Official Arsenal team to face West Brom – Auba, Ceballos and Laca start

Arsenal is going for their third Premier League win in a row this evening against relegation-threatened West Brom, however, it would be a huge mistake to assume that this game will be a walkover, it certainly will not.

No doubt some will point to their 5-0 loss against Leeds United, which is fine, but if you do that you cannot ignore the 1-1 against Man City and the draw against Liverpool by the same scoreline.

Sam Allardyce is a brilliant manager at keeping teams up and he will have West Brom fully wound up for this game and it is imperative that Mikel Arteta gets both his team selection and tactics right this evening at the Hawthorns.

This is the team that Arteta has gone with.

Are you satisfied with the team that Mikel Arteta has gone with against West Brom this evening?

Has Arteta has got it right once again or has he made a boo-boo with his line up?

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
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  1. gotanidea says:

    Good line-up. COYG

  2. Reggie says:

    Not really any surprises tonight 3-0. We have t be realistic WBA are relegated.

  3. Sue says:

    Like the line up..
    Snowing at the Hawthorns! COYG

    1. Jax says:

      Not too much to abandon game I hope Sue.

      1. Sue says:

        It’s heavy, Jax..

        1. Jax says:

          Pitch looks OK now .

          1. Sue says:


  4. Jax says:

    Good team selection, giving Martinelli a well deserved rest and Elneny on the bench. I’d still have preferred AMN instead of Cebellos, but you can’t have all wishes granted.

    1. Davi says:

      Same – dying to see AMN more involved. I think his game in midfield against Dundalk(?) may have actually gone against him because he was very eager to join the attack, when he’d probably have more success playing a bit more defensively in that position. Guess it depends what his instruction was.

      1. Jax says:

        Ceballos might be in to help beat the expected ten defenders WBA will put out. He is a better passer than AMN.

        1. Davi says:

          Makes perfect sense, I just want to see AMN getting more involved

  5. Rux says:

    I am happy that ESR is becoming the most important player.
    I am confident that He is going to have a good game

  6. Jah son says:

    A big game for Smith-Rowe hope everything goes well. He will not have Martinelli running to support him Aubameyang will leave him to dictate play. We need this one

  7. Dan kit says:


  8. Eddie says:

    I hope they don’t cancel the game.
    Great lineup, no complaints from me.
    Willian playing his best position for the third game in a row.
    God’s own child playing, and will be getting a well deserved rest.

    1. Kstix says:

      COYG here’s to victory. Martinelli coming in for Auba in the second half if he doesn’t perform. But my guess is Arteta will take lacazette off first before Auba no matter how the two are performing.

  9. GunnerDev says:

    If Abua doesn’t pull his finger out i expect him to be subbed for Martinelli. Then again MA would probably replace saka with Martinelli. All guess work. Either way Abua needs to find his form as he is being out performed by a number of youngsters at the moment

  10. JOEL says:

    Cebellos should not be playing…especially if rumours are true and Real Madrid are looking to bring his loan to a premature end if he doesn’t get enough game time.Frankly his game time should be reduced to the odd minute or two from the bench.The fact that Arteta chose to bring him back after an underwhelming Season which was only saved by a few half half decent appearances made no real sense….and was an indication of further mistakes which followed.If I were AMN I would be thinking that other Clubs undoubtedly offer better opportunities when Arteta continues to favour others.In a similar vein I would have thought that Balogun should be given opportunities on the Bench in front of others who have proven time and time again to be well below the standards that Arsenal should demand from their players.From what Ive seen his abilities seem to be head and shoulders above the likes of Neketiah….a supposed “goal poacher” whose abilities remain within the realms of under-21 football and not at the senior level.

  11. Iykmatt says:

    Aubameyang better respect himself&perform better than of recent.wishing the rest of the team all the best&hoping for the 3points come the end of the night.COYG

  12. Highbury Hero says:

    This should be a walk in the park for Arsenal. I won’t wish good luck tonight because we don’t need it. This should be our highest scoring game this season considering the opponent, with all due respect to them.

    1. ArsenalWhy says:

      Lmao 🀣🀣🀣🀣 you got jokes man.

  13. Roachie says:

    Gonna have to drag myself away from the darts for the match……

    1. Sue says:

      Me too…wanted Price to win..

      1. Roachie says:

        too close to call sue, great game

        1. Sue says:

          Bunting’s on fire… unfortunately 🀣

      2. Jax says:

        Spent much of my childhood at Ally Pally Sue. I expect you must have gone there often enough.

        1. Sue says:

          Looks great there, Jax. No, not been there… Used to go to Lakeside a lot back in the day. Been to tons of exhibitions… love the darts!

    2. Jax says:

      That cannot require much of an effort surely?

  14. Skills1000 says:

    Happy new year everyone. I wish everyone a prosperous year.
    This is a good selection. 3 points is all that matters. COYG

    1. Sue says:

      And to you too, Skills!

  15. jon fox says:

    Thank God for no Willian, Pepe, Luiz and best of all no Elneny. Two idlers, one mistake on legs and one crab!
    We still have to put up with Xhaka and Bellerin, but given who our owner is, we should be thankful for small mercies.

  16. Vinod says:

    Score within 20 min. I don’t want a long and boring night.

  17. SueP says:


    1. Sid says:

      For a moment I thought you cheered on LiverpoolπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

      1. SueP says:

        Silly Billy, Sid!!!
        I used to shout that on the terraces

        1. SueP says:

          Late night for you!

          1. Sid says:

            Totally worth it! Great game today!

          2. SueP says:

            It really is Sid
            I’ve been down in the dumps with the anti Arteta comments but we might have turned the corner

  18. Roachie says:

    Xhaka in short sleeves. Respect

    1. Sue says:

      Price won 6-4!!! Get in there

  19. Davi says:

    Big Sam looks like a yeti

    1. Sue says:


  20. Sean says:

    Chance after chance here, cmon Arsenal great start!! How good is Saka 🀀

    1. Sue says:


      1. Defund The Media says:

        Tesco πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ that wee fact just makes me love him more too!!

        1. Sue says:


    2. Sean says:

      Future Captain does the job πŸ‘

      1. Sue says:


        1. Mambo says:

          Honestly he has to be sooner or later, I cant spot a better candidate on the pitch. He looks something we have been lacking in capains for a long time.

          1. Sean says:

            Look at him in training hes a mans man a will run through a brick wall for Arsenal & as he did at Celtic. Ultimate professional. Roy Keane will also love this lad for the way he conducts himself. Captain Material, natural leader.

          2. Sue says:

            Spot on, Mambo πŸ‘

  21. SueP says:

    What an absolute beaut!!!

  22. Crowther says:


  23. Sue says:

    I bet Celtic wish they’d still got him πŸ˜‚

  24. Sid says:

    OH MY GOD!😱😱

  25. Dan kit says:

    What a fcking goal

  26. Defund The Media says:

    With the weaker foot too what a peach πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘Œ

    1. Sue says:

      It was indeed! This is more like it, Rory πŸ™‚

  27. Mambo says:

    What an fing goal whaaatttt the heck

  28. adajim says:

    KT has really improved his game, kudos, less of useless across from him

  29. siamois says:

    Some goal!

  30. Mambo says:

    Snowing quite a bit now

    1. Dan kit says:

      I’m about 70 miles away and it’s proper coming down for the last 2 hours

  31. Mogunna says:

    iff saka was on left and auba right, Auba would have scored that cross with right foot he attempted. We did by Tierny who auba cant match on that flank.

    midfield is not doing it, 2 number 8 in ceballos & skz who both caan play 10 as Rowe, they all need to focus on defending ..

  32. ken1945 says:

    That changes the whole dynamics of the game – WBA cannot sit back now.
    What a beauty!!!

  33. Sue says:


    1. Defund The Media says:

      Great solo goal and a great team goal! Great to see for a change sue πŸ‘πŸ‘

      1. Sue says:

        Beautiful football, Rory… playing really well πŸ‘Œ

        1. Defund The Media says:

          πŸ‘Œ absolutely NEED to keep playing esr sue! πŸ‘Œ

          1. Sue says:

            Totally agree!! What a player

  34. Sid says:

    Liquid Football!!

  35. Sue says:

    ESR assist… I’m loving it

  36. siamois says:

    We need to keep the pressure on and go for a 2nd one please

    1. siamois says:


      1. Defund The Media says:


  37. Thebush says:

    Finally an Arsenal goal after two years of asking

  38. adajim says:

    i concur ESR is ready and deserves to be in this team. next please

  39. Dan kit says:

    Wow even better

  40. Davi says:

    That was an Arsenal goal

    1. Sue says:


  41. Mambo says:

    The kids running the show.
    Nice goal again

  42. SueP says:

    Could be a hatful 🀞

  43. Sean says:

    These young guns have it!! Laca again involved with them, brilliant goal well done lads πŸ‘πŸ‘ SmithRowe… Wow!

  44. Sue says:

    Saka even takes a decent corner.. is there anything he cannot do?! πŸ™‚

    1. Adeski says:

      Score an own goal πŸ˜‚

      1. Sue says:


  45. Highbury Hero says:

    ArsenalWhy how do you like the joke so far?

    1. Defund The Media says:


    2. Sid says:

      A little salty maybeπŸ˜‚

    3. ArsenalWhy says:

      I’m quite happy πŸ˜ƒ but admit it, that was a funny never the less.

  46. Skills1000 says:

    Smith Rowe. This guy is a player. I just love the way he plays. He has that football intelligence

    1. Sue says:


  47. Jax says:

    A terrific game of football with two superb goals and Smith Rowe is unplayable.

    1. Dan kit says:

      Agreed JAx ,looks top notch πŸ‘

  48. Roachie says:

    The black country is becoming the white country

  49. Sean says:

    11th in the table if we keep this up. At 2-0 we are -1 goal difference, make this game count as we need those goals in the plus to even stand a chance of catching the 4 or 5 above us!

    Cmon demolish big sam please

    1. SueP says:

      You are absolutely right to look at the table and goal difference is close

      1. Sean says:

        3points behind Southampton who have their game in hand v liverpool and West Ham are 3 points clear too but goal difference will be vital for us and all these chances need to be out away!

        1. SueP says:

          I’m with you

  50. adajim says:

    lazy lazy Auba

  51. Crowther says:

    Snow has much impact than west bromwich

    1. Sue says:


  52. Kieron Blandford says:

    Smith rowe…….mesut who? πŸ™‚

    1. ken1945 says:


      1. Sean says:

        Ken be happy for gods sake. Were all here for same reason buddy. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, it’s our job to respect it with counter opinions.

        1. ken1945 says:

          I’m happy Sean, it’s great to see attacking, progressive football from the team.
          Just so annoying to see someone try to bring in ANY kind of negativity – idiotic in my opinion.

          1. SueP says:

            But is he an idiot?

          2. Defund The Media says:

            What’s negative about it? Hes bigging up a rising talent and referenced a player who will never kick a ball again for arsenal πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ

          3. Dan kit says:

            I’m with Ken ,if smith Rowe can do half of what Ozil as achieved we should all be happy ,no need to bring Ozil into it IMO

          4. ken1945 says:

            You tell me SueP, can you see anything negative about this team performance?

          5. SueP says:

            Nothing at all Ken
            But does that have anything whatsoever in calling Kieron an idiot?
            You set the bar

          6. Cph says:

            No need to call people idiot IMO.

            You are wrong to insult people like that. Disrespectful.

    2. GunnerDev says:

      Agreed 😁

  53. Kieron Blandford says:

    Agree about Gd I cant believe how close the entire top of the table is a few wins in a row and up we go.
    Spurs today up from 7th to joint 3rd.
    Most teams from 2 to 10 are in 29 then 26 we look to be 23 with a win today.
    Bizarre season!

    1. Sean says:

      Yeah even city 3pts ahead but they will have 3 games in hand. We need to keep winning a newcastle is next isnt it? Have to win that!! Other Fixtures will play a key part like the Southampton v Liverpool in getting up the table!

  54. Sue says:

    Fab half, really enjoyed it!!
    I wonder if Holding brought his guitar for some half-time entertainment?! πŸ˜„

    1. Kev82 says:

      Excellent Sue not often we say that at halftime or full-time lol now Bellerin off Maitland Niles on before he is sent off πŸ˜„

      1. Sue says:

        They’ll be hollering for Bilic at this rate 🀣🀣

        1. Kev82 says:

          Haha let’s hope this game isn’t cancelled πŸ˜‚

          1. Sue says:

            No chance!!

    2. Skills1000 says:

      Yes Sue. We are winning this. Glad the team is playing well now. Martinelli and Smith Rowe brought the required energy. COYG

      1. Sue says:


  55. Kieron Blandford says:

    Idiot me?
    Keep your opinion to yourself!
    ESR optimised everything that Ozil isnt cant wait to see his toxicity gone.
    My opinion.

    1. FootballisTrivial says:

      Ignore fanboys. They’re hardly rational.

    2. SueP says:

      Correct Kieron

      1. SueP says:

        Your opinion

          1. SueP says:

            Been a great watch so far Jax!

  56. gotanidea says:

    Wonderful solo goal by Tierney and he looks on steroid today. The second goal is an amazing teamwork that shows great understanding between Lacazette, Smith-Rowe and Saka

    All Gunners are playing without brakes today!

  57. Davi says:

    2 isn’t enough. The conditions make it so easy to give away a goal which wouldn’t happen on a normal day. Ball is holding up. Everyone has to maintain concentration.

  58. Herbz says:

    That’s what short, quick passing does to a game of football….

    Not this kind where Holding takes 10 touches before releasing the ball.

    Come on Arsenal let’s score more,,,, something like 5.

  59. McLovin says:

    Keep control of the game. WBA has no other option than to attack. We can hit em on the counter.

  60. Hill says:

    The football today is remiscent of Wenger’s era style of play

    1. gotanidea says:

      The Invincible era, not the drought period after that

      1. Mambo says:

        You obviously did not watch Arsenal during the drought era

        1. SueP says:


    2. Davi says:

      Yup, ESR was the missing piece and Saka has been outstanding, along with Laca (wish he’d finished that run and shot) – got to keep them and GM fit and healthy.

  61. Winston says:

    Great 1st half. Really enjoyed the performance despite the heavy snow.

    Absolutely mind-blowing goal from Tierney. Can’t hope for a better goal from a left back. He’s really up for it today.

    2nd goal reminds me of the good old days. Vintage Arsenal goal.

    Only gripe I have was a couple of backward passes by Xhaka that put us in more danger than if he had gone forward.

    I have no problems with passing backwards as long as it makes sense, but if it puts a teammate under more pressure, then it’s clearly the wrong option

  62. Kev82 says:

    Need an orange ball πŸ˜†

    1. Mambo says:


  63. Mambo says:

    Why dont they clear the entire field of snkw at half time?

  64. Mambo says:

    Suspect the snow is going to level the playing field

  65. SueP says:

    A pinball wizard

  66. adajim says:

    saka for 75m is a better bargain. laccazet slowly turning prolific again

  67. anie says:

    Boom LA CA Za

  68. Sid says:

    Laca might have his best goal return this season!🀞🀞

  69. Skills1000 says:

    Wow. lol. Lacazette

  70. Jax says:

    Can’t blame the poor keeper for swearing at his defence.

  71. Sid says:

    Old willie replaces little chilli! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    1. Sue says:


  72. RSH says:

    Excellent game from Arsenal right now. So glad to see us getting back on track and playing entertaining football

    1. Sue says:


  73. ken1945 says:

    Superb performance from the boys – this is what we have wanted all season!!
    Wonder if Allardyce still sees us as relegation rivals.

    1. Sue says:

      I wonder if he’ll keep them up πŸ˜„ Huge task!

  74. Glorious says:


  75. Ackshay says:

    West brom gk is good, could have been 7-0

  76. Gizzle says:

    Wonderful win . I dont want to be critical and i know Arteta was just trying to kill the game . The clear out is necessary . Willian,Mustafi,Ozil,Runnarson,Nketiah,Pepe ,Socratis and Willock have to join that Taxi out of Arsenal and Auba is a shadow of himself and he isnt worthy to be in the first 11.Just my honest opinion.

    1. Crowther says:

      Luiz should be taxi conductor

  77. Sean says:

    All about Goal Difference now. +1…
    Make it a 5 star performance, one more lads. We could be 7 or 8 ahead here

    1. SueP says:

      Again you are so right
      A weird season and if there is ever a time to be on the rise … it is now
      + goal difference
      Yee has!

  78. Gogo says:

    Anybody seen why Bellerin in playing ahead of AMN? We cannot really know t all from the outside. He has given the ball away in dangerous position more than all the players put together in just these few minutes he came in.

    1. Mambo says:


      1. Gogo says:

        Right now I will be sad if we sold him but due to contract issues we should just cash in and maybe with more game time MAN will come good. He doesn’t just have the fight in him. So lacklustre and relaxed…

    2. Davi says:

      Yeah but it’s not just about one game. Bellerin has been great recently, but history suggests he’ll drop back to mediocrity at some point (hate to be so negative but it’s been a happening for years now).
      On AMN, I do think he has a big future but there needs to focus on a main position (DM, CM, LB, RB) – currently he doesn’t have that. He’s had some big performances, but mostly at LWB, which Didn’t do himself any favours today – definitely agree on that.

  79. adajim says:

    why did Auba sign ‘that thing’? he is not interested in playing here and his body language show it all. look at the simple mistake pass from KT , football is a team game and mistake and coveries are bound, so why does he seem to blame Tierney, who does he think he is, doesnt he make mistakes too

  80. Sid says:

    Aubameyang looked defeated in some patches of the gameπŸ˜”πŸ˜”

    1. SueP says:

      Can he recover?

      1. Sid says:

        I believe he will. Otherwise Arteta may need ro make some hard decisions. But right now I think that trusting him is right, as he is a really consistent goalscorer. Just tweak your plan to suit Aubameyang more. His pace seems to have dropped, so maybe less defensive duties for him would do the trick?

  81. Mambo says:

    Please explain this back and forth passing between ANM and Cellabos? Are they trying to see who gets the most touches?

    1. Sid says:

      Seeing out the game I guess. But after Saka and Smith Rowe came off yhere was no progression from the middleπŸ˜”πŸ˜”

  82. Gogo says:

    If there is any player I want gone from the Arsenal squad it’s Willock. To think that they were playing him ahead of ESR is criminal.

  83. Sue says:

    We’re 11th now πŸ™‚ Sweet!

    1. Sid says:

      Makes you wonder what could have been had our young stars remained fitπŸ˜”πŸ˜”

      1. Sue says:

        Exactly, Sid!! Oh well, onwards and upwards from here, hey?! πŸ™‚

        1. Sid says:

          Yup. Onwards and upwards always.😁

    2. Skills1000 says:

      Yes Sue..little by little. We are moving up. A good game tonight

      1. Sue says:

        Spot on, Skills! Another clean sheet!

  84. Ackshay says:

    Guess we are never meant to see aubameyang and lacazette both in top form at the same time. Auba looks soo sad out there, nothing is going right, no Striker luck

  85. ACE says:

    Unless Arsenal have serious plans to
    bring in an Isco/Buendia/Brandt
    type this month there is no chance
    in you know what that the likes of
    Pepe, Willian and Willock will be
    allowed to leave.

    Saka and ESR cant play every game
    during this festive period of

  86. Kay says:

    Sorry, but is there a rule that says a captain should not be subbed because I didn’t understand why Auba finished the game?

  87. RSH says:

    Great game from Arsenal. My only negative is Aubameyang’s body language. Unbefitting of a captain. I know he wants to score but sulking and jogging when we need to close out a game is BAD. And attitudes like that is exactly why we have so many players here that think this is a vacation. Okay… rant over. Happy about everything else today!

  88. Sean says:

    Has Laca earned a new deal??
    If not much of a payrise then yes.
    His experienced head with these young guys is brillaint atm.

    Auba may look to leave though! I’d take Β£30m for him and give the Captaincy to Keiran Tierney!!

    1. Joe. S says:

      Agree Sean, Haven’t always been a fan but Laca’s running in the past two games has been one of the pluses in contrast to Aubameyang’s tired performances. Whether or not Arteta can continue to get the best out of Lacazette will define Arsenal’s season.

  89. Gogo says:

    Mari might actually be a better shout than Gabriel. His position sense is second only to the BFG. Holding New Contract? still no sure.

    Saka and Tieney, our shining light.
    Auba’s body languages says the he’s not in the team. In wish i can explain it better. It’s like the experienced players vs the youngstere.

    To think that Partey will be joining this team is exciting. Granit Xhaka is good when everyone around him is running and defending. Great to see him and Partey combo With ESR ahead. Auba shouor sort himself out or Martinelli will forever take his spot. Laca is putting up the fight I want to see.

    Overall a good win for the team.

    1. GunnerDev says:

      Gabriel was player of the month for 3 months was it? Hit a bit of a bad spell and seems to be written off already.

      1. SueP says:

        I see your point
        But Mari is not a bad player either

      2. Gogo says:

        Gabriel is a bit rash is his tackles. He was player of the month in 3 month when Mari didn’t play in those 3 months we actually lost plenty of games. Mari hasn’t lost that much.

        No one is writing him off. We need this type of competition. And if I may ask you Gunnerdev, if you were MA, does Gabrel just walk back into the team lIle Partey will?

  90. Clemento says:

    I hope Martineli has taken a well deserved break to start the next game. Aubameyang proves again that he is not captain material therefore has to be benched. Missing a sitter, blaming the MotM Tierney, lack of motivation, the list can go on and on….

  91. Joe. S says:

    I thought it would be an ugly win today, but the Arsenal did it in style. Everything has already been said above about the kids. If Martinellii had played it could have been six. I guess by now even his main supporters would be worried about Auba. Something is just not right. I don’t think it’s the contract. It’s more his energy level and inability to be in the right place at the right time in order to get his timing right. Maitland Niles has to learn to pass. I still like him as a defensive midfielder. Hers to one good signing and lots more good football.

  92. The Real Vieira Lynn says:

    Great performance today…even though we looked a cut or two above Brom all day, there’s no guarantees that it would translate into the 3 points we craved, so it was impressive to see our guys do something with their opportunities…moving forward, we can’t be afraid to get a little greedy whenever a team opens up like that…6 or 7 could have been in the offing today…here’s hoping we can ship some more deadwood, get one top-notch creative CM and get Partey back soon…to me, this is all about using the second half of the season to get our ducks in a row for a real push next year…not concerned so much about Auba not getting on the scoresheet because we’ve desperately needed secondary scoring since his arrival…if this continues, he’ll get plenty of opportunities, as defensive will have to adjust their coverages…let’s hope the club doesn’t use this bump in results to stand pat, as we’ve seen in the past…I was watching Stuttgart play today too and it made me seriously wonder if we could craft together a solid young defensive core with Gabriel, Saliba, Mavro and Holding

    1. The Real Vieira Lynn says:

      “defenses” not “defensive” t

    2. Sid says:

      I love mavro too. I think he is a pacy guy. Also some academy boys might be great too. Mcguiness, Clarke, new guy Rekik, Ballard may all be great players in the making.

  93. Kieron Blandford says:

    @ken1945 and Footbalistrivial

    I like coming on here but there are some rude idiots at times.
    My anti ozil comment was nor meant to ‘bringing negativity’ on a postive day or ‘being a fanboy’.
    I’m 50 have supported the gunners for 40 years and visited Highbiry and the Enirates many times.

    Again Ozil had been class for us and it’s not his fault that someone was stupid enough to give him a lucrative contract but and a big but hes a divs and a sulker, he doesnt fit the new gritty hard working model.
    The fact hes happy to train and earn money doesn’t endere him to me anymore and his persistent tweeting about wanting to become best friends with goonersaurus etc. Is so damaging and negative toxic in fact.
    If he truly loved the club and fans etc he would’ve agreed to leave and ask to make one more appearance to say goodbye.
    The fact he drive off and left Kolasinac when he got out the car to defend him says everything about this man, *and yes I know the women were in the car too).
    I think what frustrates me most about him is that I loved him as a player since his Real Madris days and when we signed him I was ecstatic and bought shirts with his name.
    So the situation now and seeing him up close just makes me more sick of what’s become and ball and chain around Arsenals ankle even if it is there own doing.
    Go and play in the.MLS and good luck!

    Ken and the other this is my opinion if you disagree show some respect when challenging me.

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