Official Arsenal team to face Manchester City – Martinelli starts

It is a relief that we are not playing a Premier League match this evening, a distraction is required and the Carabao Cup is just that.

It is almost impossible to make a case for an Arsenal win against Pep Guardiola’s men at the Emirates tonight but that was also said in the FA Cup semi-finals and we all know what happened there.

It is a very different scenario right now, especially for Arsenal but that does not mean that the lads cannot pull off another shock.

This is the Arsenal team to start against the Citizens.

Do you think this team is good enough to give City a hard time this evening?

Is there any hope that Mikel Arteta can repeat his magic against his former boss?

Leave us your comments below and maybe predict the score at the same time.

Also, if you go to the official Arsenal website here you will be able to get live commentary text and radio.

JustArsenal predicted Arsenal team (for comparison) here
JustArsenal match preview here

Tags Arsenal Team Arsenal v Man City Carabao Cup


  1. Sue says:

    Gabi 🤩

    1. Declan says:

      Two Gabi’s 😜

      1. Sue says:

        😂 spoilt for choice!!
        Disappointed ESR isn’t starting though, Declan…

        1. Declan says:

          I’m always disappointed he doesn’t start.

          1. Weeble says:


  2. gotanidea says:

    3-4-3 or 3-5-2? Looking forward to see Martinelli

    1. Gunner23 says:

      mustafi gabriel sead
      Cedric Elneny Dani AMN
      Willock Laca Martinelli

      seems like a 343

      1. gotanidea says:

        It’d likely be like that. I guess Arteta wants to compete in the ball possession department, hence Willock starts ahead of Pepe

  3. RT says:

    Sooo sick of seeing these mediocre players in the starting line up!!!!
    Should start even more youngsters!
    Kola, laca need to jog on

    1. towny254 says:

      RT and Willock Balogun should have started Dani better turn in a shift

  4. Gworm says:

    AMN to man mark Mahrez?

  5. Alberto I Gonzalez says:

    Ok RT who would you play instead of Elneny and Dani?
    Nketiah for Laca?

    Typical crying already

    1. RT says:

      When did I mention elneny and dani?🤣😂typical misread…
      And yes either nketiah or possibly a risk on balagun… what has laca done this season to deserve a start?

  6. Phenom says:

    I am afraid we can’t win. City have deployed a full string squad.

    Ederson, Cancelo, Laporte, Dias, Zinchenko, Fernandinho, Rodri, Mahrez, Bernardo, Foden and Gabriel Jesus.

    1. Sue says:

      Steffen’s in goal, Phenom…

      1. Phenom says:

        Thanks Sue, my mistake.

    2. Declan says:

      7 changes for us v 6 changes for city.

    3. CorporateMan says:

      No Ederson. But I agree it’s a strong City team.
      I’ll just relax and enjoy any positives that may come from the youngsrers

  7. vieiralynn says:

    great plan…nothing opens up an offence more than having at least 7 of 11 starters there primarily for defensive purposes…here’s hoping we get a shot on target

  8. Jimmy James says:

    A chance for some of our youngsters to shine. Hope Martinelli plays well and scores. Puts him closer to a starting place in the Prem. City team looks strong. As we are underdogs by a country mile, hopefully this will stop the fear that’s rife among so many of our team. Bring it on.

    1. SueP says:

      You never know!

  9. Kieron Blandford says:

    Nothing like a nice easy competitor and a non pl game to enable a win and rebuild of confidence lost.
    I wonder if Pepe and Willian will show for the ball and actually run a little tonight?
    Pepes whole body exudes ‘Hey I’m.chilled, laid back!’ Makes me want to give him a shake!

    In Ligue 1 he was tremendous I was so excited when we signed him….hmmm
    No I see Traore at Villa and think theres the one we should have gone for.
    Coyg win or lose, compete hard and fast and make us proud 🙂

    1. Declan says:

      Pepé and Willian are not starting 🤣

  10. Roachie says:

    Why isn’t ESR getting a game?

    1. Sue says:


    2. RT says:

      King dani!!

  11. Kieron Blandford says:

    You mentioned Kola.
    Dont forget around now players out of.favour or who havent played much will get a little game time. Placing them in the ‘shop window’
    Kola is one I think they want to sell aoing with one or two of our 20 or so CBS:-)

    1. RT says:

      Good call, hadn’t thought of that

  12. S says:

    Cedric at left back? Granted the team sheet gives nothing away wrt formation but still.
    And a former gunner has just put Brentford through. He certainly doesn’t miss us

  13. Steven Wilson says:

    Are you actually shitting me??!!!
    Runarsson, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Cedric midfield, Ceballos, Elmeny, Lacca up front!!!! WTAF??!!!
    Arteta clearly has lost the plot!!
    This could be the thrashin of all thrashings!!!

    1. RT says:

      It’s a terrible line up!
      Let’s bring the ‘senior’ players to help youngsters!
      What? The senior Z team??
      I’ve no idea what Arteta is thinking with this line up.

  14. Kieron Blandford says:

    I should read the article format really shouldn’t I:-)
    Best news I’ve heard tonight! Sure they’ll be in later at some point though.

    1. Declan says:

      👍I’ve done the same thing myself😊

  15. Jimmy James says:

    We should bring DaSilva back next summer. He’s improving all the time.

  16. Sue says:

    Geordies are out… one of our old boys got the winner – Josh Dasilva.. Bruce next for the boot?

  17. RSH says:

    Another lineup without ESR, no Saliba, Nelson disappears… more of the same letdowns we’ve watched for months. Only positive is Gabi and we get a break from the drab Willian.

    1. Phenom says:

      @RSH. Saliba’s issue is very strange. No one knows what’s going on behind the scenes but I can’t understand.

      He needs to be given an opportunity just like the others.

      MA is beginning to bore me.

  18. Sue says:

    No Saliba > No surprise… he apparently has a meeting this week to discuss his future… in other words where he’s heading on loan!

  19. Kieron Blandford says:

    Reiss Nelson injured? Or being saved for Chelsea?

  20. A J says:

    We’ll find out a lot more about Runar that’s for sure.

    1. Ahmad73 says:

      We did, didn’t we? Rubbish!

      1. A J says:

        Hi Ahmad73.

        So easy to be wise after the event, but I wish added more to my original comment.

        Suicide to play Runar. He is light years off playing at the level of last night.

        In fact, I doubt if he will hack it at all at our place at all !

        Again, who is scouting these players, and recommending them ?

        Take care.

  21. Kieron Blandford says:

    Jimmy james
    Well be playing Brentford next year unless they get promoted!

    1. Jimmy James says:

      You could be right. I for one do not rule out a relegation battle.

  22. Jax says:

    Josh da Silva of Brentford…the midfielder that we need. Only 22 and absolutely brilliant against Newcastle tonight.

    1. Declan says:

      He was one of ours☹️

      1. Jax says:

        Was he the one Henry mentored?

  23. towny254 says:

    They need to put a shift in tonight fingers crossed

  24. Mickmematethemasterfarter says:

    Well we don’t have to wait to go down to 10 men we’re starting with 7 men guess who????

  25. Kieron Blandford says:

    Bring back Joel Campbell:-)

  26. Mickmematethemasterfarter says:

    Bring back the Jeff, malen, ismal musha etc etc

  27. Quantic Dream says:

    Mustafi gets a game but not Saliba? Even Kolasinac too? I hope this game will be enough to rid us off of Arteta.

    1. gotanidea says:

      Win or lose won’t matter, since it’s just a League Cup game

  28. Wyoming says:

    We can win this. So happy to see Martinelli starting. Let’s hope we win and kick start our season. Really big 3 games ahead now for the fans the players and our manager. Arteta having faith in Martinelli Willock and Niles is a positive sign.. Arsenal 4 Citizens 2

  29. SueP says:

    Very much a second team so it’s the EPL that’s being targeted by Arteta

    1. Jimmy James says:

      SueP it does seem that way, but on paper it looks to me as if this team has a little more energy in it than many of our teams this season. If City are a little complacent we could spring a surprise.

      1. SueP says:

        Yes they do JJ.
        The goal was a shocker and Runarsson hardly instils confidence

  30. Sue says:

    Well that didn’t take long…

    1. Perry ames says:

      This will get embarrassing, arteta is so lost

      1. Sue says:

        That so called defending was embarrassing….

        1. lcw says:

          But our defense is so much improved. NOT!

          I still don’t get why ESR is not playing. Willock is playing completely out of position.
          It’s obvious, MA does not like his type of players.

  31. SA Gunner says:

    If Man City applies the nail to the Arteta coffin it would be poetic revenge

  32. Mickmematethemasterfarter says:

    Ceballos hardly able 2 walk let alone run esr on the bench mustafi on the way out but no sabila M A go plzzzzz

  33. K K C says:

    Ozil being excluded from the Arsenal team isn’t about football, it’s politics. I know television pundits will and continue to dress it up as “Ozil isn’t pulling his weight” and “Arteta is right to exclude him for it” but that is just a cloak and dagger technique, also misinformation to turn the neutral fans against Ozil. All these television pundits and media experts are bashing Ozil even now when he isn’t even in the team for losing game after game, for the failures of Arteta’s management, whilst Arteta is up in front of the world’s media saying “It’s my decision to keep out Ozil from the team” without ever giving a valid credible reason. Ozil doesn’t have a voice except for social media, even then he has been loyal to Arsenal and not ever mentioning the treatment he has been getting from the club or Arteta.
    This all stems from when couple of months ago when Ozil highlighted the plight of Uyghurs treatment under Chinese rulers, how China has inprisoned more than 2 million men, women and children into concentration camps. Only last week Antoine Griezmann did the same thing as Ozil speaking out for Uyghurs, Antoine Griezmann even ended a sponsorship deal with China’s Huawei and FC Barcelona backed him. But what do Arsenal to? The exact opposite. It seems to Arsenal that Chinese television money and selling a few Arsenal jersey’s matter more to the club than human rights of people. What does that say about our club?
    It is often footballers get bashed for flashing money, buying mansions, buying supercars, partying etc but here is a footballer Ozil trying to do the right thing by showing humility and compassion but is kicked out by Arsenal for it.
    It’s disgusting and shameful how the club I love from a childhood could treat one of it’s own star player this way, not only that putting money ahead of human lives. Now that he has lost the dressroom its ARTETA OUT!!!! for me.

  34. Mickmematethemasterfarter says:

    Ivgothtrunsinmypants in goal 5 us poor very poor

  35. Kieron Blandford says:

    Going to be a long night!!
    Defending curtousy of clowns are us!

  36. Mickmematethemasterfarter says:

    It’s now official ceballos is the worst player ever 2 play 4 arsenal, maby not mustafi just fell over passing the ball out LOL

  37. Sean says:

    No Saliba in the squad?

    A goal down Inside 3mins, going out of the cup then heading to Chelsea to be beaten to be put In a relegation scrap so well done all in charge 👏👏

    Mikel needs to leave. We need a manager not a mentor, hes a good no2 and that’s maybe about it atm.

  38. GunneRay says:

    I was late watching the game tonight but I see the s**t show is well under way already!

  39. Kieron Blandford says:

    Sack the lot of them Mikel!
    This guy had the potential and longevity to be an arsenal legend and genius for us but he needs players of a certain standard who work and concentrate hard.
    His inherited players played awesome at first when we won the fa cup bear pool and Leicester to get to this game so arteta hasnt changed he suddenly hasnt dropped form the players have all the pundits say our players look bored and apathetic. Yea that could be because they are bored of Mikels voice or fed up with his hard line comments about destroying the internal leak, the pepe sending off, the ozil situation etc.
    Basically there is 80 to 90% support for arteta but then rest is a disquiet but powerful negative prescience it’s obvious in.the way we play, run work etc.
    I never thought our players would be the oust a manager it’s a disgrace.
    Clearly Wenger’s practically let them do what they want approach is what their used to and want now.
    Oh well they’ll be getting paid 25% less soon when in the ch’ship still under arteta.
    #wise up and wake up team!

    1. Perry ames says:

      Doubtful we will finish with 11 again and the keeper is dreadful

  40. Mickmematethemasterfarter says:

    Elneny red card soon headless chicken of a player

    1. GunneRay says:

      List had the same thought. Desperation!

      1. GunneRay says:


      2. Arsemirates says:

        Place your bets fellow gooners. And the red card goes to?

  41. Adega Olatunji says:

    These guys are really playing to get Arteta sacked. they can not even make accurate pass anymore.

  42. GunneRay says:

    Now Mustafi wants a red first!

  43. Kieron Blandford says:

    Runnarson looks a good keeper not!

  44. Wiggy says:

    Pathetic ! Amn willock el nani to go to championshipwi

  45. Declan says:


      1. Bryan says:

        The physio better get to work on Martinelli during the break as he’s the only one who seems to get us going.

  46. Sue says:

    Boy, we’ve missed Gabi

  47. GunneRay says:

    For a minute then I thought a saw a typical Arsenal move… I did!!!!

  48. Mickmematethemasterfarter says:

    Martinelli is some piece of work, gona b world class

  49. Twinlights says:

    The plan by the players to get Arteta sacked is nearing it’s accomplishment. Gabriel seemingly is the only professioal player on the pitch. Coming out all the way to the midfield to make tackles where as thr likes of Mustafi are……..

  50. Mickmematethemasterfarter says:

    Sub mustafi, willock, ceballos mite have a chance

  51. Emiratesretirementhome says:

    This is more like it. Why do we always have to go a goal down to start actually trying to play a little?

  52. Declan says:

    Ouch he’s crocked big time

  53. RSH says:

    of course gabi is the one to put in a good cross. how many hours of bad crosses have we watched before that?

  54. siamois says:

    Iet him be ok please

  55. gotanidea says:

    Fantastic save by Runarsson, but he has to learn a lot if he wants to be the second keeper at Arsenal. Jesus’ header should’ve been prevented by Mustafi and him, but Mustafi didn’t seem focus on the match

    Martinelli is a baller and we need an attacker who’s good in one-on-one situations like him. Willock was quick, good in the air and kept the ball well, so hopefully he could play as RW again in EPL

    1. Jon says:

      This goal has nothing to do with Runarsson – he only tried to clean up Mustafi dreadful mistake

      1. gotanidea says:

        Look at the second goal

  56. Sean says:

    Martinelli you were cert you!!!

    We have missed your energy and enthusiasm so much, Saka is the only other player to do so with abit of heart and class 👏

    Yessssss young man! Hes committed to the cause as he stated he wants to be an Arsenal Legend and owes so much to the club… Actions speak louder than words, all you big earners take note, hes only back one game and showing how it’s done for a 19years old!!

    The rest time to step up!!!

  57. Adega Olatunji says:

    Arteta has committed sacrilege by benching Martinelli for Nketia

  58. siamois says:

    Will Martinelli be playing the 2nd half??

    1. Sue says:

      He’s looking alright 🙂

      1. Sue says:

        Maybe not 😭😭😭😭

  59. Gibson power says:

    Martinelli injured? 😭😭😭😭

  60. Mickmematethemasterfarter says:

    Can M A not C mustafi is for the want of a better word shite I mean the worst kind of shite deli belly shite..

  61. GunneRay says:

    Just great! Gavi out again. Pep I! F**k!

    1. GunneRay says:


      1. Sue says:

        Sums our luck up right now, GunneRay!

  62. Jon says:

    Runarsson excellent save – good to see him in real game

  63. Bryan says:

    OMG. Dynamo Martinelli off, Wind Up Pepe on! Watch out game become very slow and predictable now.

  64. Sean says:

    Gabi hurt????? Someone please explain I’m not watching the match

    1. GunneRay says:

      Wow. This keeper is Favid Jamesmin disguise!

    2. SueP says:

      Yes but not sure it is serious but precautionary definitely to get him substituted

    3. gotanidea says:

      He was injured because he played bravely and risked his legs

  65. gotanidea says:

    Mahrez the master of fake shot

  66. gotanidea says:

    I think that’s the end of Runarsson’s career as second GK at Arsenal. Iliev would likely replace him next season

  67. Nash says:

    Good day,

    I am pleased with the team selection – as i think there is an adequate balance of youth vs experience, pace vs creativity, and hoping we bring in some power in scoring (and also induce luck too). We make our own luck, as Sir Alex said

  68. siamois says:

    Let the blaming games start!should he have been subbed straight away?not come back out?..we can’t catch a break at the minute unbelievable!

    1. SueP says:

      I felt he should not have come back
      He is clearly anxious about what happened before

      1. siamois says:

        I have to agree with you

  69. GunneRay says:

    Wow. This keeper is David Jame in disguise!

    1. siamois says:

      You’re being too harsh on James!by the way who recommended him to MA?

      1. ken1945 says:

        siamois, it will probably be leaked that it was either AW or MO, but certainly not MA and/or Edu.

      2. Sue says:

        The GK coach – Cana!!

  70. Defund The Media says:

    Dear god, waaaaaay too many red cards, own goals and error leading to goals shocking.

  71. Coldzero says:

    FFS!!!! That keeper needs to go!

    We let Martinez go…..yes of course we did!!

    This pathetic club!!

  72. Sue says:

    Game over

    1. Sue says:

      Bloody offside

      1. Jax says:

        Certainly was. Where’s VAR when you need it? Three big decisions gone against us Sue

      2. Dhoni says:

        Sue I watched from 34th minute to second half after the third goal am already out because it is game over since we don’t have the fight back character to score and level up things for extra time so why watch further to make ur night a worse one since things are already bad ATM. The keeper caused us this game. I don’t care about the first goal scored and conceded. I thought we were winning it until Gabi left the pitch and keeper said I will not make u Arsenal fans happy tonight.

        1. Sue says:

          Hi Dhoni… tbh I expected to lose… the only bright light for us tonight was Gabi – picking up where he left off. If only everyone else had his drive we’d be alright! Can’t believe he’s injured, bloody typical..
          Yes, the GK had an absolute mare!!
          I don’t like saying this but I’m really not enjoying watching us atm… it has been terrible…. awful… painful….

  73. Defund The Media says:

    Jesus H christ.

  74. GunneRay says:

    Typical counter.. GAME OVER!

    1. Perry ames says:

      It would have been our best result of the season had we won but if you really thought we could win then there must be something wrong with you. But to be fair the only luck we have had is bad luck

      1. Defund The Media says:

        “there must be something wrong with you”

        Ridiculously unnecessary comment. Seriously why say that to him? What good does that do anybody bar you venting your frustration of arsenal on him?

  75. gotanidea says:

    Runarsson is definitely far from ready for EPL. I know using Macey would be useless since he wants to leave, but we should’ve kept Iliev

    1. Coldzero says:

      Have turned it off….it’s utter shite!

      1. gotanidea says:

        Luckily it’s just an experiment

    2. Gily says:

      He’s is already behaving like he’s won it all. Yet what has he won?
      None of is serious. Why should they be anyway – they get their weekly thousands whatever the outcome.
      Boring boring Arsenal

  76. Jax says:

    Offside. If VAR was here we’d have had one player from City red carded & City keeper penalised for the foul on Gabi.

  77. Jimi bottomore says:

    This keeper is awful 😭😭

  78. Coldzero says:

    This club is cursed. We literally have nothing go in our favour at all.

    1. Wolf says:

      Yes we are. We need to get out old emblem, sigil. Nothing but bad luck since we changed it. We are cursed because of it

  79. Ahmad73 says:

    Ah well! Looks like the quadruple is off!

    1. Sue says:


    2. Coldzero says:

      That’s a very good point actually.

  80. Mickmematethemasterfarter says:

    Esr on should have taken of pepe Fake r willock what exactly dose willock bring to AFC

  81. GunneRay says:

    FFS Koladinac, throw the ball already!

  82. Gibson power says:

    Am done watching this bullsh*t..

    1. Jax says:

      Yet here you are.

  83. Gogo says:

    Second gaol, typical 1.5 million pounds goalkeeping…

    1. Gogo says:

      Buying players cheaper by the do Sen.

    2. Mobella says:

      This is a first time in a long time City will score more than 3 goals against us and the game has finished yet. I saw some fans blaming the players and the keeper. I’m not watching the match but following process from and I know that as usual Arteta team surrenders initiative to city and gets wallop. I saw what Soton did to this city team and if we can’t do half of that we long in league 2 and not championship or league 1. When we have Mackey, Ileve and that Estonia young goelie why did purchase Runnerson. Not I have anything against him but the shorter than all the keeper mentioned above

      1. Gogo says:

        Good point… It’s obvious there is disbelieve in the dressing room. What this team need is an experience manager not a rookie. A manager who can tell players “this was how I won the champions league that year”. What will Arteta be telling players like Partey who have won many big games, can he manage players who have won more silverware than he has as a coach and player put together.

        We need to stop this madness called believing in Arteta cos it’s obvious he’s a flop. If we say we are trusting him to save the situation what will that be based on, an fa cup and a community shield? Remember Do Matteo of Chelsea? He won the champions league for them and still got sacked after a couple of months.

  84. Declan says:

    Is it full time yet?

    1. GunneRay says:

      Wish it was..

  85. RSH says:

    Sadness 🙁

  86. Mickmematethemasterfarter says:

    Wow no more comments from me till arteta is sacked I’m outa here 35 years supporting AFC diagnosed with high blood pressure in the last 3 years now I know why💩💩💩💩💩

  87. HASS says:

    Maybe in Arteta’s mind we had 2% chance of winning this one anyway and man city 98%.

    If he doesn’t turn things round at end of February, he is a goner if not before then.

    1. Kstix says:

      This is what pisses me off the most about Arteta’s post match interviews. Embarrasses himself every single time.

  88. Nifty says:

    Arsenal kill people’s love for football. Football doesn’t interest me any longer. I may be better off supporting MK Dons

  89. Sean says:

    Arsenal are officially going into a relegation fight with this lot,
    The thought of relegation is actually real!


    Arsenal is now not a big club anymore! Easily beat week in and week out and even the smaller teams (which we are one of now) beat us all the time and do so with ease.

  90. GunneRay says:

    What exactly does Pepe bring to any game? As flops go, he’s right up there as the most expensive flop of all time! Useless!!!!!!!!

    1. Gogo says:

      The problem with Pepe is that he’s very selfish and want to be the star. There were shots he took in games that he should have just passed. He always wants to dribble the whole pitch before passing when he can just dribble one and pass or just play one twos. I also think our coaches are clueless in player development. These are things they should be telling him.

  91. GunneRay says:

    ESR should be starting every game! Around 2/3 of that team are simply average at best!

  92. fee buchanan says:

    Thank God I slowly consumed a very delicious bottle of Argentinian Malbec during the game. I feel warm, fuzzy and numb. How many more “Arsenal legends” are going to come out of the woodwork and say “Give Arteta a Chance” How far do Arsenal have to fall???

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