Arsenal take on Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup at the Emirates this evening. As expected Unai Emery has heavily rotated after our 3-2 win over Aston Villa at the weekend.

Here are the official line-ups.

Arsenal: Martinez, Chambers, Mustafi, Holding, Tierney, Torreira, Willock, Ozil, Nelson, Smith Rowe, Martinelli

Subs: Macey, Bellerin, Bola, Burton, Ceballos, Saka, Balogun

Nottingham Forest: Muric, Cash, Figueurido, Ribeiro, Chema, Silva, Johnson, Carvalho, Lolley, Adomah

Subs: Smith, Milosevic, Grabban, Ameobi, Sow, Gabriel, Mighten

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Jack
Jack
8 months ago

Is it me or is that just about the most exciting line up in about 14 months from Emery?!

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts
8 months ago

Ozil in the reserves! Oh dear oh dear…

HelderHughes
HelderHughes
8 months ago
Reply to  Paul Roberts

So he’s not suitable for away games. And not suitable to travel for Europa Cup games. And it appears he’s not suitable for home premier league games. So that just leaves this fixture. Interested to see if he bothers tonight.

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts
8 months ago
Reply to  HelderHughes

The question is who leaves first Ozil or Emery…?

Man Manny
Man Manny
8 months ago
Reply to  Paul Roberts

I think Emery will leave first…at the end of the season.
Ozil will likely leave at the end of next season…when his contract expires.

Cultured determination
Cultured determination
8 months ago
Reply to  Man Manny

Emery becomes surprise new real/ barca manager and signs ozil

Oregoon
8 months ago
Reply to  Paul Roberts

How about both hand in hand?

backsakacrack
backsakacrack
8 months ago
Reply to  Oregoon

Off into the sunset

Martin
Martin
8 months ago
Reply to  Paul Roberts

Why would Emery leave? The knee jerk reactions after just 7 matches is toxic and sickening

Red-Sky
Red-Sky
8 months ago
Reply to  Martin

+1

Man Manny
Man Manny
8 months ago
Reply to  Martin

I don’t think it’s knee jerk bro. It takes a good coach less than half a season to establish a recognisable style.
By the third game, we saw what Conte was about at Chelsea; ditto Klopp and Pep.
But this man Emery, he is tactically all over the place.
He can’t even choose a captain!

NairoGunner89
NairoGunner89
8 months ago
Reply to  HelderHughes

That is a weird way to look at it, “if he bothers tonight.”

This is disrespectful, whatever is going on behind the scenes must be bad. Either that or Emery is a terrible man manager sidelining one of the best no.10s in the league because of his (Emery’s) ego.

Goonerrific
Goonerrific
8 months ago
Reply to  NairoGunner89

Very tough to justify “one of the best in the league”

NairoGunner89
NairoGunner89
8 months ago
Reply to  Goonerrific

Even tougher when he barely gets any game time.

mrugunner
mrugunner
8 months ago
Reply to  NairoGunner89

he got his game time.

Uba Ngenegbo
Uba Ngenegbo
8 months ago
Reply to  NairoGunner89

Best no 10 my arris
Ozil is finished at the top level!

HelderHughes
HelderHughes
8 months ago
Reply to  NairoGunner89

Out of the top six clubs, only Man City still employ number 10’s and David Silva / De Bruyne do a lot more for the team than Özil does. They track back, they hustle, they sit deep if they have to.

It’s not necessarily Özil’s fault but there just isn’t room in modern football for a player who does nothing but create a few chances if he’s in the mood.

Mouise
Mouise
8 months ago
Reply to  HelderHughes

UE is not suitable to coach Arsenal.

Martin
Martin
8 months ago
Reply to  Mouise

Based on what? 7 matches on and only 1 defeat to Liverpool. New players finding form and defenders coming back from long term injuries. For heavens sake give him some time.

SLC Gooner
SLC Gooner
8 months ago
Reply to  Paul Roberts

Well, at least he’s in the starting line-up

BigArse
BigArse
8 months ago

Strong team. Can’t wait to see Tierney and Holding! COYG!

Edu's Braces
Edu's Braces
8 months ago

Personally don’t understand not staring Saka. I would have thought it would be good to get him back in after he was sacrificed after the AMN red, just for confidence, cohesion and to confirm he is next in line after the big 3.

Not a big complaint though, other lads need minutes too I guess. #COYG

Richie
8 months ago
Reply to  Edu's Braces

He played 90 minutes five days ago and 45 minutes two days ago. He’s only 18, common sense not to over play him. Well he’s on now for the second half, and may even get another start next week at United.

Danny
Danny
8 months ago

I guess Bellerin is starting vs United after getting a half hour tonight?

Richie
8 months ago
Reply to  Danny

Maybe, but even if not fit to start, I don’t want to see Maitland Niles against united. Would pick Chambers ahead of him.

Rich
Rich
8 months ago

I write the first team out in my notes before every game, and this is the first time I’ve correctly predicted Emery’s starting 11.

I’m happy the back4 looks here to stay, you need to build stability+structure over a period of time.

Gooner for life
Gooner for life
8 months ago

With all this young talent, I’m more excited to view this match than our regular football!

Burn Baby Burn
Burn Baby Burn
8 months ago

So glad Auba isn’t on the bench – he’s earned a break. Removes the temptation to use him.

Serpent
Serpent
8 months ago

Where’s our Corporal, Forest?!

Adriano
Adriano
8 months ago
Reply to  Serpent

In

Vonnie
Vonnie
8 months ago
Reply to  Serpent

He injured himself so he doesn’t have to play against us

backsakacrack
backsakacrack
8 months ago
Reply to  Serpent

All wrapped up in this gunners bedding

Serpent
Serpent
8 months ago
Reply to  Serpent

I’ll scan the home crowds. He’s bound to be somewhere…

Ben
Ben
8 months ago

I’m surprised that he’s not starting Xhaka

Sagebrush Farm
Sagebrush Farm
8 months ago
Reply to  Ben

I wonder why he considers him a player of some worth

goonero
goonero
8 months ago
Reply to  Ben

Gotta keep our talismanic captain fresh for Old Trafford

nonononoyes
nonononoyes
8 months ago

Who is in the striker role I wonder? Reiss/Martinelli?

Tankard Gooner
Tankard Gooner
8 months ago
Reply to  nonononoyes

Martinelli is the striker. RN and ESR on the wings behind him.

nonononoyes
nonononoyes
8 months ago
Reply to  Tankard Gooner

Fascinating! I assumed he was a left winger and not a striker.

backsakacrack
backsakacrack
8 months ago
Reply to  nonononoyes

When you assume you make an ass out of u and me

Sagebrush Farm
Sagebrush Farm
8 months ago

Xhaka and Luiz should play these games eventually when Holding and Torreira are fit enough

Robert ombogo
Robert ombogo
8 months ago
Reply to  Sagebrush Farm

Torreira is fit I guess

HansRott
HansRott
8 months ago

Must be the youngest average age we’ve fielded … err … ever?

Andre Santos' car keys
Andre Santos' car keys
8 months ago
Reply to  HansRott

At least since the late Wenger years. I remember 2008-2011 we fielded some young teams.

Vonnie
Vonnie
8 months ago

I knew that Emery would play Mesut in this game to try to humiliate him, he did the same thing last season. I hope Mesut plays a blinder. Emery is a horrible coach and has a nasty, spiteful side to him, the sooner he’s fired the happier I’ll be.

DPK
DPK
8 months ago
Reply to  Vonnie

I was thinking nasty, spiteful when I was reading your post.

TCGNR
TCGNR
8 months ago
Reply to  DPK

Agree with Vonnie, if you can’t work Ozil into your side you are a mediocre manager. He’s still one of the top players on the team – and Arsenal are hardly playing thrilling, all-action football without him. A better manager would know how to use him.

Alex
Alex
8 months ago
Reply to  TCGNR

No. He’s not. He really is not. When was the last time he won Arsenal’s player of the year? He has only won that once in his time here… He’s just some guy who did very well at Madrid, in a league less strenuous than the Premier League and in a team that could accommodate his lethargic approach. We are neither that team nor in that league. We cannot afford Ozil. Ship him off as soon as we can.

Teryima Adi
Teryima Adi
8 months ago

An interesting one. Let’s see how this pans out. COYG!

Des Lynam
Des Lynam
8 months ago

Ah, the Corporal has a can’t play against his team clause in his contract!

SB Still
SB Still
8 months ago

Should really swap Mustafi (to RB) and Chambers (to CB).

We have tried Mustafi at CB enough.

myrtle
myrtle
8 months ago
Reply to  SB Still

Musti’s our inform centre back. Have some respect!

Andre Santos' car keys
Andre Santos' car keys
8 months ago
Reply to  SB Still

Shockingly Musti did well at CB and Chambers did well at RB and later at LB. Got an assist on both flanks. Conventional wisdom upended.

Three Steps Sideways
Three Steps Sideways
8 months ago

I’m really pleased with that line up… for some reason I don’t think Mesut Ozil is.

Monkey knees
Monkey knees
8 months ago

Hopefully, Ozil shows tonight exactly what we’ve been missing going forward… Emery has previous when it comes to a clubs “biggest” player… Still waiting to see a clear strategy/method of his play after well over a year…. Faith/trust has gone.

DPK
DPK
8 months ago
Reply to  Monkey knees

‘Emery has previous when it comes to a clubs “biggest” player…’

PSG having a beautiful relationship with Neymar since Emery left proves your point presumably

Monkey knees
Monkey knees
8 months ago
Reply to  DPK

Exactly. Neymar flourished once Emery left. Ozil will obviously be lethal if utilised behind Pepe, Laca and Auba…

DPK
DPK
8 months ago
Reply to  Monkey knees

Oh dear

Monkey knees
Monkey knees
8 months ago
Reply to  DPK

Almost a goal a game since Emery left?!

loose_cannon
loose_cannon
8 months ago

Massive game for Nelson actually, Saka seems to have taken his spot so it’s really on him to impress. Big for Torreira as well, surely auditioning to replace Xhaka

Martin
Martin
8 months ago
Reply to  loose_cannon

As Xhaka is a deep lying midfielder and Torreira a DM there is no comparison. They play well together

Homer
Homer
8 months ago
Reply to  loose_cannon

Agree, but seems to have taken his spot…?
In a matter of one, barely two games, a month into a new season.
Good lord ….

kaius
kaius
8 months ago
Reply to  Homer

When did Reiss Nelson even have a spot

Obama Young
8 months ago

No Tyreece John Jules? I hope he’s not injured.
Otherwise I like this squad a lot, hope they really put up a good performance.

DPK
DPK
8 months ago

As someone who watches more Celtic games than any club outside Arsenal, I can’t wait for Tierney to get started. He is top quality

Ealing
Ealing
8 months ago

15 minutes delay aargh

laudgunner
laudgunner
8 months ago

The pressing is incredible, this team has a better backbone. I am loving this. Good one there Emery

Akari
Akari
8 months ago

Must say Ozil played well tonight. The team looked balance when Smith-Rowe came off. Midfield worked well together protecting the defense and aiding the attack. This is how the team should be.

Gunner 55
Gunner 55
8 months ago
Reply to  Akari

I didn’t fancy that Ozil sub. We were not under attack from Forest, I’d have subbed Torreira. That was heart wrenching.

Make Arsenal Great Again
Make Arsenal Great Again
8 months ago

Man of the match you ask? Easy. Calum Chambers

Frankie
Frankie
8 months ago

Quality performance, super game to watch… the boys did amazing… we have some top class wonder kids

TotsOfJack
TotsOfJack
8 months ago

Just how good was Chambers tonight?

Frankie
Frankie
8 months ago
Reply to  TotsOfJack

Chambers was top notch

Kenny's Tache
Kenny's Tache
8 months ago

Just back from the game, my first at the Emirates for three years, and what a great one to get back into it again. Chambers was outstanding, Tierney made a really impressive debut and Hector got a very emotional welcome back from the crowd. We’ve got a bright future ahead of us.