Arsenal can qualify for the knock-out stages of the Europa League with a win over Frankfurt at the Emirates tonight.

We haven’t won a game since October 6th, so we’re well overdue. Here are tonight’s official line-ups.

Arsenal: Martinez, Mustafi, Sokratis, David Luiz, Chambers, Xhaka, Willock, Tierney, Martinelli, Saka, Aubameyang.

Subs: Leno, Lacazette, Ozil, Torreira, Pepe, Nelson, Guendouzi

Frankfurt: Rannow, Fernandes, Sow, Kostic, Hinteregger, Kamada, Abraham, Hasebe, Da Costa, Silva, Paciencia

Subs: Zimmerman, N’Dicka, Joveljic, Gacinovic, Toure, Chandler, Kohr

Follow the game on the Arseblog live blog

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Chamakhyungpark
Chamakhyungpark

Auba over Pepe? What the fuck?

Jimbo Jones
Jimbo Jones

I thinks it’s not a back 5. Chambers will play CM with Mustafi at RB.

Rochester
Rochester

Chambers, Mustafi Luiz, Socrates and Tierney

Frank
Frank

The ancient Greek philosopher starting for us?! The Germans are surely done for now.

Jimbo Jones
Jimbo Jones

Surely Aubameyang up front with Martinelli wide?

Jay
Jay

Not only that…why not give Tierney a break and play maitland-niles at lb?? 😩😩

Richie

Emery’s job is on the line, hence he’s putting himself first and playing several first team players to the detriment of the squad with Norwich in 3 days. We only need a draw to qualify tonight.

Ayleym
Ayleym

If the board don’t sack Emery after today I give up

Viva La Prof
Viva La Prof

The bench looks balanced 😐

Ennui ball
Ennui ball

4 centre backs at home. You’ve gotta love it!

El__Chapitan
El__Chapitan

6 defensive players overall

Arsenalan
Arsenalan

Pure confidence

Frank
Frank

Anyone know what’s happened to ESR? Not even on the bench. Looked good for the England U20’s in the international break. Would’ve thought this would be a good opportunity for him

Jack4343
Jack4343

Played and scored a goal last night for the u23s

Bbuilder
Bbuilder

Let’s do this!

Kayode
Kayode

I pray we win, just pray we win

nikoniko
nikoniko

Here is to hoping

backsakacrack
backsakacrack

Still doesn’t look like he’s realised our best form of defence is attack

SheffieldGooner
SheffieldGooner

Desperate team selection from a desperate manager.

OdalGooner
OdalGooner

Good to see Xhaka back. Perhaps we could just…you know.. move on. And expect people to be professionals.
We can hope he comes back to prove a point. And no matter what “side” you’re on in the case of his antics, the only way anyone wins is if we play well – him too. Everything else is just … meh. Play football, damnit. So tired of the internet sesspool and it’s countless opinions.

Tim
Tim

Well said. On the internet… ffs

OdalGooner
OdalGooner

Well, obviously, when I refer to the Internet sesspool, I do not mean the well balanced, unbiased, objective and relevant comments made in the comments on this excellent website 🙂

I'm me
I'm me

Like yours?

Leemillion
Leemillion

The only way anyone wins is if we play well? 1) We’re not playing well 2) Xhaka in/out makes no difference but I feel no matter what system we play he isn’t suited to the PL. 3) It’d have been easier to move on if the bloke acknowledged he f**ked up and took responsibility but he has yet to.

SB Still
SB Still

“Except people to be professionals” – you like doctors, nurses, plumbers, bankers? I’m sure many are but that’s not a qualification to be an Arsenal fan?

I’m not pleased to see Xhaka playing but this is Emery! Hopefully Xhaka plays like a professional football worthy of playing for Arsenal and not give away the ball in dangerous areas or unnecessary fouls.

Richie

Europa league is Xhaka’s level so I’m fine with him playing tonight.

Timsh
Timsh

What happened to AMN?

Serpent
Serpent

I assume he’s been placed so far back in the ice box that it’s impossible to find him.

Gooneron
Gooneron

He seems to be placed Miles away

Richie

He’s not even on the Mainland at the moment.

GunnerIain
GunnerIain

Strong team selection. Obviously desperate to win the game, but life of Arsenal with Emery at the helm, i feel, is based on the Norwich game, not this one.

Whatever happens lets hope the team put on a good show and the supporters “help the team”. Anything else can wait til tomorrow morning.

COYG

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

Looking at the team and bench how the fcuk can’t we play good football?? Good ebening…:-)

backsakacrack
backsakacrack

Where’s AMN anyone?

Mason
Mason

Fuck knows mate

El__Chapitan
El__Chapitan

I believe he has an injury.

El__Chapitan
El__Chapitan

Or suspension.

Geefive
Geefive

My Brother’s cousin’s half sister’s boyfriend said it was a dental appointment….

N5>BC
N5>BC

Who’s playing RWB?? Mustafi or Chambers? Either way a team with 4 CBs and 2 DMs in it will sorely lack creativity and threat going forward.

Well done Emery is your quest to find balance! This would make a symbolic final line-up for the man.

Mpls
Mpls

Most likely Chambers. He’s played him more at RB / WB than he has in the middle.

Rich
Rich

Pepe has started just once in our last 5 games, our away 1-1 draw in Vitoria, he even sat on the bench without getting a run out in our league cup game at Anfield.

Time to start getting a bit worried? Surely this is the perfect opportunity to get him some minutes?

Mpls
Mpls

It’s far past time to START getting worried about Emery’s selections and lineups

Timsh
Timsh

Also, looking at Frankfurts System, a 3-4-3 as well, Emery again mirroring the oposition’s system…Chambers may have nightmares after that..

Jack
Jack

Looks like a man desperate to keep a clean sheet, and it defo will not happen regardless

Patrick

We will never get it right at the defence until play holding and chambers at centre back.. Socrates has no speed and Luis has past his usefulness..

David
David

It doesn’t matter who he plays……. His system is flawed.

Swifty
Swifty

Looks very much like a “You lose, you’re fired” line up.

T.A.
T.A.

Very odd selection. Tierney and Auba? Will they then be fresh for Norwich? 4 centerbacks regardless of where they play? Let’s hope they gel and get the Eken done. But I’m not optimistic

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

Maybe this competition is the only viable chance for CL qualification? 🙁

MonkeyJoe
MonkeyJoe

Make the noise unbearable. One more push and we will get rid of the slime. Don’t attend but if you go then boo, make your voice heard.
Players now the drill. No more fancy crosses in to box so forward can’t miss. Concede couple of penalties just to be sure. Let’s loose badly. Tomorrow will be much better day. The slime will be gone. #EmeryOut

GunnerIain
GunnerIain

Really, what sort of fan wishes their team will lose a game?

Regardless of what’s going on with EMERY (he has a name, no need to be disrespectful), surely we should be getting behind the team. We can all see that he is way out of his depth, but fuck, support the team and maybe their confidence (if that is an issue) will come back.

Comments like this are what’s seeding the vile behaviour. And very un-Arsenal!

GraeB
GraeB

3 at the back, okayyyyy if you must but why not attackers as wing backs?

I’m lost on formation with Sako and Tierney both playing the left wing. Willock in Ozil role? Chambo and ex-Capt as DMs? Still a gap from defence to forwards that needs filling. Martinelli right, central?

Is Dick E so worried about Frankfurt at home or his job?

Stuey
Stuey

Strong line up….desperately trying to save his job.

The Gooner
The Gooner

He has played a draw

Chrispy
Chrispy

Xhaka back, Auba being wasted, a back 5 ….. fuck this fraud manager.

goonero
goonero

Emery and Xhaka can ride off hand in hand to whatever midtable club they want after this one.

Tim
Tim

Careful they might land at Arsenal

goonero
goonero

Oof

Mr dee
Mr dee

I can’t believe this clown that we have as a manager will ever learn, how can you be so negative at home. Please board sack him tomorrow and appoint a manager to bring back some pride to this team. Also why hasn’t Emery tried out Mavropanos he looked decent last season,give him some time in the first team.

David
David

Our most expensive player doesn’t start in the league and isn’t good enough for Thursday night football as well…

Kamapla Goober
Kamapla Goober

That formation. At what point does Unai decide, fuck it let me go for this. I guess at no point.😐

Viva La Prof
Viva La Prof

I remember when I was much younger at work one Friday afternoon a kiwi fella that I was working with shoved 2 Ecstasy tablets down my throat and made me guzzle down some water. My employers were very nice about it, but sent me home. I really think somebody needs to send Emery home now.

Hank1979
Hank1979

Wolves implode arsenal style this evening.
Nuno is the perfect fit…..maybe not.

Pakgooner
Pakgooner

Nuno is still a perfectionist and loves himself a good defence more than anything, which gives their attack supreme confidence. They’re not mid table anymore and Braga really gave it to them tonight. Slowly and steadily he will one day get Wolves to the CL, regardless of whether we get him or not. He isn’t somebody out of his depth, something we wish we could say for Unai

BigArse
BigArse

I’m not sure this is a defensive enough set up. Perhaps we could pair Leno with Xhaka in the midfield.

Richie

Check out the full name of the Frankfurt manager; at quick glance I thought it said something similar……

Shaun
Shaun

LOL, it is rather close

DaDude

But this Adolf didn’t beat the Belgians …

Liam Bergkamp

A starting line-up that includes Xhaka Can’t, Must have an E & Sideshow Luiz!! What are the chances of us:
A. Not conceding any penalties?
B. Not scoring any own goals?
C. Not having one of them sent off?

Special odds for all 3!

SuperTom7
SuperTom7

D. Getting themself banjaxed. Both of them. Bet you didn’t predict that option.

MonkeyJoe
MonkeyJoe

It’s party time! Get in! Surely he is gone now. Good riddance. Ohh yeah babies! What a waste of our time he was.

Richie

Losing 1-2 and he brings on Torreira instead of Lacazette……

SB Still
SB Still

Forget getting a goal,.let’s get a shot on target 1st.

#IsHeFuckingGoneYet

Bergkamp2Wright
Bergkamp2Wright

Not sure I even care anymore

SB Still
SB Still

Xhaka all smiles at the end their, what a great idea by Emery to play him!

DaDude

He should fuck off, just like Emery

Badaab
Badaab

Ridiculous behavior considering the result and his recent history.