Suarez and Ozil on the bench: Man City v Arsenal team news

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Arsenal team news

It’s a tall order for Arsenal to get something from today’s game against Man City at the Etihad, but any points at all would be very useful.

Here are today’s official line-ups.

Man City: Ederson, Walker, Laporte, Otamendi, Fernandinho, Gundogan, Silva, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Sterling, Aguero

Subs: Muric, Danilo, Stones, Delph, Sané, Mahrez, Jesus

Arsenal: Leno, Lichtsteiner, Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal, Kolasinac, Guendouzi, Torreira, Iwobi, Lacazette, Aubameyang

Subs: Cech, Mavropanos, Elneny, Ramsey, Ozil, Suarez, Nketiah

Follow the game on the Arseblog live blog

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Runzac
Runzac

LICHTSTEINER YESSSSSSS!!

Thierry Bergkamp
Thierry Bergkamp

He’s so bad, he left Sane out

Edzo
Edzo

he’s so bad he left sterling alone after sterling’s pass so he could get the ball back and pass for a tap in. brilliant defending to mark nobody.

Wengerballz
Wengerballz

Lol

Corona X
Corona X

Immensely offensive from City… I foresee a high-scoring game for both sides!

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Or we just get battered for the entire game

Sean
Sean

Both sides?

kaius
kaius

Reckon both sides will share the points today. One point each

Forest gooner
Forest gooner

😰

Forest gooner
Forest gooner

After looking at the city midfield.
Ours- all players in their early twenties

Thierry Bergkamp
Thierry Bergkamp

Ohhh, tired legs when we’re 5 down

Rich
Rich

This has all the potential in the world to be an extremely painful experience, I adjusted my aspirations back in the summer of 2011, and it seems they just keep getting lower and lower…..

Jack
Jack

3 at the back does not make us any more stable defensively, and it certainly doesn’t make us attack any better. Bit worried about the lack of creators there. And also Lichtsteiner? Please help us

GraeB
GraeB

Need wing backs to stay back and Lichtsteiner to get early injury!

yoda
yoda

This is not looking good

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

pep wants to beat us by 8 it seems.

Edzo
Edzo

the good news is that at halftime, when we are down 3 to 1, we will switch to a back 4, sub off lichsteiner and only lose 4 to 1.

glad we have a 350 k a week sub.

martin
martin

His name is Ozil and yes we are aware of what he earns but must it be mentioned constantly.

Alex
Alex

Yes, we can say he is the best creator of PL History, but well…

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

in pipe dream he is.

Jack4343
Jack4343

Best one for half a season maybe but I think you are doing a bit of history rewriting there.

Thierry Bergkamp
Thierry Bergkamp

Not even the best Arsenal creator in premier league history

Deano

Edzo we have got Ozil on the bench and I new he stay there. What started as a stance from Emery is now borderlining stupidity. Before you say “what has he done to deserve a place” I ask what have rest done?

This could have quite easily been another massacre like the Liverpool debacle, they took the foot off the gas. Some say well they are better than us live with it, then I look back at the West Ham performance and say yeah ok whatever.

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

Going with 8 defenders again…it worked against Chelsea. Hmmm…..??

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Trying to contain their 8 attackers I guess

David C
David C

I can’t figure out City’s lineup, I see only 3 defenders. Sterling back to wingback?

Maybe we can hit them on the counter when they commit too high, here’s hoping.

COYG!!!

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

3 at the back, they don’t want to save any personnel for defending.
they want possession and will heavily press to recover the ball in the final third.

Mpls
Mpls

sure they have ‘wingbacks’ – DeBruyne and Silva. They just never need to go back.

Gunnerali
Gunnerali

Not sure that’s the side I would have picked & while hoping for the best will be expecting a very tough time this afternoon.

Bob's Mexican Cousin
Bob's Mexican Cousin

Is there an #EmeryOut contingent already?

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

You want to join?

Bob's Mexican cousin
Bob's Mexican cousin

Just curious, I don’t have the luxury to attend matches unfortunately.

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

Emery should have paid from his own pocket to buy us some defenders. Why does he need all those millions for any way??
#out

Mpls
Mpls

There hasn’t been on this thread. Why, do you want one?

martin
martin

Yo mean are there any toxic supporters? Yes sadly there are

Tapiwa
Tapiwa

Like those who led the “Wenger Out” brigade!! See what you got us a Clown!!

indiegooner
indiegooner

Down the hall and to the right, Sir.

Tapiwa
Tapiwa

If there is one it’s well-deserved! Emery is not good enough for us. He is a liittle Mourinho who picks on players to ostracise (like he’s doing to Ôzil). The man is a joke of a manager.

Aleksander Włodarz
Aleksander Włodarz

That’s the way ..i like it 🙂

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

You forgot “uh hu uh hu”…;-)

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Not sure sex noises are appropriate here

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

Not sure about your sex noises?? 🙂

Lord Bendnter
Lord Bendnter

All our creativity is on the bench today

Make Arsenal Great Again
Make Arsenal Great Again

We’re starting with 10 men. That’s basically what starting with Lichtsteiner means

Maniac

People will bemoan the lineup but, truth is, we usually play some of our best football in the big games. Not that it doesn’t go horribly wrong sometimes, but I think we can at least expect something a bit more entertaining than the Cardiff game. COYG!

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

lol

catbiscuits
catbiscuits

“Maniac” is about right…

The_Kolkata_Gooner
The_Kolkata_Gooner

Is this supposed to be a 4-4-2 with Iwobi and Kola in the wings?

Hantal
Hantal

Really thought we’d see Jenkinson

Chamakhyungpark
Chamakhyungpark

No Ramsey? mistake

Futsboller
Futsboller

Hope he proves me wrong, but Emery does not seem to understand the extremely tough away game and the squad at his disposal. An extra defender doesn’t give you a better defence, and wingbacks suggest your focus is not on remaining compact. This will get ugly, especially seeing that Pep has loaded up his midfield …

Dom47
Dom47

So, 3 at the back, which does not work for us, no wingback penetration from the right with Licht starting (where is AMN??), No Ramsey, Ozil… Effing iwobi??? We are on a su1cide mission, it’s like we don’t want to do good for ourselves. Sorry guys but this has taken all the joy from the match today, like the worst wengerian team selections. Did not expect us to win but to try and put up a fight with the tactic and team that works.

GraeB
GraeB

5 at the back is necessary. Only happy if Lichtsteiner stays back and clogs Sane. Kola also needs to cover Sterling. Mustafi not to slide anywhere.

Mpls
Mpls

So we’re attacking the left flank today, I take it.

Nacho to get on the scoresheet. He’s our Big Game man.

BigArse
BigArse

Looks like a parked bus with 2 very powerful Bond Car like guns up top.

SLC Gooner
SLC Gooner

UGH. Lichsteiner? Not that Jenkinson is Usain Bolt, but Lich is going to get roasted by the speed of City. And Jenks is not even on the bench. I know Emery is constrained by injuries, but I have no idea what he’s trying to do here. We’re depending on Guend and Iwobi to link to the forwards and leaving Ozil and Ramsey on the bench?
This could honestly get uglier than the Liverpool match.

Ball
Ball

An extra defender doesn’t make you better defensively. Leaving all your creativity on the bench is stupid!!
I want to like Emery, but some of his decisions just annoy the shit out of me, even if they sometimes work out.

arsenal74
arsenal74

I have a bad feeling about this.

Stephen
Stephen

Iwobi in the middle ahead of Ramsey or Ozil is a mistake.

Edzo
Edzo

lichsteiner. “tactical” reasons. Iwobi as the number 10???

Onlyorch
Onlyorch

Emery is a huge joke. Ramsey on the bench with Ozil and he’s expecting a positive result? Let him prove me wrong else my hatred for him starts from today.

Ross
Ross

We’ve looked so poor with 5 at the back, lose a (not very good) defender and put Ramsey on ffs

Arsenala Vista Baby
Arsenala Vista Baby

Leno,
Lichtsteiner Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal, Kolasinac, Guendouzi, Torreira,
Iwobi, Lacazette, Aubameyang

Maybe ManCT will undermine us a bit & got caught on the break, preferably created by Iwobi , finished by Lacazette while Aubameyang took 2 defenders with him and the scoreline stays 1-0 at full time

Forest gooner
Forest gooner

Looks like the game will be played in our half only

Croarse
Croarse

Strange selection on the bench. Lichstainer will play 90 minutes? Or Ramsey will replace him and Mustafi will play on the right when we switch in 4-4-2?

Teryima Adi
Teryima Adi

Cowards die a thousand times before their death. Why all the fear? The Man City guys are flesh not spirits. COYG

215Arse
215Arse

Back 5 ugh

215Arse
215Arse

Christ 1-0 already

Richie

We’re just giving them a headstart; to make things fair.

UpNorth
UpNorth

Lichtsteiner ??? Has Emery gone completely mad?

Bob
Bob

Emery WTF. I know you are still learning the squad, but at least learn from your mistakes D:

That said, I hope that by having my expectations exceedingly low, there will be a pleasant surprise! coyg!

GraeB
GraeB

Iwobi – you twat!

89 was fine
89 was fine

Iwobi…on edge of our box absolutely clueless!

Canuck Gunner
Canuck Gunner

Down already and almost gave away a pk.
Sadly, i think this game may get very depressing.

Voldermort
Voldermort

Iwobi has been shocking so far. Cant make a pass,slow to track back and feeble in the tackle .

Billy Bob
Billy Bob

Well I wasn’t in a particularly great mood and we go down in the first minute!! Guess I will just have to hope this doesn’t hit double figures!!! Poxy manure above us too!!! Should have beat that scum in their own back yard!!! So disappointed we lost Welbeck, Holding and Bellarin!!! I think we would be higher in the league with these three in the squad!!! I feel sorry for Emery!!!

UpNorth
UpNorth

Lichtsteiner totally outplayed in every situation he’s involved in. Emery, I’m losing my faith in you

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

gameplan for the 1st half was good. not much can be done when your players give the ball away.
also, you think jenko could have held hos own against that man city??!!!!

GraeB
GraeB

Lichtsteiner is nowhere near anything – do you really believe Jenks would be worse?

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

that logic is flawed
not jenko or AMN would have matter. city are far too good.

Gunnermite
Gunnermite

I think Wenger would ve done better with Torreira in his team than what Emery is currently doing. This is awfully stressful.

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

lose 3-0 ???

Tapiwa
Tapiwa

Jenkinson would not even get a game at Charlton with his “ability”!

Gunnermite
Gunnermite

Would Leichsteiner? You miss the point, we are talking about choosing the best available option and Jenko seem a better option than Leich. And for your info Jenko was a regular during his loan spell until his season ending injury so I think your point there is utterly bollocks.

Dom47
Dom47

Emery seemed like a smart guy. Looking at where we are right now, the way he uses the club’s resources, lack of identity in the play I am not sure he’s that smart anymore. He repeats the same mistakes (reverting to back 5, using licht which is crazy, as AMN was not bad lately at all and deserves a runout of 5-10 games) and does not know how to take the best out of Ozil who costs us so much. Matter of fact, he is not using the full potential of the squad at all.

In my opinion of course. And all of this seems strangely familiar to the AW era in the end.

Crazy idea – I would have used Ramsey as the right wingback. He has played on the wing, has a good engine and can be disciplined (defend) under such instructions. Would offer much more than licht both in attack and defence. Licht looks like he’s 2-3 levels below than all others and has directly contributed to the city goals today, especially the second one.

City is not that better than us, as we made it easy for them. We have a strong squad and top attack and midfield and we should play to our strengths.

Jht
Jht

Ffs how an earth arsenal attacking play can remind same shit against top6 as ever before. Even my mother would be able to defend against these tactics.

Tapiwa
Tapiwa

This joke of a manager elects to introduce Suarez and the departing Ramsey ahead of Özil just to satisfy his big ego! I foresee a day soon when most Gooners will realise we have an Athletics coach instead of a football one. Thanks to all those haters who led the “Wenger out” brigade.

Jht
Jht

Wenger had to go but this is different guy same mess. #out

Dom47
Dom47

Yes, AW had to go and was even worse.

Glenlaup
Glenlaup

The bench is so much more impressive than the starting line up. What’s up that? How can he believe to get anything out of a game like this with that team selection? I am so fed up with him already. Time to face it, this guy is much worse than ANY manager we’ve had. Listen to his interviews. Forget about the lousy english, but what does he actually say? Can anyone tell me ONE thing he has said that you couldn’t figure out for yourself? It’s time to ask him why he didn’t start 1)Ramsey 2)Özil 3)Suarez. Why he DOES play 1) Lichsteiner 2) Iwobi. And why the ball keeps going backwards all the the keeper (who will then under pressure play a long ball in the hand of the oposition) – even when we’re under with two goals?? Wake up, it’s enough already. 😡

Dom47
Dom47

Well said, agree with you on all points.