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
Hark at me choosing a team for a friendly. How preposterous! Maybe choosing players I’d want to see start against City, 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.
I’ll definitely hark at you for selecting our two most prolific goalscorers. Hark
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
Ouzi in for Xhaka would suit me fine,
The game is live on AFC.com for the plebs among us.
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 ?
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
raccoon is so silly 🙂
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?
The Arsenal board are happy to sanction a £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
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?
Danny is way better than Ollie 🙂
Ok, ok, I know, Lee Chapman is better than Ollie 🙄
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
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
Some prem clubs was interested in welbeck hopefully they still are
What drugs are you on micky, has danny ever scored a scorpion kick I think not
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
bugger, 🙂 Fred
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
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.
torreira is Uruguayan, so if he doesn’t bark he bites. good either way
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.
Team to face Lazio: Leno, Lichtsteiner, Chambers, Holding, Maitland-Niles, Nelson, Xhaka, Torreira, Iwobi, Lacazette, Nketiah
Great to see Torreira, sad not to see the “A” Attack
Have a migraine right now. Makes an awful lot of sense.
Subs anyone? Not on Sky
At your service Micky.
Subs: Bellerin, Sokratis, Mustafi, Mavrapanos, Elneny, Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Guendouzi, Smith Rowe, Aubameyang
All Guns present and correct
Lock and load 🙂
Aim shoot and fire………………..
I hope that Iwobi comes of age this season.
Oh he will. He was making huge strides towards the end of the last campaign. Game time will be a problem of course
I hope everyone else’s video on afc.com is still just making noise
Yep strange choice in music…………..
19:01 eh? still noise
ah ha at last 🙂
Strip better than Biscay
Iwobi come of age lol good one
Excellent from Iwobi.
Suck on that, Freddie. 🙂
Oh no Fred, you’re not down on Alex as well are you? 🙂
Hey, is Granit skipper, because he’s doing a lot of talking and flapping his arms about. Like it
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
Eddie is lightening fast over the first 2 or 3 yards. Fact 🙂
Ouzi coming on.
Wake up Eddie
ha ha what ever floats your boat 🙂
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.
I think Holding has been excellent, so far.
Guendouzi is different class.
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.
First time I’ve seen Guendouzi
At 19 and costing about £8M, well, wow…how the heck did we do that
The squad has definitely more…err..muscle? Socratis, Lichtsteiner, Torreira
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
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.
Bell never has been an exceptional winger nor an exceptional defender
More like a super fast track suit model 🙂
Didn’t see the game but another win is always good.
Selection of the XI to face City is going to be fascinating