Thursday, December 2, 2021

Partey absent, Maitland-Niles starts: Arsenal v Watford team news

Arsenal take on Watford this afternoon at the Emirates, looking for a win and three points before the next Interlull.

Here’s how both sides line-up today.

Arsenal: Ramsdale, Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tavares, Maitland-Niles, Sambi, Smith Rowe, Saka, Lacazette, Aubameyang

Subs: Leno, Cedric, Holding, Tierney, Elneny, Odegaard, Pepe, Martinelli, Nketiah

Watford: Foster, Rose, King, Nkolou, Cathcart, Tufan, Sissoko, Femenia, Sarr, Dennis, Kucka

Subs: Bachmann, Ngakia, Troost-Ekong, Cleverley, Pedro, Masina, Fletcher, Hernandez, Sierratta

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C.B.

Shame no Partey, hope it doesn’t spoil our party.

Raindog

Time for AMN to step up. Good luck to him and the rest of the gooners!

Bleeding gums murphy

Worries me with maitland in there but hoping he can have a steady game today. Massive game today. Determines if we have learnt and are kicking on. COYG

Public Elneny

Partey has been getting through a mountain of work defensively these last few games, need AMN to do the same today

I like Lokonga overall, but seems a little lost defensively at times. Not for lack of trying but doesn’t have the nous at this point. AMN has to be on it to compensate

Elbon

He was absolutely on it. My MOTM

Nostalgic Gooner

Good luck AMN, we’ll need you during AFCON!

Jules

I am intrigued to see how AMN fares. I still like the look of him in midfield, I like the way he moves. If he can succeed then our January is looking a lot more comfortable. COYG

etp

Interesting AMN over MO. Should be a fun one.

Man Manny

Ben White is going to be vital for this game in the absence of Partey.

Give youth a chance

Time for AMN to step up and show if he deserves to play in his ‘preferred position’.

Here’s hoping he has a blinder

Tomislav

Man, I missed the feeling of being excited before the game. COYG!

UzesGooner

Surprised we didn’t play Odegaard next to Sambi, which shows how far he’s falling down the pecking order…..we need a back up strong CM, like Zakaria !!

Good luck Ainsley, today’s your chance 💪🏿

Graeb

Øde for Partey?? May be if we’re 3 up. The good news is that it’s AMN and not the usual stand in , Elneny.

UzesGooner

Well, it’d be Sambi for Partey and Odegaard at 8. I thought he did well dropping back there against Crystal Palace……I think that may be his best position long term, as he has the picture in front of him to pick a pass.

Sometimes he looks too one footed to be a number 10 IMHO……..he could become a faster Xhaka in the long run…

Graham

I think arteta has realised that odegaard in central midfield doesn’t really work for whatever reason. Maybe it will one day.

UzesGooner

I thought that until the CP game…..you’re right though, maybe one for the future….just getting ahead of myself !

Duno

I have a feeling, whether by design or not, this is Arteta testing out the shape of the team in January. Laca can ably deputise for Auba but midfield is really where the chasm is. I hope AMN performs.

DefaultGray

Danny Rose in at LB for Watford, surely our Saka will have him on toast? Come on, Arsenal, let’s get a win in November!

Verdant

I’m sure the whole Watford team, coaching crew, and fans are up for a toast today.

COYG!

Lacaubapepe

Love the consistency on the line up once again but for Partey. Way to go, MA! I love that I’m now struggling to choose between Tavares and Tierney. But what wouldn’t I give to have the same problem on every position?

UzesGooner

That’s the idea 👌

Okester

Just saw Thomas Partey on Holloway Road trying to into road for the game and Steward knocked him back. Lol!!
Thought it was maybe his brother just looked like him or something til I came on here to check if he was playing!!

gooner

I don’t feel confident without both our starting CM players but hopefully we come out firing and put the game away early

Vaibhav Pandey

Just hope Partey is back after International break!

Momozemio

Tight groin, it is.
Anyway, COYG !! Let’s grab (in stylish fashion) those 3 points before that international break

Brady’s bunch

Thankfully we’re at home and hopeful that we don’t miss partey too much just as he was starting to show the player he can be for us. Ainsley doesn’t fill me with confidence in the middle but happy to be proved wrong too 🙏

Jeremy DG

I’ll take a 1-0 scrap and 5th/joint 4th going into the interlull. Watford have players who can hurt you and will likely be on top in phases of the game. I am already starting to see this only Watford vibe from some people. Take no team for granted (players or fans).

Onenil

You got what you wanted.

Lacaubapepe

Can Auba quit taking our penalties? He is so fucking predictable !!!

FMT

Why did Lacazette stop taking our penalties? He is the best as far as I am concerned (and AMN too). We should stop this Auba thing fast! Not working at all…🙄🙄🙄

Kunz

if Auba had a ruthlessness to his game he will score 30+ per season. He’s just too casual.

Lacaubapepe

If we draw or lose this it’s all on Aubameyang’s idiocy all day!

Brady’s bunch

Give it up

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