Arsenal take on Rapid Vienna this evening in the Europa League. Here are the official line-ups.

Arsenal: Runarsson, Cedric, Mustafi, Mari, Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles, Nelson, Elneny, Pepe, Nketiah, Lacazette

Subs: Leno, Macey, Tierney, Saka, Ceballos, Willian, Holding, Chambers, Willock, Smith Rowe, Balogun, Azeez

Rapid Vienna: Streinbinger, Sonnleitner, Hofmann, Greiml, Ullmann, Ritzmaier, Schuster, Demir, Arase, Alar, Kitagawa

Subs: Gartler, Hedl, Barac, Schick, Grahovac, Stojkovic, Knasmullner, Kara, Sulzbacher, Ibrahimoglu

Follow the game on the Arseblog live blog

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Jack

Can’t wait to see the chemistry of Laca and Nketiah in action again

goonerrah

You can always hear Nketiah yell “NIKO” when Pepe has the ball in a dangerous area. He never has to say a thing to Laca, its telepathic.

Zenithreptile

Telepathic that it’s gonna bounce off his knee/hip/bum and go out of play??

Johnny 4 Hats

After Wolves, part of me wanted Mikel to put out the first team to a) get them used to scoring goals again and b) as a punishment for their lacklustre performance.

But with Sp*rs at the weekend, it’s probably best he doesn’t. Still think it would have been funny. In a kind of “we lost our star player because he banjoed a hammy in a meaningless game” sort of funny.

Paul Roberts

Is that a joke?

Johnny 4 Hats

It’s chemistry alright. In fact we are higher on the periodic table than the league table right now.

Lakshya

Close!! Ar (Argon) is at 18 in the periodic table.
But I agree with your sentiment.
Our play is as inert as Argon anyway.

2highbury

I really hope Pepe does his thing tonight

The good thing I mean. Score goals and that.

Johnny 4 Hats

Anyone remember the Seinfeld when they pitch a show to NBC and George pretends he wrote an off, off Broadway one man show about a Mexican chef called Pepe?

Probably just me. Damn that’s still such a good show.

Riku

I remember…yes it is..great show
Hope balogan gets game time

goonerrah

That defense selected is in a class of its own. Bunch of legends, its almost unfair. 400-500k per week wages total and so worth it.

Homer

The AFC supporters. Bean counters, every one of ’em.
That’s so fun….

Toni

AMN in the middle should be interesting. I would have preferred to have Willock or ESR starting as well, but what can I say? Should be easy to win this with that squad though.
And Balo should get some playing time too at some point.
Come On You Gunners!

Brazilian gooner

why no ESR or Balogun? Rest some of the boys that might play weekend ffs

Frank

Seems bonkers. Especially as they could be a solution to some of our problems, especially ESR, I’d be trying to integrate him into 1st team football as much as possible and tonight is basically a free hit

Brazilian gooner

ESR has the qualities we are seriously lacking, he’s young and unproven but you’ll only know if he can handle the pressure by playing him. Seems a no brainer to me… Instead he is going to play the last 5 min or so

PeteyB

5 subs available tonight, so hopefully he’ll get some serious minutes.

Anonymarse

It appears that they won’t

DPK

Pretty sure none of that starting 11 (with the possible exception of Elneny) will start this weekend.

Mark WahlBergkamp

4-4-2?

The_Golden_Wrigglesworth

4-4-fackin’-2.

David C

I see a back 3 with Cedric and AMN as wing-backs, no?

Timorous Me

AMN as a CM? Interesting to see. Maybe he can be an option there going forward. Hope he makes a strong impression!

Anonymarse

Yeah I was thinking that.

He did pretty well against Pogba once but to be fair he’s a useless cunt.

Martin

Still seems misplace at least one lazy pass per match. I like him there but his concentration still worries me

Anonymarse

I actually think he could be a good midfielder

DPK

He’s gotta misplace a lot more than one lazy pass per match if he wants to nail down a spot in our first choice midfield.

William

Cottrell doesn’t even make the bench? Come the fuck on. You can afford to rest Saka man wtf

Giuseppe Hovno

I scrolled down too far and was reading our subs list as the lineup and I was v concerned and confused

Giuseppe Hovno

Looks like a 5-1-4 with Elneny as sole midfielder 🤣

EddyF

4231 again. Can’t wait for Lacazette to be anonymous in the 10 position before being subbed on 75 for ESR who will get an assist in the last 15 minutes.

Interesting to see AMN in midfield. Lets see how he does.

Bobbo

I think it is a 4-4-1-1. With pepe and Nelson wide and Laca as a 10-ish.

joe

[laca scores from 25 yards out 10 minutes in]

hmm, that aged well.

joe

and now, around half an hour in, this from the guardian liveblog:

Arsenal 2-0 Rapid Vienna After a lovely move from Arsenal, Alexandre Lacazette clips a low shot off the outside of the post. He looks really sharp the night.

Gio

Ibrahimoglu now that’s a strong name
Sign him up

ThursdayNightFootballer

3-5-2?

Bryan

This is nonesense ! Play boys who we could use in d epl to improve us like esr ,balogun ,azeez .if the likes of saka n co werent giving chance how will u know how good they are.thats y i love wenger,he will use the boys in d remaining two matches after all we dont need this match .if balogun,esr n co cant start matches like this .wen are they gonna play again ?arteta seems to have afinity for big names players instead of trying something new.

Johnny 4 Hats

Hi Bryan.

Zenithreptile

Bryan wot r u on abouthgdhdv bruv?

Anonymarse

Fyfcui hgftt

Still love wenger

Don’t know if I agree or disagree.

Bergkamp2Wright

Hope we get to see the mighty Willian tonight, such an exciting player.

David Hilliers Arm Cast

Hope Chambers gets some minutes. Good to see him back.

Biggles

Good idea. If only we could transfer the form in the EL, albeit against moderate opposition, to the PL. Anyway, here’s hoping for another competent team performance tonight.

Mike_14

On this site – https://www.flashscore.com/match/6i4vdwbi/#lineups;1 it has us as 5.3-2. Anyway I would like to see ESR start instead of Kolasinac in this game.

Hank3103

Good to see AMN get some game time…seems to have slipped back to being a bit part player from being pretty key to the team at end of 19/20 season.

Dubai Ham

5-3-2 at home.
To Rapid Vienna.
In the Europe League.

5 defenders. At home. In the Europa.

ArtetaOut

joe

the guardian liveblog says we’re playing a 4231.

i’ve laughed at other clubs for having such minimal patience with managers. the idea that we should fire someone after less than a year is foolish to begin with, and when that year included (a) winning the f.a. cup and (b) a global pandemic that’s thrown everything, including football for a loop? pure insanity. put on your grown-up pants and try exercising some patience.

Dubai Ham

It is not about instant results, he has had a year. That is long in footballing days.

The brand of football we play is not exciting. We play rubbish football. Boring football. We actually don’t play football. PARKING The bus AND losing 3-0 is not football. He doesn’t trust his players and his players don’t play with confidence.

Watch the Maradona documentary on Netflix, and watch how he fires up a rubbish team to the play off finals. Even Dorados play better than Arsenal.

Usmanov

@Dubai Ham O.U.T!!!!!!

Johnny 4 Hats

You may want to sit the next week or so out.

We’ll probably forget.

Maybe.

Ordnance Dave

This comment aged well.

StockholmGooner

Wut. Sofascore says 4231.

laca playing as no. 10.. genius experiment from Arteta.

Dubai HAM time to come up with a new handle.
I’m marking all the negative Arteta out crowd in my little notebook of reactive toxic ignoramuses. Especially when, they can’t even get the formation right before the game.

Dubai Ham

That’s ridiculous. You guys were all WengerOut, when the guy gave us top 4 for 22 years, with a mediocre squad, with the likes of Denilson, Justin Hoyte, Coquelin, etc. Arteta is not Arsenal-like. Tonight we are playing well against a League 2 equivalent Rapid Wienn because he has played the kids. I used to enjoy watching Wenger’s teams, blending experience with youth, always playing lovely attacking football no matter who we were playing. I am sick and tired of watching us Parking The Bus and losing 3-0. You either park the bus and win 1-0 or you go for… Read more »

Bergkamp2Wright

Does this line up mean we’ll have the dynamic duo in midfield again at spurs?! Sigh….

SB Still

Arteta finally releasing the handbrake? 2 up within 20 mins! Entertaining 1 touch football.

xjert02

Why are we playing in this shitty blue jersey?

Usmanov

Who is the new no 10 we’ve bought? He so good, threading defence-splitting through passes here and there, scoring goals from outside the box. And why is he wearing the no 9 jersey?

Johnny 4 Hats

Hi Bryan.

Litejk

Have we conceded a goal with Pablo Mari on the pitch yet?

Litejk

Well that lasted 5 min….😂 Jinx. Go gunners.

MPLS

The scoreline was 4-1, so yes.

Usmanov

Pepe has been a real threat and livewire down that left side. I think he is more effective playing from there.

MPLS

He just needs to work on when to make that pass a bit. A little less selfishness could have led to 2 more.

But I agree, we need to switch it up with him. On the right they’ve got his number always cutting in onto his left.

Usmanov

Who else noticed Runarsson’s distribution has been almost flawless?

SB Still

Mari and Chambers pairing in front of the fans, who would have thunk that couple of weeks ago 🙂