Ozil starts and captains the side: Arsenal v Burnley team news

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Arsenal are looking for three points today against Burnley at the Emirates, as we look to bounce back from last weekend’s 3-2 defeat to Southampton.

Here are today’s official line-ups.

Arsenal: Leno, Maitland-Niles, Sokratis, Monreal, Kolasinac, Elneny, Xhaka, Guendouzi, Ozil, Aubameyang, Lacazette

Subs: Cech, Lichtsteiner, Torreira, Ramsey, Iwobi, Saka, Nketiah

Burnley: Hart, Long, Tarkowski, Lee, Bardsley, Taylor, Hendrick, Cork, Westwood, Barnes, Wood

Subs: Heaton, Lowton, Vokes, Gibson, Vydra, McNeil, Koiki

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Russ
Russ

I like this team! COYG ๐Ÿ’ช

Robin
Robin

Finally a bit of faith in Elneny! Iโ€™m glad he has the sense to rest Torreira, but holy sh*t he better not start and get booked against Brighton

Arseman
Arseman

Or better yet, hopefully Torreira comes on later in the game when things are done and dusted and picks up a cynical yellow. He’s not used to playing games over the Christmas period so it’ll give him a good rest to miss Brighton and be fresh and ready for pool!

Bob
Bob

Please be Elneny in the back 3 and not Xhaka

Jason
Jason

Just saw a pre-game interview with Xhaka and he’s confirmed he’s playing in midfield.

MrT
MrT

No back 3 mate, the formation is 4-3-1-2

Toure motors
Toure motors

Curious and curiouser

CLEGooner
CLEGooner

Wither Kos?

myrtle
myrtle

Finally Lacazette starts again. There is no doubt he would have buried that miki chance last week. Our best finisher, class.

Nachomon
Nachomon

is this a midfield diamond?
By god, starting and captaining ozil! a googly for the media

Matt
Matt

The classic 1 CB, 2 LB, 5 CM, 2 FW.

Nketibag
Nketibag

Herbert Chapman would be proud!

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

Heh.

Dial square
Dial square

Fuck me…there’s certainly no second guessing Emery

yen
yen

Good rest for Torreira, but he needs to get a late cameo for a cynical yellow card incident so he serves his ban against Brighton and not Liverpool!

Anne Noyd
Anne Noyd

Don’t worry, he’ll be on at half time

Richie

Our three best attackers playing in a front three, what a brilliant idea.

Rich
Rich

Happy Maitland Niles is getting minutes after his injury, heโ€™s got real ability.
Really not sure about this lineup, Iโ€™m expecting our biggest threat will come from Kolasinac down the left, surely weโ€™re overdue for a half time lead?

Adam
Adam

Go figure

Timsh
Timsh

4-3-1-2 ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
Everyone wanted to see a line-up like this!
Let’s hope it works!

Hatta Aziz
Member

I think it’s gonna be a midfield diamond with the full backs pushed up high. Elneny and Guendouzi shuttling up and down, flanking Xhaka who will distribute from deep. This might be a good formation.

C’mon Arsenal!

Richie

Then it’s a big game for Maitland Niles to show what he can do on the right wing.

Hatta Aziz
Member

Oh yes. This is his opportunity to shine for the new boss. I’m hoping to see more of him, though I’d prefer him in midfield. Our other alternative there at RB is Carl Jenkinson and I don’t know if he’ll be good enough at this level. Wouldn’t mind seeing a bit of Jenks, got a soft spot for him heh.

Grumbleduke
Grumbleduke

Good to see the youngster, Saka, getting in the match day squad.

Hatta Aziz
Member

I hope he gets a run out in the last 10-15 mins if we’re leading. He looks a decent talent and would give us width which we lack.

Nodefence
Nodefence

Looks like 4-1 ๐Ÿ‘

Santi Claws
Santi Claws

Lol this is such a weird situation

Hoser
Hoser

Blimey…that came from nowhere

Danny
Danny

Papa will need to be a giant in the air today

Fergal
Fergal

Loving the front 3! Letโ€™s go!

Mark
Mark

At least Emery isn’t predictable. Ozil as captain is interesting after not playing and/or not starting in so many games lately. Glad Elneny is getting a run.

TeeCee
TeeCee

Ozil starting as captain?
I suppose it’s quicker and easier than phoning all the tabloid sports journalists individually, shouting “Fuck you” and slamming the receiver down at each of them.

Naked cygan
Naked cygan

Finally, Abu and Laca play together. Wouldn’t it be great if Ozil scored a hatrick?!!

Tarsenal
Tarsenal

i’d be happier seeing him register a hat-trick of assists.

Alex
Alex

Live blog fail today – something changes and signing up/ log in process didnโ€™t work