Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Martinelli starts: Arsenal v Leeds team news

Arsenal take on Leeds United at the Emirates tonight, in the Carabao Cup Round of 16.

Here are the official line-ups.

Arsenal: Leno, Cedric, Holding, White, Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Pepe, Smith Rowe, Martinelli, Nketiah

Subs: Ramsdale, Tavares, Chambers, Lokonga, Partey, Saka, Salah-Eddine, Lacazette, Balogun

Leeds: Meslier, Drameh, Llorente, Struuk, Dallas, Phillips, Forshaw, Roberts, James, Harrison, Rodrigo

Subs: Klaesson, Cooper, Hjelde, Cresswell, Klich, McKinstry, Gebhardt, Summerville, Greenwood

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Thierry Bergkamp (non negotiable)

I understand why The Smith is starting, but I rather he wasn’t, thinking ahead to Leicester away on Saturday lunchtime


Exactly what I was thinking. What happened to Odegaard?


Must be injured. not even on the bench

Viju Jacob

Exactly. If anything MÖ8 should have started & ESR rested.



SLC Gooner

Or play Lacazette in the number 10 role. But would have rested ESR.

Billy bob

Interesting line-up, not sure about Cedric as I thought his goose was cooked, but COYG



I am a little surprised to see Benjamin and ESR… its gonna be a little nail-biting watching them. I wonder if Odegaard has a knock.


Mari not even on the bench either…

Tankard Gooner

Mari has some illness (not covid) as communicated by Arsenal on facebook.

evaristus asobara

The LeEDs lineup is strong. I’m not confident this night

Giuseppe Hovno



To be honest I would have played Chambers as a White replacement and given ESR the night off but COYR!


I wish we were playing Balogun instead of Nketiah as it’s much likelier that he’ll be here beyond this season. Also think he’s hold up play is better, which should benefit the three behind him.


his hold up play

Corona XY

Leeds playing their strongest XI, the only players not playing are due to injuries.
Prioritising a cup instead of league survival. I hope we smash them!

Top Tier-ney

Lulz if you think Leeds will be battling relegation this year… yes they’ve started slow, partly due to injuries too, but they’re a high class team, they’ll be around middle of the table comfortably again this year.


Too much rotation, and I would have rested ESR. Plus we have to watch Kolasinac/Elneny play?

Corona XY

No Tierney or Mari on the bench leads me to think they’re carrying knocks, and so should save Tavares for Saturday. No choice but Kolasinac then I guess.

Hail Gus!


Bai Blagoi

So, not Patino, but Salah-Edine has made the bench. Interesting.

Nainsley Aitland Miles

Wish it was Mohamed Salah.


This is Maitland-Niles chance to shine, also happy for Elneny starting, we can’t afford any injuries to Lokonga with AFCON fast approaching. The only regret I can see, is Balagun not starting

Tankard Gooner

Slightly concerned with ESR starting, maybe he could have sat this one out. Can’t afford to lose him before Saturday.

Brady’s bunch

Think you could be seeing ainsley playing alongside willock again come January


What does everyone think about us bidding for Philips in January? I think he’d add a lot of depth to our midfield, I feel we are 1 holding mid short in our squad.

Alex Manninger

Why would they sell him?


What the fuck is Arteta playing at?!

This competition is massively important to us and he’s playing a reserve side!!

This is a route back into Europe next season: we should be playing our strongest team. We last played on Friday and We don’t play again until Saturday so there should be no tired legs. He shouldn’t be doing any favours for the stiffs.

Arteta fucked up the FA Cup last season by playing a weak team at Southampton: he’s making the same mistake again.


You want to play the Europa Conference League next season?


We’ve got no European football this season!!! It’s not as if we’re overworked!!! We can afford to take this competition seriously!!!

If we go out tonight then it’s just one game a week until January!!!


If we don’t go out, it’s just one more game until January. Not sure if you realize that too!
Thought you were smarter fat boy…


Then that’s why we should play a strong team!!!


Erlick Badu

Although I dont believe so much in Pepe’s inteligence, I think he gonna win this match! COYG

Brady’s bunch

Happy for martinelli we all want this lad to kick on 🙏


Hello admin,

I just noticed something silly. This is the first time I’ve opened this News article, but scrolling down, I see that I’ve down-voted two comments.

It’s my first time experiencing such.


Are you using a VPN? Sometimes happen to me, so I assume someone else is using the same VPN provider.



The comments section uses browser fingerprint, not IP address.

That’s why you can’t vote twice on the same comment even if you go incognito or switch IP.

I might be wrong though.


Ah, that is really strange then! It’s funny that you’ve tried voting on comments twice though 🙂


I have a little programming knowledge.

Sometimes we try things out to see if… it’ll break.


Would like us to be better organized in offensive marking, i.e what happens if we lose the ball on the offensive. There we lack structure also in this match


This first half is miserable at the very least.

Brady’s bunch

Pepe being Pepe tonight 🙈 we really got our pants pulled down with that transfer

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