Posted on February 12, 2016 by ADMIN

Arsenal v Leicester Preview and team news – Tight game or a goal-fest?

Arsenal v Leicester City Preview by AH

Arsenal v Leicester
Premier League, 2015-16
Date: Sunday, 14 February, 2016
Time: 12:00 BST
Venue: Emirates Stadium
Where to watch: Sky Sports 1

Leicester City face their second top three opponent in back-to-back games as the Premier League leaders face Arsenal the Emirates on Sunday.

The Foxes were so convincing in their 3-1 victory at Manchester City last weekend that they are now joint-favourites with Arsenal to win this season’s title.

Arsenal are one of only two sides to have handed Claudio Ranieri’s team a defeat this season – a 5-2 thumping at the Emirates back in September. Alexis Sanchez netted a hat-trick that afternoon which saw the Gunners leapfrog Leicester in the table. That cannot happen this weekend with the shock Premier League leaders five points ahead of both Tottenham and Arsenal.

Leicester are on a three-game winning streak since being eliminated from the FA Cup and all fairly handsomely; 3-0 winners over Stoke City and 2-0 winners over Liverpool before collecting three points at the Etihaad last weekend.

We ended a four-game winless streak with our 2-0 victory at Bournemouth last Sunday – goals from Mesut Ozil and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the space of less than 90 seconds midway through the first half put the game to bed.

Petr Cech has only conceded one goal in his last four now but Gabriel Paulista looks like he has a mistake or two in him and Jamie Vardy is in the kind of form this season to take advantage of that. And the same will apply if Wenger chooses Per Mertesacker.

A winner in this match would certainly shift to being the favourite to win this season’s Premier League title. A win could put the Foxes 8 points clear of the Gunners and in a very dominating position for the title race. However, Arsenal will be confident and could deny Leicester a win at home with the bookies officially stamping the Gunners as favourites for this match.

Team news

Alexis Sanchez, Aaron Ramsey and Francis Coquelin have all returned in recent weeks and Wenger will have the same squad available as he has done for the past few games.

Mathieu Flamini was a surprise starter at Bournemouth but I’d really expect Coquelin to partner Aaron Ramsey in front of the back four for this game.

Sanchez scored a hat-trick in the first meeting between these two but the Chilean has yet to score or assist a single goal in any of his three games since returning.

Olivier Giroud has only scored in one of his last eight league matches but faces little competition for the starting role up top. How much supply the German will get from Mesut Ozil remains to be seen, as our playmaker lines up against the machine that is N’Golo Kante.

Injuries have been kind to Leicester this season and Claudio Ranieri will have his usual squad of players to pick from.

Possible Lineups: Arsenal vs Leicester City

Leicester City: Kasper Schmeichel; Danny Simpson, Wes Morgan, Robert Huth, Christian Fuchs; Riyad Mahrez, N’Golo Kante, Danny Drinkwater, Marc Albrighton; Shinji Okazaki, Jamie Vardy

Arsenal: Petr Cech; Hector Bellerin, Gabriel Paulista, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal; Aaron Ramsey, Francis Coquelin, Joel Campbell, Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez; Olivier Giroud

Arsenal’s defence have been back to their miserly self recently, but the Foxes have also been keeping tighter at the back in recent games, but I still think there will be lots of goals in this, but Arsenal score more?

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17 thoughts on “Arsenal v Leicester Preview and team news – Tight game or a goal-fest?

  1. Dennis

    Drop Ramsay for Elneny. Ramsay should be taught that he’s nothing, he needs to earn his spot, same with walcott. If we play Ramsay or flamini there we’re screwed.

    1. Harshil

      Though i agree with you on dropping Elneny for Ramsey but i don’t think this is the match to do that. We can do that next week with Hull City.

    2. Twig

      Although Ramsey hasn’t impressed me at all in his recent games, I think this is a ridiculous suggestion. No sane manager will take such a huge gamble by dropping a regular for a player who has ZERO minutes of premier league football. Thankfully you’re not the Arsenal manager.

  2. Godswill

    One thing am sure of is that the match will not end in a draw. They will come out with confidence after beating Man C. and we are also going for a kill. But we are one team that know how to beat them and we are going to do so. You know our players like their backs to be against the wall for them to do well. 4 goals to be scored. 3 -1 to Arsenal. Sure.

    1. Harshil

      I know i might sound like an idiot but I personally want Walcott to start over Giroud. Somehow, Alexis performs way better without Giroud. Last year he did very well when Giroud was injured and Welbeck was playing, then when Giroud came back, Alexis went on a scoreless streak then again when Walcott was playing he again came back to life and at the start of this season it was the same situation.

  3. almostawinner

    whos going to be on RW ?
    the recently scoring ox?
    or the possibly-hungry walcott?

    i like our defense tho: cech,bellerin,gab,koz,monreal,coq : thats strong!

    1. Harshil

      Not Walcott for sure. It has to be either Joel/Ox. Walcott at CF in place of Giroud for me, just because Alexis performs better without Giroud.

  4. Noldo....Durban Gunner

    If we don’t respect Leicester we Will pay the price….We need to close them down early to stop those long balls to Vardy, get players behind the ball as early as possible. ….Our defensive Line cannot be too high coz they have serious pace…..I believe we can win this game

  5. goonerboy

    “5-2 thumping at the Emirates”?..
    We beat them at the King Power Stadium…
    Secondly, I dunno Giroud is a German not until the article told me so..
    Having said that,I dunno why am so confident ahead of this game as I strongly believe we wil win..
    I will have kos and Gab, Coq and Elneny, and Ramsey on the right and Walcott as striker,this will make us unpredicatable and direct.leicester won’t be able to cope with the movement of the front three and pace of bellerin..either way,I only see Arsenal winning this one..3-0.coyg

  6. Samuel Akinsola Adebosin

    Vardy is a long range and short range shooter? Does he also head in? The Gunners MUST fully prepared themselves very well to mark him and Marehz out of the match. And their CB that overlapped and headed in twice against Man City MUST be contained by the Gunners’ defense-line. Ngolo Kanta role at the center of the park MUST restricted by the Gunners’ 2DMs.

    For more steel at the Gunners’ base, I want the Gunners’ 2 DMs of Coquelin and Flamini to start the match to better protect of our defense-line. The towering Captain Rhinosacker MUST start this match. His aerial prowess is needed to head away any incursing Leicester’s balls into our box. His positional sence of marking should not be missed in this big game. Koscielny should be disciplined enough to cover him for his short on pace. Both Rhino’ & Koscielny should overlap to try their luck, but not at the same time ofcourse.

    My preferred to starts: Cech; BellerinRhino’KoscielnyMonreal. CoquelinFlamini.
    My bench: OspinaChambersGibbsElnenyWalcottOxchamboIwobi.

  7. damochy

    Tight game, goal fest….i care little, so long we win…anything less than a win and we might as well end our campaign for the title on Sunday and start working towards our annual target, the 4th spot!!!!

  8. Fatboy Gooney

    I’m more nervous about Wenger’s team selection rather than Leicester City itself.
    This is a Super must win game ( 6 pointer )
    And I just hope that wenger starts with his strongest eleven,
    Which means, no places for Mertesacker and Flamini in the squad.

  9. atid

    Bellerin Gabriel koscielny Monreal
    Elneny coquelin ramsey
    Ozil alexis

    Ospina Mertesacker gibbs chambers chamberlain Campbell giroud

    Hardlines: flamini, arteta, Welbeck, iwobi, gnabry
    Injured: rosicky wilshire cazorla.

    I expect gnabry, iwobi and macey to head out on loan after the hull match.

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