Which of Arsenal’s squad players do you think Arteta will pick to face West Ham tomorrow?

Arsenal’s fixture schedule is becoming extremely congested at the moment with the League and the Champions League, and now we quickly move on to our League Cup Round of 16 clash with West Ham United tomorrow. Having faced Chelsea, Man City and Sevilla, in October Mikel Arteta was happy to make 5 changes for our rout of bottom-of-the-table Sheffield United and he will surely make even more changes for this coming game, although I’m sure Arteta will say he is puting out a team he thinks will win anyway.

So, will he be playing some of his breakout youth players like Sagoe (who started in the last round at Brentford), Crozier-Duberry, Nwaneri or Ruell Walters? Or will he put them on the bench for possible minutes after the game is put to bed?

I am 100% certain that Ramsdale will be given a run out and will be desperate to impress. Other squad players I’m expecting to start are Kiwior, Trossard, Smith-Rowe, Cedric Soares and Elneny, and I reckon Eddie Nketiah will also start to see if he can carry on his sudden goalscoring exploits, and I expect Reiss Nelson to shine as a replacement for Saka, who fully deserves a rest.

And I can’t help but wonder if Declan Rice will start the game to give him his chance of a standing ovation from the home fans?

There are certainly many different permutations that Arteta could field, so is anyone brave enough to suggest a starting XI of squad players that will be good enough to win at the London Stadium?

Feel free to put your suggestions below….


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  1. Should be a solid mixture of starters/regulars and younger players
    The starting lineup and bench should be strong enough to win though

    We should take this seriously but also wisely


  2. Would like to see Nwaneri given a go. He looks the sort of player who could be perfect for our problem position vacated by xhaka.

  3. In current Arsenal team you can’t call any player as purely squad player as all are capable in fitting in starting 11, and we can see the improvement in performance with squad rotation. In games against Spur and Lens Arteta was so rigid and played fatigued players despite having fresh legs at his disposal and we all saw what happened next. I think Arteta has learned from his mistake and that is good thing, but that also cost us valuable points. It’s easy to satisfy 2 world class players playing in same position with regular rotation than 1 average player always keeping him on bench. So if Arteta doesn’t think 2 players available in same position are not of same quality then he should sell one and buy better quality and use them interchangeably in different matches. We can see how Foden, Doku, Silva, Grealish, Alvarez, Debryune play for 2 -3 position and still each gets plenty of game time maintaining high efficiency.

    1. Lmao It’s easy to satisfy 2 world class players playing in same position. No it isn’t.

      Also the 6 players you mentioned fight for 4 positions not 2-3. Infact kdb always plays when fit and alvaraz as a result comes off the bench so its basically 4 players for the 2 winger positions.

  4. I expect the same midfield three as the one against Brentford last outing in the league cup. Havertz-Jorginho-ESR, Other positions I’m not sure of.

  5. Elneny, ESR, Ramsdale CozierD, Trossard, Jorginho and may be Cedric should be considered in my opinion.

  6. Who knows hopefully he gives Martinelli, Saka, and Odergard a deserved rest.
    I do think Eleney will get a runout.

  7. Now that the lesson learned from the last campaign has been use to good effect, we expect it to continue hence:

    White and Magalhaes were solid before Saliba join, that partnership could be put to the test once again. .
    —-Odegaard——Tossard——Smith Rowe
    —- —————Havertez

    Playing with a 4 : 2 : 3 : 1 would give the team more assurances and solidity on hostile territory.

    The big German would be expected to start this one up front as the inform Nketiah urge to keep one eye on the Magpies.

  8. I much hope, but do not believe, MA will play a strong team at West Ham.
    IF we put out a second string team, I expect us to exit the comp, as West Ham will surely put out a strong team.

      1. I disagree. I have seen great right footed partnerships in the past.

        It’s the center back’s individual abilities that matter.

        1. You are right SJ.Virtually all the great centre back partnerships of the past consisted of right footed players with the notable exception of Nesta and Maldini.But, can you name a great pair of left footers?

          1. I can’t think of any left footed center back partnership.
            So one cannot judge if it will be a calamity or success.
            But I strongly believe if they are both good and talented they can still form a strong partnership with their left legs.

  9. I think we will field a fairly strong team with Ramsdale in goal and two or three outfield changes. By the way, the game is Wednesday not tomorrow.

  10. I find it very difficult to read Arteta when it comes to selection, but I do hope he does not play Soares at RB.If he decided to rest White ,which he should do, he should replace him with the admirable Tomi or the up and coming Walters.

  11. I think Saliba, Maghaelas, Saka, Capt. Odergat and Raya need to be rested in non league matches to regain and recharge their sharpness, as well as sparing them from fatigue and injuries.

  12. Back in the Wenger times in such cup games atleast youngsters would get chances to play, like Vela, esfield, and Gibbs, but now they rarely play and don’t win much of these cups still. Better they get chances and develop out so well in such cups.

    We expect nwaneri to start all these games atleast based on his talent.

  13. Here is my predicted line up: (no particular order of positions ie… LB – RB) Ramsdale, Tomiyasu, Kiwior, Gabriel, Soares, Jorginho, Vieira, ESR, Elneny, Martinelli & Trossard.

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