Who should play for Arsenal against Qarabag?

Arsenal are in the middle of a gruelling run of fixtures at the moment, but our best players can have some respite on Thursday when we can play a completely rotated team against Qarabag in the Europa League. We have already qualified from the Group and a draw will guarantee we finish top but we really need to rest some players – as fatigue, injuries and suspensions are starting to make an impact on the squad.

So who should be playing on Thursday? We know Petr Cech will be in goal, but we have very few defenders we can call on. Sokratis is likely to play as he is suspended for the Saints on Sunday, and Jenkinson, Maitland-Niles and possibly Lichtsteiner will complete the back line, although Emery may give Monreal and Koscielny half a game each to assess their fitness for Sunday.

Elneny, Smith-Rowe, Willock and Nketiah should all start, but who is Emery likely to pick for the remaining positions? Osei-Tutu, Gilmour, John-Jules, Medley and Saka were all on the bench before the last game against Vorskla and could feature again. But surely Emery will want a couple more experienced players in the team to steady the ship and keep our unbeaten run going? Maybe Mhkitaryan and Iwobi again, as they only played 45 minutes at the weekend?

What team would you choose?



  1. LouisK says:

    i liked the look of that Saka kid last time, looked quick and wasnt afraid to have a shot, id play him on the left of nketia with probably ESR on the right
    lichsteiner soctratis kos monreal
    elneny willock ramsey
    ESR nketia saka

  2. Paul Williams says:

    Sorry, I’ve been away for a while. Has anyone created a JustArsenal Fantasy Premier League League like last year? If so, what’s the code?

  3. Clive says:

    Arsenal has topped the group already Admin…courtesy head to head with Sporting..

  4. Sheet head says:

    I wish Arsenal continues with the unbeaten run for eternity ???; but should it come to an end, I hope it will be courtesy of some small team, like Qarabag. Should a major rival stop us, especially in the epl, we will never hear the end of it ???

    1. jon fox says:

      Eternity eh? That’s a lot of games. Reckon some of our regulars might need a rest by the 8937th millenium. Wonder if Emery will still be managing us then!

      1. ken1945 says:

        More to the point Jon, will we still be around arguing the toss about this and that and the other???
        Will Kronkie have sold the Emirates for housing development and will there still only be just the one Invincibles from the modern era??

  5. John says:

    If Ozil and Ramsey are fit ?else we play Mkhitaryan.

    Niles Sokratis Kolsieny Jekinson
    Elneny Guendouzi
    Smith-rowe Ozil Iwobi

    Lichtsteiner Kolsieny Monreal
    Bellerin Torriera Xhaka Kolsinac
    Lacazzet Aubameyang

  6. Innit says:

    I dont want us to break our unbeaten streak so play anyone who wont play against S’hpt. Mixture of experience and youth like
    Cech, Jenkinson, Koscielny (if ready), Mavrapanos, Pleguezuelo, Nilles, El neny, Wilock, Iwobi, Smith-Rowe, Nketiah,

  7. gotanidea says:

    ..Lichtsteiner . Koscielny . Jenkinson
    Niles …. Willock …. Elneny …. Monreal
    …..Mkhitaryan ……….. Nketiah

    1. Abiola says:

      I think we should rest Kosc for Wednesday as we are short of defenders. I will suggest Papas at the centre of defence, then Monreal to his left as he has played there severally for us. Then Jenkinson and Miles on wing backs.

      1. Abiola says:

        Sunday I mean. Also Arsenal has qualified as the top of the group.

      2. Admin says:

        Kos the Boss NEEDS to play to get a little game time under his belt. 45 mins i reckon…

  8. jon fox says:

    Mr. Admin, We are already guaranteed top place and it does not depend on us getting a draw. We have a better head to head against Sporting if level on points.

    1. Admin says:

      I bow to your superior knowledge Lord Jon….

  9. GB says:

    Play a complete under 23 team and if I was able to go I’d love to see them. We are already guaranteed top spot and it’s good to see the up coming generation.

  10. Sue says:

    OT just seen an article saying we’ll do a swap with United… Ozil for Sanchez WTH!!!! This had better be BS…. I think I’d cry if that was to happen!

    1. Andrew E says:

      It won’t happen Sue. Sanchez is on £500k a week and I don’t think he will take a big pay cut because he ‘loves’ Arsenal!! He moved for money so let him stew in it. Apparently this is a rumour started by Alan Brazil. I don’t think Ozil is going anywhere soon he loves London life and is on a rumoured £300-£350k a week until 2021, why should he leave and who would pay those wages?

      1. Sue says:

        It amazes me where these rumours come from Andrew!

  11. nighmook says:

    Jenkinson Sokratis Medley
    Osei-Tutu Elneny Guendouzi Maitland-Niles
    Smith Rowe Willock

    + Martinez, Koscielny, Monreal, Gilmour, Özil, Saka, John-Jules on the bench with Monreal, Koscielny & Özil playing the final 15-30mins to get some minutes ahead of Southampton

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