Football is back in WD6 5AL. Enjoy the game! Here’s the Arsenal team.

By Bulldog Drummond

In case you don’t get to matches at Arsenal Stadium, let me explain.  As the game is about to get underway the stadium announcer announces, as announcers tend to do, in an excited voice, “Football is back in N5, enjoy the game!” so I thought we’d use it today, although it took a moment to find the postcode of Boreham Wood.

But yes, football is back and kick off is at 3pm.  It feels like it has been a very long and very tedious wait, but finally it is here and it is being played out on too.  So something to do this afternoon.

So we should be seeing all the players who were not involved in the WC (which apparently is still going on, although I am not sure anyone is watching today, at least according to the papers it is a game that no one wants to play, which is why Fifa make people play it), and that means getting a look at three of the new signings: Sokratis, Bernd Leno and Matteo Guendouzi.

And of course, after years of suggesting it on Untold, we’ve got a squad that is not packed with WC players, so we should be seeing the likes of Aubameyang, Mkhitaryan,  and Lacazette up front, Ramsey in midfield and Bellerin at the back as well as Calum Chambers, Sead Kolasinac (who seemed to have a troubled end to the season) and Shkodran Mustafi (whom the AAA have marked down as a person of ill-repute).

Plus of course we are going to see some of the kiddies – at least if previous opening games are anything to go by.  Ainsley Maitland Niles is of course now part of the first team squad, but we should also see Reiss Nelson, Eddie Nketiah, and Joe Willock who were all pushing through last season.

Jordi Osei-Tutu’s name is being mentioned in dispatches along with Chuba Akpom.  Chuba is a man of constant loans, the latest being for a season in the Belgium top division.  Here’s the history

Years Team Games Goals
2013- Arsenal 4
2014 Brentford (loan) 4
2014 Coventry City (loan) 6
2014 Nottingham Forest (loan) 7
2015/6 Hull City (loan) 36 3
2017 Brighton & Hove Albion (loan) 10
2018 Sint-Truiden (loan) 16 6

Internationally he is a player who has played for England under 21 but is said to be considering playing in future for Nigeria for whom he also qualifies.

Osei-Tutu came to Arsenal in 2015 from Reading for a fee that was reported at the time of being around £100,000.  He is a right back, but also plays in central defence and has occasionally being spotted venturing up the right wing.

Certainly players from last year’s under 23 team in PL2 will be looking for chances this season having turned the form of previous years around, to win the league…

P W D L F A Pts
1. Arsenal U23 22 13 3 6 32 32 42
2. Liverpool U23 22 13 1 8 27 27 40
3. Leicester U23 22 11 6 5 20 20 39
4. Swansea U23 22 11 4 7 31 31 37
5. West Ham U23 22 9 4 9 32 32 31
6. Manchester City U23 22 8 6 8 31 31 30
7. Everton U23 22 9 3 10 36 36 30
8. Chelsea U23 22 8 5 9 35 35 29
9. Tottenham U23 22 7 5 10 48 48 26
10. Derby U23 22 7 3 12 44 44 24
11. Sunderland U23 22 6 4 12 39 39 22
12. Manchester Utd U23 22 4 8 10 40 40 20

So can we pick a squad?

It is a bit of a mug’s game not least because two teams will play – a different group in each half, but try this


Cech, Leno, Martinez

Right back

Bellerin, Osei-Tutu, Jenkinson

Centre back (2)

Mustafi, Sokratis, Holding, Chambers, Mavropanos

Left back

Kolasinac, Monreal

Midfield defence

Ramsey, Maitland-Niles

Midfield attack (2)

Reine-Adelaide, Smith-Rowe, Guendouzi, Nelson, Willock

Attack (3)

Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang, Lacazette, Akpom, Nketiah, Perez, Akpom

That gives us enough for a different team in each half and a small number of players to come on as second half subs so as to feel part of the plot.  Anyone from this list who is not injured and doesn’t get to be involved will be struggling to be part of the squad this season, even for cup games.

Isn’t it good to have football back!

Read all about it

Arsenal in the summer: why a poor pre-season could be just what we want.

Boreham Wood v Arsenal all the players we’ll see plus videos of recent encounters.

As the season starts: Update on Arsenal Youngsters, Women and the PGMO referees

Boreham Wood v Arsenal. Football’s coming home. At last.


6 Replies to “Football is back in WD6 5AL. Enjoy the game! Here’s the Arsenal team.”

  1. Football London claim to have the starting lineup: Cech, Bellerin, Sokratis, Mavropanos, Osei-Tutu, Maitland-Niles, Willock, Smith-Rowe, Nelson, Aubameyang, Lacazette.

    No idea about the beach.

  2. One thing that I haven’t seen is a coordinated press by our midfield and forwards. In fairness, Boreham Wood hasn’t had the ball much.

  3. I go out to chase a deer away, and Arsenal scores a bunch. Since I got back, no scoring. Drat.

    Here was the beach at the beginning.

    Mkhitaryan, Ramsey, Holding, Mustafa, Chambers, Reine-Adelaide, Nketiah, Jenkinson, Martinez, Perez, Guendouzi, Kolasinac, Akpom

  4. Leno got hurt in practice?

    We missed 3 in the first half?

    The second half line up: Martinez, Jenkinson, Chambers, Holding, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Ramsey, Reine-Adelaide, Mkhitaryan, Perez, Nketiah.

    Disallowed goal to Ramsey (handled ball), and finally Arsenal score while I am following play.

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