Auba and Laca start together: Arsenal v Fulham team news

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Arsenal are looking to bounce back from Saturday’s 5-1 pounding by Liverpool with a win today against Fulham at the Emirates.

Here are today’s official line-ups.

Arsenal: Leno, Maitland-Niles, Sokratis, Koscielny, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Xhaka, Guendouzi, Iwobi, Lacazette, Aubameyang

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

Fulham: Rico, Christie, Odoi, Le Marchand, Ream, Bryan, Cisse, Cairney, Schurrle, Mitrovic, Sessegnon

Subs: Bettinelli, Fosu-Mensah, Johansen, Seri, Ayite, Vietto, Kamara

Follow the game on the Arseblog live blog

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Gunner In Canada
Gunner In Canada

No Ozil 🙁

Fatgooner
Fatgooner

Shame. This is a perfect game for him.

Donald's Trump
Donald's Trump

Too physical probably.

Thierry Bergkamp
Thierry Bergkamp

Considering what we have, I like this.

Bob
Bob

If he actually has a knee injury then of course he won’t be playing today.

Cdm995
Cdm995

Mustafi.

Damo Dinkum
Damo Dinkum

Torreira rested? Big thumbs up if that’s the case

GoonerMac
GoonerMac

Enough at both end to best Fulham……let’s put the past few weeks behind us and take Fulham to the cleaners……be good to see Saka NHS Nketiah get some minutes…..COYG

Lord Bendnter
Lord Bendnter

How does Jenkinson not even make the bench? He wasn’t bad in the Europa League games, and if I recall correctly, he put in a good shift at CB once as well.
I rate him higher than Lichenstiener at the moment.
Does he not show up at training? I doubt that

Emery in Aubalaca wonderland
Emery in Aubalaca wonderland

January, the club may want to sell him this window.

Serpent
Serpent

Totally agree. At least the guy can run and cross the damn ball.

Lord Bendnter
Lord Bendnter

Get ready for another game of lack of creativity from the center of midfield.

Alex
Alex

This is Emery ball, guys. It was the same in PSG.

Dorothy
Dorothy

How so?

Martin
Martin

Well let’s hope we win a double and a treble as he did at PSG. He also won the Europa league 3 times with Sevilla so maybe we can win that too.

Tim
Tim

Be positive. We’ve gone with Laca and Auba, the CBs are probably our most experienced. AMN over Licht. Lucas rested.

This is all good news. Fulham are also using a 2 man midfield so good chance Xhaka and Gwen will gain the upper hand. Both of whom like fizzing the ball into the strikers.

catbiscuits
catbiscuits

5 at the back, at home to Fulham.

Brave new world…

Nordin
Nordin

More like Mou new world…. eventho that Mou person has been sacked!!!

Kevinm8128
Kevinm8128

… or 3 at the back, which is a totally different context.

Donald's Trump
Donald's Trump

But it’s 5 at the back and 2 defensive mids.

Amazing.

Dorothy
Dorothy

5 at the back because that suits our fullbacks best, abd protects oyr CBs who are not that great. Kolasinac unleashed at LWB is major part of our attack.

Emery in Aubalaca wonderland
Emery in Aubalaca wonderland

Makes sense. The defence must regain confidence.

Tim
Tim

5 at the back is also 3 at the back. People overrate how much it really matters.

Jack
Jack

Remember the old trick, when the worst part of your team is the defence, overload the pitch with defenders.

Serpent
Serpent

Let’s hope we can contain Sessegnon/Mitrovic…

Tim
Tim

Mitrovic is exactly the type of striker we struggle with.

'L' incoming
'L' incoming

Uninspiring line up…

Shank

This is simple…….get it done, and move on.

BODMAS
BODMAS

COYG

shokim
shokim

A rare & proper 3pm kickoff. COYG!

Leno me, I’ll be your friend
Leno me, I’ll be your friend

Yes! 11players!

89 was fine
89 was fine

Gonna need to score goals to make up for defensive mistakes. So good to see both forwards on.

Balls
Balls

We suck at playing out from the back. It’s almost as if Unai tells his players to just play from the back without giving them any clear instructions on how to do it.
We also suck at pressing! Again no clear strategy on how to press.
We’ve gotten worse in both aspects since the beginning of the season.
Defensively, we keep making the exact same mistakes no matter the personnel, which leads me to believe that it’s a coaching issue. We can have Van Dijk, Ramos, Thiago Silva and still concede a similar number of goals due to our poor defensive shape and lack of strategy.
We also lack fluidity in possession and are hesitant to make forward passes. We’re more concerned with keeping possession, which is what fans hated during the late Wenger years.
I don’t believe our squad is as bad or imbalanced as some are implying. I think we’re underperforming.

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

‘I think we’re underperforming’
ridiculous.

shokim
shokim

Laca is back on the scoresheet!