Thursday, August 18, 2022

Runarsson starts, Balogun on the bench: Arsenal v Dundalk team news

Arsenal take on League of Ireland side Dundalk in the Europa League this evening.

Here are the official line-ups.

Arsenal: Runarsson, Cedric, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles, Willock, Elneny, Xhaka, Nelson, Pepe, Nketiah

Subs: Leno, Hein, Bellerin, Tierney, Gabriel, Saka, Ceballos, Lacazette, Partey, Willian, Aubameyang, Balogun

Dundalk: Rogers, Cleary, Boyle, Gartland, Mountney, Murray, Shields, McElneny, Dummigan, Duffy, Hoban

Subs: McMarey, Corcoran, Gannon, Hoare, Flores, Sloggett, Leahy, Oduwa, Colovic, Kelly, McMillan

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God is a Gooner

Should be a dundalk in the park

Johnny 4 Hats

A Dun deal?

Johnny 4 Hats

Runarsson is so dodgy we’ve got two standbys…


Everyone knows the Irish can talk the hein legs off a donkey


Mustafi and Kola at CB? And a new Gk? No way this is a clean sheet, even if we parked the biggest bus in front of goal. One set peice and its over.

I’m so excited to see how this goes badly.

Johnny 4 Hats

No disrespect to Dundalk. But you are aware that Dundalk are shite aren’t you?

I’ve really done it now… 🤭


They are Champions of their league. Arsenal have like 9 CBs on their payroll and none of them are fit or good enough.

Johnny 4 Hats

They qualified for the Europa by beating Sheriff (?) and KÍ (??).

They lost at home to Molde in their first game.

I think we are ok to rest a few players.

Johnny 4 Hats

I like that a little bit of you will be supporting Dundalk now, just to be proved right…!


You were right, Dundalk are a terrible team. Didn’t even put up a fight.

Johnny 4 Hats

You sound disappointed…


I am disappointed. Dundalk didn’t put any effort into the match, it was kinda annoying. The energy was dead from them, our players did what they wanted.

Bare minimum the Dundalk players should have run their socks off, and it looked like they didn’t care.


This didn’t age well. How bout letting the game finish first before deciding whether you wanna be a whiny lil cunt?


You are excited about beating an absolute crap team are you? I don’t like to underestimate teams and I don’t trust our B team. I was entitled to be worried.

See come find me when Arsenal get ruined by the first decent team they face, or end up 9th in the league.


You really hate Arsenal, don’t you?


McElneny 👀🤔🧐

Michael Bolton Wanderers

Hope he has the same hair


It’s exactly the same in red

David C

Him and Elneny have to swap shirts.


Most obvious shirt swap I ever saw.

Cranky Colin

Think they’re pulling the piss!


It’s Elneny’s long lost Irish cousin 😅

Hail Gus!

I so want there to be an O’Bameyang on their bench

Cygans Parting

Is Emile Smith-Rowe still injured? I thought I saw him in footage of our training sessions this week???


Hes definitely back. Played a half for our U23’s against Man Utd the other week. Guessing hes just being eased back very slowly. Really hope he gets a chance soon

Cygans Parting

I second that statement sir!!!


Great to see Balogun finally getting a chance, hope he gets some minutes.


With 5 substitutions hopefully we will. Let’s hope Arteta doesn’t have to go to Auba instead.




That’s a defence (with the sole exception of AMN) worthy of October 31st, never mind the 29th.

Naked Cygan

Who is the 2nd center back?




Must be Kolasinac as part of a 4-3-3-

Hank Scorpio

Mustafi and Kolasinac has all the makings of a hilarious defensive duo


Right alongside Laurel & Hardy, Mitchell & Webb and the Two Ronnies in the pantheon of comedy double acts.

The Kolkata Gooner

Kolasinac clears, it hits Mustafi’s face and rebounds towards the goal, Kola and Musti both slide in at the same time crashing into each other, while the ball slowly rolls into the goal. 1-0 to Dundalk.


Don’t forget the token arm up for offside and a turn around to blame a teammate!


It’s not a 4-3-3, it’s the patent pending Arteta false 5 atb. Xhaka will drop into LCB, Kola central, Mustafi right in possession while AMN becomes the 3rd man in midfield. Out of possession AMN drops wide left.

SB Still

Actually its a WM formation – Woolly and Mysterious.

However, as long as the opposition is more confused by our formation than us and we score a bunch of goals and not letting in any I’m happy!

Laca New Signing

I think it’ll be a 3-4-3 of
Mustafi Elneny Kola
Cedric Willock Xhaka AMN
Pepe Eddie Nelson


I wonder if it’s 3 at the back with Mustafa, Elneny and Kola? Willock in the middle next to Xhaka.


Elneny doesn’t have the range of passing to play CB for Arteta. He’ll be the RB in possession and the DM in defensive phases.


Why are you downvoting me that’s exactly what he’s going to do, the same as he’s done in every game he’s played under Arteta bar the Community Shield game.

Crash Fistfight

Looks like Arteta’s going for an innovative 2-keeper system at some point.


I often thought the game would be more entertaining if you had two keepers and a bigger goal


I think football would be better if the pitch was more like a hockey rink. An order of magnitude smaller, no outs unless the ball leaves the stadium, and the pitch is extended behind the goal.


Check out futsal my friend!


Football would be infinitely better with booby traps


Two keepers, same width, double height. Sign me up.


Pitch the same but with no keepers and an ice hockey goal.
Now that would be good

Arjit Jere

good to see nelson start but disappointed that esr isnt even on bench!!he really could reduce our creative problems.Does arteta not trust him or is he not fit yet?


who is Hein?


Youth keeper


A famous Estonian goalkeeper 😎


u-18 Goalkeeper

Paul Roberts

I googled “Balogun” I needed to get that off my chest. 🙂


Where u been?


Lacazette and Ce should have started.


But area is clueless.


But Arteta is clueless


A major trophy says differently.


Please can anyone recommend a free streaming website or app I can use to watch this match? I’m in Nigeria and for some reason our cable doesn’t air Europa League matches. I’ll appreciate any help I can get!

Naija gooner

Download ‘live FOOTBALL streaming HD’ app from Google playstore, that’s where I watch our games

This is exactly the lineup I wanted to see. Just hope it’s not a full 90 minutes for Pepe

Andrew . How did you manage to get the lineup information earlier than the usual 1 hour countdown


He lives in Ireland!


Yay, it’s 5-4-1 again.

And they already have more shots on target than us.


I keep saying it that arteta is not a good coach.


Now 30 minutes against Dundalk no arsenal shot on goal and you tell me arteta is the best for arsenal?

Kendall Jefferson

Dude, go to bed!!!


25th minutes against Dundalk no arsenal shot on goal? Please give me shamrock.


I’m sick of this stupid back 5 against teams we should be beating by 5 goals… Wtf is this trash.


Probably the worst 36 mins of football every played in the Emirates

SB Still

Looks like our best hope for goal is Xhaka’s long range effort, which shows how poor we are.

Their GK is hardly worked!

SB Still

Kind of game that Ozil would have bossed!

We don’t have to worry much about defensive contribution but would have been useful to breakdown this defensive team.

Johnny 4 Hats

Jesus. Just one goal. We couldn’t score two at the same time. Fuckin Arsenal. What a crock of shite.


Willock has looked good!

Johnny 4 Hats

Only two goals? I thought we were trying to get top four. What a joke. Man, we need a new manager.


I love watching Cedric cross the ball over and over again in the hope that Giroud or Ronaldo might be in the box to power in a header.

Johnny 4 Hats

Hi Tony 🙋🏻‍♂️ Thoughts? Or do you just enjoy throwing your own team under the bus?

Johnny 4 Hats

Pricks like Tony really fuck me off.

We win an fa cup. We win a community shield. Of course we lose to Liverpool and Citeh away.

But we lose to Leicester after missing a load of chances and having a legal goal dissolved and he’s telling us that Arteta “is not a good coach”.

I rarely say this but why don’t you fuck off and support someone else? Because quite frankly this club doesn’t need your entitled, arrogant pessimism.


Come on now, why don’t you say what you really think?

Johnny 4 Hats

Notice he has nothing to say now we are winning. What amazing support 👏🏻👏🏿👏🏾

On my god. Pepe used his right foot and scored. His right foot!

I need to visit my nearest farm to check on the pigs.



Do you happen to have a pig named Napoleon?

😂😂😂 I love that book. If I had pig called Napoleon, he would probably turf me out of my house.


Fair enough so far. We’ve finally managed three goals – I must admit I was beginning to wonder. All that said, and no disrespect to Dundalk, but this is really like an appetiser. The main course is on Sunday.

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