Thursday, February 29, 2024

Ramsdale and Martinelli missing: Aston Villa v Arsenal team news

Arsenal are looking to bounce back from a midweek defeat as they face Aston Villa at Villa Park this afternoon.

Here are the official line-ups.

Aston Villa: Martinez, Cash, Konsa, Wings, Young, McGinn, Luiz, Ramsey, Buendia, Watkins, Coutinho

Subs: Olsen, Chambers, Iroegbunam, Sanson, O’Reilly, Chukwuemka, Bailey, Traore, Ings

Arsenal: Leno, Cedric, White, Gabriel, Tierney, Partey, Xhaka, Odegaard, Smith Rowe, Saka, Lacazette

Subs: Okonkwo, Holding, Tavares, Swanson, Lokonga, Elneny, Pepe, Hutchinson, Nketiah

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Wait what?


Muscle injury for Ramsdale, Gabi is “Ill”

Thierry Bergkamp (Xhaka Out)

Ramsdale hip


Yep, hopefully nothing major for either of them. Really hoping it’s not COVID for Gabi, and he just had some dodgy lasagna to roleplay as a spurs player on Opposite Day


Oh no!




This are the dangers of having a small squad, two or more missing players start to cause panick. Hope we can get a result here and get a full squad back after then internationals.


To panic would be bit harsh on Leno, the sort of back up keeper that should cause optimism not panic. Hes not exactly Runnarrson. And panic about ESR coming in?
Yes, depth is a problem tho. But dont see reason to panic as yet, hopefully no reason to panic come the end either. COYG!!

Bleeding gums murphy

Esr and Leno. Both with point to prove now. Coyg


ESR has nothing to prove??? Wtf are you on about? He’s our top goal score and he’s coming off the bench!!!
So in reality the rest have a point to prove pal

Cranky Colin

Point to prove????


Not point to prove. But he has been away for long that he will be eager to contribute

Neither of them have a point to prove.


Hope it’s no fresh injuries #COYG


damn it
hope ramsdale and gabi recover soon


Arsenal are one short of becoming the third club to score 2,000 Premier League goals after Manchester United (2,176) and Liverpool (2,002).


Will be second place in an hour!

Jean Ralphio


Gunnar Eli Sigurjónsson

ESR and Saka are our wings in the game.


Yes please. Barbecue sauce on mine.

Santi's Thigh Grab

Buffalo all day for me.

Brady’s bunch

Big game today we need to bounce back quickly, good game for Leno to put himself in the shop window.

Walter White

On the positive side, we can really use the goal threat of ESR today, who will be eager to show he belongs in the starting 11.


I hope for the best


Martinelli is out through illness


Marti is a big miss as he is the only one who creates a real disturbance. Saka has become predictable cutting inside. The squad is thin. Villa are capable of being poor or superb. Lets hope for the former

Bleeding gums murphy

Saka has become predictable 🙄

The Golden Wrigglesworth

True. Predictably amazing.

Nainsley Aitland Miles

Yes, goals and assists are too predictable.


Damnn no ramsdale ?? Don’t trust Leno at all. villa 3 arsenal 0!


are you a troll?


Just being honest guys leno is not good at all, ramsadale is a massive miss.


Are you a Gooner or a Villain?

Brady’s bunch

Leno is solid


I disagree i think he’s shit


This game really proved my point about leno not good enough

Martin R

Didn’t quite work out that way. Also why did you believe we weren’t capable of scoring? 😀

Bill el puggy dad

Coutinho auditioning for the move?


Thank heavens for Leno. Feels nice to have a first team quality keeper as backup.


German international goalkeeper and our top scorer coming in to the team. Not worried at all. COYG

Public Elneny

Fortunate in a way that Ramsdale and Martinelli are probably the 2 starters who have the highest quality replacements behind them

Will be a tough game but I trust ESR and Leno


I must say I’m not very confident in a win here. I think it’s a game too soon after the Liverpool exertions


I like Ramsdale but we won’t “miss” him. The difference in quality between him and Leno has been exaggerated by Leno playing with Mustafi-Sokratis-Luiz and Ramsdale playing with Gabriel-White.

Not having one of Martinelli or Smith-Rowe from the bench in a game that’s going to be tough on the legs after pool, against a physically strong and well drilled Villa side is a big worry for me.

Nainsley Aitland Miles

The difference in quality between Ramsdale and Leno is their distribution. Both are world class keepers though.


I wouldn’t go as far as to say ramsdale is world class but he’s certainly a billion times better then leno who’s very dodgy.


Xhaka and needless cards! Certainly this guy is not going to do something dumb to cost us this game today !

Martin R

Why would he? He hasn’t done anything like that for a long time.

Great Kalu

Let Shaka give way for Elneny before he gets a second yellow. There is too much at stake.

Martin R

So you would change a key player for an average one because of something you anticipate 😂


Just can’t believe Nketiah is an Arsenal plaeyer.


Why were why trying to renew Nketiah’s contract again?

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