Arsenal have been extremely lucky with injuries this season, although we had our Covid blip right at the beginning of the season, and a much reduced squad in January.
But the fact that we are not having any European games and being dumped out of the FA cup, means that Arteta has been able to field a very fit and settled first team in most games. Right now, our only worry was Tomiyasu, and although he has now been back in training for a couple of weeks, Arteta is in no hurry to bring him back quickly. There really is no need with Cedric doing an admirable job in vovering for him.
But Leicester, on the hand, are under pressure, and tomorrow’s game comes just three days after their Euro Conference League last 16 encounter with Rennes. The official Foxes website has revealed that Wesley Fofana has contracted Covid so can’t play tomorrow, and of course Jamie Vardy is not available (phew!). Jonny Evans (hamstring), Timothy Castagne (thigh) and Ryan Bertrand (knee) are also out injured, and although Maddison finally played for ten minutes on Thursday night he is unlikely to be back to full fitness after a month on the sidelines.
So, although Leicester are on a good run of form, their weakened side may find a visit to the Emirates a step too far for the Foxes.
I am now much more hopeful that Arsenal can take all three points tomorrow..
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Arteta discusses Leicester, injury news, home fans and the race for Top Four
The PL is very complicated, and Arsenal are fond of winning games before even kicking the ball. That’s why we struggle against the so-called small teams because we tend to underrate them. The other competitors take each game seriously and that helps them to score more goals
I don’t think that’s true, we loose to teams because they was better than us on the day generally, also Leicester are not a small team.
Having said that I do expect us to beat Leicester, not because I underestimate them, but I think we are a better team and have home advantage…..
Leicester will be a tough opponent tomorrow despite the injuries that they have had for quite a while which is why the have dropped away this season
I think fans can think like that Atangana but I very much doubt that Mikel or any of his players do
We will need to be on it to get the points that we need
I think we might just shade it, 1-0 will do
OT: 2-2 AT OLD TRAFFORD WITH TEN MINUTES TO PLAY. A draw suits us best.
vardy out if definitely a boost. Leicester still have a good team even with those injuries. Every game just matters so much. Shame about the United/spurs match. still time for spuds to equalize and give us a really pretty result.
I do think arsenal will do it for us today, though Leicester is good team but,I hope arsenal will get all 3point
I’m not worried about the old Vardy, because he isn’t pacey anymore. But Maddison’s set-piece skills are dangerous
Barnes and Iheanacho are also quite threatening when they cut inside from the wings. Luckily, Leicester have lost many senior defenders, so Arsenal should give them a shock therapy in the first ten minutes of the game
He always scores against us no matter the form he is in. He was a worry if fit!
He was our nightmare, similar to Drogba and Rooney. I’m glad he’s injured
One thing the writer fail to mention is that Leicester is a much bigger team in terms of squad numbers, We are a better team though and seems to be improving rapidly, My opinion and this is just my opinion it’s the first am seing Wenger ball under Arteta and if am correct we are going to finish this season like a runaway train.
Am making a bold prediction of a 4 nil for several reasons, Brendan Roggers seems to play us with a lot of fear and respect, he always try to throw us off with who is available from who won’t but he always come with a direct plan to play us , do anyone remember last season with Vardy being introduced in the seventy minutes and nick us one bill after we completley out play them, Arteta no doubt will remember and have a massive one week to prepare a fit and eager to learn squad .
I expect a very exciting match, we must hit them swiftly and hard with deadly accuracy, but be fully focus on this match and this match only, remember Brendan will try a trick or two history tells us that.
Utd winning yesterday is a good thing for us, a draw would have been perfect but Utd win is still good, we have played 4 less games than Utd it’s impossible to loss all 4games
U do know our 4 games in hand starts today with Leicester then Liverpool on Wednesday. Then next 2 in hand are Chelsea & Spurs, defo not certs to take all 3points plus we still have to play Utd & Westham, by no means are we certain of winning them all.
In saying that we have as good a chance as we ever had in years to take something from each game and fight our way into the top4. Vary out today which is great news & Salah a big doubt for Wednesday which may give us a small boost heading into the games.
Big game today