Official Arsenal team to face Southampton – Pepe is back

This is a massive game for Mikel Arteta because another loss and the pressure may become unbearable despite what the likes of Edu may have to say.

Arsenal faces an in-form Southampton side who could, in theory, go joint top this evening and so the stakes could not be any higher for both teams.

Arteta must get his team selection absolutely right this evening, he has to get the tactics and strategy right and his team has to deliver for him, anything less is unthinkable right now.

Anyway, this is the team.

What do you think of the team that Mikel Arteta has gone with against the Saints this evening?

Has Arteta has got it right this time or has he got it wrong again?

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.

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  1. Skills1000 says:

    Finally, Aubameyang scores

  2. GunneRay says:

    Finally for Auba!!

  3. Kieron Blandford says:

    Yes auba!!!!!

  4. Sue says:

    OMG!!!!! The drought is over

    1. GunneRay says:

      Let’s hope it opens the floodgates Sue!

      1. Sue says:

        We could do with it, GunneRay πŸ˜‰

    2. Vinod says:

      I refrained myself from writing those magic words and seems you are not interested anymore.

      1. Sue says:

        Haha I saw!! I am, just in a state of shock that we’ve finally scored πŸ˜‚

        1. Vinod says:

          Big shocker really. Finally a goal from open play.

          1. Sue says:

            Was a great goal, glad for Auba, he needed that

        2. Mohsan says:


          1. Neath Gunner says:

            Have been so patient with Pepe.
            Finally given up on the guy.
            Huge waste of 72 million.
            So excited when we signed him.
            We have to offload him.

  5. gotanidea says:

    That’s the confidence I want to see! Take on the opponents and don’t hide!

  6. Kedar says:

    Finally some water in desert

    1. Skills1000 says:

      lol at Kedar

  7. Kieron Blandford says:

    Now quickly get laca on for nketiah and auba will score another one or two!

    1. adajim says:

      nketia did well today i doubt lacca would have done better

  8. Mohsan says:

    Great goal πŸ‘πŸ‘…..Saka as usual only one who keep standing tall in attack. Come one Auba lot of gaols to score to win that golden boot.

  9. S says:

    Saved the gaffer’s job? Nah, made it such that conceding to us is only better than conceding to Sheffield United πŸ˜‰

  10. Sid says:

    No BOOM by Sue? Arsenal have really pissed her offπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    1. Sue says:

      πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I’d almost forgotten what to write, been a long time since I last typed ‘Boom’ haha!!

      1. Sid says:


      2. Mohsan says:

        Hopefully Sue you will get another chance

        1. Sue says:

          πŸ™‚ Mohsan

  11. Highbury Hero says:

    Sue your Walcott prediction! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Seen the score and couldn’t stop laughing remembering your comment.

    All is not lost yet!

    1. Sue says:

      πŸ˜„πŸ˜„ it just had to happen, HH… we’ve seen it so many times before!!
      At last, game on!!

  12. Kieron Blandford says:

    Tonight I’ve thought come on wear your old faithful maroon top with the collar the highbury anniversary one.
    I rubbed the badge and said come on whilst looking upwards then looked down and they scored!!
    Superstitious anyone?

    1. Sue says:

      Another red!!!

    2. Sue says:

      I meant to say Kieron I love that shirt…

  13. Highbury Hero says:





  14. Sid says:

    Is it just me or Saka has a great right foot too? A good two footed player maybe?

  15. Mohsan says:

    The maturity this kid Saka has when to pass when to run with ball amazing. I think he is not only a big talent/gem for us but England as well. They need to play him more in the team to combine with Sancho, Rashford and co.

    1. Sid says:

      We did get a “card” bro…

      1. Vinod says:

        That was certainly not in the cards bro. . .

        1. Sid says:

          Your card puns are definitely one of the only positives today!

  16. GunneRay says:

    OMFG another red!!!!!!

  17. Vinod says:

    We got the scapegoat for the day.

  18. adajim says:

    another game, another red

  19. Kieron Blandford says:


  20. GunneRay says:

    Where are the brains!?

    1. Mobella says:

      Don’t blame him. Where were Cebellos and Mo. it was a kick from the keeper.

      1. GunneRay says:

        He didn’t have to commit like that. No common sense!

        1. MO says:

          Have you watched the replay. Gabs had no choice, Walcott was headed for a one on one with Leno.

  21. Jax says:

    What a fecking idiot

    1. Dan kit says:

      Fcking bunch of clowns

  22. Sue says:

    I don’t believe it….

    1. Defund The Media says:

      Literally sue wtf!! That’s 3 in 3 games now right?!?

      1. Sue says:

        Will anything EVER go our way, Rory? πŸ˜”πŸ˜”πŸ˜”

        1. Defund The Media says:

          I know auba finally breaks his slump and the boom… all optimism snuffed out in a couple of mins 😭😭

          1. Sue says:

            One thing after another….

    2. Highbury Hero says:

      Unbelievable! Can’t find the words….

  23. Kieron Blandford says:

    3 games without Gabriel now πŸ™

    1. Defund The Media says:

      Nah should only be one game no? For two yellows rather than a straight red

      1. SueP says:

        I think you are right.

    2. Highbury Hero says:

      Not watching the game but on Livescore it shows two yellows πŸ€”

  24. gotanidea says:

    Magalhaes was definitely out of form since the start of the game. He couldn’t handle Che Adams, and now Walcott

  25. Vinod says:

    Nketiah the sacrificial lamb.

  26. lcw says:

    Just when we started playing better.

  27. Highbury Hero says:

    You too Brutus? Sorry Gabriel?

  28. Mohsan says:

    I said before this will happen…it’s just the situation…in this situation some times it’s fustration that gets the better of you or sometimes it’s just that eagerness and fear where you don’t want to be reason of loss as if it’s your mistake. I won’t blame players too much for that, just some bad luck for Arteta I have sympathy for him when it comes to this.

  29. gotanidea says:

    Is there an agenda to destroy Arsenal?

    1. GunneRay says:

      Yes, it’s called self destruction!

      1. Jax says:

        Self destruction!

    2. Mark says:

      Yes.. Probably an inside job..

  30. Vinod says:

    Good move taking Ceballos off.

  31. Kedar says:

    It seems PΓ©pé’s Red card is curse 🀣

  32. S says:

    Deja vu innit, the last Gabriel we signed Also, I repeat Also, saw his arsenal career slide after seeing red in a match. Walcott doing a Diego Costa πŸ˜‰

  33. Marc says:

    I can’t watch this anymore. Sick of watching the same dross every game. Three red cards in three games is shocking discipline and we’ve managed one goal in open play in thirteen hours, big woop.

  34. Coldzero says:

    This has to be an effing joke!! Are they getting sent off on purpose? What the heck is going on with this team!!

    Sick of it!

  35. Mohsan says:

    It’s not like it’s never happened before 10men can win it sometimes going down gives you more purpose and drive…hopefully it does to our team. We can win this boysss…

  36. mickmematethemasterfarter says:

    is pepe still on cant c him

  37. Jax says:

    Gabby went all Xhaka there. Theo beat him & he yanked him back.So stupid.

  38. Kieron Blandford says:

    I think there is!
    When you look at our red cards compare pepe to Fred’s and xhaka to chilwell you got to wonder why we get harsher punishments atm

    1. gotanidea says:

      Three consecutive red cards are ridiculous decisions from the officials

      1. Marc says:

        All three red cards were stonewall reds. No conspiracy, just awful decision making from the players.

        1. RSH says:

          exactly. Espescially Xhaka and Pepe’s. It’s always been reds to headbutt somebody. And how wrapping your hand around someones neck is up for debate… somebody would need to tell me.

          1. SueP says:


  39. Mohsan says:

    Take Pepe off and bring Laca…fresh legs and we need someone to hold the ball so players can breath.

  40. mickmematethemasterfarter says:

    luis looks drunk as a skunk

  41. Sid says:

    So slow… back to shaky defence and wayward passes…
    We cant seem to complete a backpass even!

  42. Mohsan says:

    That was some dark arts by Gabi but the ref did not understand.

  43. Skills1000 says:

    Finally. David luiz showing some leadership at the back

    1. SueP says:

      You got in before me
      Marshalling the team

  44. GunneRay says:

    Just feel the Saknts are going to score another..

    1. GunneRay says:


    2. S says:

      It’s funny, we got done on the counter by a top team & apparently we can’t do the same to them. If that really is the case then off to the championship we go

  45. RSH says:

    so can everyone finally be quiet about Pepe, lmao. He’s always awful. I dont konw why ppl thought he’d be much better than Willian.

    1. Sekman says:

      He was much better than Willian

      Offense, defense and ariel

  46. Mohsan says:

    Nah man, bring Laca on. We can nick a win. Draw won’t do any good to us unless it’s to safe Arteta job for one more match.

    1. SueP says:

      Even a draw will bring a boost to a bunch who are out of confidence

      1. Mohsan says:

        Agree SueP, but sometimes these are the situations where you need to stand up and be brave. Higher risk higher the reward. Also I think Laca not also gives you an offensive threat but also he is good at chasing down and holding ball which is essential when you are down to 10.

  47. Skills1000 says:

    We made Southampton look like Bayern Munich

    1. GunneRay says:

      We would make a Sunday league team look like Bayern!

  48. Highbury Hero says:

    Lady luck please?

    1. Admin Pat says:


      1. Highbury Hero says:

        Nearly Pat πŸ˜”πŸ˜”

  49. Highbury Hero says:


  50. Sue says:

    So unlucky Holding

  51. Dendrite says:

    It’s clear to me that these bunch of mercenaries posing as players are playing to get Arteta the sack.

    Before Aubameyang’s equalizer, I was convinced by his performance that he wants the manager out as shown by his listless performance and lack of application. After his equalizer, I was asking myself how the players are planning to lose the game. As counterintuitive this might be, that is the bitter truth right now – there is mutiny right now within the squad. FACT!!!

    Aside Saka, Tierney and maybe Leno, I don’t see any of the other players in today’s starting lineup as a long-term player. Gabriel’s red card has put a smear on his credibility in my opinion. Let’s hope the red card was not premeditated.

    I know many of you will come for my head for saying this, but club needs to go to relegation. After then, can we begin afresh again. Due to loss of revenue, the club will be forced to cut ties with most of the first squad players and the ownership of the club might change.

    Regarding the manager, I don’t see him as the problem. No big manager can work wonders with these bunch of misfits and greedy players. If Arteta is sacked, we should be ready to become a club that sacks managers every year.

    Until we complete the massive overhaul of this useless bunch of mercenaries, no manager can turn the tide. They have started the same shenanigans they pulled on Emery on Arteta. FF sake, what can a manager do when the players are uncoachable and don’t wanna apply themselves to assimilate the style of play of the manager.

    These players need to be investigated for selling out these games. Gabriel showed today he is part of the problem. He played as if he wanted the red card to halt the ascendancy we were experiencing after the equalizer. How can you blame the manager for the red card FF sake.

    Watching these players is such a pain in the arse. All I see are unmotivated millionaires players relentlessly frustrating the effort of the manager surreptitiously. It takes a lot of awareness and understanding of the game to see that these players through their body language and lack of application are doing everything possible to undermine Arteta and make him look stupid.

    I expect many more losses and red cards from this squad to further rub salt to injury by these bunch of misfits we call professionals. I maintain again that giving Arteta the sack will get us no where. Of course, sacking him would magically result in an ‘upturn’ in their form to avoid relegation, but if that happens, we should expect the new manager to get the sack midway next season.

    This club needs a massive overhaul from top to bottom. And this will require the patience of the fans. We need to get behind the manager for the sake of the club. It’s just unsustainable employing a new manager every season.

    1. gotanidea says:

      Arsenal are also at fault for recruiting highly marketable players from abroad. They should’ve followed Liverpool’s recruitment policy, but I guess selling jersey and pay-per-views are more important for Arsenal

      Rather than losing hundreds of millions by replacing many big stars, Arsenal will easily lift up the divas’ motivation by replacing Arteta with an older manager

      That would be a pity, because Arteta is a smart manager

  52. Skills1000 says:

    Holding should have scored that

    1. RSH says:

      yeah but he’s awful. YOu cant ask for a better ball. Even if youre a CB.

      1. Declan says:

        What a stupid couple of comments, skills and Rsh

        1. SueP says:

          It was a great effort Declan πŸ‘

        2. Sekman says:

          These 2 , rsh and skill are full of it

          1. Skills1000 says:

            We are talking about Arsenal. a team that played in a champions league final. a team that had Hleb, Nasri, Fabregas, Van Persie. We have seen better days. let us not kid ourselves. we are not making progress as a football club

        3. Skills1000 says:

          Hi Declan. Things are not looking good at the club honestly. we finished second in the league the season Leicester won the league. we were playing champions league football continuously for many years, And now, we cant beat Burnley, Leicester, wolves, aston villa and Southampton at home. we dont even have a player like carzola who could dribble through the middle. Things are getting worse by the day.

          1. SueP says:

            What on earth has that got to do with right now?

        4. Joe. S says:

          I think so Declan. I’ve seen Giroud and Lacazette miss easier chances than that.

  53. GunneRay says:

    A draw is better than a loss at least..

  54. adajim says:

    a draw isnt bad

  55. SueP says:

    It’s not the result I’d hoped for but a draw is infinitely better than a loss

    I think we missed Luiz. He is an older version of Tierney in the sense of taking responsibility and showing leadership.

    A proper goal and a post at the end. I feel a sense of relief.

    A defeat would have been totally catastrophic

    1. Highbury Hero says:

      Agreed and we won’t feel miserable at least for a few days.

  56. Highbury Hero says:

    Not bad at all. At least we got something today. We can build from here.

    1. SueP says:

      Yes HH
      They didn’t throw the towel

  57. lcw says:

    We played good today so congrats!
    Good thing not to loose.

  58. ArsenalWhy says:

    Yes, a draw!!! The comeback for the season is on. Arteta should be given at least 3 years now.

    1. Mohsan says:

      Hahaha…I still think he should be sacked. When you make a team like South Hampton such a big job at home not to mention what they did with us first 30minites then I don’t see how he is going to take us to previous hieghts.

  59. Mohsan says:

    We definitely need a quality Midfield creator to play along Partey and Saka. We lack quality in middle big time specially when Partey is not there. One quality quality proper creative CM is needed not only now but future as well.

  60. Gogo says:

    Shocking performance by a bunch of lazy players. Auba apart from the goal is shit. With what I see Arteta cannot keep us afloat. We will be relegated.
    It takes more than good talks, nice press conferences, nice looks suits to succeed in the game of football… In any field of life when a manager cannot motivate his players he has to go.

  61. Sid says:

    Nice to hang on. Please now try to win….

    1. SueP says:

      Yes it was Sid
      ThNk goodness it was an early kick off Now you can have a good nights sleep

      1. Sid says:

        Thanks, SueP. I did sleep soundly. Maybe the change in result, lol.

  62. Dboy says:

    They hung in there. We will turn the corner. That will give them some inspiration. These games will start taking their toll. Guys worked their socks off.

    1. adajim says:

      playing with a man down in almost 3 games consecutively. its taking toll on the players

  63. Mohsan says:

    Sorry but this was South Hampton, last time it was Burnley and before that Lescester at home…not good enough. The teams we should be rolling over at home we are either loosing or merely surviving. I still think an active big club of Europe would have fired the manager by now or if not before then today for sure. Even a small club like west Brom fired Bilic even though they drew against City.

  64. Sue says:

    2 things I’ve not seen from Arsenal in a while – a goal and a point!!! πŸ˜„
    So happy for Auba… Saka is superb
    Really disappointed with Gabriel… had been brilliant all season and then tonight he just had to channel his inner Xhaka 😑

    1. adajim says:

      He struggled all the game, i dont think he deserve both cards though.
      oh Saka how MA like to reduce this boy to defensive play,. i was asking about him all through first have because i was sure if he could proprely join attack, we would get the better of them, MA is been too cautious that why we are where we are.
      those that complained about putting in too much across, can breath happy

      1. Sue says:

        Such a joy watching Saka!

  65. Joe. S says:

    Saka came of age today. If Pepe was worth 70 million then what is this kid going to fetch. I felt sorry for Cebeillos. He comes from Real Madrid where he is used to visionary midfielders who usually know where the ball is going to be two steps ahead and here is at Arsenal with only cult hero Eleny to work with. Arteta would have been smarter to take Auba off keep Cebeillos on to hold the ball. At least the manager got away with it this time. We also had it confirmed as to why AMN can’t hold a spot in the team. His passing is terrible. Ideally he should be a certainty to be selected ahead of Eleny but at least the Egyptian’s sideways passing didn’t go to the opposition even if it is impotent.

    1. SueP says:

      A great endorsement

    2. adajim says:

      i have asked severally why people think AMN is best at middle while AW, UE, FL, now MA and even england coach feel otherwise, all his life he has played less than 10 games in the middle yet lots of persons here think he is better than our current mildfielders

    3. Vinod says:

      Ceballos was taken off so that we won’t be reduced to 9 men.

      1. Joe. S says:

        So what about Auba. Wasn’t he a waste of space?Oh that’s right,he scored his second goal of the season, didn’t he?

        1. Sue says:

          Make that 3rd πŸ˜‰

  66. adajim says:

    i think the players needs to learn man mark. they seems to loose their man most time creating acres of space, there is no comunication everyone just following direction of play, MA needs to see something about it.
    Auba really did well today making lots of runs.

    play safe is another problemm at arsenal now, everyone trying not to lose ball or commit error, thereby doing simple pass with no purpose until Saka decided to throw caution to the wind, even pepe was silent all through because AMN refused to attack, and oh AMN, putting a lot of effort in recovering possession only to throw it away almost immediately and at a dangerous position.

    overall a draw isn’t bad but we need to put in a lot of efforts from the start football isn’t judge on 2nd half alone, i doubt arsenal has scored in first half all season in epl

  67. Skills1000 says:

    truth be told, 14 points from 13 games is bad for a club as big as arsenal. This draw is like a loss imo.

    Some are saying we played well. We deserve better than this. Honestly, we are declining. there are still more gams to play for. But something is fundamentally wrong.

    1. Sue says:

      If we’d let the lead slip, I’d probably be feeling differently, Skills. You’re right though, 14 points is poor, really poor.. have to see how we follow this up against Everton….

      1. Skills1000 says:

        Sue, yes. I agree with you. but when i look at the table. we are 15th place. the target this season was a top4 finish. these players have to look themselves in the face and show more commitment. Arteta also deserves some criticism. What does it take for Smith Rowe to start a league game?
        Spurs and Liverpool are both on 25 points. if a win comes from that, that means we would be 14 points behind the leaders. There is a fundamental problem with our beloved club. Honestly. Arteta should have played smith rowe today. Martinelli is fit again. he should have been on the bench. Maybe i am over reacting.

        1. Sue says:

          No, you’re not overreacting, Skills. We should at least be in the top half of the table!!
          This season has been awful, you don’t have to remind me of all those losses, records smashed etc…oh Arteta receives criticism and rightly so… don’t get me wrong, Skills, just because we picked up a point doesn’t mean all is hunky dory..have to see where we go from here now.. could it be a turning point? Maybe….
          Have to go easy on Gabs, don’t want him having a set back, like Partey.
          Try not to let it bother you too much, Skills.. I would say things will pick up, but I’m not sure about that just yet…

        2. adajim says:

          we got redcarded around 60min, Martinelli wouldnt have made the team still, MA had plan of bringing either lacca or willian in before the redcard. just like i support MA decision to leave Saliba out of the squared i also support his decision to keep the young guys away from the squard for now until things get settled, this team is undergoing a face and the big boys are used to criticism, bringing in young guys is throwing them under the bus, it might turn worst and destroy them,

          Arsenal fans knows how to raise expectation on players and as well quick to destroy same players when ‘their expectations
          ‘ are not fulfilled

          1. SueP says:

            I have only just picked up on your post and I think you are absolutely right. We all scream and shout for the youngsters, but shoving them en masse for tonight would have been a disaster. Bit by bit

  68. Joe. S says:

    Gabrielle’s red card was a case of dumb and dumber, but he is the type of player who will learn from . Not having midfielders who can boss and control the ball is putting too much pressure on the central defence who I still believe are doing a good job. The pair of Gabrielle and Holding should be kept together. Holding will always have a game where his lack of speed will be a liability but he is still young enough to improve in terms of positioning and becoming game wise. Tony Roberts rates him. I think he knows more about the craft than most of the commentators above.

    1. adajim says:

      Joe, that partnership will be seen for a long time at arsenal except Saliba come back good next season.

      just see Mo positioning in the Soton goal buid up, so awful.
      i always know we struggle physically in the absence of Xhaka, am not exempting him from blame but he isnt worst than Mo or ceballos or any other players we have for same position except maybe Partey

  69. Goonerforever says:

    Just saw Auba’s post match interview – however good he is as a player, he’s not a leader or going to inspire the team when things aren’t going well. He admitted he just goes into his shell – we need to change the captain, let him focus on scoring and someone else drive & lead the team with a bit of emotion (KT)

    1. SueP says:

      I was just about to write something similar
      It is no shame that he hasn’t those qualities but give the job to Luiz or Tierney

    2. Sue says:

      Another thing MA’s got wrong – giving Auba the armband!!

      1. Marty says:

        Agree Auba is no captain, if only we had someone of McLintocks or Adams character.

  70. Sue says:

    Bloody hell, Palace playing tiki-taka πŸ˜‚ Would’ve been a beautiful goal!!

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