It’s a North London derby as we take on Sp*rs at the Emirates this afternoon.

We need three points to take us into the Interlull, here’s the team Unai Emery has picked to do that.

Arsenal: Leno, Maitland-Niles, Sokratis, Luiz, Kolasinac, Xhaka, Torreira, Guendouzi, Pepe, Lacazette, Aubameyang.

Subs: Martinez, Chambers, Willock, Ceballos, Ozil, Mkhitaryan, Nelson

Sp*rs: To follow

Subs:

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goongot
goongot

xhaka at home is always solid 😍

Help
Help

I dont rate Emery as a manger but I rate our players. Why not Ozil or Cab instead of Xhaka??

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

I suppose to be fair it’s a bit of a halfway house between setting up really defensive with two strikers and throwing caution to the wind with 2 DMs and 4 attackers

Gunner Comment
Gunner Comment

No point setting up defensively because we have conceded 2 at home. Xhaka is not Arsenal quality neither is Emery

Gunner Comment
Gunner Comment

Loads of down votes. Xhaka starts we are 2 down at home to spurs Xhaka has had a big part to play. Emery fault for selecting him tim and time gain. #EmeryOut

Cagooner
Cagooner

Errr, cos Ozil is shit and lazy. Agree about Ceballos tho.

CHIBS
CHIBS

What I see is a very strong team with this being a derby in mind

Me2
Me2

Yeah really fucking solid…..

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

Lets do this. COYG!

Jack
Jack

Midfield too defensive minded. Wish it was Ceballos instead of Guen

SheffieldGooner
SheffieldGooner

Agreed. Bit concerned about who is going to be serving the assists.

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

Kolasinac and AMN.

Cdm995
Cdm995

Pepe for auba, auba for Lacazette, and Lacazette for Pepe. The other four will all be from defensive errors.

Atom
Atom

Let’s front 3 be more open as midfield picks up the slack

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

Probably see that at half time.

Help
Help

Any streams

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

At least we have the full front three

SuperTom7
SuperTom7

Let’s do this. COYG

Ballz
Ballz

Good lineup! I hope he’s playing Torreira as the holding midfielder and xhaka a bit in front of him

Kareem
Kareem

Brave man dropping Ceballos

Fans are going to rip into him if we don’t win.

I thought he was going to drop Guendouzi.
But at least we have our front 3 from the start.

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

Ceballos was great in his first big game, right?

Alex
Alex

First big game was Liverpool.

momozemio
momozemio

C.O.Y.G!!!
Give it all, smash them spuds… and make the fans proud!

Zetty
Zetty

Even our bench is impressive

shokim
shokim

Not looked forward to NLD as much as this one #COYG

Absolut
Absolut

Hope Nacho can be there at the game.

The child is grown
The child is grown

Shame he is starting Xhaka, would much rather he didn’t start and Ozil or Ceballos play ahead of two holding midfielders. Our team and squad I Believe is now better than the scum. Emery is the weak link now. Still think we will win today if he doesn’t have Pepe and Aubameyang playing like wing backs.

Win,lose or draw Emery remains the wrong choice
Win,lose or draw Emery remains the wrong choice

Emery has done it again with that awesome midfield…what a wonderful coach we have

Runzac
Runzac

John Terry – is this you?

Dom47
Dom47

Fully agree, he shat his pants again, spuds have a more adventurous lineup than us with 4 attacking players vs our 3. Even sissoko as a CM is more attack minded than any of our three.

JoeGooner
JoeGooner

very attacking bench!

Gudang Bedil

Emery is a big fan of Xhaka.

Help
Help

Im not a big fan of Emery or Xhaka

Me2
Me2

Me either – very negative manager…

Avo84
Avo84

He’s even a bigger fan of Guendouzi

goonero
goonero

His mom used to leave the house keys with him so you know he’s a good lad.

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

Holding on the bench! Nice.

Ólafur
Ólafur

You mean Chambers?

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

Oh yeah, please ignore my post…:-(

Frank
Frank

On the Spuds bench or what?

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

See above. It’s the stress sorry…:-)

Ike
Ike

Really thought we would go for it but I guess Emery will always be a conservative coach/person and never fully go for it.

Flavoured Rice

That midfield is dead. Never creates anything. We’re gonna struggle to even get the ball to the front 3 as usual now that genius Emery has picked Tweedle D and Tweedle Dumb. I hope I’m wrong!

Thierry Bergkamp
Thierry Bergkamp

Been super confident all week about this match, I went and put 200 on an Arsenal win. Seen the lineups, and Son and Ericsen starting has made me bloody nervous.

ach
ach

I think it’s more like a diamond with laca at the tip.

ramgooner
ramgooner

Looks like it. Hoping Guendouzi will have the game of his life. I have no doubts about Torreira and Xhaka at home.

Rich
Rich

Spurs will look at our back line and be confident that they’ll get chances, our midfield 3 aren’t the most creative, we’ll be reliant on the efficiency of our front 3, and effectiveness of our full backs going forward today, can’t see much coming down the middle from us.

Ya gooner
Ya gooner

Who do we recon plays furthest forward in that midfield

TCGNR
TCGNR

Ugh, we never look that great with both Xhaka and Guendouzi on the pitch, they are so slow together. Other than that, not bad.

Flavoured Rice

They make treacle look fast

Lacauberpepe
Lacauberpepe

That’s a lethal front three right there anywhere in Europe top flight football! But who would create and bring the ball to them without Ceballos or Ozil? I wish emery had rested Guendouzi.

IamsterdamGooner
IamsterdamGooner

Glad to see PAL start, just not a lot of creativity in midfield.
C’mon you Gunners! Let’s keep up the pace!

Elbon
Elbon

Yes.

HansRott
HansRott

Bit confused. Three up front. Plus three defensive midfielders.

Who’s pulling the strings in midfield?
Who’s bridging the gap between defensive midfield and our front three?
Creative midfield?

Four at the back I understand. Just not what’s in front of them.

Jack
Jack

Emery always likes to throw in at least one surprise to annoy the fans. This week it’s put 4 creative midfielders on the bench

Sue

About bloody time!! COYG

goonero
goonero

Emery’s hard on for Xhaka aside, and the big worry that is a back four with Kolasinac, Sokratis and David Luiz, a solid enough lineup. We’ll be sure to concede a few but you’d back us to score 3 too.

Ourchildrensworld

Big game needed from Guendouzi.

Sp*rs have a very mobile, athletic midfield. Who in our midfield picks up the ball and drives forward with Ceballos and Willock benched?

Richie

Ceballos will be on at half time if we’re losing.

Duno
Duno

So, now Nelson is keeping Saka out of the squad. The competition is real yo! Great move by both parties in the Iwobi sale. Happy for him as well. It’s still early days but you starting well is never a bad thing.

Jeff Mack
Jeff Mack

How the fuck can he start Guendouzi ahead of Ceballos and even worse, Willock? Idiot!

Teryima Adi
Teryima Adi

Unleash the dragon, I meant the PAL!!!

ozilian
ozilian

xhaka,, torreira..nd guendozi???
who is gonna pass the ball forward

goonero
goonero

David Luix 😂

ozilian
ozilian

Join the discussion… xhaka torreira nd guendozi??
who is gonna pass the ball forward

MeSoHornsey
MeSoHornsey

Glad about the front 3, glad torreira’s in but a bit gutted Willock not starting. Need his energy in midfield.

Vision
Vision

Xhaka to give away the ball while we are dominating the game and concede a goal on the counter attack. How is he still not sold yet ? He is the weakest link in this line up.

Goonerink

this is the lineup i wanted to see vs liverpool, 3 more defensive minded mids to let the front 3 do their stuff.

hopefully ceballos, willock and ozil can come on to do some stuff later on.

bam
bam

The midfield lacks creativity

Tanned arse
Tanned arse

Don’t see that midfield complimenting what’s ahead of it. Hope we don’t get bogged down with our midfielders taking up same spaces.

Stateside gooner
Stateside gooner

Ozil has it made. Making tons of money not having to play. Oh, and we are not trading him. Why would you play him in a big game?

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

Looks like we’re “doing a Liverpool”, 3 solid and somewhat defensive midfielders supporting an aggressively attacking front 3. Surprised Ceballos isn’t starting but let’s see what they can do!

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

Solid midfielders 😂

Me2
Me2

Great front line but the amateur defence has once again let us down.
Arsenal’s defence is so poor – it is beyond bad and Luiz was never going to be the answer.
Its going to ruin our season once again…

Billy Bob
Billy Bob

Judging by the first 15 minutes we need to take off Xhaka for a creative link up midfielder and chambers should be playing instead of Luiz!!! I now have a bad feeling about this match 😐

Mentalist
Mentalist

Holding can’t come back soon enough

Ballz
Ballz

Seriously, why do you believe Holding is our savior? He played less than 15 games last season and yes he was impressive, but our defense was still shit!! Before last season, he was a backup!! He’s still only 22 or 23. Why do you seriously believe that our defensive problems are down to individuals players and not the coaching?
Our defense has been shit regardless of personnel since last season

Our problems start straight from the midfield. How do you play 3 defensive mids and still have so much space between them? Xhaka is NOT a DM. Play him in front of Torreira

Me2
Me2

He (or anyone coming into this team) is better than the two spanners currently masquerading as centre backs.
Anyone can improve this Arsenal defence. Anyone.

Mentalist
Mentalist

I don’t… That’s the joke.

Wolfgang
Wolfgang

Could have been 2-0 down . Arsenal are making it easy for spurs with their laborious build up.They take an age to get going.
Where was the marking when the Dane scored with acres of space?
The gunners need to speed up the attack and stop the slow build up like Wenger.If they aint careful another goal will be curtains.

Me2
Me2

This is what happens when you go up against a top four team.
Especially when you have a manager who can never seem to get the tactics right.
Xhaka starting every game?
No creative central midfielder when playing at home?
Far too negative…
And now we are wo down
GAME FUCKING OVER !!!!!!!!!!
EMERY OUT !!!!!!!!!!!!

Me2
Me2

XHAKA you fucking spastic CUNT !!!!!!!!
EMERY OUT !!!!!!!!!

Voldermort
Voldermort

Xhaka is a complete and utter liability.
We could spend 400 million on the forward line but until we learn to defend we will remaim a joke

Jijo
Jijo

I guess I was among the strongest of Xhaka supporters. From a supporter’s point of view , may be he was trying to make the team feel more embarrassed by going 2 down against this fuckkng spuds..and then they wake up, score a goal just before the break like Sagna did a couple of years back…and it kinda worked..

Seriously.. What the fuck was he thinking..

Billy Bob
Billy Bob

Xhaka better not play another game for arsenal, he is truly awful, too slow and useless

Canuck Gooner
Canuck Gooner

Surely there are no more Xhaxa defenders left on here. I am done with him fucking up my week.

Canuck Gooner
Canuck Gooner

*Xhaka. Shouldn’t have tried to spell it. Stunned cunt is easier to spell and everyone still wouldn’ve known who I was referring to.