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Six Changes In Our Predicted Team For Arsenal



This is the team we think Steve Bruce will send out for the match at Arsenal on Sunday. It has six changes from the win at Oxford, but just one change from our last Premier League match against Norwich.

Bruce will likely revert back to a back three of Fernandez, Lascelles, and Ciaran Clark. They seem to be his preferred trio right now.

At wing-back, Ritchie could keep his place ahead of Danny Rose. However, we think Valentino Lazaro will make his full debut and replace DeAndre Yedlin.

The American has been far too ineffective recently, especially in the final third. Lazaro should be able to add some quality going forward.

It’ll be harsh not to have either of the Longstaff brothers in the midfield, but Nabil Bentaleb has started the last three games, and Isaac Hayden is rarely dropped for a league match.

The front three, assuming Bruce uses this formation, picks itself. Miguel Almiron, Joelinton, and Allan Saint-Maximin should all be refreshed after the winter break, and we see no scenario where they won’t start if all make it through the next few days of training.

The bench could look something like this with minimal options in attack.

Darlow, Yedlin, Schar, Rose, S Longstaff, M Longstaff, Atsu

Steve Bruce didn’t sound too confident in his press conference that any of the injured players would be fully fit for Sunday. So we’ll assume that they all will be unavailable.

What Will Be The Result At Arsenal On Sunday?

  • Loss (44%, 1,119 )
  • Draw (29%, 735 )
  • Win (27%, 694 )

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40 comments so far

  • The Sheikh'sMate

    Feb 14, 2020 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #1

    Toon@2 previous post…. no, no surprises, that’s why I hardly come on here now

    3
  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 14, 2020 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #2

    No bigger blog killer than someone coming on to say why they don’t post rather than adding something like on going contract talks or lack of them.

    4
  • Anglo Saxon

    Feb 14, 2020 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #3

    Sheikh’s how’s the diet going.

    1
  • Captain AmeriMag

    Feb 14, 2020 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #4

    Great news everyone!!

    Mrs AmeriMag is out tonight so I can have Valentine’s with my newly delivered Curvacious Carla Cardboard Cutout!

    I paid extra for the Deluxe DiBello Double D Model complete with vibrating twerk functions and Anti Ashley voice commands so we’re in for a good night.

    #twerkforthetakeover

    23
  • Captain AmeriMag

    Feb 14, 2020 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #5

    In all seriousness though can the InstaTweet aficionados and Plane Watch specialists find out where Carla DiBello, Jamie Reuben & Amanda Staveley are?

    If they appear to be congregating in the North London area over the next few weeks I can prepare to spontaneously combust!

    #cans

    19
  • TomaKaThor

    Feb 14, 2020 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #6

    Only change is Rose for Ritchie for me from that

    5
  • Anglo Saxon

    Feb 14, 2020 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #7

    Captain AmeriMag how yeh gonna climb the wall at the lunatic centre, or have you got the key.

    1
  • geordietom

    Feb 14, 2020 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #8

    i’m still confident the takeover is on going …

    6
  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 14, 2020 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #9

    lesh

    morse code?

    https://youtu.be/DYbUwqmxbfI

    #cancan

    1
  • geordietom

    Feb 14, 2020 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #10

    lesh more morse code

    https://youtu.be/xYoogY-UGio

    0
  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 14, 2020 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #11

    geordietom,
    That’s not even tweaking it man! Never mind a minor upgrade.

    3
  • geordietom

    Feb 14, 2020 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #12

    still confident the takeover is on going…

    0
  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 14, 2020 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #13

    I’m not sure Lazaro will start mind, is he not more attack minded , I can see this being very much a 5-4-1 with Joelinton being hung out to dry on his own again

    8
  • bettyswallocks

    Feb 14, 2020 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #14

    https://youtu.be/vR94BRSHhPM

    Geordietom………. Thought you might like this.

    1
  • Jiayou! (The next MW)

    Feb 14, 2020 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #15

    hopefully the point of the three new signings was so bruce can finally switch tactics. if not, why not. he complains he cant do anything else yet seemingly hasnt used the opportunity to rectify this. any other msnager in the league would have made us slightly more attacking by now. he blames Rafa yet has made us more defensive.

    3
  • geordietom

    Feb 14, 2020 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #16

    Betty’s …

    pmsl …

    do you eat liver ? i prefer OX LIVER my self …

    1
  • geordietom

    Feb 14, 2020 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #17

    Betty’s …

    wor lass has just made a bread and butter pudding …

    and homemade scones …

    and quiche …

    awaiting your cooking tips …

    1
  • Anglo Saxon

    Feb 14, 2020 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #18

    Lot of Gordon Blue talk going on here at the minute.

    3
  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 14, 2020 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #19

    Jiayou! (The next MW),
    Gawd knows, two of the three signings won’t be here next season though so really not sure what the point of Lazarro was unless they really have admitted defeat and realised Krafth is totally pants at the moment and might come in to ay in Bruce’s new formation next season?

    1
  • Jiayou! (The next MW)

    Feb 14, 2020 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #20

    i love liver and heart, either pigs or chickens. not so keen on lungs or intestines.

    0
  • DubaiMicky

    Feb 14, 2020 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #21

    Captain AmeriMag #4 Brilliant bonny lad. Brilliant.

    3
  • geordietom

    Feb 14, 2020 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #22

    still confident that the takeover is on going …

    0
  • hibbit

    Feb 14, 2020 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #23

    trotters with plenty salt and vinegar from the tripe shop in the grainger market

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 14, 2020 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #24

    geordietom,
    I think you should try knocking up some jargon choquant, you’d be a finalist on master chef with it.

    3
  • hibbit

    Feb 14, 2020 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #25

    sadly no longer open

    3
  • Jiayou! (The next MW)

    Feb 14, 2020 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #26

    i think we could play other ways. we could certainly try to. rafa had these players playing orgsnised defensive football (not simply nine men behind the ball) but when the pressure was off at the end of the season he seemed to allow them to attack more. we got massive wins against spurs, fulham, and chelsea on the last days which suggests the players are capable of attacking if they are told to. bruce is talking crap saying he has no choice but to bore us to death.

    4
  • hibbit

    Feb 14, 2020 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #27

    or a plate of welks from milburns oyster baron percy street

    1
  • hibbit

    Feb 14, 2020 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #28

    sadly no longer open.

    2
  • Uncertain Toon

    Feb 14, 2020 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #29

    Jail,

    So Saivet has had a contract extension?

    A classic Jibism, fishing again!

    1
  • Uncertain Toon

    Feb 14, 2020 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #30

    Shame about big Andy Carroll,

    Bruce has more or less left his return date open, we may not see him again this season.

    0
  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 14, 2020 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #31

    Uncertain Toon,
    How on earth he continues to be given an easy ride as he calls the blog footy know nowts is entirely beyond me.

    4
  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 14, 2020 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #32

    Jiayou! (The next MW)
    It’s been erased from history that great start we had in our first season back despite Mitro getting a straight red and leaving Joselu as our main striker, we were doing fine until that takeover bollorx completely unsettled the whole place and team.

    4
  • hibbit

    Feb 14, 2020 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #33

    Uncertain Toon sorry mate but andys way past his sell by date as a player,if bruce still wants him round the club give him a coaching job but his playing days are over

    3
  • ilovetoon8788

    Feb 14, 2020 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #34

    Carroll is exactly what most expected here. A waste of shirt and PR signing. Can understand why West ham dumped him.

    2
  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 14, 2020 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #35

    When listing all those players earlier that go in to their last year I was only thinking of the ones too old, the one’s not good enough and Schar who imo has been offered and turned it down. I’d completely forgotten about Shelvey and Hayden, surely if they were thinking of keeping them they’d have been tied down by now. Wtf is actually happening here, I just can’t see how they can replace about 15 players in the next three windows without letting a load go for free when their time is up.

    2
  • Jib

    Feb 14, 2020 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #36

    Uncertain
    So easy to get a bite
    I couldn’t resist

    2
  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 14, 2020 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #37

    You can butter up AC’s stats all you want, four assists in important goals but none himself, that’s pretty poor in itself. But it’s the fact he’s providing no competition for a place at all which means Joelinton knows he is starting week in week out regardless. You can say what you want about that crap Scottish bloke we hot our money back from Norwich from, Jesus Gamez or Daryl Murphy but they kept our regulars on their toes. What is AC actually doing here, from what we’ve heard he’s hardly an example of good living either.

    2
  • Uncertain Toon

    Feb 14, 2020 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #38

    Jail,

    I just see the comical value now I think.

    He’s inadvertently got me thinking though.

    We’ve had an uncanny amount of duds over the years, I’d imagine the total cost to the club in the premiership era must be incredible. Wonder how we’d gauge a dud though, injury free and not playing 50% of the games in a season maybe. Apart from the obvious players doin a colback!

    0
  • geordietom

    Feb 15, 2020 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #39

    i’m stil confident the sale is still on going …

    0
  • geordietom

    Feb 15, 2020 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #40

    still *

    0


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