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18 Sep 2020 14:14:01
Leno (GK)
Bellerin (RB)
Luiz (CB)
Gabriel (CB)
Tierney (LB)
Xhaka (CDM)
Partey (RCM)
Aouar (LCM)
Pepe (RW)
Laca (ST)
Auba (LW)

BENCH: GK, Saliba, Holding, Cedric, AMN, Saka, Willian, Elneny, Martinelli, Ceballos, Nketiah

Where does this team finish? I think under Arteta's management, surely 4th at least!

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18 Sep 2020 16:10:09
I think 3 C. V. is the way we are going to go in most games.

18 Sep 2020 16:31:50

18 Sep 2020 18:23:00
Willian over Pepe all day long - sorry but it’s not even close. Even if Willian is only 80% fit he gets the nod over Pepe.

Leno (GK)

Saliba (CB)
Luiz (CB)
Gabriel (CB)

Xhaka (CM)
Partey (CM)
Tierney LM

Willian (RW)
Laca (ST) -
Auba (LW)

18 Sep 2020 20:40:29
You would both pick Xhaka over Ceballos?

18 Sep 2020 20:43:09
That is a very solid side. Would be my first xi too. Fingers crossed for partey.

18 Sep 2020 20:45:55
What's our best 11 and formation without Partey or Aoura?
For me it's
Saliba Luis Gabriel
Belerin Ceballos Xhaka Tierney
Willian Auba Saka
Macey Maitland-Niles Holding Elneny Smith-Rowe Laca Martinelli.
We are obviously short in midfield and there is no point in naming Guendozi Torreira or Ozil because although they are Arsenal players they are not going to feature no matter what, but as we stand it is What it is and what we've got is our reality, no matter what the Daily Star tells us is going to happen :-)

18 Sep 2020 20:53:45
Agree, If Arteta is choosing between Willian and Pepe Willian is the superior player and it’s not very close.

18 Sep 2020 21:35:01
It sounds good that we can be debating our starting eleven with what seems a competitive bench. We use to scrap to pick a decent eleven to start not long ago. I think keeping Holding could be significant, imagine Luiz getting injured when the games are coming thick and fast. The new boys in the will need some support especially in the winter. Arteta is definitely building a very good squad he seems highly ambitious like he has no limits.

19 Sep 2020 00:24:17
Granit Vs Ceballos - I’d pick neither to be honest but Ceballos isn’t fit to play Granits role. I’m not a huge Ceballos fan to be honest. Another lightweight half defensive half creative half decent passer. Just not quite good enough and another compromise. I’d be tempted to play him at the front of a midfield diamond except I’d rather ESR, Pepe or Willian or even Ozil ( if we sort rest of midfield out ) in front of him. May be he will grow on me as he finished strong.

19 Sep 2020 02:57:05
Agreed Willian is far superior to Pepe but given the length of time Willian has been in the PL compared to Pepe that’s understandable.

19 Sep 2020 09:35:41
That's the challenge for Pepe Banbury mate, play because your good enough and out perform Willian rather than expect to play because you cost 77 million. It will be exciting times if he rises to and meets than challenge but if he doesn't then look to recoup as much of that 77 million as we can. I really hope he meets the challenge head on as it would be so good for Arsenal if he did.

19 Sep 2020 09:53:11
Don’t think we will see much of Saliba in the first team until 2021. Looks like the U23 game showed why the boss was right to let him get up to speed and not be in the spotlight. Good choice boss

Can’t believe my boy Saka can’t break into my 11 - perhaps due to PEAs poor passing and crossing combined with Laca’s heavy first touch and lack of dominating the goal - I should go for

Saka LW
Willian. RW

That has pace and goals and less compromise - nor sure in this change if Tierney and Saka are a bit of a duplication.


19 Sep 2020 10:27:34
If they are a duplication mate them that spells double trouble for all premier league RB's as does Willian and Belerin for LB's.
Just get that midfield pairing sorted with paring that compliments each other and the whole team and Bob's your man from uncle.

19 Sep 2020 12:01:58
Agreed Gunner - that’s the most frustrating thing. One beast in midfield would get us Top 5 and two CM to have a proper pairing would make us serious contenders for top 3 with a bit of luck.

I don’t think Ceballos, Granit, AMN etc are good enough and convinced we only signed Ceballos as he was free and half decent. To think what sakes from players plus not spending that Pepe money could have done for us. Anyway. We aren’t going to cry about it and have to assume Granit stays. So 1 beast and a creative midfielder for me please

The squad really is taking shape but we’ve been here before - 2 players short! We can’t beat the Top 4 away with that midfield. We will pack it out to stop goals but will be toothless or we will be easy to cut through just like the first premiership game.

19 Sep 2020 12:28:38
As far as we know SY mate we have what we have, that of course could change but speculating on what could or might or could possibly happen is more connected to Fantasy than accepting and making the absolute best of what is.
Within AMN Xhaka Elneny Ceballos ESR there may be a pairing that fits within our current squad and somehow just clicks.
I think it's important not to expect to much to soon from Mikel and this squad and let them surprise us should they exceed our reasonable expectations.
For me 5th place would be very very acceptable finish and anything more would be a huge over achievement given where we were when Mikel arrived. Expecting top 4 this season is in my opinion demanding to much to soon, noting wrong with hoping for it of course as long as we don't get carried away by an excellent result here or a fantastic win there.

19 Sep 2020 15:35:02
I’m judging the starting 11 quality - don’t think that midfield has top 4 written anywhere on it but a decent CDM and a creative player in the mould of Ozil would change that and give Mikel a fighting chance.

19 Sep 2020 17:47:49
I think our midfield are just a little above average but not terrifying enough so I very much agree with SY we need a beast in the middle.

19 Sep 2020 19:19:13
Hi Moe, welcome home it's been ages since you posted, really good to hear from you mate.



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