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Unai Emery made the expected two changes to the side that defeated Manchester United. Petr Cech reclaimed his cup-tie goalkeeping role and Shkodran Mustafi returned as replacement for the suspended Sokratis Papastathopoulos. The first half-chance fell to Alexandre Lacazette who was just beaten to a through ball by goalkeeper Koubec. Moments later we had the […]

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Unai Emery’s selection took many by surprise when it was confirmed an hour before kick-off. From the defeat in Rennes out went Petr Cech, Shkodran Mustafi, Lucas Torreira (suspended), Alex Iwobi, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan (back). Promoted to a very attacking looking eleven were Bernd Leno, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Sead Kolasinac, Aaron Ramsey, and Alexandre Lacazette. We […]

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Unai Emery started a stronger eleven than anticipated eleven in Rennes so making clear his Europa League ambitions for this season. Petr Cech started behind a back four of Shkodran Mustafi, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Laurent Koscielny, and Nacho Monreal. Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira started behind a midfield trio of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Mesut Ozil, and Alex […]

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Unai Emery opted to stick with the 4-2-3-1 and as expected left Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang and Mesut Ozil, as well as Lucas Torreira, on the bench. It caused Martin Keown and Rio Ferdinand a real problem as they made clear on commentary on BT Sport. There were less than two minutes on the clock when the […]

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Unai Emery made six changes from the team that beat Southampton, explaining that he needed players with “more energy” tonight. It took Mesut Ozil just over three minutes to open our account when put clear in the inside-left channel by Sead Kolasinac. Just the start needed to lift a far from full house. The Arsenal […]

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Unai Emery made some significant changes to the starting eleven that won 3-0 on Thursday. At the back Sokratis Papastathopoulos was preferred to Laurent Koscielny and Sead Kolasinac replaced Nacho Monreal at left-back. Ahead of them Lucas Torreira returned at the expense of Matteo Guendouzi, Aaron Ramsey displaced the unfortunate Mesut Ozil, and Alexandre Lacazette […]

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Ten out of eleven. Pure luck or am I starting to read the man. The odd one out? Stephan Lichtsteiner at right-back and no Ainsley Maitland-Niles (slight injury was reported) or Carl Jenkinson on the bench. I suppose the thinking was if he had to go off then the other three could switch one place […]

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Unai Emery opted to start with Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi rather than Denis Suarez and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as predicted here in the preview. We came so close to taking a second minute lead when Sead Kolasinac was played in on the left flank and from his cross Mkhitaryan could only find the chest of […]

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There were a few surprises when the team sheet was published an hour before kick-off at Huddersfield. Our attacking options were restricted by a knee injury to Aaron Ramsey, and illness ruling out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mesut Ozil. Granit Xhaka was also ruled out with a groin problem. We welcomed back Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Henrykh […]

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Unai Emery surprisingly opted to start with a 4-4-2. Laurent Koscielny was passed fit to return alongside Shkodran Mustafi, with Stephan Lichsteiner and Nacho Monreal as full-backs in front of Bernd Leno. With Granit Xhaka ruled out we played Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi with Sead Kolasinac and Alex Iwobi in midfield. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and […]

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