Thursday, June 13, 2024

Lokonga in for Xhaka: Brighton v Arsenal team news

Arsenal are looking to make it four Premier League wins a row when they visit Brighton this evening.

Here are the official line-ups.

Brighton: To follow


Arsenal: Ramsdale, Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tierney, Partey, Lokonga, Smith Rowe, Odegaard, Saka, Aubameyang 

Subs: Leno, Cedric, Holding, Tavares, Elneny, Maitland-Niles, Pepe, Martinelli, Lacazette

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We Can absolutely win this.COYG!!!!!!!!!


Arteta has his preferred 11 🙂


Mine too! 🙂

Mayor McCheese

I think he’d prefer Xhaka to Sambi, though, right? Not saying you would, but Arteta I mean.


Arteta has our preferred eleven

Bleeding gums murphy

No bissouma for Brighton. Their midfield is very average. Hoping partey and sambi can dominate and 3 points coming back with us. Coyg.


Love the consistency on the line up. COYG!

Walter White

Been a while since we’ve had that and it’s wonderful to see!


I’m backing Lokonga to take it up a level today

Johnny 4 Hats

I really hope you’re right. I think we do miss a bit of control without Granit. Especially since Partey has been here. Let’s see. I’ll so happily be wrong!

Man Manny

Man U is faltering; can we take full advantage?

Trex d' Gunner

Come on you reds! Let’s make it 4 in a row


possibly the best xi we can field right now, let’s go get the 3 points
COYG 🔴🔴🔴🔴🔴🔴🔴🔴🔴🔴🔴


My spidey senses a tough 3 nil win.


Have a good feeling about Sambi starting given his recent good performances. COYG!

Give youth a chance

Loving that lineup, and plenty of flexibility on the bench


Our strongest lineup. No Bissouma for Brighton. Great.

Mayor McCheese

That is significant. Suddenly I feel better about our chances!


COME ON!!!!!!


I have a bloody good feeling about this. Gooners!!!


Perfectly on board with this line-up.

Let’s beat a decent team for a change!


Well it is “only” Brighton (or will be if we win!)


Loving this line up COYG!!


Good line up…Let’s go boys….this is a real chance to close the gap on the top 4 with Manchester United dropping points…massive attacking play, massive defending…that should do it…#COYG


A win will surely make Arteta the manager of the month. Let’s do it for him. COYG


Wouldn’t a win be in October?

Tankard Gooner

Fine, put him in good stead for October manager of the month then.


Been a while since we have a consistent first 11

David C

I’m happy with a cagey 1-0 win, Brighton don’t allow a lot of goals and neither does our new back 5.

Let’s go boys!!! 3 points for the Gunners!


Come on Sambi !

Trevor Peoples

2 1 today
Partey with a screamer to win it


BHA will have 6 in midfield to try to stifle our forward 3 there. This is going to be tight and we need to create and take early chances. That will shut up a drenched home crowd.
Given the rain, subs will be important – perhaps equipped with Tridents.



Give youth a chance

Been a long time since I felt this confident going into a match. 3-0?


The back 5 have shown fight and determination, now we need to see if they can keep composure and concentration, these guys they face are very patient.


I bigger test than Spuds. Brighton are very good and this will show if we are on the right path.

I believe we are.



Clearly I am jinxing it here sorry, but it has been a long time since I was so excited to watch an Arsenal match.

Jean Ralphio

We haven’t had so much dynamism in our midfield since I don’t know


What the hell do you mean by ‘dynamism’? Are you actually watching the game? We play absolutely shit! Our midfield is not in control of anything. We’re being completely dominated! Some look at the lineup and assume we’ll play a certain way, but regardless of who’s in, we still don’t have a convincing, dominant style of play.


We need that statement away win today to get in the mix with top of the table. Loss is absolutely not an option today. It seems that fans and arteta finally agree on the same line up. Get it done now.


Hoping boys will take on board our need to zip the ball forwards ala 1st half v spuds, wet pitch could be to our advantage as we have a lot of technical players in our line up, fast start needed. CMON GOONERS !!

Naked Cygan

The sh*t Arsenal is back again getting bullied by Brighton. Can’t put two passes together or win a ball. Wow

Man Manny

There is a yawning Xhaka shaped gap in the middle.


Can Partey please just get his shots on target 😂


Win, lose or draw, my opinion of Arteta remains the same. He hasn’t been able to create a coherent, convincing style of play. We have an excellent squad with so many exciting young players, yet we’re being dominated by freaking Brighton! They’re creating chances with ease and our midfield is nonexistent!

I just want to see us play beautiful, exciting football for a stretch of 10 games! Is that too much to ask for?

Billy bob

Well that was a pony first half 🙄


I’m afraid the next 3 months are going to show just how important Xhaka is to this team. Let’s hope I’m wrong.

Billy bob

Crumbs two foul throws and you start getting the impression this ain’t gonna be our day – we won this game last season so at least need to match it!!! Already four points down compared to last seasons results!!!

Billy bob

I’d be making a substitution sooner rather than later but who to sub off and who to sub on is another question!!!


Partey has been playing like shite. Terrible game. He could play so much better than whatever this is.


Partey, Xhaka, Messi, Xavi, it doesn’t matter! We play like shite because our style of play is shite or nonexistent! It doesn’t matter who’s in the lineup!


Very easy to blame the performance on something as nebulous as “style”. Fact remains we haven’t competed well in midfield and half the team look like they are wearing lead boots. Very slow to anticipate or challenge second balls or meaningfully press the man on the ball. Today we had poor performances from all three starting midfielders and from Tomi and Tierney, so all of our ball progression and security was gone. No matter, it’s a young team and they will learn and improve. Playing away in shit conditions is hard even for an experienced team and we are certainly… Read more »

The Beast

It definitely does matter. Played the same line up & tactics (as much as we could) as in the spurs match.

Difference was Sambi & Partey were completely anonymous in the first half. There was no building attacks from deep and Ødegaard didn’t get into the match at all. Partly because Sambi & Partey couldn’t find him & because he generally had a poor game.

We were much better when Laca came on & gave us a bit of control by dropping deep and linking play/holding the ball up. Too little too late though.

Clean sheet though

The Beast

Both Sambi & Partey will need to step up a lot more if we’re not gonna feel the absence of Xhaka


Difference was Sp*rs were dogshit.

The Beast

That too. Though I thought that was a given.


Good defending by Gabriel and White. Tomi terrorized today and Partey…?
What a shitstorm performance of a experienced midfielder. Unbelievable that he’s still om the pitch. AMN couldnt do worse

Alan Sunderland

He’s been shit for us since he signed, you’re not allowed to say it. You want the sambi partey . Every time he takes a shot I cringe. I’ve posted this before, but the reason xhaka keeps getting in back in the team is because nobody plays well enough to take his place.


It amazes me how people still blame individuasl for our poor play. Players are allowed to be out of form or have bad games. We consistently play like shit not because a few players are playing badly or are out of form, but because the entire structure of how we play is either shite, or nonexistent.


What’s the essence of partey


Pepe i mean!


Arsenal players demonstrated thier ununity in today match. They could not take place, they could not pass to each other correctly, So, you need to try many more for to improbement.

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