Official Arsenal team to face Leeds United – Willian starts

It is probably too soon to claim that this match is a must-win for Mikel Arteta otherwise he will be fired but with some of the fan base already turning against him, he simply cannot afford to drop points at Elland Road this afternoon.

The 3-0 loss at home to Aston Villa just before the international break was appalling, anything like that today and you just know the atmosphere will begin to turn toxic and that no one wants.

The fans have been demanding that Arteta makes changes, well, this is the team he has gone with today, make your own minds up whether Arteta has got it right or wrong.

Do you like the team that Arteta has gone with to face off against Leeds United this afternoon?

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

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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  1. Sid says:

    Atleast Gabriel and Leno have done well.

    1. Mogunna says:

      Did not look at line up NIR game. But it was wrong once again.

      Why keep playing Willian I’m attack?/As RW, then CF and now LW!

      Is he best player in these position? Heck no!

      Then plays xhaka and Ceballos as DM and willock above them.

      If Partey is off, we do need a defensive minded midfield to replace him. But arteta plays 2 midfield who are more attacking minded than defensive.

      Willock is better defending in his midfield nature, Niles even more so.

      Therefore, they should be playing behind Ceballos or Xhaka. At least Niles for Ceballos who is no DM

      We have a coach issue, nothing else.

  2. Sid says:

    Noooo!!!
    Saka you finish that!πŸ˜”πŸ˜”πŸ˜”

    1. Sid says:

      Love the kid but his finishing needs work. He has missed some good chances this season…

  3. SueP says:

    At last they’re getting a bit livelier

  4. Kedar says:

    Saka is absolute gem

    1. Sue says:

      πŸ‘πŸ‘

    2. Sid says:

      Still needs to work on finishing chances like that. If it was Lacazette his effigies would burn in the streets of london!

      1. Sue says:

        πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  5. SueP says:

    Bloody hell fire!
    If we get away with this it’ll be a miracle

  6. Mouser says:

    Nicolas Pepe is the most S*tpid player in the world. He can’t cover bellerin, no end product, poor body language, very lazy and then the red card. What a loss.

  7. Kedar says:

    Saka and Nelson should be our Wingers

  8. Sid says:

    Bellerin has been great this game! Maybe he is recovering that blasting pace of his.

  9. SueP says:

    Poor Saka
    Hope he’s ok 😩

  10. Hill says:

    can we have Emery back

    1. Invader Zim says:

      I wish
      Worst game i have watched, being bossed by championship club

      1. SueP says:

        They’re a premier league club

    2. Jimmy Bauer says:

      Lmao…My thoughts too…
      Emery should have been given more time..
      Mam finished a point off top 4 in his maiden season in England..
      Was in the Europa final..A feat we’ve never achieved…
      Look what his doing with Villarreal..

  11. Bad Ebening says:

    We’re lucky Leeds players couldn’t shoot at all🀣

  12. Sekman says:

    That’s a red

  13. Declan says:

    Lovingly known back in the day as Dirty Leeds.

    1. Declan says:

      And we were known as Lucky Arsenal.
      Both names ring true today.

  14. Sue says:

    2 shots on target πŸ”₯

    1. Skills1000 says:

      Yes Sue. That is the reality now. I hope Martinelli gets fit on time. We really missed him. This is disappointing.

      1. Sue says:

        He should be back sooner than expected, Skills… thank god!!!

  15. Skills1000 says:

    Arteta should bring in Emile Smith Rowe into the squad. Also, he should discontinue the 343 formation. We need more creativity. Disappointing game

  16. Sid says:

    9 games 13 points

  17. SueP says:

    Leeds should have won this
    A lucky draw

    1. Sid says:

      Yup. But they were lucky too. If only Saka had not turned into prime Lacazette thereπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

      1. SueP says:

        True but they hit the bar and forced quality saves out of Leno

        1. Sid says:

          Yeah, I guess we were more lucky than them.

    2. Admin Pat says:

      8 hours without a goal now. Jeez!

  18. Sid says:

    Such a waste having Peter Drury as commentator and not scoring a goalπŸ˜‚

  19. Kieron Blandford says:

    Impressive organisational defense but how lucky were we Leeds must be gutted!
    Right now into the changing rooms to flog pepe!

    1. Sue says:

      πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ flog him all the way back to NL πŸ˜‚

  20. Wenger91 says:

    Feel bad for Nelson and Willock! They could’ve done more but when you can’t control your temper this what happens! Pepe cost us this game!
    I can’t blame the other players for not doing much and I wish MA got the massage, Willian can’t be started when you have these players on the bench! it’s unfair!!!

    I hope Saka is fine..

  21. Sue says:

    The drought goes on…..

  22. GunneRay says:

    I just dont enjoy watching Arsenal anymore. Sorry, but it’s true. The brand of football is the worst I’ve seen for some time but please let’s not get on MA’s back. It’s the players who are to blame. Pepes’ sending off was silly and avoidable but only he could have controlled the situation. Not MA.

    1. Highbury Hero says:

      It’s not anyone’s fault we play tasteless football. It’s just that the great Arsene spoilt us with the most beautiful football the world has ever seen with Peps Barcelona a close second. It’s like when you visit a beautiful city then go back to your village (no offense to villages I prefer them myself than cities)

      Some things only Wenger the great could do.

  23. sekman says:

    as much as im a fan of pepe… i think he that foul was idiotic.. hope he learns from it

  24. Chuxzzy1 says:

    Isn’t that chance auba had a penalty..VAR is confusing

    1. Adajim says:

      What happened to scoring goals without asking for VAR help. AUBA isn’t doing enough. The chances he squandered today were enough to win 3 matches

  25. Subi says:

    Too much instructions and management and you take away the players creativity and identity.
    If you want to play that way, then why don’t you only buy cheap musclepower?

  26. Adajim says:

    We were lucky to draw the match. However, even with red, Our attackers have been so awful and am sure we wouldnt indulge defenders if it were their fault. I like Pepe really, I think he is a fine player, I think he will come good, he needs to step up and also need help

    1. Highbury Hero says:

      Your last three words are heavy on a scale.

  27. Mogunna says:

    Did not look at line up NIR game. But it was wrong once again.

    Why keep playing Willian I’m attack?/As RW, then CF and now LW!

    Is he best player in these position? Heck no!

    Then plays xhaka and Ceballos as DM and willock above them.

    If Partey is off, we do need a defensive minded midfield to replace him. But arteta plays 2 midfield who are more attacking minded than defensive.

    Willock is better defending in his midfield nature, Niles even more so.

    Therefore, they should be playing behind Ceballos or Xhaka. At least Niles for Ceballos who is no DM

    We have a coach issue, nothing else.

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