Xhaka returns to starting line-up: BATE Borisov v Arsenal team news

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Arsenal team news

Arsenal take on BATE Borisov in Belarus this eebening in the first leg of the Europa League Round of 32.

A good win to take back home would be very pleasing, and here are the official line-ups.

BATE Borisov: Scherbitski, Filipovic, Dragun, Hleb, Skavysh, Rios. Filipenko, Stasevich, Volkov, Baga, Milic

Subs: Chichkhan, Yablonski, Berezekin, Dubajic, Simovic, moukam, Bessmertny

Arsenal: Cech, Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal, Maitland-Niles, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Kolasinac, Iwobi, Mkhitaryan, Lacazette

Subs: Leno, Elneny, Lichtsteiner, Torreira, Suarez, Nketiah, Aubameyang

Follow the game on the Arseblog live blog

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The_Kolkata_Gooner
The_Kolkata_Gooner

Three at the back again. :\

Mpls
Mpls

3-4-3, 2 man midfield. Dig in and try to absorb the mighty attack, hope to nick one on the counter. It’s all going according to plan.

David C
David C

I can’t believe we’re not playing a back 4 against a team that hasn’t played in months. Why are we so scared? Is is just because of Mustafi?

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

That’s a pretty good reason to be fair

I AM ARSENAL
I AM ARSENAL

Pretty much

Alll
Alll

Don’t think Emery trusts Mustafi, which is fair tbh. He was playing four at the back when we had Sokratis.

Mpls
Mpls

It might also be because of no Bellerin.

What I don’t get is why would we go with a weak 2 men in the middle of the park and push all our playmakers out wide? With Lacazette, not the tallest striker in the world (though he does admirably well despite it).

We totally gave control of the match to Huddersfield that way.

It’s like he has no intention of controlling the play. Just play the weak team model of defending, conceding and bypassing the midfield, and hacking crossing balls in.

Mpls
Mpls

*Not saying Xhaka and Guendouzi are weak, I mean structurally / tactically less bodies in the midfield.

SB Still
SB Still

I think it’s mostly going to be 3 at the back because we don’t have an RB Emery trusts or even a proper LB (Kolasinac struggles, Monreal can’t be risked).

Devlin
Devlin

We survived with Reiss Nelson at right wingback last season, I don’t see why AMN can’t do well against Bate, unless we play small team football and give them the initiative to expose our weaknesses.

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

3 at the back is primarily to give freedom to the wingbacks, our main source of creativity and danger. It’s not a defensive formation necessarily.

Mpls
Mpls

Yep. A club with Laca, Auba, Mkhi, Iwobi, Ozil, and Ramsey, but Kola and AMN are our main source of creativity and danger.

I agree with you, that is the reality today. Especially with Ramsey and Ozil out and Auba probably still recovering. But it just sounds so odd.

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

I’m sorry, but the way you say it makes it seem like a shallow statement…
Wingbacks have many tactical uses. They can create overloads, they can be used for combinations with wingers for overlaps/underlaps, they are much harder to mark or predict, they can offer width, can if technical enough they can be regarded as additional midfielders and goalscorers…etc. The possibilities are endless.
Essentially they are a part of modern football. And see as how we don’t have any good wingers, they are more important to our style of play than ever.

Mpls
Mpls

well if you’d rather argue about it, fine.

Mpls
Mpls

Why would you move the goalposts on the topic to start an argument? πŸ€¦β€β™‚οΈ

Never said a thing criticizing the use of wingbacks. That is SOO Far off it’s ridiculous.

Maybe if I changed my name to “A Brick Wall” or “An Empty Room” this interchange would make more sense.

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

You listed a punch of players and showed sarcasm about creativity from wingbacks. hence I had to say that there is good reason dor creativity to come from these 2 roles.
you also made it look like a bad thing, which it is not.
at least that is what i got from reading your post.

Mpls
Mpls

Just go back and read what I wrote. I wrote that it’s odd that with so many recognized and established creative attacking midfielders, they’re not our main attacking threat. Instead we’re relying on AMN, a young player out of position, and Kolasinac.

I never once said wingbacks are a bad thing. You know what that’s called? A Straw Man argument. A cheap debate trick. Putting words in another person’s mouth, and then trying to discredit it.

Once you review your work you’ll also notice I AGREED with you that they are a lot of our creative threat right now. But I guess you just want to argue for some reason. πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ

clins
clins

exactly. three at the back is not necessarily a defensive formation. Look at the defensive midfielders we have xhaka and guendouzi both good at keeping and progressing possession. And also because we dont have a dependable right back to play with.

Mpls
Mpls

No, it’s not inherently. Most formations are convertible from defensive to attacking.

But as an observation we seem to be frequently absorbing, bypassing midfield on the wings, mostly the left, and playing in from there regardless of formation.

el nino
el nino

Chicken?

Mr Sweaty
Mr Sweaty

Strong line up, should be able to beat a team with a chicken on the bench

Kwame Ampadu Down
Kwame Ampadu Down

And a man – Hleb – with chicken legs in third first 11.

Joey
Joey

πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

HansRott
HansRott

Why do we have Torreira, Suarez, and Aubameyang only on the bench?

Would have preferred all three to start.

Jack
Jack

Me: at least the starting line up can’t be as conservative and disappointing as the Huddersfield game

Emery: hold my beer

Alex
Alex

So how many trainings did Xhaka have to be a starter? Because 2 is not enough to travel. So i guess at least 3… or? Sorry, just trying to understand.

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

Nobody cares. Xhaka is an essential player in this squad and more consistent than many.

Laca-Sead
Laca-Sead

Ozil is not good enough. therefore I see a decent man ( Unai ) sparing the blushes to our most expensive player.

martin
martin

As Xhaka has noticeably been missed it’s good to have him back. His passing ability is the best we have.

Kwame Ampadu Down
Kwame Ampadu Down

It’s like you’re trying to make a point Alex but not say it straight out. Whatever could it be I wonder ? Cos you make so many varied points about different Arsenal subjects on here it’s hard to keep up…

goonero
goonero

Would be nice to see some big performances from Kola and Maitland Niles, hopefully Mhki and Iwobi can build on their showing at Huddersfield and add some real clinical end product! COYG

yea mon
yea mon

we should sign Chicken to Arsenal

Good Omens
Good Omens

It’s fitting, Chicken would certainly feel comfortable around some of the Turkeys we have.

Rich
Rich

I fancy Iwobi for a brace tonight, can see a big score with a late avalanche of goals.
Bate 0-6 Arsenal

CJay
CJay

so… no one is gonna talk about the chicken on the bench for BATE?

Devlin
Devlin

Its funny that its not that urgent for me to leave work to see Arsenal anymore. We will be playing for a result, and I can be as happy as someone who watched the game about a positive result without fear of missing out on the experience of watching good football. So here’s to the result. I hope we win and win well, but I know it’s not really worth leaving work to watch us play. I did last season for our so called “BSide”, but it was worth it to watch the performance and get the result as well.

COYG or whatever.

Kwame Ampadu Down
Kwame Ampadu Down

Devlin, you enjoyed the ‘good football’ in our 2 games v red Star & the 1-0 defeat away to Cologne last season ? Hmmmm….

Devlin
Devlin

Far better than any of our games this season. At least we could say we deserved to win those games. To play the calibre of teams that we surrendered the initiative to this season, has been really hard to take. Especially when people say that we don’t have the quality to play well, then we go out and get dominated by a teams with lesser quality than us.

Wether you watch or not. The result will always be there, and I can be just as happy/sad as you are about it. Sadly our play is going to be predictably conservative. Winning is not guaranteed but at least season, we tried to make the experience for the fans interesting along with trying to get the result.

Kwame Ampadu Down
Kwame Ampadu Down

Sorry but all 3 of those games were rubbish to watch. You’re only saying otherwise to ‘prove’ your point.

atom
atom

The football we’re playing isn’t really all that different than what we did last year – it’s been several years since we played Wengerball. If the frustration is that Emery is too conservative then I get that 100%, but it’s not like we were a great side to watch last year and weren’t getting the results either.

Laca-Sead
Laca-Sead

Our best team! Love that team.

Richie

Not the most exciting lineup but I fancy a 3-0 win.

Leon
Leon

Yeah…
To Bate Borisov…
Who lead 1-0 already.
Worst Arsenal side in decades…

Randy
Randy

I think we are showing no respect with that starting line up..hope they prove me wrong.

Lord Bendnter
Lord Bendnter

How can the coach pick Lacazette and not ElNeny? We will get battered by them. Could do with two more bodies in the back. Would have rested Iwobi and Mkhitaryan and started Lichtsteiner and Leno on the wings

Obama Young

Why won’t he start Torreira and Xhaka together anymore? We played our best when they were starting together every match.

MonkeyJoe
MonkeyJoe

Do NOT question mighty Emery, he is specialist in Europa League. If playing like shite and losing in Belarus will help us win Europa League, so be it.

Obama Young

He puts in Torreira… and takes out Xhaka, so they don’t play together yet again.

Obama Young

Wow, we are finding a way to actually lose to Boris Badenov.

Mpls
Mpls

To be fair, they might feel Xhaka is not ready for a full 90.

Obama Young

Could have started them both and had them play together for an hour or so.

Mpls
Mpls

True.

Alan90
Alan90

1:0 down πŸ˜‚ What a strong Squad

MonkeyJoe
MonkeyJoe

Get Emery out now. He is absolute failure.

Sue

My god this is embarrassing!! We can’t lose to this lot can we???

Leon
Leon

Hang on a second.
I am enjoying this !
What ever its name is they are a better team than Arsenal.
Not difficult really but they are.
I would love to see them progress beyond Arsenal.
Arsenal are so one dimensional and predictable it is beyond pathetic.
It makes me feel I want to throw up watching this – knowing how much these cunts are paid.
Arsenal were MILES BETTER under Wenger.
This is the truth – Emery hasn’t got a fucking clue.
Arsenal are a joke.
I want Wenger back….

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

Why does every discussion have to turn in to an argument about Emery versus Wenger? I think we’re shit under this manager, just as I thought we were shit under the last one. Can’t there be another option/

Hantal
Hantal

The problem is we’re just a little bit shit

Alan90
Alan90

It’s Emery, the Weingut Guy. The Long winning streak was luck…

Leon
Leon

And Arsenal fans want to see them in the Champions League next season?
Do you really want to see this bunch of spanners up against the likes of Barcelona, Real or Bayern?
What kind of a club is Arsenal?
How shit have we become?
For the appointment of chief scouts, directors of football we are still utter garbage on the pitch – where it matters…
I don’t want Arsenal to equalise.
Let them get humiliated.
And hopefully knocked out.
I’m tired of this bollocks – the ONLY trophy we are competing in and he still does not name a full strength side (not that it matters)
Arsenal have hit rock bottom….

GraeB
GraeB

Oh well, at least it makes the second leg more interesting than if we were 5 up.

Leon
Leon

That will be 90 minutes of your life you will never get back…

GraeB
GraeB

It’s that or not see anything from the season tickets I paid!

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

That’s how time works, unless you’ve got a time machine.

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

I couldn’t care less how boring we are or whether we ‘deserve’ to be in the Champions League.

The more time out of it we spend, the longer we’re likely to take getting back in.

We’re losing Β£40m+ a year by not being in it, with players on stupid wages with no ‘no CL’ clauses included and an owner who won’t invest anything into the club, plus we’re running out of saleable assets on the playing staff (as well as letting a load of potential income walk away for free).

We’re essentially fucked unless we get a genius manager pronto, unless we can get that sweet CL moolah some point soon.

Yankee Gooner
Yankee Gooner

If only we had someone capable of generating a lot of scoring chances…

Obama Young

Well if we had played Ozil, we might have conceded a goal!

Dusko
Dusko

Emery said its too cold for Ozil to play. Maybe he will play in London, weather permitted πŸ˜€

Riku
Riku

Wenger always said – the team plays better when the ball is passed quicker. Tonight they moved the ball so slow or predictable

GraeB
GraeB

Stupid red card for Laca – frustration at crap team performance

Leon
Leon

Lacazette’s red card.
His only contribution to the game.
What a fucking donkey….
Hopefully Emery will see the light in the summer and leave Arsenal.
The worst possible choice for manager.
He has actually made Arsenal worse….

Sue

2 shots on target yet again….. πŸ’©πŸ’©πŸ’©πŸ’©

Alan90
Alan90

Sack this froud

Leon
Leon

So disappointing and embarrassing.
Emery said there will be no excuses but I am looking forward to hearing them.
The problem is you get shot of all the human detritus at the club you will only be left with a couple of players.
What a shambles we have become….
I’m not bothered if we progress or not…