Arsenal have a near-full strength squad of options to take on Leicester City today, with just two doubts named by Mikel Arteta in his pre-match press conference.
Emile Smith Rowe has been absent of late, dealing with injury before contracting Covid-19, but the boss admitted that he is expected to be available today.
Takehiro Tomiyasu’s participation wasn’t completely ruled out by Arteta when speaking to Arsenal Media, but he did seem much less upbeat on the possibility of the Japanese defender featuring, claiming they were continuing to assess the situation whilst airing on the side of caution.
Cedric White Gabriel Tierney
Martinelli Odegaard Saka
With neither Tomi or ESR deemed at 100%, the rest of the team almost picks itself. The only consideration could be if the manager was looking to rotate his squad at all with Liverpool coming up in midweek, with Nicolas Pepe or Nuno Tavares potential options.
Leicester have a number of their own issues to deal with at present, with injuries as well as Coronavirus in the camp, and given their recent form also, on top of being the away team, this should be one of our most comfortable matchups with their side, not that the manager will want any liberties to be taken here.
Do you expect the boss to ring any changes with Liverpool in mind in midweek?
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I pray so. Am excited about Arsenal’s chances. Looking for a win today even if it’s 1 nil scoreline.
Unfortunately draw is not an option today. All out for 3 points!
No Patrick, I think Mikel will start with your predicted starting line up for this one but possibly change it up for the Liverpool game, he’s got some good sub options today though and may well use them fairly early if we haven’t broken through but we may have to be patient again as fans
Happy if we get to half time at nil nil if that is the case, no need to panic, keep playing the football
Another difficult game but winnable, looking forward to it
Welcome back to Kolo the Invincible, I hope he gets a good reception
Enjoy the game all
For all gunners.firstly forget my broken English.. 4 hours before games is hard here because now is 9.10 pm .the game start 12.30 am and finish around 3 am..I still got 2 can of beer and half finish 1 litre a bottle of whiskey..the best thing is the game is coming..hopefully our beloved team win and we can have a good day ahead .
Here’s Hoping! English is fine by the way
Hope the boys do enough to keep you awake Gunner!
Still awake..spirit still high.maybe on karaoke later and finish a few country song .I’m and my own land.no neighbors..so can full blast the music .😆
Maybe a bit of “Go West” by the Pet Shop Boys at Full Time, the Arsenal version of course
Never heard about that. But thanks. I keep that in my mind. Gunners diehard should know about that.. Thanks..
“1-0 to the Arsenal”
Enjoy the game Gunner
The best way to beat Leicester is starting the game with aggression and being clinical in front of goals.
Score early goals and then sit back. Leicester have been slow starters this season.
This is a must win match.
Do hope we can pull off the win. Hope laca will look link up well today with the Frontline and score as well. Do hope the backline is more focus than the last match. We just have to remember Leicester is no push over. COYG
Strongly agree we must start fast, start hard hit them with deadly accuracy early, then manage the game Roggers will be expecting exactly that but we must not change remember we have youth in our favor, forget about Wednesday this is the most important game, give Tomi only twenty minutes today
I don’t think Arteta should ring changes to his regular starting XI team as stated above in the article posting. Which he has been starting in recent past weeks and winning. NO! It shouldn’t be because Arsenal are going to play host in mid-week to Liverpool then Arteta will take a gamble to put at risk Arsenal collecting all the 3 points at stake in their match against Leicester today. For, even Leicester without Jamie Vardy who is absent for the Foxes today is still a formidable team for Arsenal to contend with in the game.
Therefore, Arteta should not take chances because of looking ahead to the future to risk getting the getable of today. For, every game has it’s own complexion. When Liverpool come to the Ems next mid-week with their own game complexion against that of Arsenal, the Gunners will deal ruthlessly with the Reds to win the match and will win it unfailingly.
But from which Gunners will Arsenal goals be scored in the match today to win it and win it? For, of the 42 goals which Arsenal have scored in the EPL so far in the campaign this season. 36 of those goals have been scored by: ESR 9, Saka 8, Odegaard 5, Martinelli 5, Lacazette 3, Magalhaes 3, Partey 1, Pepe 1 and Tierney 1. Holding, Cedric, Xhaka, Nuno, Tomiyasu and Nkethia are yet to break their ducks in the EPL for Arsenal this season.
Eddie hasn’t started a League game yet Samuel and not had many minutes coming on as sub
Nearly got one against Watford last week and who knows, he might come on as sub and get the winner today
Slight shirt pull by xhaka stonewall penalty, chalonah nearly ripping newcastle attacker shirt no pen. Elbow to the face no red but sure no bias