How will Arsenal line up against Palace without Jurrien Timber?

All eyes are on Arsenal versus Crystal Palace. Questions will be asked: Will the PL runners-up sustain their bright start to the season with a win over Palace, or will they crumble? Can Palace, who surrendered all six points to the Gunners last season, manage to pick any against us this time around?

The Gooners will be hoping for the best for their team.

Of the 11 players Mikel Arteta trusted to start in Arsenal’s first game of the season against Nottingham Forest, which his side won 2-1, the Spaniard will miss the services of Jurrien Timber. The summer defensive recruit is out for an extended period with an ACL injury.

Without Timber Arteta, he may need to refresh his line-up, and everyone believes we could see him recall Gabriel and Zinchenko to his starting 11, thus recalling his first-choice defensive set-up of last season, which may see his defence set-up be like Ben White, William Saliba, Gabriel, and Zinchenko.

This move may impact how he sets up his midfield. Kai Harvertz, who’s yet to sparkle in Arsenal colours, may find himself warming the benches to be introduced as an impact sub. Thomas Partey could play the No. 6, and Declan Rice may be offered a No. 8 role alongside Martin Odegaard.

Nketiah, Martinelli, and Saka should continue in attack.

Squad rotation is key to Mikel Arteta’s plans this season. So we ought to trust him and enjoy how he plays around with his quality squad.

Sam P

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  1. I agree with the line up. If Zinchenko plays, Havertz could be on the bench as Zinchenko can also take on the role of a creative midfielder. Rice and Partey are a must in midfield along with Odegaard so the midfield picks itself. Nketiah should continue to lead the line and hopefully Trossard will be introduced at some point in the match.
    White Saliba Gabriel Zinchenko
    Partey Rice
    Saka Odegaard Martinelli

  2. Hopefully zinchenko is back and ready
    Maybe Trossard in for havertz who should have to earn is place not just shoehorned in because he cost a pretty penny but …
    Saliba Gabriel zinc
    Partey rice havertz
    Saka Odegaard Martinelli
    Would be my guess

    1. Arteta likes to surprise us, but a back three is a step too far

      Arsenal very solid away ‘to nil’ last season was key, Arteta not gambling here

  3. I Agree but slant let set up the formation

  4. To answer the headline : Timber out, Zinchenko in. As for the rest of the team, I don’t have a clue!

  5. What are the options? Zinchenko, Tierney and kiwior?
    I’d imagine it will be zinchenko if he’s fully fit, but if not, it’ll probably be kiwior (rightly or wrongly) – I’d be quite happy with any of those three tbh

    1. If havertz starts in LM, then I believe Kiwior would be the best option, we can’t have Zinchenko and Havertz on the left, Martineli would be relegated to defensive duties,
      IMO, we should have this ;

      White Saliba Gabriel Zinchenko
      Partey Rice
      Saka Odegaard Martinelli

      1. It’s a good lineup – I do like rice and partey in midfield. There’s a few different options and I think arteta will come up with something specific for Palace, who can be very dangerous if we allow them chances to counter.

  6. Arteta consistently fields a 4-3-3 (on paper anyway) and would expect that to continue away to Palace.

    The loss of Timber is very damaging to Arteta’s plans, without him Arsenal’s defence is identical to last season, the drop off in quality a big factor in not lifting the trophy.

    White Saliba Gabriel Zinchenko
    Odegaard Rice Havertz
    Saka Nketiah Martinelli

    If Zinchenko is not ready yet then might be an opportunity to take a look at Walters to help decide if we need to go back in to the market in the next 10 days.

  7. Ramsdale
    White Saliba Gabriel Tomiyasu

    Party Rice


    Saka Nketiah Martinelli

    Zinchenko on bench

  8. Last season our greatest strength was to be solid away which is why we got 10 Clean sheets. If Zinchenko plays then i don’t see havertz as 8 as the left side would be too lightweight in defence. Maybe havertz upfront and Rice as left 8.

  9. Many may not agree as injury could happen at any time, but had Arteta played Tierney since Zinchenko wasn’t fully fit and kept Rice for subsistute using Parteyeven Kai dropped to bench and come in later, and Ben White playing no. 2 Timber’s injury won’t have happened playing left wing back in his premier league debute. Defense wise the summer signing will be missed for good number of period leaving the club with last season’s set with more competition to be engaged in. MA should be more professional and drop off personal stuff with the squad members.

    1. Arteta consistent system is playing an inverted full back, only Timber capable of playing that role in Zinchenko absence – Tierney has shown he can not play the inverted role, another reason he is heading for the exit and Zinchenko comes straight back in as soon as fit

      Partey more likely to be asked to play that role, but for me he is not up to it either

      that is why Timber is a much bigger loss than 50 minutes in one game may suggest

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