Emery Schemes: Two Outfield Changes to Run Riot on Rennes | Preview/Line-Up

Laca xhaka
One would expect the Rennes coach to set up his team to defend their 3-1 first leg lead. But their strength is in their attack: pacey wingers plus the mercurial Ben Arter whose play demands so much attention. Their coach might weight it all up and decide that the best way to defend their lead is by attacking. What he does however would be non of his counterpart’s business. Emery has only one option. To go out and fetch goals..

Emery would be thinking of at least 3 goals. Yes 2 goals would do it if we don’t concede but that would be heart in the mouth. In spite of his clear mission Emery has to get his balance right, a balance that must be tilted offensively. Easier said than done as he still has to balance between goal scorers and goal creators. They need each other. Ramsey and Mkhitaryan look as likely starters. They are creators that carry some goal threat and at the same time able to work a shift defensively.

Emery would like to use the speed of Maitland-Niles and Kolasinac to pose a challenge to the speed Rennes have on the flanks and this might necessitate a back three of Mustafi, Koscielny and Monreal (Sokratis suspended).

The Arsenal man would be very tempted to play Leno. But would he? Lacazette whose ban was reduced to two matches is available for today’s game. Is it him or Auba or both of them? And what about Ozil with Emery so much keen on lots of chances being created? Balance, balance, balance …… damn it. Emery has only 11 places to fit in players.

Predicted line up:

———————–Cech——————

—–Mustafi. Koscielny. Monreal—-

M-Niles. Ramsey. Xhaka. Kolasinac.

———Mkhitaryan    Ozil—————

—————–Aubamayang————

Bench: Leno, Lichsteiner, Torreira, Guendouzi, Iwobi, Suarez, Lacazette.

Emery knows the worth of smuggling the 12th man into the team. Let’s do it for him.

COYRG!!!

By PE.

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97 Responses to Emery Schemes: Two Outfield Changes to Run Riot on Rennes | Preview/Line-Up

  1. goonereris says:

    Good preview, PE. Difficult choices thereafter, once you fit in the back 6. Emery has got to be thinking about giving them something different to worry about at the Emirates, using all 14 players available over the (hopefully) 90 minutes encounter. Iwobi did well in France and usually works well with Kolasinac in a “4 at the back” formation so, if we go with four at the back and Kolasinac at full back, I expect Iwobi to start. That will be my only difference with your predicted line up.

    I rather like the 3 at the back though, and feel we may just put out the exact team (Mustafi for Sokratis) which beat United on Sunday, with Mkhi, Iwobi and Torreira coming on as subs. Cech should start; for some consistency.

  2. TotalArsenal says:

    Excellent preview, eye of the pony. I reckon your line up has not enough goals in it and leaving out Laca seems wrong. Your fellow countryman Iwobi also offers something that others don’t, which is getting past the parked busses with the ball, so I expect him to play too.

    Cech

    Must — Koz —- Nacho

    AMN —- Xhak ——- Kola

    Ozil —————–Iwobi

    —— Auba —- Laca——–

  3. goonereris says:

    Team sheets out. Looks like same starting 11 on Sunday, save for Leno.

  4. Pony Eye says:

    Eris …… save for Leno and Sokratis. Cech and Mustafi instead.

  5. goonereris says:

    Yup, PE. Thanks.

    Chelsea have gone to Dynamo to pound them 0-5, which means the pressure is on us to qualify to have a full compliment of English sides from last round in Europe. We must relax though and believe, because we can beat Rennes very well. If we focus on our qualities, it could be a high scoring win, just to teach them to make us look bad.

    COYG!

  6. goonereris says:

    So, Valencia, Chelsea, Napoli have all qualified; our next opponents will be an interesting draw.

  7. TotalArsenal says:

    Evening chaps, good line up and all to play for. COYG!

  8. 17highburyterrace says:

    Arsenal (3-4-1-2) Cech; Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Maitland-Niles, Ramsey, Xhaka, Kolasinac; Ozil; Lacazette, Aubameyang.
    Substitutes: Leno, Mkhitaryan, Torreira, Iwobi, Denis Suarez, Guendouzi, Nketiah.

    Rennes (4-4-2) Koubek; Traore, Da Silva, Mexer, Bensebaini; Sarr, Andre, Grenier, Bourigeaud; Ben Arfa, Niang.
    Substitutes: Badiashile, Zeffane, Doumbia, Lea Silki, Del Castillo, Hunou, Gelin.

    Very interesting line-ups. For Arsenal, when goals are needed we go with the slower, (maybe) more technical guys, Ozil, Xhaka and Ramsey in our center of MF. LT11 and Kenny G(uendouzi) get left out as well as our wider runner types, Mkhi and Iwobi, in favor of the I-don’t-defend-too-well, fullbacks… 3 at the back allows 2 up front…

    But also might allow some holes for Grenier and Ben Arfa, players many thought a certain former (French) manager at Arsenal might have brought into our squad. Personally, I’m a bit concerned about Sarr, who looked far too much for Nacho in the first leg…

    Early chance on the counter but their keeper was up to it…

    AND THE FIRST GOAL IS OURS!!! Ramsey to PEA after fine work out wide from AMN!!!

  9. TotalArsenal says:

    Hey Seventeenho 🙂

    Yep fine goal by the sounds of it (listening to the radio Arsenal.com).

  10. 17highburyterrace says:

    I think we’ll be aiming for three goals tonight, but now that the first one is in it all seems a bit more straight-forward… The foul-brothers (Mustafi and Xhaka) need to screw their brains on tonight…

    Another flowing move on the break but the corner is defended…

  11. TotalArsenal says:

    The real foul brothers are on the bench or suspended!

  12. 17highburyterrace says:

    10 minutes in…and…most all of the seats in the stadium (that I can see) are full…

    PEA and Kola down the left but the cross/pull-back is cut out… Laca just a bit short for a high angled attempt. It’s trouble (for them) that they have to respect the right side after the goal…

    Hey, TA…

  13. 17highburyterrace says:

    Sok = suspended and he’s a fouler but a smart one, I think, Laca got his fine paid (by somebody? Kroenke?)… To whom do you refer?

  14. 17highburyterrace says:

    Kola offsides but PEA NOT!!!! and he picks the PERFECT PASS and AMN buries the header!!!

    We’re through on this scoreline…

  15. TotalArsenal says:

    apparently Pea was offsite..

  16. Pony Eye says:

    2-0 M-Niles with Auba assisting.

  17. 17highburyterrace says:

    Laca draws a yellow but his head looks no worse for the wear…

    We’ve got all of the ball…which is a way of playing I’ve always enjoyed watching… 🙂

    Finally Rennes get if for a bit but their 12 year old left wing can’t get onto a ball over the top… They’ve now earned a corner, however…

  18. 17highburyterrace says:

    No VAR in this tournament?… I had trouble staying with yesterday’s CL matches during a couple of big delays…

  19. TotalArsenal says:

    Nice for Maitland to get that one. Yes no VAR for some reason – it is all sooo inconsistent!

  20. 17highburyterrace says:

    Torriera seems a pretty smart fouler, IMO…and he’s quickly learning about the pace (and power) of the English game. His sending off (at Spurs) seemed like it could’ve been an orange, I thought…

  21. TotalArsenal says:

    Seventeenho, what’s the weather like at LT? And are you past coffee-time now?

  22. TotalArsenal says:

    I think it was a red but yes other players in the PL get away with worse

  23. TotalArsenal says:

    Getting a third before half time would be v sweet. Rennes not scoring one is vital at this stage.

  24. jw1 says:

    Two more might seal it up tight.

    jw1

  25. 17highburyterrace says:

    VAR is far from perfect…and I fear regarding the influence of money in the game…and how it could be even easier to fix things when it’s a camera-worker rather than a linesman calling the adelanteros (offsides–Spanish language sports channels are the way to go these days…The same $5 as the several computer sports packages you’ve got to buy). How is Lacazette able to play in this one? I smell a fish… Did Wenger donate some of his salary (which he still receives, non?) so that “his” French team goes through?…

  26. jw1 says:

    Was thinking I’d have to go $2.99 B/R Live today– but it turns out my Xfinity Latino Starter Package was a wise choice– with Univision! 😉

    jw1

  27. 17highburyterrace says:

    The sun has finally come out here making for some very good skiing (if you have the right mind-set/gear…) on all the snow…

    PEA not quite on his bicycle…but seemingly more confident since he worked out his pens…maybe?…

    Agreed with JW… Two more for us avoids any chance for Rennes…or extra time…

  28. TotalArsenal says:

    VAR is not perfect but definitely an improvement. It will have to be developed further as you would expect when introducing new technology in an old fashioned business.

  29. 17highburyterrace says:

    Amar a Muerte, on demand, is nightly watching for us… Also on Univision. We put on the subtitulos and justify it as “working on my Spanish…” 😀

    Rambo too straight after a lovely lay-off by Laca from Ozil’s ball in from the right…

  30. TotalArsenal says:

    Evening JW, are you drinking the funny juice today?

  31. 17highburyterrace says:

    Yeah, past coffee time, TA… Afternoons I take tea, however…

    Ben Arfa…Never really fancied passing the ball…

    Nacho goes down but that’s only a pen with the new technology… On the plus side, he’s not the only one going down (all too easily) as the half nears its conclusion…

  32. 17highburyterrace says:

    Good question, TA, it could be beer-thirty in Houston (or Mexico, where I’ll be again soon…)

  33. TotalArsenal says:

    Tea… do you drink it with milk? A tea bag of loose team in a pot?

  34. jw1 says:

    Nearly freezing/funny juice, yes! 🙂
    I’m almost a whole half behind on the tube– following here and an online score/stat board.

  35. 17highburyterrace says:

    4 mins extra time… This isn’t good… I have to pick up the kid in less than an hour… Gonna need those goals…

  36. TotalArsenal says:

    I have just eaten and will soon be on fine wine at nine.

  37. 17highburyterrace says:

    I drink it black, TA…

    Tough weather in Houston right now, JW?…

  38. TotalArsenal says:

    Sounds good, JW. The radio commentary is also about 2 minutes behind…. but the scoreboard isn’t which I don’t like as I tend to look at the scoreboard if and when it sounds we are on a promising attack… And the comments on here also come in before the commentary got there.

  39. TotalArsenal says:

    You are hardcore Seventeenho..

  40. TotalArsenal says:

    Going well but we are not there yet… Catch you in a bit…

  41. jw1 says:

    No sir– iced Corona and frozen pint glasses 😉

  42. 17highburyterrace says:

    Half-time… Time for a bite and getting ready for my quick getaway…

    All Arsenal thus far and I like it… Sorry, hair and all, Guendo isn’t as good as Ramsey (at this point…) and LT hasn’t quite made me forget about (one) Santi Cazorla…

    Maybe–if we’re bribing folks at UEFA and all that–we don’t have to (freeze out and sell) our more expensive players, hoping to replace them on the cheap?…

    Replay does make it look like…they need VAR if they want to rule out our 2nd goal… 😉

  43. 17highburyterrace says:

    Gotcha JW… Sounds nice…

    I’m not so hard-core… the opposite in-fact… (I’m lactose-intolerant…) I just don’t drink any milk (at all) and ice-cream sometimes upsets my tummy…

  44. jw1 says:

    Just saw the first goal after getting settled in–
    For all ‘PEA can’t-do’ I hear? THAT– is what Auba DOES.

    Wait. HT? Doesn’t your son have his license? 😉

  45. jw1 says:

    One of the Univision commentators is– Hristo Stoichkov!
    I keep the sound up just enough to hear the crowd-buzz– even though I can’t keep up with the announcers.

    jw1

  46. jw1 says:

    Well TA–
    Here’s to your fine evening– let’s take this in style!

    jw1

  47. 17highburyterrace says:

    Whoa, Rennes go close, Grenier stealing it off Mustafi and setting up the shot which hits the good guys side of the post…

    PEA almost beats the keeper in no man’s land… We needed Auba there… 😉

  48. 17highburyterrace says:

    Hey, Mustafi made a tackle…and a back-pass afterwards… I will not be swayed, however… We NEED goals!!! BTW, did Lichsteiner die?…or is he just enjoying life at (his own private) pasture?…

  49. 17highburyterrace says:

    JW, my kid won’t do the time to get his license… I guess he enjoys time (in the car) with me (talking at him…) 😉 😦

    Getting a bit aggro out there…and hardly looks like it’ll be settled before I’ve got to leave…

  50. 17highburyterrace says:

    Better there, but Ozil and Kola can’t pick out final balls… The pitch looks fast tonight… Too fast for Rennes, hopefully…

  51. 17highburyterrace says:

    Kola slide tackles Sarr… Gives up a corner but the shot would’ve been a tight angle as it was… Next attack looks dangerous too, but the linesman uses the flag…

  52. jw1 says:

    Tell him to wait in the Library HT.
    And get his permit.

    We have a godchild who refuse to too.
    She’s nearly 25 now– still lives at home.
    Refuses to work. Plays WoW all night– sleeps all day.
    She was pretty normal until the drivers license thing. 🙄

    jw1

  53. TotalArsenal says:

    haha your Godchild has got it sorted, JW! 🙂

  54. TotalArsenal says:

    Sounds like time for Iwobi OOH Alex Iwobi

  55. 17highburyterrace says:

    I’ll relate that story, JW… I think (hope, pray…) that our boy is a bit more worldly than all that…Plus, our house locks…and it’s tough to be homeless here, at least in the winter…

    More (outside of the bar) plus offside flags…

    I’m not gonna be confident at this scoreline…

    Here come the subs… Mkhi and Iwobi for…?….

  56. 17highburyterrace says:

    Ozil for the academy product (Iwobi) or the Alexis make-weight?…

    Laca for the other one…

  57. 17highburyterrace says:

    That sub took long enough that Emery must believe the current scoreline works…

    Almost Wenger-era buildup play but Iwobi’s chocolate foot melts the ball wide…

  58. 17highburyterrace says:

    THERE IT IS…

    PEA, the black panther, STRIKES!!! from Kola, orchestrated by Mkhi…

  59. TotalArsenal says:

    Sign of a good squad when we can bring on Iwobi and Mkhi. Auba again!!!

  60. jw1 says:

    3-0.
    Still need to keep focused.

    jw1

  61. 17highburyterrace says:

    I gotta go in 5 minutes…so, five mins to set (or not set…) the DVR for extra time…

  62. TotalArsenal says:

    One more to give us PoM

  63. jw1 says:

    Not paying by-the-minute are you HT? 😉

    jw1

  64. jw1 says:

    Yes TA– uno mas!

  65. TotalArsenal says:

    Mkhi has the most pre-assists in the PL apparently…

  66. jw1 says:

    Maybe a clause in his contract? 🙂

    jw1

  67. 17highburyterrace says:

    OK gotta run, been fun but not quite settled…fingers crossed… Laters…

  68. TotalArsenal says:

    Safe journey, 17. Keep truckin’

  69. TotalArsenal says:

    Auba close to a hattrick …. we need him to do a Ronaldo tonight..

  70. jw1 says:

    ♪♫ And there was much rejoicing! ♫♬

    jw1

  71. TotalArsenal says:

    All is well. What a week for Arsenal.

  72. goonereris says:

    Yeah! What a week indeed, for the mighty Arsenal. Had to leave to the train station to pick up the missus, returning from a trip. Left at 2-0 and thank goodness, only change to that was positive. Seen some highlights now and it seems Auba could have had 4 goals tonight, if he had his scoring boots at full pelt (he found his mask today, though). Well, 2 goals on such a great night is good, by any stretch.

    Looks like we have made up the full compliement of English sides from the last round then; good job. The draws will throw up a good sideagainst us, whichever way it goes, as we have the likes of Frankfurt, Villarreal, Chelsea, Napoli, Valencia, Slavia Prague, Benfica (still 117minutes in extra time, but they are 3-1 up on aggregate), to contend with. At this stage, it doesn’t matter. Who dares wins! Happy for the boys.

  73. TotalArsenal says:

    Would be good to avoid Napoli and Chavs at this stage but yes we can take them all on. Hope you are looking after your misses, Erismus. 😉

  74. goonereris says:

    Yes, I’d rather avoid the English, Italian and Spanish sides, for now.

    I’m doing my best, TA. She can’t complain, (I think 😉).

  75. njk84sg says:

    Good comeback from the lads. Rambo in the DM position and Ozil just in front of him makes us so strong. Who will be the one that does what Rambo does next season? Torreira?

    I will take Benfica or Frankfurt.

  76. goonereris says:

    Precisely. Those are the two I am hoping for, but think we can beat anyone.

    Loved this from Kolasinac: https://www.caughtoffside.com/2019/03/14/arsenals-kolasinac-instagram-on-aubameyang-celebration/

  77. jw1 says:

    Auba donned the mask of the movie character Black Panther– of Marvel Comics fame after scoring his second goal today.

    “I needed a mask who represents me. It’s Black Panther and in Gabon we call the national team the Panther of Gabon, so it represents me,’ said Aubameyang, who has celebrated goals wearing Spiderman and Batman masks at previous clubs.”

    Mrs jw1 and I are big fans of the Marvel Comic Universe of movies and characters.
    Think this is very cool! 🙂

  78. goonereris says:

    Brilliant! It thrilled many in the crowd. I liked the photoshop job Kolasinac did to the pic of both of them, though. Things are starting to get more exciting around the club, I daresay. Looking good….plenty of optimism.

  79. njk84sg says:

    Both are brilliant yesterday. The ball from Ozil to Auba yesterday is some pass.
    Lots of people were commenting about the second goal should not be given, and the linesman was not at the correct position when the pass was played. However, the additional assistant ref at the posts have the best view and he did not deem it as an offside call for Auba. Weird.

    But that did us nicely, so I didn’t complain too much.

  80. TotalArsenal says:

    It is Napoli! Should be a good encounter over two legs.

  81. goonereris says:

    It was the exact tie most fans didn’t want, just yet. I think the Napoli fans and players won’t wish to play us either. We should outwit them, as I see them as a team that’s still evolving (much more than we are) and may find it tough going against us.

    Bring it on!

  82. goonereris says:

    FULL DRAWS:

    Quarter final draw –

    Napoli v Arsenal
    Villarreal v Valencia
    Benfica v Eintracht Frankfurt
    Slavia Prague v Chelsea

    Semi-Final Draw –

    QF 1 v QF 2
    Napoli or Arsenal v Villarreal or Valencia
    QF 3 v QF 4
    Benfica or Eintracht Frankfurt v Slavia Prague or Chelsea

    Winners of both semi finals to settle it in Baku, Azerbaijan.

  83. allezkev says:

    So it’s an Arsenal vs Chelsea final then?

  84. goonereris says:

    Possibly, if it all goes well for both sides.

    The Champions league set up some tasty quarter-final ties as well:

    Ajax v Juventus

    Liverpool v Porto

    Tottenham v Man City

    Barcelona v Man United

    The draw for the semi-finals was also made today:

    Spurs or City v Ajax or Juventus

    Barcelona or Man United v Liverpool or Porto.

    Kev, so it is also set up for a Liverpool v Man City final here too.

  85. jw1 says:

    I’ll nab Porto as my dark horse to advance– now.

    jw1

  86. allezkev says:

    Eris, Man City vs Scousers, yep that did cross my mind mate,
    so it’ll be an Arsenal vs Man City Super Cup? 😉

  87. allezkev says:

    I see that Bellerin has had a possible set back, he’s been experiencing some pain at the back of his knee, it must be difficult for him as he’s been injury free for most of his career…

  88. goonereris says:

    Kev, projecting really far there, aren’t we? But, I like! Why not? Arsenal v City super cup 2019. 👊🏽🤞

  89. TotalArsenal says:

    Arsenal v Ajax Supercup – now that would be fun.

  90. njk84sg says:

    Come to think of it, Gunners vs Ajax will be the talk of the town.
    It will be really fun to see that happening.

    On a serious note, i think that we should be aiming for a touch game against the team from Naples, and we should be good enough for at least a semi final.

    Sad news from NZ. Prof Geoffchase, everything ok?

  91. njk84sg says:

    Spelling error on the last post. Tough not touch.

  92. jw1 says:

    So– no Monchi-business at the club.
    Rumors resurfacing that Marc Overmars is once again in the frame.

    jw1

  93. goonereris says:

    To be fair, all the Monchi-to-Arsenal rumours were fuelled by the presence of Emery at this club (romantic potential of a re-union of old mates) and the fact of Mslintat’s departure. There is no clear evidence he was first choice for Arsenal. At least, I haven’t seen any.

    I’m sure there are many more brilliant talent scouting pros out there, with the experience to handle a technical director role at the club. Overmars won’t be a bad shout, seeing where Ajax is today since he joined.

  94. allezkev says:

    We could go for an internal solution, like Steve Morrow who is head of youth scouting?

    I’d imagine (well I hope) that we’ve already got most of our summer business in place so we should be ok in the short term.

    Didn’t Ajax block Overmars’ possible move to Arsenal, I’m not really certain of his contractual situation in Amsterdam tbh?

  95. goonereris says:

    Maybe TA can use his back channels at Ajax to clear that one up.😉

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