Arsenal vs Luton LIVE: Latest Premier League team news and line ups as Bukayo Saka out of squad

Arteta calls for Arsenal stars to show passion and enthusiasm in ‘most beautiful part of the season’

Arsenal host Luton as the midweek Premier League games continue this evening. The Gunners secured a potentially crucial point against Manchester City last time out having held the champions to a goalless draw at the Etihad Stadium to ensure they remain ahead of Pep Guardiola’s team in the table.

This three-way title race continues to be a nail-biting affair and that draw saw Arsenal drop below Liverpool into second after the Reds defeated Brighton on Sunday. However, Mikel Arteta’s men can regain top spot with a victory over Luton tonight though the Spaniard will be wary of a side who have caused plenty of problems for the top teams this season.

Conceding a late goal to Tottenham at the weekend slipped the Hatters into the bottom three but with Rob Edwards’ side now fighting to stave off relegation they will prove to be tricky competitiors at the Emirates. Declan Rice’s last-gasp winner separated the teams when they met at Kenilworth Road in the reverse fixture but how will tonight’s clash play out?

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Arsenal vs Luton team changes

The big news is the absence of Bukayo Saka for Arsenal who does not even make the bench after being subbed at Manchester City last Sunday.

There are five changes from Mikel Arteta as Thomas Partey makes his first Premier League start since August while Emile Smith Rowe, Leandro Trossard, Reiss Nelson and Oleksandr Zinchenko come into the starting XI.

Alfie Doughty was a doubt for Luton but has recovered from a knock to start. Defender Reece Burke is not involved and Tahith Chong is only on the bench.

Jordan Clark and Daiki Hashioka both return to the starting XI while midfielder Fred Onyedinma makes his first Premier League start.

Mike Jones3 April 2024 18:35


Arsenal vs Luton line-ups

Arsenal XI: Raya; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Partey, Smith Rowe, Odegaard; Nelson, Havertz, Trossard.

Luton XI: Kaminski; Onyedinma, Kabore, Hashioka, Mengi, Doughty; Mpanzu, Barkley, Clark; Townsend, Morris.

Mike Jones3 April 2024 18:32


Arteta on facing Luton

“We’re going to be needing even more [than in the Man City game],” said Mikel Arteta when previewing how tonight’s match against Luton would play out.

“It’s after two and a half days. [Luton] are in a really good moment – when you see the games that they have played and even when they haven’t won, they’ve been really tough.

“We have had some extraordinary results against the other two teams that are, at the moment, leading the table. We are not top so that means that we have missed certain points somewhere else and that’s what we have to put the emphasis on now tomorrow.”

Mike Jones3 April 2024 18:25


Arsenal vs Luton

Almost time for team news to drop, the pitch has been prepared at the Emirates Stadium and this fixture gets underway at 7.30pm.

Mike Jones3 April 2024 18:20


No updates on Arteta’s contract

When asked if there was an update on his contract situation, Mikel Arteta replied: “No, nothing. I am really happy. I still have a year in my contract, that’s a long time in football.

“The players are happy, the club is happy, no issues. I’m just focusing on the games and winning football matches and that’s the most important thing right now.”

Mike Jones3 April 2024 18:15


Mikel Arteta more focused on Arsenal’s silverware quest than new contract

Mikel Arteta is “really happy” at Arsenal but content to wait for discussions on a contract extension as he concentrates on the club’s quest for silverware.

Title challengers Arsenal sit second in the Premier League table – two points behind leaders Liverpool with nine games to go – ahead of hosting struggling Luton on Wednesday evening.

Mike Jones3 April 2024 18:10


Arteta remembers reverse fixture

The previous Premier League games between these teams ended in a 4-3 victory for Arsenal at Kenilworth Road and it was a scorching game.

Mikel Arteta was asked what he remembers from the match and said: “Especially how tough it was to win, and how difficult they have made it for every team.

“Big compliments to Rob and the coaching staff; what they have done as a club is an amazing journey. I think they deserve more credit than any other team in this league.

“How they have done it and what they transmit as a team and what they generate, it is going to be a really tough match tomorrow.

“It was really emotional and the way we celebrated tells you the difficulty of the match and how much we had to fight for the points so we know what we’re facing tomorrow.”

Mike Jones3 April 2024 18:05


Arsenal vs Luton officials

Craig Pawson will referee the match between Arsenal and Luton. 118 yellow cards and four red cards have been handed out by Pawson across his 25 games this season.

Here’s the list of officials for this evening’s clash:

Assistant Referees: Marc Perry & Steven Meredith

Fourth Official: Simon Hooper

Mike Jones3 April 2024 18:00


Luton’s last outing

Luton Town were just minutes away from taking a crucial point away from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday in what would have been a stellar result for the relegation-battling side.

Tahith Chong gave the visitors the lead inside three minutes before an Issa Kaboré own goal and a late winner from Son Heung-min condemned the Hatters to defeat.

Can they bounce back against Arsenal tonight?

Mike Jones3 April 2024 17:55


Arsenal player Frida Maanum ruled out of international duty following collapse

The midfielder collapsed on the field off the ball in the 96th minute of the game at Molineux on Sunday, before the match resumed seven minutes later, and Arsenal went on to lift the trophy.

Arsenal have said Maanum is doing well, but she will not be called up for Norway for their upcoming international break when they will take on Finland and the Netherlands in Euro 2025 qualifiers.

Mike Jones3 April 2024 17:50


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