Official Arsenal team to face Dundalk – loads of changes from Arteta

Arsenal will be looking to get back to winning ways this evening after a disappointing loss at home to Leicester City at the weekend and they could not have asked for an easier task.

No disrespect to Dundalk but this is a game that Arsenal should win comfortably, however, that does not mean that they can be complacent.

That said, a convincing win tonight would set them up nicely for the Premier Legaue clash at the weekend against Man Utd.

What do you think to this team line up, will it deliver the convi9ncing win that most of us are surely expecting?

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

Links to streams 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 here you will be able to get live commentary text and radio.

JustArsenal predicted line up (for comparison) here
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128 Comments

  1. Sue says:

    Gutted ESR didn’t make it, but so happy to see FB on the bench! COYG

    1. Sid says:

      That may convince him to stay Sue! And we may get a chance to see how good the guy is and if he can transition from the U 23 to the senior team!
      Best wishes to Alex for his debut! Also gutted ESR didn’t make it…

      1. Sue says:

        Let’s hope so, Sid!! ๐Ÿ™
        Yes, hope Alex has a good game. Looking forward to this, Sid COYG

    2. Kenya 001 says:

      Hope he’s given some minutes today

      1. Sue says:

        Too right, Kenya ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Leonard says:

    I do not trust Kolasonic at the back

  3. Brian says:

    Mustafi and Kola in defense in God we trust,they should be the ones saying no disrespect I’ll rather have played partey at centre back

  4. Bry says:

    What on earth is going on with Emile Smith rowe

    1. Sue says:

      Emile Smith-Rowe wonโ€™t be involved tonight. Arsenal hope heโ€™ll be fit and available for next weekโ€™s game against Molde.

    2. Mark says:

      He is still being eased in and he is young and he is having difficulty with the English language since you know he only speaks english..and i also think a relative of his died a few months back so he is not in a good state of mind…you know the usual excuses created for our coach..

      1. Defund The Media says:

        Take a day off mate jeez.

        1. Mark says:

          I see the cap fitted someone

          1. Defund The Media says:

            And what cap would that be?

          2. Defund The Media says:

            Yup… figures ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿ‘‹

          3. Sid says:

            ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

          4. Defund The Media says:

            ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜

      2. Sid says:

        Maybe he is injured.

  5. jon fox says:

    Essentially a reserve eleven and probably wise with Man Utd in just three days time. Should be enough to win and I will not expect fireworks with a reserve team out.

    I say a whole reserve team, as I would not choose any , not even one, of these as our best team Never rated Xhaka and still don’t, unlike some foolish revisionists! Pepe is not my first choice either.

    1. jon fox says:

      Not quite true, as I WOULD play AMN as our regular first Prem choice RB. Can’t stand Bellerin, as he has no defensive nous whatever.

  6. Grandad says:

    Unless he is injured,I am surprised ESR is not at least on the bench.With respect to Dundalk, if he is not considered good enough to face them, why is he not out on loan?

    1. SueP says:

      Good point Grandad

  7. S says:

    Looking forward to Elneny Vs (mc)Eleney?

    1. Highbury Hero says:

      ๐Ÿ˜‚ good spot!

  8. McLovin says:

    Balogun! Let that boy show,what he’s made of. Might end up signing a new contract.

    1. Sid says:

      True Bro!

  9. Sid says:

    Good lineup! COYG!!

  10. gotanidea says:

    I’ve been waiting to see Nelson play again and I hope Arteta wouldn’t force Elneny or Willock to play on the right side

    1. Joe Allysons says:

      Personally, I feel like we shouldn’t drop the Leicester tactics. We created 11 chances from them. Why change now? Just keep going and fix what’s wrong.

      1. gotanidea says:

        That tactic is similar to Klopp’s 4-3-3, but we don’t have forwards who can hold the ball well like Firmino, Salah and Mane. Bergkamp used to do the hold-up play well as a CAM, but we don’t have a CAM who’s as strong and as tall as him

        1. Joe Allysons says:

          Practice makes perfect bro. Our players should learn what the coach requires rather than force him to keep changing. That’s the meaning of an identity. We best keep at one thing till we perfect it.

  11. RW1 says:

    wow … i think barnsley could put out a more attractive XI

    1. Defund The Media says:

      We play man u in three days so why the hell would we put out a full strength side against an irish team?? Would he pretty moronic.

      1. Sid says:

        Looks like at the moment whatever he does, MA is public enemy No.1 for some, LOL!

        1. Defund The Media says:

          damned if he does damned if he doesnt bud!

          1. RW1 says:

            uhhh … its a comment on the shallowness of our squad as much as arteta`s managerial qualities … those will be tested on sunday where another loss will leave us where we were a year ago … that said difficult to believe that saliba or ozil werent good enough to get in with this bunch of mediocraties …

        2. SueP says:

          Did
          It really depresses me that Arteta canโ€™t do anything Right!!

          1. SueP says:

            Sid ๐Ÿ™„

          2. Sean Williams says:

            Pepe

            Top corner. Great shot.

          3. Sid says:

            Me too! I know he isn’t immune to criticism, but we gotta believe in him and support him and accept that he can make mistakes as he is still a rookie manager.

          4. SueP says:

            ๐Ÿ‘

    2. Mohsan says:

      @hahaha…that was funny

  12. David says:

    Lol kola at CB….didnt we have like 11 CBS or something?

    1. Declan says:

      10 are injured๐Ÿ˜ณ

  13. Phenom says:

    Mustafi and Kola ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ

    1. Winston says:

      Our next big defensive partnership

    2. Sue says:

      Rather tonight than Sunday ๐Ÿ˜„

  14. Lenohappy says:

    Good lineup, ans this should be a comfortable win.

  15. Hill says:

    why sideline Saliba?

    1. SueP says:

      He is not in the squad selection for the EL

  16. Lenohappy says:

    We should have started Balogun instead, and see what he’s made of, at least maybe that will convince him to sign a new contract.

  17. Declan says:

    spuds lost๐Ÿคฃ

    1. SueP says:

      ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
      Hopefully Iโ€™m not laughing too soon๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ณ

  18. Phenom says:

    Spuds lost in Belgium๐Ÿ˜‰

    When is Bale going to win them a game? ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€

    1. Sue says:

      Won’t be long before their fans say send him back to RM!!

      1. Phenom says:

        ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  19. S says:

    Dundalk ain’t just doing a Leicester, they’ll be doing a Royal Antwerp as well.

  20. Sid says:

    LOL Nketiah and Lacazette get the ball at feet in promising positions and lose possesion, and people blame the midfielders for not creating chances.

    1. FootballisTrivial says:

      People are just sad their baby boy Ozil isn’t there anymore.

  21. Babasola says:

    The Changes Are Too Much

    Tottenham Just Lost Cos Of That

    But We At Home Though

    1. SueP says:

      Chill … for now ๐Ÿ‘

  22. Labass says:

    Wow. What re we not going to see in football. An ant that’s royal just beat d Spud ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚. My God

  23. Sid says:

    We are seeing some good football, but just as I say it the corner hits the side netting๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

    1. Sue says:

      Pepe again ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

      1. Sid says:

        The one who needs another season to properly take a corner๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

        1. Sue says:

          ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ brilliant!!!

  24. Bur says:

    Jeeesus we are poor. A 75mil player should be ripping these lads a part.

    1. SueP says:

      It always seems to me that the final score is either an emphatic 5-0 win or a dodgy 1-0 in these games

  25. Bur says:

    Can nobody in Arsenal put a decent cross in!!!!! Flip me.

  26. Sue says:

    Boom…phew

  27. Sid says:

    Eddie scores. Good! Now sub in Balogun, Lol!

  28. Lenohappy says:

    Lacazette will never be in that Nketiah position, have always said it Nketiah is average but I still prefer his goalscoring ability to Lacazette.

    1. Sid says:

      He would be in midfield, doing his false 9 work๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

    2. Anda says:

      I second your position

    3. Joe Allysons says:

      How would you define the position from which he scored against fulham? How about the one against liverpool?

  29. GunneRay says:

    Finally!!!

    My god this is hard to watch..

    1. Gily says:

      Lack of very sharp cutting edge is hampering Arsenal, but I feel sorry for the Dundalk.
      Nonetheless let the smoldering continue in the second half. I hope I’m not wicked?

  30. Sid says:

    Boom! Floodgates?

  31. SueP says:

    Thank heavens
    A necessary confidence boost all round

  32. Bur says:

    Bout time.

  33. siamois says:

    Game over!

    1. Sue says:

      ๐Ÿ˜„

      1. siamois says:

        ๐Ÿ˜

  34. RSH says:

    Slept through 35 minutes of the first half. Unless Balogun comes on at HT, just gonna sleep for real. Night gooners ๐Ÿ˜ด

    1. Sue says:

      ๐Ÿคฃ Sweet dreams of Mustafi and Kolasinac ๐Ÿ˜‰

  35. gotanidea says:

    Pepe is still ridiculously lacking intelligence and the opposition is awful. This match is like an entertaining parody though

    Willock, Nelson and Soares were the standout performers in the first half

    1. Joe Allysons says:

      Pepe looks like a broken Mercedez. Still classy but runs like a suzuki . He’s had some classy touches and juicy nice vision, but then , I don’t think he’s beaten a single player on the dribble, and that corner kick will make a fail reel. That shot before the Willock goal looked like the effort of a man who knows what he should be able to do but can’t explain why he’s failing. It felt forced and desperate. I however think that’s a good sign. If he’s not happy with himself , he should be working to improve. win win.

      1. Winston says:

        Not many players are skilled enough to turn a shot into an indirect assist

      2. gotanidea says:

        I don’t think he’s smart enough to improve. He kept losing the ball and his crosses/ corners were awful

        Nelson, Saka and Martinelli will be better competitors for Willian

        1. Joe Allysons says:

          It was intelligent how he created room for the shot

  36. Defund The Media says:

    Not pretty but should keep the trolls at bay at least for now ๐Ÿง

  37. gotanidea says:

    Good to see Patrick Vieira and Nice are dominating the game tonight. The people in that city need something to cheer on after the terrorist attack and the lockdown

    1. SueP says:

      Gotanidea
      You are so right. Heartfelt thoughts go to the people of Nice

  38. Vinod says:

    Xhaka should be converted as a permanent CB. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Pepe joins Walcott-Gervinho-Iwobi club.

    1. Vinod says:

      Will Pepe make a fool out of me?

      1. Sean says:

        He did my friend ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™‚๏ธ

        1. Vinod says:

          ๐Ÿค๐Ÿ™„

  39. Arsha says:

    Haven’t seen much from Runa but I think he oozes confidence.
    I hope he can bring out the best of Leno.
    Somehow,I want him tested more in the second half๐Ÿ˜†

    1. Vinod says:

      His first touch seems to be good. Seems pretty confident when came and collected the corner kick.

  40. Sue says:

    Boom!!! Top bin!

    1. Bur says:

      Good goal Pepe, nice shot

      1. Sue says:

        ๐Ÿ‘

  41. Roachie says:

    So you have got a right foot, maybe use it more often?

  42. Sid says:

    Pepe should use his right foot more, lol. That was a great shot. Alex looks good to be backup for the season and challenge Leno (atleast here.)

  43. Labass says:

    Pls how good was d Pepe’s goal๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚

  44. hila says:

    willock is playing nice

  45. Trudeau says:

    Willian and Ceballos. Why?

    1. Sid says:

      Fitness maybe?

  46. siamois says:

    Why would you risk Tierney?

  47. Sid says:

    Finally we are gonna see Balogun!

    1. SueP says:

      Can we wake up RSH?

  48. Bur says:

    Who is that girl on the comentry? Need a couple more goals.

    1. Sue says:

      Karen Carney….

    2. SueP says:

      Karen Carney
      Played for Arsenal and England

    3. Perry Ames says:

      Very poor again as a team but a couple of individual performances. We should be hammering teams like this. Kolasinac would pass back on the opposition goal line. Nothing really positive to say crap really, I hope arteta can lift the team by Sunday because I fear for us against man United

      1. Joe Allysons says:

        You’re sure you watched the game mate? The back passes started in the 85th minute when we had nothing to loose anymore.

        1. SueP says:

          I despair at times ๐Ÿ™„

      2. Sid says:

        Kola had a good game and even could have scored. What game were you watching?

  49. siamois says:

    My MOTM is Nelson

    1. Joe Allysons says:

      Mine would be willock. Nelson gets points chalked off for poor vison. He comes close second though.

  50. Shakir says:

    Did we just win by not playing a natural CB

    Cmon MA thats being too brave๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ˜‚

    1. Joe Allysons says:

      We only had one natural one.

  51. Sekman says:

    So many ignorant Pepe haters

  52. Sid says:

    Taking what we saw of Balogun today(if those were not his instructions) he likes conservative press, and doesn’t come deep that often. A guy who likes to run in behind. A little different from Eddie who aggressively charges in.

    1. Joe Allysons says:

      He struck me as a little reserved today. I’m guessing that was debut jitters. Hope we have a dead rubber at the end of the group stage where we can have a proper view of him.

      1. Sid says:

        Yeah I hope so too.

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