By Bulldog Drummond
“Summer signing Nuno Tavares will likely start, while Bernd Leno should come in in goal, having seemingly lost his Premier League place to Aaron Ramsdale.”
But actually none of the columnists and pundits who do offer a team put Balogun in the lineup.
Chambers, Holding, Mari, Tavares
Pepe, Smith Roe, Martinelli
Sports Mole do exactly the same line up. As do SportsKeeda
Pain in the Arsenal have a twist. Their headline is “How to watch, lineups…” and they then say , “there is a squad at Mikel Arteta’s disposal that is in need of earning minutes,” and that’s about it.
But eventually I did find another selection from Pain in the Arsenal…
Tavares, Kolasinac, Holding, Chambers,
Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli,
Now that is interesting with Xhaka – and I wondered about this. But as I understand it, and of course I am often wrong red cards count across all competitions. It is yellow cards that only count in the competition they are awarded in.
So I went a searching and on Arsenal’s own site they state… “Mohamed Elneny is recovering well from a hamstring strain and will be assessed ahead of Wednesday’s match. Granit Xhaka… is serving the last match of a three-match suspension.”
The Daily Canon goes with
Cedric, Holding, Mari, Tavares,
Nketiah, Odegaard, Martinelli,
Which makes the interesting point that if you are in the squad and don’t even get picked for a game against a third division team, that’s a pretty clear message that you have slipped right down the order.
Of course we are only a few games into the season and the real cloggers have not yet had a chance to get their boots into Arsenal players.
But we are in the happy position of having only three players out at the moment (Xhaka, Elneny, Tierney), and this compares with Aston Villa and Leeds who both have eight out. Hoping of course that we get through in this game again Wimbledon, we could well find that a few more injuries come along.
Not being in the Europa League has its upside of first team players not being dragged all over Europe to play what could well be easy matches (and as I recall we won all of them last season) but which still need to have some first teamers along in case things are not going according to plan at half time.
But not being in the Europa has the downside that some of these youngsters don’t get a chance to play in real competitive games, as so many did in the group stage last season.
I’m not sure about putting Odegaard in but I would certainly like to see Martinelli given some real chances to shine.
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