Torreira Debut? – Arsenal v Lazio

Today’s friendly in Stockholm is Unai Emery’s last chance to get the measure of his squad before next weekend’s Prem curtain raiser against City.

The biggest question and most enthralling prospect for the game is whether we might get a look at Lucas Torreira in an Arsenal shirt.

Who will start the game at centre back? Mustafi and Sokratis looked less than convincing against the chavs. Time is running out for an obvious settled partnership to emerge. Perhaps Calum Chambers might feature in his preferred position?

Ramsey is out with a perfectly timed tightness in his calf. The Beast is out for 8 weeks. Interesting to see if ESR gets another chance. Xhaka alongside Torreira could be fun.

Up front I’d like to see Auba and Laca in tandem as it offers up the most chances of scoring goals.


Lichtsteiner Chambers Mustafi Monreal

Mkhitaryan Torreira Xhaka


Lacazette Aubameyang

Hark at me choosing a team for a friendly. How preposterous! Maybe choosing players I’d want to see start against City,Β  more like.

I know virtually zero about SS Lazio but they finished 5th in a Serie A which appears to be re-establishing some of its former strength, so they’re no mugs.



64 Responses to Torreira Debut? – Arsenal v Lazio

  1. chas says:

  2. mickydidit89 says:

    I’ll definitely hark at you for selecting our two most prolific goalscorers. Hark

    Thanks Chas

    Also hard not to agree we appear some what away from a settled CB partnership, what with understanding being such a key component.

    I’ve just re-signed up with liveonlinefooty, so ready for this evening and the new season.

    Tough call leaving Ouzi out

  3. chas says:

    Ouzi in for Xhaka would suit me fine,

  4. chas says:

    The game is live on for the plebs among us.

  5. mickydidit89 says:

    When does the window shut, and does it apply to all transfers ie in and out of the Prem. regarding European teams or just within Prem ?

  6. Eddie says:

    thanks chas for the post and for reminding me that the EPL starts next week! I thought it was 2-3 weeks away.

    Like you I don’t know anything about Lazio, I checked their team and manager – still no recollection of ever hearing of any of them.

    I don’t think it is necessary to play the strongest squad, more pragmatic approach of testing different combos of new players is my choice. But I am not the Boss.

    I want to see Matteo, definitely. I think he will be the most refreshing change at the Ems, he will get the things moving, I don’t expect any new found enthusiasm from the ‘old’ squad players, they are likely to do what they did before – bare minimum. There has to be some ares kicking and injection of testosterone

  7. Eddie says:

    raccoon is so silly πŸ™‚
    May (wearing a suit on holidays) and Macron on holidays together is strange, very stange.

    Is Macron showing May a wall he started to build in Calais?

  8. Eddie says:

    The Arsenal board are happy to sanction a Β£25m deal for Besiktas star Domagoj Vida provided the Gunners can shift Shkodran Mustafi or Danny Welbeck in the coming days.

    nobody will buy Welbeck, no way

  9. mickydidit89 says:

    Morning Eddie

    One thing I’d like is to see a Captain emerge this season, and as I like them to be either midfielders or defenders, said leader will have to come from a new recruit.

    Does Torreira bark, or maybe Sokratis?

  10. mickydidit89 says:

    Danny is way better than Ollie πŸ™‚

  11. mickydidit89 says:

    Ok, ok, I know, Lee Chapman is better than Ollie πŸ™„

  12. fred1266 says:

    Lazio has lost one of there main attackers in Felipe Anderson so not sure how effective they would be without him

    There main man is still immobile

  13. fred1266 says:

    Windows closes Thursday 9th for premier leagues club but other European club it closes next week,

    So we can still have some drama with barca wanting ramsey and we will not be able to sign a replacement

  14. fred1266 says:

    Some prem clubs was interested in welbeck hopefully they still are

  15. fred1266 says:

    What drugs are you on micky, has danny ever scored a scorpion kick I think not

  16. mickydidit89 says:

    Well Fred

    Used to be weed, hash, coke and sulphate but nowadays ibru , paracetamol and assorted blood pressure shit

    Look, Ollie makes Danny Welbeck look like flippin’ Pele. Anyone who knows anything about football can see that, to say nothing of the fact that anyone who likes a big oaf up top is a trophy-at-any-cost ape

    All clear?

  17. mickydidit89 says:

    bugger, πŸ™‚ Fred

  18. Big Raddy says:

    Back from maneuvers. Missed all the lovely weather and a bucket loads of goals.

    And I will miss tonight’s game 😦

    Thanks to all for the fine posts over the last few weeks

  19. GunnerN5 says:

    Thanks for the post Chas, I hope we get our first look at Torreira today, somehow I like the idea of him and Xhaka teaming up together.

    Seems like injuries are taking their toll on us even before the season starts.

    It will be my 71st season of watching and supporting. For a while I was nervous about reduced coverage of the EPL on Canadian TV but to my delight they are showing all ten games on the first weekend.

    Welcome back Raddy.

  20. Eddie says:

    torreira is Uruguayan, so if he doesn’t bark he bites. good either way

  21. GunnerN5 says:

    An old lady gets on a bus and sits down near the driver.
    She leans across and gives him a handful of peanuts.
    The driver thanks her and eats the peanuts.
    Shortly after she offers him some more which he takes and eats.
    The drivers asks the lady why she is giving him all of her peanuts.
    She replies, well you see I’ve got no teeth so I just suck off the chocolate.

  22. mickydidit89 says:

    Team to face Lazio: Leno, Lichtsteiner, Chambers, Holding, Maitland-Niles, Nelson, Xhaka, Torreira, Iwobi, Lacazette, Nketiah

  23. mickydidit89 says:

    Great to see Torreira, sad not to see the “A” Attack

  24. mickydidit89 says:


    Have a migraine right now. Makes an awful lot of sense.

  25. mickydidit89 says:

    Subs anyone? Not on Sky

  26. GunnerN5 says:

    At your service Micky.

    Subs: Bellerin, Sokratis, Mustafi, Mavrapanos, Elneny, Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Guendouzi, Smith Rowe, Aubameyang

  27. mickydidit89 says:

    Thanks GN5

    All Guns present and correct

    Lock and load πŸ™‚

  28. GunnerN5 says:

    Aim shoot and fire………………..

  29. GunnerN5 says:

    I hope that Iwobi comes of age this season.

  30. mickydidit89 says:

    Oh he will. He was making huge strides towards the end of the last campaign. Game time will be a problem of course

  31. mickydidit89 says:

    I hope everyone else’s video on is still just making noise

  32. GunnerN5 says:

    Yep strange choice in music…………..

  33. mickydidit89 says:

    19:01 eh? still noise

  34. mickydidit89 says:

    ah ha at last πŸ™‚

  35. mickydidit89 says:

    Strip better than Biscay

  36. fred1266 says:

    Iwobi come of age lol good one

  37. chas says:

    Excellent from Iwobi.
    Suck on that, Freddie. πŸ™‚

  38. mickydidit89 says:

    Oh no Fred, you’re not down on Alex as well are you? πŸ™‚

    Hey, is Granit skipper, because he’s doing a lot of talking and flapping his arms about. Like it

  39. Eddie says:

    cracking game, keeps me on edge
    what a team!! fantastic

    when is the hairy one coming on, please let it be soon or I’ll fall asleep

  40. chas says:

  41. mickydidit89 says:

    Eddie is lightening fast over the first 2 or 3 yards. Fact πŸ™‚

  42. chas says:

    Ouzi coming on.
    Wake up Eddie

  43. mickydidit89 says:

    ha ha what ever floats your boat πŸ™‚

  44. Aaron says:

    Holding got beat on easy header, made a horrible inside pass instead of going out wide. (And I like Holding)
    Chambers looks good. AMN put two crosses on a plate, but Eddie sort of cruised in, instead of going full blast towards goal.
    Iwobi missed from very close and did not hit his shot anywhere near goal.
    Will be happy to see some subs come on.

  45. chas says:

    I think Holding has been excellent, so far.

  46. chas says:


  47. chas says:

    Guendouzi is different class.

  48. Aaron says:

    I really like the French youngster, turn, dribble, burst into space, and lane split. The Arsenal have missed this.

    Chas, agreed but those two errors should have been goals for Lazio.

  49. fred1266 says:

  50. mickydidit89 says:

    First time I’ve seen Guendouzi

    At 19 and costing about Β£8M, well, wow…how the heck did we do that

  51. mickydidit89 says:

    The squad has definitely more…err..muscle? Socratis, Lichtsteiner, Torreira

  52. fred1266 says:

  53. mickydidit89 says:

    First time I’ve seen this new look squad, and I’m very optimistic going in to the new season

    Can see this lot winning far more games

    Need to decide on CB pair then play them for 10 games

    so many options from midfield forwards

  54. LBG says:

    Ouzi MOM
    Hector’s positioning defensively all wrong. Hope Dick can sort him out .
    Solid if unspectacular performance. “Champagne Moment” Miki’s protection of ball and turn.

  55. mickydidit89 says:

    Bell never has been an exceptional winger nor an exceptional defender

    More like a super fast track suit model πŸ™‚

  56. LB says:

    Didn’t see the game but another win is always good.

  57. mickydidit89 says:

    True LB

    Selection of the XI to face City is going to be fascinating

  58. chas says:


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