Three at the back? Qarabag v Arsenal teams

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Arsenal take on Qarabag of Azerbaijan in the Europa League, with Unai Emery looking to lead his side to an eighth consecutive victory in all competitions.

Here are tonight’s official line-ups. UEFA have the formation as three at the back, and there’s no place on the bench for Eddie Nketiah.

Qarabag: Vagner, Garayev, Medvedev, Emeghara, Michel, Madatov, Zoubir, Ozobic, Agolli, Rzezniczak, Huseynov

Subs: Halldorsson, Mammadov, Slavchev, Abdullayev, Delarge, Huseynov, Diniyev

Arsenal: Leno, Lichtsteiner, Holding, Sokratis, Monreal, Kolasinac, Guendouzi, Elneny, Smith Rowe, Iwobi, Welbeck

Subs: Martinez, Bellerin, Mustafi, Xhaka, Torreira, Ozil, Lacazette

Follow the game on the Arseblog live blog

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Ya gooner
Ya gooner

Sead left wing?

David C
David C

or left mid ahead of Monreal? might be a good way to get him some minutes plus he’s pretty good going forward.

I can’t imagine we’re going to have an extra D against a weaker opponent…but then again, maybe Emery’s using the game to test a new formation.

COYG!!!

Pedant
Pedant

A second team pretty much. Still good enough to win or, if not winning, enough talent on the bench to pull us around.

Hoping for the 8th in a row.

Savage
Savage

Excited to see Emile Smith-Rowe getting a start

Bai Blagoi
Bai Blagoi

EL and League cup used to be the place to give a chance to some young talents to shine. Now we get only Smith-Rowe in the squad.

if not now, when?

Matt
Matt

once we’ve won the group you’ll see many more youngsters

gooner
gooner

Isn’t that the time we thought we were bigger than Europa league level? Or thought the other was the worthless cup? And used to think we’d just turn up and pick 3 points by default against Norwich or Birmingham in the league?

I like Emery. We have fallen down to this level but we are also taking it very very seriously and it’s OK with me. Maybe the players will learn that there are no simple games and no worthless trophies.
As for the youngsters, maybe they’ll work extra hard and once they get in the team, they’ll know they have done something right and have to work harder to maintain their place.

The days of throwing Craig Eastmond or Mark Randall, Tom Cruise in against Olympiacos just because they are youngsters might not have done them good. Maybe they had to work harder to get in there.

Nketiah on the Bench, atleast!
Nketiah on the Bench, atleast!

Monreal? Again!?
The fullback is such a demanding position and he is going to play again on the weekend. Ridiculous!

Lord Bendnter
Lord Bendnter

What’s going on? Thank God I ran into this (hiding the fact that I load news.arseblog about fifty times a day anyways). I honestly thought the game wasn’t for another couple of hours

Matt
Matt

its earlier for somereason

arsepedant
arsepedant

Half of the group stage games are at 9:55 and half are at 12:00, to maximize TV coverage. This is the second year of it.

Serpent
Serpent

The reason might be that the local starting time is 21:55…

Savage
Savage

Remember it’s quite far east. A lot of Eastern European games have been earlier for years.

Mayor McCheese
Mayor McCheese

Delarge is my DJ name.

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

Mine’s Mammadov.

Petit's Handbag
Petit's Handbag

Iwobi first goal 7/1. Bet with responsibility

Bendtnerschristmastree
Bendtnerschristmastree

#Justice4Eddie

RobinAVanWithPersie
RobinAVanWithPersie

Should force a loan move like Reiss Nelson

Matt
Matt

damn monreal is getting so many minutes! Hopefully he’s still fit as a goat

Kolkata_Gooner
Kolkata_Gooner

I was thinking the same. I thought he looked a bit jaded against Watford last week. Really thought he’d be given a rest in this match, with Kolasinac fit again.

No Longer Laughing Stock
No Longer Laughing Stock

I think Tank is playing left side in front of Nacho to save him some of the leg work of tearing up and down the wing all game. I’d rather he just left our little spanish mate at home.

Ham
Ham

Maybe it’s a 4-3-3 formation?

Bazza_wicks
Bazza_wicks

This looks a well balanced side lets hope no 8 win is tonite

A Different George
A Different George

Maybe 3-4-3? (Lichsteiner-Guendouzi-Elneny-Kola, as the 4), if Smth-Rowe can play on the wing. Or 3-5-2 with Smith Rowe in advance of the other 4 and Danny and Iwobi interchanging. Or maybe just Total Football.

arsepedant
arsepedant

Looks like a very good mixture of experience, youth, and fringe players. Should be enough for a good win. Come on Arsenal!

Chamakhyungpark
Chamakhyungpark

Hope Iwobi and Welbeck keep the pressure on the first team tonight. They have had a great start

Bob
Bob

Maybe Kolasinac is going to play wide

SG_Gooner
SG_Gooner