Sunday, December 4, 2022

Pablo Mari starts again: Arsenal v West Ham team news

Arsenal take on West Ham at the Emirates this afternoon, looking to take three points and to do the double over the Hammers after a 3-1 win over them in December.

Here are today’s official line-ups.

Arsenal: Leno, Sokratis, Luiz, Mari, Saka, Xhaka, Ceballos, Ozil, Pepe, Nketiah, Aubameyang

Subs: Martinez, Bellerin, Guendouzi, Willock, Nelson, Martinelli, Lacazette:

West Ham: Fabianski, Ngakia, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Noble, Rice, Fornals, Bowen, Antonio, Haller

Subs: Randolph, Balbuena, Zabaleta, Snodgrass, Lazini, Anderson

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Dan

Operation 3 points errrr yes please hello

Longfellow

hahaha

TorontoGunner

AMN not even on the bench. I think it all went downhill for him since the not wanting to play RB interview

Atom

For whatever reason relatively obvious Arteta simply doesn’t rate him. Expect he’ll move on this summer.

OnlyBeingHonest

20 to 25 mil? What we reckon lads

GunThemDown

For fucks sake what’s so confusing, the fella’s just not good enough for the Arsenal football club, it’s that simple.

goonero

But he gave that interview then played 2 games after, did really quite well considering, then just vanished from the picture. It’s a shame because I can’t believe this is anything other than disciplinary now.

JHT

He didnt do well. RB should be able to defend. He made a serie of mistakes leading to Sheffueld goal and that was typical AMN, rushing out of scene

goonero

I think he did well enough. Other than his performance against Chelsea which was monumental, AMN has played better at RB specifically under Arteta.

Berlingoon

Again, he never said he doesn’t want to play as rb. He just said he isn’t a rb by trade and is just about to learn the position so he finds the criticism he gets for making mistakes while learning it a bit unfair. That’s an absolute fair statement.

Richie

There’s only space for 18 players in the match day squad. A few are going to miss out. I wouldn’t read too much into it.

Atom

Ritchie he misses out on every squad and didn’t even appear in our heavily rotated cup game until the 90th minute. When it happens for every game it says something especially when Arteta chooses to play Papa out of position

Wiscogunner

What is so wrong with him saying he doesn’t like playing right back. He’s obviously been willing to play there, he just doesn’t fancy it. I don’t get this attack on his character, people saying he got a red card on purpose just so he wouldn’t have to play there. It’s dumb

Uba Ngenegbo

sokratis at right back doesn’t work? What is wrong with Arteta.
How bad can AMN be?

Cdm995

AMN has made it clear he doesn’t want to play at RB.

Public Elneny

He’s a fool then

Richie

When did he make it clear? I must have missed that article.

kaius

It’s good to know people’s support for Arteta is conditional on him only making selection decisions they agree with

Artetatikitaka

R.I.P. Maitland-Niles

Artetas Assistant

Perspective.

Ross Leach

Sokratis at RB im not too sure of. Good options from the bench. Massive game, london derby at 3pm, hopefully a great atmosphere, and we get the 3points. COYG

Paul Roberts

Sokratis ahead of Bellers and AMN at right back??

Atom

Bellerin still needs to be managed coming back from his injury. Likely being saved for man city

Riku

His aerial ability at both ends. From set pieces.

Does anyone know of any names, of free watching games apps for Android thanks

Haffy

Live football. App store. Blue background. Red outward chevrons at the bottom

A tetra

Navscore is the only one you need. It’s so good that it’s even worthy of sending some coins to the creator!

Teryima Adi

Sokratis is a brick wall.

Man Manny

No CB on the bench.
What’s really the matter with AM-N?

GunThemDown

We had three CB’s in the first 11 today though, if one needed to be taken off Sokratis simply gets to step into his natural position and Bellerin can slot in at RB.

Lanre

Mehn.. Arteta always throws in atleast one curve ball with his selections. Sokratis benching Bellerin? These coaches..

GunThemDown

Bellerin still needs to be managed with his game time, those ACL injuries leave a mark on a player for a long time…

goonero

Nice to see so much attacking threat from the bench, reminds me of Arsenal sides of the 2000s, we should have the goals if we can get it to click in midfield again. Tiredness shouldn’t be an issue after the rotation in midweek so I expect a better start.

Me2

Except the Arsenal sides of the 2000’s were not languishing mid table.

Serpent

Has he picked Sokratis because he expects West Ham to try the bulldozer tactics like Portsmouth did? I mean, Papa won’t back down against clatterings from Noble et al.

Fuzz

lots of attacking power on the bench

Fabianski has been a bit shit since his return from injury. Here’s wishing the ex gunner gets back to his best – after this match.

Thierry Bergkamp (non negotiable)

Would rather have Nelson’s directness that we saw vs Portsmouth than Pepe today. Pepe was a shambles against Olympiakos.

Martin

Pepe was far from a shambles. Tries to be too clever army times but was still one of our best players.

DefaultGray

Glad to see Nketiah keeps his spot in the line-up. Watched him last year at Wolves and he was hopeless but loving the improvement this year

Public Elneny

Mari is officially rated. Very good sign

Edzo

Is hector injured???

Richie

We need a good performance today otherwise if it’s another ‘Olympiakos’ performance then I can see a 1-1 draw. West Ham were very good and confident at Anfield last week.

Ozenal

Nketiah, awesome!

Pepe Le Pew

weak lineup.

Pakgooner

Arsenal playing passive aggressive football as always.. on the back foot. Wtf is wrong with playing AMN, Pepe can’t track back and Papa isn’t an RB by a stretch. Why force it? I like Arteta but this is kinda forcing it

Pakgooner

Where is Mustafi? I like Ozil but I’m tired of him drifting out to the corner on the right where he becomes even more ineffective than he already is. West Ham have just been equally poor otherwise we’d be a goal down

Paul Roberts

Are you suggesting we should play Mustafi in the number 10 role?? 🙂

Pakgooner

lol no Paul, just wondering of Musti’s exclusion today.
As usual, I get a down vote for saying anything against the almighty Mesut

Paul Roberts

I got a downvote for my excellent joke! 🙂

Pakgooner

I take my words back, Mesut got us the damn assist!!!!

Up North

Don’t understand why Martinelli-Auba-Pepe isn’t an option ?
Anyway, we’re riding our luck now and looking more and more like Emery defense

Flavoured Rice

Well, that was painful to watch. The regret I feel these days watching Arsenal is indescribable. Even
in Wenger’s worse days we were never this pathetic. We look like a relegation team

Paul Roberts

Don’t worry we will speed up in the last five minutes when we are one nil down! This match is so boring.

OnlyBeingHonest

Shocking first half here lads

Billy Bob

Take Ozil off and let Pepe take that slot, then put Nelson on the right wing

Me2

70 minutes gone and West Ham are the better side by a long stretch.
After the disappointment of Olympiakos there is no appetite from this team.
I would like to see all of them be sold.
Except Saka and Martinelli who have been the only good things this season.
Roll on May when this is all over…

Paul Roberts

I’d add Ceballos in there. It’s sad that Martinelli gets little game time. It’s also weird that all of a sudden “Nikita” is seen as good enough to be a starting striker?

Flavoured Rice

They should start handing out complimentary cyanide at the Emirates

Me2

Jesus Christ we have two and a half months left of this.
Arteta is turning out to be just as piss awful as Emery.
Kroenke proves once more that the cheapest and easiest option is rarely the best one..

Bowiecokemirror

Tried their best not to give the goal that was clearly onside!!!!

Public Elneny

YES!!! Bring on Guendouzi for Ozil NOW

FMT

This game needed a Midfilder (guendozi) to hold play and help absorb pressure but Bellerin was brought on instead. If he wasn’t fit to start why risk him?!

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