Arsenal travel to the Toilet Bowl today to take on Sp*rs in the first North London derby of the season.

Here are the official line-ups.

Sp*rs: Lloris, Aurier, Alderweireld, Dier, Reguilon, Hojbjerg, Sissoko, Lo Celso, Bergwijn, Son, Kane.

Subs: 7 other twats

Arsenal: Leno, Bellerin, Holding, Gabriel, Tierney, Xhaka, Partey, Saka, Willian, Aubameyang, Lacazette

Subs: Runarsson, Mustafi, Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Ceballos, Willock, Nketiah

Follow the game on the Arseblog live blog

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elnino

Lets do these cunts

Ndouzi

Willian must have Arteta’s nudes!

Rob67

Just ‘Why’ does he always start ….??

Marje

Xhaka can (please)

ThreadRipper

Hopefully he doesn’t block Partey from playing his game. Elneny would have been a better choice because he is damn good at doing simple things right. Last time parteya nd Xhaka played together, everything went through Xhaka effectively blocking Partey out ..and everything went so slow..

Daveo

I wonder who will win the coaches choice award this season? Willian or Xhaka?

Domi

Xhaka can… F*** off.

Jean Ralphio

Hopefully Partey hasnt been rushed back but COYG!

T.A.

That’s what I was thinking. He’s been out for a long time and I fear rushing him in might not be the smart thing to do. But I’m sure Arteta knows this and has the right medical information… I hope!

risto

Partey could have been eased in on Thursday night, 10-15 min, but didn’t. That’s why our worry that he’s being rushed in is legitimate one

EZD

Seems like you were right to be concerned… Worrying how reliant we are on Partey already

It is what it is1

Let’s go!!!

Rocastle7

Well pleased Partey is starting, but gutted Xhaka and Willian are playing. They should be nowhere near the first 11.

Anyway, Come on you rip roaring reds, here’s hoping….

SB Still

Maybe Willian has some dirt on Arteta 😉

I would have preferred Elneny or Ceballos starting instead of Xhaka.

Alex Davis

This is our best line up bare pepe for willian. Xhaka and partey will make a great combo if they get a run of games together.

Daveo

Afternoon drinking is fun, but it’s a bit early to be that plastered.

Alex Davis

If xhaka can play with someone who will relief him of receiving the ball from the high press and do most of the dirty work on the field he can really do well in this team! You just love to hate on the player.

Daveo

So essentially Xhaka needs everyone around him and the tactics of the team modified to cover his glaring weaknesses. That has been working so well for us for the last three seasons.

Atom

Partey is a really effective box to box midfielder which gets entirely negated by him having to cover for xhaka. Whatever xhaka brings is offset by the fact he requires another player to cover every part of his role except passing

Bergkamp2Wright

Another manager betting their job on Granit fucking Xhaka. Foolish.

Public Elneny

Does Nelson have a knock?

Rocastle7

I hope so, because he really deserves to start otherwise. Offers much more than Willian

Stevo

Well…except for his wretched crosses…

truj

Denilson?

yen

Huh, seems like a 4-3-3 with Saka a part of the midfield trio. Interesting!
Guess Xhaka will drop to LCB often to push Tierney forward, as we did in the previous successful games against big opposition.

Bobbo

It could be 3 at the back with Saka as a wingback too.

Del

Yeah it’s 3-4-3

yen

Likely not, the order of names usually suggests the formation. If it’d be 3 at the back, Holding would be the first name after Leno.

It is what it is1

It is likely both

yen

Yeah the formation is probably gonna be fluid anyway. Hopefully the football will be as well. )

anonarse

Could be a 4-2-3-1, with Willian and Saka at the wings and Lacazette as a 10.

Frank

I agree, after his Europa performance there I think Laca will be a 10 again

OnlyBeingHonest

Harsh on Elneny and extremely generous with Xhaka

myrtle

Agreed. This would have been the perfect game to reinstall the Partey elneny axis

Thierry Bergkamp (non negotiable)

After all these years, I don’t know what good he brings to the team

He’s got no hair but we don’t care...

Nothing. Apart from looking like he’s running in treacle.

Jon Butler

4-2-3-1 or is saka playing deeper? Personally would love a back 4

Der Kaiser

A more aggressive lineup than I expected. Glad to see Arteta going for it. Let’s hope the players reward him with a performance. Up the Arse!

GraeB

442 or 5 at back?

OnlyBeingHonest

4-2-3-1

Goonerrific

5-2-3

David C

Without Martinelli, we really only have Nketiah on the bench as a goal threat.

I think we need to score first and defend like mad to get something from this game.

COYG!!!!

I thought Lloris and Kane were supposed to be out. I’d target them physically right from the first whistle.

truj

Mustafi is a goal threat to…

Anonymarse

At both ends

Martin

Jose trying mind games

GraeB

Defend like mad? Have a care for our hearts please. By all means score first but look to play on break rather use Mustafi.

Should be AMN instead of Willian but MA sees something none of us do.

He’s got no hair but we don’t care...

Yep. We Xhaka will get a yellow in this game, best he uses it to kick that gormless muppet up in the air.

Name*

And unfortunately, so does Willian.

Name*

You know how the blog wished for lightning to strike twice? Well, seems like it. Now Arsenal only have to score 5 times.

Name*

And Partey’s injured too. Nice.

TopGunner

Willian masterclass to keep chelshit on top of the log. 😏

Hail Gus!

You mean Won’tian

Name*

Thank you for this new one (at least to me)

Prakhar

I really want us playing 4-4-2 with this.

Man Manny

The 11 boys must play for the badge; that is all I am asking for.
Let it all out on the pitch and I will be satisfied.

Jeremy DG

So Kane isn’t injured? How interesting

Anonymarse

Also interesting that Partey isn’t injured

Cklcrio

It’s Mr.Mind Games, did we ever expect anything else lol

Nkem

Thank you Jesus!! Partey we need a clean sheet , no pressure

Slowdownpanda

Here’s to hoping this will be the game in which we see “the system” click. Looks like a back 4?

Cklcrio

That makes it 2/2 for the AFCBell on inside news then, so happy Partey is starting

GraeB

Hector and Holding will need to be awake to track Son runs. Can Xhaka stay on Kane?

He’s got no hair but we don’t care...

Yeah tell me again why Xhaka is playing and AMN isn’t?

Kade

Could it even be a 442???

Domi

Xhaka and Willian? Starting to doubt mikel even more, not filled with hope before the match, hope to be wrong!

Alex

The PR blablabla about playing the young ones is just what it is: PR blablabla…

He’s got no hair but we don’t care...

Really hope there’s one of this mutual appreciation hugging, hand shaking and smiles before the game FFS! Hopefully that’s one good thing COVID will stop!

Tombo

Willian has a great record against the spuds. Let’s hope today is the day!

Laca New Signing

Good old 4-4-2? I’ll have it please! 👏👏👏

shokim

Was expecting AMN to start but he’s warming the bench instead. Gassed that Partey is starting. COYG!

Voldermort

And still we pick willian. No idea if its edu or artetas signing but 3 years of this clown doesn’t give me any faith in the direction of this club

Lacaubapepe

How did we sacrifice Martinez for Leno?

HenryKamp

The second goal was world class. Not even Neur could have saved it.

Lacaubapepe

My comments came after the first goal …long before kane scored

Domi

Don’t understand what anyone sees in xhaka, especially mikel. He acts as he has a half of a brain, lunging into kane time and time again, without any need. Lucky to not be on a yellow already, at this rate he’ll have a red by halftime. Eejit.

BillyKrystal

Xhaka is and always has been a 7/10 player at his absolute BEST. Why Elneny or Ceballos isn’t in there ahead of him is baffling.

truj

Ceb is a 6/10…

Domi

Exactly. At least he used to shoot from distance and score some good goals – two things he has – long shot and long range passing. Now I only see those idiotic lunges.

Dubai Ham

Arteta Out

Dubai Ham

Whoever is down voting me must be Tottenham fans or love us losing.

Justno

Does the process include 300 useless passes, refusing to learn from mistakes and conceding counter attacks EVERY Game? Cause in that case we are right on track 😊

karl

Throw ins are a real problem for this team. Leaving aside the Bellerin problem, they take an age to get into place and the opposition are ready to squeeze them by then.

Bergkamp2Wright

Throw ins, corners, free kicks, defending, attacking, all real problems for this team.

mrugunner

and we took a throw in specialist right?

SB Still

I find it more annoying losing to Mourinho.

Maybe, something will happen in the 2nd half. It’s a worry that we have lost Partey though.

Bergkamp2Wright

He didn’t look fit. Why gamble?!

truj

Partey starts and Arteta is finished.

Bergkamp2Wright

Is Emery available? We need one of the best power point presentations ever put together to get this team of dross playing well.

karl

You have to wonder if Big Sam could do any worse right now.

Domi

Arsenal s*cks ass. We’re just bad, no two ways about it.

Obama Young

Willian starts but Nelson can’t make the bench. Absolutely befuddling.

Obama Young

Throwing Partey right back in from the start in a high intensity game like this was just asking for him to get re-injured. And he did.

karl

With so many losses this season, I guess the temptation was too much. Now he might be out for longer though.

karl

When an Arsenal player sees an opponent, they just panics and doesn’t know what to do. Then the remember turn around and go back.

HenryKamp

Nice sacked Veira after 5 successive losses despite them being in 11th in league. Look at where we are we might end up at 16th by the end of this weeks fixtures and this inexperienced manager keeps making the same mistakes. By the time the board realises about change in management another year will be wasted. I hear Allegri was willing to coach PL team. He doesn’t play attractive football. But he’ll get you the results. That’s all this club needs.

Thierry Bergkamp (non negotiable)

Can any manager get results with these bang average players

Ballz

You’ve fallen for the trap of blaming individuals when the instructions and underlying system of play are absolutely garbage. These players are capable of playing way, way better than they currently are. You have to be mentally challenged to believe that this squad is incapable of stringing together a few coherent passes and shots on target agains Villa and Leicester.

Lacaubapepe

So the 14 clubs ahead of us on the league table have better players ?

Dave

Do we have some dross players? yes, some of them are bad, or maybe some are made to look bad by the way we play, but I mean, you really think other teams ahead of us have better players than us? I find it hard to believe.

Look, I really wish Mikel could prove us all wrong, I really like the guy, but even a blind man could see we are bloody awful. All we do is pass sideways, backways, cross, and that’s all.

Michael Bolton Wanderers

Do we even have a board?

Dave

Yes we do, and for good or bad, they’ve put some money on our team lately, perhaps on the wrong signings, but they’ve.

The Far Post

I didn’t like Arteta pushing Partey back into the pitch after he’d limped off. He wouldn’t have come off without a cause.

bob

Point is, if he goes down on the pitch or just grabs one of their players or whatever, he stops the play and we don’t conceed. Horrific timing him being injured as he covers the counter, but that’s some bad game sense to come off, very naive.

mrugunner

arteta is supposed to be so great at coaching. bellerin giving away throw in fouls for like 3rd game. hngggg

Godfrey Twatsloch

I’ll take your hngggg and raise you one HNGGGG in capital letters.

mrugunner

selecting xhaka is a sackable offence

SB Still

I would have liked Nelson if we were taking Bellerin off. We already Auba around the box, with not much to do.

Lacaubapepe

Ironically we played our best game today in 6 EPL matches. Can’t blame the players. Moody Maureen just outwitted Arteta on tactics.

laudgunner

F*ck anyone who give me a thumbs down.
Bench Auba~ play Eddie
Bench Bellerin~ play Cedric
Bench Willian~ play anyone

Bring Wenger back as a technical director

Dave

I’d play Balogun instead of Eddie, sorry but the kid doesn’t bring me with confidence. AMN should be playing, and William is out of his depth, can’t we play Nelson instead?