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ФК БАТЭ Барысаў (Bate) v Arsenal: the selections of who actually got on the plane and who didn’t.

by Bulldog Drummond

Since the plane has taken off, and indeed landed in foreign parts, we can now be fairly sure that Alexis Sánchez, Mesut Özil, Alexis Sanchez, Alexandre Lacazette, Laurent Koscielny, Granit Xhaka, Aaron Ramsey and Petr Cech were apparently not seen at the airport!

But not that sure, as will perhaps become apparent in what follows.

Meanwhile there is a fair chance that Reiss Nelson and central midfielder Ashley Maitland-Niles will at the very least be playing on the beach, if not actually starting the match.  Joe Willock might also stand a chance of some match time.

Tantalising us with thoughts of who might line up where Mr Wenger said. “You do not get 10 opportunities to play for Arsenal.   When you get it, even if you only get 20 minutes, you have to convince people you have the qualities to do it, and you have the courage to play.

“There is always an uncertainty. You see in training that the player has the quality. He is here because he has the qualities. To show it during competition is something different. And in my experience, you only discover that during the competition.”

Per Mertesacker, who of course takes over the Academy next season, said, “We see a lot of young players, they have a good future here.  But you also need to develop them in a lot of areas. It’s now about resisting those pressure situations, the lapses of concentration.”

But before we get to the youngsters we can expecte Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott, Per Mertesacker and Jack Wilshere are all going to be part of the show.

Here’s a possible line up

Ospina;

Holding, Mertesacker, Monreal;

Nelson,                                  Maitland-Niles;

Wilshere,             Elneny

Walcott,           Giroud,             Akpom

 

We’re told that racist abuse is fairly commonplace in Belorussian matches, and Borisov Automobile and Tractor Electronics FC were told by Uefa to shut part of the Borisov Arena for a Champions League fixture with Porto in November 2014 after previous accusations of racism.

But Uefa is nothing if not totally and utterly inconsistent, and if there is any abuse it will be a chance to see the 2017 brand of the almighty Uefa disciplinary machinery slip into action and fine the club £2.75.

And apparently Mr Wenger will say hello to Alex Hleb, which should be nice.

Discussing the playing of Maitland-Niles, Mr Wenger said: “His best position is defensive midfield. He has exceptional pace, a capacity to steal the ball from people, and I am convinced that he is ready to play.”  Of course this doesn’t mean he will play defensive midfield, because other players also have to fit into the structure.  Elneny will probably also get a game because he has limited opportunities while Xhaka and Ramsey hold the centre, but he has been highly praised and Mr Wenger clearly is keen to keep him happy with playing time.

Back on the subject of Maitland-Niles Mr Wenger added, “He has to improve a little bit on the concentration front, the demands of top-level football don’t tolerate some lapses of concentration, but all the rest is there.”

Trying to work out who is going to be on the beach is difficult, as I have seen several lists of everyone who got on the plane, but each one seems to be different.   The Mirror is reporting the squad as:

Ospina, Cech, Macey, Mertesacker, Holding, Mustafi, Wilshere, Elneny, Maitland-Niles, Walcott, Giroud, Nelson, Willock, McGuane, Dasilva, Akpom, Gilmour, Debuchy, which is again different from the selection said to have got on the plane by others.  Some say that Cech and Mustafi were not at the airport, but we all know what pesky things these airports are.  People appear, people vanish.  It’s all a mystery, or maybe just a revelation of the fact that the media makes it all up anyway.

Anyway, in other news as they say, Joel Campbell appears to have recovered from his injury picked up while playing for his country, and so he is now ready to start his loan spell with Real Betis.

So now I think we’ll have to leave it at that, and see who is actually playing and who is beached sometime after 5pm UK time.  Apparently the game is free to air on Freeview in the UK.

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78 comments to ФК БАТЭ Барысаў (Bate) v Arsenal: the selections of who actually got on the plane and who didn’t.

  • Josif

    So, Alexis hasn’t been seen twice at the airport? He has to be the most unseen person on the airport ever!

  • Andrew Crawshaw

    I would Have Maitland-Niles as Right Wing Back and Nelson on the left, otherwise I think you are probably about right.

    Another option would be to have DaSilva at Left wing back and start Nelson as left forward instead of Akpom. That way you at least have two out of three youngsters playing in their normal positions

  • Ogban

    Where is Debuchy? Is he in Belarus or not? If he is, he should play imo

  • WalterBroeckx

    As I have to work late on Thursdays and the match is early I will not be able to write a match report…. Sorry.

  • Andrew Crawshaw

    @Ogban

    Debuchy has, I think, been sent through a black hole to a distant part of some galaxy. He hasn’t been photographed in any of our training sessions for some time. He certainly wasn’t on the plane to Belarus, or if he was he didn’t get off it.

  • Jax

    Not sure about this being free to air in the UK. If it is it must be on some obscure channel unavailable to me.
    Your team selection looks quite close to what will probably start. Akpom! The forgotten man of Arsenal. This could be his opportunity to remind us that he’s a decent player.

  • SamuelAkinsolaAdebosin

    With so many versions of the media account of which Gunner got on the plane and flew off to Belarus being circulated on the net since yesterday which I’ve used, it has appeared the media outlets are not sure of who were the Gunners who actually got on the plane and fly out to Belarus. They just guessed the list of the Gunners who boarded the plane. This is bad journalism. At least one of the media outlets journalist should have gone to Luton airport to ascertained who and who got on the plane and writes a news report. And from his news report writing, the rest of the media outlets can use his information report to circulate the news in their media outlets since they are allowed to share stories among themselves.

    Mr Drummond, your starts and mine are similar to the one I posted in my comment posting on this site this morning in my very last starts and bench making. Save, Mustafi I started for Monreal who you’ve started because the media reports said Mustafi got on the plane but Monreal stayed behind.

    Le Prof’s 18 man squad for the match when revealed will let us know who and who actually got on the plane. But I implore the media to henceforth be reporting correctly in truth and stops guesswork journalism as this can be misleading.

  • Andrew Crawshaw

    Arsenal team

    Ospina
    Mustafa, Mertesacker, Holding
    Nelson, Maitland-Niles
    Willock, Elneny, Wilshere
    Theo, Giroud

    Beach

    Macey, Da Silva, Dragomir, Mc Guane, Akpom, Nketiah, Gilmour

  • Gord

    It looks like this game is on satellite in Canada. Maybe you can find something in the UK Jax?

    Probably no intelligence in the sound feed though.

  • Andrew Crawshaw

    @Jax

    Is is on BT Sport challenge 2 and also their Sport Showcase channel. HD Freeview Channel 115

  • Andrew Crawshaw

    Bate team

    Scherbetski
    Roos, Gajduchik, Milunovic, Polyakov
    Volodko, Dragon
    Gordejchuk, Ivanic, Stasevich
    Rodionov

    Bench

    Vermenko (GK), Tupminen, Yablonski, Berezkin, Baba, Volodko, Signevich

  • ARSENAL 13

    @Andrew,

    Who is this Mustafa!!!

    New signing 😬

  • ARSENAL 13

    Master plan by Mr Wenger, to send Debuchy through the wormhole. So that when he returns he could be younger. …….

  • Gord

    Arsenal.com is in gameday mode:

    > Summary

    > _ Match set to begin at 6pm (UK time)
    > _ Olivier Giroud will spearhead our attack
    > _ Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott also start
    > _ Live commentary available on Arsenal.com and the Arsenal app

    COYG!

  • Polo

    Come on Arsenal, let’s win this.

  • Polo

    Does the Bate manager look like Roman Abramovich?

  • ARSENAL 13

    What a move…. come on ARSENAL

  • ARSENAL 13

    Theooooooooo..

    Yyyyyyyyyyyyeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrhhhhhhhhhhhh

  • Polo

    Goalll!!!! Theo Theo!!!

  • para

    0-`1 Theo

  • ARSENAL 13

    Looks like Abrahamovics younger brother…..

  • Jax

    Andrew

    Thanks for that info. I think those channels must be exclusive to the BT Freeview box (which I don’t have), because they’re not on the normal Freeview list.

    Gord. I’ll have to connect my satellite stuff up again. Haven’t bothered at all with it for a couple of years now.

  • ARSENAL 13

    Noooooooooooooooooo….

  • Polo

    Lol must be his younger brother

  • para

    Jax dont know where you are but try this
    http://cricfree.sc/bt-sport-2-live-stream-2

  • Polo

    Ooohhh so close for the yellow submarine

  • Polo

    Theo on a hat trick

  • ARSENAL 13

    Hahhahahaha tthheeeooooooooo

  • para

    Too easy?

  • ARSENAL 13

    I was hoping for Giroud 100…. Theo you selfish bugger

  • Polo

    Thank you Mr. Keeper.

    Hmm I wonder if there are any bets behind the scene?

  • Andrew Crawshaw

    So neatly three

  • Polo

    Ohh poor Giroud, so close.

  • ARSENAL 13

    Holding…. wwwoooohhhhoooooo

  • Andrew Crawshaw

    Now is three. Holding’s first for the club

  • para

    How many tonight?

  • ARSENAL 13

    Noooooooooooooooooo….wwhhhyyyyyyy

  • Polo

    Leicester part 2?

  • Andrew Crawshaw

    That was predictable. Good header giving Ospina no chance. Need to be careful in possession

  • para

    I suppose that Ospina felt sorry for them though. 🙂

  • Polo

    Set Giroud up for his 100 please.

  • Polo

    Bate growing in confidence.

  • ARSENAL 13

    Come on Giroud……

  • ARSENAL 13

    2 footed wilshere ….no Yellow!!

  • Polo

    Look like Bate learn from West Brom

  • ARSENAL 13

    Wilshere growing in confidence…..

    If only referees dint allow man slaughter…

  • ARSENAL 13

    What the efff.. swinging hand like that!!!!

  • Andrew Crawshaw

    Clear red card for the foul on Willock. Somehow given as a foul against him!

  • ARSENAL 13

    That was a red not given

  • Andrew Crawshaw

    So nearly four

  • Markyb

    The ref is a joke

  • ARSENAL 13

    Maitland Niles has been excellent…….

    Never catches the eye as he’s not flashy like the other youngsters on the field…..but consistently performing well whenever called upon…

  • Polo

    Hoping there will be no injury to any of our players, Bate playing Pulis style.

  • Usama Zaka

    Elbowing a kid in the face, utterly shameless

  • Polo

    Waiting for Giroud to score

  • Polo

    Giroud finally. Congratulation.

  • ARSENAL 13

    100 Giroud….. yyyyyyyyyyyyeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrhhhhhhhhhhhh…

    Let the gates open…

  • ARSENAL 13

    Why was the penalty given!!!!

  • Damilare

    Congratulations to Giroud on his 100th. Wish you a quicker 200th.

  • Polo

    Shirt pulling, funny thing was nobody expected it.

  • Damilare

    ARSENAL 13, the penalty was awarded because of shirt pulling.
    Unfortunately in the premier league, bigmob’s men in black turn blind eyes. How many times have we seen defenders trying to undress Giroud in the box

  • Gord

    Oops, I was doing farm chores when the game started. Congrats to Walcott on the brace (so far), Holding on his first, and Giroud on his 100th!

    COYG!

  • ARSENAL 13

    Giroud could very well be level with Bergkamp come.the end of the season…..

  • goonersince72

    Congrats to OlivieR Giroud on his 100th for AFC!

  • ARSENAL 13

    Somebody teach Mustafi to stay on his feet…….

  • ARSENAL 13

    Noooooooooooooooooo why-o-why

  • Polo

    We getting complacent, stay focus please.

  • para

    Why does Arsenal do these sort of things?
    They stil have not learnt that game is not done til it’s done.

    But maybe they just want to get out of the forest alive though. 🙁

  • ARSENAL 13

    Theo Theo Theo yyoooouuuu selfish bugger

  • para

    I hope Arsenal learns from this how to be ruthless in games. Could have back fired and left them in a tricky situation.

    Cant afford to be lax until game is done and dusted, no matter where you are playing.

    Still, letting them get back a little may well be a strategy that ensures Arsenal(and fans) get out alive.

  • Polo

    Well done to the team. On to the next match.

  • Gord

    I went upstairs to watch the last 23 minutes or so, which was just before BATE scored their second and I guess about when Arsenal geared down. The stats before that time were quite a bit in Arsenal’s favour, but the full game stats are much more even.

    Shots on target 9:7
    _off target 6:5
    Possession 57% Arsenal
    Corners 3:5
    Offsides 3:3
    Fouls 12:10
    Yellow 3:0

    I think I would have preferred to see another Arsenal goal or 2, but 4 goals away is still not a bad result. Lots of young players getting some time in.

  • Polo

    @ Para, their mind was on how they will take their selfies, and lost concentration on the match. Just joking.

  • WalterBroeckx

    Great result! 🙂

  • WalterBroeckx

    Excellent use of the squad from Wenger also

  • Gord

    As we were (sort of) told at the WBA game. A proper response to this game is:

    BOSTIN!

  • Jax

    Andrew
    Just updated my channel list (first time in over a year) and discovered….115……Doh!
    Thanks again for the info.

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