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  1. Robert

    I reckon you’ve double counted a few more, Tony. Martinez, Holding, Reine-Adelaide, Akpom and Jenkinson are all in the 25+5. Total should be 34 including Maitland-Niles, Willock, Zelalem amd Bielik.

    And the injury list is a tad longer: Cazorla, Akpom, Mertesacker, Welbeck plus Debuchy, Ramsey and Sanogo. Wenger said Giroud *should* play, so that’s not definite, and of course Xhaka is suspended.

    Thanks for the 67 lineup. For those bleating about Xhaka they should remember Storey. Now he could bite yer legs.

  2. Robert

    On breakthrough kids, it was interesting to read that Klopp is planning to field a lot of youngsters, and he said that one day he hoped to be the one announcing to the press that they’d bought nobody in the transfer window because they’d promoted from within.

  3. bushido

    i think some of the youngster like Emi Martinez, Zelalem, Willock, Maitland-Niles and even Akpom really need to go out on loan this winter transfer to gain more experience and 1st team football action under their belt. the only player i think that gonna have a chance to play 1st team football with Arsenal this season is Jeff R-A (don’t know how long Akpom gonna be out). as the season progress the match is gonna be less and less for some of the youngster. i’m not really sure’ but if Arsenal progress more further into the EFL cup and AW want to stick with the same 11′ more or less and continued to reward the youngsters, then maybe some (i don’t expect all of them) will stick around and play in premier league 2 and made some appearance in FA cup. that’s just my thought, wishing them all the best and hope every 1of them will have a great season

  4. Goonermikey

    You’ve jogged a serious memory for me Tony having been brought up on the team you mention. My first ever game was the home leg of the semi-final against Huddersfield. We won 3-2 and Terry Neil hit the bar with a penalty in front of the North Bank.

    It is my recollection that usually Graham played on the left, Armstrong down the right and Radford through the middle.

    Arsenal were very average in those days and lived in the shadow of our neighbours who had achieved the first post-war domestic double a few years earlier. Strangely though there was no aaa in those days, we just got on with supporting the club. Defeats were just as disappointing but were merely met by a fresh wave of optimism for the next game rather than booing of the team. The rest, as they say, is history 🙂

  5. Samuel Akinsola Adebosin

    Arsenal’s mostly backup team will this night at the Ems swallow up the Reading’s senior team by 4 goals to nil and move on to the quarterfinals of the ELC to wait for Lady Luck to give us our Q/final opponent team.

    Our backup Gunners team MUST make sure they deliver to us that 4-0 win unfailingly. But if they decided to better the scoreline than the 4-0 that’s on the cards for them to score, it’s all for our good. I’ll accept it.

    I hope my starts and bench bellow for this match will tally with the ones Le Prof will make. And if they don’t, it doesn’t matter. Reading will still suffer even if they park the bus in ab attempt to frustrate us and steal a goal through 1 or 2 counterattacks. It won’t workout for them because the Gunners’ backups are fully aware of such negative football approach by teams coming to the Ems to play against Arsenal. And they have found the antidote to the park the bus tactics by any team playing against them in any competition since the park the bus episode of Middlesbrough last Saturday at the Ems which enabled them to get a result.

    My starts:

    Jenkinson Holding Gabriel Gibbs
    Maitland-Niles Elneny
    Oxchambo Iwobi Perez

    My bench:
    Macey Seaf Bielik Dasilva Selalem Willock Mavididi.

  6. Leon

    I’ve remembered something about those matches from the 1950’s & ’60’s which I’d completely forgotten.
    When the opposition scored the fans gave out polite (if muted) applause. At least they did at the Clock End where I stood.
    Wouldn’t hear that now, and arguably all the better for it.
    How times have changed.

  7. Robert

    RIP Carlos Alberto, captain of Brazil’s 1970 world cup-winning side. I watched that final on TV, and that Brazil side really was superb.

  8. Samuel Akinsola Adebosin

    I read the list of some junior and senior Gunners yesterday on arsenal. com whom Le Prof said he will play them against Reading. But in my starts and bench for the Reading game, I omitted Reine- Adelaide from my 18 man match day squad who is among those Gunners Le Prof has said he’ll play in this match.

    Omitting Adelaide will constitute to overruling the decision Le Prof has already taken. And that can not work. Hence, I’ve decided to reshuffle my bench by making 1 change to it. But no change have I made to my starts as I prefer Maitland-Niles who started at RB in the Forest game to start this game in partnership with Elneny at the base for Arsenal if Le Prof agrees. And that my preference has led to putting Adelaide on my bench.

    My reshuffled bench:

    Macey Seaf Bielik Dasilva Reine-Adelaide Mavididi.

  9. Notoverthehill

    Thanks, Tony!

    Sir Robert Charlton and Sir Alex Ferguson are directors of ManU Football Club, but are not on the board of Red Football.

    Red Football’s key football Performance Indices include:

    a) minimum first 3 in the English Premier League

    b) minimum last 16 of the UEFA Champions League,

    c) minimum last 8 in the FA and League Cups, for the first team.

    How many managers, have approached those KPI’s, consistently over 20 years?

    I rest my case.

  10. Samuel Akinsola Adebosin

    Please Willock is on my bench too.

  11. Gord

    A person was hit by the train between Reading and Slough, delays have started.

  12. Gord

    This is only affecting one line, other rail links between Reading and London are apparently near normal.

  13. para

    So a chance to see the youth and Perez up front. A good selection of players tonight and lets hope they were training together for tonight.

    So true, but as you said, muted.

    3 mins to go.

  14. redsy

    Anyone see the youngster we dumped 2 years ago play for liverpool the other night he was amazing Ovie Ejaria shame we didnt hang on to him

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