Official Arsenal team to face Dundalk – Balogun on the bench

Arsenal is looking for their sixth straight win in the Europa League when they take on Irish side Dundalk this evening.

There is no point claiming that a win will be a boost and so on because no matter how well we do against these teams in Europe it has done absolutely nothing for us in the Premier League, in fact, it has just given us all false hope.

Here is the Arsenal team that Mikel Arteta has gone with for this evening.

What do you think to the team that Mikel Arteta has selected? Are you happy with the changes he has made? Who would you like to have seen in that line-up?

Leave us your comments below and maybe predict the score at the same time.

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JustArsenal predicted Arsenal team (for comparison) here
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123 Comments

  1. Weeble says:

    Yes, ESR!

  2. Kedar says:

    Very good line up
    Very young..
    Excited to see ESR
    Don’t worry high position he is playing…
    Hope he plays as number 10

    1. Kedar says:

      Don’t know which position ESR playing I meant
      Typing errors

    2. gotanidea says:

      Definitely no 10

  3. S says:

    It looks like Pepe up front. If he succeeds there, he only has to sit out the next match before potentially benching auba And laca for a while

    1. Silentstan says:

      No it doesnt he is on right with Nketiah as striker, Idiot Arteta has ESR on the left too instead of 10.

      1. gotanidea says:

        I bet Maitland-Niles would be the LW

  4. Grandad says:

    The midfield trio, I like very much.I assume ESR will be playing wide in the front three and that Kolasinac has been injured in training like Nelson?

    1. Kedar says:

      Nice Line up ESR exciting to watch as number 10
      But I follow your thought ESR deploying as wide player..
      Or it could be 4-3-2-1

      Willock AMN and Elnney as those 3

      PΓ©pΓ© and ESR behind Niketiah

  5. Silentstan says:

    If I was Balogun I would hand my transfer request in immediately. Absolute bloody nonsense he isnt starting.

    1. Davi says:

      Well I hope he gets more than 10 minutes this time. 1st team needs a boost and someone like him or ESR *could* provide it if Arteta is brave enough.

    2. PJ-SA says:

      100% agree….ridiculous. Group is won, let him play at least 60 mins and then sub him if you must.

  6. Ayan says:

    Good line up! Nice Maitland Niles will have another run in the mid-field. Happy to see Emile Smith- Rowe starting! 3- 0 to Arsenal!

    1. Kstix says:

      Sue still waiting for your weekly epl prediction

      1. Sue says:

        I’ll have a butchers after this, Kstix.. been pushed for time today and I have to study certain predictions first and then keep changing my mind 🀣🀣🀣

        1. Kstix says:

          πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Ha I feel you on that one Sue.

  7. Sue says:

    Finally – Croydon De Bruyne πŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ™‚

    1. Kstix says:

      Sue, message above was meant for you

  8. Davi says:

    Who’s playing left back? Cedric or AMN?

    1. gotanidea says:

      Maybe Cedric. Perhaps Maitland-Niles would play as LW or RW

  9. Phenom says:

    It’s a 343 formation.
    AMN at LWB, Elneny and Willock in the middle.
    Pepe and ESR out wide with Nketiah upfront.

    1. Gunner23 says:

      Thought the same, 3 cbs so the wingbacks can attack more and send 89 Crosses. Good thing is the Nketiah can head a ball.

  10. Dan kit says:

    I’m liking the front 3 ,nice to see what AMN can do also
    COYG

  11. Gunner23 says:

    Is it a 343?
    Smith Nketiah pepe
    AMN ELneny Willock Cedric
    Mari Chambers Mustafi

    1. Phenom says:

      πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

      1. Gunner23 says:

        Phenom I just replied to your comment. Jaja

  12. Iykmatt says:

    I think saka should have started this game so that he won’t come&mess up the few chances we will create on sunday

  13. Emmaobi says:

    Rubbish team. This club needs deliverance

  14. Splendid says:

    I expected to see underperformers like Xhaka, Bellerin, Auba, Willian to start or at least be on the bench. The thought of seeing them start against Burnley is scary.

    1. Bob says:

      It’s going to happen. I hate when managers reward poor play with repeated starts and no competition.

  15. Sid says:

    Is Nelson injured? Maybe play Balogun in the second half and see if he can play well? Is AMN in the middle?

  16. Roachie says:

    Stupid blue kit again, thought they only wore that when Willian plays

  17. Lenohappy says:

    Arteta surely knows how to encourage Balogun, if the boy cannot start against this team then when is he going to.

  18. Kerar says:

    It seems we are playing 3-4-3
    With Chambers Mustafi and Mari as CBs
    Cedric AMN Elnenny and Willock as Midfielders
    ESR on left and PΓ©pΓ© on right

  19. Sue says:

    BOOM!!!!! WOW

    1. Sue says:

      Top bin 🀩

  20. Gunner23 says:

    11′ nketiah, good pressure by nketiah and what a gift but the defender. Good finish

    1. Sid says:

      And then he is back cleaning up balls! Nice drive today by Mo.

  21. Kedar says:

    Wow..
    Absolutely wow..

  22. SueP says:

    Cracker of a goal

  23. ToluCOYG says:

    Power and precision from own MO.

  24. Defund The Media says:

    Good to see someone other than pepe have a go from outside the box!

    #upinthatonionbag

  25. Sid says:

    Lol Pepe.. but what a buildup by AMN and ESR!

  26. Kedar says:

    I loved the runs made ESR

  27. Sue says:

    Game on… oo-er

  28. Sid says:

    Wow, nice goal!

  29. Kedar says:

    I can’t see Willock in game so far..

  30. Kev82 says:

    Ref is a clown 🀑

  31. Mohsan says:

    I think we need a change of way here, one issue I see with Arsenal team playing in league is confidence n with losses the confidence dips further so I think what we can try is play the same team we play in league in Europe as well in current situation let them win few matches get the confidence up so they have some results and performances on their back when they play in league. When we start winning in league then play the youngsters in Europe again. Part of problem is most players who play in Europe are not played in league n the youngsters are not ready for league yet, this translates into no confidence gain on part of experienced players. So we should have probably let the experience players play in group stages let them win by good margins …thrashing lower quality teams. This would have given then confidence to play and show their game in league.

  32. Sid says:

    Pepe been a bit lacklustre. Some sloppy touches and passes. Hope he has a better second half…

    1. SueP says:

      So do I Sid

      Not a memorable half apart from Elneny’s goal.

      1. Sid says:

        Yeah, I hope some youngsters get a runout too.

  33. gotanidea says:

    I think this is a sign that we’d use 3-4-3 for Burnley game

    1. Vinod says:

      I really want to believe it was to get Mari and Chambers match fit, considering the fixtures coming in this month.

      1. gotanidea says:

        Our CBs usually play well in Arteta’s 3-4-3

  34. Vinod says:

    Are we being robbed off our Thursday night joy as well? For me it almost looked like Sunday night except for the goals.

  35. Jax says:

    The pitch is dreadful due to sharing with rugby team. Not made for passing football.

    1. SueP says:

      Very true.

    2. Mohsan says:

      Probably Arsenal can now buy Cebollos because the way he has played so far this season he won’t even make it into Madrid B team.

      1. Mohsan says:

        Comment popped up in worng place …opsi

  36. mickmematethemasterfarter says:

    ok pepe cost 70 million dundalks players combined cost 10 bob hes been atrocious closely followed by willock,soares,mustafi as the worst players on the pitch

    1. gotanidea says:

      Pepe still can’t cut inside properly, but the players you mentioned are playing well

  37. mickmematethemasterfarter says:

    were doomed doomed i say lol

  38. Gily says:

    After the second goal, there was no urgency again from Arsenal, and that let th Dundalj back into game.
    I know this is just a formality having topped the group already, but Arsenal seriously needs to distribute the ball quicker if they don’t want this match to wash away boring..
    I’ll need Nelson and Balogun to come in.

    1. SueP says:

      URGENCY – as in lack of.
      A real bugbear of mine

  39. Sue says:

    Really pleased for BOOMohamed Elneny… smile on his face lit up the stadium!!
    Now come on fellas… more goals please!!

  40. Trudeau says:

    I’m not a huge fan of 3 at the back but must admit the players look a bit more comfortable in their roles in this formation.

    If Arteta goes back to it, I think Chambers is a good shout on the right. He may need more time to get up to speed but arguably was our best defender last year before his injury.

  41. Bur. says:

    I known the pitch is bad, I know it’s a game of nothing but my goodness I know the football is poor. It’s the system that Arsenal are playing that is shit poor!

  42. Sid says:

    Ooh back passes in Europa! Guess we can’t forget our roots, lol.
    Also I dont think Nketiah is a good link up player. He is best as a fox in the box/ poacher only. Some of his touches and passes are wanting.

    1. Sue says:

      Plus, he’s our top goalscorer πŸ˜„

      1. Sid says:

        Honestly he is pretty good in the box. If we get the ball to him he does something with that and in that regard I like him. But he may not be able to create for himself, so a more creative partner would be good for him maybe.

        1. Sue says:

          Reckon you’re right, Sid!!

      2. Kstix says:

        We never thought we would ever hear that Sue. πŸ˜‚

        1. Sue says:

          🀣🀣 too right, Kstix! And he’s on 5 😳

          1. Kstix says:

            πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚Might end up with the club golden Boot at this rate

    2. Sid says:

      Also Dundalk are kind of good to experiment pressing on. The front three should atleast press as a unit. Sometimes only Nketiah seemed to press..

  43. PJ-SA says:

    Balogun’s 1st touch of the game….wow

    Definitely a better technical player than Eddie

    1. Sid says:

      Yeah his touches look good. But in terms of pressing, Eddie is better. Balogun might be better for quick link ups and fashioning chances.

      1. PJ-SA says:

        Agree Eddie is a work horse and poacher but not much more.

        Balogun’s assist for example, Eddie would have tried to spin and shoot not pass

        1. Sid says:

          Yeah, you summarised both of them well. Balogun better for the link up and fashioning chances, while Eddie better as a pressing outlet(if thats a term, lol).

  44. Sue says:

    Boom!! Phew

    1. Bur. says:

      Balogun was wanting quick ball and what did we do ……..pass it fn back!!!!!

  45. Sid says:

    Comeon Mikel, throw in Azeez or/and Cotrell. It would be fun for them.

    1. Sid says:

      Thank you!

  46. PJ-SA says:

    As much as I like him, Cellabos really adds nothing to Arsenal. Thank goodness we didn’t sign him permanently.

    1. Mohsan says:

      Probably Arsenal can now buy Cebollos because the way he has played so far this season he won’t even make it into Madrid B team.

  47. Sue says:

    You ripper!!

  48. PJ-SA says:

    Quality goal!

    I also wouldn’t mind seeing Mari, Gabriel and Chambers as a back 3 (if we goingtoplay 3 at the back)

  49. Sid says:

    Another nice looking goal…

  50. Mohsan says:

    This is just so booring football no imagination no beautiful passing moves. If we can not play attractive football against a team like this what do we expect against teams in league. It feels like everytime you can get the ball just shoot n you will score a goal. It’s a Sunday league level football. UEFA really need to look at this competition bec the quality level specially at group stages is just beyound pathetic. They should really have less teams with better quality.

    1. SueP says:

      For once I agree with you

    2. Mohsan says:

      Better just scrap the UEFA cup altogether n just keep champions League. It will bring more competition to qualify for the champions League raise the standard of football. On top it will stop managers moaning about too many games to play in season.

      1. Defund The Media says:

        And then a shit ton of the lower teams who NEED the revenue will massively struggle. Not ideal.

        1. Mohsan says:

          I agree on the finnecial front but probably they can find another way of pumping that money into small clubs areound Europe. Getting rid of this competition will have two adavnatges

          1) teams won’t have to play on Thursdays n jump into league matches after 2-3 days.
          2) less games less injuries. Specially if you play against some of the teams who have awful playing pitch.
          3) to be in Europe, teams will raise their quality so overall the football quality will get better.

          1. Defund The Media says:

            1) teams already have to do that in the CL if they play on wednesday then Saturday

            2) fair point

            3) how can the smaller teams increase quality when they have much less revenue to do so, the teams already in the CL will continue to earn extra revenue this widening the margin of disparity.

          2. Defund The Media says:

            thus* widening the margin of disparity.

          3. Gunner23 says:

            Mohsan the whining little sad man,
            1) teams won’t have to play on Thursdays n jump into league matches after 2-3 days. – ARE THE ONLY 11 PLAYERS PER TEAM
            2) less games less injuries. Specially if you play against some of the teams who have awful playing pitch. BORING
            3) to be in Europe, teams will raise their quality so overall the football quality will get better.
            NOT REALLY JUST THE REGULARS WILL GET CHAMPIONS LEAGUE.

      2. Sid says:

        That is a good idea. Maybe expanding UCL to more teams would also help more “smaller” leagues experience stardom and the underdog stories would be so much better!

        1. Defund The Media says:

          Nah all your doing there is diluting the quality of the CL, better off as is imo

          1. Sid says:

            Point.πŸ‘

  51. ahmad73 says:

    Another one for Balogun. I have high expectation for the lad, better that Eddie IMO. I really hope he signs an extension.

  52. Sid says:

    Azeez is quality! And Pepe has had some sloppy passes today… but he did get an assist, so good for him.

  53. PJ-SA says:

    Cedric is a phenomenal crosser of the ball, too bad we don’t have Giroud anymore

  54. Sid says:

    We almost could have been on a beautiful break but for the final scoffed pass. Azeez is good though. So calm under pressure.

    1. Jax says:

      Have to agree, first time I’ve seen him and he’s so calm and doesn’t waste a ball. Hope to more of him in the knock out rounds.

      1. Sid says:

        Me too. Maybe if we develop him well, we get a proper deep lying playmaker in the future, something which would look like a more agile and pacey Xhaka, with those hollywood turns and pings.

  55. Sue says:

    Well at least we scored 4 goals… anyone confident we’ll do that on Sunday?

    1. Sid says:

      We can always hope, Sue. But maybe not πŸ˜‚

      1. Sue says:

        πŸ˜„ I’d be happy with one!!

    2. Defund The Media says:

      A resounding no from me lol

      1. Sue says:

        πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ‘

      1. Sue says:

        Nice one, Jax 😜

    3. ahmad73 says:

      I have absolutely zero confidence in how we would do on Sunday. We have become that bad.

  56. mickmematethemasterfarter says:

    the boy azeez impressive would b a big upgrade on xhaka ok 10mins but very good,balogun the same lot better then eddie cottrell lower league player.pepe laughable 70 million

    1. Sid says:

      Damn, you gave up on him after 10 mins lol. Though he did play poorly today. Maybe nerves?

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