Official Arsenal lineup to face Standard Liege, no real surprises

Official Arsenal lineup โ€“ Freddie has gone with a mixed lineup as expected

Freddie Ljungberg was always going to pick a team for tonightโ€™s game against Standard Liege with the game against Man City on Sunday in mind.

Some positions he had no choice but to select players that will feature against City because of injury. But there still is a good sprinkling of youth and fringe players.

For the record, Arsenal would have to lose by five goals and Eintracht Frankfurt to win to be knocked out.

Additionally, if they finish second in the group that means they will not be seeded for the next stage of the competition. That is something to avoid otherwise they run the risk of playing the likes of Ajax or Inter Milan.

This is a competition they need to be serious about as it may be the only route to Champions League football next season.

You can view our match preview and score prediction here

76 Comments

  1. Admin Martin says:

    WOW, I got my predicted line-up 100% correct, I think that is a first for me

    1. Admin Martin says:

      LOL, no I never

      1. Sue says:

        How many then? 10?
        I didn’t think Mavropanos would play – so well done, Martin ๐Ÿ‘

        1. agu eman says:

          I only got 9 right.
          Thought they would go with at least one DM …Torreira and
          did not think Mavro would play.

          1. Sue says:

            ๐Ÿ‘ I got 9 too.. I thought Chambers would play and didn’t know about LB ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

        2. Jo-Gunz says:

          Yep! Difficult to have guessed Mavropanos right.
          Wishing him all the best as we need a sort of patching for our bleeding defense

    2. Predicted no showers did you mean..if you think we deserved ANYTHING then I suggest you watch magic roundabout. Only fun tonight.you can see it in the way their playing.play school football. Enjoy wasting 2hrs of your life AGAIN

  2. Andrew Elder says:

    Does that mean Martinelli starts on Sunday? I don’t think Laca will be happy!!

    1. Neil Fitt says:

      Then Lacca needs to play out of his skin tonight doesnโ€™t he.

    2. gotanidea says:

      This should be a lesson for him and other senior players

      If they don’t perform well, they will not be starters

      1. Gunner22 says:

        this is a good sign that no one should take their places for granted, something that Wenger and Emery failed to do and Freddie started it right.No doubt, the German magician will start on Sunday, someone help Freddie!Hope Mavs has a good game after a lengthy spell out.

    3. Adega Olatunji says:

      That guy will be Arsenal Ronaldo if we have good coach to tutor him. Let him start all our important games from now

    4. Jo-Gunz says:

      Results man. Results is all we need. Not just an individual’s happiness. We need more competition in the team.

  3. Glorious says:

    Lacasette will be on bench on Sunday, what a shame

    1. Lenohappy says:

      Shame? I want Martinelli in the team, so that leaves auba and Laca fighting for the no9 position and am sure if we put it into voting most of us will want auba starting ahead of Laca. Laca might be a hardworking player but we all know auba is the best in that position.

      1. RSH says:

        Agree. I don’t feel bad for any of the non-performers. They haven’t been near good enough. Emery should’ve put Martinelli in the side ages ago yet kept with others. I hope more of the young players can start to step up and sit a lot of these senior players that get into the team on default reasons, not for necessarily being great.

  4. gotanidea says:

    Is it gonna be 3-4-2-1?

    ……………. Martinez
    … Luiz . Mavropanos . Sokratis
    Niles . Guendouzi . Willock . Saka
    …. Smith-Rowe ……… Nelson
    …………… Lacazette

  5. GB says:

    4-2-3-1 ….. interesting

  6. pires says:

    TO BE FAIR TO FREDDIE HE GET’S HIS STARTING LINE UPS RIGHT….AT LEAST BETTER THAN THE DELUSIONAL OF EMERY……

  7. SAGooner says:

    Very interesting 4.4.3 lineup. My biggest worry is Luiz in the middle. He is a ball watcher and has cost us several goals this season. So glad to see Mavro, hope he has a good one.

    1. SAGooner says:

      Should.be 3.4.3

  8. Grandad says:

    In the absence of Tierney and Kolasinac,FL has been obliged to revert to a back three in order to use Saka as left wingback.It will be interesting to see if he goes back to a back four against Man City.In any event Chambers will play on Sunday.

  9. avenger says:

    Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be}

  10. GB says:

    Far better performance so far than against West Ham, quicker and more dynamic. Their left winger is a bit tasty though.

  11. avenger says:

    We have to win this game if we want to be first of group F

  12. GunneRay says:

    Boring if you ask me.. good passing seems to be a thing of the past! Wasteful too!

    1. GB says:

      Donโ€™t what game youโ€™re watching but passing has been 100% better than against a Hammers.

  13. GB says:

    A much better first half performance than in recent weeks, played with vigour and pace. Yes, some mistakes but so much more watchable than before.

    1. GunneRay says:

      You have rose tinted glasses on!

  14. My goodness Mavropanos is whack. Also, can’t believe Mpoku got away with that handball.

  15. agu eman says:

    0-0 is a good scoreline.
    Liege have to attack now so things can open up expecting an Arsenal goal.

    1. GunneRay says:

      Lol.. 0 – 1… when will you learn?!

  16. kev says:

    Ljungberg has completely changed the way the team plays. Now you can see the plan in attack and the way he wants the team to press. He has really impressed and it’s not as easy as peope think because he took over a really struggling side. If he does well this season I would give him the job because Arteta is as much of a risk and I still believe Ljungberg is something special. I might be the only one who think so too

    1. agu eman says:

      No I have rated him regularly on here.
      But because of the next 12 game horror run Freddie may not survive
      long enough for us to see what his talent as a Manager at Arsenal could be.

  17. gotanidea says:

    Had Standard Liege players pressed up high and if they didn’t respect Arsenal so much, we would have been overwhelmed. Because the Gunners made plenty of errors

    Some Gunners didn’t seem to focus on the match. I bet some of them are thinking why Ljungberg didn’t keep them for the Man City game

    Had Smith-Rowe crossed to Nelson instead of shooting, we would have been ahead. Martinez made two errors, Luiz also made two and Willock was out of his depth

    1. GB says:

      Man, will you ever give credit where credit is due? Now youโ€™re counting errors ffs.
      Your glass really is half empty rather than half full…….

  18. Sue says:

    And this bleeding passing out from the back malarkey is doing my head in!!

  19. Gily says:

    Good game but Arsenal far too wasteful. Laca backing the opposition’s goal post chose trying to nutmeg an opponent instead of turning around and scoring.smh

  20. avenger says:

    thats much better now we are loosing i like that back to all ways

  21. agu eman says:

    Unlucky.
    They still have to attack so we should get chances
    Need to put one away

  22. GunneRay says:

    Arsenal dont look like scoring, just conceding..

    1. Gily says:

      With Socratis and Luiz it’s always precarious…

      1. GunneRay says:

        Add Manovplopis to that! What a liability! It’s a Greek horror show!

  23. Gily says:

    Socratis is the time bomb.

  24. avenger says:

    back to old days i meant to say

  25. GunneRay says:

    At least we got City next to look forward to!

  26. AY75 says:

    Meanwhile at City’s training ground
    Pep: (to players) possible outcome of our next game?
    Players: (start to chant) goal fest! goal fest!! goal fest!!!

    1. GunneRay says:

      Aye! The honeymoon is over! West Ham were poor. This team are poor. City will make us look like a Sunday league team..

  27. Indian gooner says:

    In last ten years How many first team players that we have got through our academy other than jack wilshere,

    1. agu eman says:

      Ha ha ha.
      Game over

      1. GB says:

        Will you lot stop fรผcking moaning..
        We are top of the group.
        Great result.

        1. Indian gooner says:

          Top of the group, Europa league thats says it all, how our fans lowered their expectation of our beloved great club

  28. agu eman says:

    Wicked deflections.
    Poor old Mavro and Socritis.
    That’s why I thought going in with out a DM was a little bit risky.
    One goal for us tho would kill off the tie.

    1. GunneRay says:

      Man look at the football! We dont close down quickly enough! Macro and “Sokratis” turn away ffs!

  29. Gily says:

    Some players are incorrigible.

    1. Gily says:

      LUIZ shouldn’t play for us again

  30. Gily says:

    Emery infection difficult to purge..

  31. agu eman says:

    Laca ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Gily says:

      …should be giving us more of that.

      1. agu eman says:

        @ Gily. The Wenger/Emery/Llunberg infection coming through goals at both ends ๐Ÿ™‚

        1. Gily says:

          About that… Arsenal scores a lot of own goals – deflections, penalties and even pointblank

  32. agu eman says:

    Laca and now Saka ๐Ÿ™‚
    And these guys will be on the bench v City.
    Pep will be worried
    Now we are favourite to beat City but is that good?

    1. GunneRay says:

      Fkn troll!

      Please uninstall!

    2. AY75 says:

      ๐Ÿ˜‚ what are you smoking man?…. favourites?!!… even if we won this game by 10 goals we’re still underdogs against City…. favourites! pff! ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€

  33. GB says:

    Through top of group

    1. Gily says:

      Street fight.
      Better than losing though

  34. Restless says:

    My beloved Arsenal. How are the mighty falling?

    1. GB says:

      What are you on about, it was a great result

  35. Ackshay says:

    Lol 80 min
    arsenal 0-2
    Frankfurt 2-1
    Arsenal 2nd

    Full time
    Arsenal 2-2
    Frankfurt 2-3
    Arsenal 1st

  36. Cr*p! I was actually looking forward to an away game with the kids who are meant to be fearless!
    This is dross and the worst thing is theres no effort! The club is lost!

    1. GB says:

      lol are you really stupid?

  37. Sue says:

    Thank you, Vitoria

  38. RSH says:

    that wasn’t good…

  39. agu eman says:

    Makes our loss to Frankfurt seem ok now

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