Posted on October 25, 2018 by ADMIN

Confirmed Arsenal team to take on Sporting in Lisbon tonight – Ozil and Lacazette benched

We are all waiting with bated breath to see what team that Unai Emery picks for our second of 3 games in 6 days, which would stretch any squad to the limits..

So here is the team that I predicted earlier…..

Bellerin….Holding… Mustafi…Lichtsteiner
Elneny … Guendouzi … Mhkitaryan

And here is the team that Emery has chosen….

Yay! At least we have Sokratis back, and we have Xhaka in as a makeshift left-back. It’s good that at least Ozil, Torreira, Iwobi and Lacazette are all getting a rest….

Come on you Gunners!


33 thoughts on “Confirmed Arsenal team to take on Sporting in Lisbon tonight – Ozil and Lacazette benched

  1. Grandad

    An eminently sensible selection. I was pleasantly surprised by Xhaka’s performance at left back against Leicester where he added balance to the back four.I don’t see him bombing forward in Lisbon where a draw would be an acceptable result.In the absence of his 2 recognised left backs and AMN Emery has little option but to turn to Xhaka particularly as Bellerin is overdue a rest and Lich was not effective on the left against Leicester.

    1. gotanidea


      Interesting to see Xhaka as a left fullback. He is actually quiet fast, as seen in some matches when defending from the opponent’s counter-attacks

      Maybe Xhaka is the ultimate left fullback we have been looking for

    2. kev

      Auba should be at CF and not LW.Xhaka should also not be played at LB in this match,moreso with Auba at LW with him.

  2. Southwest

    We gonna win this, really positive. It might be tight in the first 45 but the bench will put the nail.


  3. sauce NY

    Ramsey is garbage— nothing but a black hole in possession! can he please just stop over complicating things?? he wants to be Ozil so badly…

  4. avenger

    Arsenal 28” minutes first half waiting for a miracle will happen
    please make it happen shoot to the goal sometimes from somewhere
    perhaps are waiting for Sporting to score first……….

    1. gotanidea

      He is good defensively as he stays behind more often than Bellerin and more dominant in aerial duels, but his attacking abilities are disappointing so far

      He used to be one of Juventus’ main wingbacks in 3 CB formation, but I think his age has caught up with his pace and stamina

  5. gotanidea

    Xhaka and Lichtsteiner are disappointing as attacking fullbacks. Elneny and Ramsey are not skillful enough to be the CMs in 4-3-3 formation

    I think Emery would change it to 4-2-3-1 after Sporting get tired, with Ozil, Iwobi and Jenkinson as substitutes

    Unfortunately he doesn’t have good attacking fullbacks to penetrate from the wings

  6. Chabaloah

    Arsenal lack quick decision making in midfield and that is costing us. As much as I like Goundouzi and he can pick a fabulous pass, he’s being caught in possession because he expects too much time to pick his pass or receive the ball.

    We also aren’t using our width well and makes us congested through the middle trying to play it through there.

    Defensively we have been very good though, Rob holding has had a very good game so far

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