Saturday, February 24, 2024

Elneny returns, Jesus starts: Arsenal v FC Zurich team news

Arsenal take on FC Zurich in the Europa League, looking for a result to ensure top spot in the group.

Here are the official line-ups.

Arsenal: Ramsdale, White, Holding, Gabriel, Tierney, Elneny, Lokonga, Vieira, Nelson, Jesus, Nketiah

Subs: Hein, Hillson, Partey, Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli, Saliba, Cedric, Tomiyasu, Marquinhos, Zinchenko, Smith

FC Zurich: Brecher, Boranijasevic, Kamberi, Katic, Aliti, Conde, Salnaes, Guerrero, Tosin, Rohner, Okita

Subs: Kostadinovic, Omerovic, Omeragic, Krasniqi, Santini, Marchesano, Hornschuh, Viunnyk, Hodza, Mets, Sauter

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Gunnar Eli Sigurjónsson

Nelson with a brace would be brilliant


Nketiah on the left again? Not convinced it works


Would be better to see Jesus on the wing, but don’t think that will be the case

Teryima Adi

Arteta knows better than us.


No doubt! But we can have opinions, or what’s the point of the comment section haha

Merlin’s Panini

I think we’ll see him and Jesus switching positions.

Mayor McCheese

Even neutrals are banking on a result against Zurich!

Sammy Nelsons Arse

People would have to be cuckoo to disagree


Let’s see how Sambi does further forward.

Goals for Eddie and Jesus would be great too.


Decent. Hope Lokonga does better in the Xhaka role.

Mayor McCheese

Great to see Mo and Zinchenko!

One Beat Off

50 thumbs mate!


That’s the best news of the evening

Mesut Ö’Neill

Obviously he is starting Jesus to get a goal to boost his confidence but it’s a huge gamble. Hopefully he scores early and the game is dead by half time.

Boy Bastin

Yes, he needs a goal or two tonight. He did everything but score against Forest so his confidence will get a boost by doing so against Zurich. We’ll need him in top (scoring) form for the last two PL games prior to the break, particularly the Chelsea game.

Boy Bastin

The team selection should be enough to get the points. Hopefully Jesus will break his recent non-scoring run tonight and get into the (scoring) mood for a far trickier match against Chelsea at the weekend.

Man Manny

A strong team. It should enough for a comfortable win…hopefully.

Teryima Adi

Let’s beat them, lads. COYG!!!

Elneny back at DM gives us a trustworthy, ahem, insurance policy against Zurich.

Arteta did hint at a strong lineup but we probably could get the job done with Cedric & Marquinhos in for White and Jesus.

Zurich do also have something to play for, as 3rd in the group goes into the Europa Conference League. And as their head-to-head with Bodo is identical – but their goal difference is 6 worse – Zurich have nothing to lose by playing on the attack.

Nevertheless I’m predicting 3-0.


We might be AXA a lot of Mo as he’s just back. Hopefully orchestrating a Direct line to goal. I’m sure he’ll put in an Admiral performance.


Esure did More Than enough as Swiftcover in midfield for us to insure we end our group stage Saga on a high.


I’m going to be watching Vieira very closely. I want him to start showing more, his personality needs to come out on the pitch.


That’s not a lot of creativity in central midfield. Defensively should be strong.


Resting the important guys for Chelsea – good! 😃


Surely Eddie has to come alive in this game. Fingers crossed


Jesus on the left wing?

Maybe Arteta is playing him deliberately tonight so that he can back amongst the goals.

Let’s hope so.


Nainsley Aitland Miles

Eddie probably on the wing as he has the pace.

Merlin’s Panini

It’s a welcome surprise to see Mo back and Zinchenko too. I assume neither will play the full 90 minutes as they need to cautiously build back their fitness.

Zinchenko is on the bench so he won’t be playing 90.

Elneny maybe 70 minutes. It would be nice if we’re in a position to give Matt Smith 20 minutes at the end.

Man United finished 2nd in their group so hopefully a tie against Barcelona awaits them in February.

Left Testicle

What’s with Tierney kissing his wrist sweatband 137 times like some weird OCD ritual?

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