Ozil starts! Arsenal v BATE Borisov team news

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Arsenal team news

Arsenal take on BATE Borisov at the Emirates this eebening, with a 1-0 deficit to overcome from the first leg.

Here’s the team Unai Emery has picked to do the job tonight.

Arsenal: Cech, Lichsteiner, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Iwobi, Ozil, Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang

Subs: Leno, Sokratis, Ramsey, Torreira, Suarez, Kolasoinac, Nketiah

BATE: Scherbitski, Filipovic, Dragun, Skayvsh, Rios, Filipenko, Stasevich, Volkov, Baga, Milic, Simovic

Subs: Chichkhan, Yablonski, Berezkin, Dubajic, Hleb, Nemirko, Moukam

Follow the game on the Arseblog live blog

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Gunner In Canada
Gunner In Canada

Finally

Eduardo
Eduardo

I literally said that out loud as I was scrolling down. It’s he perfect match for him in theory

David C
David C

Where are you in Canada? I’m outside of Toronto.

Finally for Ozil or finally for a back 4? I’m really happy about both!

Hopefully Rambo gets some time too.

COYG!!!

Post January Blip
Post January Blip

Hopefully won’t be subbed off either.

Adrian
Adrian

What happened to Torreira. Initially I thought, he is being rested but now I feel, he is purposely dropped? May be I am wrong.

Meh
Meh

Could be tactical. Should not really need a dedicated defensive midfielder against BATE at home.

hAk
hAk

Tactically speaking, should we be playing with a proper DM in this match.

Serpent
Serpent

…and he can be a good injection if we need to chase or close down the game later on.

Teryima Adi
Teryima Adi

I guess he is knackered or something.

Ya gooner
Ya gooner

He’s ‘ill’ 😉

Kingsley
Kingsley

Considering every other person I know has had a bad cold this month, I don’t think it’s u realistic that he’s I’ll.

Thierry Bergkamp
Thierry Bergkamp

Yep, we’ve all come down with it.

Ilari
Ilari

I actually think that Emery rates Xhaka and Guendouzi above Torreira atm, although it’s a close competition between the three.

Anyway, a good line up, huge game for Özil.

Jack
Jack

Finally a line up to get a bit more excited about! COME ON GUNNERS!

ElTorros
ElTorros

Good line-up … for once.

Sue

Glad to see Ozil starting… not so glad to see Lichtsteiner starting…..

Craig Bradford
Craig Bradford

Ozil has to do the business for the rest of the season starting tonight! I would have maybe played Suarez over Mickey, but we should win here!

Georgeycharles
Georgeycharles

I can’t help but have doubts when I see Lichtsteiner in the lineup. I think Mustafi on the right and Socratis in the centre might have been worth a try.

Sue

You’re not the only one who has doubts!! He isn’t very good imo

BubbaGooner
BubbaGooner

No Hleb?

Serpent
Serpent

On the bench, ready to go in in the 90th minute.

Mpls
Mpls

Ah, 4-2-3-1, how we’ve missed you.

Proper line-up, proper players.
Torreira must be carrying a knock or illness still or something, and Ramsey and Sokratis must be deemed borderline ready if they’re not back into the squad.

I’m not expecting miracles from Ozil because he hasn’t gotten hardly any match time lately, but this is finally a lineup and formation that should suit him better and I hope for the Club’s sake it goes well.

hesgotyellowbootson
hesgotyellowbootson

Definitely getting subbed off at half time for ‘tactical’ reasons

Floppy Gloves
Floppy Gloves

Gonna catch a cold running around outside. Hope he wears a sweater.

Teryima Adi
Teryima Adi

We need to hammer Bate.

Mesut O'Neill
Mesut O'Neill

Definitely need to master them!!

Serpent
Serpent

Only thing that worries me is the right side of our back four. At least Jenks can run and hit crosses.

forest gooner
forest gooner

Ozil, please prove us wrong

Bai Blagoi
Bai Blagoi

if i look at arsenal.com, i see a different line-up
https://www.arsenal.com/live#!teams

1 Cech
12 Lichtsteiner
20 Mustafi
6 Koscielny
18 Monreal
4 Elneny
11 Torreira
7 Mkhitaryan
10 Ozil
17 Iwobi
14 Aubameyang
Substitutes
19 Leno
5 Sokratis
31 Kolasinac
11 Torreira
8 Ramsey
22 Suarez
49 Nketiah

Torreira is both starting and in the subs, while Xhaka and Guendouzi are nowhere to be seem

Matt
Matt

Got angry when I didnt see Lacazette 😂 Football really does bring out the stupid in all of us. COYG

goonero
goonero

Kolasoinac, Kolasinacs vegan alter ego?

AlexNuggz
AlexNuggz

Lets f*cking do em lads 🙂

At last an attacking line-up!!

GraeB
GraeB

WTF – so happy at Ozil playing, I nearly missed the disaster that is Lichsteiner 😥

IamsterdamGooner
IamsterdamGooner

Prob not a popular opinion but, i would like to have Suarez starting just to see how he does against this calibre team. I mean to say if he cant stand out against this calibre of opposition (wich is prob top Championship, if even) at home on our pitch with prob over 70-75% possesion then like Lichtsteiner, i think the jury can be out.

Now if we can just destroy them so Eddie can come on and nick 1 or 2 goals. Come on you Arsenal!!!

Mpls
Mpls

Nope, this match is not the time to play games with the squad. If we’re up by healthy margin in the 70th, perhaps.

Dat guy
Dat guy

Lichsteiner might be the worst player I’ve seen play in an arsenal shirt at the top level in a long while. I mean there is no other player (even mustafi) that fills me with so much dread when I see his name on the team sheet. That being said let’s just score 6 in the first half and put the game to bed COYG

Arse-Head
Arse-Head

Theres been wosre tbf Cygan, Stepanovs, Silvestre, Squillaci there will be more i’m just too drunk to list them all

Ben
Ben

Hopefully we Master Bate

CLEGooner
CLEGooner

Whither Laca?

Yankee Gooner
Yankee Gooner

Gone invisible (after receiving a red card in the last match)

Fergal
Fergal

Suspended

CLEGooner
CLEGooner

I am a dumb dumb idiot.

Yankee Gooner
Yankee Gooner

You’re in great company 😉

Fergal
Fergal

Delighted! Now tear them a new one a get your spot back lad!!

Arsenala Vista Baby
Arsenala Vista Baby

We are 1 goal up now, but hardly to hear any chants or encouragements from our supporters there. All sitting tight waiting for a climax or plot twist till the end of the movie. Sad case arsenal fans.

Hantal
Hantal

Unfortunately being 1-1 on aggregate still means if they score we’re out. We need a cushion

Hantal
Hantal

Now 2-1 on aggregate. Still need more to be safe

Hantal
Hantal

The problem is the crappy away goals rule. Even 2-1 up now and they’re one goal from a win

Arsenala Vista Baby
Arsenala Vista Baby

I think that supposed to be more reason to cheer the players. It will give the players a feeling of superiority towards the opponents and will result to better performance from them. Since we want Ozil in so much..