Xhaka, The Jeff and Lucas start: Nottingham Forest v Arsenal teams

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Arsenal team news 2016

It’s EFL Cup action tonight as we face Nottingham Forest at the City Ground, the first time the teams have met since 1999.

Here are the official line-ups.

Nottingham Forest: Stojkovic, Pereira, Mancienne, Mills, Lichaj, Dumitru-Cardoso, Cohen (c), Lansbury, Kasami, Osborn, Bendtner

Subs: Smith, Fox, Carayol, Lica, Hobbs, Grant, Vellios

Arsenal: Martinez, Maitland-Niles, Holding, Gabriel, Gibbs, Elneny, Xhaka, The Jeff, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Akpom, Lucas

Subs: Macey, Bielik, Sheaf, Mavididi, Willock, Zelalem, Dasilva

 

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David C
David C

Wow, that’s not what I expected. No Ospina or Cech. It will be fun to see the young lads play! COYG!!!

Are we playing a bunch of ghosts because I can’t see the Forest team for the trees 🙂

David C
David C

you fixed that fast!

Mein Bergkampf
Mein Bergkampf

No bench whatsoever. Would’ve liked a few first XI on it myself. Let’s hope we don’t need it! COYG!!

Tom Gun
Tom Gun

Willock and Zelalem are brilliant players. Very exciting and would love to see them develop and realise their MASSIVE potential

flooow
flooow

I’m really disappointed to see the Ox start again while Zelalem has to sit on the bench after he had a good loan spell at rangers. This is hillarious

Frank
Frank

Do we reckon that’s a 4-4-2 or Perez or akpom are on the wing?

Arsepedant
Arsepedant

I think Perez and Akpom will be interchangeable, on up front and one on the wing. And they may also rotate into a 4-4-2 from time to time.

It’s a very fluid line-up with lot of pace. I quite like it. Not a whole lot on the bench, though.

DontForget
DontForget

There’s Willock, Zelalem, and Dasilva. I love the bench. Hope these 3 make it on somehow.

I Rony
I Rony

His name Jeff!!

Bryan Clayden
Bryan Clayden

As I said on team news page Martinez:) looks a quality keeper to!

Juan Cornetto
Juan Cornetto

Debuchy not even in the squad. He must have seriously pissed on Wenger’s chips.

Santi's Smile
Santi's Smile

Wenger may remember his performance in the Flamini Derby at the same stage last year. Debuchy was awful in that match.

InTheNorthBank
InTheNorthBank

On a right back-related note, does anybody know how jenkinson is getting on? Don’t hear much about hia recovery anymore

Bryan Clayden
Bryan Clayden

Arsene updated us on Jenko yesterday.Check the Arsenal site recent team news!

Goon
Goon

Jeff!

Parth
Parth

That’s a really below strength squad barring Xhaka and Eleneny.
Even the bench is scarily shorn of firepower. Any reason we are taking the cup so lightly despite being knocked by Sheffield last year?

Piresrocks
Piresrocks

I actually think this is a pretty strong team. Most players are either potential 1st or 2nd choice except for keeper and Maitland-Niles who are actually potentially very good players. And oh, I probably don’t rate Akpom as much. Would have preferred Willock who is much more exciting.

goonerink
goonerink

oooh emi gets a game! solid keeper, though still some way off our other 3(inc shez)
and no debuch, so maintland-niles in at rb? we shall see
otherwise generally the same team the majority of us called!

GunnAlex
GunnAlex

No strength on the bench if things start going abit Sheffield Wednesdayish

?

Mpls
Mpls

These boys will just have to step up and not feel like they’re looking over their shoulders at the big boys stepping in to fix things!

I think it’s a good thing. Throw some trust and expectations at them. The lineup’s no slouch for talent so they can do it if they just take their chance.

COYG!

Petit's Handbag
Petit's Handbag

A very good strong midfield. Should be a good game, which makes it more annoying that it isn’t televised. Who doesn’t want to see The Lord versus The Jeff!!?

MeSoHornsey
MeSoHornsey

Didn’t realise Maitland-Niles could play right back.

Very looking forward to seeing Perez on his first start.

Tom Gun
Tom Gun

Not his first start. Started against Southampton

ClockEndRider
ClockEndRider

Was full back in the u 23 game against Liverpool. On the evidence of that game, he can’t play right back as he was awful and looked like a winger being played out of position. Oddly enough.

Jammathon
Jammathon

That is a proper OLD SCHOOL League Cup team, that is. Love it.

Jeremy O Dwyer
Jeremy O Dwyer

Not much experience on the bench if things go pear shaped, though if Arsene is using the League Cup to give fringe players a run out i’ve no problem with that.

I like trophies as much as the next person, but if there’s any competition to experiment in it’s the League Cup.

Paul
Paul

A team that has certainly not played together before.
Nobody to rescue us from the bench.
This is a big risk but an exciting one nevertheless!
COYG!

Arsenal Pakistan!
Arsenal Pakistan!

Any update regarding the live blog?

Arthritic Knee
Arthritic Knee

Maitland-Niles on RB! Looking forward to the match!

obi wan iwobi
obi wan iwobi

who is the captaon?

RosickyLegend7
RosickyLegend7

Gibbo captain!!!! True Gooner, deserves it. Love the guy!!!! COYG!!!!

Fabulous
Fabulous

Anyone know some good streams? Would really appreciate it

mo974
mo974

Go on rojadirecta.me and select the game and the kbps according to your server. it works quite well for me who’s on the other side of the planet in the indian ocean! COYG

Fabulous
Fabulous

I’ll try it out. Thanks mate

rochester
rochester
DialSquareGoon
DialSquareGoon

Xhaka for captain!!!

Tom Thumb
Tom Thumb

The return of lord bendtner, if he scores the winner all social media sites will have a meltdown.

die hard gooner

Really dont like our bench. It is still a senior competition. should have walcott cazorla and ozil on the bench for protection. and Is debuchy not a member of the squad anymore?

ClockEndRider
ClockEndRider

It’s the least important competition we enter against a team a couple of divisions lower. If the youngsters can’t win, that tells is what we need to know about them. No point in risking injuries to 1 st team players if we don’t need to.

charmin_tas
charmin_tas

The players need to win this game for continued game time.
However, I don’t think AW is interested in this competition IMO.

Hopefully a loss won’t knock the confidence of our new players because this is not where they are really needed.

SuperFlam
SuperFlam

Reaaaally don’t like the idea of Maitland-Niles at full-back. That said I didn’t used to like the idea of Bellerin at full back…

Sane
Sane

Well who else is going to play there?

ididntpay
ididntpay

I wonder what his mom has to say/shout/fight

Arsene's red tie
Arsene's red tie

I get your drift… and really hope that’s the case

Rectum Spectrum
Rectum Spectrum

Excellent lineup, really excited to see the boys play.

JOEL
JOEL

What’s the point of keeping Debuchy if he doesn’t even make the bench in the League Cup?Why isn’t Ospina playing again and proving that the PSG debacle wasn’t a one-off fluke?
I would also have thought that both Iwobi and particularly Walcott would have been useful substitutes if required.Walcott needs as much game-time as possible as his problems are predominantly psychological.Here was an opportunity to potentially come into the game and enjoy a positive cameo performance over the last 20 minutes or so…
Last Season Wenger again decided to put a similar “scratch-team” together who had no answer to a Sheffield Wednesday side who were used to playing competitive games together.Once again this smacks of typical Wenger arrogance…Nothing we haven’t seen before!!…Hopefully this won’t come back to bite him in the backside…as he needs this particular part of his anatomy to both talk through and work out his team tactics for Arsenal’s next game against Chelsea.

Arsepedant
Arsepedant

Well, I guess we know now why Wenger is the manager and you aren’t.

AP
AP

Haha, guess the match came to bite you in the cock, JOEL!

G-Man
G-Man

Poor Poor Debuchy… Almost feel sorry for him

Clock End Mike
Clock End Mike

Not sure I do…

Arsepedant
Arsepedant

Key word is “almost”.

CLEGooner
CLEGooner

Wow, the prof could NOT give a shit about the league cup. Nor could I, to be fair.

Arsepedant
Arsepedant

Clearly, he DOES give a shit, because look what just happened. He put out exactly the right team and got exactly the right result. Not ONE SINGLE STARTER from last weekend saw a minute of action today. Our entire starting XI from the Hull match will be fully rested for Chel$hit, who played 120 minutes today and started half of their regular line-up. Great work, prof!

Joel Carter
Joel Carter

I think you’re all missing the point. Bendtner starts!

gooner
gooner

Game is live on Super Sport 6.

For all you gooners in Africa.

Beowulf
Beowulf

Supersport 6 was given to us on compact plus only to be taken away. Now I miss the game. On the upside I get to watch Chelshits misery who are already one down to Leicester! ???????????????

Alphaberto
Alphaberto

What channel is this on tonight?

Bob Davis

A bit of a risk playing Xhaka so soon after Hull. I would have rested him for Chelsea game!

Bennacer and the Jets
Bennacer and the Jets

Prepare for a tender jeffing nottingham

Wenger's love child
Wenger's love child

Captain Gibbs!

Shubham
Shubham

WOW that’s a line up full of nightmares. Can’t see a win. Wenger has pissed on this one. No point staying up. Will wait for the Chelsea game. Good night…

Rochester
Rochester

Proper supporter, you

Arsepedant
Arsepedant

Great fucking prediction. You must feel really proud of yourself now.

iamtheantisp*r
iamtheantisp*r

Xhaka again!!!!!!

The Ghost of Henry
The Ghost of Henry

Boom Xhakalaka

iamtheantisp*r
iamtheantisp*r

Lansbury could’ve been sent off in the first half. The high boot on Elneny and the tackle on Gabriel. Is he trying to tell Arsene he should still be a Gunner by acting like a total prick?

Priyesh

Who is the captain?

Arsepedant
Arsepedant

Gibbs, I think.

mike
mike

Rather see Willock than Ox.

Paul
Paul

Note to Premiership managers:
Xhaka is dangerous in all areas.
Look out!

The Ghost of Henry
The Ghost of Henry

Finally a player who can actually shoot from outside the box. Something we have needed for a while.

Hopefully opposing managers will now think twice before deciding to park the bus. They now have the option of inviting a shot which Xhaka is capable of executing or trying to stop Xhaka pinging one into the top left by breaking out of formation thus creating much needed space between the lines.

But…we all know he will be on the bench next game.

iamtheantisp*r
iamtheantisp*r

I am officially in love with Lucas.

Bennacer and the Jets
Bennacer and the Jets

The forest has received 83 minutes of Jeff. You are welcome Nottingham

JOHN
JOHN

Perez to get a hatrick?

rochester
rochester

Almost, but lovely assist for Ox’s goal.

JOHN
JOHN

Ah Rochester, I live near Rochester – enjoyed watching matches at the crown!!

JOHN
JOHN

Fiberglass just scored for the scum!!! The git!!!

Daniel baraka randu

I wonder what strength xhaka has that he can shoot from the middle of the ground till goal,very strong.