Friday, February 23, 2024

Zinchenko starts, Xhaka absent: Arsenal v Southampton – team news

Arsenal take on Southampton at home this evening, looking to get back to winning ways after two successive draws.

Here are the official line-ups.

Arsenal: Ramsdale, White, Holding, Gabriel, Zinchenko, Partey, Vieira, Odegaard, Saka, Martinelli, Jesus

Subs: Turner, Tierney, Walters, Kiwior, Jorginho, Nelson, Smith Rowe, Trossard, Nketiah

Southampton: Bazunu, Walker-Peters, Bella-Kotchap, Bednarek, Perraud, Lavia, Ward-Prowse, Elyounoussi, Alcaraz, Walcott, Armstrong

Subs: McCarthy, Caleta-Car, Lyanco, Diallo, Armstrong, Orsic, Aribo, Kamaldeen, Onuachu

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Forest gooner

Where is xhaka?

Frosty

3 what? Lol

Sagebrush

Eel

Mayor McCheese

Run DMC had a song about that.

Goonerrific

Where is Xhaka?

PeSt

COYG! Hope Saka scores! ❤🤍

Bleeding Gums Murphy

Great article on sky sports app showing how much we are missing Saliba offensively as well as defensively. I was praying he would be back for city but can’t see it. Massive loss for us.

PeSt

Yes he’s been sorely missed. Though Holding has performed above my expectations it’s a big gap to Salibas level. I’ll check out the Sky article!

vieiraera

What’s up with Xhaka? We need him in the citeh match. Solid starting 11. We should get the 3 points and perhaps reduce the goal difference vs citeh. I’d have started ESR ahead of Vieira tho. COYG!!!

davorsuker

Xhaka picked up an illness. Fingers crossed it doesn’t affect his prep for citeh

CoachDuterte

No illness, he celebrates Muslim religious holiday today. Same with Zinchenko last Sunday was Orthodox Easter

sloshburger

no we don’t need xhaka. don’t forget he kickstarted our epl title bottle job by riling up the fans at Liverpool

Teryima Adi

Is Xhaka injured? We can take all the points. COYG!!!

Gzutzm

I think he couldn’t come as It is Eid.

Anon

Injuries starting to bite a bit

Paul

Zinchenko starts? You love it Mik!

Thierry Bergkamp (non negotiable)

Would like to see Trossard starting more games. We’ve looked most fluid recently whenever he started

Anon

Could’ve come in for Xhaka

Heavenly Chapecoense

Is Vieira a training ground Ballon d’Or?

Danny

Yeah have to wonder don’t you? He’s holding death Rowe back at the minute, and I’ve seen nothing to justify that.

Anon

Lol death rowe

Qwaliteee

Now Xhaka absent; They’re dropping like flies.

Fuck our luck.

COYG

Grumbleduke

Got the feeling that the hurt of letting the two goal advantage slip against West Ham is powering us to a great performance tonight and five or six goals for us. COYG.

Serpent

Their back 5 should be a guarantee win for us. Let’s hope we don’t take the foot off the pedal.

bdotm

COYG

AFL

Not underestimating anyone, but good that is southampton at home because Viera can not replace Xhaka defensively. I would have also liked to See Smith-Rowe starting if we gone play only attacking minded.

AFL

17 minute, 2 nil down, Viera absolute shite and not moving or positioning that would help the team in any way. Constantly hiden behind the oposition players.

Doghouse

Why not Nelson ? at least he gave a lot more energy to our lack lustred team v Hammers, for all the reported Porto signing we were lucky to buy for £30mil he looks like a total lightweight in a heavyweight league, apart from a pass i could make for Martinelli to score at villa and a goal early on season when we had won the game what does he bring ? whatever he does in training ground Miki bigs him up, we haven’t seen anything from the player we supposedly got accordingly from Porto fans for cheap, unless he… Read more »

Hair on Ram's Tail

We’re facing fullback Kyle Walker-Peters this game, then fullback Kyle Walker in the next.
Does St. Totteringham’s Day occur during Kyle Walker Week this year?

Goonerrific

“What will you do if you go 2-0 up”

Touché sky sports, touché.

Ealing

That won’t happen tonight

Ealing

WTF

Leon

My thoughts exactly.
WTF

TeeCee

I think it’s escalated from WTF to OMFG.

Leon

Well, that is it.
Done and fucking dusted.
Dress it up as you like but Arsenal have fucking bottled it.

Eric Blair

Forget the Liverpool and West Ham games, THAT is how you shit the bed.

Ealing

KT and ESR for Zink and Vieira

davorsuker

Vieira clearly struggling

Gooner1317

It’s a shame vieira has started above trossard (who’s played wingback for both belgium and Brighton) or Tierney (with zinc in mid)

He’s a liability vs Southampton so vs better teams he’ll cost us dearly

Henkamp

I think Arteta is missing a trick in not starting Jorginho in the absence of Xhaka! It would help with our build up (since we miss Saliba) and give us control of that midfield. Vieira is just not cutting it ffs. Can’t be a coincidence that he started the Bournemoth game too.

Ealing

Zink sleeping on the corner goal

Leon

Very disappointing.
Perhaps it is easier to just accept Champions League football than it is to thrive under pressure and try for something much more meaningful.
Whatever happens tonight our defence and central midfield needs strengthening. Holding and Vieira are not good enough.

Mentalista

What’s the point of fucking Vieira? Trossard should’ve been on from minute 10. Is Arteta going to die on that hill?

Gooner1317

I swear what’s the point of having players with PL experience when you won’t give them minutes over someone like vieira who still hasn’t adapted to the physicality of the Pl

Ealing

Finally

BillyKrystal

Vieira did fuck all the entire game then decides to rile up the crowd before getting subbed? Maybe focus on affecting the game first

IKECHUKWU Male AKAKA

Shocked to see Veira in this team. I just don’t understand Arteta, anymore

He’s got no hair but we don’t care...

Such a shame.

Vieiraera

It’s looking like one of those nights that would live long in our memories for all the wrong reasons !!! We have to win this match plsssssssss

He’s got no hair but we don’t care...

Poor decisions by the manager (continue playing holding), poor luck (Saliba injured), poor amount of guts by the players in the last 2 games have defined our season. Shame.

Sagebrush

Biggest mistake was overlooking all these teams towards City. Been saying this all along. Now look.

TotsOfJack

Believe.

Leon

I believe its over..

Ealing

This heart ache is on Arteta. No need to play Vieira

TotsOfJack

I feel sorry for Rob Holding. I don’t he will survive this one.

TotsOfJack

I feel sorry for Rob Holding. I don’t think he will survive this one.

ScotchEggsRule

We’ve bottled this season, like we did the last one. Progress or not, this hurts….

BillyKrystal

Fucking Christ. At least it’s Friday night and we can drink until we forget all weekend

The Stress Sessions

Bottle jobs. AM I RIIIIIIIIGHT.

Leon

A draw is no better than a defeat.
It is very clear what we need in the summer – a WORLD CLASS centre back – not a player with potential and we need DECLAN RICE.
Holding is a fine professional but he is simply not good enough by any stretch of the imagination and Vieira offers nothing.

Leon

Vieira oh oh oh
Vieira oh oh oh
He comes from Portugal
And does fuck all for Arsenal
Vieira oh oh fucking oh

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