Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Jesus out, Havertz up front: Arsenal v Liverpool team news

Arsenal take on Liverpool today in a game that could have huge implications for this season’s title race.

Here are the official line-ups.

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

Subs: Ramsdale, Cedric, Walters, Kiwior, Elneny, Smith Rowe, Trossard, Nelson, Nketiah

Liverpool: Alisson, Gomez, Van Dijk, Konate, Diaz, Mac Allister, Jones, Gakpo, Jota, Gravenberch, Alexander-Arnold

Subs: Adrian, Kelleher, Thiago, Nunez, Elliot, Robertson, Clark, McConnell, Quansah

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Bill

Let’s do this!!

Flash

…and: Let’s support everybody who is on the field and plays for us!

Dada

In Gooners I trust

Master Floda

Careful with the usage of this phrase. Some guy has trademarked it and he could be sueing you.

Appelsenpere

What about Smithy boy?

Nainsley Aitland Miles

Possibly couldn’t start twice in six days fitness wise, but I’d imagine with Jorginho in the team, Rice will have license to roam forward.

Smith-Rowe for Jorginho is an easy sub to make if we’re not winning after 70 minutes.

chepetin

Or if we’re up 3-0

I miss santi cazorla

Wow let’s go!

Bleeding gums murphy

It shows how short we are up front when I’m delighted that havertz is starting and not nketia.

I miss santi cazorla

Nketiah no

Up4GrabsNow!

Not having Jesus movement and pressing is a big loss. I’ll still go with a 2-1 win for us. Ode & Hav.

Nainsley Aitland Miles

Havertz is going to have to press as well then. Can’t carry passengers in this game. Hope you’re right about the scoreline.

Cyprus The Immortal Gooner

Partey and Jesus fcol…we need another class striker similarly what we did with Rice

Man Manny

Sad to see Jesus miss this game. His pressing would have spelt trouble for Liverpool. But Kai’s height may come in handy. COYG!!! 3 points will be great; parity is no disaster.

Cyprus The Immortal Gooner

With Jesus’s injuries it’s essential to get another class striker the same way we did with Partey & Rice…

truj

This is Liverpool reserve. COYG

Red Cannon

Is Alexander-Arnold playing striker?!

Nainsley Aitland Miles

They’re missing Salah, who else?

CMac

Also missing Nunez

Nainsley Aitland Miles

He’s on their bench.

truj

Nunez is not fully fit, Szoboszlai is out somewhere.

Nainsley Aitland Miles

So they’re missing Salah and Szoboszlai and we’re missing Jesus and TP, seems like a fair trade.

Uzi

I like Jesus but he is becoming an injury prone player. We can’t rely on him through out the season…

Anyway, let’s go for the win. Kai and the lads, please don’t be wasteful with your chances.

Zet

Imagine an Arsenal playing with Partey, Jesus, Timber and Tomiyasu…I guess it is just a sweet dream. Never ever gonna happen.

StuArse

Purpose of a squad. Not everyone is fit all the time, especially when chasing on multiple fronts. Wish they were all fit though, would be amazing.

StuArse

A severe knee injury in that mid season world cup is to blame.

StuArse

And we have history with severe injuries spelling the beginning of the end unfortunately. See Diaby, Ramsey etc. never the same again.

Naked Cygan

Jesus out again. What a shocker, was not expecting that. Next transfer window opens in August 😂😂😂

Fatgooner

For me, Eddie should definitely start. If he’s going to score it’s when he starts, not off the bench.

I wonder if Stan and his son are asking why they are paying 100k a week to a number 14 who can’t start ahead of Kai Havertz.

Embarrassing

I miss santi cazorla

Are you a Spurs fan?

myrtle

Haha! You were calling for Eddie’s head on a stick in December. Have some shame

Nainsley Aitland Miles

Likely a close call between Havertz and Eddie. Neither can really replicate what Jesus can do anyway.

May be a bit pedantic here but the players wages are surely paid via ticket sales, broadcast revenue, and sponsorship.

I’d actually be a tad pleasantly surprised if Stan could name Arsenal’s number 14.

Yossi

Why is Jesus not in the squad?

Okester

Are we starting to hit Partey territory with Jesus….?

Unknown

Definitely a winnable game. I need Zinchenko to play calm and not get boneheaded because he will be targeted by Liverpool attack. It’s a given. I imagine that’s why Jorghino and Rice are in together there to help him and for Rice to play more up the pitch. I also hope Arteta does not wait until 85th minute to make changes to attack more.

Daveod

This has to be martinellis game, he’s tormented them even in games we have lost……COYG

He’s got no hair but we don’t care...

Very happy we’ve got the killer striker up front. 1 shot 1 goal Kai!
COYG!

He’s got no hair but we don’t care...

YESSSSS! Get in Saka!
Dear Oh dear, Havertz is just not very good.

He’s got no hair but we don’t care...

FFS bring on Eddie.
2 pretty clear chances for Havertz and he looked 100% that he was never going to score.

He’s got no hair but we don’t care...

Yep, great kick by Raya. Just what he was brought in the side for. Ramsdale could never kick as good as that.

Ealing

Asleep on the job

He’s got no hair but we don’t care...

Yep.
If there was ever a game you need a player who naturally gets the crowd going is this one.
Raya will NEVER be that player.

He’s got no hair but we don’t care...

Seriously bring on Eddie for Havertz. At least he’ll give more energy.

He’s got no hair but we don’t care...

Utterly pathetic.
Raya with another howler.
Will Arteta give Ramsdale a chance.
No.
Thumb me down you blinkered Foolish Raya fans.

Ealing

Wtf

Bleeding gums murphy

That’s on saliba. Take your Ramsdale love specs off, you are losing all credibility with this agenda.

He’s got no hair but we don’t care...

I’m not looking for credibility but on that subject I think the Raya specs some Gooners have no matter what he does, doesn’t exactly scream balanced and credible.

Deano

What an absolute howler just get rid of it.

karl g

A goalkeeper simply has to take charge in that situation.

He’s got no hair but we don’t care...

I happen to think so but we’re obviously wrong. Raya is awesome.

Daveod

Eurghhh, I hate to say this but I honestly think signing David Raya has been arsenals worst signing in 20 years. Not the worst player obviously but it has completely unsettled us

Ealing

The statistics say he’s better than Rambo

Daveod

Not his arsenal statistics, those are statistics based in a Brentford back 4 or 5 Let’s be honest he’s a nepo baby, signed because of his relationship with the gk coach

Ealing

Sarcasm alert

Daveod

Aahhh fair point 😂😂 my apologies

El Mintero

Well obviously his stats are better than the other guy’s stats if the other guy can’t get off the bench!

He’s got no hair but we don’t care...

Yawn.

karl g

I don’t think it has given us an advantage over Ramsdale and the money spent could have been put to better use.

He’s got no hair but we don’t care...

Agreed.
It’s hilarious how when I point out the pointlessness of the Raya signing I get thumbed down.
Love it. Hahaha

Ricky

Love how you don’t post after we win. Utterly miserable

Unknown

I don’t know all the rules of football so I’m going to ask a stupid question – shouldn’t the Liverpool have to take a pen instead og OG by Gabriel? I was under impression that a goal cannot not be scored by hand…

Ealing

Nope, penalty followed by a goal is a goal.

Me2

Dominate the first half, take the lead then shoot yourself in the foot.
This is why no one can take Arsenal seriously as title contenders.
They either cave in, not turn up or shoot themselves in the foot.
Liverpool have not even had a shot on target.

Henkamp

And I fear that this is going to affect us now in the second half, even as it gees Liverpool up. Typical Arsenal.

Really hope i am wrong this time, though.

Moses

No time to dwell…a half to make it count

FMT

Why remove Martinnelli!
This is really sick!!! Our biggest threat!!!!

FMT

The is is really weird

TeeCee

Liverpool 1, Arsenal 1, massive cockups by Allison 2.

Moses

Arsenal 1 Liverpool 0. Cock ups 3

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