Official Arsenal team to face Leicester City – a very strong line up

Another huge game for Arsenal fresh off the 2-0 win over Wolves at the weekend and a victory against Leicester City would be massive in the quest for European football next season.

Brendan Rodgers men are no walkovers, they are a deserved third in the standings and after a poor restart, they have got back to winning ways with a 3-0 thumping of Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Mikel Arteta has seen his team record four straight wins and that has given him the cushion to select whatever team he sees fit without being subjected to too much criticism simply because he is getting results.

This is the team he is starting with against Leicester this evening and there is every reason to feel confident of another three points in the bank.

Are you happy with Arteta’s team selection for the game against the Foxes?

Is this the team to record their fourth Premier League win in a row? Let us know in the comments below.

Links to streams will be put in the comments where to watch the game live and free so keep checking in.

Also, if you go to the official Arsenal website here you will be able to get live commentary text and radio.

JustArsenal predicted line up (for comparison) here

JustArsenal match preview here

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145 Comments

  1. Sue says:

    Happy! πŸ”΄ COYG

  2. gotanidea says:

    3-4-3 again:

    ………………………. Martinez
    ……….. Mustafi . Luiz . Kolasinac
    Bellerin . Ceballos . Xhaka . Tierney
    …. Saka … Lacazette … Aubameyang

    The Gunners have the home advantage and they have high confidence after the winning streak, so I believe they’d win. I just wished Maitland-Niles would start ahead of Bellerin and Pepe ahead of Saka, but Saka deserves a starting position due to his goal three days ago

  3. Jimmy Bauer says:

    Avoid respecting the opponent too much…We are the home team after all..COYG!

  4. Phenom says:

    Bellerin again? If not injury and AMN is on the bench, he should advise himself. What does he have to do to be a starter. Not in midfield nor RB. Come again Arteta

    1. Eddie says:

      Yeah great, here we go again.
      The coach shouldn’t rotate, and he’s making a mistake not playing Niles. SMH

      1. Phenom says:

        When was the last time you saw AMN start games. If Arteta know Niles is not a RB, he should stop playing him there.

    2. Joe Allysons says:

      Bellerin is simply the best right back we have. He might be out of stride at this time, but the coach’s job is to know who is better . Not get emotionally carried away like the fans. Hector is just simply the best RB we have.

      1. Phenom says:

        He’ll be the best only at arsenal.

        1. Joe Allysons says:

          The reason why some people are paid to be coaches is because they are not as impulsive as fans. For fans, two games out of stride means you ain’t good anymore. The coach sees more than that. I’ll give you a simple test. Look at how Bellerin moves off the ball today. Compare that with Cedirc in the last game. You’ll understand why any coach would prefer him . Off form doesn’t mean flop.

          1. Phenom says:

            Joe, I will always play those who are on-form in my team not a long serving player like ozil

          2. Joe Allysons says:

            @phenom, on ozil we agree. What caused you to believe bellerin is off form?

  5. Eddie says:

    Great selection.. Glad to see he’s sticking to this formation for the rest of the season. Consistency.
    Hope Lacazette turns up today.
    Good luck to the boys…

    It feels weird though, something feels wrong, something smells wrong, I’m trying to figure out what.
    Oh Yeah, it’s the doomsayers, they’ve been invisible for a while now, the moaners who moan before every game and after.
    Come out come out! Come out and plaaaaay!!

    1. Sue says:

      🀣🀣🀣

    2. Kenya 001 says:

      πŸ‘ŒπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  6. Roy says:

    Nice one

  7. Shakir says:

    Is cedric injured?

  8. Godswill says:

    Win win win. No room for error. 3 points needed desperately.
    Is Cedric injured? He’s not even on the bench.

    1. Lord Denning says:

      @Godswill boy you are the definition of positivity

  9. Lord Denning says:

    A good test πŸ‘ as the boys fight to entertain us and for the bragging rights.We will qualify for Europa but CL it’s not in our hands.coyg! Good lineup

  10. Sue says:

    Some goal Welbz just scored for Watford πŸ‘Œ

    1. Quantic Dream says:

      Welbeezy is wrecking havoc? πŸ˜‚ He looks odd with the short haircut.

      1. Sue says:

        🀣 He does… at one point I thought he was going for the Kid look (from Kid and Play, you may not have heard of them 😝) Auba’s going for it now πŸ˜‰

        What a night for goals, QD… Welbz, Zaha and even Benteke (faint 🀣)

    2. Lord Denning says:

      What a goalπŸ‘ madam sue

      1. Sue says:

        It was a beauty, LD πŸ‘

  11. Grandad says:

    Kolasinac and Bellerin would not start for me. The absence of AMN and to a lesser extent Holding is surprising and disappointing.

    1. Phenom says:

      Thank you Grandad

  12. Eagle says:

    Need rotation…game ahead is all tough and too frequent

    1. Quantic Dream says:

      Hesgoal is normally such a let down. Totalsportek is far better!

      1. Admin Martin says:

        You have my permission to add a link QD

      2. Okiror says:

        Sportsbay leads u to pornography n doesntallpw u to watch at all d video s covered by an advert I can’t remove

  13. Quantic Dream says:

    Not a bad line-up. We can and should win! COYG!

  14. Lenohappy says:

    We should do something quick about ozil back. Please for once let’s just support the coach selection and stop all this Niles in the middle nonsense,I remember it was Eddie and I who keep saying what a talent Saka is our best academy graduate immediately we saw him play, but someone here keeps saying Nelson is a better player, at least now we can see who is right and who is not so right, so please give leave the team formation and tactics to the coach.

    1. Quantic Dream says:

      Arteta is through with Ozil mate, no point discussing him anymore.

    2. Joe Allysons says:

      About Ozil, we should do something quick. the more players we have the better. I don’t miss him though . ON your second point , I strongly concur. The coach sees the players all week. I don’t know why some fans think they know the team better than him.

    3. Phenom says:

      Arteta knows how to coach and we also know how to watch. A must win this evening. COYG!

  15. Okiror says:

    Any link for watching

    1. Lord Denning says:

      @okiror you need to subscribe to watching EPL Livestream is illegal

      1. Okiror says:

        Here where I stay we usually go watch in bars in crowded places but bse of curfew n Covid 19 am relying on live streams

        1. Joe Allysons says:

          When you get to sportsbay, scroll down. the game will be there . for todays game , they have 5 different links. If sportsbay doesn’t work, try cricfree.pw

  16. Samistotle says:

    No cedric, is he injured, I now prefer him to Bellerin

  17. Grandad says:

    Joe ,fans are entitled to their views which are based primarily on how players have performed in matches not on the training ground.It has always been thus and always will be.

    1. Joe Allysons says:

      I agree. I just think the one thing we should change is looking down on players simply because they didn’t perform well in the last game. I think we should view every player starting from a position of optimism in every game, and hope that we’ll be proven right. that’s all.

  18. S says:

    Leicester are above us for a reason. That wolves result was “punching above our weight”.

  19. Sue says:

    If we lose tonight it’ll be down to Cashley (in the studio) the crap he’s been spouting, talk about jinx it!!

    1. Sue says:

      Now Smudger’s bigging up Mustafi….. oh I’m nervous πŸ™ˆπŸ€£

      1. Kenya 001 says:

        Boooooom we lead love this saka you better start going that studio sueπŸ˜€πŸ˜€

        1. Sue says:

          Woohoo!!! 🀩🀩🀩

    2. Kenya 001 says:

      We are not loosing this one sue it’s nailed for a win we are the Arsenal πŸ‘Œ all we need to do is play our game

      1. Sue says:

        πŸ™πŸ˜

  20. Kenya 001 says:

    Good selection I wonder what people in here are mourning about! We needed a first 11 and Arteta has almost done that .Do we want a coach who tinkers the team so often? Then we should have stayed with Emery.

  21. Kenya 001 says:

    I hope the boys keep on the positive results come on gunners shoooooooot!!!!!

    1. Loki says:

      My eyes on Soyuncu. .did we do good or we lost by not signing him

  22. Sue says:

    Boom!!!!!

  23. Jimmy Bauer says:

    Believe!

  24. avenger says:

    mmmmm….. looks like Arsenal

  25. Eddie says:

    Seriously though it seems weird that we haven’t seen the doomsayers lately

    1. Dan kit says:

      They will soon appear after a loss.
      Hopefully that won’t be for a whileπŸ‘

      1. Eddie says:

        I bet you, they can’t wait to pop out.
        We’re really playing great.
        We should’ve been three goals up, Lacazette has wasted a couple of chances

    2. SueP says:

      How many wanted Arteta out after a couple of months?

      1. Eddie says:

        I’ve seen fans reiterating why we shouldn’t have given Arteta the job. How he’s inexperienced and the cheap option.
        I’m currently writing an article, it’ll take me days because of my findings

    3. Kenya 001 says:

      I have Eddie all we can do is keep them eating their words.seriously though it’s disappointing.

  26. SueP says:

    Didn’t take Leicester long to find their feet
    Martinez has been impressive
    Great goal
    Phew!
    I feel calmer now

  27. Skills1000 says:

    The board should have appointed Arteta earlier than they did. Also, the 343 formation should be continued next season. Ceballos is top quality. Hope we can get 3 points today. Good game so far.

  28. Kenya 001 says:

    Auba that’s 20 ….2 more and vardy knows who’s the boss

  29. Nifty says:

    I hope we now understand why we shouldn’t rely on Guendozi. As for those calling for AMN ahead of Bellerin. Have you forgotten AMN had like forever to own that position

  30. Sue says:

    Ceballos is having another good game…

    1. Dan kit says:

      Same with auba and saka ,should be 3 up .

      1. Sue says:

        They’ve been superb, Dan πŸ‘

    2. Skills1000 says:

      Yes Sue. He is good technically. This team is beginning to get it’s rhythm.

      1. Sue says:

        Let’s hope we keep hold of him next season, Skilla πŸ‘

  31. Kenya 001 says:

    How the hell are we only a goal up!!?!!?

  32. Jimmy Bauer says:

    My thought too at Kenya 001!..
    One more goal and we own this game.

  33. Ackshay says:

    Our attacks has been really good, quick, sharp with good passing.

  34. RSH says:

    Really hope we get anouther before the break. Have to kill these games off when you get the chances. We’ve been good enough that we should have two.

  35. Ackshay says:

    I fear we won’t be able to keep the pressing in defense/midfield in the 2nd half. Vardy will get his one Chance as always. We should have already grabbed a 2nd goal.

    1. SueP says:

      We have talent on the bench too

  36. kingandroidx says:

    Auba in d form Ozil. Too lazy.

    1. kingandroidx says:

      Auba in d form of Ozil. Too lazy.

  37. gotanidea says:

    Great team goal by Ceballos, Saka and Aubameyang!

    Ljungberg looks like Darth Vader with that mask πŸ˜‚

    1. Sue says:

      🀣

  38. Kenya 001 says:

    Breath taking 45minutes what a game only negative we are not 3 nil up 😜

    1. Joe Allysons says:

      Bro. It’s crazy . I haven’t enjoyed an arsenal game this much in a while. Usually , when the game is this fast ,its because we are defending

    2. gotanidea says:

      We made six shots on goal in the first half and none of our shots off goal! I think this is the first time we did that after six months

  39. RSH says:

    I really hope we keep Auba. Throw Martinelli in this attack and watch it flourish. Pepe on the bench right now too… C’mon Arsneal. Lets get these 3 points! Big 2nd half

    1. Kenya 001 says:

      If this is how Arteta wants Arsenal to play the board should give him whatever money he wants to keep on strengthening this team

  40. ACE says:

    Laca was very active in the first
    half BUT he has to convert one if
    not both of those chances. The
    game would be done and dusted
    with a little more cutting edge
    from the Frenchmen.

    Love Saka but his indecisiveness on
    the ball should of resulted in the
    LC equalizer.

    COYG, HUGE half of futbol ahead

  41. RSH says:

    That 2nd goal…. we need it… c’mon boys…

  42. Sue says:

    Disappointed with the fake crowd noise, not heard ‘What do you think of Tottenham’ 🀣🀣🀣🀣

  43. gotanidea says:

    Saka is not chasing down too much in the second half. I think he’s tired and should be replaced with fresh legs

  44. SueP says:

    It’s getting tense

  45. Sue says:

    Oh sh*t…..

  46. ACE says:

    See u Eddie. SMH

  47. SueP says:

    πŸ˜”

  48. RSH says:

    Easy red unfortunately. Time to park the bus and be gritty….

    1. Dan kit says:

      Should be watched in real time not slowed down ,he obviously went for the ball ,but slow motion makes it look ten times worse .

      1. RSH says:

        In real time, he has his studs going at somebody’s knee. That’s very dangerous. I dont see how the call can be debated tbh…

    2. SueP says:

      This is uncomfortable
      Not at all like the Wolves game. I’m twitchy
      Leicester are very much in this game

  49. Sue says:

    Time to pull the sofa out..

    1. Perry ames says:

      Didn’t look twice at vardy’s accidental kick in the face in the 1st half both accidental but var only involved in arsenals one

      1. Sue says:

        Exactly πŸ‘

  50. Ackshay says:

    Typical arsenal πŸ˜”πŸ˜”πŸ˜”

  51. Sue says:

    Every bloody time…. ffs

    1. Perry ames says:

      Game should have been won, will be lucky to get a point now

      1. Sue says:

        So bloody frustrating…..

  52. Adajim says:

    We need Pepe

    1. Perry ames says:

      Where did they get 8 minutes from

  53. RSH says:

    1-1. Lacazette’s fault. I’ll just say it. Can’t have a clown that cannot score. Game should’ve been over and we should never have been in this situation.

    1. Declan says:

      Harsh

      1. RSH says:

        It was intended to be. I’m sick of him missing bags on chances and unable to help us score in tight positions. His Wolves goal has to be the first time this season he was actually clutch. We need to up our standards, and facts are Lacazette is not good enough if he’s costing us matches on a regular basis. We have 13 draws this season, on track for our 14th. A reliable forward makes a huge difference. Auba has to carry the goal scoring weight all by himself when a player like Laca should be contributing more. Sell Laca to Atleti please….

        1. AY75 says:

          I heard Juve are interested in him as well, if Arsenal can trade him for Dybala and swap Guendouzi for Partey….. it would be our best window in a very long time. I like both Lacazette and Guendouzi though, but I won’t really consider it a loss if they left.

  54. Danny says:

    Should have had the game won in 1st half typical Arsenal now could end up getting beat so frustrating!!

    1. Namo says:

      We should’ve buried dis game in the 1st half, now those wasted chances have come to haunt us.

  55. Jimmy Bauer says:

    Too many draws this season…Arteta must concentrate on making these boys kill games off..
    14 draws .. Convert 7 of those to wins and we’ll be in a very comfortable position on the table..

  56. IamKent says:

    Sigh, VAR f***s us again, every time, I hate pl refereeing. I never see VAR helping us out when we are trailing. Nketiah pulled out of the challenge before impact, but ofc the ref only got to see it from the worst possible angle and slowed down so it looked like he tried to kill him.

  57. Dan kit says:

    Daylight robbery ,yes it was a studs up but he was Looking at the ball trying to ping it past the defender ,happened so fast,ref watched it once and couldn’t wait to get his red card out and wave it about like a dick .
    Should have been out of site now dropped points .

  58. SueP says:

    This just shows how difficult it is to play so many games in such a short time. Rotation of squads, fatigue for some of the team, etc. ‘Not helped by the red card, but it has not been an easy watch this half…..8 minutes extra!?

  59. Sue says:

    The clock’s going backwards…..

  60. Eddie says:

    That red card definitely made it worse…but my problem is with Lacazette.. Wasted two clearcut chances

    1. RSH says:

      That’s been his story all season. He needs to be sold. A hard worker, but at the end of the day you are a striker. Score goals when the opportunities are presented to you. Another game this season we should have 3 points. Usually our defense craps the bed, this time it was our striker.

      1. Eddie says:

        Lol…our attackers were responsible for half our losses this season..
        The other half goes to the defense.
        We don’t convert our chances

        1. RSH says:

          Bottom line, we are still a disaster πŸ˜‚. Arteta does another fine job though. Give him the players he wants and we’ll go places. I already knew we were finishing 7th at best so i’m not too upset. It’s just really frustrating watching the same players continue to be unreliable.

          1. Eddie says:

            Lol… Seriously I don’t even want 7th if we don’t get 5th.
            I’d rather we play no European football next season if we have to settle for Europa.. Grrhh I hate that competition with the whole of me

          2. RSH says:

            Financially we are better off being in Europe, and it’s another route to UCL. I also do see the benefits of just focusing on EPL though… I think it’s better to finish high in the table still. In a year most clubs are losing money I’ll take it.

        2. Adajim says:

          Exactly Eddie, just that fans are too biased, because we like some guys, we give them free pass, I remember you have been talking about lacca lack of bite since early season, and time again he cost us another 3points, Nketia don’t waste as much chances as he does waste, the game was there for the taken but our main striker bottled it

  61. SueP says:

    which ever way you look at it, Arsenal had chances to win this game and didn’t take them.

    We have difficult games ahead and in quick succession.

    1. Kenya 001 says:

      Well it’s two points lost should have killed the game first

    2. Kstix says:

      My thoughts exactly SueP, Fair play to them, they were tired. It was written all over auba and saka’s face throughout the first half. They only managed that goal because Evans slipped. I was screaming for Arteta to replace auba immediately the second half started. He’s obviously going to be tired again playing against spuds. He doesn’t have to start every game. We rely too much on him. If saka had started from that wing and pepe on saka’s wing. I’m fairly confident the game would be over by first half but again Arteta could not see how tired these players were. Even a maitland miles inclusion would have yielded better result than auba’s. It was like playing with a man down today before the red.

      1. RSH says:

        I was also waiting for a Pepe sub. But Auba was always going to start this game because he’s our only reliable goal scorer. You saw how poor Laca’s finishing was. Auba plays so much because we have nobody else who can score goals. Our midfield today only has 1 EPL goal this season and it came a week ago. Need to get better players in.

  62. kingandroidx says:

    If Auba not being lazy in 1st half. Qw could have scored 3 goals. Second half, should be Auba out. Shame. Just because he scored 1 goal n being Captain. Doesn’t mean he need to be on d pitch. At last Arteta realised need to sub Auba. But too late.

    1. Kstix says:

      Same thought

  63. Gmv8 says:

    Why wasn’t Pepe brought on?

  64. Skills1000 says:

    I’m not happy at all. This is disappointing. A game we should have won in first half. The ref also gave them the point. We need composure in the final third. I do say that Pepe is the most clinical player in our squad. He would have scored those goals Lacazette missed.

    1. Adajim says:

      I doubt Nketia would miss those

  65. ACE says:

    Laca should of killed the game in
    the 1st half but honestly Auba
    other than the tap in was equally
    as bad.

  66. Sue says:

    So bloody annoyed… 2 valuable points dropped…. Vardy gets his usual tap in… what a pisser….

    1. Skills1000 says:

      Pepe should have started today. Arteta needs to understand his players more. Aubameyang needs a rest. I am not happy at all. This hurts

      1. Sue says:

        It does Skills…. I feel deflated.. when we let the lead slip and draw, it always feels like a loss to me…..

  67. Adajim says:

    Well done boy, the draw and red card should not mask the boys efforts, that was a good game overall

    1. Kstix says:

      Really? Is your TV in black and white? We were wasteful.

      1. Adajim says:

        We were wasteful, agreed, does that take away the overall performance? Does it take away defence, mf and others efforts except lacca wastefulness

    2. RSH says:

      It was fine. 2nd half we let Leicester have a lot more of the ball than they should have had. And being honest, they were poor today and didn’t deserve a point. But Arsenal shot themselves in foot with the RC, and didn’t convert easy chances in 1st half. Not good enough. The boys worked hard, but there is no ruthlessness, and our midfield struggles to be threatening and create chances throughtout the whole 90 minutes. Good reminder that a lot of these players need moving on. Ceballos had a good 1st half, but he’s not good enough for Aresnal. No consistency, and only comes alive creatively when he’s given tons of space. Creates nothing when you mark him.

  68. Sue says:

    That mountain we already had to climb is about the size of Everest now 😳

    1. Adajim says:

      Sue let’s forget about UCL, we have chance with UEL but my concern is our performance which is fascinating. Gutted about today results but the pattern is on point, and the improvement /effort, Like Xhaka going toe-to-toe with Ndidi

      1. Sue says:

        I have forgotten about CL πŸ˜„ We can’t really afford to drop any more points now, otherwise we can kiss goodbye to Europe altogether! Why do we always make it so hard for ourselves…..
        There were some great individual performances tonight, Adajim… I’m just really disappointed with the result…

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