Official Arsenal team to face Man Utd – Pepe gets a recall

Official Arsenal team – new forward line from Mikel Arteta.

A truly massive game for both sides, especially with Tottenham losing at Southampton and Chelsea drawing at Brighton earlier today.

A win for the Red Devils would see them cement the fifth spot and go within two points of fourth-placed Chelsea. A win for Arsenal would see them go within three points of Tottenham and four points of United.

So, you can see what a win would do and of course, the reverse is also true of a loss, especially for Arsenal who could end the night just four points above the relegation zone.

To some degree the Arsenal team has picked itself, a combination of a long injury list and out of form players has combined to force Arteta’s hand, especially in defence.

What do you think of this team? Is this team good enough to beat Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men and collect all three points?

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 Arsenal.com you will be able to get live commentary text and Arsenal radio.

JustArsenal match preview here

133 Comments

  1. Sue says:

    Come on Arsenal!! Ooh Kolasinac is back 👊

    1. SueP says:

      Blimey Sue,
      didn’t seem that teamsheet coming!

      1. Sue says:

        Been waiting ages to see PAL (& Ozil!) 😉

        1. Benjamin says:

          Me too, and Toreira and Xhaka at the middle.

          1. Sue says:

            Torreira has been superb! Actually they all have 👍

  2. Impenia says:

    Assuming Sokratis and Sead are truly fit, I think the team looks very solid. I’m quite confident about this one.

    1. gotanidea says:

      Arsenal usually can’t contain the opposition’s runners. Man United’s speedsters, Martial, James and Rashford, are on fire

    2. Mogunna says:

      No, it is same wrong formation , 2 defending midfields makes us defensive with a scary CB pair.

      We will draw or lose, same wrong formation.

      As long as we don’t play 4-1 in the back, Luiz as DM infront of defense, it just can’t be a change! Just logic!

      Arteta is a catastrophy, an assistant coach as Manager of a top club says it all …

      1. Mykel says:

        You are the catastrophe, a “pull the team down” kinda fan. If as a collective, the team aint doing good, why not be positive for once????

      2. Gunnerphilic says:

        Now that we are 2-0 up, what do you say Mogunna?

        Let’s believe in this team. You need to stop underating Arsenal and overating any and every opposition we play against. You really need to.

      3. Danny Mc says:

        You are a fool

      4. Gunner says:

        wrong formation ya men… so what is right formation mr Mogunna manager. BTW 2 – 0 is good for wrong formation.

      5. chabaloah says:

        A very uninformed opinion. It’s about systems and creating patterns, phases and progression of play. Xhaka Torreira Ozil is our best midfield, provided Ozil drops deep enough to help out and from our last 2 performances I’d say we will be fine

  3. gotanidea says:

    Glad to have Kolasinac back. But I’m worried of Lacazette, Pepe and Sokratis, because they have been ordinary lately

    1. Femlard says:

      they have been ordinary all season not lately

    2. Reggie says:

      It does seem that as the pressure grows, Arteta, like the previous managers is reverting to the older players. I was going to say experienced but they have only let the side down, it is a worrying sign Arteta cant trust the younger players but can the ones that are letting us down. Still i hope he is right in what he is doing.

      1. gotanidea says:

        I just hope our old players wouldn’t get skinned by Man United’s young attackers

        Martial, Lingard, James and Rashford are energetic and very quick. I don’t think our two central midfielders could keep them away from our defenders, so Maitland-Niles’ help in midfield would be crucial

      2. Cliff says:

        Those young players have actually been overplayed. How many of Sakas age mates have recorded first team minutes like him in the EPL?
        Its because we have no depth in our squad and as you said yesterday on another thread we have no money to improve it so let’s content with what we have.

        1. Danny Mc says:

          Messi started playing at 17 Gant stopped since stop talking bollox

      3. Gunners says:

        2 – 0 so what say u…

    3. I says:

      I would drop Lacazette and start Nelson at the moment. Try Pepe in a free role while swapping wings with Nelson. Auba through the middle.

  4. Eddie says:

    I love the lineup, only thing I’d love to change is Lacazette for Martinelli. We really don’t need Lacazette being wasteful in more games. I hope he shows up today, so far he’s been getting his chances but has failed to impress..
    We need to win this, nothing would ruin today other than losing and seeing the British Michael Jackson coming from the bench to score the winning goal.
    It’s a positive line up, I love the fact that Arteta constantly goes for the win.
    Also happy new year everyone.. I’ve had a long day, was away with the family.
    Let’s win this

    1. Sue says:

      Happy New Year, Eddie!! 🍻

      1. Eddie says:

        Happy new year Sue!! Hope you have a prosperous 2020

    2. McLovin says:

      Martinelli is out..

      1. Rory johnson says:

        Hes on the bench lol

        1. Rory johnson says:

          Osh my bad read Martinez as martenelli lol

    3. GB says:

      Martinelli not in squad, not fit.

  5. Wes says:

    Abt damn time we gun down this devils hoping for a headshot

  6. kev says:

    If Arsenal can’t beat this average Utd side then I believe the panic button should now be pressed. I’ve watched them and they’ve average. They were average against Burnley but still won and Watford offered almost nothing but still beat them. There’s no excuse for anyone today and as we see the hyped OPAL start. Let’s see if they live up to expectations. We really need this win to kickstart something good. Off we go!

    1. Simon says:

      Even man city and Liverpool couldn’t beat this man utd?

      1. kev says:

        City weren’t at their best and quite frankly that match could’ve gone either way. City are scrapping wins at home these days as opposed to the times they used to trash teams. Watford beat Utd while offering nothing and Utd scrapped a win at Burnley. Arsenal couldn’t also beat Bournemouth, which but for a fluke win at Chelsea us on something like six consecutive losses. If Arsenal lose this match the panic button should be pressed

    2. Impenia says:

      Every team beating Bournemoth except Arsenal. That says a lot.

      1. kev says:

        I said it weeks back that Bournemouth was one of our most easiest fixtures because of how dire they’ve been. A shame noone believed me. They’re just a Zahaless Crystal Palace. If we lose this match I for one will be in panic mode. The likes of Brighton,Wolves,Aston Villa and Southampton away haven’t even come yet

        1. Cliff says:

          Sorry Kev.The panic button was pressed long ago.You must be very brave if that alarm wasn’t so loud to alert you.Unless you are sailing on a different boat.

          1. kev says:

            I hadn’t pressed it already because I believe at home our fortunes might be different. This match will tell me a lot. The away losses are nothing new to me. It is how we perform at home that will determine our season

      2. Gunner says:

        Come on men, everybody know the team was down under emery. Let see what arteta can do.

  7. Reggie says:

    Pretty much as i would expect Arteta to pick but huge question marks on many players to be answered. Xhaka keeps getting picked and he is dire, can ozil last longer than 35 mins, will lacca get his shooting boots on, how will amn and kola do. We need a big big performance but I still am worried certain players will let us down. COYG

    1. Gunner says:

      Then who else you want arteta to play. Crying baby guendouzi? So funny everyone think they are a manager. Xhaka only solution for now. He is good player under wenger and for swiss national team but useless under emery. That the manager that shape the player.

  8. Lorraine Stenton says:

    Martinelli is not on bench, that is Martinez.

  9. Lenohappy says:

    Why do we keep playing auba at the wings just to accommodate laca who has been awful all season. Auba is a goal machine and he should be starting through the middle not on the wings.

  10. towny254 says:

    Sign Cantwell from Norwich good hard-working player and can score goals

  11. Jim will fix it says:

    Strongest team he can pick but will still not win – no fault of Arteta though as he has crap around him!
    I would get rid of Laca for Martinellini and probs would have started Holding for Papa! Apart from that he has no other viable choices to run with!

  12. agu eman says:

    Man United could not beat Arsenal at Old Trafford.
    And that under the supposed clueless Unai.
    So why should they win at the Emirates?
    Should be a wild and woolly encounter with shots
    flying into goal and into row Z (Rashford).
    Pepe Lacazette are due a goal haul.
    All the other challengers for 4th place lost points today.
    This is a golden opportunity to get back up to the level
    Emery had the team after 8 games when we were a point behind Man City.
    Arsenal 12 Man U 7.

    1. Jim will fix it says:

      Aguuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

  13. raylord says:

    yes its fine but I will advice at one point in fixtures like this which are congested ,needs to give players rest, like Leno could have been given some rest to make him look fresh, meaning if the bench have no confidence in martenez they have to sign another keeper.

  14. RSH says:

    That CB pairing is among our worst. Maybe the worst, and it doesn’t even have mustafi. Being realistic I’d take a draw. Lacazette is still upfront as well, so need to prepare my mind to watch 90 minutes of that.

  15. SueP says:

    Higher, higher!!

    1. agu eman says:

      17-14 🙂

      1. Jim will fix it says:

        Aguuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu
        I want to see your face Aguuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

  16. Sue says:

    OT.. Eddie’s coming back

  17. SAGooner says:

    Unless this team actually plays like a team, I see difficulty with this lineup. ANYBODY but Lacazette, backline not inpressive. Really hope they prove me wrong!

  18. avenger says:

    I hope we put on good show today with lots of goals!! I don’t want to hear we played well even if we lose

  19. Kam says:

    Strongest, most attacking lineup I’ve seen all season with OPAL finally starting in arguably the fixture with the most history for us apart from Spurs and people are moaning before a ball is kicked

  20. Chuxzzy1 says:

    Our problem today may likely be the 2 CB..especially sokratic

    1. Gunner says:

      YESSSSSS definitely. 1 CB contribute 1 goal. So what.

  21. Ackshay says:

    That ladies and gentlemen is the reason AMN will never be a good enough. Zero brain and passion

  22. s says:

    we don’t know how to foul i.e. deceive the referees lol

  23. SueP says:

    Yes!!!!!!

  24. sol says:

    Links to streams pls

  25. Eddie says:

    Loving this team under Arteta!!
    PEA should’ve scored that!! We need these goals
    Now the commentator just said it’s become very clear what a good coach Arteta is

  26. S says:

    Against The Run Of Play, say journalists. Don’t trust our defenders to keep it 1-0, or our midfield to create any more chances for us…

  27. PabloX says:

    Admin could you paste link pls..

  28. thulani says:

    Hello Gunners, does anyone have a link to catch the match on?

  29. Ackshay says:

    Another crooked ref great

  30. Dendrite says:

    Here is the link to the game

    1. Gily says:

      All of them, referees are the same.

      1. Gily says:

        Sorry Dendrite, that response was meant for Ackshay.

  31. Gily says:

    Impressive!
    Arsenal has been playing with real swagger this night. They’ve actually lost a number of chances to put this match to bed.

    1. Skills1000 says:

      Yes. especially that Torrera Miss. COYG. So far, so good

      1. Gily says:

        I will say all of them, except Niles who imo has been a little panicky.
        But the coach has drawn closer to help him out.

  32. Sue says:

    Yessssssss!!!! Get in there

  33. Chuxzzy1 says:

    3 point in the bag

  34. Eddie says:

    Get in!! 2-0
    Where are the Arteta doubters now??

    1. Godswill says:

      I apologized since last game against Chelsea even though we lost.

  35. SueP says:

    Blimey
    Sokratis
    Blimey

  36. Gily says:

    Arsenal, Arsenal, Arsenal, Arsenal…

    I’m sure the PGMO will give serious warning to that ref to do something more drastic.

    1. @kev
      PEPE is a top player.Relax!!!

  37. Skills1000 says:

    Wow. Arteta is the man. 2 goals up.

  38. Dan says:

    Not over yet remember our defending concede the next goal then be panic stations but great start really impressed with Arteta so far got much better team shape and every player putting a shift in!!

  39. Sue says:

    My oh my, what a half! Brilliant

    1. Mohsan says:

      Absolutely fantastic, that’s why I always wanted Arteta to have the job. He has brought our football back, playing to each players strength instead of playing them out of position. …that crisp passing my oh my. Best first half of whole year.

      1. Sue says:

        Too right, Mohsan. I loved it. Everyone put a shift in, can’t fault anything (well maybe the ref 😂😂)

        1. Mohsan says:

          Hahaha…just want Kola to calmn down a bit. Don’t want him to get another yellow for silly push n ruin is wonderful night so far.

          1. Sue says:

            Yes, I have a feeling that ref would love to brandish the red card!

  40. Dendrite says:

    The PGMOL will give the referee a hammering during half-time :-)) We need to see-off this match by second half and not grow complacent.

  41. gotanidea says:

    All usual suspects have amazingly stepped up, including Lacazette, Sokratis, Luiz, Xhaka and Pepe, thanks to the effect of the prestigious big game at home and their experience at the Chelsea match

    Kolasinac is good in one-on-one as usual, everytime he plays as an attacking LB. He just needs to remember that he is already on yellow card

    1. Skills1000 says:

      The board now needs to support Arteta in the transfer window. And we will have an amazing team. we are getting our team back. we need a third goal and it is game over.

      1. Mohsan says:

        I wish we can some how make Varane to buy our project vision n sign for us from Madrid. He needs a new challenge n one thing is for sure our defence is a challenge. Hahaha

  42. GOONERBRI says:

    We have our arsenal back

  43. Gerald says:

    love how Kolasinac has intimidated D.James so far!!

  44. Gily says:

    UE made this team a shit team. FL brought them back to 10minutes team. Now MA is making us 30 to 45minutes team.
    Let’s hope the round completes soonest – hopefully today.

  45. mickmematethemasterfarter says:

    the way arteta uses subs is gona b sooo crucial…as with the next goal

    1. Mohsan says:

      Yeah, to play with this intensity will take some time for players to get use to so we definitely need subs to come on at right time n keep the balance of the team.

    2. eagles007 says:

      Lol…we just have to hope ds guys don’t run out of gas…

  46. Mohsan says:

    I have been saying this for long but no one believed our squad is not bad as ppl make it out to be, with right manager this squad would have easily finished in top 3. We just need two quality CBs in summer n a good CM …we will be challenging for trophies.

    1. Reddb10 says:

      Mohan
      Our squad is not good mate. You have to go down to the bottom of the PL table to find a team with players that you pick ours over theirs. Many changes needed ASAP if we want european football next season.

  47. Aracca says:

    7 shots, 3 on target, 90% pass accuracy..
    Everything Emery couldn’t do!! We had matches with zero shots in 45mins☹️☹️☹️

    1. Benjamin says:

      Emery was a nightmare. I never thought that he really was Arsenal coach.

      1. Ackshay says:

        I’m pretty sure the players didn’t understand a thing emery said to them. I sure didn’t understand his interviews.

  48. SadGunner says:

    If kids get into the team as substitute then start panicking….Otherwise we are going to win this game…

  49. Kedar says:

    Sensible by Arteta…
    Pépé was loosing ball often..

    1. Ackshay says:

      Our team isn’t physically prepared to play arteta intense style. We dropped off after 40min.

      I am absolutely loving seeing them hunt the ball down like a raptors pack.

      1. RSH says:

        Good, because the best teams all play with this intensity. United’s lack of intensity is exactly why they are losing now. More cramps to come from our players as they finally learn they need to be present for the entire 90 minutes of a match.

  50. Kedar says:

    Again pretty sensible..
    He is already on yellow.

  51. Gily says:

    This referee is an embarasment

  52. Kedar says:

    We are only defending….
    No going forward… This is dangerous for us..

    1. Benjamin says:

      Yes, we have to defend not to make mistake. This kind of football is not what I enjoy. Let them defend and make a mistake.

  53. Ackshay says:

    Lol Reiss Nelson playing the drunken man falling every 30 sec. Time to learn to regularly check your equipment rather than checking your social media.

  54. Krish says:

    Xhaka is playing brilliant under arteta.. as is the whole team

    1. Gunner says:

      That the reason wenger buy him for 30 million but clueless emery don’t know how to develop him.

  55. Gily says:

    Lacazette the worst culprit squandering our clear chances

  56. SueP says:

    Our stamina is coming into play
    But they have absolutely played for the team
    COYG
    Proud and pleased for their grit

  57. Gerald says:

    Torreira MOTM!!!

    1. SueP says:

      They are all my men of the match
      Brilliant
      Amazing
      I didn’t think they would show THIS much pride but they have
      Awesome response to months of misery
      Arteta deserves a resounding slap on the back

      1. Gerald says:

        I’m crying

      2. Gily says:

        I thought he deserved a pat and not a slap? You funny fellow

  58. Skills1000 says:

    We are gradually moving up the table. Wow. We need to win against Crystal Palace also. Good job done.

  59. Dan the cannon says:

    Just what we needed. Hopefully the negatives on here will now take a day off!

  60. Sekman says:

    Nelson is sooo sh1t

    1. Eagles007 says:

      Can’t believe this guy was the reason iwobi was sold…good guy LT

      1. Gunner says:

        Clueless emery that sold iwobi, release ramsey for free. Now you know why PSG not renew emery contract.

  61. Truth says:

    Best day of the year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  62. Skills1000 says:

    It seems David Luiz has improved tremendously since Arteta came in. Good job.

  63. Aracca says:

    If we had maintained our win over chelsea, we would be equal points with them, with only goal difference between us ☹️☹️☹️

  64. Truth says:

    So many positives. Aubamayang’s defending, Laca’s hustle, Ozil’s dedication, and vision. A clean sheet and another big game for Torreira. A goal for Pepe from open play.

    They just need to work on their fitness.

  65. Eagles007 says:

    Mikel arteta is gradually proving those who think is highly inexperienced to manage a team as arsenal….

  66. Eagles007 says:

    Mikel arteta is gradually proving those who think is highly inexperienced to manage a team as arsenal wrong…

  67. Danny Mc says:

    Hi admin why does my post not appear beneath the person I’m replying too?

  68. Anda00 says:

    Nice to have a win and a clean sheet..well done boys

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