Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Smith Rowe starts, Saka not in squad: Arsenal v Luton team news

Arsenal are in Premier League action this evening, taking on Luton at the Emirates.

Here are the official line-ups.

Arsenal: Raya, White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko, Partey, Smith Rowe, Odegaard, Nelson, Trossard, Havertz

Subs: Ramsdale, Tomiyasu, Kiwior, Rice, Jorginho, Vieira, Jesus, Martinelli, Nketiah

Luton: Kaminiski, Onyedinma, Kabore, Mengi, Hashioka, Doughty, Mpanzu, Barkley, Clark, Townsend, Morris

Subs: Shea, Krul, Berry, Woodrow, Chong, Johnson, Chigozie, Nelson, Piesold

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this is our year

interesting lineup good rotation mikel with a blinder simple and easy w coyg

C.B.

Strong bench! Hope it works out well for us!!!

Dinosauras

Well wow.

Johnny 4 Hats

Doesn’t matter what happens in the game.

I have officially bagged the biggest L of the season for this comment earlier today…

https://arseblog.news/2024/04/arteta-challenges-nwaneri-to-take-his-opportunity/#comment-1522335

Dinosauras

Can you post saying this lineup won’t ever see us win 5-nil?

Dr. Gooner

I still don’t think this proves you wrong. If he lights this game up then maybe. It’s about the preponderance of evidence.

Ozzie

Big responsibility on Odegaard’s shoulders. He’ll deserve a rest after tonight.

NewGuy

Not what I was expecting. Not at all what I was expecting. Wow!

Grimmjow

Yep. Big balls Arteta.

Frosty

How cool is this. We get to support 2 different Arsenal men’s teams.

Bleeding gums Murphy

Delighted to see partey and smith Rowe start. Hopefully an early goal will settle us. Arteta is clearly seen enough of nketia to know he is not at level needed. Wish the kid well and if we can get 10 million for him it will be a result. Come on you gunners

Dorset Gooner

It’s Luton, this team should do it but don’t expect Luton to just roll over.

Dr. Gooner

They certainly won’t but they also have a lot of injuries, especially at the back. Arteta’s changes will make our team a little less cohesive and that’s a risk, but so is playing the same guys over and over.

Mark

That is a fair bit of rotation, hope it works out. At least we have some real firepower on the bench with Rice, Martinelli and Jesus and I am sure Arteta won’t be hesitant to bring them in if things are not going well. Glad to see Smith-Rowe get another start and for Partey to be back in there as well. We need to keep the pedal to the medal the whole game and increase our goal differential as much as we can.

I miss santi cazorla

This feels like the Previous season. And I’m loving it. Score a few goals Emile.

Papafigos

Surprising.
Nketiah has really lost his place… worried it might be disjointed with new attack and midfield . Let’s hope not!

I miss santi cazorla

I hope Nketiah doesn’t feature for us ever again (No offense guys) .

Randy

I’ve a sneaky suspicion we will see how the ‘second’ midfield and attack can absolutely batter a team like Luton. They won’t roll over for sure but it’s a chance for me to see how Artetas training is affecting the whole team. I’m really excited by the team selection!

Deano

Well a great opportunity for Smith Rowe and Nelson to stamp their mark for the run in.

Russ

Very pleased with this and equally surprised. Let’s do it, chaps! 👍

Hantal

A bit of a rest for Saka is probably needed, would be a great time for smith-Rowe to find his scoring boots

Arshavins left foot

ESR please be it your night. One of my favourite players I want to remain next season.

DefaultGray

Huge chance for ESR, really hope he takes it! His absence has been the only sadness in this otherwise fantastic squad, I’d love to see him state a claim for the left 8

Goonerrific

Here we goooooo, no saka but Emile smith-Rowe!

Eric Blair

Buttocks clenched upon seeing that line-up.

Opportunities for lots of players there, they have to take them.

Trust the process, trust the process, trust the process… Mikel knows what he’s doing!

I Like Eboue-boue

After seeing Saka feature so prominently in the official training photos yesterday, I was convinced that he would _not_ start tonight (classic Arteta subterfuge) – surprised he’s not even on the bench though. Rest up well, B – we need you refreshed for the run-in.

Hoping that in Saka’s absence, The Smith and Reiss keep the Hale End flag flying and put in solid performances.

Chipper49

I hope that the total absence of O’Saka is purely to remove the temptation from Mikel. There is no issue with his fitness is there ? Just a well deserved rest …

Snc

9 games in April.. make sense on the rotation. Need entire squad to be fit n sharp. Let’s win this tonite. COYG!

Paradzai

a very different starting lineup, but I still hope to win to keep the pressure on Liverpool, hopefully Man City slips today

Gabriel’s Oboe

Ohhhh I hope Reiss surprises us and does something today.

Vieiraera

Hope we remember this the next time we accuse MA of not rotating. Massive opportunity for ESR and Nelson esp the former. Hope they grab this with both hands. Most importantly, we must get the maximum points and add to our goal diff … no excuses!

Dr. Gooner

ESR was pretty good. He won the ball in midfield for the first goal and cut it back for the second. Need to see a lot more than this though.

Al M

Sky selection. So many changes usually means disjointed performances.

Al M

Risky selection. Bloody autocorrect

TeeCee

That makes more sense than our squad being selected by a bunch of shit pundits.

Vieiraera

This also tells me the TP5 is fully fit! Massive for a crazy run in

78/79/80

That bench could make top 4

78/79/80

Ok maybe switch Eddie for Saka. And maybe Europe not top 4. But you get my point.

78/79/80

Ok ok only 9 players. I still think they avoid relegation.

Bobby Dagger

Ah yeah, this seems like a really, really bad idea.
Hope to God I’m proven wrong.

Doghouse

Not sure about line up, could go horribly wrong, they only lost to a late winner v spuds away, lets hope Miki’s got this right

Aleksandar

Smith Rowe basically made the two goals, hopefully he scores too.

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