Friday, March 1, 2024

Saka and Saliba start: Chelsea v Arsenal team news

Arsenal take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge this evening, looking to pick up where we left off in the Premier League after our 1-0 win over Man City before the Interlull.

Here are the official line-ups.

Chelsea: Sanchez, Gusto, Silva, Colwill, Cucurella, Gallagher, Caicedo, Enzo, Palmer, Sterling, Mudryk

Subs: Petrovic, James, Maatsen, Badiashile, Disasi, Ugochukwu, Madueke, Washington, Jackson

Arsenal: Raya, White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko, Jorginho, Rice, Odegaard, Saka, Martinelli, Jesus

Subs: Hein, Tomiyasu, Kiwior, Partey, Smith Rowe, Nelson, Havertz, Nketiah, Trossard

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Lego EPL

That’s a fucking decent lineup Allright! .

GoonerMac

What a team, what a bench! COYG

GoonerJust

Where’s Ramsdale?

BillyKrystal

His wife just gave birth

Momozemio

YES!
COYG👊

Charles

Eddie out finally, love it.

I miss santi cazorla

Fantastic news!

yes

You realise gleefully celebrating a player being dropped is the antithesis of “support”? I’m glad Jesus is back too, I think we look better with him than Eddie, but there are ways of expressing that without being classless about it.

GoonerMac

You are obviously not a Gooner. Go away quickly

I miss santi cazorla

At this point those supporting eddie need to be questioned whether they are the arsenal fan

I miss santi cazorla

As we support Maguire, in the same way rivals want Nketiah to start against them.

Fezec

I can’t bear the negativity of a large minority in the Arsenal fan base.

AFTV has a lot to answer for.

Rochester

Take the loss, dude. Real fans support the club.

GoonerMac

Nketiah has done everything asked of him when called upon. I am happy that we now have our 1st choice front three. However I unequivocally support all Hales End Graduates, don’t ever compare Eddie to Maguire fuckstick

Charles

Or I just think he’s barely average as a starter and good from the bench?

Man Manny

A younger, less developed Eddie scored twice two seasons ago when we won 2-4 there.
Show some respect man for an England International.

Man Manny

Great first team, strong bench. That should take care of Chelsea.

Bleeding gums murphy

Really. We have been shite

akasuna00

Hahaha..you spoke too soon..we are being thrashed

Inchperfect

No Ramsdale on the bench

karl g

His wife is giving brith I think.

Sam

Vieira not on the bench? Is this an injury or just ESR + Havertz being picked ahead of him?

I miss santi cazorla

Injury probably as even Carl hein is on the bench.

Martin

Ramsdale’s wife had baby

Nainsley Aitland Miles

Probably an injury as Mikel rates him ahead of ESR and Nelson.

I miss santi cazorla

I hope Havertz score a last minute winner ans shushes the crowd!

Chris

I hope he doesn’t. I hope he comes on and scores the 4th

Inchperfect

Hein on the bench, no Ramsdale

Badaab

Ramsdale not even making the bench today should make for some interesting questions to arteta afterward…

lovely_arse

His wife gave birth

Nainsley Aitland Miles

That explains it. I read that UEFA are proposing that footballers only have sex in October, so that their children will only be born during the off season.

Iouma

Legend told us this

Fezec

“only have sex in October“

Am I… am I a premiership footballer?! Fuck yeah!

thankyou22

Eh?

Simon

Wife just gave birth apparently

Nainsley Aitland Miles

The line-up I read have Hein on the bench instead of Ramsdale. Let the conspiracy theories begin.

KArse

his wife gave birth to their first child.

Nainsley Aitland Miles

Let the conspiracy theories end.

Vieiraera

Saka-Jesus-Martinelli at last!!! I fucking love it !!! Seems we’re still managing Partey’s minutes tho. COYG!!!

Frank

Only change I would’ve liked is Partey for Jorginho. Thought we looked great with him and Rice in there against City

Canon Fodder

Ramsdale’s wife has just given birth; I don’t think he’s in the squad.

TeeCee

If he’s just been born he’s probably too young.

Fezec

Arteta signed him, but then immediately usurped him with a 9 minute old with a press resistant left foot.

Thierry Bergkamp (non negotiable)

They’re gender neutral

Teryima Adi

We can take the points. COYG!!!!!

Up4GrabsNow!

Great XI. COYG

Paul

Dare I say we seem to be getting to a full compliment of fit players.

Mark

Looks great though would like to see Partey in for Jorginho.

Fezec

I’d just like to echo all the podcasts;

Ahem. Fuck Chelsea.

I hate those cunts.

Gooner1317

Corrupt league. According to VAR the fact that a pen was not given on the field was a clear and obvious error. What a joke!

They couldn’t be bothered to check Palmer’s tackle for a red.

He’s got no hair but we don’t care...

It’s tiresome how much bias against us there is from the north west ref mafia and the rest of their cronies. It’s like we have to fight twice as hard to compensate and trust has to take its toll on the players. Palmer should have been off. Saka is getting kicked every time he gets the ball. Pathetic. I wish Liverpool or any other team had the guts to act on what they said. I’ve always been against taking decisions out of the game but maybe an independent court will be called on one day, considering all the money in… Read more »

Naked Cygan

We can complain all we want for that soft penalty, but we have been absolutely sh@t in the first half. Every player has played terrible. All 11 are off pace. Not sure wtf is going on. How can 11 players play bad on the same day.

Ealing

We gave no hold over the midfield

Ealing

Have

TotsOfJack

Martinelli and Rice have been good. The rest, good lord.

Naked Cygan

10/10 for making Chelsea look good.

akasuna00

Chelsea is a few levels above Arsenal in this Game

RockyRog58

Bobby Charlton died today and we accept the diving the cheating the theatrics that’s going on in this match ! Football today ? Shit in a wrapper !!!

Henrik

If Partey is fit i really cant understand why we play chelseajorginho from the start. I hope he stays in that part of london after the game. He belongs there.

Dr. Gooner

He just needs more physicality next to him. It’s fine to start him in this type of game flanked by two ball winners, but him + Zinchenko + Odegaard was too much phase 2 ligthweight stuff.

Vieiraera

Hope to God we are finally done with the Raya experience. But arteta is a stubborn man

FMT

How did we start this game so poorly and was never able to get back in it?

71st minute and no shot on target.
Is Chelsea that good or we are that poor?

Dr. Gooner

Cheslea were good. I think they caught us by surprise a little bit with their aggression. Arteta went with lots of technique in midfield, thinking we could play through their press, but that never happened because they had too much hustle and physicality in the middle and their wide players held up against Saka/Martinelli 1v1. The intent was ok, but this was classic lose the physical battle and you can’t play your football game. Thus the halftime sub of Tomi, which instantly reversed that trend, but at that point it was Ok with Chelsea as they were up 2-0. All… Read more »

He’s got no hair but we don’t care...

Ok, everyone start defending Arteta’s subs management and Raya’s shakiness….NOW!

Ealing

Clusterfuck

Gooner1317

Raya has made errors vs Spurs, vs City, vs Chelsea, and vs Lens. That’s 4 of the biggest games of the season so far.

He tries to anticipate crosses and leaves his goal post dangerously open. Same happened vs Spurs for their first goal.

Alvarez nearly scored while pressing him, and Palmer should have scored today. Lucky to get a point with Raya. And we would have won the game with Rambo 😕

Dr. Gooner

Raya wasn’t good, but Ramsdale wouldnt have made a difference in this game.

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