The first Arsenal game in this seasons Europa League kicks off this evening against Eintracht Frankfurt at the Commerzbank-Arena and as expected Unai Emery has gone with a mixed line-up.
This is really a must not lose game for Emery following the second-half capitulation against Watford last weekend, he cannot afford for another abject performance from his players.
The most eagerly awaited part of the line up was whether we would see a return for Rob Holding or Calum Chambers at the centre of defence, well this is the official line up.
? Our team news for tonight's @EuropaLeague opener…
✅ @EmileSmithRowe starts
✅ @BukayoSaka87 is also in the lineup
✅ @JoeWillock returns to the starting XI
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) September 19, 2019
So, no place for Holding, not even on the bench, however, there is a return for Mustafi and Chambers. There is also no starting spot for Pepe.
I suspect feelings will be mixed with regards to this team.
The game is live in the UK on pay-tv channel BT Sport and kicks off at 17.55 UK time.
Links will be put in the comments where to watch the game live and free so keep checking in.
Also, if you go to the official Arsenal website you will be able to get live commentary text.
Just as i imagined… Mustafi, Luiz & Xhaka all starting… boom!! We’re 3-0 down already!!
Pumped to see Saka & ESR though ?
I hope you’re wrong
I do too, Innit! You never know, one of them may put in a MOTM performance ? (& then they may not ?)
I know Sue lol. It’s asking a lot from Mustafi, Xhaka and Luiz ????
Those 3 worries me a lot too, especially in the same match
We need to keep our fingers and toes crossed ?
Zaka has been really good, Smith-rowe soso, Willock been good, lets hope senior players see the spirit the academy kids got,
Whatever it takes to get rid of this joker of a manager … we fell well behind European elite under the baguette … now it’s just free fall
Mustafi has been observing Luiz’s and Sokratis’ mistakes. I believe he has learned a lot from their and his blunders
However, Xhaka needs to be benched to study his colleagues’ errors. If he keeps starting, he will never be able to see the game from different perspective
My only surprise is the absence of Rob Holding and Nicolas PEP who still need to play more games. Xaka by statistic is the best passer of the ball we have in recent games I think we need him for the game since Ozik and Cebalos are not starting.
I am positive Arsenal will not lose even if we don’t win. Mustafi usually do well in this kind if games.
Can you believe that line up!? Here comes a bashing!!!
For the records David Luiz is known to perform well outside English premier league. Most European teams are not as physical and fast pace like English football. They will do well and you will be wrong ?. My only surprise is the absence of Rob Holding and Nicolas PEP who still need to play more games.
Not a bad line up though I would have replaced Smith for Pepe, Ceballos for Willock.
Holding didn’t make bench but he did travel. Guess he wasn’t ready?
It’s too hot ?
?? sounds about right to me
Let’s be positive, it will at least be a draw and the youngsters will shine and show up their more senior coleagues.
It’s a good idea to split the squad
I’m really excited to see Saka play, as long as he plays as an LW in this 4-2-3-1 formation
He’s a left footed inverted winger with dead right leg
He is not skillful enough to be a good inverted RW, bro
Pepe is supposed to fill that role, but his right leg is just too inept
Saka is actually really skilful
Very interesting that Emery is starting Saka and Smith Rowe. Quite gutsy imo and risky.
The defensive line looks weak.
Not sure how Chambers will handle RB. Unsure if Luiz will have a good game or disaster. I hope Mustafi has a rare good match
I think Mustafi, Xhaka in same match worries me a lot. Luiz too if he makes mistakes. That cb pairing is very dodgy
I’m still predicting a win
In other words, Innit, you need to go & take some medication (for the blood pressure!!) ?
Sue my heart is already a notch high! I fear what happens to my hand next I’ll keep of sitting next to the wall for now. I had told myself won’t watch the game but then whatever drags me!! These love for arsenal sue I guess am just stuck in there off to watch the game…
Hopefully it’ll be good & we all stay calm!! ? i don’t fancy a meltdown tonight ?
Chambers began as a RB and will do just fine. I mean, he’s a bit crap going forward but for an away game he might be a wise choice as he’s better defesively than AMN.
it’s official, Xhaka has Emery’s nude!
oh god, perish the very thought , JANTIN. omg, i think i am ready to be sick now , thanks .lol.
I suspect the same. Or worse.
I swear Luiz is a spy sent by Chelsea to make us lose games..
I believe so, as what agent Cech did to us in EL final
Arsenal never learned from Gallas and Cech purchases
This is a horrendous team, you can tell me I was wrong after the game. Good luck with that
Not sure how Eintracht play Martin but if they have speedy skilful wingers I’d agree with you.
Chambers has been found out at RB before and Kolasinac is useless at defending… oh and attacking. The pass back king should be renamed Kopasitbac.
Hope the keeper has a good game, along with the youngsters. If Saka has the confidence to play as he does for the youth teams I think he’ll be ok.
OK, better get the coffee on, this game kicks off at 12.55 Friday morning where I live.
You were wrong ad Martin.
I so was and I am so glad I was
So then xhaka starts??? sigh!! Whatever Emery sees in these guy buffles me.
Interesting line up. Nice to see ESR and Saka in the starting line up. Hope they have a very good game.
Xhaka, Luiz and Mustafi in the same starting line up is hardly comforting. I am not sure I will have any more nails to bite by the time the match starts.
What streams are people using? My provider has gone down
I use hesgoal and chanfeed who are both fairly reliable. Sorry I can’t give you a direct link but it wouldn’t go through JustArsenal’s security. Look out for Admin’s links.
this is like a joke luiz xaka and mustafi in the lineup lol I guess the show will be at our backline tonight keeping my gingers and toes crosses lol
Xhaka is obviously considered indespensible by Emery as he was by Wenger.Clearly those of us who do not rate him must be lacking in appreciation of what makes a good midfielder, but for the love of me, I can’t think of any strength he possesses which would make me play him.I guess I must be losing the plot?
Not only Wenger and Emery but also the coach of Swiss national team and Bourussia Mochengadblach
Mustafi and Luiz together. And Xhaka in front of them. Good lord.
Why did holdings travel if he doesn’t even make the team? I kinda dislike and doubt his coaching ability. Muatafi , Luiz , Kolasinac and xhaka in one team..
Please who know of a good blood pressure control pill? I need one to see this game.
Luiz Mustafi partnership, Chambers at right back, 3 in midfield not long out of school.. Xhaka! what could go wrong ? Emery the gift that keeps on giving ?
You are going to sound like a fool if we win.
I have the same issues but I’m willing to see what happens
Youngsters can play well sometimes
Chambers played RB for Southampton so he has experience there
Luiz and Mustafi have had some good matches
Let’s see what happens. Don’t be quick to judge
Thanks Admin, hesgoal is good
Mustafi, Luiz and Xhaka !……………….The Devils Triangle, also known as the Bermuda Triangle……………………….I hoping they somehow internally fold and get sucked up into their own rectums never to be seen again in this dimension again !……………in another dimension they are rogered by pirates, their parrots and eight knobbed octopussies !…………………..meanwhile in this dimension it is coincidently International Talk Like a Pirate Day and thats the truth Arrrrrrrrrrr !
Lol @Le Coq.. Nice one.
This game the attack, excites me..
The midfield, cools me..
The defense, frightens me..
E. Martinez, Chambers, Mustafi, Torreira, Smith, Saka should win us this game.
Saka looks good
Saka is a real talent, I hope Leno can play it safe like Martinez.
That’s the stuff, away goal, now let’s see if Luiz and Mustafi can become the CB pairing we all hope to see???
I liked to see Saka and Smith-Rowe tried hard to get past Frankfurt’s fullbacks
Willock gave a physical presence in the front
The space they are giving us at the back, great chance to get Pépé up and running.
Also Ceballos would rip them apart.
Given how the game is going, last 20 each.
But again, can the defence give us a platform.
This isnt a dump on Emery response
but I found it quite unsettling that
since Arsenal’s impresssive EL win @
Napoli last spring the Spanish
gaffer is culpable for the following
run of results…
Considering Pool imho is the only
team that is currently far superior
to Arsenal is 5-5-2 good enough for
Emery to keep his job?
A loss to Manure and I think its time
for Freddie ball @ the Emirates.
Not a bad performance! Away games are always tough and it’s normal to get touched a bit at the back. So far so good, the defence has held. Now rest Aubameyang..we need him to have fresh legs for Aston Villa. I think we will take all the points with us.
Would love for John Hartson to commentate all of our games!!
Man like Saka, boom!!!
It wouldn’t be normal without Auba scoring, phew.
If this isn’t a wakeup call for Reiss Nelson, I don’t know what will be. This is how you take your chances!! You don’t get many and can’t be afraid to make mistakes. No risk, no reward. Well done to the youngsters today!
Well done lads, good game, good set up, great scoreline, brilliant times ahead ..whoopee!!!!
Arsenal is often referred to as an English football club which couldn`t be further from the truth. It is owned by an American,managed by a Spaniard plays in a stadium with an Arabic name employs few if any English players since the beginning of the 21st century. One saving grace is it lives in London which at my last checking was still in England, (or is that UK now?) Ah! well.