Image: Confirmed Arsenal team to take on Newcastle

The teams are out for the FA Cup clash with Newcastle this evening, where we will begin the defence of our trophy.

Mikel Arteta has a 100% record in the competition thus far, and he will be confident of maintaining that despite ringing the changes for the clash.
The Spaniard has opted to bring in seven changes from his starting line-up against West Brom last weekend.

Does this team have more than enough to be confident of sealing our route into the next round of the competition? Who else would you have liked to have made the line-up?


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  1. McLovin says:

    A point to prove for Pepe, Auba and eh, Willian.

    Runarsson is done with Arsenal I reckon.

  2. gotanidea says:

    We need a new LB if Saka is assigned to the right wing permanently, because Tierney would likely get injured at some point. Looking forward to see Willian play as CAM

    1. Kedar says:

      Agree on both point…
      Kolasinac was okay as a back up..
      If donโ€™t want to buy new LB then we have to promote someone from Academy..

      1. gotanidea says:

        Yeah I wonder what’s happened to Joel Lopez

    2. Topgun86 says:

      How about AMN? Where are we going to play him? If he doesnโ€™t start getting some minutes, he will be gone soon. Not sure we he didnโ€™t get the nod today

  3. S.J says:

    Pretty fair line up.


    Martinelli. Willian. Pepe.

    Willock. Elneny.

    Tierney. Mari. Luiz. Cedric.


    4-2-3-1. These players should do a good job.

    1. Godswill says:

      On point. Clearer now.

  4. Perry ames says:

    Let’s just get behind the team this evening. That team is good enough to beat Newcastle and if not arteta will get slaughtered for starting pepe, aubameyang, Willian and Luiz as they have not played well and they will be the whipping boys if we lose

  5. gooner4life says:

    Pity MA did not include Balagon,He says he likes him and wants him to stay but he is not giving the lad any reason to stay. Just like Saliba no opportunity to prove his worth. Poor man management in both cases!!!.

    1. Backbat says:

      Balogun played for under 23 yesterday. I think that is the reason he is not in the match day squad.

      1. Sue says:

        They played yesterday????

      2. Lenohappy says:

        Backbat if the coach really likes him like he said, why allow him play for under23 when we have an fa cup match today, I’m not even saying he should start but he should at least be on the bench.

        1. ahmad73 says:

          Arteta is pushing the lad out. And guess what his favorite Nketiah on the bench. The apparent my way or the highway approach of Arteta would be justified if he had the pedigree to back it up.

      3. Perry ames says:

        Did he? I didn’t think they had a game ๐Ÿค”

    2. Lenohappy says:

      gooner4life Wow it’s like you read my mind, I just hope we won’t regret loosing Balogun later.

  6. Jax says:

    I’m glad to see Leno in there and thought that perhaps AMN could have played in place of Tierney who needs a rest

  7. Sid says:

    I guess Folarin is being a little difficult and Arsenal has decided to sell him. Or he might have an injury who knows. Good game for some players to regain confidence and play well. COYG!

    1. Lenohappy says:

      Sid was he also injured in our last Europa league match that arteta couldn’t start him over Nketiah? As much as I love arteta I don’t entirely agree with some of his decision, God I will be so angry if Balogun end up at Liverpool for free.

      1. Sid says:

        I don’t know for sure. But I agree with you that he should be kept at all costs. He is a great talent and he along with Moller could be great 9s for us with Martinelli and Saka on the wings and ESR feeding them.

  8. Sue says:

    Let’s go for No.15!! ๐Ÿ† Strong line up COYG

    Kolasinac’s first start – 4-0 win, ending a winless run of 30 games!!!

    1. Sid says:

      It seems a tank was all the royal blues needed. I hope they pay for him well. After all, we are Arsenal, the arms dealer๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

      1. Sue says:

        They missed him, Sid ๐Ÿ˜„ Yes big bucks will do!!

  9. RW1 says:

    happy to see aube and martinelli … could prove our answer to kane and son … sadly the lack of creativity is palpable though … low quality midfield with willian as AM i guess offers zero inspiration … defence should be solid but with mari and luiz very vulnerable toocounter attacks .. should have rested tiernay for this one

    1. Sid says:

      Agreed. They need a little more time together and games like these are best for building understanding. I think if Auba can get one good game the goals will flow. He is an established striker who always scores and is going through a rough patch.

  10. Ayan says:

    Hope Pepe comes good in this Match! Gooners let’s go!

  11. Backbat says:

    He played for under 23 yesterday.

  12. Grandad says:

    The absence of AMN amazes me .Apart from Leno, Tierney has played more than any player and ought to have been rested.I should imagine AMN will be looking for pastures new at the end of the season, if not before.

    1. Lenohappy says:

      Grandad I know you rate AMN alot, even though I don’t really rate him but I think he should have started this match.

    2. PJ-SA says:

      Agree completely regarding Tierney

      Im sure he’s extremely fit and willing but Arteta is looking to burn him out or get him injured at this rate

  13. david says:

    That midfield doesn’t inspire confidence…not one of them. Hopefully the attack clicks and wins us the match.

  14. Mickmematethemasterfarter says:

    No u23s yesterday, pepe will i a am willock,no balugon on bench even Carroll will cause havoc holders mite b going out COYG

  15. Dhoni says:

    We will win SIMPLE! and that’s all that matters most. It will be a hard fought win I reckon since the opponent put out a defensive set up. COYG.

  16. Eddie says:

    Before the game I already decided I won’t care if Balogun plays or not.
    If he cares and thinks he’s good enough to be a starter then he should sign the damn thing!
    The kid is not even Mbappe and him alongside his agent be trying to hold the club to ransom.
    I watched Nketiah played and scored more insane goals than Flo when he was playing the U23 too.

    Saka and Martinelli saw mad competitions in place yet they chose to put pen to paper months ago.
    I’m not sold on Nketiah, never been sold on him even while he was scoring for the U23 and I’m still not sold on him, but I ain’t sold on Flo either.
    For me it has always been Saka from the U18, and for the past 8 months it’s been Omari Hutchinson next for me from the academy.
    I’ve never been the type to be hyping these kids.
    Flo is young, he’ll get his time.
    Lacazette will probably be sold this summer, common sense says he’ll get the chance to displace Nketiah.
    I’m okay with the likes of Auba, Leno and Saka them holding the club to ransom when it comes to contracts but not one kid who scored against an Irish club.
    Even Nketiah scored a brace in his first appearance against Norwich.
    Perfect game for Auba to find his scoring boots, good line up.
    Goodluck to the boys

  17. Dan kit says:

    Great looking team

  18. Havyn says:

    That Flo guy can go if he wants. Arsenal is bigger than him.

    Shocked. So the great Ozil has been shunned by all Epl clubs. Fit only for Fernabache, good riddance and never come back after undermining the club for years.

  19. Sue says:

    Martinelli injured in the warm up… receiving treatment.. let’s hope he can carry on…

    1. Sue says:

      Nelson in for him then… as a precaution

      1. PJ-SA says:

        I hope im wrong but I’m starting to see a pattern of MA rushing back players from injuries and over playing semi fit players….

        1. Sue says:

          Worrying isn’t it?! Although how unlucky has Gabs been?

  20. PJ-SA says:

    Common sense is knowing, after watching both of them play, that Flo is a much better prospect

    1. Eddie says:

      Common sense is knowing that Flo is yet to face half the opponents Nketiah has faced, so you can’t say he’s the better prospect.
      Everything Flo is doing right now, Nketiah did double when he started out too.
      That’s if you ever watched Nketiah play before he went on loan.
      Our problem is alwy hyping these kids, always hyping them

  21. Perry ames says:

    Ffs another injury and in the warm up ๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜ก

  22. siamois says:

    Andy Carroll to score anyone?

    1. Sue says:

      Argh!!! Not another hat trick!!

      1. siamois says:

        I wouldn’t be surprised!

  23. Kedar says:

    Ohh No…
    Martinelli again injured… I would worry a little that he shouldnโ€™t become another Wilshere..

  24. siamois says:

    Didn’t tune in on time any details on Martinelli’s injury?

  25. PJ-SA says:

    Cedric and AMN should be starting as LB/RB IMO….Tierney could do with a rest before he gets injured or burnt out, it’s a long season

  26. Eddie says:

    Martinelli turned the ankle inwards (inversion ankle sprain); looks relatively mild so not that big of a deal.

    That was what a doctor wrote on Twitter.
    I saw the video, Gabi needs to always take things easy FFS it was just a warm up video.
    Take things easy man

    1. siamois says:


  27. Sid says:

    I think the lack of game time is showing for some players especially Willock and Pepe. They are doing decently but we should at least show some more penetration. otherwise, it would be just the case for all other players not being able to replace the impactful players.

  28. SA Gunner says:

    Very poor so far….

  29. GunnerDev says:

    Wow willian shot looked more like a clearance lll

  30. Sid says:

    Willian is really down in the dumps…

  31. Kedar says:

    Why Nelson took touch??
    Such a poor

  32. Kieron Blandford says:

    Gutted martinelli isnt playing and got to say it Willian is so sh1t atm!!
    He took a knock in a tackle and you could see he wanted to.go off and carried on when he saw no one was intersted.
    We need some of the likes of.neilson wilock pepe auba and Willian to score and raise their confidence
    Why didnt neilson hit that 1st time?

  33. FootballIsTrivial says:

    “wE aRE NoT cReATinG cHaNCes’ – Fanboys

  34. Mambo says:

    Nelson a joke

  35. RSH says:

    Cโ€™mon boys. Put your scoring boots on ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ

  36. Kieron Blandford says:

    Rumour were trying to offer Nelson or.wilock to Norwich in part of a deal forBuendia, hope Norwich arent watching!

  37. Gmv8 says:

    Why is Willian playing? Saliba was shipped off for underperforming. Is there something in his contract that he has to play?

  38. Thebush says:

    Pepe is playing surprisingly well, Willock and Nelson a waste of time

    1. adajim says:

      if that crap is your standard of ‘playing well’, bro, we could have judt got a ball boy to do same

    2. Sims says:

      Are you sure you are watching the match?

  39. Kieron Blandford says:

    Its embarrassing that Tierney looks so much better than most attacking players and is the only creator.
    I think well see ESR laca and Saka 2nd half.

    1. Kedar says:

      Yes itโ€™s embarrassing when your LB looks most creative player in the team

  40. PJ-SA says:

    Nelson, Willock and Willian need to be moved on ASAP….don’t like to badmouth players but its very clear

    1. Perry ames says:

      Well that was absolutely crap. How embarrassing for aubameyang and Willian to be so bad in a crap game

  41. Eddie says:

    ESR, Saka and Laca won’t have to worry I swear.
    They can all go to bed and miss trainings and they’ll have their spots locked down.
    These guys are playing like this, you still think it’s the manager’s instructions that’s the problem?
    These senior guys are just awful footballers

    1. adajim says:

      exactly, no suspense, Today was supposed to be another platform for Gabriel , frustrating

      1. Eddie says:

        Gabriel was taken off for precaution sake after twisting his ankle.
        He should be fine.
        I’m just glad we ain’t gon be watching these set of players on Thursday

  42. Sid says:

    Good chances squandered, sideways-backward-crosses has returned, but we are defensively good. need some effective penetration from someone.

    1. Kedar says:

      Nelson and Pรฉpรฉ both had good chance each but both were dreadful…

      1. Sid says:

        Yeah, but I think Pepe has been decent. Nelson has been a little unsuccessful but might come good in the second half. Auba had the clearest chance, in my opinion, should have scored that one…

  43. Sue says:


  44. adajim says:

    useless players . No coach will succeed with this bunch of clowns. The same formation and tactics as our last game, these so call senior players making a mockery of the club. senior player my foot

  45. KentIam says:

    I hope that Arteta playing Willian means that he will not play in the premier league, he has been dreadful ever since the Fulham match at the start of the season.

    1. Sid says:

      Me too. Earlier he at least put decent performances once a month, but since the UTD game, even that has gone..

    2. Perry ames says:

      2nd half can only get better but why dont teams play their best team then bring on the 2nd string later when the game is getting stretched or when the game is won

  46. Sid says:

    Tierney should rest. He has been great today, but we need him more in the league. MA might introduce some changes in the second half.

  47. gotanidea says:

    Some of our passes were awkward, maybe because of the weather? It was difficult to open Newcastle’s defense, since Carroll and Joelinton became defenders as well

    Our wings looked dead with Nelson and Pepe, but I predict they’d increase their intensity in the second half

    1. Sid says:

      I think it was maybe because of the rustiness of some players. I hope they improve in the second half too.

      1. gotanidea says:

        Yeah. It’s been a long time since Nelson play against an EPL team, but I expect more from Pepe

    2. adajim says:

      its wasn’t difficult to open Newcastle defence infact KT has created at least 2 big chances already, we should have scored at least 2. Thats bad from our players

  48. Crowther says:

    These so called seniors who are used of sideways passing are doing their job

  49. Onyango says:

    Most of us like to slag off Xhaka but for all his deficiencies, he’s the best CM we’ve got after Partey. Our normarly active left side is dead today because we miss his passes. Laca, Saka and ESR are also missed

    1. Crowther says:


  50. Splendid says:

    Who still thinks Nelson got a future at Arsenal? The trio of Nelson, Willock and Nketie should be cleared out for more promising players to emerg from the Academy.

    1. KentIam says:

      Have to agree with you on this, I’m not seeing what Willock brings besides losing possession and bad passes.

    2. Sunnyside says:

      I simply do not know how long it take MA to realize that Pepe, Willian, bring nothing to this team. It all boils down to his incompetence if he just can’t see this.
      I think Auba need some rest it’s not just working for him at the moment, does have to get 50 chance for him to get a goal, but how pathetic we have an inexperience manager who don’t have the ball to do that.

    3. Sunnyside says:

      Thry are so poor they won’t even get in the level of Iwobi at Arsenal

      1. Splendid says:

        To think many wanted Iwobi gone so Nelson could play. This is a second season in a row, he has failed to convince anyone he’s capable.

  51. Sue says:

    Come on ESR

    1. Kedar says:

      Yes he is taking number 10 and Willian moved on left side

  52. adajim says:

    i think Willock is only interested in becoming Aron bad version, i See another Ramsey

    1. Kedar says:

      Ramsey was much better going forward and attacking passing and much better finishing….

  53. Roachie says:

    I’d have hooked Willian

  54. PJ-SA says:

    David Luiz
    Zero pressure
    Headers with his back

    Lucky not to be 1 – 0 down

  55. Thebush says:

    This is getting ugly now. MA needs to sort it out right about now

  56. GunneRay says:

    I could sum up Willian in one short word!

  57. Sims says:

    Whoever negotiated Wilian’s transfer to Arsenal deserve to be hanged!!!!!!!

  58. Kedar says:

    ESR looks very sharp..

  59. Sid says:

    Ok, I think Willie will not work in this game. Time for AMN or we might be out of the cup…

  60. FootballIsTrivial says:

    Even if Willian scores a hattrick now I would still say he is a fraud.
    And these other attackers need to finish these amazing chances that are being created.

  61. Perry ames says:

    There must be a reason why arteta plays willian. I just dont see it

  62. kingandroidx says:

    Willian become liability! ๐Ÿ˜ค

  63. FootballIsTrivial says:

    How many chances does this team need for a goal. LMAO

  64. Perry ames says:

    Willian should never where our shirt again but only my opinion

  65. RW1 says:

    If this manager doesnโ€™t understand that this is a squad devoid of creativity he needs to go sooner rather than later

  66. Thebush says:

    Can someone tell me why bring Xhaka on now???

    1. Reddb10 says:

      Because our manager is clueless.

  67. FootballIsTrivial says:

    All those crying about creativity, I am assuming you are having difficulties in watching our attackers miss chance after chance after chance.

    1. Sekman says:

      Well said !

    2. RW1 says:

      Jesus … they had more … if you think that then no wonder management gets away with relegation level football there is NO CREATIVITY on this team none ….

    3. Reddb10 says:

      If you are talking about Newcastles two clear cut chances then yes.
      Our lot have created nothing worth mentioning.

    4. FootballisTrivial says:

      Arsenal have created nothing. You guys are right. ๐Ÿ™‚

  68. Sue says:

    Red card, my arse!

    1. Sid says:

      Great save there! And yeah it was not a red and glad it was not given. Harsh yellow though…

  69. siamois says:

    Oh come on it was a harsh yellow!

    1. Sekman says:

      KT Motm

  70. Thebush says:

    Not even a foul

  71. Hez says:

    I wonder what they do in training

    1. Reddb10 says:

      Post photos on their Instagram accounts.

  72. S says:

    Do fa cup red cards carry over to premier League? If so, we are in deep doodoo

  73. Vinod says:

    I messed up the time, thought it was a late kickoff, seems I didn’t miss anything.

  74. Sid says:

    I don’t know why I get a sneaky feeling that we will lose this match? It will be extremely fine margins though, same if we win. Performance has been lacklustre with attackers having a really bad day.
    Please, Gunners, win today! Up the gunners!

    1. Kedar says:

      Same here brother…
      Feels like Newcastle Will snatch just before penalties…
      And whole Saturday night will be worse…
      Itโ€™s already past 1 Midnight

      1. Sid says:

        At least we got some match-winners bro!! My Sunday won’t be bad if this keeps up!! COYG!

  75. Davi says:

    Double save from Leno was incredible

    1. Sid says:

      Yeah, real class.

      1. siamois says:

        Won’t be long before we score!

    2. Perry ames says:

      We will lose on pens probably but then it is a lottery

  76. SA Gunner says:

    What a shit opera , the MA worship gang must be sharpening their pencils for more time, longterm, big picture opinions

  77. Kentlam says:

    If an Arsenal player had brought down someone like Auba was brought down it would be a penalty no questions asked. He was tripped ffs…

  78. Vinod says:

    2014 World Cup final?

  79. Babasola says:

    The Reason Bellerin Is Better Than Cedric Is :

    Just As Tierney Is Producing Goal-Scoring Chances From The Left, Bellerin Would Be Doing Likewise From The Right

    Cedric Nothing

    Hope The Bellerin Haters Can See That ?

    1. Davi says:

      Oh calm down. No one’s saying sell Bellerin and replace him with Cedric. He’s clearly been bought as a backup only

  80. Sue says:

    FINALLY ๐Ÿคฉ

    1. Kedar says:

      Yes.. super finish..

      1. Sue says:


      1. Sue says:

        ๐Ÿ˜ƒ Nice one, Vinod

  81. Sid says:


  82. KentIam says:

    Yeah Smith Rowe!!! Laca is so important to this team, as soon as he came on we looked more dangerous.

  83. Thebush says:

    Brilliant finish….but what about that header from Laca

    1. Sue says:


  84. Nifty says:

    I wish elneny can use his energy better. He is so committed but lacks the skill set

  85. Sue says:


    Finally, Auba ๐Ÿ˜

    1. Vinod says:


  86. Sid says:

    Finally(2)!! Please Captain please get back to form!!

    1. Vinod says:


  87. Vinod says:

    That smile was better than the goal.

    1. Sue says:

      Been a while since we saw it!!

      1. Vinod says:

        Hope we will see it more in the coming weeks.

        1. Sue says:


  88. siamois says:

    KT deserved the MOTM!

  89. Sekman says:

    Tierney MOTM

  90. Sid says:

    Nice game in the last stages. We are relying too much on Laca and the young players. Nelson should step up but to be fair he hadn’t played for long. Pepe looked decent to me, just lacking some sharpness. But the rest of the team needs to step up. And finally Auba!!

  91. Joe. S says:

    No complaints. Slept in,woke up at 6.30 am., Australian time thought the game was over but just in time for the extra time kick off. Looks like I missed nothing before then. The starting line-up would have frustrated me no end. Just seeing Eleny on a team sheet equals lowerer standards.

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