All You Need to Know About Arsenal UEFA League Opponent Eintracht Frankfurt

Arsenal v Frankfurt September 19, 2019

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Frankfurt History

There is evidence of Celtic and Germanic settlements in the city dating from the 1st century bce, as well as Roman remains from the 1st and 2nd centuries ce. The name Frankfurt (“Ford [Passage or Crossing] of the Franks”) probably arose about 500 ce, when the Franks drove the Alemanni south, but the first written mention of Franconofurt stems from Charlemagne’s personal biographer, Einhard, in the late 8th century. The Pfalz (imperial castle) served as an important royal residence of the East Frankish Carolingians from the 9th century through later medieval times. In the 12th century the Hohenstaufen dynasty erected a new castle in Frankfurt and walled the town. The Hohenstaufen ruler Frederick I (Frederick Barbarossa) was elected king there in 1152, and in 1356 the Golden Bull of Emperor Charles IV (the constitution of the Holy Roman Empire) designated Frankfurt as the permanent site for the election of the German kings.


Despite the clubs’ European pedigree, they have never previously faced each other in UEFA competition.

Eintracht are unbeaten in five matches against English visitors but have drawn three of them, including 1-1 against Chelsea in the first leg of last season’s semi-final. They also drew the return leg at Stamford Bridge by the same score before losing 4-3 on penalties.

Arsenal have played 38 UEFA matches against German clubs with the record W17 D6 L15. Their last four fixtures on German soil have all ended in defeat, most recently at Köln (0-1) in the 2017/18 UEFA Europa League group stage, the previous two having been 5-1 routs in the UEFA Champions League at Bayern München. Their all-time away record in Germany is W5 D5 L9.

Form guide


Frankfurt’s 14-match UEFA Europa League adventure in 2018/19 brought memorable knockout phase wins over three teams that had crossed over in mid-season from the UEFA Champions League – Shakhtar Donetsk, Internazionale and Benfica. It was accompanied by a seventh-placed finish in the Bundesliga.

The 1980 UEFA Cup winners embarked on this UEFA Europa League campaign in the second qualifying round, where they comfortably saw off Estonia’s Flora and Liechtenstein’s Vaduz before having to come from behind to eliminate Strasbourg (0-1 a, 3-0 h) in the play-offs and reach the group stage for the third time. Their first appearance, in 2013/14, also resulted in further progress before they lost to Porto on away goals in the round of 32.

Eintracht’s overall record in the UEFA Europa League, home and away and including qualifying, is an eye-catching W21 D6 L3. Their home record in the competition is an equally impressive W12 D3, with only Porto, Inter and Chelsea – UEFA Champions League winners all – having denied them victory. In the group stage it is six wins out of six with 17 goals scored and just one conceded.


UEFA Champions League ever-presents for 19 successive seasons from 1998/99 to 2016/17, Arsenal reached the UEFA Europa League semi-finals at the first attempt in 2017/18, losing to eventual winners Atlético, before going one step further and reaching last season’s final, where they were comprehensively defeated by London rivals Chelsea.

Fifth place in the 2018/19 Premier League secured a third successive UEFA Europa League group stage berth for the Gunners, who had won five European games in a row – one against Rennes, two apiece against Napoli and Valencia – before the loss in Baku.

The 1999/2000 UEFA Cup runners-up won all three away fixtures in last season’s group stage without conceding, having won two out of three in 2017/18, the defeat at Köln the lone exception. Their overall away record in two UEFA Europa League campaigns is W9 D1 L4, with 25 goals scored and 12 conceded.

Arsenal head coach Unai Emery is poised to take charge of his 75th UEFA Europa League game, group stage to final, extending his own record.


107 thoughts on “All You Need to Know About Arsenal UEFA League Opponent Eintracht Frankfurt

  • N5, that’s good history, city and team.🙏

    We need a brave decision: prioritize the Pl. Unfortunately the Frankfurt match comes at a delicate moment. Interesting to see what Emery would do.

  • Come on guys, tell us what you know about (Eintracht) Frankfurt. Have you been to the financial heart of Germany and (more and more of) Europe? Did you ever see them play? Do you know any of the players???? 🙂

  • I remember flying to Frankfurt in thick fog and seeing a 747 land close to our plain, just coming out of that mist at the last second to land. It gave me a shock. It is clean and organised city, very German indeed. But I have not seen the team play much. Last season was a great one for them and they were well on course to finish fourth and play CL football. The UEFA League games distracted them so much that they ended up with not ‘winning’ anything, neither a top four finish nor the EL cup.

    It really is not helping Unai to have to play the (most likely) hardest game in the group tomorrow. His additional defenders are not fit enough to start I would imagine, so he will have to play three of the guys who played at Watford. We really could have done with Nacho for this one… On top of that, Laca is out and at least one of Pepe and Auba will have to be played if Emery wants to get something from this game. It is the sort of game in which he cannot afford to play the B team from a reputational point of view but in which even the A team will have a big fight on their hands…. What will Emery do?

  • Auba is now a better choice to carry the team forward with a midfield full of youngsters and hopefully we can squeeze through that one.

    Most of the fans will give Emery 2 more PL games to get our season going and it seems that the next 2 games (Frankfurt and Villians) will define our mentality.

    We had been mentally weak for a few seasons now and somehow it is getting worse. If you see how badly we were overcame by triangular passing teams meant a lot on the formation that we were playing and it meant that the coaches were not doing something right. And we were undone by individual errors that mentally strong teams will overcome them but we kept making the same mistakes.

    Thinking of it, is it Emery out or the rest of the coaches’ fault? This question is for all to debate on.

  • saw them against strasbourg (the return game). they benefited from a 2004-mike-riley kind of refereeing, and looked like a bunch of unleashed thugs, that day; they have a very talented serbian attacking midfielder (forgot his name), who behaved like a mean b…..d, but he did score a wonderful free-kick.
    sure don’t want auba to be picked, his ankles are too precious to me/us
    i’d go for:
    (i’d like pépé to play, because the lad needs to score his first goal asap, he’s a wonderful kid, but too eager at the moment, once the pressure of this first goal is off, he’ll mesmerize us; could say the very same about reiss – i hate the way ue has been shattering his confidence so far)

  • You tell us, 84.

    Cheers Le Gall, that is a lot of change my friend. I like that line up though

    My dad just told me that Eintracht sold a few of their star players this summer… so hopefully they have got weaker..

  • The level of racism in the game is a big concern, but in Italy it’s really bad at the moment. The Italians are in denial and nobody except for the victim-players and a few other fringe parties are standing up to it. A real concern and I will not watch a game with an Italian team involved, or go on holiday there, until they fully address it.

  • Here’s a team news update ahead of our match in Germany against Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday:

    Alex Lacazette
    Left ankle. Alex continues to rehabilitate the injury to his left ankle and is likely to be back in action in October.

    Dinos Mavropanos
    Now back in full training with the first-team squad. Played 67 minutes with the Under-23s against Leicester City at Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

    Hector Bellerin
    Now back in full training with the first-team squad.

    Kieran Tierney
    Now back in full training with the first-team squad.

    Copyright 2019 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to as the source.

  • Eintracht have secured their place in the European history by conceding more goals in a Champions Cup/League Final than any other team (7-3 to Ferenc Puskas’ inspired Real Madrid). So, that’s one thing they share with us: both teams have reached the biggest final once and got beaten by a Spanish team in that one.

    The other thing we share is the fact both teams were beaten by Chelsea last season on the Blues’ way to the title. After we had dismantled Valencia, I watched the extra time from Stamford Bridge hoping for Eintracht to beat Chelsea. Luka Jović – who earned a transfer to Real Madrid with his Wayne Rooney-esque performances last season – was my biggest hope. Indeed, Jović did score an equalizer to send the game to extra time but he couldn’t get a winner for the visitors.

    Here is a bitter part of the story: Sebastian Haller (now at West Ham) had two attempts cleared from the goal-line at 1-1. Had either of them went in, Chelsea would have been dead and we would have played Eintracht in the final which would make our chances to win the Europa League bigger. The first of two attempts was cleared by David Luiz. As you might have realized by now, Luiz prefers to stand between us and Champions League football.

    At penalties, Eintracht had a chance to win the shootout as it was Azpilicueta who blinked first but Kepa saved two shots to send Chelsea through.

    Their team last season was a weird one as it was full of players on loan from other clubs. Goncalo Paciencia, the guy who missed a decisive penalty v Chelsea, has scored three goals in the last three league games so he might be the one to watch. Bas Dost is well-known for his towering stature and ability to score goals while looking like a poor player. Andre Silva had a promising start of the career but has been wandering since his early days with his poor spell at AC Milan being the last disappointment.

  • Frankfurt indeed sold their 2 best players (Jovic to Real Madrid for 54M and Haller to West Ham for 36M), but they also bought some quality replacements, including – but not limited to – Bas Dost (the giant Dutch assassin from Sporting), Filip Kostic (a.k.a the “mean Serbian b@$…d”, from Hamburg, who already quadrupled his 5,4M price), Kevin Trapp (the backup goalkeeper from PSG, who already played 3 times in the German national team), and Martin Hinteregger (the experienced Austrian center back from Augsburg). They have also loaned the forward André Silva from Milan (who was on our radar a few transfer windows ago when he was worth over 30M), so their attack is quite formidable. However their midfield is less frightening, and the squad went under a lot of change, so their lack of team cohesion should also play on our hands.
    (Fun fact: they have a CB called Evan N’Dicka, who is quite similar to one of our summer dream targets Upamecano; meaning a few U21/U20/U19 call-ups, a bit taller but less muscular. Even TransferMarkt values them similar, around 25M. So if he’ll play, we can check his worth as well as Upamecano’s – and I hope will not break the bank again by paying 90M for a 20-year-old CB from a mid-tier German club, who doesn’t have a single senior call-up from the French national team.)

    I like Le Gall’s concept to the line-up, but I would rather see Guendouzi in our starting XI. I think it is nice to have someone in charge of our transition from defend to attack, and I seriously hope that Emery will not play him again alongside Xhaka against Aston Villa on Sunday.
    And as long as Ozil is not reintroduced as a first regular he can help the youngsters kick some ass.
    So my recommended line-up is like this:
    Chambers – Mustafi – Holding – Kolasinac
    Willock – Guendouzi
    Nelson – Özil – Martinelli
    Subs: Leno, Mavropanos, AMN, Torreira, Ceballos, Saka, Aubameyang

    (Fun fact 2: if Ozil would not start, then with Saka on the pitch our attacking 4 could consist of 4 wingers of 79 years altogether, thus no classical striker.)

  • I like your line up PB.

    We have to reconstruct our defense (not an easy task) and it may not be possible until all walking wounded return – but even then the big mystery to be solved is –
    can Emery make the tactical changes required?.

    The team must now be totally lacking in confidence and they need an inspirational leader to restore their faith in themselves and each other – Is Emery that man?

  • The more I read the comments the more I realise we may well get hammered tomorrow.

    I would play Torreira and Willock in midfield and Ozil in the hole… but I will do a post about later today or tomorrow.

  • Fine post, GunnerN5; also nice to see the (more recent) historical inputs by LE GALL, pbrany and Admir. I have reached the conclusion that it is this game that occupied much of Emery’s preparation and performance against Watford. It also explains (not that I agree, because I’d rather take care of business as they arise) the early substitutions of our key men. It would seem Emery isn’t the flexible kind and simply stuck to the planned subs. Reactionary, as always.

    Frankfurt have been a very dangerous customer in the Europa league and it’s rather surprising we had to play first, as the top seeded teams in the group. However, it’s done and play we must. I will be pleasantly surprised if our German contingent (save Leno) are not all deployed for this one, including Aubameyang. They will be motivated for it and after that disappointing performance on Sunday, the fans deserve a good outing by the players and coaching crew. Holding, Chambers and Mustafi should get game time while Kolasinac starts at left back; Torreira and Xhaka should start with Ozil as 10. Pepe, Auba and Nelson will make up the rest of the front 3.

    My team:


    Chambers – Mustafi – Holding – Kolasinac

    Torreira – Xhaka

    Pepe – Ozil – Nelson/Martinelli


    SUBS: Leno, Ceballos, Luiz, Sokratis, Willock, Guendouzi, Martinelli/Nelson

  • TA, regarding Frankfurt, I have only ever been in transit at the Airport on about four occasions, en route some other destination, via Lufthansa (German Airlines). Beautiful place from the air and well organized, technologically advanced airport services; little human intervention as you navigate terminals.

    As for any interest, that only happened while Austin “Jay-Jay” Okocha was at the club for a few seasons in the early to mid 90s. One lasting memory was a repeatedly aired video excerpt of him turning over the Karlsruhe SC defence with the great Oliver Khan in goal, dribbling some defenders and keeper twice over before slotting the ball in a corner. He said afterwards, he had to score after holding onto the ball for so long, or the manager would surely have ended his young career.

  • Last season we attacked the Champions League qualification on two fronts. Our dramatic collapse during the business end of the season on the Premier League front might not have been unconnected to accumulated fatigue from the Thursday/Sunday scheduling of the two competitions. Chelsea who were able to qualify for the CL through both competition also performed just as poorly in their last series of PL matches. They made the top 4 only thanks to the Spuds traditional late collapse and thanks also to United who won only 2 of their last 9 EPL matches.

    It would make a lot of sense to prioritize the Premier League in this first half of the season during which the Europa competition is in the round robin stage.

    Prioritizing the Premier League would demand that for each week that we have the EPL/CL fixtures our preferred 1st eleven (Team A) for that weekend’s Premier League match should be as little involved as is feasible in the preceding Europe league Thursday encounter. A minimum of 9 changes between the two matches should be a good target.

    That is an Europa gamble, but it is one that is worth taking particularly as in many of the positions 1st/2nd choice remain debatable.. Such a management of the two competitions would give us an EPL advantage in the first half of the season over our rivals engaged in the Champions League competition where teams dare not use too many of their second strings.

    If we do qualify for the knockout stage, at which point the PL is about half way done, we would have to reassess the competitions. If we have fallen badly off the top 4 race, Europa becomes the priority. If on the other hand we find ourselves very much in the top 4 race, we would have to begin evaluating the Europa campaign on a game by game basis.

    All things equal our “A” team (PL) can’t be far from this:-


    * Bellerin , Tierney and Laca are expected to be available in October.

    That would leave the “B” team (EL) not far from this.


    * Niles and Kola could be used in both competitions (2 or 3 Thursday/Sunday fixtures) pending the return to fitness of Bellerin and Tierney.

    Of course there could always be changes in personnel to either team from one set of Thursday/Sunday fixture to another. For example, Holding for Sokratis, Willock for Douzi, Ceballos for Ozil and so on. The important thing to maintain is the minimal use of the same players for the same set of Thursday/Sunday fixtures.

  • For the Frankfurt game tomorrow Emery might want a good Europa League start. He might also recognize Frankfurt as his biggest challenge in that group. The game also comes up at a very delicate time for him.. He’d definitely be tempted to field a more tested X1 but he’d know that a poor showing on Sunday at the Emirate against Aston Villa would be a lot more calamitous.

    One player I suspect he dare not risk tomorrow is Aubamayang. He has been carrying the team with his goals, which is made even more precious by the fact that our only other good goal fetcher, Lacazette, is out injured. He might opt for the inclusion of Pepe for greater goal punch.

    Predicted line up (l-o-n-g shot):-


    Bench: Leno, Niles, Sokratis, Luiz, Guendouzi, Ozil, Pepe, Aubamayang.

    Frankly I don’t see much difference between this team and my so called Team “A”.

  • Fine post GN5

    I am still reeling from the sts Gino put up about our recent form. We will be fortunate indeed to escape from Frankfurt with a point.

    That said, I still believe in our team and hope we are in the middle of a difficult transition into the team UE has planned for. I cannot accept that such a thoughtful manager is as witless as many portray. It can hardly be luck that he won so many trophies nor that PSG signed him as manager.
    We need patience, all Gooners agreed to give UE time and this is what he needs. We have to wait until the children who are playing in our midfield mature.

  • Really enjoyed the early history of Frankfurt. Very interesting. Need to read about the Golden Bull – it sounds fascinating.

    Watching the Spurs in CL. What a bunch of diving prima donnas they are. Still from a completely undeserved 2 goal lead they are now 2-2. Come on Olympiakos, put them to the sword

  • Pony Eye, I liked your concept of Team A and Team B.
    My only relevant change would be replacing Guendouzi with Torreira.

    And maybe have Mustafi on the bench for both teams, making AMN the RB in Team B, playing Martinelli/Smith-Rowe as LW, and – due to sending Nketiah on loan – having Lacazett or Aubameyang playing up front on cup games, depending on who is fitter, who is in better form or who needs more confidence boost. 🙂

  • pbarany, I like your remix. What ‘A’ and ‘B’ say is that there is really not much gulf. Makes remixing easy. Am so eager we prioritize the PL

  • Hi all..
    I also like to see all our bench get their playing time.. But I don’t think Emery will take this Europe league as simple as Carabao.. hehehhe..
    So, we won’t see a drastic change in our team.. maybe just 4 or 5 changes..

    With our lack of defence lately.. maybe 3 CBs will fit us better..
    Mustafi, Chambers, Holding, Luiz and Sokratis can play with this scheme..
    Just pick 3 of them..

    In the middle, although Willock was good for attack, but very weak in defense. I think his body fitness much trained a lot, like Ozil did. So easy to break down..
    So I think Ceballos go along Torriera in the middle..

    My team will be:
    Sokratis – Chambers – Holding
    Niles – Torriera – Ceballos – Kolasinac
    Pepe – Martinelli – Nelson

    Hope to find some streaming tonight..

  • Very much enjoying the comments on this post.
    (Been wrapped-up managing our firm’s expansion this week.)

    Eintracht today should have been a change-it-up, give-some-minutes match for Emery– following a solid win at Watford. Now it’s a litmus test. Faced with having to play a near-top-XI. Ostensibly, to get the team back on firm footing. Unai’s gotten himself snared into a vicious cycle.

    Nick Ames of The Guardian (in Frankfurt):
    “Emery will pick a strong side for what should be the toughest game of Arsenal’s group stage even if Eintracht, semi-finalists last season, have lost the strikers Luka Jovic, Sebastien Haller and Ante Rebic. “It will be a really good match between two sides who want to do something important in this competition,” he said.

    Granit Xhaka will continue to captain Arsenal if selected but a final decision on the armband’s longer-term wearer, which Emery had expected to make this week, has been postponed. Emery said he preferred to spend recent days speaking with his players about their collapse at Vicarage Road and preparing to face Eintracht.”

    A seeming Catch-22 unfolding for Emery.

    Here’s hoping the players can play some inspired football today.
    It would go a long way on many fronts.


  • We will have a very difficult set of circumstances to deal with today and our low confidence will not be helped by the home crowd – Here is how their support is described.
    Passion and Faith

    A major part of Eintracht Frankfurt and what the club represents today are and always have been its passionate and faithful fans. Being the number one sports and football club of the region Eintracht has a large following capable of an impressive, creative and loud-voiced support. From the early days, especially after impressing during the 1960 European Cup campaign with its legendary final v Real Madrid the first team of Eintracht was invited from all around the world. With the huge tradition and a well known name Eintracht made friends and fans all around the world throughout the years. Visitors to home or away games will confirm the passionate and colourful support the team is receiving throughout each season.

  • It’s a vitally important game for Arsenal and for Unai Emery in particular, if we have another debacle like the Watford (2nd half) then the Black Flags will start appearing around the Emirates. Personally I would defer any decision on Emery’s future until the summer of 2020 – unless things swing completely out of shape.

  • GN5– there’s another perspective–
    This one from writer James McNicholas at The Athletic (Su req’d):

    “Most worrying for Emery is that some sections of the support appear to be turning on him. That ambivalence is showing signs of turning to antipathy. It was telling that while Sokratis and David Luiz committed individual errors against Watford, it was Emery who was subject to most criticism. As Wenger himself discovered, being Arsenal manager can be pretty tough once the fans lose faith.

    If Emery was identified as a transitional coach, then in some ways his purpose has already been served. In his time in charge has overseen a huge churn in personnel: Arsenal have sold off much of the deadwood, and begun to bring academy players through. The executive team and the backroom staff have undergone significant restructuring. It might not feel like the team is progressing, but the club is evolving.

    There’s a nagging feeling that all the infrastructure is now in place for the next man — the one who comes without the baggage of being Wenger’s heir. Allegri remains available, and Arsenal fans will be casting envious eyes at Frank Lampard’s reinvigoration of Chelsea and wondering if Arteta might be willing and able to do a similar job on the other side of London.”


    Comes down to what Raul sees Emery as I suppose.


  • Nice one JWL.

    Here are my thoughts on the subject………

    It is always the manger that needs to feel the heat – having been in executive management for over 25 years I have an acute understanding of the reasons why.

    We have to assume that every player who steps onto the field of play is attuned to the managers tactics and has the skill and fitness required and can perform at a peak level. The manager usually has the last word on buying and selling players. He is the one who sees them on the training field and he decides who steps onto the field of play and what tactical system will be employed on the day.

    Therefore the players are simply an extension of the manager and they are his pawns to move around based on his tactical nous. If individual players are not fulfilling his instructions, or his tactics are not working he is they one who makes the decision on player replacements and tactical changes.

    So based on my thinking I feel it is right that the manager is the one who should be put under fire

    I am not anti Emery – I’m simply against watching sub-standard football.

    I could write a book – but I’ll stop right here.

  • JWL,

    That was not a rebuke of McNicholas or your good self, it was just my unemotional thoughts

  • 17:08
    disappointed not to find rob in that, lad must not be deemed ready for what will be a physical contest
    reiss sidelined, very harsh on the kid – his confidence has been fading away since he was taken out against burnley, this will do him no good, but good luck to bukayo-emil, of course
    very risky to play auba, as i wrote before, eintracht played like a bunch of leg-mowers against strasbourg …

  • Hey TA (others?…), I was gonna be working today…with a plan to (maybe) watch later on tape delay, but I’m around instead (the homeowners showed up–the nerve)…so, I could put up a live blog post…

    I’m sorry, but I can’t get very motivated to comment when so many seem (so) surprised by how crap this current Arsenal team might appear. It’s a long season, and, IMO, Emery has us right about where I expected us to be…

    Is anybody else around watching today/tonight?…

  • just about to start watching
    ue has picked all the “germans” (mustafi, kola, granit, auba); “but” mesut/reiss
    mesut won’t care, but the kid, i’m not so sure
    anyway; go get’em, boys

  • I guess not… 😦 Well, I’ll be watching…and likely making some comments… Please let me know if I should hold my counsel… My attitude about things is awfully poor…

    Which is why I never got back on to add anything else to my in-match comments after the Watford game… (I noted too, TA, that you were gonna write more beyond the player ratings… I guess the 8 positives were a bit hard to unearth…)

    Reading PE’s post (and the comments, many of which come with A LOT of passion) I just can’t seem to generate any feelings beyond surprise that people seem surprised. We’ve got enough talent to eke out some results (including the point on Sunday at Watford…and the point in the NLD in our previous match), and, it should be noted we remain tied (on points, if not GD) with our rivals for 3rd in the league…

    And we have kickoff in Germany!!! LT11 breaking up Frankfurt’s first foray with a nice toe in…

  • Is there anything worse than watching us go into our goalkick formation?… At least Emery doesn’t let one bad result (from a hideous mistake at the routine) thwart his “ideas…”

  • Giveaways at the center circle by PEA…and then by Chambers near our box…

    But, we have some possession down their way and Sako finds LT11 in space but he blasts over from 7 yds when it looked easier to score… Big miss there…

  • Saka, not Sako…sorry about that… And maybe it was Mustafi with the early giveaway… He’s at CB, Chambers at RB… And he boots one (past our MFs, of course…) and Frankfurt come again… It’s all working to plan, I guess…

  • The route one play looks better when PEA gets onto one…but Smith-Rowe’s cross is too long for Willock to keep in…

    Other end, Andre Silva shoots but it bends away not into Martinez’ dive…

  • Mustafi, long and wide for ESR but into touch… We pounce on the throw but Saka can’t quite run the break and find PEA… That’s another let off for Eintracht…

  • ESR wants a whistle but doesn’t get it… Frankfurt cross is headed out by Kola, but they come at us again…their first shot blocked by Luiz, their next one shanked out of play…

  • This makes me want to say something about shot stats… Emery’s plan is to lure the opponent and thus, shots, will be given… As long as they’re poor ones, it’s not a big deal (goals are what count, no?…)

    LT11 down and faking injury in (almost) Giroud-esque style (nobody beat the big man)…

    Timewasting is the province of the team that is happiest with the current scoreline (nil-nil)…

  • Other end, Chambers and Mustafi are perfectly split but the shot is tight angled and only finds side netting…

    Frankfurt come again, Silva pulls back onto his right foot but it’s blocked and out for a corner…

  • The plan is working and Frankfurt must be growing in confidence…

    Two corners are pushed behind, but Luiz clears the 3rd…but only to the halfway line… Frankfurt keep coming, but a loose ball about 10 yds out can only be shot well wide…

  • Living dangerously? Isn’t this Emery-ball? Lure ’em forward then counter, no?…

    PEA, working on the turn gets a shot but it bends away from the far post…

  • Martinez saves but very centrally…the shot from it, (and Kola’s weak and still very central touch) however is not too scary… Chambers looked very slow on the replay at the start of the move…

  • Another Frankfurt move and shot but Martinez has it covered at the near post… The plan keeps working…

  • PEA as a false 9 is no Lacazette, but it does give us a bit of time with the ball away from our goal… Attack as the best form of defense? That’s just crazy-talk…

    Chambers lofts one just a bit too long for ESR…

  • Frankfurt gets it and comes at us, the shot is deflected behind by Luiz… Another corner… and a woeful jump by Luiz but their shot is deflected…and we break from it, PEA finding Willock but his improvised shot is off target… Another let off for the home team (the plan is working…and this time I’m serious)…

  • Silva breaking after PEA tried a turn in his false 9 position goes down under an LT11 tackle. No foul given but now he’s acting injured…

  • Smith-Rowe is put in by Xhaka… 1 v 1 with the keeper, his shot is saved… We get our first corner…

    I’m telling ya… the better chances have been ours…

  • Poor finishing has been the issue, really…

    Xhaka gets a whistle…PEA is working hard as our main central guy but the calls haven’t yet gone his way…

    Xhaka and Willock get the ball forward to Saka but he follows it too wide and his cross to PEA is cut out rather easily… Another promising move, however…

    Other end, Luiz, very passive in our box allows Silva to win another Frankfurt corner…

    And that one they might’ve scored, the open header flashes wide…

  • Chambers gives another away but Frankfurt’s cross is long and we break from it… Saka working the left and Willock’s blocked shot…


  • Now they have to come, and we can sit on the break…

    It’s working and we win a corner…

  • A bit of pressing at the center circle gets Saka going again… He rather cul-de-sacs it and Frankfurt are able to come our way… In our box, Mustafi gets stomped and we’ll take some time off the clock with his recovery…ahead of another Frankfurt corner…

    Which is headed out then back in again, but the Frankfurt guys are offside so Martinez can boot a goal-kick (what, no CBs spreading wide at the back?)…

  • Now a Frankfurt player is down… But, since they’re down a goal, he’s up quickly.

    We keep it in their half but our guys look leggy on the fine pitch trying to control the ball and, eventually Frankfurt attack, with Martinez getting down nicely to save a(nother) tight angled shot from Silva… And LT11 was quickest to the rebound… We’re going into halftime with the lead!!

  • Quick outing with the puppy, then back for more… (esp. if I get some encouragement, like a comment or two…)

  • Happy with the first half. Some fine individual performances, in particular Saka who looks a real prospect. As does Smith Rowe. Martinez better than I expected.

    End to end football and an enjoyable game for the neutral.

  • ht
    very pleasant cup game
    bukayo, emil: ue’s choices vindicated, reiss’ll have a long way to go now
    the kids ‘re alright, indeed, no fear whatsoever – would be interesting to see left-footed on the right wing, and right-footed emil on the left, imo
    at least two top-class saves by emi, always nice to see an old-timer like him finally making it at top level, you have to admire the resilience/fortitude of such lads
    calum obviously lacks playing time, and this kostic guy is a very good player indeed, it’s a wonder serbia has never won anything when they have so many talented players
    like the spirit of the team, too – not standing on the back foot, at last, wish it had been the same at vicarage on sunday
    finally, great goal by joe, he’s aaronesque in that regard, which matteo’ll never be …
    enjoy the second half, friends

  • Good comments, Seventeenho. Have caught up with the game now. So much space in Eintracht’s halve and especially Saka is loving it! Lucky bounce for Willock but he has been making the all important runs into the box – just like Torreira – and sooner or later it goes in. 1-0 to the Arsenal.

  • OK, a couple of comments (and some encouragement from TA) so I’ll soldier on…

    First thing I saw was their big guy going up for a cross and heading it (quite poorly) back across Martinez’ near post and well wide…

    They keep coming and our keeper and Luiz are forced into action and conceding a(nother) corner…

  • The plan is working and we break, Willock putting in PEA quite nicely, but it’s a strong close by their defender and it’s deflected behind for a corner…

    …From which the ball falls at Chambers feet but hits at the same time as a Frankfurt defender… Ouch…

    Other end, Martinez hangs onto a dangerous cross… Good keeping…

  • LT11 loses it near the center circle and Frankfurt break with numbers. No passes, however, and the shot is easy for Martinez. Again, the shot stats won’t flatter us, but the goal numbers are in our favor (at the moment)…

    Chambers fouled on the touchline in their half… Kostic complains but we have the FK…

  • Xhaka’s shot-cross is just an inch too high… With Everybody watching (helplessly) as it bounces off the cross-bar…

    We win a corner but Mustafi grappling gets called for the foul…

    They turn it over but Xhaka’s throughball is too hot for our forwards…

  • Now Xhaka is oozing a bit too much confidence and swiping at everything he sees with that left foot of his, the most recent one going into touch.

    Neither team can control the middle of the pitch and it’s end to end… Silva again blasting well over trying a first-time shot in plenty of space.

    Pepe in for ESR…

  • An hour played…

    Xhaka’s left footed cross is over everybody but Pepe keeps it in play…

    Other end, Martinez is quick to a shot cross from their left…

    Pepe, held back gets the whistle and the defender (Kohr) gets the first card of the match…

  • And he takes the FK too (rather than Xhaka?…hmmm…

    We enjoy a moment of possession with Saka driving forward before going wide to Kola whose static cross is over everybody allowing Frankfurt to come down our end…

    …Where Willock is whistled and carded and now they have the FK…

  • They do a WOEFUL short routine, Kostic, in space, lofting a ball about twice as far as he’d have hoped…

  • With the cards out of the refs pocket, players are going down easily… Pepe saying “not the face, not the face…”

    Does anybody know if there’s VAR in this competition?

    Is anybody reading anything I write…or like sex on the internet, is it just me, all alone, searching for love?…

    Willock, put in by Saka can’t beat the keeper (with power) from a tight angle despite a LOT of time to think about where to place the ball…

  • Other end, Kostic shoots hard but just wide of Emi’s far post…again from a tough angle…

  • And another…from Paciencia on the turn but it’s weak and easy for Martinez…

  • More at our end… with a couple of corners… We leave their guys open but nothing to fear and it’s with Emi again, PEA almost gets on a long ball down their end…

    Willock out, Ceballos in…

  • Still 15 mins plus injury time… but Kola is trying to use it up and gets yellow for delaying a throw…

    More action down our end, with Chambers failing to play out of our box. The Frankfurt player, under LT11’s watch allows the ball over the end line…

    Next foray, Kostic tries a bicycle shot… Not very close but he didn’t whiff it…

    We keep it in and look good trying to make a quick shot…And again but Saka, waiting for a deflected shot to fall can’t quite beat the keeper…

  • From a throw Saka does well to get around his defender but can’t quite get the ball to PEA… Again we keep it in their half, this time with PEA trying to find a teammate with a chipped cross…

    It comes down our end but then…

    SECOND YELLOW with Saka going down (quite softly, IMO) and getting Kohr sent off…

    Final sub, AMN in for Kola(?)…

  • Terrible FK routine–or improvisation–from Ceballos…

    Now we go to three at the back, Saka playing as a wing-back?…

    Another late tackle (on Ceballos this time) and another card for a Frankfurt player (Kamada)…

    And we almost score from the FK, but PEA can’t quite steer it home…

  • Chambers hauls down a Frankfurt counter, taking a yellow for the team…

    And Saka also gives a foul (but isn’t carded)…so another FK will get sent in…

  • Eventually it’s in the safe hands of Martinez…

    And, other end, SAKA finishes it with a great shot from 20 yds!!!!!

  • Curled into the far corner with his left foot after a set up touch… Pepe gets the assist but Frankfurt were dead on their feet…and the time and space were ample… Still, a perfectly executed shot…


  • Again it’s Saka getting a toe in to start it and then left-footing a perfect ball for PEA who will not miss with that much time/space… In the build-up, LT11 lost a shoe…

  • More Arsenal attack with Saka and PEA trying to add even more gloss… Saka gets a good cross in but PEA can’t quite pull off a quick touch shot…

  • We keep coming but LT11 probably isn’t the guy we want on the end of the high cross…

  • One final (counter) attack, but it’s all a bit tight in their box and even tiny Torreira can’t sort it out…

    The whistle blows and it finishes nil-3 making our Thursday nights a good deal more straightforward…

    So, this time Emery’s plan looks genius? Or is it all about the players? M&M (Martinez and Mustafi) in central defense? Willock and Saka working the left side/middle of the pitch? I’m sure we still got outshot and the corner count must be in Frankfurt’s favor, but this is how you win at this level, right Unai?…

    Over to the smarter folks (y’all)… Thanks to all (or anybody…) if you read (anything)…

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