Monday, February 26, 2024

Gabriel returns: Arsenal v Man Utd team news

Arsenal take on Man Utd in the Premier League this afternoon.

Here are the official line-ups.

Arsenal: Ramsdale, White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko, Rice, Havertz, Odegaard, Martinelli, Saka, Nketiah

Subs: Raya, Tomiyasu, Kiwior, Jorginho, Vieira, Smith Rowe, Nelson, Trossard, Jesus

Man Utd: Onana, Lindelof, Martinez, Fernandes, Martial, Rashford, Eriksen, Casemiro, Dalot, Antony, Wan-Bissaka

Subs: Bayindir, Evans, Maguire, Reguilon, Gore, Hannibal, Pellestri, Garnacho, Hojlund

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Thank fuck


Amen brother. Some sense of normalcy has returned. Keep Havertz on a short leash; hook him for Vieira if he isn’t performing. No room for passengers.


Give the man some time FFS! Passengers is harsh bro.

Dr. Gooner

Definitely not a passenger. Not a game changer (yet) but doing all the basics for the team to a high standard.


Ya. Passengers is harsh.
Keep Fabio on a short leash; hook him for Kai if he isn’t performing.
There you go


After Harvetz


left the field, we won the match


Got a good feeling about this. Will miss Partey but this could be a perfect role for Rice in a big game like this


I worry about rice on the press. He lacks the Partey’s technical ability to receive the ball and turn forward


Maybe a better one touch distributor of the ball though? I haven’t analysed the stats, curious if anyone has


Great team Fantastic

Mayor McCheese

And look at that bench!

Mayor McCheese

And look at United’s bench! “Gore” and “Hannibal”? I’ll have a nice bottle of Chianti, Clarisse!


I assumed this was blog’s names for McTominay and some other ManU type player, but it seems these are actual players?


I hope the ref watches Lisandro Martinez closely. He should’ve been sent off in the friendly, nasty little man


McTominay not playing today due to illness.


Glad that WWE wrestler is not playing today


No Partey. Rice will have his spoon full today.


A spoonful of Rice?

Hope to see him snap, crackle and pop in midfield today


Me likey




Wonder if we will have to play against the greater Manchester refs alliance today as well.


looks like my apprehension was warranted, these refs aren’t fit for purpose


Anthony Taylor is a cunt


Please sub zinchenko on time, and not when “oh shit he’s tired! I should have changed him 10min ago “

Norwegian Wood

Giving Arteta tips on how to manage a team now?


Like us, he’s sometimes emotionally invested in the performance and forgets to do the obvious

Norwegian Wood

You have no information on the condition of the players, yet you think you can discern “the obvious” from where you are?


That’s part of being a supporter.

I hate this growing trend on this site with so many people trying to gatekeep what opinions supporters should be allowed to express.


that seems a bit of a ridiculous hostile response. tell me how to feel based on my observations of the team please, because clearly you’re more connected to the inner workings of the side than i am if you can tell me what my observations and thoughts should be


Glad to see Big Gabby back. Solid bench too in case we’re in search of goals or keep things tight and controlled. Let’s hope this is the day Havertz comes to the party. Other than that, I can’t see how we don’t get this 3 points! COYG!!!


With Partey and Timber out it’s kind of a bummer. Both excellent players. Hopefully the backups from last seasons take these opportunities and rise to the occasion


That’s the reason for having a full squad, with players ready to rise to the occasion

Naked Cygan

How long is Partey out?


Big Gaby 😍


Init. Looked soooo much better at the back today.

Man Manny

That looks like a more balanced team.
I suspect we’ll see the best of Rice today.

Heavenly Chapecoense

Hope we don’t see the best of Rashford. He seems to always have great games against us.


Sweet Joy
Good hunting boys…shave us some devils scalps💥


Bloody Havertz again AND no striker.
Dear Hod


Eddie is a striker. Even if you don’t rate him, despite his contributions already this season.


No striker??


Ignorant twat. Nketiah not a striker!

Dr. Gooner

Nketiah is not a striker?

I Like Eboue-boue

Looks like we have to “make do” with the guy who’s natural position is CF and has scored 2 goals and won a penalty in the two and a half games he’s played so far this season 😉


Not to mention scored two against this lot last time we played them


Dear hodor

Dr. Gooner

Zinchenko returns, Gabriel returns. Simple.

Dr. Gooner

Havertz will benefit greatly from having a ball dominant player on his flank.

Dr. Gooner


Dr. Gooner

will benefit greatly from having a ball dominant player on his flank.

Dr. Gooner


Dr. Gooner


Dr. Gooner

d-o-m-i-n-a-n-t is a word that gets your post sent to moderation.

Havertz will benefit from having a high volume passer on his flank.

Dr. Gooner

Wow the filters on this site are unpredictable

d.o.m. inant
mo.d eration

both get you filtered

Heavenly Chapecoense

How do you know? Unless your comment has one word.

Dr. Gooner

It did. I tried posting just those words. Filtered.

Dr. Gooner

What I keep trying to say is Havertz will look better with Zin behind him, by a lot.


Amen to that broth3r


Club web site had Nketiah on bench and Trossard starting when I looked


Yeah this is what the Arsenal app notification says:

Arsenal: Ramsdale, White, Gabriel, Saliba, Zinchenko, Rice, Odegaard, Havertz, Saka, Martinelli, Trossard.

I miss santi cazorla

It feels so good to have Jorginho on the bench, so that psychologically Rice is not our the last straw.


Solid lineup. Solid bench.

Dr. Gooner

Saka should feast on Dalot

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

You mean “Tha lot”? The entire team?

Dr. Gooner

Lol I mean Diogo Dalot, but yeah. Nice one.


I call literally hear the collective sigh of relief in Finsbury Park.


Our bench is miles better than theirs.

He’s got no hair but we don’t care...

Firstly before all you ‘only positive comments’ lot pipe up, am I allowed to say that if a player hasn’t overly impressed in 3 consecutive reasons (whatever the reason) shouldn’t another player be given a chance?
ESR should have been in for Havertz.
Looking forward to being thumbed down!


I trust Arteta.

Dr. Gooner

And then he blows a defensive assignment, Eriksen slides in Rashford and people scream that this was not the time to give ESR his debut in an unfamiliar role (usually played LW for us). Kai plays because at the very least he understands how to press and does so relentlessly. That’s ESR’s achilles heel and the reason he doesn’t play.

There’s a time and a place to give ESR’s first start (first minutes?) of the season, which I agree he fully deserves, and it’s not vs ManU. Whatever you say about Havertz he’s played in a lot of big games and will not be phased by the occasion

Dennis Asiimwe

I am genuinely delighted to see GABRIEL in defense…

Dennis Asiimwe

Manure have a player named Hannibal on their bench. They may bring him on when they feel their team needs some bite…


Or if they need to get their elephants over the alps.


How is Ramsdale still starting? He have 2 clean sheets in the last 13 league home games. Ι guess it’s everyone else’s fault we allow few chances but we can’t keep a clean sheet. Just continuous bad luck.

Dr. Gooner

Show me a shot he should’ve kept out so far this season. Maybe the Pereira chance? He’s out of his goal because we have the ball and we are building play, then he gets wrongfooted by the finish. But if he turns the other way Pereira goes far post. Also clean sheet vs. Palace with 10 men.


I have a sneaky suspicion that we will see exactly what Arteta sees in Havertz today. I’ve been worried that our formation has really been hampering him thus far, but with the defensive stability behind him now he’ll be able to do what really makes him great, and that’s get forward from midfield. He’s gonna make Casemiro look decidedly average, hopefully.


Haven’t seen that so far


This sure isn’t aging well…

Still 45 to go. I still have time to be right! Although, if he’d hit that one in the first half I’d look like a genius right now…


There it is!


What was it?

Teryima Adi

A more balanced team. COYG!!!

Hair on Ram's Tail

Hmm, apparently we are playing Newcastle, not ManUre.
Hey it’s been over 2 minutes and we haven’t allowed a goal yet! Much improvement.


ManU must be skint.
They’re wearing a second hand Newcastle strip.

He’s got no hair but we don’t care...

Yeah. Carrying on with Havertz has already been a great call. Yep, really was a hard chance. Not a sitter at all.


Totally agreed. Odegaard, Rice and Jesus only score easy goals.
Odegaard – Weak shot
Rice – No technique
Jesus – Lack composure

He’s got no hair but we don’t care...

Definitely needs to play every game.


it’s causing us with his miskicks both for goal and poor passes with result in the goal conceded


Kai is a attacking player. What has he offered so far?
Maybe only the miskicks and mispasses so far
He played no part in the goal.
Our DM Rice actually played a part in our goal


He’s playing in Xhaka’s role and actually had a couple of key defensive plays so far that might have kept Utd from getting the lead. Key interception on their break and another key blocked shot just now.

Kanishk Upreti

Oh please he’s played mostly as a 10 for Leverkusen and as a 9 for Chelsea he’s a liability on defence and most likely always will be, and so far offensively he’s been our worst player by far. If we have Granit or any semi decent midfielder instead of him we are up 2-0 going into HT.

He should play as a backup striker when we need his height and aerial ability Cus so far apart from that he offers absolutely nothing worth the price tag.

Does not deserve to be starting week in week out.


It’s affecting the team really.
See how the rest are avoiding passing to him. It’s apparent.
I did not see any closing down performed by Ozil 2.0. See the effort and work rate by Saka, Martinelli, Odegaard, Rice and even Nketiah.


65 mins passed and I’m still trying to see what Iak is offering, The rare passes to him returns with a pass back. There doesn’t seems to be any creativity, utge of intelligence. It makes it unfair for those on the bench. They must be thinking what has he done to retain his starting 11 position match after match


I stand by what I said today. Look how much BETTER we are immediately as soon as Kai went off.
As much as we have to support our players, it must not be a blind love


What a load of bull


I’m sorry. Kai is our MOTM.

Now that’s BS


Havertz is a donkey


Ødegaard is amazing


Martinelli so good in both the buildup and the assist to that goal 👏 our vest player in this game so far




He’s been so lively today

Billy bob

Btw why can’t arsenal ever give ManUre a darn good pasting? We have the players for it but will probably contrive to drop points against this dross!!!


What’s up with Haverzt in this game 😳


Kai don’t deserve to be in this team at the moment.


We are way too passive


0 chemistry between havertz and martinelli.
havertz is bad indeed, but martinelli is ignoring him completely


So. Ten Hag clears out the garage and under a box of old paint tins, finds a Jonny Evans that somebody kept in case it was useful one day.
And thus a player everyone had forgotten the very existence of is on the park to deflect the ball into his own net.
Fucking Excellent.

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