Official Arsenal team to face Liverpool – No Aubameyang, Saka starts

Massive game tonight for both teams, Arsenal need a good result to build momentum before they face Man City at the weekend in the FA Cup semi-final and Liverpool want to break the Premier League points record.

Additionally, you have to think that both the Arsenal players and Mikel Arteta himself would love to stop the Reds from getting to 100 points.

Anyway, this is the team that Arteta has decided to go with this evening.

Is this team good enough to stop the Red machine or is it one that is about to get steamrollered this evening at the Emirates? 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 predicted line up (for comparison) here

JustArsenal match preview here

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        1. Yes, that is gud lineup for Mikel arteta he want to saw abuba that even without him arsenal can still invisible in premier league record πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺπŸ’―

    1. But Sue is he going to be match fit and sharp tonight?by the way Orstein has revealed today that despite having 3 years left on his contract MAN his arsenal career is over,with the player wanting to leave and blaming the lack of trust MA has for him and the lack of game time especially in midfield,himself and his representatives contrary to the club who wants to wait for the conclusion of the season they want to be allowed to look at the different offers from English and German club’s and other options now!this one will happens for sure!back to the game in hand,I hate using cliche but after our loss all I want is a win I don’t care how we do it penalty,VAR…..I couldn’t care less! COYG

      1. Probably not, Siamois, but can be subbed at half time if he’s struggling..
        That’s a shame about Ainsley… I thought he was a keeper (haha not GK!!)…. makes me wonder who else we’ll let go??
        Yes, I’d love a win, even an ugly one….. COYG

        1. A keeper but not a GK, good one Sue!I agree with you,all I want is a win and couldn’t care less how we get it and i am not ashamed to say it!1-0 for Arsenal,even if it means pool having the most possession and we have to defend most of the game!

        2. Before I forgot I need to thank you and ozziegunner for your response to my comment about Serge Aurier younger brother shot dead in the earlier hours of Monday,hours after the NFL, especially after reading one disgraceful comment after yours!the reason I went off,I didn’t want to type something I would later regret anyway!let,s hope and be positive Sue!πŸ‘

  1. Wow…MA has gat something on his sleeve tonight..Auba not starting hmm quite interesting…#COYG

      1. He needs rest but the likes of Xhaka will never rest. I still don’t know what Xhaka contributes to Arsenal. He is slow, poor decision making, he can’t dribble, he can’t mark well. He can’t assist. He only has long range passes. I will like to know why he is always no 1 on the starting line up.

        1. Maybe you are referring to another xhaka. At the moment, arsenal can’t afford to lose Xhaka

        2. The managers know better than us. What can I say….

          Maybe there’s something (on and off) the pitch he brings that we don’t know. I m not Xhaka biggest fan but he seems to be doing better than he was under the former managers

        3. Seems you’ve been blind to the fact that Xhaka actually makes our midfield tick, and without him we’ve been much more worse

  2. I’m just hoping we dont get embarrassed and before anyone says I should be more positive, I was before the spurs game and look what happened there. I know we can win I just dont think we will . But stranger things have happened before

  3. 4-3-3 to counter Klopp’s 4-3-3 πŸ˜‚:

    ……………………… Martinez
    Soares . Luiz . Holding . Tierney
    …………………….. Xhaka
    ………… Torreira …………. Saka
    Pepe ………………………………….. Nelson
    ……………………… Lacazette

    I think Liverpool players would likely not play with 100% energy, since they have won EPL. I’d still be happy if they let us win deliberately

    1. I think its a 343
      Tieney in the back 3
      Cedric and saka as wingbacks
      Nelson and pepe as wingers

  4. Am glad too sue.Torreira always play well against Liverpool. Chuxzzy, I smell something too. He has a plan. COYG

      1. Sue had a good feeling about Torreira tonight which I honestly doubted,well done, credit where it’s due!,πŸ‘

  5. Looks like Arteta isn’t too bothered with the cup semi then! So many of them shouldn’t even be playing today, they need rest.

    Yes its Liverpool, but its a meaningless fixture for us right now. We should be putting everything into the City game, which now we can’t. In context of where we are right now, and how soon the City game is, this is Arteta’s worst team selection…even if he has changed it up a little.

    1. Mustafi, Bellerin, Auba, Ceballos, are all being rested. Saka was rested last week, Lacazette isn’t a consistent starter. Xhaka and David Luiz aren’t really players that I would classify as ones that tire easily and need a lot of rest. Tierney is the only player that is close to being “overplayed” that is playing today. I dont think many fans would be happy if Arteta put out a bunch of kids and squad players against the best team in the league and we got embarrassed at home

    2. If Arteta had put out a squad filled with kids, you lots would still attack him before kickoff and attack him after losing the game.
      Just chill FFS.
      Can’t you guys do without complaining every moment?

        1. It’s not like they’ve been playing games every 2/3/4 days is it now Dan kit! Well if we pick up injuries today or players are fatigued for the cup semi, because of our pointless fixture today, you’d say that was good management?

      1. No I would applaud that! Majority
        of the senior team need dropping anyway, regardless of a cup semi.

  6. I would have preferred to see Niles inseated of Nelson and watch Saka move to the left wing

    1. What can you do as rookie manager, Arteta is a gumbler and rightly so.No score predictions. come on you reds!

      1. Lord Denning:for the last few weeks you were relatively quiet until our loss to Spurs,now you’re everywhere must have have a good for you, getting the opportunity to tell us how right you were about MA and the team, you should be ashamed of yourself man calling yourself an Arsenal of fan!

  7. Can someone pls tell me why Xhaka is always no 1 on the starting line up bcs I hardly notice any meaningful thing he contributes.

  8. Good to see Auba, Mustafi getting the rest they need.
    City had a whole lot of players rested today. Good luck.
    The result doesn’t matter to me tonight, if they get a win, good for the morale. If they don’t, still good, it means we won’t be going to the Europa league, which is what I want.

    P.S: Regarding Guardiola’s attack on Wenger, Ferguson and others.

    Arsene Wenger’s net spend from 96-2012 was 26million pounds.
    Arsenal’s highest record signing was 15Million pounds before they signed Ozil in 2013.
    So Pep saying Wenger spent and bought success back then is crap!
    The complete Invincibles team all cost less than 40 million pounds back then.
    I can tolerate questioning Wenger’s later years and tactics but not the man’s integrity.
    Same Wenger people accused of cheap buys & free transfers..? That bald fraud over there at Manchester City is insecure

    1. Have not seen Pep saying that, how dare him! He could have made many fair comparisons but with Wenger, he must be quite lunatic to say that!

      1. I doubt he even believed what was coming out of his mouth. Just trying to desperately defend himself. It’s really got nothing to do with Pep either. It’s the City owners and corruption among UEFA.

        1. RSH It has everything to do with Pep.
          The man is clearly bitter, and since he couldn’t defend himself and his club breaching FFP, he resorted to calling names and attacking a whole lot of successful coach.
          It’d be reasonable if he mentioned Ferguson and Mourinho, bit including Wenger in the list of people who bought success?
          The man is clearly bitter and only proved he has no honour.
          I don’t question his managerial skills, but it was a dumb move for him to involve Wenger in order to defend himself

          1. What im saying is that Pep is not the accountant at City. Pep is the manager. Media is asking the wrong person. Pressure should be on the Sheiks, and on UEFA. Pep is dumb for dragging Wenger into this because managers have little to do with that actual issue.

  9. Dug
    Our
    Grave.

    5-0 to them is very kind. They have nothing left to play for so they’re going all out as champions.
    Yes we have the cup semifinal, but do we seriously have any chance of winning that? City are on a roll too, they’re not losing in a million years!

    1. On the contrary. Liverpool have won EPL, so they’d likely avoid injuries and high risk in this game. I don’t think they’d be serious

  10. He can be rotating due to fatigue since we dropped after the 70th minute last match. He is probably thinking of FA cup.

    4 at the back, extra guy in the middle, Luiz and Holding are not the fastest defenders in the league, midfield and fullbacks will have a tough job to do.

  11. I suspect this will be the last straw unfortunately for AMN who could well move in the transfer window.He is a talented player who will I am sure attract a lot of interest from other Premier League sides and further afield .I find it difficult to understand why he has never been given a real chance, particularly in midfield, and you only have to look at his display when he came on in the good away win against Wolves , to realize how quick and capable he is.I hope I am wrong in reading too much into his omission today but regrettably I think this is the last throw of the rice for him.Strong Liverpool side who I think will edge it.

    1. Agree. This side isn’t good enough that AMN should not be getting consistent game time either. I will be very sad if we lose him.

      1. So that’s 3 of us who think AMN should be in the side on a regular basis.
        Pity Arteta doesn’t see it that way. But of course AMN had the nerve to voice his opinion on where he should play. Obviously Arteta had to stamp down on that – “only ‘yes men’ allowed in my team.”

        1. 4. Always held out hope that he would get his chance. Hated to hear it had finally come time for him to move.

    2. It is Grandpa,Orstein revealed that despite having 3 years left he made his mind to leave due to the lack of trust from MA and a lack of playing game especially in his favored position in midfield,he has offers from English and German club’s,best outcome for both parties me think,sell him but with a buy back close or a sell on percentage for sure!

  12. I can’t imagine anything other than a comfortable Liverpool win. Hopefully a few players can show us some quality tonight. Would be great to see something special from Pepe or Saka and a good performance from Nelson would be nice. Give us some cause for a little optimism for next season.

  13. whats arsenals record defeat in prem league!!!!could b beat 2nite .the wresler kola subs waste harry clarke trae coyle would been better why not.COYG

  14. Arteta knows that only hope of europe is the cup which is a massive long shot so he rightly rests the two players — aube and ceballos — who might do something against city — even so why nelson starts is a mystery to me unless its to parade him for potential buyers … hoping that soares holding and tiernay can begin to gel … luiz is a fixture along with xhaka but both have to be replaced for next season if we are going to escape mid-table mediocrity

    1. This will get very embarrassing very quickly. Ffs buy some defenders who can defend because this is pathetic

    1. I might even suggest that maybe the players aren’t playing for arteta already because what other reason can there be for not actually trying

      1. Give it a break mate, the season is already over. We all knew all of this is over.
        We all knew there’s no way we’re winning this game with our squad.
        Liverpool are champions for a reason.
        Just watch the game peacefully

    1. Is training session for Liverpool. At least there is no pressure this game. I feel calm knowing this game means nothing.

      1. I will gladly eat some humble pies. Can’t believe we held on in the second half. For a change we took advantage of some gifts from Pool.

  15. Lol…Just look at what Nelson just did with that chance.
    That boy and Saka ain’t on the same level at all

    1. I get attacked by all sort of people whenever I say Nelson is not good enough hahaha. There is a huge difference between saka and Nelson for sure.

      1. Many ppl watched him in the academy where he was actually amazing. Many times it does not translate to the mens game, and it’s looking like that at the moment. Just did one over on VVD while I’m writing this tho hahaha!

  16. Didn’t take long. Nothing will ever change with this lot. Looks like we might finish in the lower half of the table this season..

      1. It seems Raul Sanllehi talking with different name…
        It always feels whenever read your posts

        1. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Please and please I am nothing close to that fraud. With time y’all will see that man is just an upgraded version of Gazidis.
          Mate I’ve been singing it since last season that I dont want another season of Europa league, everyone would bear me witness. I didn’t see a single game of our Europa league games this season. So for me, it’s so far so goodπŸ˜‚πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘

          Oh it’s 1-1 now

          1. I wrote that because I have been observing your posts quite sometime….
            And from your post I can see the way defend current situation at the club , it’s gets the impression that you are one of Management buddies…

          2. Lol…Kedar my dislike for this current regime isn’t hidden. Maybe you just haven’t noticed. I say my mind a lot, also I don’t think I’ve ever defended the current situation at the club.
            Right now the only person I’m standing behind is Arteta, the board and hierarchy can go EFF themselves, I don’t trust them. Most especially Raul.
            It’s why we all keep singing anyway that hope Arteta gets backed.
            Mate I want us back the top, not this crap.

  17. Arteta looks beat already..

    How some of these guys can call themselves footballers is beyond me. Pretenders, maybe!

    For a game that is a must win we look like we’re in a practice match!

    1. Must win ? Are season is over mate. The only hope is in the FA cup and you know who we are facing there haha. This is a training session for Liverpool

    2. Tiring I know right, hopefully just as Ornstein keeps saying, the club move out players this summer.
      Even Arteta knows he needs reinforcements

        1. I know you are watching the game with one eye open right now. There is no way an arsenal fan can stay away lol

      1. Suddenly they’re the ones making wrong passes. The question is can our boys keep IP with the intensity.
        Another mistake another goal.
        Suddenly Van Dijk is David LuizπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

          1. Lol.. I doubt Klopp would listen to me.
            He needs to give us Van Dijk because VD is currently looking at emulating David Luiz

  18. Wannabe Arteta don’t know what he is doing. He’s a complete no gooder. Just a middle aged guy who want to be a big coach. But he isn’t a big coach and he will never be. To watch this clown-football is too painful. For me the years of “gooning” is over. A grown up person sitting there biting his nails over something this stupid. It’s humiliating. I’ve said that if we miss Partey, a player who could be a keyfigur for a rebuilding of Asn’l, I have seen my last game of football. When we now seem to have missed him – why should a worldclass player in a worldclass team come to Ashburton and play for wannabe Arteta – it’s finally over, this humiliating XXX, and it’s such a relief. I’m free.

    1. Hush man husssssshh!!
      Watch the game in peace, laugh mate, don’t get get drowned in depressionπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    2. With fans like you know wonder our fanbase is a complete laughing stock, hopefully yes you have seen your last game of football, bye bye you shan’t be missed!! πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹

      1. He actually said his last game?πŸ˜‚
        I didn’t see that.
        Robert, don’t forget to shut the behind you my boy!!
        Not looking forward to see you backπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ‘Œ

    1. Woooow. What is going on. There is something strange about this game. We are winning for now so we should be happy.

  19. There is strong tussle going on between Mane and Holding…
    Mane can’t beat Holding Physically..

      1. He’s built like a lock . you don’t need that much pace in the engine room . Just height , strength and jumping.

  20. Liverpool weren’t serious at all, but I’m happy with the two goals. Great work rate by Lacazette and Nelson, whereas Pepe is still confused

    1. Mate don’t start with the Liverpool are not being serious thing. They were forced to make mistakes, Lacazette and Nelson did well.
      I don’t want to see Pepe against City though

    2. I know where you’re coming from but they should care.

      I remember thousands of years ago when we won the league in 1991 I think. I was at the last home game as we thrashed Coventry 6-1. That was the proper mentality! League already won but giving no mercy.

      We need that again

  21. Well we forced errors of the worlds best keeper and defender
    Laca isπŸ’―πŸ’―πŸ’―πŸ’―πŸ’―πŸ’―πŸ’―

    COYG

  22. Kola should never start any game again… Holding looks very hungry. We need this type of hunger.

  23. Too much moaning here. Let me keep watching from the side. At least we are leading at the moment. Our fans keep belittling us and insulting the coach.
    Fine!

      1. It’s cheating, plain and simple! This is ridiculous. VAR is ALWAYS against us it seems. They would never slow that tape down and make it look as bad as possible because it’s a Liverpool player. Total sham. They should be playing with 10 men this half.

        1. I agree with you. Especially when you consider the VAR decision that got Nketiah sent off. Liverpool has benefitted from VAR this season. Also our 2-2 draw against palace. I still don’t understand why that goal we scored was disallowed

  24. Sensible changes… Everyone will be needed on Saturday.
    Pepe can play 90mins tonight and sit City out

  25. We need to support Arteta. If we are not going to get Partey, then we should look at the option of playing Liz in DM position next season

    1. I honestly believe we are lucky to have arteta as our manager, don’t think there is a better suited coach for us at the moment. The guy is hungry, motivated and knows the club inside out.

  26. We’re struggling to get out.. Lots of Liverpool pressure. Just as well Liverpool have gifted us 2 goals!!

  27. Cant get out of our own half. We desperately need better more technical midfielders next season.
    It’s been 5 years since we last best Liverpool.

  28. How the hell didnt VAR check that tackle on saka, same as nketiah was sent off for. No wonder I guess, as corrupt as the Pl refereeing is. On another note, I am happy that mustafi and almunia plays for liverpool today.

      1. Yeah but VAR wasted no time to check that tackle from Xhaka on Origi I think it was. Absolute rubbish.

      2. Corruption RSH?
        We were told only the likes of AFTV believe in that-I would love to see how this decision can be explained away, other than corrupt officials not doing their jobs – like reviewing the tackle from the TV pitch side camera.

        A real confidence building result for the semi final and let’s all remember the last cup semi and final results…when we beat both city and chelsea…It could just happen again.

        Did Arteta play any of his favourites tonight? What an excellent rear guard display from our team – congrats to you all and Mikel for getting such a gutsy performance after Sundays defeat.

  29. We accuse Mourinho for being defensive and parking bus…
    We are doing the same thing, with joy difference is he do it by choice we are doing because we don’t have any choice…
    And we will call this as our resilience at the back but for others we will call as parking bus

  30. 🀩🀩🀩🀩🀩🀩🀩🀩🀩🀩🀩🀩

  31. A goal and a assist plus victory as captain for the night.

    Lacazette for captain in our next match too… Lol

  32. We won! The players worked very hard today and I hope this shows that before every game, no matter what the form of our team is, no matter what the lineup is and no matter who our opponents are, we should always cheer Arsenal to shoot em up, even if they use wet bullets like today! For me we are the best team in the world no matter what! And yeah Liverpool wanted our tag! Look what has happened to them because of daring to mention themselves in the same breath as our invincibles. No progress in champs league, FA cup, league cup. And now no championship winners with record points or even no centurions!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Happy for everyone who was sad after the spuds loss, including Sue as I know you don’t like the scousers! Let’s win the FA cup now. COYG!!

    1. What a lovely comment, Sid πŸ‘ thanks for that, that really was needed after Sunday! My daughter is happy too, as she’s a City fan!! πŸ™‚
      Yes, AFC will always be the greatest team the world has ever seen!!!
      #WeAreInvincible!!!!

      1. Just have to say this Ozil would easily have put that ball in with beauty😊..is good at that

  33. Listening to Arteta is making me warm all over. He is his own man, knows what is needed, honest and possibly sending out a plea to Kroenke for investment

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