Official Arsenal team to face Liverpool – Elneny and Martinez start

Arsenal faces off against Liverpool this afternoon in the Community Shield and while it does not carry the same prestige as the FA Cup, it is still silverware and a fantastic opportunity to get the new season off to a flyer.

Liverpool is obviously a formidable opponent and are the favourites, however, that was the case the last time Arsenal played them and we all know what happened then.

Match fitness should not be too much of an issue even though Liverpool have played an extra friendly prior to this match and everything will come down to how the game is played on the day and Mikel Arteta has already proven to be a match for the top managers in the division.

This is the Arsenal team that Arteta has gone with today.

Is this team good enough to beat Liverpool and claim the first trophy of the season? Let us know in the comments below.

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 match preview here

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  1. gotanidea says:

    No Cottrell in the subs? I thought he did well

    1. Thomas Kelly says:

      Where’s William to

  2. yakubu omaye says:

    Not a bad line up

    1. Aniesta Zambia says:

      Confirmation laca is gone

      1. Bora Milutinovic says:

        You can’t say that, Salib, Pepe and William did not play, is that a confirmation that they are leaving too?

  3. Sue says:

    Always a surprise thrown in.. didn’t expect Emi to play!
    Come on Arsenal, let’s do this!

    1. Skills1000 says:

      Hi Sue, I told you the other day that Elneny will start against Liverpool. Seems he has impressed arteta in training. Thomas Party signing is looking less likely. However if we don’t sign Partey, then we should go for Thiago Alcantara.

      1. Sue says:

        You sure did, Skills… it worries me for sure 😟 if we stick with him instead of pursuing Partey, omg I will cry!

        1. Skills1000 says:

          45m pounds for Partey or 26m pounds for Thiago Alcantara. I will rather buy Thiago. I don’t know if Real Madrid will keep Ceballos. We need that creativity in midfield

          1. Sue says:

            Exactly, Skills…we HAVE to buy!! And asap!!

          2. ahmad73 says:

            The salary of Thiago will be a problem though. Won’t happen.

    2. Goona says:

      Where is guendouzi’s olive branch😅😅

      1. Sid says:

        Eaten by Elneny it seems, lol!

      2. Sue says:

        The wind blew it away!! 😄

  4. Dan kit says:

    Liverpool full strength ,Klopp going for it .

  5. kev says:

    I hope Niles impresses at midfield today. Three seasons late but Im hoping he takes his chance today. Interesting that Martinez also starts. I want to see if what he has us class or form. Well done to Arteta for starting him. We can always sell if he fails us as the transfer window isnt closed

    1. gotanidea says:

      He’d most likely play as LWB though. I also want to see him in central midfield, but Arteta seems prefer to get a new CM

      1. kev says:

        Yeah its probably a three at the back. If so then its interesting that he would use an Elnenly-Xhaka partnership

  6. Moses says:

    Strong enough to compete with liver pool

  7. Fidel . O says:

    Yes was really hoping to see Cottrell.

  8. jon fox says:

    With this team and assuming Liverpool play almost their strongest fit eleven to start ,we will be lucky not to get thrashed. No self fooling for me; we are miles weaker in almost all positions. ELNENY? GOD HELP US!

    1. ken1945 says:

      Good to see you backing Mikel Jon👍

      As for Elneny, that’s two games in a row he’s pulled our shirt on, seems MA wants to see more of him.

      As an observation, wonder what Willian is doing?
      That goes for Ozil and Guendozi as well – the bench isn’t that strong it can leave out these players, surely?

      And for those who say it’s not a competitive game, just look at the pool squad and think again!!!

    2. Stephen says:

      Once again you underestimated our guys and the quality of our coach. I think it’s time you give them a real chance against the big boys. They have proven you wrong time and time again.

      Good to see the guys holding their own against, trying really hard not to concede and creating chances, esp without our “creator in chief.”

  9. Goona says:

    AMN for man of the match

    1. Sid says:

      You predicted correctly, bro! Congrats🎉🎉

      1. Goona says:

        We need the boy bro

  10. Sue says:

    Walking Dead kit….

  11. Reggie says:

    Is this shop window time for Martinez, Bellerin, Holding, AMN, Elnenny. It seems a very strange lineup, No Saliba, no Willian, No lacca, No pepe.

    1. ThirdManJW says:

      I agree. Seems strange that no new signings starting, and such a weak line up

  12. Khadii says:

    Tactically, this team can be used as either a 433 or 343..

  13. Sue says:

    Just a reminder that if we win today it’s a massive achievement and we’ve got our first major trophy of the season. If we lose it’s a glorified friendly and the most important thing is match fitness 🤣🤣 Nice one, GoonerTalk!

  14. Adajim says:

    This is going to be a good accessment test. Hopefully we see enough to judge.
    Emi pushing for £10m transfer, Holding agree a year loan contract to Newcastle? How true are these reaport ?

    1. Sid says:

      Nah, if we have to sell, I don’t believe they will let him leave for less than 20. Regarding Holding, if we let him leave do we have enough fit CBs to play in all comps?

      1. Joe Allysons says:

        10m for Emi is too low. Keppa cost 80 .

  15. Herbz says:

    Arsenal always not ready for a new season.

    I always keep hoping for us to field a lineup closest to first 11 just before the season but they always look unready all the time.

    Let’s just watch and see.

    1. Admin Pat says:

      Always unready but have won 7 out of ten community shields!

      1. Kenya 001 says:


      2. Sid says:

        Make that 8 out of 11!

  16. Dennis Sweeney says:

    I really can’t see this team beating Liverpool. Klopp has fielded his strongest team . No pepe no Laca no wil nah we are very weak .

  17. Innit says:

    No way (I hope I’m wrong 💕). Liverpool is full strength.

    But I’m won’t be upset if we lose. This match just reminds me we had a trophy this season. Another would be nice especially against the PL champions but I’m just watching for fun really

    Anyway COYG

  18. Grandad says:

    Will be interested to see which system MA sets up with.I hope it’s 4-3-3 but I suspect it will be more defensive 3-4-3. The prospect of Saka operating on the right wing does not appeal to me at all.He loses much of his effectiveness on the right and it will be interesting to see how he copes with the marauding Robertson if he is playing.

    1. Sid says:

      You are right Grandad. Saka looks to get to the byline and cross with his left more, while he cuts in sometimes and shoots with his “weaker” right. But I think it is more of a confidence issue. If he gets used to the right side, he instantly becomes our most versatile player.

  19. RW1 says:

    3 0 to the pool … this is a midfield that is about as bad as I can recall in a longtime

  20. Mark B Johnson says:

    This team is not good enough to beat Liverpool. The like of Torrira,pepe,lacazette, and newboy William is out. Liverpool is a good team,these players should be part of the squard.

  21. Palmer17 says:

    Any links for the game

  22. Sue says:

    The sofa is out
    The nerves have kicked in
    My heart is pounding… don’t ya just love match day?!

  23. Sue says:

    Chris Sutton commentating 😴😴😴

  24. Invader Zim says:

    Does this line up tell us who is possibly leaving?

  25. Sue says:


    1. Kenya 001 says:

      Back to saka and auba nice goal

      1. Sue says:

        Beautiful, Kenya 👌

  26. Invader Zim says:

    Woah we winning

  27. wolf says:

    Man, that was tasty

  28. Sue says:

    Uzi Ozil… we got the goal… and the Black Panther celebration 🙂 Nice tribute…

    Forgive me if I’m wrong… but is that Auba’s first against this lot??

    1. Kenya 001 says:

      We love scoring at Wembley may b we should move from Emirates.

    2. Uzi Ozil says:

      I screamed when he scored that goal. I was already screaming when he cut in and about to take the shot. Glad he scored. I think that’s his first goal against liverpool. I stand to be corected though but you know we don’t score many against liverpool lately aside that 5:5 in capital one cup where we lost on penalties and Aubamenyang didnt feature in that game…

      1. Sue says:

        So did I, frightened my dog 😂
        Yeah I thought so too, thanks Uzi!! Glad he’s broken his duck…and what a beauty it was!! 👌

  29. Adajim says:

    We are seeing a new Saka, Pepe better watch out, he might be staying on bench

  30. Kenya 001 says:

    Two chances bfor nketiah and both missed! Need a certain French man🤦

  31. Tom says:

    Worth playing players who we have on our books and for MA giving players a chance to prove themselves, even if we as fans think some players are gone and not ‘good enough’.

    A squad of 25 cant play every game. Saying that they must be good enough to join the 1st 11 when called upon.

    Eleny has a chance to show that, and even if we get back in Cellabos, Eleny will still be useful for early cup games and cover.

    But we must also he fearful that our squad is still short. Even if gabriel comes in to join william.
    Today is an indication of this….

  32. Sue says:

    I’m warming to the kit 😍

  33. Skills1000 says:

    Arteta is a very good coach. We should have scored 3 goals in the first half. nketiah and AMN missed some chances. We should not sell Lacazette this summer.

  34. gotanidea says:

    The central midfielders in Arteta’s 3-4-3 have to work hard, be combative and good in the air. Elneny is perfect for that role and I can imagine how good a double-lung midfielder like Partey would be in that system

    Saka’s first touches and movements are more consistent than Pepe’s on the right side, but I think Willian would bench both of them

    The only weak links in this team are Luiz and Bellerin. Luiz’s through balls are inaccurate as usual and Bellerin first touches are inconsistent, despite good in attacking

    1. Joe Allysons says:

      Niles has also been poor in attack. he did have two opportunities to cause damage.

  35. Phenom says:

    I don’t think some here are Arsenal supporters. They question whatever lineup MA presents. Someone predicting 3 0 to Liverpool. I reserve my comment till the next 45mins. COYG.

  36. Joe Allysons says:

    I’m loving two things.
    The confidence of everyone on the ball . I’ve always sang Xhaka praises , but I’ve never seen him escape pressure form two players and still keep the ball without falling over. Hector Bellerin nutmeg on Mane will be etched in memory for a while.

    The confidence in defense .Liverpool is spending more time in our final third but out of 7 shots , we’ve given them non on target. On the contrary , we’ve put two on target out of 4

    1. Sue says:

      I just love a nutmeg 👌

  37. Tz says:

    win or lose,
    Lacca&AML must stay

  38. Tz says:

    Looks like Elneny is Reborn

    1. Kenya 001 says:

      Just average all game I haven’t seen any attempted or forward pass from him but defensively he’s done a good job

    2. Fidel . O says:


  39. Pco says:

    Clubs are writing up contracts and deciding what to offer Arsenal for Auba. GIVE HIM WHAT HE WANTS! Sign da ting!!!

  40. Nomad says:


    Is it wise to sell a player like that? ummh….

    1. Perry ames says:

      If the players are tired make a sub and bring on fresh legs. And also if ozil isn’t injured but not fit then he should be sold now.
      Our bench is quite poor really

  41. Shakir says:

    LiVARpool returns
    How can u assist with a hand?😐

    1. Declan says:

      Because it wasn’t a hand🤣

  42. Sue says:

    AMN MOTM what a Birthday present 👏

  43. Sue says:

    😁😁😁😁😁😁😁 Get in there you ripper!!!! !

    1. Skills1000 says:

      Yes Sue. I’m so excited. Mikel Arteta is the Man. He has won two trophies now. The youngest manager in the league. His first managerial job. Wow. I’m happy.

      1. Sue says:

        Bloody awesome, Skills!!! 🏆🎗

  44. A J says:


    PROUD !!!!!!!!

  45. Sid says:

    Yippeee! We won!🎉🎉
    The wembley adventure continues!
    Auba the match winner!
    AMN man of the match!
    The only thing stopping me from enjoying the weekend is that I have my exams on monday.😫😫
    Still, it is truly the best feeling to be an Arsenal fan!

  46. S says:

    It’s funny how five out of the last seven seasons, the cup holders win the community shield

  47. MrLucky says:

    Can anyone tell me where Laca, Pepe and Willian were?

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