Saturday, November 27, 2021

Lacazette and Tavares start: Arsenal v Aston Villa team news

Arsenal take on Aston Villa at the Emirates this evening, looking for better than just the single point we earned from the draw with Crystal Palace on Monday.

Here are the official line-ups.

Arsenal: Ramsdale, Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tavares, Lokonga, Partey, Saka, Smith Rowe, Aubameyang, Lacazette

Subs: Leno, Holding, Cedric, Maitland-Niles, Kolasinac, Elneny, Pepe, Odegaard, Martinelli

Aston Villa: Martinez, Konsa, Tuanzebe, Mings, Cash, Luiz, McGinn, Targett, Buendia, Ings, Watkins

Subs: Steer, Hause, Young, Nakamba, Sanson, Ramsey, El Ghazi, Bailey, Archer

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Rvp

COYG!

Johnny 4 Hats

JAMES IS ON THE TELLY!!!!!!

So proud….!

Zenithreptile

Win, lose, or nuclear annihilation, this is the highlight of my evening

Johnny 4 Hats

Genuinely proud, He deserves to be in that pundit box. Such an articulate and thoughtful young man.

And shout out to ASMR Clive as well.

Johnny 4 Hats

*Jamie Carragher gets passed a compilation of James taking the piss out of his accent*

“He never steps foot in a Sky studio again”.

Johnny 4 Hats

Imagine if he’d done a magpie fact…

Paul

I hope he gobbed on JC after…

B JACK

coyg! lets start the weekend off right!

Eche

Lacs no 10?

Daveo

Nah, Auba on LW. ESR #10.

Interesting selections. Playing it safe with Tierney. I think he could use a rest. Not a bad balance, but it will certainly change our dynamic as we’re most certainly not setup for possession football down the left (for a change). Don’t mind that. Should be a bit less predictable (I hope…gulp).

Hurensohn

I lacca at 10

Glenn Gomes

I like the line up. Lacazette rewarded, Tierney benched rightly as he needs to find that spark, those runs to the bye line weren’t happening…. Saka back to right and a proper midfield pivot of Partey and Lokonga….. COYG!!

stone Pepe was a rolling

Tierney not in the squad

Glenn Gomes

Oh, I didn’t take note of the bench…. Hope he’s well

Daveo

Tierney doesn’t deserve to be benched. Arteta just needs to develop an alternative attacking outlet other than a LB that overlaps all game long.

Randy

Hoping Laca can inspire some extra fire. He looked like he was just about at the boil on Monday!

COYG

Assshavin

Lokonga starting worries me. Dont think he is ready for premier league football. Would have preferred Elneny starting. Hope he proves me wrong though.

COYG

Man Manny

Elneny belongs to the past. Lokonga needs games to be “ready for Premier League football.”

Top Tier-ney

I’m with you on Lokonga 100%, the only problem is that Elneny is way worse. :/

DialSqaureGoon

Agree that Lokonga is worrying, but he needs the minutes and is one for the future so rather him than Elneny.

Up4GrabsNow!

Glad to see Saka is ok.

Martin Elliott

I hope he is ok!

Jack4343

I like it?

Daveo

I like your question?

A M

need a win and a good performance, let’s go get the 3 points bois
COYG 🔴🔴🔴🔴🔴🔴🔴🔴🔴🔴🔴

Bexdad

Arteta is making some big calls lately, fingers crossed

Brady’s bunch

Big but wrong let’s hope it works out

Bexdad

Not too shabby?

MARIO

COYG!!!! Looks like a 4-4-2 with saka right and ESR left. I like I like now let’s rip them up!!! AS much as I always loved Martinez I would love to see him have a dreadfull game along with the rest of their team. They lost 2 in a row so let’s give them a hat trick!!!!

T.A.

Tierney is not even on the bench? I hope he’s not injured. I know he hasn’t been at his best lately but he’s still a class act. Good to see Saka back.

mshokim

KT needs a break. He has been looking knackered lately.

A M

bruised ankle says the twitter handle for kt let’s hope he comes back better

Appels&Pere

I like a lot.

Salah

Odegaard off

Appels&Pere

I respect Tierney, but I feel like his offensive contribution has been limited to run down the line with his down, turns around passes back, or gives a cross without looking if somewhere is there?

Daveo

The option gets over used, which makes it easier to predict and control. Teams know its coming. The way to fix the problem is the vary our attacking pathways.

mshokim

COYG!

In other news, Mike Dean has been relieved of refereeing duties this weekend.

Daveo

THis is actually bad news, “this weekend” and not forever.

mshokim

Let’s hope it all goes downhill for him from here.

Naked Cygan

The Villa games have not been kind to us since Arteta arrived. Let’s hope we can get something out of this game. Think it will finish 1-1 with 8 Thomas Partey shots going wide from outside the box.

DialSqaureGoon

4-4-2, baby! Let’s go!

T.A.

Am I the only one dreading this match (and every other match). Please Arteta, prove me wrong!

T.A.

Thank you for proving me wrong! What a performance!

RockyRog58

For “fluffs” sake give Martinelli a run out !!! Poor Saka “Boss I’ve broken my leg my arm and my head’s fallen off” Don’t worry Bukayo I’ll get you off for last ten mins !!!
Is it just me ??? #RememberJack

SarcasmB0T

Saka? Wut?

Give the kid a break.

This feels like Arteta’s desperate after the criticism last week.

Saka’s Arsenal career has to take precedence over Arteta’s.

SarcasmB0T

Just to clarify – not like McArthur was trying to give him a break.

Protect our Bukayo, for crissakes.

NZGooner

Kolasinac still making the bench? ffs!

SarcasmB0T

That’s how he’s got the biceps.

SpudGun68

Fingers crossed for Taveres and Lokonga. They are definitely going to be targeted by Villa. The changes make good sense though. Come on Laka and GOYG!

Brady’s bunch

Hope we score a shed load passed Martinez 🤞

Public Elneny

Lol whoever downvoted this has got their priorities seriously fucked up

Brady’s bunch

😂we’ll put it down to a slip of the finger

Public Elneny

Let’s hope Emi has slippy fingers in the 2nd half

Lacaubapepe

That has to be my biggest disappointment in Saka since he started playing for Arsenal ! How in the world did he waste that chance?!

Futsboller

Profound half of football from the Arsenal. Should have been 3 or 4 (Saka should have buried that), but Villa without even an attempt on target and three yellow cards in frustration, and their manager looking utterly clueless. With some better passes and better finishing, I think you get a sense here of the kind of football Arteta wants to play. Dominant.

Viju Jacob

Dont know about others, but I’m enjoying Emi making two food saves but letting in two goals. The lad needs some shutting up.

FMT

We really need to consider renewing Lacazette’s contract. We do not have anyone that can play like him on the team. His contribution and style is very unique

FMT

Either that or we buy someone that can play like he does. But that might be easier said than done.

Brady’s bunch

His game lets the young lads run riot

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