Saturday, February 4, 2023

Saka, Nketiah and Mari start, Ozil out: Man City v Arsenal team news

After over three months without playing, Arsenal are back in action tonight, taking on reigning champions (for a short time anyway), Man City.

Mikel Arteta has had plenty of time to think about his team selection, and this is what he’s gone with for this evening’s game.

Man City: Ederson, Walker, E Garcia, Laporte, Mendy, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Silva, Mahrez, Jesus, Sterling

Subs: Carson, Aguero, Zinchenko, Rodrigo, Sane, Bernardo, Fernandinho, Otamendi, Foden

Arsenal: Leno, Bellerin, Mustafi, Mari, Tierney, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Willock, Saka, Aubameyang, Nketiah

Subs: Martinez, Luiz, Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles, Ceballos, Nelson, Pepe, Martinelli, Lacazette

Follow the game on the Arseblog live blog

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Been so long I was looking for Monreal on the bench…


Come on Arsenaĺ!!! Would love to see Hector planting some trees after this match.


The world will have to wait some time


Ozil out with cold ?


The cold he’ll have in 3 days. Today it’s just too rainy.

Michael Bolton Wanderers

With football back, so is the drama surrounding mesut ozil. Something I’ve not missed




Can anyone recall the last time Ozil played an entire away game?


Did. Not. See. That. Coming.
Holy shit!


Came here to say holy shit as well. You beat me to it! COYG


It is a universal sentiment these days.


We’re back. Com’on The Arsenal!

Bai Blagoi

So it seems the salary cut was one of the non-negotiables…

Artetas Assistant

Shut up fool, he picked his first starting lineup against his childhood friend with all that is at stake because of salary cuts. Stupid


These lame Ozil trolls think Arteta’s as small-minded and vindictive as they are. As if Pepe and Laca aren’t on the bench with 5 subs in mind.


Does Ozil only appear in the social media starting 11 now?


Guendouzi? Mia Khalifa will not be happy

Artetas Assistant

Did I miss a Mia Khalifa- Guendouzi news ??

Michael Bolton Wanderers

After we played West ham she claimed guendozi went down easier than she did in 2016

David C

No Ozil. Glad to see some youngsters in the lineup. Aguero on the bench might help us too.



Hi all! Long time fan, first time poster – are there 5 subs for this game? Or did I dream it? It gives the line-up a different feel, if so.

Big Mad Andy

Welcome. Yes, 5 subs, but max 3 breaks in play per side to make changes.


welcome! yes, 5 subs. there is a great summary here:


Oh boy!!! Never in my wildest dream would i ever have thought up this line up. What’s man trying to do with this? Am struggling to make sense of this. wtf??



Artetas Assistant

I think so too. This restart is about physicality and who covers the most ground. Potentially a battle to be won in midfield


lots of power on the bench!


5 subs makes strong bench important


Jesus christ am just speechless


Very different lineup to what I expected

Hope Bellerin plants trees

SB Still

Nketiah on the right or through the middle?


Is this how we are trying to convince Auba to stay? With that midfield??

Eddie Hoyte

Geeez calm your balls down.. What’s wrong with the lineup? We’ve had those senior players failed time and time all over again.
Just support the team and coach

Artetas Assistant

Shut up Lanre, or raise legitimate legible concerns


Very brave lineup. Wasn’t looking for it. Good Luck Arsenal. COYG!

The Arsenal

That 11 made me smile for some reason but also filled me with incredible dread and apprehension. Bench looks strong as fuck though.


Auba through the middle and Nketiah from the right or the other way around?
Or Xhaka as part of a back 3 and Hector and Gabi as wing backs and Auba and Eddie together up top?


Tierney-Saka down the left is it? I like your style Coach

Artetas Assistant

Yeah, Looks like a 4 4 2


Can just imagine Pep licking his lips right now

Eddie Hoyte

No complaints from me… I’m okay with the lineup. We’ve seen those senior players on the bench play so many times and failed so many ties afterall.

Nacho Cheese Kalevra

We are gonna press the hell out of City

Artetas Assistant

Which sounds like what you need to win this restart


It has been said that there maybe neurological effects from contracting covid. It seems to manifest itself by thinking Xhaka and Mustafi won’t mess up. Ozil taking social distancing seriously by staying in London.

Artetas Assistant

Mikel is a fit healthy young guy, the most he would have got was a flu and nasal exudates. You on the other hand have you got yourself tested buddy ?


Obviously it was said in jest but if you think covid 19 is purely a respiratory disease then think again Buddy. Have a read

Artetas Assistant

I’m a virologist buddy, the minimum inflammation (mild symptoms in healthier folks, even the 113 yr old Spanish lady) possible should be seen as nasal exudation, maybe even before the fever.


Hmm, lot to contemplate, I really thought he would stick to the “senior” line up for this match.
Very bold, very bold indeed.

Des Lynam

Come on you Gooners!

The Arsenal

Jim white is insufferable..worse than Mcmanaman Owen and Savage.

Obama Young

Missit Ozil continues to enjoy his semi-retirement.
Xhaka didn’t play in either friendly, and now he is out injured after 5 minutes.


Now we have a midfield who can all press and break with pace.


If only we don’t concede these silly mistakes…?

Arsenal’s Defense

If don’t concede silly mistakes, we’d be champions


I think at this point we can say bye bye to David Luiz. This should be his last game in Arsenal Jersey. These errors have become habitual and have blight his career.
I have a feeling Arteta does not rate him either; just the hand he has been dealt in this game

The Arsenal

Luiz has been finished since the 7-1 at the world cup. Absolute liability and he does not give a fuck because no embarrassment will ever match that semi final.


Ohh man we’ve waited 100 days for this?
It’s Arsenal fuckup bingo out there


Cool. So are we good to go ahead and reject the Luiz contract renewal?


Oh dear – same old same old


Same Shite…Can’t believe I thought it might be different this time around.


Injuries, defensive lapses, red card, penalty…the full Arsenal display.

Naked Cygan

I hope Martin is watching his first Arsenal game, and would love to know if he still thinks David luiz has been great, and not put a foot wrong.


I can understand one mistake. I can understand coming to this match not ever thinking you’ll play. But doing a SECOND mistake. Man take a seat at Home luiz


I’d imagine Saka will be signing his new contract right after the game.

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