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KJ’s Arsenal player ratings at Leicester – Alexis MOTM

Leicester City 1 – 1 Arsenal, Player Ratings

Szczesny – 6.5
He played decently but should’ve done better for the goal I felt. He could’ve moved off his line and tried and claimed the ball. It was close enough to him.

Debuchy – 6
Average performance. Nothing stood out at all and he was caught up field far too many times and Leicester tried to expose our right hand side.

Mertesacker – 6
He was lacking fitness but should’ve played better. Didn’t even try and keep pace with the Leicester City winger who crossed it in for Ulloa.

Leicester v Arsenal Preview, Line-up and Score Prediction

Leicester City vs Arsenal Preview, Line up and Predicted score by KJ

After the nervous game mid-week, we have a somewhat easier game this Sunday but even then, a Premier League team is never truly easy and I’m sure we’ll be a nervous mess come the 75th minute.

Leicester City gave Chelsea a lot of trouble last week but ultimately failed to punish them. With a home crowd behind them, they could be very tricky to face and we have a plethora of injuries to key players at the moment.

Why Arsenal need to DROP Wilshere for Leicester clash!!

Look Arsenal fans, before you start slating me for being anti-Wilshere, I am actually one of the writers on here that have been supportive of the young midfielder over the last year. And I have been really pleased to see the real Jack Wilshere start to appear on the pitch again recently.

I still think that Arsene Wenger should drop him from the starting line-up for the visit to face newly promoted Leicester City on Sunday. One reason is that the Gunners will have Aaron Ramsey back in the squad and his suspension for the Besiktas game means that the Welshman will be a bit fresher as well as carrying more of a goal threat.

Arsenal MUST keep Sanchez off the injury list

Keeping Sanchez free from injury will be one of the objectives for Wenger by SE

With the increasing number of injuries for Arsenal, it’s frightening to work out whether Wenger can actually put out 18 names on the team sheet, in the coming days of the campaign. It started with Gibbs on the opening day of the season, as the Englishman pulled his hamstring very early on against Crystal Palace; Arteta was the next injury casualty for Arsenal during the first leg of the Champions League playoff tie against Besiktas; Giroud followed next and, of the aforementioned three injuries, the French striker has suffered the worst case scenario of missing up to 3 months of action.

Arsenal v Besiktas Preview, Line up and Score Prediction

Arsenal vs Besiktas Preview, Line up and Predicted score by KJ

This has become a tricky game after the news that Giroud is potentially out for 3 months. We will be facing this Besiktas side with Giroud, Ramsey, Arteta, Walcott and Gibbs. They are all certified starters in my opinion and with no away goal as a cushion; this sets us up for a very nervy night.
Even with all these injuries/suspensions, we still have a strong enough team to beat Besiktas fairly easily providing we take charge early on. We need to dictate possession immediately and I’d like to see an early goal so we don’t become more and more nervous as the game wears on.

Everton v Arsenal Review – Fate and fitness denied Arsenal the win

Everton Vs Arsenal Review: Hard Victory‏ by ElusiveArsenal

On one hand, I feel compelled to slate the entire Arsenal team for a very irritating and hair-raising performance. Even more so after another heart-in-mouth match, but then after the initial bloodlust cooled off, replaced by languid relief, I decided to take a second look at the game as a whole.
The first thing I noticed was that both Everton goals could have been easily prevented. On one hand, Ozil left his runner while Chambers’ inexperience showed in playing everyone onside. For Everton’s second goal, twice the referee should have stopped play: For a foul, and then for offside, but alas the fates and ref board were once again not in Arsenal’s favour (for the third game in a row).

Official teams and preview of Arsenal trip to Everton

This is a big game for Arsenal, with last season’s away game at Everton being one of those that Arsene Wenger, his players and the fans would like to put behind them as quickly as possible. But with an even more important game against Besiktas in the Champions League on Wednesday, it comes at an awkward time for us.

But the Gunners are determined to stay as loyal as possible to their football philosophy and to be fair, we have not really got the players to park the bus, so the boss has gone for a pretty attacking and creative line-up, with the big news being that Alexis Sanchez gets his chance to show what he can do in the centre forward role, with Olivier Giroud dropping to the bench.

Everton v Arsenal Preview, Line-up and Score Prediction

Everton vs Arsenal Preview, Line up and Predicted score by KJ

Last time we faced Everton, we were embarrassed. Martinez set up to exploit our weaknesses and ensured that the likes of Monreal and Sagna were destroyed. This time should be different. The team is a lot stronger than the one that was at Everton last time and confidence is higher (even though we struggled against Besiktas).

Even then, Everton away is definitely one of the hardest games of the season and we Wenger will have to manage the team so that we can get the result against Everton as well as having enough energy to beat Besiktas at home to qualify for the group stages of the Champions League.

Wenger backs Jack Wilshere so Arsenal MUST start him at Everton

I wrote a piece on Arsenal and Jack Wilshere the other day, my point being that the 22-year old midfielder was showing signs of getting back to the form that made him such a sensation before his fledgling career was interrupted and nearly ruined by a series of long term and niggling injuries.

But I also thought that it would be a good idea to rest the England international for tomorrow’s game away to Everton, because the Gunners will need him more than ever for the home leg against Besiktas with Aaron Ramsey being suspended. Jack is the natural replacement for the Welshman and with his fitness issues, Arsene Wenger needs to be careful not to overplay young Wilshere.

Debuchy warns rivals that Arsenal are on brink of brilliance!

Without some of our best players and with a fair few of the others looking a couple of weeks off being fully match sharp, Arsenal have had a pretty decent start to the season, and according to one of the new boys, Mathieu Debuchy, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

The France international right back, signed from Newcastle United this summer, has been talking about his new squad, as reported by the Daily Mail, and the defender who has just turned 29 is very impressed with his new team mates. And with the return of Lukas Podolski, Per Mertesacker and Mesut Ozil imminent, Debuchy reckons that the Gunners are on the verge of going up a gear or two very soon.

Three key battles in Arsenal v Everton clash

Everton vs Arsenal: Three key battles on the pitch by SE

Arsenal visiting Goodison Park this weekend should bring us some intriguing one-on-one battles on the pitch, which, more importantly, could go on to decide who reigns superior at the end of 90 minutes. Here are three key battles to look forward to:

Mertesacker/Koscielny vs Lukaku
Everton’s new signing should, in all probability, lead the line for the Toffees. Last season, in the corresponding fixture, Lukaku played on the Right-Wing, and it proved to be an astute piece of tactic from Martinez, as Lukaku posed serious problems for Monreal, with his pace and power acting as the lynchpins to Everton’s first and second goals.

Is Jack back and ready to rock again for Arsenal?

After a few years of disappointment, for both Arsenal and England, and with a few pieces of bad publicity following him around, the young Gunner Jack Wilshere has admitted that this season is an absolutely huge one for him. It is no exaggeration to say that the next nine months or so could make or break his career at Arsenal, with the club.

With the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Abou Diaby, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Santi Cazorla, Tomas Rosicky, Mesut Ozil and the promising young players like Gedion Zelalem pushing on, Wilshere needs to stamp his authority on the club this season and start to show some of the brilliant play that made him such a teenage sensation.