Xhaka/Elneny, OWI behind Laca, Another MustHold in front of Leno? Qarabag v Arsenal Line-UP

Qarabag v Arsenal


No Ramsey, no Mkhi, no Auba – they were all left in London. But we know by now that Emery takes the UEFA League v serious so expect a strong team to play.

Here is my predicted starting 11:

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Remember it is an early kick-off (17.55), so get home soon or throw a sickie.


By TotalArsenal.


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58 Responses to Xhaka/Elneny, OWI behind Laca, Another MustHold in front of Leno? Qarabag v Arsenal Line-UP

  1. AB says:

    Morning TA. I like that line up a lot. I hope Nacho gets the rest he must need. I wish Laca could get some too; might we see him in the bench to start with? My only other question is Ozil here. It would be great if he could take a positive lead in this game, but equally we could play Iwobi in the 10 and one of the kids on the right. In balance I’d take your 11 but perhaps start with Eddie up front – I like Danny in the left here with Kola needing to be eased back in behind him.

  2. TotalArsenal says:

    I would not mind that, AB, but I feel Emery takes this game really serious and wants to show UEFA this too. Being in the good books pays off… So I expect Laca and Ozil to start but would not mind to see Eddie and Smith-Rowe starting instead of them.

  3. Jnyc says:

    Kolacinac is back? Is he ready to start a match? I didn’t know. I like that eleven with what’s available. Maybe I’d get in Guendouzi because he has had a few less minutes of late and maybe Xhaka could use some rest. He’d be good to be able to bring on if necessary. Nketiah should be involved, I hope.

  4. TotalArsenal says:

    Decent shout re Guendouzi, J. Maybe he starts instead of Iwobi (and Ozil and Welbz play on the wing) but I reckon we will need balance in midfield and either Xhaka or Torreira starts… And Elneny MUST start imo.

  5. jw1 says:

    Get your perspective on ‘Big Brother’ UEFA– and like most of your lineup.
    Unless there’s something I’ve not heard? I’d prefer Aubameyang to start up top. Think that J is also correct– that Guendouzi should pair alongside Elneny. Mo has a chameleon-like way of fitting into whatever the role requires– based on the style of game we find ourselves in.


  6. Pony Eye says:

    TA … that’s a good team that can do the job. Am thinking that Auba, Ramsey and Mhkiwho did not travel are likely to feature against Fulham and that might have a bearing on those who’d play today.

    My prediction:-

    Lichst. Sokr. Holdn. Kola
    Eln. Guendz.
    Welb. Ozil. Iwobi

    If we find ourselves in a good place early enough ESR and Nketiah would get substitute roles.With the taxing 6hrs return trip we could have as much as 8 changes to the Sunday game.

  7. jw1 says:

    Ah. Just saw where Auba is ill and did not travel…


  8. allezkev says:

    I’m beginning to warm to the Emery policy of treating every game as seriously as all the others, maybe it’s a state of mind that our players need to get into as well, no easing up, no coasting, no mentally switching off in a competition (FACup at Forest) because it’s not the CL or EPL, although I do miss seeing the youngsters em masses in the lesser cups, but that’s the wind of change I guess.

  9. jw1 says:

    That’s a good point Kev.
    And a case to be made– that the regulars should put a lesser squad to the sword quickly if possible. Limits their involvement– and provides minutes to the Rowes and Nketiahs. Several benefits from efficiency.


  10. TotalArsenal says:

    I think it is not so much about the quality of the starting eleven that matters but their desire to win combined with quality. I have seen strong Arsenal teams in the past but without the desire to win and then we get an embarrassing loss or cup exit (Nottingham forest last year, Sheffield Wednesday a few years ago, etc.). If Emery selects you and you wear the shirt, you will go out there to do it pride. A nice change.

  11. henrychan says:

    Hi all.. Hi TA.. Nice starting line up..
    Two hours before started.. Still don’t get any clue to watch it live.. hehehe..

    I’m agree with your back five.. I’m sure they will be great.. but I think Kenny G will start and Xhaka will rest.. Together with Elneny.. they are like a twin (hair).. hehehe..

    And I hope Nketiah and Rowe will played.. So Ozil and Lacazette can rest also..

  12. henrychan says:

    Nice starting line up.. 3-4-3 something new from our new manager.. hehehe..

  13. henrychan says:

    Leno, Lichtsteiner, Holding, Sokratis, Monreal, Kolasinac, Guendouzi, Elneny, Smith Rowe, Iwobi, Welbeck.

  14. Pony Eye says:

    Looks like he’d use Kola as a winger. I’ll consider that a good call. If Kola can rediscover his early deliveries into the box, then we’ve got the man to feed Auba as point man.

  15. jw1 says:

    Thanks Henry–
    That team is going to press.


  16. Pony Eye says:

    Henry .. You’re probably right. Could be a 3:4:3. It’ll excite me if he’s come with a different formation. I want to know that he is elastic.

  17. 17highburyterrace says:

    Hey fellas… Late to the party–and a few minutes into the game… Impressive physicality by Kola and we’re unlucky not to score…

    But, from the corner, we do!!! Elneny takes it, Nacho heads it down and it goes in off Sok…


  18. 17highburyterrace says:

    Playing a 5-2-3 is quite interesting, IMO…

    Kola eats up some space getting forward with the ball but Kenny G(ives) it away…

  19. jw1 says:

    Kola was in ‘beast mode’– eh?


  20. jw1 says:

    The QBG CF could feature for Spuds. Divey. And whiney.


  21. 17highburyterrace says:

    I think it’s good to have Kola back and I also think he could really thrive in Emery’s FB-forward style…

    Other side, Lichtsteiner fails to keep a ball inside the touchline… Game’s been mostly in our half since the goal with Kenny losing another ball and sending the opponents forward…

    Kola on another run but falters with his final ball… End to end at the moment…

  22. 17highburyterrace says:

    ESR too leggy after great work leading up to a fine cross from Kola… That looked like a 2nd…

  23. 17highburyterrace says:

    This is all very interesting, I feel, and likely a game where we don’t need a midfield. Eventually, however, won’t we?…

  24. jw1 says:

    ESR might have opened his 1st team account just there.
    Side netting from a cross by Monreal.


  25. jw1 says:

    Kola then.

  26. 17highburyterrace says:

    We’re dominant on these corners that Elneny is delivering from the right… DW heads down and wide…

    I guess the plus side of no midfield is good spacing and wide play…

  27. 17highburyterrace says:

    Are you watching on a stream today, J-Dub?

    Iwobi wins a corner with a nice dribble-drive into the box…

  28. 17highburyterrace says:

    Not so good from my avatar guy, Elneny… Why take the corners short when we appear dominant in the air?…

    Other end, some over-elaboration allows the Q-bags to get into our box… Leno makes a fine save with no rebound.

  29. 17highburyterrace says:

    Diagonal cross just too long and they can only get it behind our goal rather than in… Replay shows that their guy was well offside… Still, we’re not exactly controlling the match…

  30. henrychan says:

    For this 30 minutes.. I think Guendozi did a lot of mistake.. Hope he will improve..

  31. jw1 says:

    Galavision– courtesy of my recently renegotiated Comcast ‘Latino Starter Package’!
    Sometimes you just do what works. 🙄

    A few minutes behind on the broadcast at present.


  32. jw1 says:

    That was a sticky save by Leno for sure.
    Kola got skinned on the move by QBGs winger.


  33. 17highburyterrace says:

    Whoa… Leno looked stranded at the top of the box but the ball came to him and all ended fine…

    Iwobi’s marker tests the stretch-ability of our kit material (and a whistle is blown!) Guendo dribbles but loses it and looks hurt…

    Game is rather end to end but more in our end over the last bit…

  34. jw1 says:

    Vorskla up on Sporting 1-0 at 36′.


  35. 17highburyterrace says:

    Gotta give ESR props for shaping for the flying volley (again from Kola–definitely more of a wing-forward than back…) got enough on it for it to bounce wildly out…

    Another great save from Leno… Q-bag should score soon enough, it appears…

  36. henrychan says:

    Great save from Leno..

  37. 17highburyterrace says:

    ESR and Kenny blocked at the point after nice work down the left from Nacho/Kola/Iwobi… Hey, the ref steps in giving a yellow to Holding for a handball. Might’ve played the advantage but the Q player was screaming for the whistle…

  38. jw1 says:

    Finally saw the shirt-yank on Iwobi.
    He made it clear to the defender he ought not do it again– faceplanting him with more than a good shove. YC for QBGer and a stern (sorta’) rebuke from the ref.


  39. 17highburyterrace says:

    More non-defending from Kola on the left but the shot is wide…

  40. retsub1 says:

    Our boys are doing ok, but to be honest it’s bit dull. Smith Rowe the man with no hyphen looks a likely goal scorer.

  41. 17highburyterrace says:

    Nice turn at the center of the pitch by ESR but the final ball is woeful… No injury time?… HT

    I gotta go out… 😦 and will have to watch the 2nd period on tape… Laters… Enjoy…

  42. henrychan says:

    Bellerin is a better RWB than Licht.
    And Torriera must come in for Guendouzi..

  43. henrychan says:

    We playing 4-3-3 with Torreira in for the captain.. Monreal..

  44. jw1 says:

    QBG goal disallowed for offside.


  45. jw1 says:

    Smith Rowe does make his 1st-deposit on account.
    Iwobi with an aware feed for the assist!

    2-0 to the good guys!


  46. jw1 says:

    QBG keep attempting to go over and behind again on diagonal balls.
    Kola watching on one earlier. Good volley there might have scored.


  47. henrychan says:

    Guendouzi almost made a suicide.. hehehe..

  48. jw1 says:

    Lichtsteiner beaten on a move near our goal– with Torreira staring down the attacker– deflecting away the intended cross.


  49. jw1 says:

    QBG corner deflected to their CF who one-touch shoots– ball pings through Leno’s 5-hole and he manages a hand save behind him as Sokratis is on-the-spot marshalling the attacker of off our keeper.


  50. jw1 says:

    Ozil on for ESR at 65′.


  51. jw1 says:

    Ozil dispossessed and QBG attack– while The Terrier awaits– stanching the effort– poking the ball away.

  52. jw1 says:

    And our ‘PrettierDavidLuiz’ (MattyG) opens his Arsenal account from a short pass top-of-box– on a well executed counter. Assist from Lacazette.

    3-0 to the good guys!


  53. jw1 says:

    Guendouzi determined to assist on QBGs first goal.
    But Leno with a full-extension save.


  54. jw1 says:

    Lacazette tees up Welbeck with a ‘gimme’ and Danny skies it.


  55. jw1 says:

    Do not know how we ended with a clean sheet.
    3-0 to The Arsenal.
    Could have been 3-3 or 6-0 or 6-3.

    Not sure about a MoTM.
    Sokratis maybe? Iwobi?
    Thought Lacazette was very good as a sub.


  56. jw1 says:

    Sporting struck at 90′ and 90+3′ to rally for a 2-1 win away at Vorskla.


  57. TotalArsenal says:

    New Post 🙂

    Kev, I took your comments and turned them into a match review. Hope that is okay!

  58. allezkev says:

    Yes mate, absolutely fine, glad to help. 🙂

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