Official Arsenal team to face Rapid Wien – Cedric and Partey both start

Arsenal’s Europa League campaign kicks off this evening and while it is not the competition we would like to be playing in, it is what we have got and a winning start in Austria is imperative.

It will not be an easy game but it is one that Arsenal should be winning and you can take it to the bank that Mikel Arteta will be determined to win the competition.

It should also be noted that the winners of the Europa League gain automatic qualification to next seasons Champions League and so there is that to consider as well.

This is the team that Arteta has gone with

Will Mikel Arteta get a result in Austria this evening with this team?

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

Links to streams will be put in the comments where to watch the game live and free so keep checking in.

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

JustArsenal predicted line up (for comparison) here
JustArsenal match preview here

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  1. zackson88 says:

    How I wish to see Saliba playing

    1. Declan says:

      Me too but he can’t as not on EL list.

  2. Grandad says:

    Disappointed to see AMN on the bench, yet again, but hopefully he and Nelson will get some game time.Is MA playing 3-4-3 or 4-3-3 ?

    1. gotanidea says:

      3-4-3 when they don’t have the ball and 4-3-3 when they have

      1. Kedar says:

        Too predictable isn’t gotanidea
        MA is too predictable and defensive..
        Too frustrating as well

        1. gotanidea says:

          Arteta should be cautious because he doesn’t have attackers who are excellent in one-on-one situations. Had our attackers not been so frequently dispossessed, I bet Arteta would try a more adventurous formation

          1. Kedar says:

            But don’t you feel that he is too cautious?? Or sometimes I feel just scared of opponent or just scared of loosing his job

          2. gotanidea says:

            Given that Arteta doesn’t have any attackers who can hold the ball well upfront, he’s not too cautious. Arsenal have bought a towering target man to alleviate that problem though, despite the new striker is still a noob

          3. Kedar says:

            Well my Point is, RB Leipzig also play 3-4-3 formation and they don’t have towering CF but still they play with lovely fluid free flowing football..
            What’s wrong with our players or Manager??? Can’t understand…

          4. Sid says:

            I guess we should wait for the season to end. Maybe we will get to the free flowing style we all want.🙂

        2. Loose Cannon says:

          forget all the formations. Leno is crap.I’m done with him and this play from the back with him.

  3. Sue says:

    Woohoo, TP!!! Exciting line up…. let’s go boys!

  4. Son says:

    Stupid line-up

    1. Leno should be rested
    2. 2 substitute goalkeepers….. Mtcheew
    3. Why is Luis and Gabriel still starting, when Leicester is three days away
    4. Am seeing a back 3 line-up, why are we playing defensively against such opponent

    I want to trust MA really knows what he’s doing now
    Cause he’s starting to look confused

    1. Hill says:

      Arteta is overthinking.This where I miss Arsene Wenger

    2. gotanidea says:

      1. Runarsson just joined, so he isn’t ready for first team action
      2. Better play safe than sorry
      3. Both CBs need more game time and CBs don’t press the opponents all over the pitch, so they should have enough energy to play again after three days
      4. It’s a dynamic formation, 3-4-3 when they don’t have the ball and 4-3-3 when they have

      You’re not a football manager and Arteta has given us two minor trophies in only a short period of time

    3. Declan says:

      Why rest a keeper? Not like he has to run 5 miles in a game.

  5. Bruno says:

    Is this a back four or five

  6. Kedar says:

    Again 3-4-3
    Oh God
    Luiz Gabriel Kolasinac
    Cedric Partey Elnenny Saka
    Pépé Eddie Lacazzet

    I hope I am wrong

  7. Declan says:

    Looks like 4-3-3 to me

    1. Kedar says:

      Only when they will have ball
      Otherwise 3-4-3

      1. Declan says:

        You obviously have inside info🤔

        1. Kedar says:

          No but MA is easily predictable….
          I would be happy if I get wrong on this
          But I feel I am not..

    2. nine says:

      its a 442 guys… no need to get insightful about player stations….but still why the formation change? i dont know…im sensing emery vibes these couple of weeks from arteta for some reason…lets hope it gets stable soon

    3. Jax says:

      Or even a 4-4-2

  8. OxInTheBox says:

    Should rest Saka and Gabriel.

  9. Highbury Hero says:

    Happy to see Cedric back. Hope he has a solid game. Hope to see Partey hitting the ground running.

    Good luck to Arsenal good luck to Mikel. Wishing for him a run a wins so he won’t be the media target because of recent events. When he came last year he looked young but now he looks like he has aged ten years. The job

    1. Sue says:

      He does, you’re right. Understandable though, I wouldn’t want the job – the stress of it all!! Used to say that with Arsene also…

      1. Highbury Hero says:

        Hope the great one is at peace and enjoying his life now.

        1. Sue says:

          He’s 71 today….

    1. Jax says:

      That’s what I thought

  10. JOEL says:

    Can’t work out for the life of me why either Cedric or Kolasinac would be selected in preference to AMN….whether playing a back three or a back four.

    1. Defund The Media says:

      Well of course not, because you dont have all the information just like the rest of us fans, only arteta an co. Do, have faith bud 👌

    2. Highbury Hero says:

      I like Cedric.

  11. Labass says:

    It’s more like 442 to me

  12. JOEL says:

    You are undoubtedly correct and the team are playing with the handicap of only 10 players as Kolasinac is impossible to include other than on paper.A player who’s defensive capabilities do indeed compare to the likes of Stepanovs,Squillaci and Santos before him…and crossing ability compares very favourably to the headless chicken himself “Gervinho”…

  13. Donald says:

    The key part is to see how Elneny and Partey will partner, that’s his main goal, because that will be his main partnership deep mid if it works and that will allow us to play various formations. The team should be good enough because it also creates competition for positions, because we now have descent depth that can actually determine the position we finish the league and if we can actually win europa.

  14. Khadii says:

    Looks like a 442 to me..

    Laca Eddie
    Saka El neny Partey Pepe
    Kola Gab Luiz Cedric

  15. Lenohappy says:

    Why do we buy Runarsson if we can’t even use him in the Europa League.

    1. Declan says:

      Because we want to win🤔

      1. Declan says:

        Sorry meant to say we play Leno to win

  16. Declan says:

    Could be 3-1-1-1-1-2-1 😜

  17. Angelo says:

    whatever the formation is, i only hope for maximum point from Arsenal.

  18. Sue says:

    So nice hearing fans in the stadium!!

  19. Sid says:

    Partey looks good. A Partey-Elneny combo for greater solidity is good. Hoped to see Emile but I guess he is not fit enough.

    1. Sid says:

      Hope Kolasinac has a good game. He is the only other natural lb we have. Some good form from him would only help the team or attract more suitors in January.

    2. RW1 says:

      Elneny way to negative player to form a proper partnership with partey … ok in this kind of game but just too pedestrian

      1. Sid says:

        He is good at what he does though. He is a traditional CDM. And he does occasionally have a good aerial ball or two in him.

        1. RW1 says:

          Would be fine in championship not at the level we need

  20. Sue says:

    Cech’s love child in goal for them 😄

    That Karen Carney commentating ain’t good….

  21. RW1 says:

    Coming to the conclusion that arteta doesn’t really have a football philosophy .. his teams don’t gel … no clear idea how to connect players so they operate as more than sum of the parts very pedestrian and lacking creativity …partey However looks like the player we need plays off front foot looks for ball good passer physical presence … just not much ahead of him … kind of player ozil needed But sadly that boat has sailed

  22. Declan says:

    Who was it said we would win 4-1? 🤣

  23. Herbz says:

    Very lethargic and cumbersome football from Arsenal.

    No tempo, blind passes all the time.

  24. Ceemahn_ says:

    Its high time y’all realize that our midfield combo will only ever include this three.
    Partey. EINENY ceballos.
    Xhaka can rot in bench for all I care, guy’s too damn slow for my liking.
    Oh… Elneny is becoming a joy to watch😄😄

  25. Sid says:

    Our over reliance on the left is harming us in this half. Hope someone plays cross field balls…

  26. Perry ames says:

    I thought the man city game was bad but this is even worse. So slow in the build up and rapid looking the much better side also the ref is a toss pot who will book an arsenal player for pulling there socks up

  27. RW1 says:

    Only arsenal could reach the conclusion that nketiah is good enough for cup squad and ozil isn’t … stupid beyond belief

    1. Wiggy says:

      Yes, agreed. Nketiah first touch is like pub football. Without ozil arsenal look dead, bereft of any attacking ideas. Arteta has to go! Sooner the better..

  28. Kev82 says:

    Keep playing like this and we’ll struggle against Dundalk 😂

    1. Declan says:

      Dundalk are wining their game.

      1. Kev82 says:

        I know Declan, it would be typical Arsenal to struggle against teams like that 😂

    2. Sue says:

      🤣🙊 Wakey wakey, Arsenal!
      Jeez, the ref likes a card, Kev!!

      1. Gily says:

        Yeah he does. It seems he saw yellow in his nightmare. We’ll be fortunate to finish this match no man short.

      2. Kev82 says:

        Yeah blink and you could be off Sue 😂😂 always said Lacazette is a red card waiting to happen so maybe he should come off 😶

        1. Sue says:

          Bloody hell, Kev, what’s going on?!!

          1. Kev82 says:

            Partey Gabriel 👍👍👍 Leno 👎 prime karius tonight 🙄

  29. gotanidea says:

    Partey is an intelligent midfielder with quick feet, but he needs to calm down. Nketiah needs to cool his head off as well

  30. Trudeau says:

    Wow, that was a pretty turgid half of football. No where to go but up I suppose although I have a strong feeling that Arsenal will have someone sent off for an innocuous second yellow.

  31. Angelo says:

    Not a single reasonable through pass from this team and yet Ozil isn’t good enough? you guys should keep on deceiving yourselves

  32. David says:

    So slow…so boring. Our attack is starved of any service. Can’t blame any player for this though its all on arteta and his formation. Until we get another body in midfield i don’t see how we can improve

  33. Danson says:

    What is happening to our beloved team?

    1. Kedar says:

      MA hit us badly

  34. Wiggy says:

    Put pepe in a cannon and blow him 72 million miles away from Emirates !!

    1. Sue says:


  35. Gily says:

    I just can’t see how or where the goal is going to come from judging from what I’ve seen so far. I hope it changes in the second half.
    And with the manner that referee dishes out yellows, we’ll be fortunate to finish the game with full squad.

    1. Sue says:

      👍👍 the European equivalent of Mike Dean!

      1. Gily says:


    2. Shakir says:

      Talking about no-nonsense refereeing……

      1. Gily says:

        Nah! More like yellow card happy.

  36. Kedar says:

    Where is Eddie to defend MA??

    1. Sid says:

      Match not over yet Bro. We might go crazy in the second half yet😂😂

    2. Rory johnson says:

      Where is kedar to apologise to MA?

  37. Shakir says:

    Imma be honest

    Rapid are being more adventurousand confident against us.

    Take em down boyz
    Elneny and Partey look super calm and solid.

    The referee is certainly enjoying this game….


  38. gotanidea says:

    Arteta’s team always come up with a golden scoring opportunities at the beginning of the match, but none of our players can’t finish it off. I think some subs would score in the second half, if we still have 11 players in the field

  39. RW1 says:

    Get nketiah off … he’s a joke footballer

  40. Kedar says:

    Thank God there is no VAR today otherwise Niketiah would have been off..

  41. Sid says:


  42. Lenohappy says:

    Leno the best goalkeeper in the league 🤣🤣🤣🤣

    1. Dan kit says:

      Give it a rest mate ,seems your happy we have gone 1 nil down to prove some point

      1. Lenohappy says:

        I’m an arsenal fan and this is not about proving any point, but when some fans like yourself cannot differentiate between world class and average is the problem. And I haven’t even finished typing but Leno again made another mistake

        1. Dan kit says:

          Mate you still haven’t got over Iwobi leaving and that was 2 years ago ,how long will you hold a grudge about Martinez,support the team and stop your constant moaning about players that don’t want Even play for us anymore .
          On Leno he as been our best player these last 2 years and Arteta thought so to so maybe get behind the team.

          1. Lenohappy says:

            Lol this your iwobi excuse is becoming a joke, or maybe I’m also a Nigerian🤣🤣

          2. Mark says:

            “On Leno he as been our best player these last 2 years ”

            Says more about how below par the present set of players have been rather than Leno being great..dont you think..

          3. Dan kit says:

            But he has been our best player Mark so I don’t get what your trying to say ,as you have just agreed with me .
            So because the other players have been below par that it doesn’t make it less true ?
            I would rather trust our manager and his decisions or would you say he got it wrong .

        2. Mark says:

          Leno has always been an average goalkeeper with good reflexes.. Martinez just exposed it more..

    2. Sid says:

      That was shocking 😂😂

  43. RW1 says:

    If there is no improvement by Xmas … I can’t see arteta staying beyond this season … this is amongst the worst performances in a decade of some pretty awful performances and there is simply no indication of him building a footballing team

  44. Reddb10 says:

    Disgusting performance they should all be ashamed of themselves.

  45. OZGooner says:

    The most insipid performance under Arteta so far.

    1. Kedar says:

      We say this very frequently now a days…

    2. Sean says:

      Havnt watched any of the game but came to read here and looks like we have been terrible and now 1-0 down to Rapid Vienna. Wow

      1. Sue says:

        You haven’t missed much, Sean…

        1. Sean says:

          Looks like I saved myself getting angry watching it Sue🤦‍♂️😂

          1. Sue says:

            👍 I’m reaching for the remote 🤣🤣

  46. Kedar says:

    Keeping Ozil out is killing our whole creativity…

  47. S says:

    It’s ok, can’t be worse in Norway or Ireland 😉

  48. Kedar says:

    I have started missing Wenger now

    1. Wiggy says:

      I have started missing ozil now

  49. GunneRay says:

    All I see tonight is what I’ve come to expect from this team over the years. No surprises so far..

    1. Kedar says:

      But After Wenger we have also lost our Creativity…

  50. Sid says:

    The U-21 record holder needs to go back on loan….

  51. GunneRay says:

    And we got rid of Martinez?

    1. Sean says:

      Iv said it in previous articles selling Martinez was a mistake, should’ve started as he finished as no1 and Leno be second choice until form drops.

      1. GunneRay says:

        I said before Martinez left that he deserved to start for Arsenal! But the club wanted the cash and Martinez wanted games.. There you go then!

  52. Welbeck says:

    Every time I go to stream a match, I tune in just in time to see a goal being scored. What was Leno thinking? He isn’t better with the ball at his feet than Martinez, but mistakes can happen and he is our number one!

    Why is Arteta being criticised about his team selection? He appears to be juggling injuries/player fatigue and doesn’t have the playing staff he would really like.

    Give him more time and much more respect please!!!!!!!

  53. Kedar says:

    And Now MA can’t recall Ozil…
    That hurt his ego and he will loose player battle and dressing room

  54. S says:

    Runar Runarsson will get his chance dw

  55. Sid says:

    Lol we are so bad it’s funny😂

    1. Sid says:

      Still time though

      1. Kedar says:

        To get at least shameful point

      2. GunneRay says:

        Sorry, I just don’t see this team winning..

        1. Sid says:

          Told you….

  56. Babasola says:

    Over-tinkering Killed Unai

    Things Were Gathering For Him, Then He Started To Think He Was A Master-Tactician & Pushed The Team’s Belief Off The Cliff

    Arteta Had Something That Could Find A Way To Beat Man City & Liverpool – Instead Of Him To Allow That Develop Into Multiple Ways

    He’s Started To Over-Tinker

    We Might Still Get Something Here

    Ceballos Has No Substitute In This Team Presently

  57. Nomad says:

    I believe that Ozil was the soul of the team. Our team looks like ghost team now. MA didn’t learn from His mentor.

    Their manner of play is clueless.

  58. Lenohappy says:

    Boom David Luiz.

    1. Sue says:

      Big boom!!

  59. Sid says:

    Good one lol. I hope Arteta would try out players like Nelson, AMN, Smith rowe (if fit). Atleast they would get play time…

  60. Lenohappy says:

    That’s the 3rd Leno mistake.

    1. Sid says:

      He is having a bad game, I guess. It happens. We lead though…

  61. GunneRay says:

    WTF is Leno doing?

    1. Quantic Dream says:

      Hehe, not being Martinez??

  62. Sue says:

    Great header!

  63. RW1 says:

    Back to basics!!!

  64. Kedar says:

    You need Creativity like Ozil in front of Partey…
    Otherwise its of no use..

  65. Lenohappy says:

    Aubamayang 👍🙏🙏🙏

  66. Kedar says:

    What a ball by Elnenny
    Reminds me of Ozil

    1. Sid says:

      And people say the guy is not good enough🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️

  67. GunneRay says:

    Thank god for Auba and Bellerin!

  68. Sue says:


  69. S says:

    Nketiah is basically the new Welbeck. Not good enough to start, content with being a squaddie.

  70. Sid says:

    Wow Laca sure is wasteful🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️

  71. Lenohappy says:

    Lacazette 🤣🤣🤣

    1. GunneRay says:

      Kinda reminds me of Jeffers! 🤣🤣

  72. OZGooner says:

    I am more mpressed with Gabriel everytime I see him.

  73. GunneRay says:

    So, what did we learn from that game?..

    We need Auba, Leno is suspect, Partey is class, Our squad is big but not great in quality and Pepe is getting better!

    Painful to watch until the subs were made. The result is the main thing though. It’s win away which wasn’t looking likely!

    1. Declan says:

      I think we also learnt Bellerin is better than a Cedric and Elneny is far better than anyone ever thought.

  74. Jax says:

    Never in doubt!😂

    1. Sue says:


  75. Jax says:

    Looks to be a good partnership between Elneney & Partey.
    Referee was crap, but fortunately was equally crap for both sides.

  76. Bur says:

    Think Partey is a good asset where as Leno is an onion.

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