Saturday, February 24, 2024

Havertz starts: Arsenal v Lens team news

Arsenal take on Lens in the Champions League, looking for a win which would ensure we top Group B with a game to go.

Here are the official line-ups.

Arsenal: Raya, Tomiyasu, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko, Rice, Odegaard, Havertz, Saka, Martinelli, Jesus

Subs: Ramsdale, Hein, White, Nketiah, Kiwior, Cedric, Trossard, Jorginho, Nelson, Elneny, Lewis-Skelly, Nwaneri

Lens: Samba, Medina, Danso, Gradit, Frankowski, Mendy, Samed, Haidara, Fulgini, Sotoca, Wahi

Subs: Leca, Pandor, Aguilar, Machado, Da Costa, Diouf, Maouassa, Said, El Aynaoui, Khusanov, Thomasson

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No start for Benny Blanco?


nope. the team is

Raya, Tomiyasu, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko, Rice, Odegaard, Havertz, Saka, Martinelli, Jesus

no start for white


The downvotes on here are just baffling.


Feels like we’re a really top class forward that can play across the front three (or a top class striker to allow Jesus to also play wide at times) from a near perfect squad (really heavy reliance on Jesus, Saka and Martinelli). #8 is the other spot, but maybe we have internal solutions there (ESR/Vieira developing, Kai takes the step forward, Timber returning to free up Zinny for the role). Bloody good team though.

Eric Blair

I’d agree with that, but add another midfielder to replace Thomas as he’s hardly ever available.

David C

Sevilla winning 2-0 vs. PSV. A draw and we win the group.

Let’s do this!!!


No – lez do diiiiiiiiiiiis!

Actually no – let’s just win!


You jinxed them. Right after you posted that, Sevilla picked up a red card, then folded up like a road map, allowed a goal, then scored an own goal, and then conceded again in the 93rd minute to lose 2-3. Spursy as possible, the bastards.

But it’s all right. We’ll win this match and win the group anyway.


I miss going but the weather tonight, I’m happy to watch by a blazing fire.


Hoping for a debut for MLS late on! Such a talent

Might have been a good idea to start Ramsdale in this one. Give him 90+ minutes, get his confidence (AND HIS VALUE) up a bit. Lift his spirits (and the squad’s) a notch. Everyone wins!

Eric Blair

If we make top spot in this game then he’ll surely get the PSV game.

He’s got no hair but we don’t care...

He won’t.


As harsh as it sounds, I think he’ll be given the scraps.

He’s got no hair but we don’t care...

Agreed. It’s harsh because he’s been replaced by a ‘non-upgrade’.


This comment is underrated. Where, pray tell, may I put the pedestal on which this comment should be placed, sir?


He’s on his way out mate. Arteta’s reaction to his first mistake v brentford, that says it all really, and then he can’t even bring himself to mention Ramsdale name in the post match presser.

One thing is certain, Ramsdale is coming out all this a lot more dignified than Arteta. I know I’ll get pelters but that’s my opinion.

He’s got no hair but we don’t care...

That reaction was a disgrace. Did he do that on the many occasions his teacher’s pet has made mistakes. Nope. Such a pathetic load of lies he told about GK rotation etc. Ramsdale will leave and we’ll get another Matt Turner again as No2. Bollox.

He’s got no hair but we don’t care...

Totally agree.
Careful what you say on here though. The ruthless cutting of Ramsdale followed by the lies saying he’d rotate keepers etc will get you thumbed down a plenty by the blinkered Arteta can do no wrong Gooners.


Fucking hell. Have we still got Cedric?


Someone told him that there would be a Lens in the stadium, so he made sure he was there.

He’s got no hair but we don’t care...

FFS. Raya starts again.
Well done for giving Ramsdale a chance to make the GK position actually competitive.



Showing your true colours there.

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