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With just one change to the starting eleven predicted in the preview Unai Emery looked to be sending his team out with a strong attacking intent. The preference of Mesut Ozil ahead of Granit Xhaka owed everything to the latter being ruled unfit and gave us a number of options going forward. Would it be […]

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Unai Emery made two changes from the team that started against Newcastle on Monday. Mohamed Elneny was surprisingly preferred to Aaron Ramsey and Henrikh Mkhitaryan replaced Alex Iwobi. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang remained on the bench. In the absence of Ramsey and Laurent Koscielny, Mesut Ozil was handed the captain’s armband. In only the second minute Alexandre […]

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Unai Emery juggled his pack again for the visit of Newcastle. Laurent Koscielny and Granit Xhaka were ruled out and so Bernd Leno started behind a back three of Shkodran Mustafi, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, and the returning Nacho Monreal. Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Sead Kolasinac were charged with giving us width either side of Aaron Ramsey (captain […]

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The Arsenal, or at least those who aren’t on international duty, finally got some competitive action under their belt in Dubai this afternoon. In fact to begin with it was rather more competitive than imagined even for a blend of youth and experience in the Gunners starting line-up. Bernd Leno, Shkodran Mustafi, Mesut Ozil, and […]

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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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