Piers Morgan tells Arteta how Arsenal should line up against Man United

After a not-so-convincing start to the 2023–24 season, beating Nottingham Forest and Palace and then dramatically drawing versus Fulham, Arsenal have their biggest test of this new season when they face Manchester United at the Emirates next Sunday.

Last season, the Red Devils were the team to hand Arsenal their first league defeat of the campaign, beating them at Old Trafford 3-1 on September 4, 2022. Fortunately, the Gunners got their revenge when the Red Devils came for the return fixture at the Emirates; Arteta and the boys beat Ten Hag and his boys 3-2.

Next weekend, every Gooner hopes Manchester United leaves the Capital with a big L. Piers Morgan, the vocal Gooner, thinks he knows how Arteta can outwit Ten Hag. He has picked a formidable lineup that Mikel Arteta could effortlessly use against Manchester United, who’ve also not had the best start of the new season.

Morgan wants to see Gabriel back in the starting lineup, with Partey returning to his midfield role and Gabriel Jesus up front in attack. In response to a tweet asking what advice, as a Gooner, you could give Arteta, he tweeted:

Only a few would have an issue with the lineup, but I question Gabriel Jesus starting ahead of Nketiah.

In his proposed lineup, Morgan wants Eddie Nketiah, who punished Manchester United in their 3-2 loss to the Gunners at the Emirates and has been on good form, benched. I believe that Nketiah should still start, and Jesus should be introduced as a sub. The Brazilian ought to be eased slowly into the team, as we want him at his best.

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  1. Agree, if Jesus will be fit to start. Otherwise, the striker role is one of Eddie, Kai and Trossard. I prefer Kai.

    1. 👍+1 for Nketiah, Odergaard, Rice and Partey in midfield, Zinchenko, Salina, Gabriel and White in the back four.

  2. The most obvious team to start with but definitely Nketiah for Jesus. Stop this players out of position thing. Jesus is a winger. RICE AND PARTEY centre of midfield Saliba and Gabriel in defence and build the team round it. Dont mess with your strength. The midfield is such an obvious starting point and everyone outside the people who pick the team can see it.

  3. I want Zinch to play LB, while partey RB, while Havertz play Xhaka role, Rice defensive midfield role, Odegaard attacking midfield, Martinelli, Nketiah and Saka our front three.

  4. Lets first look back at the Arsenal team that got bullied by United in the preseason friendly. Rice was isolatedd in midfield without Partey who did not play that day. Gariel was poor in defence as White did not play that day. Nketiah and Havertz missed opportunities and had little impact as Jesus did not play that day.// So I would drop Gabriel for White, drop Havertz for Partey in midfield and Drop Nketiah for Jesus up front.

    1. Interesting.
      That game against MU probably provides significant insight into some of the personnel that Arteta has used this season.

  5. Ramsdale

    Job done. Leave the experimentation for the last 20 minutes, if we are leading by 2 goals or more goals.

    1. This a reasonable set up. However, this is not a guaranteed win as you seem to be suggesting. We have used similar set ups before with both successes and losses. Every system has its strengths and weaknesses.

  6. That’s Gabby Abonglahor and Piers Morgan now who Arteta has made look like geniuses. Donald Trump giving out an XI next?

    1. @ RSH,

      This is the funniest comment I have read on this platform in a long while.

      Arteta should do the right thing.
      He should stop this prefential treatment and select the right players that can give us 3 points.

      Arteta needs to learn about squad rotation..

  7. Last game we had a rb playing as a cb.. Ben white
    A, cm as rb…. Partey.
    A cb as a left back… Kiowor
    AM as a LCM… Havaretz
    No wonder we didn’t win…

  8. Jesus for me.
    Het is and will forever be anti-man Utd. I for one think he will give us he’s all for us to come out victorious.

    The rest of Mr Morgan’s team I’d stick with.

  9. As much as Kai Havertz was a great player at leverkuson he has not shown any quality at Chelsea or Arsenal. In fact he has left our midfield very short and to be honest has not contributed much to the team . His constant giving the ball away has left us open to a counter attack and his shocking strike rate in front of goal is much to be desired . I realise that players have to settle in but I really believe that he does not suit us and we should realise that and use Smith Rowe as the attacking midfielder.Defo bring back Gabby in defence move PARTEY into midfield give us the strength back .

  10. I agree with the line up of Morgan except that Nketiah start instead of Jesus. Nketiah has been good this season and deserves to lead the line and also Jesus is just returning from injury so must be gradually phased in and can start future matches.

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