfy with one goal advantage.

  52. Declan says:

    Boom Aubamayang

  53. Vinod says:


  54. Kedar says:

    Super cross
    And still Martinelli is not 1st time starter

  55. MartinelliTheBench says:

    You can really see why MA left Martinelli on the bench for months when fit

    Absolutely terrible player!

    1. RSH says:

      Keown said it best. Arteta simply does not like him. For whatever reason. And it’s got nothing to do with his talent. Poor manager.

      1. Johnze says:

        known analysis are pretty good. He follows very closely arsenal and the prem. Knows a hell of a lot in defending. This kind of arsenal legend should be consulted by the board or even MA…

  56. Kenny says:

    Kung fu goal!
    No reason for MA to bench him. His goal against Chelsea still vivid in my mind.

  57. Sue says:

    Auba ❤

  58. Gmv8 says:

    Why not Partey for Ceballos? Just don’t get Arteta

  59. RW1 says:

    Xhaka is the least skillful footballer I can recall at Arsenal in a long long time … the only thing worse is a manager who can’t envisage a team without him

  60. Sean Williams says:

    Ceballos is a donkey. No idea.

  61. SueP says:

    Please God that the injury isn’t serious
    Ridiculous thing to do by Schar

  62. Ackshay says:

    Martenelli yet again

  63. The-Real-Vieira-Lynn-4ever says:

    Pure class by our massively underappreciated talisman…don’t let Arteta’s negative tactics and a few injuries/illnesses along the way make you forget what Auba brings to the equation…just think of what could be achieved with the right tactics in place and Auba, Martinelli and Saka up top

    1. Sue says:

      👍 Agreed – pure class indeed!

  64. Sean Williams says:

    Fg dangerous unneeded tackle on Martinelli.

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