Mikel Arteta has named his team to face Everton at the Emirates this afternoon.
From this point onwards every Arsenal Premier League game is a must-win one if there is any chance of making the top four (or five if Man City ban is upheld).
The same applies to Everton, which sets this game up perfectly for a very intriguing afternoon of football.
Obviously there have been changes from the team that was sent out to face Olympiacos on Thursday evening. Mesut Ozil is back and Nicolas Pepe starts.
Saka loses his place, however, Mustafi and Luiz retain their spots in the centre of the defence.
Arteta has also gone with Dani Ceballos, who in combination with Ozil in the Newcastle game was so effective, well, in the second half.
Anyway, here is the team Arteta has gone with.
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🇨🇮 Pepe comes into the starting XI
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Martinelli doesn’t even make the bench. Is he injured?
Martinelli is dropped from the squad and nelson is back
Its surprises every week.Anyway i can see a good game tonight.
Good Line Up
Lets get the three points
Why does Martinelli not even make the bench.
Quite a good selection. Lacazette, Saka, Torreira should come in 2nd half for Ozil, Ceballos and Nketiah.
Hoping for a positive result only sad that Saka is not starting based on fitness.
For second half :-
Saka, Lacazette, Pepe..
Kolasinac, Luiz, Mustafi, Bellerin.
Near enough the team I would put out apart from I would have Saka on the left wing and put Aubameyang up front instead of Eddie.
I don’t know why Arteta keeps playing Aubameyang as a left winger. He can’t hold the ball up and he’s not technical enough to take on defenders. His best position is by far playing as the main striker.
Such a waste playing Auba on the left
If he played him upfront we would be scoring so many more goals.
In Arteta system the hold up play for the Central Striker should be very good and is essential to the system.. Aubameyang is not good at that.
Spot on… Saka should have started as LW and Aubameyang as CF
But anyway pretty solid line up…
Iwobi to do what Walcott won’t be doing today. Score against his former club
I like Iwobi’s playing style, but I wish Bellerin would keep Iwobi in his pocket
Glad to see Ceballos and Kolasinac start though. I bet they would make the difference today
I also have a feeling Nketiah would increase his intensity and score, to keep Lacazette on the bench
If Bellerin can keep Iwobi out wide and stop him cutting inside then Iwobi will be pretty ineffective.
His final ball from the wing is poor.
Oh yeah, behind in the first minute, best club ever lol lol lolllll
Arteta and his small mindset. Why not play the players currently on form. You drop saka for kolasinac and Eddie nketiah again even though the whole world saw how ineffective he was in the Newcastle game. A good coach always plays his best team. We all complained when torreira wasn’t starting matches under emery. How are we turning a blind eye when Arteta is doing the same thing? This is one of the major areas I have problems with with Arteta. Wrong line up. You think martinelli would want to stay with this? And wasn’t I just saying this same thing about saka when clueless fans were asking him to sign an extension? The same thing happening to niles since bellerin got back. Now can we blame saka if he wants to leave? Or torreira or martinelli? 3 of our finest players. I hope we can all wake up from the dreamland that Arteta has changed arsenal. Because we are one or two bad games away from coming back to reality. I will still support the team and manager regardless even though I’m not entirely happy with his line ups.
You do realize Torreira has been playing under Arteta and just recovered from an illness, also Ceballos needed to start after his last performance? Stop whining about Martinelli, the pressure you guys are putting on the boy and Saka is becoming too much, now look at Saka at 18, contract talks Is an issue, something that shouldn’t even be happening.
But then Nketiah was ineffective cuasei he didn’t score right??
Don’t complain about the team selection until we see the full match
I won’t even complain about Ozil until I see how he plays today, especially because easy home games like this are supposed to be his forte
Saka is a good attacking LB, but he must be exhausted after that intense game in Greece. Same goes with Lacazette
“especially because easy home games”
Good line up.
All I need is the 3 pts. Hope Kolasinac produce more going forward and Ozil at his best. COYG.
Everyone seems to be screaming Martinelli.
I say it’s fair how Arteta is using him, everybody suddenly expects Martinelli to be the goalscoring savior after PEA.
On Thursday, Martinelli will go again.
I see what he’s doing with Nketiah.
It’s very good for the team, no single player will feel comfortable, everybody will feel they need to step up as the coach is ready to play anyone.
Rotation makes it sweeter, Even Pep starts Jesus ahead of Aguero sometimes even when Kun is fit.
I really can’t wait for the moaners to come on here and start saying how bad the lineup is
Well Eddie, I sincerely hope you’re right on this one.
I hope I’m right too…actually I believe I’m right.
The pressure on Martinelli and Saka is insane.
Just think about the whole contract Saga going on around 18 years old Saka? I think Arteta is using them properly
totally agree with you Eddie. Also i think Arteta is confident of Winning just like how Pep always is apart from when he faces Klopp or Maureen haha
Arteta is slowly digging his own grave by playing Ozil and Xhaka.
@Topgunner been reading all your comments on here and everything you say points to ozil and xhala, clearly you have an agenda against them.
The coach knows best
Agree @ hydrogen.
Emery dug his own grave by not playing Ozil. Perhaps Arteta knows how important Ozil is.
All playes are good depends on how the coach wants them to play. Emery & othrs hide Ozil, but Arteta expose him. Yes, Arteta knows best.
Maybe it’s not an agenda just the fact that they are both a liability.
Xhaka is needed as an LB when Kolasinac is in the opposition’s half. We don’t have another left-footed DM who can play as a left CB like him
Arteta can’t bench his ex-teammate Ozil, because it will ruin the dressing room harmony. This is also supposed to be an easy home game, which is Ozil’s specialty
Christ!! Dude outsiders should be the one saying this crap about Arteta and Ozil, but then it’s coming from you and it’s not surprising. Really? Arteta is scared of benching Ozil cause it will ruin the dressing room? It has nothing to do with Ozil’s performances?
In fact I’ve never heard a single pundit or opposition fan say Arteta can’t handle Ozil because they were teammates, but it’s from you a self acclaim fan.
Dude all you see is the bad side of stuffs, I’ve never seen you pointed out good stuffs about Ozil. This statement bout Arteta and Ozil is just so unreasonable.
I don’t think I can live a week around you with this your vibe, I swear if I do, I’ll sink into depression
True, I don’t think it has something to do with Ozil’s form
I always says Ozil is a very unselfish player and has great finishing ability, but he is not a super-creative player anymore
Creativity does not die.
Chances not taken is the key to your education. Chances not created is another–Arsenal have a weak 3D game without Giroud.
Do not blame Ozil if you have no idea about football.
Arteta did not become Pep’s assistant by fluke. It was Wenger’s knowledge of the EPL that Pep wanted and also the ability to make tough decisions.
Playing Ozil is a no brainier.
Can’t bench? What do you mean by that?
He didn’t take Ozil to Greece let alone play him.
Did u blind to see how xhaka cover the left back when saka going forward. How ozil open up the defense when supported by midfield?
Good team selection, Saka deserve some rest.
What is happening with Martinali?
They have to win the next 7 games for 21 points. If they do break down players in that run CL is done for.
So watch Arteta rotate. Martinelli will be unleashed against the weaker teams.
MA is continuing to rotate. Not sure about Kolasinac over Saka? Maybe Martinelli needs a rest and ready for Thursday again. Will be interesting to see if Ozil can perform well again also. Let’s see..
understand why hes put bellerin back in … and hope that ceballos ozil combo will continue to flourish … endless playing of xhaka does not instill confidence but its basically about whether this defence can hold up against the best attack its faced in several matches … will be close i think
@Topgunner been reading all your comments on here and everything you say points to ozil and xhala, clearly you have an agenda against them.
The coach knows best
Also I hope people realize Saka is too young to play thrice in a week right?
Any one with live streaming link
We can stop losing trust in the coach when his team selections fail week after week. To criticise his selection now after the improvement the team is showing is petty. He has good reasons for what he does – and trying to read his mind is completely pointless and only speculation. Let the games begin.
You know that Arsenal fans know more that the Manager or Coach, right?
Got An Idea, for example, is the world’s best Manager and Coach, even if he has no idea about football.
Why was Luiz looking at Mastafi as if he was at fault for that goal?
Great start for Everton, let’s do this boys
55 seconds to answer question about this defense
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Now Everton will definitely park the bus and will try to hit us on counter…
Until arteta works out that mustafi Luiz xhaka is a defensive accident waiting to happen we won’t progress … that simple
For anyone who is wondering we are actually playing at home.
we are bound to believe we are a second half team?
Yes but today we are not playing against Newcastle..
wait and see
Xhaka, and Nketiah over Lacazette/Martinelli = mistake
Also Luiz and Mustafi together scares me
Get ffing xhaka of the pitch he’s a first division footballer no vision no skill no quality … move aubemayang to middle remove the hapless Nigerian … it’s all so static … don’t understand arteta he must be able to see this is low energy shit
We can play against 10 statues and still lose.
Liverpool, 10 of theirs can be statues and they’ll still win.
You mean it? Repeat that at the end of the match.
Bukayo Saka is on fire…
He is firing on all cylinders..
Deep, deep joy!
Two of our youngsters
What..!!! It’s a goal. Xhaka, Saka then Nketiah…Goal.
I’m simply in Love with Ceballos play.
Yes but he loves to scare us with his risky play.
We look vulnerable at the back because torreira is ill so we are playing without a dm.
But we need Xhaka…. Xhaka Drops back LB which allows Saka to move forward to deliver crosses like that…
I know the importance of xhaka in arteta system. Just saying that without a dm we look more open because he cannot cover the Lb and cover the middle at the same time.
Pepe plays so childishly.
Why are people telling me that Saka is not worth 50k a week?
I never knew that injury can be a blessing in disguise
We have a first division defense … that’s the problem and unfortunately arteta hasn’t fixed it
Were you really expecting that now that the defense has improved, that we’ll go games without conceding??
What will have to happen before you say Arteta has fixed the defense?
It hasn’t improved against teams with an attacking threat … We bought a central defender in the window … what was point if he can’t replace the jokers we have? Luiz and mustafi have been always will be hapless when a club sells you to make way for Kurt Zuma that should be a warning sign to whoever is buying you … but as a minimum he should use torreira as defensive midfielder he brings an edge breaks things up in way that xhaka just adds trouble to defenders already in nervous state of mind …
Difficult to do with what we have. Improvements have been made but those two goals were awful
Pepè is really bad.
He’s trying to be to clever. Too many little tricks instead of the quick release.
If he’s going to take so many touches then he should learn to stay on his feet and not go down at the mere sight of a defender
When he is substituted, then you’ll realize he was good.
Do you have any idea how many opposition players he pulls to himself?
Saka as a defender has done more attacking than Pepè as a damn winger!
Two shitty goals out of nowhere. Lack of luck, I guess
May be…. or lack of organisation at back to deal with set piece..
Nice shot of when the players where.coming off and Mina was consoling Sideba. Saka ran that half.
They had a up because their brazilian didnt get a red. Fair call.
Second half mood 😳
Saka reminds me of Ryan Giggs. His crossing is superb. I hope he represents my dear country but I see England calling him up soon. What a talent.
Pepe please produce another good second half for me. We need this point badly
Prayer answered. Pepe assist
ready for the second half team?
yesss we are!!
Calvert-Lewin’s goal shows exactly why a tall CB like Mari or Saliba is needed, because Arsenal always have problems with long balls as what they faced in Burnley. Luckily Luiz redeemed himself with his great vision to assist Aubameyang with an incisive through ball
I think the second goal was Leno’s mistake, because he was supposed to secure the ball sooner
Ozil was the connector on the left and right sides, but I wish he could do more than just being a simple connection
Agree on the Leno part. Should jump to the ball after the header off of deflection , but instead he waited for the ball to drop and from there it’s 50/50
It was his nonsensical heading that gifted Everton that first goal
Our defense is shaky today, comm’on this games is a sure 3 points, defense and gk should not kill us
I agree. I don’t feel confident at all. When you think that we were all over them…..goal. Good lord and I was just about to complain
Anyone know why Richarlison wasn’t sent off? Dangerous foul + instigating butting foreheads. Doesn’t excuse the last goal, but he should’ve been off
We need to up the intensity in the second half.
Both Everton’s goals came from poor defending but were lucky goals.
If we move the ball around quicker, close them down quicker and give them no time on the ball to pick out passes we can get more goals.
Pepe heard me. Thank u Auba
I hope we come out all guns blazing and win the game in the second half…… not a bad performance so far, but the defence though……. anyways, I believe we’ll win this! COYG!!
This time Ozil – Pepe – Auba- Goal.
Sorry. Ceballos onwards.
Saka is playing now as LB in 2nd half and not LWB
Bielsa not nelson
First off he’s Ghanian…. second, could you please just enjoy the game?!…. we’re winning FFS, and he’s scored….. so just trust the coach, and support the team…… reading your comments, one would think we’re losing, and he’s having a stinker
Seems Saka gone crazy!
The boy I’d tired for phuck sakes!! There was a reason Arteta started with Kolasinac in the first place.
Three straight games and you say he has gone crazy.
SMH … Some fans tho
Why Arteta is not making any changes
Arteta has caught the wenger disease of waiting too long to change
You don’t disorganise a winning team, do you?
i am hearing the players screaming giving advice to teammates on positioning. another good point for arteta.
What a save…. what a save
We’re still standing off them. Not closing them down quick enough and giving them to much time on the ball to pick out passes.
Finally our midfield steel is coming
Ozil should have been taken off instead of Ceballos…
Ceballos can be used to play as deep line creative midfielder
Ceballos had a great game.
Let’s deal the match with one more goal..
So saka finally got the clown disease infecting our defence.
We are nervy right now… hopefully we will hold on
Are you guys for real??
Arsenal fans though.
This Is the exact 18 years old kid that has played three games in a week straight.
You think Arteta was stupid for starting Kolasinac?
Saka needed to rest!! You guys should stop with the negative comments about him already
Silly Arsenal “fans”. Too many computer games.
100 % agree on what you’ve said about Saka and team line up.
is it me or we look very tired ? the players look dead, no runs only defending.
Don’t forget Arsenal had a late night four Hour flight back from Athens arriving back home after 3am
Another defensive midfielder…. Arteta keen to hold this lead…. we really need to Martial Gomes…. He is absolute creator from Midfield with long range passes and keeping the ball well
Xhaka guenduzhi isn’t a confidence building combo …
Again – why isn’t Richarlison OFF?
We just can’t even outmuscled Gomes…
Our Players need to work on Physical Strength…
Sometimes you need such physicality..
Arsenal a second half team yes indeed!!
Very lucky today to escape from minimum 3 goals…But a victory is a victory…
An incredible win the sustained pressure was immense but we managed to see it out! A huge character building win.
Now I can relax. Happy Sunday all. COYG!!
Auba man of the match.
Mustafi made so many headers and tackles and was excellent again.
Those ya thinking we were Lucky! It’s a Lie.
We deserved the win well homely and enjoyable.!
Which Team is next?
The Gun is ready.
I am disappointed how some fans are slating saka performance in the second half knowing that he has played three strate game..it is obvious that he was tired that was why kola started today but injury changed everything..besides he’s 18 so pls give him some space
Arteta has worked wonders on this team .
Saka is doing a great job but he needs rest
Nketiah is a natural succesor to Lacazette
Auba did me proud today with that armband .
Leno deserves a 9/10 in this game .
Special recognition to Ozil ,Xhaka , Guendouzi and finally Arteta .