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.

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

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

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

  2. 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. 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. 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.”

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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. 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?

  6. 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.

  7. 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 .

  8. 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

  9. 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. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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. 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. 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!! 👌

  12. 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….

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. 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.

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

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

    1. 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

    1. 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.

  18. 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!

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