…Nelson and Lacazette out from the group that beat Burnley.
Record signing Nicolas Pepe joins youngsters Dani Ceballos, Joe Willock and Matteo Guendouzi in midfield with Captain Granit Xhaka tasked with organizing the lads against a far more experienced and very strong Liverpool group.
Here are the line-ups:
Arsenal: Leno, Maitland-Niles, Luiz, Papastathopoulos, Monreal, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Willock, Pepe, Aubameyang, Ceballos.
Subs: Mkhitaryan, Lacazette, Torreira, Chambers, Nelson, Martinez, Kolasinac.
Liverpool: Adrian, Alexander-Arnold, van Dijk, Matip, Robertson, Henderson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Salah, Firmino, Mane.
Subs: Milner, Gomez, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lallana, Shaqiri, Origi, Kelleher
Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)
A final note: Mesut Ozil, training all week, doesn’t even make the bench. Has Arsenal management found a way to off-load the mercurial midfielder–and his massive salary?
What do YOU think of the line-ups and Arsenal’s chances at Anfield?
To me, though this is our first real challenge, it is also a bit of a “can’t lose” proposition for Arsenal manager Unai Emery. Those early results plus big spending in the transfer window–and attendant noise from a new generation of ownership–has brought a feeling of renewed hope in the Goonersphere. (Is it enough to allow the dumping of a player like Ozil–alongside the likes of Skhodran Mustafi and Mohamed Elneny?) We shall see. As long as we improve on the result from last season’s fixture (a brutal 5-1 loss–after we got the opener) surely our “Summer of Love” ought to continue. And then there’s the hope that we might even do a bit better than that…
I’ll be hitting the espresso machine one last time and then I’ll do my best to describe the action. I can ALWAYS use help, however, even if today’s game–here in California–will be in 4K. Everybody sees things differently and your view is no worse than mine. (We’ll see how I feel about the commentary team: Arlo White always wants to stoke controversy, while Lee Dixon does his best to not be seen as favoring Arsenal. Graeme Le Saux rounds out the group and generally seems fairly insightful–to me. Often, I find I need to shut off the sound…)
So, who will join me? What will the match bring? Share it here (in the comments)…
Go on then…