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Match Preview | Luton Town vs Arsenal

5 December 2023

A massive Premier League week at Kenilworth Road awaits, starting with the visit of top-of-the-table Arsenal on Tuesday night, live on Amazon Prime Video in the UK.

Rob Edwards’ Hatters have found their home comforts after securing their first Premier League home win against Crystal Palace over a week ago.

Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal have enjoyed positive form at the start of this season, with a two-point lead at the top after victory against Wolves last Saturday.

 

The opposition

Bukayo Saka celebrating the opener against Wolves last Saturday.

Arteta took charge at Emirates Stadium in 2019, becoming the first former Gunners player to permanently manage the club since George Graham.

A massive re-build began after the departure of legend Arsène Wenger and disappointing tenure of Unai Emery, with Arteta finding instant success by lifting the FA Cup at the end of his first season.

After missing out on Champions League football in 2021/22, the Gunners redeemed themselves with a second-place finish last term.

Arteta’s men will be looking to go one better this season and go as far as possible in the Champions League, they confirmed their place in the last 16 with a convincing victory against RC Lens last week.

Bukayo Saka (pictured) will make his 200th appearance for Arsenal at Kenilworth Road if he is selected.

 

Last meeting

Programme from Luton Town vs Arsenal on Boxing Day 1991.

Luton Town took points from Arsenal at Kenilworth Road for the tenth consecutive time as the Hatters beat the Gunners 1-0 on Boxing Day 1991.

Town legend Mick Harford found the only goal of the game in the second half after a great cross from substitute Scott Oakes.

 

Last time out

Amari'i Bell clapping the fans at full-time against Brentford.

The Hatters fell to defeat for the third consecutive away game against Brentford at the Gtech Community Stadium.

Jacob Brown scored his second goal in two games, but it was not enough to gain any points after Bees goals from Neal Maupay, Ben Mee and Shandon Baptiste.

 

Team news

Tom Lockyer feeling in pain in Thomas Kaminski's arms.

Centre-half duo Tom Lockyer and Teden Mengi will be doubts for Tuesday night after both going off with injuries at Brentford.

Alfie Doughty did not make last Saturday’s matchday squad but is close to a return.

Marvelous Nakamba is not expected to be available for selection with a swollen knee, while Sambi Lokonga is ineligible to play against his parent club.

Cauley Woodrow, Reece Burke, Dan Potts and Mads Andersen all remain sidelined.

 

Officials

Referee Sam Barrott officiating our draw at Nottingham Forest.

The referee for our fixture against Arsenal will be Sam Barrott.

57 yellow cards and two red cards have been handed out by Barrott across his 15 games this season.

Luton Town last had a game ran by Barrott when we completed our remarkable comeback at Nottingham Forest in October.

 

Referee: Sam Barrott

Assistant Referees: Harry Lennard & Nick Hopton

Fourth Official: Darren Bond

VAR: Chris Kavanagh

AVAR: Lee Betts

 

LOVE FOOTBALL. PROTECT THE GAME.

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Luton Town Football Club has committed in its customer charter to providing safe match-day experiences for all supporters regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability or sexual orientation, and this applies equally to home and away fixtures.

In the event that any Luton supporters do make discriminatory chants, the Club will work with the police and football authorities to help identify such individuals. Any such fans would then face the strictest club sanctions, including football banning orders that would prevent them attending any matches, in addition to any criminal charges.

The Club can also be held responsible for the behaviour of its supporters, which could lead to substantial fines being imposed.

As a diverse and inclusive football club, we stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our fellow Premier League clubs in supporting the FA’s ‘Love Football. Protect the Game’ campaign and call on all fans to enjoy the game in a positive spirit.

Please email myvoice@lutontown.co.uk if you have any concerns and to report incidents at a Luton Town fixture. You can also report incidents via Kick it Out's free, confidential reporting app on the App Store and Google Play.

 

Fan information

A young Luton Town fan clapping the players at full-time against Crystal Palace.

We would like to remind supporters to arrive at the game as early as possible to ease congestion around the stadium, at the Ticket Office and the turnstiles.

There will be additional road closures around Kenilworth Road on home matchdays.

The Supporters Trust will be handing out Rainbow Laces on the Kenilworth apron.

Arriva are putting on the F70 late bus from Clifton Road to Leighton Buzzard station. The bus will be at the Clifton Road stop at 10:15pm.

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