Official Arsenal team to face Molde – Pepe and Lacazette start

This game for Mikel Arteta is no longer a must-win, in fact, he is in a lose lose situation regardless of the result.

If Arsenal wins this evening, which they really should and comfortably, then everyone will no doubt say it was no more than expected.

But a draw or loss and the pressure just increases on the Spaniard and even if Arsenal do win then it has to be done in style because if it is a scrappy win then his critics will be in full flow anyway.

This is the Arsenal team that Arteta has selected.

What do you think to the Arsenal team that Mikel Arteta has selected to face Molde in Norway this evening?

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

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134 Comments

  1. Declan says:

    AMN at left back maybe?

    1. gotanidea says:

      Or maybe Pepe as attacking LWB. Arteta’s experiments are exciting to see

      1. Phenom says:

        It’s a 442 with Laca and Nketiah up front. Nelson on the left with Pepe on the right.

        1. Declan says:

          Please not PepΓ© on the right. Should play orthodox left side.

        2. gotanidea says:

          Arteta could also play Pepe behind Lacazette, because Pepe has been inconsistent on the wings:

          Nelson . Pepe . Nketiah
          ………….. Lacazette

      2. Durand says:

        Arteta’s experiments are NOT exciting to see. 3-4-3 garbage where team can’t score in a brothel with a suitcase full of money.
        Actually at times is worse and more boring tham Emeryball.

    2. Bur. says:

      Jeees this is poor football.

  2. Indeed says:

    4-4-2…

    Isn’t Arteta simply brilliant! Back to the basics while being adaptive! It’s clear he is looking for the solution… If it works today, then maybe the solution has simply being staring us in the face all this while!

    1. Sean M says:

      Indeed, indeed. You can’t fault his dynamism.

      1. Indeed says:

        Indeed Sean, you can’t fault his dynamism! His flexibility is a testament to his leadership qualities. I laugh when I see people call him a control freak… I believe in Arteta!

        1. McLovin says:

          Indeed, I like that when we are not doing well, he’s trying a new something new.

          I respect Wenger, but he played the same formation for years and years, and so often the same, underperforming players played week in week out. That was one of his faults IMO.

          1. Indeed says:

            Yes McLovin, I have always believed that a good lead should be flexible in his methods, as often the solution may lie somewhere away from your thoughts… I really don’t mind Arteta experimenting in the first half of this season while all the time instilling his principles of discipline and dedication to the ethos… What do you think?

          2. Coyg213 says:

            Boring boring Arsenal is back. Omg I can’t believe that I’m saying : I miss Wenger! Yeah our defences sucked under him, but he gave us at least entertainment.

  3. CorporateMan says:

    A decent enough team. Wish they have a good early result so we can get a chance to see some of the youngsters in action

    1. Mogunna says:

      Looks like a 4.3.3 with Willock Xhaka and ,Nelson behind Pepe Laca Nketiah.

      But also can be
      laca
      pepe nketiah Nelson or switch wings pepe Nelson

      i believe in our youngsters, as long as we respect opponent, not take rhis as an easy ride; we should be fine…

  4. Grandad says:

    I hope Pepe starts on the left and Nelson on the right.Looks like an “old fashioned” 4-4-2 , and sometimes the old ways can still be productive. Let’s hope so this evening.

  5. Cyberborn says:

    Moore is Arsenal’s perfect match!!

    1. Michybee says:

      Please where can I get the live stream of the match

      1. Perry ames says:

        Dont do it as I can see this being another crap performance with no passion and idea how to pass to each other. I so hope I’m wrong

        1. Indeed says:

          Don’t be too negative Perry! There are better ways to deal with disappointments rather than beginning from a position of negativism, and hoping to get a positive result. You could be optimistic and if you get disappointed, then try to understand why it happened, and remain optimistic! It won’t be a crap performance!

        2. Gunner23 says:

          Don’t watch it if your don’t want to, bit spare us the negativity

          1. SueP says:

            I agree Gunner. It’s doom and gloom before the ball has been kicked

  6. john says:

    Mustafi and Luiz is a recipe of disaster

  7. Sue says:

    Hoping for half an hour of ESR later on! COYG

    1. Sue says:

      Plus good to see AMN!

  8. Sid says:

    I wanna see Azeez!!

    1. Perry ames says:

      I didn’t say I would not watch it but I must say that everytime someone put on a slightly negative comment someone will always moan about it as gunner 23 has said. I have supported arsenal for 50 odd years so I think that gives me the right to be a tad negative after some of the crap we have had to watch lately, and even if we were to win tonight as I would expect us to do dont think I will be doing cartwheels like a lot of our fans

      1. Defund The Media says:

        1 year or 50 doesnt matter in the slightest, there is absolutely NOTHING productive about moaning before we have even kicked a ball. Play bad = criticise, that’s fair, even dont like the line up pre match = criticise that’s fair but…

        “Dont do it as I can see this being another crap performance with no passion and idea how to pass to each other”

        ☝️ this is just moaning for the sake of it, being a fan is NOT conditional.

      2. SueP says:

        Well Perry
        You might well be right. I thought you were negative but after 30 mins of failings in front of goal …….πŸ™„

        1. Defund The Media says:

          You were saying? 🀣

          1. SueP says:

            I was an ownup to it
            Laugh as much as you like but I’m responding to a live game, not a review

    2. Sid says:

      Don’t know why my comment became a miniature warzone, lol. But I wish all Arsenal fans happiness tonight.
      COYG!

  9. Shakir says:

    COYG
    Happy to see luiz back and pepe starting…πŸ™„

    OT

    So the club has announced that 2000 fans will be welcome for the next uel fixture at emirates….

  10. Jimmy James says:

    Looks like a good line up to me. I hope the young uns have a good game and can get on the scoresheet

  11. Sue says:

    Love that kit 😍

  12. ken1945 says:

    Looks good enough to me and anything but a win would be unacceptable in my opinion.

    Interesting to see that Auba has been given a free pass though – surely he needs to find his scoring boots from somewhere?
    A reported Β£300,000 a week to stay at home and play on his computer while bleeding the club dry!!!!
    Whatever next???

    Brilliant to see AMN back in the fold and can’t wait to see how Pepe reacts – hopefully on the left side of the pitch.
    COYG.

    1. Perry ames says:

      Be very careful what you say as the righteous fans will be on your back

      1. Sue says:

        πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

        1. ken1945 says:

          Righteous or pompous, the choice is yours Perry and I still can’t see what you said is wrong – opinions are OK as long as everyone agrees with them.

          1. Sue says:

            πŸ˜‚πŸ‘

          2. Defund The Media says:

            Opinions are ok as long as they have a reasoning or point to them…

            “Dont do it as I can see this being another crap performance with no passion and idea how to pass to each other”

            What he said has neither. Basically Were gonna play Terribly just… because. πŸ€¦β€β™‚οΈ

          3. Indeed says:

            You are totally correct Defund! And I am somehow disappointed in Ken… Used to rate him but aligning with such so called opinions was a little disappointing for me…. I would read Ken’s opinions to appreciate some point of good reasoning, but how do you begin to flow with the ongoing negativity simply because it seems the easier path to tow…

          4. Defund The Media says:

            Indeed, indeed!! To read baseless statements like that with zero reasoning completely takes any optimism out of the game before kick off, dont like the team sheet? Fair enough but dont just say negative things for the sake of it without a reason, how can we expect the team to get out of there perpetual slump when we as fans cannot do the same.

          5. ken1945 says:

            An opinion is an opinion – positive or negative – one gives their personal opinion – just as defund and indeed have done – I see nothing wrong in any of them as its a personal statement.

            Anyway, as we are now 3-0 up and Pepe has played a blinder (in my opinion!!) let’s just celebrate and look forward to seeing the younger players in the last two games.

          6. Indeed says:

            An opinion with some level of good reasoning… I will call that a blip in your very good rounds of well thought out opinions… Please don’t align with mediocre opinions simply because they flood with the crowd mentality… I will continue to respect your comments…Yes,lets celebrate the young players, but playing them in the Premier league is always a different standard…

          7. Indeed says:

            Yes Defund! This team is definitely low on confidence and need every breathe of positive air and support they can get… I can imagine people like Perry in the stadium, they will suck the little air of optimism and totally crush the players’ spirits! Top up Defund! Good tonic for the positive minded people! ✌️

          8. Defund The Media says:

            Yes buddy! Good win tonight let’s just hope we can nip this slump In the bud now! Really need to start racking up some league points!

          9. Indeed says:

            Sure Defund! πŸ‘

  13. Roachie says:

    Laca in a number 10 roll?? Why not try him in goal!

    1. Kedar says:

      HΓ© miss lot chances mag that’s why..

    2. RW1 says:

      Lack of quality lack of philosophy on full display am sorry to say … 45 mins of football that would not look out of place in the first division … clock ticking on arteta’s time in charge and it’s not looking good

  14. gotanidea says:

    Should’ve used Ceballos as CAM instead of Lacazette since we use 4-2-3-1, but I think Arteta wants to keep Ceballos for the Wolves game. They also haven’t fixed their sloppy pass issue and Wolves could punish us for those misplaced passes later

  15. Kedar says:

    PΓ©pΓ© is useless…

    1. Onyango says:

      I thought Pepe was the only lively Arsenal player out there. It’s a pity our strikers couldn’t finish some of the chances he created…it’s just bizarre to single him out when he’s the best of this lot

      1. ken1945 says:

        Absolutely correct – he’s becoming the next “whipping boy” just as I predicted.
        Are we watching the same game Kedar?

        1. Kedar says:

          One goal can’t be convincing to his series of poor performances..

          1. Kedar says:

            Salah was bought by Liverpool just for 36 and PΓ©pΓ© for double…
            And you see the difference

          2. ken1945 says:

            Are we talking about performance or cost regarding Pepe?
            The club played way over the odds, but his performance tonight has been excellent.

    2. Declan says:

      Yeah, useless but man of the match.

  16. Wiggy says:

    Nketiah is useless…

  17. Wiggy says:

    Willock and Nelson are useless…
    Championship material!

    1. ken1945 says:

      See what I mean Defund and Indeed?
      Opinions – don’t agree with Wiggy tonight, but that’s how he/she saw it… and that’s after a 3-0 win!!!!

      1. Indeed says:

        No Ken! That was at 6:46pm and not after the match! I saw that comment and it was in the first half! But every matured fan should know football is 90mins….Perry came on before the game to spill such negativity! Com’on! I can understand with anyone not being sure of Arsenal’s performance before the game, but to come online and dampen the spirit of another who was looking for how to watch the game isn’t nice at all! I believe you have the power of reasoning… Please think that out…

      2. Defund The Media says:

        Ohhh ken I need to buy you a working watch πŸ€£πŸ€¦β€β™‚οΈ

        1. ken1945 says:

          Didnt see the time of the post, but it was during the game wasn’t it?
          Defund, feel free my friend, as long as it’s via our sponsor.

          So, why not have a go at Wiggy then?
          By the way, if Perry’s personal view put you down before the game, I am afraid the word “snowflake” seems appropriate – he possibly enjoyed every minute!!!!

          1. Defund The Media says:

            Didnt put me down at all lol, I just felt compelled to point out how absolutely pointless it was, just “were gonna play terrible’ with zero reasoning as to why, he isnt mystic meg, it’s just negativity for the sake of it, people always saying the team play too negative, how are the fans any better, that is what i would call “snowflake” behaviour, giving up before we even play. As to why I didnt have a go at wiggy, time is precious bud, and I dont have a lot of it.

  18. Gily says:

    The same boring football. I’ve been fighting to keep from dozing off; but to what ends?

    1. Sue says:

      Wasn’t the greatest half, Gily, but I thought Nelson and Pepe were lively… and apart from Runarsson’s miss-kick, I quite like the look of him…
      The wait for a goal goes on….. and how on earth did Molde miss?!!
      Get ESR on πŸ™

      1. Gily says:

        To miss such clearance, Runarson. Thank goodness he didn’t kunfu someone’s chest.

      2. Jon says:

        Runarsson excellent in these passes

        1. Sue says:

          πŸ‘πŸ‘ I agree…

  19. Wiggy says:

    How I miss Rosicky and Wilshere..

  20. mickmematethemasterfarter says:

    willock cant drive he sure as fu&k cant play footie

    1. Sue says:

      Ouch πŸ˜‚

  21. Trudeau says:

    Pepe and Nelson look lively but missing quality on final ball (familiar refrain). Would sacrifice Lacazette or Nketiah for an attacking midfielder as Willock and Xhaka are getting outnumbered. ESR or Cotteril?

  22. gurrosco says:

    Frustrating half. It seems that making every opponent looking like Prime Barca is a must in our gameplan. I’ve seen more life in a pebble and more accuracy in a broken arrow.

  23. Khadii says:

    Replace Nketiah with Balogun, Replace Willock with Smith Rowe and we should be good

  24. Sue says:

    We’ve had 3 (yes 3!!!) shots on target… We’re on the up 😜

  25. Roachie says:

    Remind me again, who are we playing?

  26. Vinod says:

    Is that another injury to Luiz?

  27. Sue says:

    What a strike! Unlucky…m

  28. Vinod says:

    Pepe . . . almost did it.

  29. SueP says:

    Well I hope that beauty gives the team and him a big, big boost
    Marvellous

  30. Vinod says:

    Great ball by AMN to begin with

  31. Sue says:

    Been so long since I said ‘Boom’…. floodgates?!

    1. Vinod says:

      Looking dangerous now, good to see.

      1. Sue says:

        Very good to see, Vinod!!

    2. Kstix says:

      Haha Sue. You only say Boom on Europa league days.

      1. Sue says:

        πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ that’s why I look forward to Thursdays!!!

        1. Kstix says:

          TouchΓ© Sue, TouchΓ© πŸ˜‚πŸ‘

  32. PJ-SA says:

    Very clear….if you play Pepe too wide he’s useless. If you play him slightly closer to the middle(but still wide) he findshis grove

  33. Gunner23 says:

    Fu….. Finally, 442 and finally you score pepe. Time for redemption

    1. Gunner23 says:

      Yes Nelson on goal great assist by Willock 0-2 54′

  34. Vinod says:

    Great football must say

  35. Sue says:

    Boom!! Defo floodgates πŸ˜‰

  36. lcw says:

    Good for Pepe. He needs that.
    I was about to say I wish we had Mkhitaryan and Iwobi still but he silenced me.

  37. SueP says:

    Wow
    I thought initially it may have been offside but a great cross and a great goal

    1. Indeed says:

      Patience SueP, even you seemed to have been running out of patience! These guys have been low on confidence and these goals will surely do some good.. Never believed you were supporting the negativity of Perry…. Not totally outstanding, nevertheless a good tonic!

      1. SueP says:

        Negativity before kick off is one thing but after 30 minutes my doubts set in

        You’re absolutely right that confidence is low and, yes, those goals are a tonic

        1. Indeed says:

          Sure! πŸ‘

      2. Perry ames says:

        I dont understand why some of you feel the necessity to put a comment down it’s my opinion and mine alone if you think by beating molde is a great result then you are deluded. I want us to compete for the premier league and win games or even lose games but by putting in a performance and if you cant see that then you are different to me. Looking good against an average side is not what I want to see but us beating the likes of man city’ spurs and the liverpool’s of this world. Indeed has every right to have an opinion but no right to try and try and big himself up by putting down someone else’s opinion

        1. SueP says:

          Perry
          In all fairness, your opinion is of course your own, but you chose to share it with all the contributors
          I thought being negative before kick off was .. well .. negative
          We all wish Arsenal were in a better place, but we won well in the end

        2. ken1945 says:

          Perry, as I said, it’s your opinion and your entitled to it – before during or after a game!!!

          To many people on here love to preach and I just get on with it – Pepe’s performance tonight being a prime example!!
          Already the next whipping boy for some… let’s see if they can see anything positive from tonight.

          1. Defund The Media says:

            So Ken hes entitled to HIS opinion without any problem but your bashing people for having an opinion on pepe? Double standards much?

          2. ken1945 says:

            Not “bashing” anyone Defund, again just giving my personal opinion – it was YOU who challenged Perry I believe?
            Kedar stated Pepe is useless and in my opinion and on tonight’s performance, he isn’t.
            No “double standards” just replying to the post and giving my opinion.

          3. Defund The Media says:

            “Already the next whipping boy for some…” “To many people on here love to preach” you are bashing your just not naming names lol , so again, I cant challenge HIS opinion yet you can say these statements which are a negative connotation to the opinion of certain individuals on here… aka double standards lol

          4. ken1945 says:

            Defund, as you correctly said, I’m not bashing any single person with my general statement regarding the “whipping boy”.
            I answered directly to Kedar’s post by name, because it was his direct naming of one of our players – unlike Perry who was stating a general and personal opinion on the game.
            See the difference?

          5. Defund The Media says:

            Lol clearly your not getting it mate were just going in circles, each to there own.

          6. ken1945 says:

            Now who’s spitting the dummy out? LOL

            By the way, a good win tonight, so Perry must be delighted, while eating his words perhaps?

        3. Defund The Media says:

          So you just get to make baseless insults of a performance that hasn’t even happened with no retort? On a public forum with reply buttons? This is just arsenal… not just Perry ames, get over yourself.

          1. Perry ames says:

            You are such a berk and obviously haven’t got a clue about football so best say nothing

          2. Defund The Media says:

            Typical, spit the dummy out as you have nothing of note to say anywhere on this thread lol. Was waiting for a wee tantrum.

        4. Indeed says:

          Hey Perry no one is bigging up himself or herself here! You came online and posted your personal opinion… If it was personal then keep it in your diary! I responded to you positively asking you to be positive and telling you the game won’t be a crap and you come here trying to use such words…. So long for your long years on earth! I don’t like to share words but I won’t be quiet and let you feel you can throw such words! You have no monopoly over words!

          1. ken1945 says:

            Indeed, Indeed and that’s why we all give our personal opinions – your entitled to yours and Perry is entitled to his etc etc
            Now let’s celebrate a win and qualification, as everything else is now academic in my opinion.

          2. Indeed says:

            Sure Ken! I agree to celebrating and hoping to a positive turn in the curve! Opinions are opinions and they can be used negatively or positively, even if they affect the joy of another soul! Nice!

            But Ken, we could discuss a few observations before we close the curtain lol! What do you think of the 4-4-2?

          3. ken1945 says:

            Well, Indeed (or is it Fire by chance, another good debater) I think MA got it just about right this evening.
            Great to see AMN back and Nelson /Balogun/Holding given playing time.
            I much prefer the back four set up, as we are then, it seems, playing to our players strengths.

            As for others opinions affecting my joy or otherwise, when The Arsenal win any game, no one can affect my feeling of joy, relief, excitement and euphoria – I am sure Perry and Defund are feeling the same!!

            Still wish Aubameyang had played some part in the game though, as he needs to get back into the form of last season and this game would /should have been perfect for him.

          4. Indeed says:

            Fire, that’s another fellow whose opinions I do enjoy reading. I enjoy your conversations with him too! Sure Ken, I do subscribe to the back four, and I think Arteta has converged too… What I see him doing now is looking for the combination down the midfield to the attack. Yes, it would have being great to see Auba, but I am also glad he was rested and would have watched how a possible prodigy (Balogun) may be around the corner to contest with him… I hope Auba should be refreshed for the weekend…

  38. Gunner23 says:

    Yes Nelson on goal great assist by Willock 0-2 54′

  39. Sue says:

    It’s ESR time πŸ™‚πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

  40. Sue says:

    Ooh Balogun πŸ‘

  41. SueP says:

    Blow me down!!!!!!

  42. Sue says:

    Get in there!! Now sign da ting!!

  43. Kedar says:

    Why can’t we use these players in premier league??

    1. Jax says:

      If you’re referring to Smith Rowe & Balogun they have not been named in Arsenal’s Premier League 25 man squad.

      1. Khadii says:

        They class as B team.. so they can play i guess

        1. Admin Pat says:

          They can play if they have been at Arsenal for three years I believe…

  44. Sid says:

    Balogun’s positioning is good. And the guy can finish. Nice match this to increase the confidence levelsπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘Œ

    1. ken1945 says:

      Exactly Sid, so why wasn’t Auba out there showing what he can do, just like Pepe?

      1. Sid says:

        Dont know Mr. Ken. But he has said that the team is going to surprise the world. Maybe he is undertaking training drills at the colney.

        1. ken1945 says:

          Never thought of that Sid, love your reply.
          Balogun looks like a very good, gifted player for his age, as you say.
          Let’s hope we can get him to sign the contract.

          1. Sid says:

            Yeah that would be nice. I have also heard that he is comfortable with either feet, so we sure do have a great prospect in our hands.
            Cheers!

  45. Gily says:

    Can someone enlighten me what Laca did all 75minutes. Perhaps theusual working hard going nowhere.
    Good win though Only the win took a little boredom out of the game

  46. Yuno says:

    Pepe is clearly MOTM today. Brilliant game feom him, it has been while, keep it flowing now

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