Official Arsenal team to face Liverpool – Laca and Auba start

Massive test for Arsenal this evening as they visit Anfield, home of the Premier League champions.

Liverpool will be rather motivated for this game having lost out to Arsenal the last two times these sides have met. Jurgen Klopp’s men will definitely be looking for revenge.

Arsenal will know what to expect, Mikel Arteta will have minds focussed I am sure and the Spaniard will have a game plan to combat Liverpool’s expected dominance of the ball.

Is this team from Mikel Arteta strong enough to withstand the Liverpool juggernaut and leave Anfield with something?

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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289 Comments

  1. Mohsan says:

    I am pulling my hair out, why the fck r we hell bent on playing from back and then we give the ball to two players who are the worst passer in our team….. Elneny and holding. Should have sold Leno instead of Martinez.

    1. SueP says:

      My feelings entirely

    2. Edu says:

      We lost this game not because of goalkeeper. U guys should forget the goalkeeper thing. Even with Martinez we would have lost. Or was it Leno that made Laca to miss two one one. Please we should cut Leno some slack, we are not in Goalkeeper crisis.

      1. SueP says:

        Accepted but that doesn’t excuse the flapping at the back

    3. Kstix says:

      I said this in the last game about Leno and martinez, I was almost crucified

    4. Pepe says:

      well immediately i saw lacazette through on goal with Alison i wanted him to score but knowing him so well i felt he was always going to flop it and he didn’t disappoint
      I said to my friends qhen he went through on goal that he is most likely to miss it again before i was done with my statement he already delivered.
      This guy have not been able to hit 20+ goals in a season for a reason. It’s not his form it is who he is.
      I can’t see Auba missing both chances missing one is forgivable but twice is a reality check

  2. Mohsan says:

    Back to same tactics from MA bring Nkeitiah in dieing minutes and pray he toe pokes a ball in to the net. We were same toothless in last EPL match as well.

  3. Skills1000 says:

    The referee is bias

  4. Chuau Hnuna says:

    Xhaka is not a type of player to be deployed in a match with Liverpool, too slow feet, no dribbling, poor turning… Ideal opponent for Liverpool forwards..

    1. Jimmy Bauer says:

      2-1 would have been a respectable scoreline..But trust us to the the most Arsenal things and concede 3 goals after going in front…
      Tomorrow’s my birthday and they just ruined it !..
      Arrrggghhhhh!!!

      1. Sue says:

        They’re good at ruining Birthdays!
        Try and have a good one!

  5. RW1 says:

    Please can we hire a throw in coach … it’s embarrassing

    1. Lance says:

      May be we can get Rory Delap.

  6. Kedar says:

    Lacazett cost us the point

  7. Sue says:

    And we’ve got to go through it all again on Thursday…..

  8. Sue says:

    How crap are Pepe’s corners?!!!

    1. All Gunz Blazin' says:

      Those two corner kicks were the worst thing I’ve seen in ages. That was extremely awful. I virtually screamed the second time.

      1. Sue says:

        Me too!! So bloody frustrating…..

  9. Sue says:

    Awful…..

  10. Kenya 001 says:

    How’s that no handball?????????????

  11. AUBA_14 says:

    Lacazette and AMN, great performance guys!

  12. RSH says:

    Arm to control the 3rd goal, no red for mane, no yellow for Fabinho. It’s just blanant cheating. They don’t even hide it. Shocking. Almost nothing from commentators either. Because it’s Liverpool.

    1. Big jack says:

      Ceballos should start every game ontill we bring in someone new pepe just shit holding bellerin get dem out the door ASAP

      1. RSH says:

        Holding was our best defender today, he’s fine to keep for the squad. Bellerin, this is why I was always happy if we got good money for him. He’s above average on his best days, nothing more than that. Would’ve loved if PSG splashed cash for him. Pepe is looking more and more like a mistake too. I know this is the best team in England but youve got to have the ambition to beat the best, and Arsenal do not and the players are NOT good enough. Arteta needs more resources needs new midfielders definitely. We’ve still got Elneny in this squad, that’s embarrassing for any club. Mikel approached this game incorrectly tho and tried to be too clever with his selections. Hopefully learned from this.

        1. Big jack says:

          Holding been our best really say a lot for the rest 😂 no really he did play ok but I do think he needs it go

  13. Gmv8 says:

    Can’t watch this any more so frustrating. Ceballos is our man of the match. Must be really disappointing for him.

  14. Danson says:

    That has been a footballing lesson.

    1. SueP says:

      Yes it has
      But they were the runaway champions

  15. Lola says:

    Could have drawn the match if not midget legs loserjett missed two clear cut chances

    1. Declan says:

      Who the hell is loserjett?
      Are you 12 years old or what?

  16. Howard says:

    Laca couldn’t s ire to save life
    He blew two sitters away

  17. RW1 says:

    Better second half … simple really xhaka off ceballos on … arteta lost this game with poor line up from beginning … pool defence is weakest part of their game and he chose not to exploit it

    1. Mohsan says:

      MA lost the tactical game. Obviously he is not going to win all the time but I think it is good lesson for him. For our fans a reality check don’t over hype the team and for board to invest this squad is not good enough to even make it to top 4.

      1. RSH says:

        we had ppl thinking Elneny was good enough to start and was a new man. So at least that will end 😂

        1. Mohsan says:

          Hahaha…yup and as season will go on ppl will realise Willian is not Messi, Luiz is a ticking bomb, holding and Nkeitiah not big team quality. Bellerin is not best right back in world.

        2. Mobella says:

          He actually played far better than Xhaka and show more effort than Auba who is the player with lowest effort on the field today.

          1. RSH says:

            He’s EXTREMELY limited though. Agree he was not the worst on the pitch today but he offers nothing besides a little pressing and 1 yard passes. Not even close to Arsenal quality.

  18. Chuxzzy1 says:

    Is VAR on vacation or what..Auba should be playing central plsss…laca you disappoint me today

  19. Kedar says:

    So ruined 2 chances….
    This could have been 3-3

  20. Kenya 001 says:

    How’s that not a handball?????

  21. indian gooner says:

    Personally I don’t rate nketiah as a striker he is another average players like akpom, we need a targetman

  22. Danson says:

    That midfield is so poor.. No ball playing players.

  23. Howard says:

    Playing at An field is always difficult with referee

  24. lcw says:

    Sorry Arsenal is unwatchable. This brand of football won’t takes us anywhere.
    66% to 34% possession time?

    1. RSH says:

      hope you were saying this when we beat them at Emirates.

    2. Chuxzzy1 says:

      Possession doesn’t win games bro

      1. Mohsan says:

        No but we want to watch exciting football and play in certain style our style…we don’t want to play like mourinhio and Park the buss. Winning is important but the way you win is important as well.

        1. Benjamin says:

          👋👋

    3. Mohsan says:

      Yup, seems like MA has taken a leaf out of UE book. It looked like UE tactic today. Sit back and absorb pressure and wait for a lucky goal. We did get that goal but you can not survive playing like this.

      1. Chuxzzy1 says:

        If laca had converted his chances we won’t be saying this

        1. RSH says:

          We still looked awful 1st half but he made the right changes in the 2nd. And yes, Laca has to shoulder a lot of blame. When you are paid this much to score and you dont in big moments, it’s on you.

        2. Benjamin says:

          And what if Liverpool had converted all their chances, the scoreline would be 16-3 (fotmob). We were playing like ‘Waiting for opponent to score’.

          1. SueP says:

            Benjamin
            As I said elsewhere- we were beaten by the better team
            We score 1
            They score more

        3. lcw says:

          Today is Laca yesterday is some body else. We don’t have the right players to be top four. Ma can be a wizard but without quality he is just average.

  25. Herbz says:

    And people expect us to beat big teams with those tactics….

  26. Chuxzzy1 says:

    So annoyed right now VAR is crap

  27. All Gunz Blazin' says:

    We lost that match because of one person: Lacazette.
    End of.

  28. SueP says:

    Sometimes you just get beaten by a better team
    Didn’t enjoy the playing out from the back either. When it works it’s amazing but otherwise I get the eebeejeebies

    1. RSH says:

      Leno is worse at it than Martinez too. He takes too long and isn’t decisive.

      1. SueP says:

        I had a degree of confidence with Martinez in goal. Leno flaps too much for my liking

        1. RSH says:

          Same, Sue. I know ppl say we are reactionary for rating Emi over Leno, but we’ve not had someone so solid in goal since probably Lehman, and we’ve just sold him to Villa! Leno makes some good saves, but besides for that he flaps all over the box, has no composure, and does not control the box well. Emi had AMAZING presence in the box and would claim every cross with assurance.

          1. SueP says:

            Nailed it RSH

  29. NWL Dan says:

    Onwards and upwards. Remember it’s a building project.
    We are far behind winning the league but give Arteta time.
    I know Leeds gave it everything and played much better than us but we’re only 3 games in.

  30. Palash says:

    Man I only watched the second half of the game except Tierney and ceballos most of our players were average.We really need party and aouar

  31. Kenya 001 says:

    Lacazette cost us at least a point must do better you must be clinical in this games chances are minimal

  32. Sid says:

    Bad first half, better second half. We didn’t take the chances that we got, in a game where we were always gonna lose the midfield battle. But we did fashion good chances. Laca went missing but cant fault him, dude was pressing well. Auba had that one chance but could not take it. Pepe had no impact today. Bellerin had a good one offensively but switched off defensively for the goals in the first half. KT did not get enough support from AMN initially, which allowed Liverpool to use our left. Elneny turned good in the second half with those floaters.
    Well a better performance by Arsenal than our last visit there. Liverpool had to wwork hard for the win. As for us, we lost to the champions, so it shows we are not quite up there, but they were not dominant throughout, which shows progress. Onto the next game. Onwards and upwards.
    COYG!

    1. SueP says:

      Sid,
      I agree. There is no shame losing to a better team in the night

  33. GunneRay says:

    Well if you wanted perspective, there it is. A million miles away. Weak, passive and second to everything. Liverpool looked determined and chased. We looked like a team that turned up for practice at times. The playing out from the back looked awful with long balls ultimately ending up at the feet of a red shirt. Do we need a new midfield? Damn right we do. The Arsenal do not deal with pressure!!

    1. Sue says:

      👍 Spot on, GunneRay

  34. Chuau Hnuna says:

    Xhaka is not a type of player to be deployed in a match against Liverpool. Very slow legs, no dribbling, poor turning and poor ball control… Ideal opponent for Liverpool forwards…
    Jimmy Bauer

  35. FootballIsTrivial says:

    I hope that’s the last of Lacazette in the center. Put Aubameyang there as he’s too old for the wings.

    Elneny and Xhaka have no idea how to play the ball forward. Ceballos opened their defense and played through their midfield with so much ease.

    Leno needs to parry shots much better.

  36. Skills1000 says:

    Everyone is over reacting. These were the same players who have been getting the results. It is just 3 points lost against the defending champions. The referee favored Liverpool also. Trust the process. we will bounce back.

  37. Kev82 says:

    Deservedly lost but what annoys me nothing ever goes against that lot, that 3rd goal is controlled with his arm and VAR not interested, Mane sticks his elbow in Tierney’s throat, just yellow and again VAR thinks it fine.. fabinho blatantly blocks Auba.. fine good challenge.. Bellerin does it on the side it’s a yellow card! Liverpool supporters can hardly cry if ever they get a bad decision. Anyway better second half Ceballos was good but we definitely need 2 new midfielders and you will see a very different and more controlled arsenal team. 🔴⚪

    1. Sue says:

      Kev, they had 2 players booked, couldn’t believe it!!

  38. Wenger91 says:

    If you don’t score those easy balls .. surely you’re not going to win Laca!!

    Auba should start as our front and Pepe with Willian take the right and left sides

    1. Gunner23 says:

      I would like to see this 11
      Saka…Auba…Will
      ….will…elne..ceba
      tier…gabs…hold…bell/AMN

      1. Gunner23 says:

        I duplicated William jaja.
        Pepe as RWF

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