Friday, December 1, 2023

Saka and Tierney missing, Martinelli starts: Arsenal v Man Utd team news

It’s a big game at the Emirates this evening as we take on Man Utd in the Premier League.

Here are the official line-ups.

Arsenal: Leno, Bellerin, Holding, Luiz, Cedric, Partey, Xhaka, Smith Rowe, Pepe, Martinelli, Lacazette

Subs: Runarsson, Gabriel, Chambers, Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Willock, Odegaard, Willian, Nketiah

Man Utd: De Gea, Lindelof, Maguire, Wan Bissaka, Shaw, Fred, Fernandes, Pogba, McTominay, Rashford, Cavani

Subs: Henderson, Telles, Bailly, Tuanzebe, James, Matic, Van de Beek, Greenwood, Martial

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Hope we don’t need subs…bench looks weak


Odegaard there though.


I know but first game in PL with a new team against manure…


Depending on which subs. If we are protecting a lead, hahahaha, then we are in good hands. If it’s the other if though!


So disappointed to see Luiz in there. He had a total shocker last match and should have been put out to pasture long ago.

If he concedes a penalty today…. holyyy fuck I’m gonna be pissed


Agreed, Gabriel should start instead. With Tierney gone and Martinelli likely at LW, theres no left footer on the left side of the pitch. This lineup has shades of that Palace game which I called before as dysfunctional, and what do you know we created barely a shot on target.
Pepe had a blinder last game on the left and finally looked free, Arteta has to stick with him there.

Baichung Bhutia

Yes would have definitely preferred Gabriel to Luiz considering their pace in attack. I hope we sit in a little bit and not go hung ho, but I also want to smash them. Extremely nervous.


Spot on! Jeez you’ve got me sweating now.

This is exactly the sort of game Luiz just single handedly balls’ up for us. Remember city last year? Clown shoes, squirty flower, the lot.. Oh man I hope I’m wrong, but there’s a feeling in my stomach


This comment did not age well.

Johnny 4 Hats

Fuck. That sucks.


Suck. That fucks.

Johnny 4 Hats

Three massive players out in a squad that’s a bit raw once you get past the first XI.

My positive feelings are now thinking that a point would be a good result.

Just don’t lose lads.



Got to hope our absentees confuse OGS and his plans.

Johnny 4 Hats

I assume he’ll do what most clubs do at the Emirates. Let us come at them, sit deep and then break fast with Rashford and co.

Let’s pray we don’t fall into the same trap we did against Sp*rs.


A long-standing problem (quality-wise at least) really. The squad was, and remains, “lightweight” but it’s a good test for the others – albeit one that many of us would rather not be taking place in this game, but there we are. Fingers crossed (and let’s hope at least that Leno stays on the pitch for the whole game, Sod’s Law and all that).


If we “have to lose” (and somehow, we do) then I’ll take losing to those that will probably finish over us anyway – I’d rather take 16 from 18 from those we’re battling for 4th.


I think battling for fourth is still a bit of an ask, frankly. I’d be very happy if we did manage it but an automatic EL place is more realistic this season.


Where’s Saka


Sore hip I hear


The hips don’t lie


Heeee’s off tonight
You know his hips don’t lie
And they’re starting to feel the games.
The soreness, the pains, aches,
Can’t you see baby, it’s a tight gluteus?


Nice one, go Gunners

Massive loss. Heart is saying Arsenal win but head is saying draw.




Where the fuck is Saka?

Bill McBillerson

It sucks saka is out, but he needed/deserves a day off.


Yeah.. but today wasn’t it


No Auba, KT, Saka, Mari makes this even more tricky.


I swear Man Utd play those same players once every 3 days without problem yet we are constantly missing people because of small annoying injuries

Thierry Bergkamp (non negotiable)

This is Arsenal. Where have you been?


Been this way for as long as I remember!

Man Manny

Saka missing! That wasn’t expected.
No need to moan about who is not playing.
Go get the 3 points.


Awh fuck


Real Shane to not see Tierney nor Saka, but gotta trust that Arteta is taking care of them for the longer term impact than one difficult game. Glad Partey is available and will be interested to see how Martinelli works on the right.

Hoping Pepe can play like last game/last year’s ManU game and really put their defenders on the back foot.

Got stick it to them guys!

Thierry Bergkamp (non negotiable)

Bukayo. Noooooo!


The bench looks crap


Gabriel and Odegaard at least.

Jean Ralphio

I’d rather we not take chances and Tierney and Saka have played a lot. Hopefully, Partey and ESR are fit enough.


Was hoping for Tierney to be available to run down that Wan Bisaka

Paul Roberts

It seems the injury gods have come out of shielding. 🙁


3-0 United

Thierry Bergkamp (non negotiable)

Fuck off

Jeremy DG

He’s right. 3-0 may be a bit strong but it will likely be a defeat. We are too injury prone and lacking in depth quality to sustain a challenge. I’d love to be wrong but can’t see it. Tierney, Saka and Auba are 3 of our best players. Of course this happens against them while they retain a fully fit squad.


ManUre are second in the penalties granted this season – 6- so defenders need to be a bit careful.


Go support united then

Cultured Determination

2 of our best players missing????




4 I reckon.


Arteta chooses Man Utd at Home to leave Saka out.

When is this idiot ever going to learn…..?

Paul Roberts

He is injured


Highly unlikely to happen but if Leno was to be injured or sent off, our chances of surviving undefeated would take a nosedive wouldn’t they? I certainly think Runarsson needs game time but as a sub for this game? However, I may have missed something along the way so is Ryan injured or otherwise unavailable? If so, we’ve no choice but if not …?


He is injured.


Ryan picked up training injury!!!


Welcome to Arsenal Mat Ryan!


Ah. There had to be something behind his absence as MA wouldn’t have selected Runarsson unless there was no alternative.


Don’t worry, Willian has it.


Has what exactly?

Pastor Simon

I pray for courage to play without fear


Pepe!!! It’s now or never!! This is IT!!

Sammy Nelsons Arse

Bench looks pretty good, people sat on it I’m not too sure about


Wher is saka I think we will ;lost this because no ;saka;


Game over guys


Oh FFS. We are finally playing well and now with one of the most important games coming we are missing two of our most important players. Would be nice to be without all these injuries for once.
If William is subbed on again I am going to loose my s***


I am certain that I’m gonna spend the last 20 minutes or so of this game watching Willian go for a light jog in the vicinity of some Utd players.


Apparently Saka is injured – in which case, fair enough.

Billy bob

Manure are suck lucky gits, we have no Mari, Tierney, Saka or Auba!!! Who have those barstewards got missing – let me guess, no one!!!

Billy bob

Also, what is the betting that they go injure one of our players and should have the player sent off but somehow he escapes the card and then score the winning goal – meanwhile or injured play is out for the season!!!


I was confident until I saw that defence.

Timothy Foden

Why no Maghales?


We would need to sign him first.


Shite start.

Billy bob

In true scum fashion a certain bleep studs Xhaka and surprise surprise he gets away with it – love blogs description of the bleep


Missing three of our best four players. Not great, but we can do it.


Partey really hasn’t been good this first half…. Pepe by far the best player on the pitch for us though

Billy bob

Manure being diving, hacking, cheating scum again!!! Hate that lot more than spuds, it’s close and both are vile but I think manure edge it for me the freaks!!!

Murphy was an Arsenal Fan

That header away by Martinelli to deny the ball to that MU cunt is my image of this half. Damn.

Murphy was an Arsenal Fan

Also, a delegate from Portugal for the Tokyo Olympics has been revealed. Star diver also plays football

Murphy was an Arsenal Fan

Why the fucking hell? Why Arteta? Why?

Naija gooner

Midfield is a bit to lax and slow we need a bit more urgency, Cmon gooners let’s see those completed passes and combination. we can do this 💪🏾


It’s true, although early in 1st half we had some wonderful moments playing out from the back. If we can keep doing that they look vulnerable against the counter. I want to see Maguire fall down


Shit game from an Arsenal perspective


Fuck me. Willian.


Willian. Yay.


That finish by Willian. Awesome. What a player.


Why bring in Willian to walk where Martinelli worked so hard even if the latter is injured? Martinelli stopped some dangerous Manure moment. I don’t see Willian putting that shift in. Hope I’m wrong

SB Still

Even our players seem reluctant to pass to him. I don’t why Arteta choose to torture himself, Willian and all of us.


What happened to Martinelli?


Willian on. Pfff. What? There are no rocks available in London today?

Billy bob

Why has Martinelli been taken off? He ain’t injured is he!!!


Shall we bring on the Norwegian Messi Wonderkid or er… Willy, are you warm?


No, not you Joe

Billy bob

Well considering we were forced to play our B team not a bad result getting a draw against manures A team 🤣

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