Confirmed Arsenal team to take on Slavia Prague

The teams are out as Arsenal look to gain an advantage from their home leg of the Europa League first-leg clash against Slavia Prague.

The visitors have impressed on the road in the two previous rounds, winning in England and Scotland against Leicester and Rangers, and will be hoping they can make that three on the bounce.

Arsenal didn’t win their last away leg either, but they already had a two-goal lead going into the second-leg before losing 1-0 to Olympiacos which still saw them through.

The Gunners had already confirmed that they would be without the likes of David Luiz and Kieran Tierney, which led us to name the following predicted line-up earlier on of:

Leno
Bellerin Holding Mari Soares
Partey Xhaka
Saka Smith Rowe Willian
Aubameyang

Mikel Arteta decided to name the following however, with just two changes from what we had expected.

Are you happy with the named XI? Will Arteta’s decision to bench Auba come back to haunt him?

Patrick

Tags Europa League Slavia Prague

178 Comments

  1. Sue says:

    So glad ESR and Saka are back! COYG

    1. LtDan says:

      Would’ve liked to have seen Martinelli in the role that Willian is playing tonight. We need to keep Slavia on the back foot whilst our midfield and defence do their job. Thank god it’s nowhere near some of the predictions of Pepe, Willian and Aubamayang. Bellerin has got to be on his toes tonight and do what he’s paid for ie DEFEND properly

      1. Sue says:

        It is baffling!! No doubt we’ll see him for the odd 10 minutes or so…

    2. Kenya 001 says:

      At least we will see some fight sue

      1. Sue says:

        That’s for sure, Kenya 🤩

    3. Mogunna says:

      Finally William out for Martinelli

  2. Dan kit says:

    No Martinelli again 😂
    Anyway COYG

    1. Kenya 001 says:

      I wonder what he has to do to get a start!

      1. Wiszley says:

        He is always one of our best player. I wonder what Willian has done to start ahead of him

      2. Stewart Macintosh says:

        Good question but maybe he hasn’t come back from the injury very well or he sits around the training ground drinking beer and back-talking the manager – he is one of those bad kids who sit in the back of the class?

        We have no way of knowing of course as he never gets a chance to show us for meaningful minutes and Arteta doesn’t say anything (and I realize that he is under no obligation but if he were a bit more forthcoming it could defuse some of the angst).

  3. gotanidea says:

    Joel Lopez can replace Soares if he becomes injured. Unfortunately Chambers is unfit, so we’ll rely on Bellerin for aerial duels with Slavia Prague’s LW

    Benching Aubameyang and Pepe is a good decision, because we need attackers who make us win the ball possession like Willian, Smith-Rowe and Saka. Slavia Prague’s defenders are dominant in the air and they’d probably sit back in the first twenty minutes, so it’d be useless to start Aubameyang and Pepe

  4. Eddie says:

    Great lineup… Nice to see ESR and Saka again.
    No complaint from me. Good luck boys, no matter how bad this season has been, as a fan I wish y’all luck and hope you get the win tonight.
    Only 5 games stands between your way and European glory.
    So go for it..
    COYG!

    1. Kedar says:

      May be Martinelli on left and ESR and Number 10

  5. Grandad says:

    Is Laca captain for the match?

    1. Sue says:

      I thought Bellerin was… ?

      1. Stewart Macintosh says:

        I think it would be Bellerin. He is the oldster

  6. Alex says:

    Great lineup. Hopefully William turn up too.

    1. Stewart Macintosh says:

      agree with you and Declan on Willian, but fingers are crossed and he has had some better performances in the last while.

      I am finding that the tranquillizers I am taking on match day are helping me to get less aggravated when I see his name in the team sheet – of course I can’t operate heavy machinery 🙂

  7. Declan says:

    A little disappointed to see Willian starting and would liked to have seen Mari over Gabriel but I’m not the manager. Good luck everyone COYG.

    1. instrooments says:

      Same here… Let’s even see the whole young guns play together for once to kinda have an idea of what the future holds..

      I rather see a :
      Martinelli
      Odegaard smith-rowe saka
      Xhaka partey
      Lopez Gabriel holding cedric
      Leno

      But we wish the lads selected success today

    2. Phenom says:

      I thought Mari was symbolic against West Ham. Gabriel is fine with me.

  8. Chuxzzy1 says:

    Pls what of odegaad why his he absent

    1. Sue says:

      Injured…

      1. Skills1000 says:

        Hi Sue. How are you doing? We need to win this match. 4:1 to the arsenal.

        1. Sue says:

          Hey Skills 🙂 I’m very well thank you and yourself?
          Wow, 4-1? I haven’t a scooby what the score will be, but I think Willian will score….🙏

  9. Skills1000 says:

    I am worried about this game. I pray the team does bot underestimate the opponent.

    1. Stewart Macintosh says:

      If they watched any tape from the last outing underestimating anyone shouldn’t be a problem for them 🙂

      Arsenal could blow them out of the park or die a horrible death. I am going for the former!

      COYG!!!

  10. mujitaba says:

    Best of luck

  11. McLovin says:

    Hmm maybeI MA thought front 3 of Saka, ESR and Martinelli is too inexperienced and threw in Willian?

    1. Stewart Macintosh says:

      good one. Thanks for that!

      1. Stewart Macintosh says:

        and one day that front 3 will be super expensive and one of the best in Europe (he says hopefully with fingers crossed while knocking on wood) and still wearing our kit.

  12. Lenohappy says:

    #startmartinelli is trending on Twitter right now.

  13. Dhoni says:

    Its clear and simple coach doesn’t like Martinelli. Don’t know why but that’s the TRUTH. Eddie and some guys out here will say he is trying to protect……..PROTECT WHAT EXACTLY.

    Well wish the team best of luck going into this game COYG.

    1. Adega Olatunji says:

      There are no fans out there deceive themselves more than Arsenal fans

  14. Wes says:

    We need to win
    We should win
    WE MUST WIN

    #COYG

  15. jhjh says:

    xhaka only does backpass

  16. Perry ames says:

    Very poor so far doesn’t seem to be any urgency loads of slow build up play. They are lacking confidence

    1. Kenya 001 says:

      Exactly perry fàr from the afro mentioned response after that horrendous Saturday match. Too much respect we should be showing the who is boss

      1. Kenya 001 says:

        *Them

  17. ahmad73 says:

    We are looking very dodgy at the moment. Seems like Arsenal are afraid to play!

    1. Adega Olatunji says:

      Typical Arteta style

  18. SueP says:

    Not overly enamoured with what’s on offer so far

  19. SueP says:

    Noooooo! Not offside either

  20. Sekman says:

    Saka is shieet

    1. Declan says:

      So are you pal

      1. Sekman says:

        F off

  21. Perry ames says:

    Far too much fannying around at the back 7 or 8 passes when 1 or 2 will do. I think we will win but we should better this lot and make the 2nd leg a formality

  22. RW1 says:

    How any fan of football can watch us and say we have improved as a team just amazes me .. we are playing some of the worst football in my 4 decades as a supporter

    1. ahmad73 says:

      In fairness we were quite dire in around 75 when we nearly got relegated, but at least the players had fight in them. Now we have Farteta ball. It really stinks!

    2. Logic says:

      👍…if you get the answer from those fans plz do let me know as well.

      1. ahmad73 says:

        You have more chance of getting a lesson in realism from the forum sage than actual answers about our current plight.

  23. FootballisTrivial says:

    The only acceptable reason that Martinelli isn’t starting can be caution regarding injuries. But I have my doubts regarding that.

  24. TH14-TW14 says:

    Holding has had a very good game.

    1. Perry ames says:

      Absolute rubbish, no positives to take from that dross
      Lazy players picking up huge wages and conning us fans with this crap, I’m not always with what some people say are conspiracy theories but it does look like they are not put the effort in for arteta

  25. Ackshay says:

    Arteta looked pissed when the red blew for half time.

    1. Ackshay says:

      Ref

  26. Sean Williams says:

    Take off Willian and bring on Martinelli at half time. Championship level football.

    1. Logic says:

      Why is Martenelli not getting a start it’s not like our forwards are on fire…oh I forgot Arteta is protecting young Martenelli like he was protecting Saliba before 😜

  27. RSH says:

    sleepwalking through this. truly at our level. please step up the pace of the game Arsenal. Every team is so comfortable defending against us.

  28. FootballisTrivial says:

    Maybe I’m biased but can someone point to a single quality that Bellerin has to offer?
    The pace has left him.

  29. Sue says:

    Think they all need reminding what’s at stake….come on MA – rally the troops!!

    Just turned over to the darts, just in time for a 9 darter.. more excitement in those 3 minutes than the whole of that first half!!

    1. Kenya 001 says:

      He had 5 days to do that seems he’s all bark an no bite

  30. Logic says:

    If we can not dominate Slavia Prague at home then I have no clue what progression some fans are pointing to under Arteta. I think a lot of Arsenal fans are realising now grass is not that green after Wenger was pushed out of club, that is why they say be careful what you wish for. Now a days I enjoy watching random teams play more than my own Arsenal team.

  31. gotanidea says:

    Our players were a bit lackluster and need to pass more accurately, but we haven’t made any major mistake and won most ball retrievals. Slavia Prague didn’t play well either, so I believe we’ll score at least once in the second half

    Our speedsters, Aubameyang, Pepe and Martinelli, could play in the second half, after Slavia Prague gets tired

    1. Logic says:

      GOT, don’t you get tired of making excuses?? Come on man, you always have an excuse for our performance.

      1. gotanidea says:

        I see the positive aspects of our performance in the first half. Negativity and unconstructive comments will only demoralize the players

        Maybe Arsenal need to lose the European competition first, to get rid of the toxic fans and to lower the expectation of Arteta’s replacement

        1. Logic says:

          By this logic you mean we should play in championship so that we can separate so called pure blood fans from other fans..hahaha…also being positive is good as long as you are realistic as well. Only positivity does not deliver results you need to first realise you have a problem to fix it. You my friend don’t even realise we have a problem.

        2. Phil says:

          Got No Idea- you really do spout a load of rubbish PAL. Do you honestly believe these players read what is written? And if so, it affects them? Ridiculous comments

  32. David says:

    Fair play to Slavia they have defended well. Its games like these where we need a proper #9, laca has spent 45 minutes hiding in the midfield leaving ESR to fight the big CBs.

    1. gotanidea says:

      I’m happy with Lacazette so far, since he did his linking job well. A false nine doesn’t have to score all the time and it’ll be great if he can be a decoy to make chances for Smith-Rowe

    2. blue17 says:

      Because ESR has sticking with Willian trying to overload the LW which hasn’t been unproductive as well… The striker position is then left empty while Laca drops to fight for the ball which also explains his late runs into the box for crosses…

      1. blue17 says:

        Has been unproductive*

  33. Dan kit says:

    1 shot in target against the great slavia prague ,how the mighty have fallen ..

    1. Kenya 001 says:

      Well Dan kit that’s what we get for our team manager speaking so highly of an opposition team.

  34. Kenya 001 says:

    The only response of note is the single shot on target in 45 mins the last time out we had none! Thanks to Arteta for scaring the team.

  35. Logic says:

    What a match yesterday between PSG and Bayern …now what a load of shit today at Emirates. Its good they are not letting crowd in otherwise 90% would be sleeping in stand after watching this awful football.

  36. Logic says:

    What a match yesterday between PSG and Bayern …now what a load of shit today at Emirates. Its good they are not letting crowd in otherwise 90% would be sleeping in stand after watching this awful football.

    1. Dan kit says:

      I wouldn’t be surprised if half the season ticket holders give up their memberships ,I’m mean who would want to go watch this crap week in week out .

  37. Dan kit says:

    Martinelli??
    Or should we leave Laca on for the rest of the match so he can hold the ball up for no apparent reason

  38. SueP says:

    I’m just grateful that SP aren’t really any good. Our end product has been disappointing

  39. Ackshay says:

    Lacazette and ESR not compatible as you can’t have creative mid if your Striker is playing like a damn mid. Yes a high workrate is good but useless if we don’t have our Striker in the box at important times.

  40. Declan says:

    Some wag said we would win 4-1 lol

    1. SueP says:

      and I believed him!!!

    2. Perry ames says:

      Scandalous miss by a professional footballer

    3. Skills1000 says:

      Yes Declan. I said so. But honestly, I am tired of this. I thought these guys can put a smile on my face. I was wrong though. lol

  41. RW1 says:

    Just how s••••does willian have to b before martinelli is brought on? Arteta has the longest learning curve since dinosaurs roamed the earth

    1. Jimmy Bauer says:

      Lol…you made me laugh …
      This comment has given me more joy than arsenal since new year..

  42. Sue says:

    We’re just not meant to score 😫

    1. Ackshay says:

      At this rate the highlight for miss of the season will be longer than our whole damn season.

      1. Sue says:

        🤣👍

  43. Jimmy Bauer says:

    One on one and lacazette couldn’t find the net..

  44. RSH says:

    heart didn’t skip a beat. i expect stuff like this.

    1. Goonerboy says:

      RSH

      Lol. No reaction whatsoever from me either

  45. Sean Williams says:

    We are shite. So poor. 2nd rate.

  46. SueP says:

    At least there is a bit of pressure now. How did Laca miss though?

  47. siamois says:

    It wont be long now the goal is coning!

    1. Mambo says:

      Lol which end though

      1. Sue says:

        🤣🤣

  48. Mambo says:

    Yeah he should score, but still good solo effort created by him.

  49. Kev82 says:

    Taxi for Lacazette 😂

  50. Mambo says:

    Prage keeper looks a joke though, just hit the target and one is bound to go in.

    1. Sue says:

      Exactly!! Looks really dodgy and we haven’t even tested him…

  51. Goonerforever says:

    Poor finishing as we should be well ahead. I just don’t know why we look so average at times. Hope it doesn’t come back to haunt us as they aren’t that good & will only beat us if we give them something

    1. Mambo says:

      If there is an assist, I just hope it is not from Leno or Xhaka.

  52. Ackshay says:

    Was anyone actually shocked when he completely mishit the ball

    1. Goonerboy says:

      Not me Ackshay! Somehow I expected it

  53. RW1 says:

    Obviously we need to save the bench for the difficult game at bramall lane on sunday

  54. Goonerboy says:

    I would take ESR and Willian for Ceballos and Pepe right NOW!

  55. Mambo says:

    Martenelli getting ready

    1. Sue says:

      Better late than never…

  56. gizzle says:

    One thing is certain every single player earning above 80k in this team needs to be sold or gotten rid of .
    WE can slate LAca all day for the miss but Auba wont have won the ball in the first place . Partey looking average .

    1. Mambo says:

      Yeah, I really dont know what is happening. Is Arteta just that bad a manager or did the players just forget hot to play? There really seems to be something a miss.

      1. RSH says:

        it seems any decent player we bring to the club lately, their level of play drops tremendously when they play for us. We really need to crack down on the intentions of the players we sign. Auba, even tho he is struggling this season, is really the only exception of a player who has stayed at a high level between transfers.

  57. Reddb10 says:

    Watch Martinelli win us this game

    1. Sean Williams says:

      We are factually not good enough. Simple and true. Just not good enough.

  58. Ackshay says:

    Arteta actually choose martenelli instead of aubameyang I’m surprised.
    He definitely learns about the substitution timing from Wenger.

  59. Olaitan Kayode says:

    I have to admit it, Arteta is too inexperience to coach arsenal. This is the worst arsenal team I have ever witness.

  60. Perry ames says:

    Bellerin crap
    Willian crap
    Party crap
    Harsh maybe but only my opinion

  61. Mambo says:

    Lol, are the players trying to assist them?

    What the hell was that?

    🤯

  62. Jimmy Bauer says:

    I doubt the loyalty of Anyone who wants Arteta to remain as Arsenal manager beyond this season….

    The Arteta fan boys said we didn’t exert ourselves against Liverpool at the Emirates cause we had our mind on this game…Well it’s been over and hour and we are still shiiiit!..

  63. SueP says:

    “Arsenal are at it at last” the commentator just said…. 10 minutes from the end
    What was wrong with the first 80?

  64. Sue says:

    FINALLY…

  65. SueP says:

    🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳

  66. Goonerforever says:

    I can’t imagine how we’d manage in the champions league if by some miracle we got there by winning this but somehow we’ve scored!

  67. RSH says:

    YESSSS PEPE!

  68. Kev82 says:

    Pepe get in 😲

    1. Sue says:

      Auba assist 😉

      1. gizzle says:

        @ Sue . R E A L L Y .
        this is where stats lie

        1. Sue says:

          Or was it Snoop dogg?!! 🤣🤣

  69. siamois says:

    Come on!

  70. Olaitan Kayode says:

    Finally.

  71. Ackshay says:

    Oh God ceballos on😱😱😱
    One last chance for sparta

    1. Sue says:

      🤣🤣🤣

    2. Gmv8 says:

      Arteta never lets us relax – always trying to secure defeat from the jaws of victory. Entirely his fault

  72. Skills1000 says:

    In the summer. We have to do 3 things.
    1. Change the manager

    2. Sell Aubameyang,Lacazette, Nketiah, AMN, Bellerin, Guendouzi, Ceballos,

    3. Buy Odegaard and Jack Grealish. Martinelli to play as a 9 next season.

    1. Ackshay says:

      Buy both grealish and odeggard??? Where will they both play?

      1. Skills1000 says:

        They can both be integrated into the system. Our current midfielders dont have the required skill set. A 433 formation.

        Cedric Holding Mari Tierney

        Partey ESR Xhaka

        Grealish Martinelli Odegaard.

        Pepe and Martinelli to rotate as a 9.

        We cant afford to have Aubameyang and Lacazette next season. Enough is enough.

  73. RW1 says:

    Credit to Pepe … did what laca couldn’t

  74. Sue says:

    I don’t believe it….

    1. Perry ames says:

      Taxi for arteta please but I also blame Cedric and the rest of the defence for not clearing the ball earlier. I will wait for the arteta lovers to come on here and defend what has been one of the most shocking and shameful performances by arsenal ever how can we draw with possibly one of the worst teams ever to play in a quarter final. What the hell has happened to the once great arsenal

      1. SueP says:

        Perry
        It was a very twitchy and lacklustre game for 75/80 minutes and you could of course blame Arteta, but those sitters that were missed can’t be laid at his door.

        1. Perry ames says:

          Its not just about this game sueP it’s about the whole season, we have no direction as to how we should play and the players dont seem to want to or just cant play out from the back. But the buck will always stop with the manager and we all know he isn’t up to the job

  75. Olaitan Kayode says:

    Arteta out

  76. RSH says:

    Ok, that’s more realistic 🙄

    1. Mambo says:

      Score a better reflection of game, coyld have lost tbh.

      Arteta would be happy with draw, it is hia thing.

  77. Jimmy Bauer says:

    Arteta forever!

  78. Kev82 says:

    Omg we have sank so low

    1. Sue says:

      85 minutes we won’t get back, Kev!!

      1. Kev82 says:

        I wasn’t going to watch that Sh#t again after Saturday and I wish I hadn’t.. we are an embarrassment Sue so bitterly disappointed but kinda knew we would mess up after all this is what we do.. bunch of clowns and clown of a so called manager.

  79. RW1 says:

    Oh well … they just need a goalless draw …. the fact is that these are the 2 worst teams left in the competition so next Thursday or a few weeks later not a big deal … need to be put out of our misery and the fraudulent Spaniard kicked in to touch

    1. Mambo says:

      Yeah, honestly our chances of reaching final, let alone winning are almost nil.

      A surprise would have been us winning the game.

    2. RSH says:

      Villarreal probably going through. Don’t see how we beat them. Emery will get his revenge. Lets pray on getting past euro giants Slavia Prague first though.

  80. Vlajko says:

    We’re right where we should be

  81. gizzle says:

    If we are being honest with ourselves the scoreline reflects the game that i just watched .A lot of player are poor but this manager utterly useless and Edu God help me .

  82. SueP says:

    All that hard work in the last 15 minutes has been blown away.
    The finishing prior to that was abysmal and we should have been in a strong position for the second leg if those good chances had been taken

  83. Gmv8 says:

    Arteta a fault with idiotic substitution

  84. Olaitan Kayode says:

    Lost all hope in Arteta. This arsenal is not going anywhere with this clueless coach. I better coach will make good use of this current squad. Even outdated Wenger will do better

  85. FootballisTrivial says:

    Arsenal are a horrible team. Like wtf this is school level football.

  86. Jimmy Bauer says:

    What’s with these boys and back passes…
    When Cedric made that backpass ,I told my mate we did same thing against olympiacos last season and conceded a goal..
    I wasn’t done explaining when we conceded another goal from a pointless backpass…
    #Arteta Forever

  87. siamois says:

    This is a joke!

  88. Phil says:

    I just cannot wait for all the delusional supporters who actually thought Arteta would ever make a manager. A total embarrassment and the blame lies solely with this incompetent novice.
    TMJW- just to let you know PAL this defence that, according to you, has been so improved by this so-called manager, has now conceded in the last FOURTEEN GAMES.
    Care to embarrass yourself trying to defend this rubbish now PAL?

    1. RSH says:

      it’s embarrasing stuff from this team, phil. Arteta is awful. But some of these players should still be ashamed and are taking no responsibility. another GIANT mess. Worst than the wenger mess, and WAY WORSE than Emery’s mess even though the people who screamed for him to leave are loving Arteta. Arsenal are not a serious club. We have a total novice as a maanger.

      1. Skills1000 says:

        Hi RSH. I have officially joined the Arteta out brigade. He should be sacked asap.

      2. Phil says:

        RSH- all we will hear is that it’s the players making the mistakes and not the manager. That performance, against a very modest side, was not acceptable. This manager is never going to take this club forward and only the blind optimists will believe otherwise

  89. Palash says:

    We cant even finish the game.

  90. Sean says:

    Well now doesnt that throw a spanner in the works.

    On the front foot and you bring on Cabellos when we should’ve went all out as this is our only hope of this terrible season.

    Game reflects where we are and Mikel isnt the man to do this role in my opinion. We are worse off atm than we ever have with a pretty good squad of players who are underperforming for him and his set up.

    Somethings not right. On to next week and make sure we score an early goal!! All out next thursday and let the handbrake go.

    1. RSH says:

      we thought today would be when we let handbreak go though. It seems we keep waiting for the game this team is finally not awful.

    2. Gmv8 says:

      Exactly just as the team starts to click, he disrupts it all by bringing on Ceballos – WHY? ESR could have lasted another 5 minutes and Ceballos has been a Jonah for Arsenal this past month.

  91. Dhoni says:

    Ceballos is just bad luck. Anytime he steps on the field we concede. We have also in general been poor. Martin Odegaard could have done the trick but Pepe and Marti cane in and delivered. We have made it difficult for ourselves right now they have an away goal and its a draw not 3-1 or 4-1 lead. We gonna qualify but it will go down to the 94th minute of second leg.

  92. Skills1000 says:

    I said prior to the match that we will win by 4 goals to 1. I was naive honestly. This game is the process that Arteta deserves the sack asap. I am tired honestly. Enough of this mediocrity

  93. David Rusa says:

    This can best be described as “COMICAL ARSENAL playing in a COMEDY OF ERRORS!” I don’t see us surviving second round in Prague unless we improve our performance.
    Mikel Arteta might be forced to swallow his pride and recruit a goal scoring coach because what we saw today is very embarrassing! I can’t believe that our strikers can miss such easy chances. The only remedy I see is to get a renowned former goal scorer as a coach or else disaster awaits our team!

  94. pjennings says:

    Well folks. What I say. No communication from Leno in the corner kick. No defenders on the near and far posts. Very similar to the Liverpool goal where Leno did not stand tall. He looks like a wicketkeeper crouching down. That’s a cardinal sin not putting a defender on the far post. Lack of commanding your 18 yard box

    1. Sue says:

      And you stayed awake, PJ… how on earth did you manage it?? 😆 Another poor showing…

  95. Splendid says:

    When I watched Smith-rowe who had the ball close to the opponent’s box, withdraw the ball all the way to our defence and passed to Gabriel, I knew this team is beyond redemption under Arteta.
    Under this manager, the players’ first thought upon receiving the ball is to pass backwards instead of passing forward/cutting inside/beating their marker.
    Anyone that can’t see the direction we’re headed to needs serious examination. If Arsenal is a big club, Arteta will be sacked the moment he crashes out of Europa League.

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