Confirmed Arsenal team to take on Qarabag – Welbeck to fire again?

Unai Emery’s team has been announced for tonight’s trip to Qarabag, with Danny Welbeck set to lead the line once again.

The Gunners are looking to continue their winning run in Azerbaijan, in what could be their eighth win in all competitions since their loss to Chelsea earlier in the campaign.

As expected Leno will be holding the fort in goal in the absence of Petr Cech, with Guendouzi returning to the line-up also.


Does this team have enough to put Qarabag to the sword? Would another top performance put Danny Welbeck into contention alongside Lacazette and Aubameyang?

Pat J


  1. Pauladonis says:

    Yes, The team should be more than able to win this match. I’m actually excited to see what the game will look like seeing Emery has gone for a 3-4-3 formation out there…

    1. gotanidea says:

      Yup, 3-4-3 would also make sense

  2. gotanidea says:

    Interesting to see Monreal and Kolasinac start together. Would Kolasinac be a right winger in a 4-2-3-1 formation?

    Lichtsteiner . Holding . Sokratis . Monreal
    ………….Guendouzi ……. Elneny
    Kolasinac ……..Smith-Rowe ……..Iwobi

    Or would Kolasinac be a DM in a 4-3-3 formation?

    Lichtsteiner . Holding . Sokratis . Monreal
    ………….Guendouzi ……. Elneny
    Smith-Rowe ……………………………..Iwobi

    1. Declan says:

      Looks more like 3-5-2 to me but who knows till they get under way st 8pm.

      1. Sue says:

        It’s on now Declan

        1. Declan says:

          Oops thanks Sue xx

          1. Kenny Rolfe says:

            Sue, you’re forever giving us the right information, we couldn’t do without you. While you’re their, what’s the name of Unai’s sidekick, it’s certainly not Steve Bould. Only whoever he is, he certainly has a large input into our tactics.

          2. Kenny Rolfe says:

            By the way, I’m wondering what you Petr Cech fans think of the new goalkeeper. On this showing, excellent with his hands and just as good with his feet. What the Cech fans don’t understand is the modern game requires your keeper to be good in both departments. Cech with the ball at his feet is a joke and an accident waiting to happen. Sorry, but all keepers come to the end sooner or later, Cech’s finished, he was at Chelsea.

          3. Sue says:

            Leno had a really good game

          4. Sue says:

            Only name I know Kenny is Juan Carlos Carcedo… not sure if he’s who you mean… although I haven’t seen him chewing gum!!! ? and thank you by the way very nice comment!

          5. Kenny Rolfe says:

            That’s good enough for me Sue. What a lovely couple of days first Liverpool beaten then United’s goalless draw at home then Tottenham’s home defeat and now hopefully Chelsea. Goin Vida, whoever you are?

          6. Sue says:

            Yes Kenny, it’s been brilliant!!!

          7. Kenny Rolfe says:

            The Television media are distraught with all their beloveds failing and us winning. Can hear them choking in the commentary box.

  3. Auba Arsenal of Lagos says:

    About time he tries another formation

  4. Sue says:

    Kolasinac ????

  5. sarsfieldNYC says:

    I am very interested how we will line up with 3 LBs haha. Sead to grab a goal?!

  6. AkayMoney says:

    In Emery I trust

  7. Uzi Ozil says:

    Ramsey not even on the bench. I hope he is leaving.

    Pierre is ill

    Arsenal should win this game but they shouldn’t underrate any team and not the team tonight

    1. Sue says:

      Ramsey is with his wife

  8. McLovin says:

    3 CBs with 2 Wing backs. Okay Unai, showing some tactics The Dinosaur never did, I like it!

    1. Goonerboy says:

      Some folks are just so good in finding a way to bash Wenger in their post! Am looking at you McLovin
      The formation change makes the game more inviting, wish the boys best of luck.

    2. Babasola says:

      What is this one saying now?
      Wenger’s never used 3-4-3 ?
      Or as never used 3 CB’s an 2 Wingbacks ?
      Abeg !!!
      This is even our normal formation with Kolasinac as a forwarder, Iwobi will be on the right?

  9. georgie b says:

    getting ready to watch game here in the states on Gala vision. Spanish speaking. It’s part of our cable package.

    1. Sue says:

      Whereabouts in the States are you Georgie?

      1. georgie b says:

        Sue, I live in Poughkeepsie, New York which is a couple hours north of New York city on the Hudson river. You can see the Catskill mountains in the distance. Great fly fishing if your’e so inclined. This area has gone for football in a big way. amazing how many people give thumbs up to any Arsenal gear I wear. Now to the game. See you halftime.

        1. Sue says:

          Oooh nice!! Always wanted to go to New York. Will head there in 3 years when the mortgage is done & dusted!
          Have you been to England?

  10. Sue says:

    Boom! Sokratis

    1. Declan says:

      Thanks again Sue, don’t know why I thought it was 8. Missed the goal and first half hour but on it now?

      1. Sue says:

        ? better late than never hey?! ?

  11. Innit says:

    i love the defense
    I’d like to see that as our regular starting lineup

    Lichtsteiner . Holding . Sokratis . Monreal

    The attack looks weak but hopefully will be enough

  12. waal2waal says:

    Leno doing a great job … clearly wants a clean sheet… But can’t help thinking we’re giving ’em far too much of the ball.

  13. Innit says:

    the defense is spot on but would feel better with another goal

    1. Sue says:

      If only Smith Rowe’s had gone in!

      1. hardave says:

        And it did go in! So happy to see him on the scoresheet.

        1. Sue says:

          He could have had 2…. but I’m glad for him, he took it well

  14. waal2waal says:

    …just what we need – stability in midfield (Torriera)

  15. waal2waal says:

    …if ever there’s a game to impose yourself in (iwobi /Welbz) surely this would be it?? where are you guys – show up will you …

  16. LENOhappy says:

    @waal2 waal ,talk about imposing yourself and here enters Alex iwobi the man with the killer pass

    1. waal2waal says:

      … that’s exactly what the two of ’em are meant to be doin – against this calibre, yes…

  17. LENOhappy says:

    Step by step,match by match,iwobi is proving himself to be a real asset to this team,wow what a different coach can do in the life of a player ,and bang smith Rowe

    1. jon fox says:

      Iwobi is clearly the Wenger player most improved under Emery. A few more games in this vein and I will be eating my previouis words and glad to do so. He seems somehow older and more grown up. Smith-Rowe is surely destined for a top career though a way to go, as yet. Those two and Leno were our three outstanding players today. Iwobi MotM though!

      1. Kenny Rolfe says:

        Yeah, have to agree with you again Jon, just shows the difference a new coach can make to a player. Wenger done the same to players in his first ten years but the total opposite in the second ten years. Iwobi looks fitter, slimmer and even wears his socks properly instead of half down his shins.

  18. Innit says:

    This is another example of Emery’s improvement over Wenger
    Iwobi was very average last season
    Now Emery is getting the best out of him
    He is an asset now

  19. LENOhappy says:

    Yes at innit,just imagine what iwobi will be capable of if he keeps playing like this

  20. LENOhappy says:

    Typical ozil

    1. waal2waal says:

      …he ought to have at least put a shot in on target…

  21. Innit says:

    Very HAPPY
    COYG 15 mins more

  22. LENOhappy says:

    Am still waiting to see what ozil will do against this “caliber “according to wall2waal

    1. waal2waal says:

      …nothing more than a guest PA for tonight from MO 😀

  23. Gifted says:

    Iwobi is better than Ozil in all apects. The debate is settled now

  24. Declan says:

    Leno MOM for me, perfect.

    1. waal2waal says:

      …Good Call @Declan …i agree completely

  25. Innit says:

    A WIN away
    A clean sheet
    We rested some players

    Well done to all esp Leno, Iwobi, Rowe and Guendozi

    Awesome night

  26. Alldwayfromafrica says:

    Missing/missed the game…just got online now to find our we won 3-0….how did the guys perform? Especially with the formation?

  27. Raja Danish says:

    This what a good goalkeeper can do wonders for the team when we were leading 1-0 but we were still some-what sloppy and Qarabag carved out many goal-scoring chances but leno stood to it and made excellent saves otherwise on another it could have been 1-1 or 2-1 in favour of Qarabag.. COYG!!!

    1. Raja Danish says:

      *another day

  28. LENOhappy says:

    They all played well,I hope nacho is not injured,I have to admit Qarabag played better than I thought they could,3 straight clean sheet,we are getting there,smith Rowe is definitely gonna be a star,hope he doesn’t end up like a certain wishere,iwobi keeps proving people wrong,weldone to emery for bringing out the true iwobi,ooh and Leno,Leno very composed tonight,but I still think the gueodouzi boy needs some talking to,all in all,a good win against a good team

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