Sunday, December 5, 2021

Smith Rowe makes the bench: Arsenal v Burnley team news

Arsenal take on Burnley at the Emirates this evening, looking for a much needed Premier League win.

Here are the official line-ups.

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

Subs: Runarsson, Ceballos, Maitland-Niles, Mustafi, Willock, Nketiah, Smith Rowe

Burnley: Pope, Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Westwood, Brownhill,  McNeil, Brady, Wood, Rodriguez

Subs: Peacock-Farrell, Pieters, Long, Dunne, Benson, Vydra, Barnes

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Jules

Xhaka over Maitland niles is a crime. Are we really surprised to see Willian again? Anyways, let’s get a win, we need one desperately.

BongoGooner

Well willian scored in training…

atom

Really have to wonder why we worked to keep AMN this summer if we never intended to play him.

Futsboller

It is horrifying to see that underperformers like Xhaka and Willian continue to be automatic starters when we have other options that are, in fact, performing well. I love Arteta but one thing I haven’t enjoyed is the lip-service he pays to the non-negotiables and players earning their places, when that clearly is not the case in our starting PL lineups. He isn’t going to win over or create belief with the skeptical fans by persisting in this way – unless the performances finally match his faith in them. Ugh …

atom

It also has to be wildly discouraging to young players to know that no matter how badly the starters play and how well they play in the Europa leauge etc., there is nothing they can do to earn a starting place in the PL…..

Futsboller

Indeed. Willock earned a start against Wolves, but I really expected Arteta to be a ruthless with the rest of the team as he has been with Ozil and Guendouzi. Maybe he’s got a plan to include more against Southampton (a very high energy game, as opposed to Burnley which will be rough) in 3 days, but we’ll see.

atom

Yep. Seems pretty clear the non-negotiables only apply to certain players. We desperately need a win at this point and to find some style of play that doesn’t involve pinging in 50 crosses to 5 foot 9 strikers.

Tanned arse

I’m sure if arteta plays willian enough times he’ll eventually do something (maybe today against one of the poorest teams in the league) and then he’ll be able to justify selecting him again for the next 5. I think arteta will be praying for it as he just doesn’t want to play pepe and wants the perfect excuse to leave him out. Really gone off him as a manager and his double standards. Not my cup of tea at all. Having said that if he turns it around long term I’ll be happy enough but it’ll take more than a… Read more »

Bleeding gums murphy

Yep the non negotiable’s

Cultured Determination

Apparently the non negotiables are xhaka and willian must be in the team

Futsboller

Much to the team’s detriment …

David Hilliers Arm Cast

At this point the only way those two will be dropped is if they are suspended. Makes no sense to me.

Being positive is difficult but I’m doing my best.

Bobbo

The optimist in me says Arteta is just hoping that Willian and Xhaka can play themselves into form. Hopefully this is a game where we can win (however it happens!) and start to build some momentum.

David Hilliers Arm Cast

Well he got that suspension

afl

Well, Xhaka has just lived up to your words in the stupidest way possible.

Willian could strain his mussle or something by the end of this torture that we have to endure.

Up4GrabsNow!

You called it!

karl

We have to be thankful for small mercies. At least Elneny is in midfield to give a little energy.

StockholmGooner

And loook what happened……… CRIMINAL. Wtf Arteta. STOP.

Tony Hall

Xhaka and Willian again 🙁

Frank

Selections like this just completely remove any sympathy I might have for Arteta if we dont get a result

David C

I get Xhaka maybe because of his height but Willian is now robbing our young players of a chance to improve.

Up4GrabsNow!

It’s called cutting a rod for your own back. I do not understand the persistence with Swiss Treacle and the Chelsea Pensioner. It’s almost like Mikel wants to get fired. Very stubborn man. I hope I am wrong and Xhaka & Willian play a blinder and we get a comfortable win but this line-up does not inspire confidence. Laca and Auba need to step up too. This is getting perilous. Really hope I am wrong… #worried

Jack

Arteta: no one is undroppable

Also Arteta: Doesn’t drop anyone

Andy Luckin

Why Willian??

Glen Helders left foot

If we don’t win Arteta is going to get destroyed picking this line up, really hope I’m wrong but the longer he’s in the job the worse he looks

Grumbleduke

Xhaka and willian! What a surprise. Well played all you youngsters, you’ve been well rewarded again.

Up4GrabsNow!

I’d like whomever is down voting the “drop Xhaka and Willian” comments (which I support 100%) to explain why the feel those two should start? Only explanation is that Mrs X and Mrs W must read Arseblog…

Russ

Fucking willian AGAIN???

dare

Now watch willian score and keep his plays till the end of the season 😀

ThreadRipper

Ohh Willian, if you could teach me that trick..

Torterrier

He must have brought back something really nice for Mikel from Dubai.

Torterrier

It’s going to be a long night. Happy to see Elneny back in the team though.

The G

The problem with Elneny is that he is a player that makes others look good. You can’t make xhaka look good though.

BigArse

Why Willian? Why Xhaka? Fucksakes.

John

With William, maybe Nelson is still unwell after his knock, ESR not ready to start as he’s being eased back, and Pepe is suspended. Limits the competition, although I’d still rather see AMN there.
Why Xhaka ahead of AMN or Ceballos? That’s a lot harder to find reasons for. I love Arteta, and I do not understand.

Mark

Opting for a midfield of Xhaka and Elneny, against Burnley, at home, is depressing.

As is seeing Willian somehow make the starting 11 again.

GraeB

Does Mikel not watch games? What does Willian give us? Playing Burnley but Xhaka still there? 442 at least so I should be grateful?

Tony Hall

Hilariously the BBC describes the returning players as the *big hitters* when the only big hitters at the moment are the youngsters Arteta has dropped!

Teryima Adi

Willian is a common denominator.

Kieran Tierney’s Tesco Bag

Really tired of seeing such a predictable line up.

Cranky Colin

What the fuck did Reiss do to Mikel?

A tetra

He is out injuried for some hit in the head during training.

Cranky Colin

Yeah but last week, b4 he was injured, he didn’t make the bench even

Samm

But why, Arteta? Why? 🤷🏽‍♂️.
I really want us to win but this front three affair is not making me any happy 🤷🏽‍♂️ 🤷🏽‍♂️

Artetist

This 4-4-2/4-2-3-1…could work..tough it asks a lot from Laca

Sambest

Laca is playing as a 10

Bumpy

This line up is a risk from Arteta. When you play pretty much the same players who have been performing poorly it’s very hard to see what his answer can be if it all goes wrong. That said, these players owe the manager big time today.

Rocastle7

Xhaka and William, just why!!!!!

dstache

It’s difficult to believe that Arteta is playing for the future when all the signs, from the old players he signs to the underperforming players he continues to select to the fact that he has seemingly given up on his system of pressing and playing out from the back, point in the other direction.

NMArsenal

How does he expect pressing from front with a front trio that combined 92 years

Ordnance Dave

If we lose (again) tonight, is there anymore defence in keeping Mikel? The players better pull their heads out of their arses tonight.
No excuses.

GD10

Uninspiring yet again.
Hes really doing himself no favours

Ashish Chandra

Great team. Amazing result awaits us
Keep the spirit up, there are goals in this game

Northerngooner

Shouldn’t you be talking to the players instead of posting on a blog, Mikel? (unless it was irony….hard to tell)

SOMK

That’s the spirit! I’ve got an empty glass and I want it filled with Dyche’s tears from crying about the referee performance by the end of the evening. Also Burnley score from set pieces and we’re actually not terrible at defending those. I remember commentators going on about how Paul Scholes was perpetually due a goal because he didn’t score any for England, God just rang my phone to say the same logic to Arsenal this evening, apparently Sean Dyche showed his bum at a nun as a nine year old and God’s been waiting for an opportunity to really… Read more »

aarnavp

I honestly hope we lose so arteta realizes how retarded his selection is

Sjp

Why on earth would you want Arsenal to lose. I don’t like this team selection, but seriously wtf

Domi

I want us to lose as well so that mikel is out. Had enough of him, of xhaka and willian. If we win with this effing lineup, agony continues.

Domi

Don’t feel good about that but felt the same with Wenger’s final days and w Emery

Peter Cechs helmet

For the first time in 20 years I have zero interest in watching this lot. Arteta’s killed Arsenal for me. His team selection is baffling.

goongot

i aint watching as well. I know exactly what we are going to get from this team.

StuArse

Yep me too! Don’t think I am going to put myself through emotional torture this evening. Gonna go buy myself a nice bottle of whisky for Christmas instead. Any suggestions?

Peter Cechs helmet

Laphroaig is rather tasty. 🥃

Domi

Try Ardbeg.

Corona X

Willian, Xhaka, WTF! Is Arteta taking the piss? 🙁

PTAFC

Arteta is gutless twat who is more concerned about not losing than winning. Maitland-Niles – I’d get away if I was you buddy

Doghouse

Willian has got to have a good game soon, very positive to a resounding result today, ok its Burnley but we need to start somewhere, acorns make trees, our defining game of the season.

Corona X

No, you’re wrong, Willian has got to sit the fuck down on the bench soon…

Billy bob

What about Nelson, Balogun and players like these? I can’t believe Will-i-aint is playing again – its nearly as bad as the Ozil farce!!!

GraeB

Just think, a win tonight moves us up to 14th!

Fatgooner

Willian was probably promised that he would start every PL game if fit. Sorry, but this is an uninspiring selection.

How about giving Balogun a chance? And why not try Cedric ahead of Bellerin? He can’t be any worse.

We better win.

Cheerio

At this point, MA is betting his Arsenal career on William and Xhaka and that makes me really nervous. I’m sure the fan reactions have reached his ears, should’ve made a couple of changes just to manage optics at the very least

Chrispy

Arteta digging his own grave with Xhaka and Willian constantly getting picked. SMH

Timorous Me

Would it be the craziest thing to have Auba on the left, Saka on the right, and Willian as the No. 10? At least that would help me feel better about seeing Willian back in there.

Better not be another 50 crosses today–I don’t see that working much better against Tarkowski and Mee.

Baichung Bhutia

It’s an expected line up, but I hope we don’t have 5 at the back with this line up. I think we will win this comfortably, but fail the next couple of games.

Liam

Ralph Hassenhuttl should be top of the list if Arteta can’t turn things around. He’d improve this team immeasurably.

Bergkamp2Wright

Meritocracy?

N’ah, same underperforming dross every week.

Can’t wait.

SLC Gooner

Like everyone else here, this is pretty disappointing. Basically rewarding senior players by starting them after repeatedly crap performances and results.
I’ve tried to be pretty patient with Arteta, but this is not giving me a lot of confidence in his managerial ability. Another showing from this group like we’ve had, and there’s going to be quite a few folks calling for his head.
Side note…Luiz still isn’t making the bench. What does that say about the decision to leave him in?

StockholmGooner

Think he’s out injured still.. Else he’d surely start over Holdin.

RockyRog58

Whatever the result Arteta has just shot to shit the rewards for being in form ! His false words of praise and hope for the talented young lads just rings hollow to me now ! Sick of his moments, transitions, non-negotiables & other assorted bulls**t !

dariusz

So do we really want Allegri?

Foluso_1

Please do not forget that Arteta is the coach and may be he sees what we are not seeing in the team. He is paid heavily for being the coach. Let’s leave him alone to do his work. If eventually he doesn’t satisfy his employers, he would be shown the way out.

Torterrier

If 15th in the league is satisfying his employers then there’s something seriously wrong at Arsenal FC.

DialSquareGoon

Arteta choosing to die on the Xhaka-Willian hill? So be it…

Naked Cygan

This team is not capable of playing 442 or 443 under Arteta YET!!

IncrediblArsenal

Really? The formation’s the problem, eh?

Dave

His stubborness in playing William will be his downfall…Why not AMN and ESR?

dariusz

Please, go back to holding Pep’s clipboard.

Jeremy DG

Urgh. Looks like MA will be cooked by Christmas due to stubbornness. Shame, I really wanted him to work. Funny thing is he’ll probably go somewhere else and smash it and we’ll end up with a knock off cheap coach. No appetite to watch this tonight. Pretty sure we won’t win, and even if we do it will be aesthetically horrific. Also, I don’t understand what arteta has to lose by playing more kids. Even if they’ve beat, how is it worse than what we are currently getting? The fans would be much more sympathetic and he would be giving… Read more »

Dave

Hell I’d be more lenient if it were the kids making those mistakes, at least they’re in a learning curve. But to watch the likes of William doing nothing over and over is just meh and infuriating.

Domi

He can smash it here, if he can’t he won’t make it elsewhere as well. Simple solutions could do miracles for this club. Guess he really is more Moyes than Pep.

Paul Roberts

Arteta has gone “all in” following the vote of confidence from the board. Bold or mad?

Naija gooner

Can’t believe I have to watch Xhaka’s back passes rather than AMN forward runs again….anyway hope to see a dominant performance from the boys. COYG

ealing

Not happening

StockholmGooner

Where the f is Reiss.. is he injured??? GET NILES IN THERE. JESUS CHRISTUS.. I’M ARTETA IN BUT he has too much Wengeritis, sticking with the same shite.. It’s like Wenger calls him up and says “hey, I signed xhaka he’s a good player just don’t let him tackle.. oh you taught him how to tackle.. ok now don’t let him ping forward though balls or take long shots anymore..” I hope his inner Wenger has told him to just let Xhaka be Xhaka and ping the ball forward, take long shots and play well.. But seriously, no maitland niles… Read more »

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