Saturday, June 15, 2024

Xhaka, The Jeff and Lucas start: Nottingham Forest v Arsenal teams

It’s EFL Cup action tonight as we face Nottingham Forest at the City Ground, the first time the teams have met since 1999.

Here are the official line-ups.

Nottingham Forest: Stojkovic, Pereira, Mancienne, Mills, Lichaj, Dumitru-Cardoso, Cohen (c), Lansbury, Kasami, Osborn, Bendtner

Subs: Smith, Fox, Carayol, Lica, Hobbs, Grant, Vellios

Arsenal: Martinez, Maitland-Niles, Holding, Gabriel, Gibbs, Elneny, Xhaka, The Jeff, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Akpom, Lucas

Subs: Macey, Bielik, Sheaf, Mavididi, Willock, Zelalem, Dasilva


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David C

Wow, that’s not what I expected. No Ospina or Cech. It will be fun to see the young lads play! COYG!!!

Are we playing a bunch of ghosts because I can’t see the Forest team for the trees 🙂

David C

you fixed that fast!

Mein Bergkampf

No bench whatsoever. Would’ve liked a few first XI on it myself. Let’s hope we don’t need it! COYG!!

Tom Gun

Willock and Zelalem are brilliant players. Very exciting and would love to see them develop and realise their MASSIVE potential


I’m really disappointed to see the Ox start again while Zelalem has to sit on the bench after he had a good loan spell at rangers. This is hillarious


Do we reckon that’s a 4-4-2 or Perez or akpom are on the wing?


I think Perez and Akpom will be interchangeable, on up front and one on the wing. And they may also rotate into a 4-4-2 from time to time.

It’s a very fluid line-up with lot of pace. I quite like it. Not a whole lot on the bench, though.


There’s Willock, Zelalem, and Dasilva. I love the bench. Hope these 3 make it on somehow.

I Rony

His name Jeff!!

Bryan Clayden

As I said on team news page Martinez:) looks a quality keeper to!

Juan Cornetto

Debuchy not even in the squad. He must have seriously pissed on Wenger’s chips.

Santi's Smile

Wenger may remember his performance in the Flamini Derby at the same stage last year. Debuchy was awful in that match.


On a right back-related note, does anybody know how jenkinson is getting on? Don’t hear much about hia recovery anymore

Bryan Clayden

Arsene updated us on Jenko yesterday.Check the Arsenal site recent team news!




That’s a really below strength squad barring Xhaka and Eleneny.
Even the bench is scarily shorn of firepower. Any reason we are taking the cup so lightly despite being knocked by Sheffield last year?


I actually think this is a pretty strong team. Most players are either potential 1st or 2nd choice except for keeper and Maitland-Niles who are actually potentially very good players. And oh, I probably don’t rate Akpom as much. Would have preferred Willock who is much more exciting.


oooh emi gets a game! solid keeper, though still some way off our other 3(inc shez)
and no debuch, so maintland-niles in at rb? we shall see
otherwise generally the same team the majority of us called!


No strength on the bench if things start going abit Sheffield Wednesdayish



These boys will just have to step up and not feel like they’re looking over their shoulders at the big boys stepping in to fix things!

I think it’s a good thing. Throw some trust and expectations at them. The lineup’s no slouch for talent so they can do it if they just take their chance.


Petit's Handbag

A very good strong midfield. Should be a good game, which makes it more annoying that it isn’t televised. Who doesn’t want to see The Lord versus The Jeff!!?


Didn’t realise Maitland-Niles could play right back.

Very looking forward to seeing Perez on his first start.

Tom Gun

Not his first start. Started against Southampton


Was full back in the u 23 game against Liverpool. On the evidence of that game, he can’t play right back as he was awful and looked like a winger being played out of position. Oddly enough.


That is a proper OLD SCHOOL League Cup team, that is. Love it.

Jeremy O Dwyer

Not much experience on the bench if things go pear shaped, though if Arsene is using the League Cup to give fringe players a run out i’ve no problem with that.

I like trophies as much as the next person, but if there’s any competition to experiment in it’s the League Cup.


A team that has certainly not played together before.
Nobody to rescue us from the bench.
This is a big risk but an exciting one nevertheless!

Arsenal Pakistan!

Any update regarding the live blog?

Arthritic Knee

Maitland-Niles on RB! Looking forward to the match!

obi wan iwobi

who is the captaon?


Gibbo captain!!!! True Gooner, deserves it. Love the guy!!!! COYG!!!!


Anyone know some good streams? Would really appreciate it


Go on and select the game and the kbps according to your server. it works quite well for me who’s on the other side of the planet in the indian ocean! COYG


I’ll try it out. Thanks mate


Xhaka for captain!!!

Tom Thumb

The return of lord bendtner, if he scores the winner all social media sites will have a meltdown.

die hard gooner

Really dont like our bench. It is still a senior competition. should have walcott cazorla and ozil on the bench for protection. and Is debuchy not a member of the squad anymore?


It’s the least important competition we enter against a team a couple of divisions lower. If the youngsters can’t win, that tells is what we need to know about them. No point in risking injuries to 1 st team players if we don’t need to.


The players need to win this game for continued game time.
However, I don’t think AW is interested in this competition IMO.

Hopefully a loss won’t knock the confidence of our new players because this is not where they are really needed.


Reaaaally don’t like the idea of Maitland-Niles at full-back. That said I didn’t used to like the idea of Bellerin at full back…


Well who else is going to play there?


I wonder what his mom has to say/shout/fight

Arsene's red tie

I get your drift… and really hope that’s the case

Rectum Spectrum

Excellent lineup, really excited to see the boys play.


What’s the point of keeping Debuchy if he doesn’t even make the bench in the League Cup?Why isn’t Ospina playing again and proving that the PSG debacle wasn’t a one-off fluke? I would also have thought that both Iwobi and particularly Walcott would have been useful substitutes if required.Walcott needs as much game-time as possible as his problems are predominantly psychological.Here was an opportunity to potentially come into the game and enjoy a positive cameo performance over the last 20 minutes or so… Last Season Wenger again decided to put a similar “scratch-team” together who had no answer to a… Read more »


Well, I guess we know now why Wenger is the manager and you aren’t.


Haha, guess the match came to bite you in the cock, JOEL!


Poor Poor Debuchy… Almost feel sorry for him

Clock End Mike

Not sure I do…


Key word is “almost”.


Wow, the prof could NOT give a shit about the league cup. Nor could I, to be fair.


Clearly, he DOES give a shit, because look what just happened. He put out exactly the right team and got exactly the right result. Not ONE SINGLE STARTER from last weekend saw a minute of action today. Our entire starting XI from the Hull match will be fully rested for Chel$hit, who played 120 minutes today and started half of their regular line-up. Great work, prof!

Joel Carter

I think you’re all missing the point. Bendtner starts!


Game is live on Super Sport 6.

For all you gooners in Africa.


Supersport 6 was given to us on compact plus only to be taken away. Now I miss the game. On the upside I get to watch Chelshits misery who are already one down to Leicester! ???????????????


What channel is this on tonight?

Bob Davis

A bit of a risk playing Xhaka so soon after Hull. I would have rested him for Chelsea game!

Bennacer and the Jets

Prepare for a tender jeffing nottingham

Wenger's love child

Captain Gibbs!


WOW that’s a line up full of nightmares. Can’t see a win. Wenger has pissed on this one. No point staying up. Will wait for the Chelsea game. Good night…


Proper supporter, you


Great fucking prediction. You must feel really proud of yourself now.


Xhaka again!!!!!!

The Ghost of Henry

Boom Xhakalaka


Lansbury could’ve been sent off in the first half. The high boot on Elneny and the tackle on Gabriel. Is he trying to tell Arsene he should still be a Gunner by acting like a total prick?


Who is the captain?


Gibbs, I think.


Rather see Willock than Ox.


Note to Premiership managers:
Xhaka is dangerous in all areas.
Look out!

The Ghost of Henry

Finally a player who can actually shoot from outside the box. Something we have needed for a while.

Hopefully opposing managers will now think twice before deciding to park the bus. They now have the option of inviting a shot which Xhaka is capable of executing or trying to stop Xhaka pinging one into the top left by breaking out of formation thus creating much needed space between the lines.

But…we all know he will be on the bench next game.


I am officially in love with Lucas.

Bennacer and the Jets

The forest has received 83 minutes of Jeff. You are welcome Nottingham


Perez to get a hatrick?


Almost, but lovely assist for Ox’s goal.


Ah Rochester, I live near Rochester – enjoyed watching matches at the crown!!


Fiberglass just scored for the scum!!! The git!!!

Daniel baraka randu

I wonder what strength xhaka has that he can shoot from the middle of the ground till goal,very strong.

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