Mustafi returns, Ramsey starts: Liverpool v Arsenal team news

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Arsenal travel to Anfield this evening to take on thus far unbeaten league leaders Liverpool.

The squad remains depleted, with the absence of Mesut Ozil a major talking point, and this is the team Unai Emery has chosen for tonight’s game.

Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Shaqiri, Salah, Mane, Firmino.

Subs: Mignolet, Clyne, Keita, Henderon, Sturridge, Lallana, Origi

Arsenal: Leno, Maitland-Niles ,Lichtsteiner, Mustafi, Sokratis, Kolasinac, Xhaka, Torreira, Ramsey, Iwobi, Aubameyang

Subs: Cech, Koscielny, Elneny, Guendouzi, Willock, Saka, Lacazette

Follow the game on the Arseblog live blog

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Don’t Forget
Don’t Forget

I’m personally tired of this 3-4-3 nonsense. You really think we’ll be better with Lichtsteiner as a CB than with Ramsey in a midfield 3? I don’t see it. But whatever. COYG

Northern Gooner
Northern Gooner

May I politely piggy back off your rather gloomy comment to say…

Spurs have just lost, 3-1 at home! beaten (or eaten?) by wolves!.

Could well be short lived but the afternoon has started well

TUMANG BOKABA
TUMANG BOKABA

Is Harry Kane a real person

Lord Bendnter
Lord Bendnter

Don’t Forget I agree with you. I hate the three CB formation. It sucks sucks sucks!

Forest gooner
Forest gooner

Park the bus 🚌

goongot
goongot

arsene wenger might have broken his TV set by looking at this line-up.can’t say the same about wourinho!!

Deano

All the windows must have been open

Runzac
Runzac

Lichts will surely have a torrid time. Anyways COYG

Sad Gooner
Sad Gooner

LOL what an awful line up , we are gonna lose this match and it is gonna be because of emery’s line up and people will still defend Emery !!

Mayor McCheese
Mayor McCheese

Because Emery injured Holding, Monreal, Bellerin, Ozil, and Welbeck? Don’t be ridiculous. Btw, have you counted how many months he’s been in the job? This is what’s wrong with the mentality around managers these days. Thank goodness (or, unfortunately for everyone else in the league) Liverpool weren’t so short-sighted after Klopp’s underwhelming first season.

Leemillion
Leemillion

Though I’ve been critical of his decisions lately, I’m not quite sure what more you’d expect him to do. Kolasinac has to play LWB because he struggles to defend, meaning we have to play with 5 at the back. Koscielny isn’t fully fit and couldn’t cope in a game of this speed, so we have to play with the defenders we have fit. Lacazette is unfortunate of Welbeck’s injury because he is now our only impact sub.

Rich
Rich

If Emery has got this wrong? he’ll be crucified, if he’s got it right? He’ll be praised… but that praise will only last a few days.
I really hope it’s a midfield diamond and not a back 3.
COYG

Deano

Decent side little concerned that Laca seems to be on the bench a lot. Hopefully he can come on and add a late winning strike. COYG!!

Richie

Lacazette won’t stick around for next season if this continues.

Deano

Chavski will be licking their lips at the situation, they are desperate for a striker.

Richie

Lacazette is Champions League quality and here he is unable to get 90 minutes for a Europa League team.

Leemillion
Leemillion

He has to be, he is our only impact sub if we need a goal.

Deano

Need to have one hell of an impact….

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Gives us somebody to bring on who can change the game.

Alex
Alex

Anyway blame Özil and Ramsey is God.

Jack
Jack

Oh wow Lichsteiner AND Maitland Niles. Aren’t we lucky!

IamsterdamGooner
IamsterdamGooner

I will need a fat joint to calm my nerves for this one!
Fucking COME OOOONNNN ARSENAL! COME ON!! Let’s stuff them!
May we enjoy the game guys👍 let’s do this!

viegunner
viegunner

i like this line up very much

Timsh
Timsh

Other than Kos for Lichtsteiner I would have picked the same team with the players available.
Laca for the rescue in the 60th minute!
Fucking weak bench though…

shokim
shokim

Can’t wait for Lacazette to come on in the second half!

Grumbleduke
Grumbleduke

By the power of greyskull! Iwobi’s due a decent game. COYG!

Lanre
Lanre

The scum are being torn a new one!! Hahahaha!!!!

sambo
sambo

Spurs are getting turned OVER! looking at the table we are right back in the mix with a win today. Target that absolute melt Lovren!

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

Kolas playing inside left has been good this season…COYG!

Michael Bolton Wanderers
Michael Bolton Wanderers

Lichtsteiner and iwobi.

Billy Bob
Billy Bob

Wow I really miss seeing Holding in the side, such a frustrating injury as he was definitely making his mark!!!

BigArse
BigArse

Actually between AMN and Lichtsteiner there is a great deal of speed and experience. I just wish they were more evenly distributed between the two.

Make Arsenal Great Again
Make Arsenal Great Again

By this time next year, the emery out banners will be out in full force p

Mayor McCheese
Mayor McCheese

Everyone chill. Mustafi is back!

Timsh
Timsh

😅 good one

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

Well played Major! 🙂

Ilari
Ilari

I’m so worried

Richie

Am I right in assuming if Torreira gets booked, he’ll miss the Fulham game? This game seems ripe for a red card; Leitchsteiner, Mustafi or Xhaka being sucked into making late tackles.

Calm
Calm

Decent line up based on the opposition. With all the injuries we have we are not expected to be attacking as usual. Try to contain and if the opportunity arises to nick a goal or two. COYG!!!

Mark
Mark

At least you can say Emery is unpredictable in his lineups.

Flash
Flash

It’s time for AMN to step up!
His ability is there. He has to pick himself up and show what he is capable of!

Stephen
Stephen

Oof Iwobi to start. I’m open to being surprised but not expecting a great performance. Always happy to be be wrong when I’m down though!

Make Arsenal Great Again
Make Arsenal Great Again

But but but Ozil doesn’t put in a tackle. Looks like no one else does on this arsenal team.

All these Emery apologists will finally get it. I’m not sold on his approach at all. The fact that he keeps making changes at half time is not a plus. It’s a minus. It means he got it wrong at the start of the game. It means he didn’t pick the right players or the right tactics. A lot of you will see him for who he is by this time next season

Greg in Seattle
Greg in Seattle

Agree. I’m surprised at how much he is managing like a mid table club manager who can impose tactics upon middling players and try-hards. If he cannot manage egos then he will not succeed at a top club, where the best players are. We can’t, as supporters, clamor for our club to buy top players and then expect them to tolerate this type of man management. We won’t compete for top honors simply with a bunch of selfless hard workers who can stick a tackle.

Seeing a little of the hubris that hurt him at PSG.

Hantal
Hantal

Great move for our goal followed by a complete disaster at the back. I don’t understand why we can’t score then just keep calm for a few minutes

Leno Cech
Leno Cech

Emery can’t understand either!

SB Still
SB Still

We have gifted them 3 goals in 30 mins. Can we get over the festive spirit and compete now.

Petersons
Petersons

Welcome to Emirates sir Emilio, Anything goes. Today it’s Anfield, wish you’d teach us Parking the Bus at 1-0. Its not football but sometimes playing ugly to get the right results is allowed

Deano

What a disaster, defensively all over the place. Dominated all over the field can’t remember Aubameyang having a kick of the ball.

Looking forward to the half time substitutions delivering a miracle performance.

Ben
Ben

Not sure who I’d take off though. Can’t remove a defender, and AMN / Iwobi are providing a threat. Tricky one…

Arse-Head
Arse-Head

Piss fucking poor! Teams never have to work hard to score against us, we make it comically easy for any team to have a go. We’ll do well to shut them out in the 2nd half, this could get really embarrassing.

Richie

It already is embarrassing.

GraeB
GraeB

This could get even more embarrassing.

Billy Bob
Billy Bob

Wow that is bad and its only half time 😐

George
George

I think Socratis might be mentally retarded. What a rag-tag bunch of crap we have in defence.

Monkey G
Monkey G

Get him out asap, he is absolute joke, fake tough man what a plonker #EmeryOut. Useless tactics, poor results + three of the players pissed off and most likely out of club. And for what? To get trashed 4:1 at halftime. #EmeryOut

Billy Bob
Billy Bob

I’ve said it once and I will say it again, we need to sign three quality players: leftback, centreback and right winger!! If we can get some finds in the same way we did torreira that’d be great – would probably cost £100m but badly needed!!

not happy
not happy

EMERY OUT EMERY OUT EMERY OUT EMERY OUT EMERY OUT

Ash
Ash

And people were singing,”We have our Arsenal back”

George
George

No way Oliver gives that penalty if it weren’t already 4-1. Little weasel.

Sad Gooner
Sad Gooner

Oliver is a pathetic , disgusting human being.

Deano

They are actually taking the piss out of us now.

Nodefence
Nodefence

They are sitting on our face taking a giant shit and emery is standing there ready to hand them the toiletpaper.

George
George

It worries me that we haven’t found a way to play Auba and Laca at the same time on a regular basis despite them being clearly two of our best players.

Miguel
Miguel

They need 9 new starters. Ferguson would lose this game with this lot!

George
George

lol. Clearest penalty of the day and the weasel waves it off.

Not that we deserve much, but still.

Balls
Balls

That was a very TACTICAL loss. It was only tactical, nothing more