Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Koscielny and Torreira return: Arsenal v Napoli team news

Arsenal take on Napoli in this evening in the first leg of our Europa League quarter-final. Unai Emery is looking for his team to bounce back from the disappointing 2-0 defeat to Everton on Sunday.

Here are tonight’s official line-ups.

Arsenal: Cech, Maitland-Niles, Sokratis, Koscielny, Monreal, Kolasinac, Torreira, Ramsey, Ozil, Aubameyang, Lacazette

Subs: Leno, Mustafi, Elneny, Mkhitaryan, Guendouzi, Iwobi, Suarez,

Napoli: Meret, Hysaj, Maksimovic, Koulibaly, Rui, Callejon, Allan, Fabian, Zielinski, Insigne, Mertens

Subs: Ospina, Malcuit, Ghoulam, Chiriches, Ounas, Younes, Milik

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George Nichols

This early team news had me scared I had got the time wrong and was going to be late to the game! Phew.


No Xhaka is problematic. We will miss his range of passing. Need a big game from Torreira moving the ball in transitions and shielding the back 4. And a big European night from Ozil would be nice. COYG!
BTW I’m quite happy to see Milik on the bench. He’s a player.

Tankard Gooner

Is milik good?


He shakes things up, Milik.


his milik shake brings all the boys to the yard

Tankard Gooner

Yeah, no Xhaka is a problem, but this lineup is still plenty exciting. Here’s to hoping Ozil has an awesome evening combining with both Laca and Auba ahead of him!!


Would love Ozil to score.. he scored his first goal for us V Napoli COYG

Thierry Ennui

Got Milik?


Unpopular opinion, but I think Torreira and Ramsey are our best central midfield pairing. Torreira is the perfect high energy defensive foil to Rambo’s more offensive nature. I think they will boss this game.


Think this is the strongest possible team we could put out. Hopefully Torriera and Ramsey click.


Totally agree…..really excited!

Scott P

Hopefully we ROAL right over them! (Ramsey, Ozil, Auba, Laca)

I’ll see myself out.


No shortage of energy in the midfield


I hope we also have the technical ability to match Allan and especially Ruiz.

Make Arsenal Great Again


Kwame Ampadu Down

Damn you had me excited there. I thought you meant he was starting ! Bad news : he isn’t

David C

Wish we had Xhaka for Torreira, but great lineup. Ozil central behind the 2 strikers will be great and Rambo making the late runs into the box to slash one home.

COYG!!! 2-0 is my prediction 🙂


I have no major issue with Cecil but feel Leno should be starting unless he needs a rest


Cech not Cecil obviously


There’s no ‘obviously’ about it, besides ‘Cecil’ sounds far more interesting. Let’s hope this can be his breakthrough game.

Kwame Ampadu Down

Cecil in but Sideshow Bob out. Emery not a fan of brothers.

Paul Roberts

Very attacking lineup looking forward to this game. COYG!


Lets hope the tactics are to attack too.


COYG… 4-0


Nice line up ? glad Koscielny & Torreira are back! Would have liked Leno in goal.. but you can’t have everything you want right?


We need to win by at least two clear goals to stand a chance of going through.

Tony Hall

3 would be even better but I am a realist ?


A win by two unclear goals is fine by me


What’s the difference between a clear goal and an unclear goal?


Strong lineup

Running Ray Running down the wing running Raaaaay!

Oh dear, I have not been this nervous since I had to go to detox.

Heikky martin

I martin.. An arsenal an from Namibia ..We want to see leno in the goal please


Feeling greedy so a win and a clean sheet please.


We lost 2-0 to Everton? Thought it was 1-0


Sky Italy reporting a different Napoli line up


To be fair, blogs has reported a different scoreline at Everton too

Jack but

Blog is shit on this , no sentiments


Reads like a 4-4-2. Wonder if we actually line up that way though

Billy Bob

Nice early goal from Ramsey, here is hoping we can bang a few more in, up da gunners

Billy Bob

The terrier scores, could arsenal be giving anchelotti some revenge from the Bayern Munich savaging?


So fuc*ing frustrating that this is the first time we see Ramsey-Torreira pairing in central midfield. Was exciting to see them together since we were first linked with Torreira. In my mind he is the perfect partner for Ramsey, who is now leaving… Just a shame we will get just a glimpse of what could have been a great partnership for a few years :/

Arsenala Vista Baby

Should have won with 5-0 & kill the 2nd leg but luck was not there. Beautiful football played throughout the game. AMN seems more and more comfortable with his role and his creativity is improving due to growing confidence Good game 10/10

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