Official teams and Preview of Arsenal at Leicester

After a slightly slow start to the season, Arsenal have a great chance to go into the international break just two points off the top of the Premier League with a win at newly promoted Leicester City. But Arsene Wenger still has a few injury concerns and a few selection issues to make.

The big team news is that the Frenchman has brought Yaya Sanogo back into the centre forward position to replace the injured Giroud, moving the Chile international Alexis Sanchez back out to the right. Wenger has also dropped Jack Wilshere and stuck with Santi Cazorla on the left, although Podolski, Campbell and Chamberlain are on the bench.

Szczesny
Debuchy, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal
Flamini, Ramsey
Sanchez, Ozil, Cazorla
Sanogo

subs: Martinez, Chambers, Wilshere, Rosicky, Chamberlain, Campbell, Podolski

The bench looks a bit light defensively and I am surprised that Hector Bellerin is not on there, but the versatility of Chambers could be the reason for that. It looks like the Gunners are set up to control the ball and push Leicester back.

We certainly have the players to take all three points today, as long as we play to our strengths and do not let the home side get into their stride early on. Hopefully our young French striker can produce the sort of form that saw him score four goals against Benfica in pre-season and fire the Gunners above the spuds. COYG.

Tags Alexis Sanogo

411 Comments

  1. Dee@ease says:

    Good decision to drop Wilshere now Ozil can go to his normal number 10 position!

    1. AussieGOONER says:

      Right Sanogo’s gonna score a hat-trick & we’re gonna say #NoThanks to Falcao/Cavani!

    2. seancali says:

      why all the sudden wenger has lost that little belief he had in Podolski? He is not even starting today? ummmmm

      1. ChristopherHWinters says:

        he will come off the bench to join the party or host the party.

    3. ergs says:

      I wouldn’t say dropping your MoM from the game before is a good decision.

  2. No Giroud, I'm happy says:

    Sanogo and Cazorla to score today, COYG
    2-0 to Arsenal

    1. JoJo says:

      Wouldn’t hold my breath on Sanogo lol

      1. seancali says:

        Me too, just cant get over it. Sanogo leading a title contenders attack…HAHAHA

        1. Godswill says:

          Let us not run down and demoralize our team. How old is Sterling and the other S of Liverfool? Who scored today for them? Who were they two seasons ago? Am sure if one of the Ss is available, you will suggest we buy. Am backing anyone wearing my team’s shirt to do well. Sanogo will score along with others and I will dance. 3-0 to the Arsenals. COYGS.

  3. JoJo says:

    Am i the only one who wanted to see Sanchez in strike?

    1. Dan.M says:

      So did I .. Isn’t that the reason we signed players like ozil and cazorla .. Not to play in behind sanogo no disrespect to the guy

    2. The Handsome_Gooner says:

      no

  4. Archangel says:

    I like the team!! and the bench looks also impresive..but wouldnt mind one more defender benched…

  5. Greg says:

    I would have started joel campbell upfront!

  6. Greg says:

    Not a bad line up, but would have liked campbell to start! Coyg!

  7. Big Gun says:

    If we are up at half time, I would bring Campbell on and take Santi off. Give the guy some game time. Also, I have a funny feeling Sanogo will score today.

  8. Greg says:

    Wanna see some “rambo” magic today! Coyg!

  9. Matt says:

    Hopefully Wenger will see today that Sanogo is not good enough and will sign a world class forward before tomorrow night.

  10. Gundam says:

    Sonogo and Sanchez to score more than one.

    Should have started campbell on the wing

  11. Ks-Gunner says:

    If Sonogo gets a hattrick tonight there will be no new striker. Ok no hattrick but you know what i mean 😛

  12. Matt says:

    Wenger will bring the likes of Wilshere and Ox on as impact and give Chambers a run out at CDM to replace Flamini in the latter stage of the game perhaps?

  13. royalman says:

    Nice team!

  14. royalman says:

    CF, our weak link

    1. No Giroud, I'm happy says:

      since rvp left

  15. Matt says:

    Let’s see if we can actually get through one game without an injury shall we?

    1. captinweestain says:

      Too late, koss off ;(

  16. sandy1985 says:

    You can all scold me if Sanogo is not impressing today..

    1. Matt says:

      Me too, haha the guy won’t make it, if Wenger thinks we can win he league with him upfront as our main striker with Giroud injured then he’s got dimensure.

  17. CraigZWE says:

    Why is Campbell or Ox not playing.

    Ozil and Carzola must be rotated and either Ox or Campbell on left.

    now we will continue to have weak left side defensively.

  18. Ronny331 says:

    @aussiegooner. spot on Sanogo scores a brace and Arsene is so happy he decides we need to sign no players!!

  19. CraigZWE says:

    OT: what a result at white Hart Lane today.

    Made my day, a win for us icing on cake.

  20. Ronny331 says:

    @seancali. Poldi is going to be sold tomorrow, not even on the bench.

    1. ChristopherHWinters says:

      Are you watching Everton vs Arsenal or Leicester vs arsenal ?

  21. O2-Home kit says:

    Kroenke’s in the stadium. Maybe Wenger want’s to try and prove to Kroenke he does’nt need to spend on a striker and that Sanogo is good enough.

  22. Greg says:

    Come on gunners! Lets get 3 priceless points against leicester! Coyg!

  23. GunningSoulman says:

    Wheres Podolski? Wow, Arsene doesnt fancy him at all.

  24. Daedric_Lord says:

    its 4 1 4 1 ozil on the flank

  25. CraigZWE says:

    why Ozil on left.

    just silly, but how loud is the stadium

  26. Ronny331 says:

    Ozil on the left again, ffs!
    Sanogo showing early on why we need striker!

    1. captinweestain says:

      I know ffs, ozil hates it!

  27. captinweestain says:

    Ozil mate, plz wake up, just saw someone stroll past you.

  28. Matt says:

    Oh what a surprise, an injury already.

  29. NickTheYank says:

    Kos looks like he’s in a lot of pain. Good thing we have so many players who can play at CB …. Oh wait.

    We look completely asleep today

  30. Ks-Gunner says:

    Remy off to Chelsea.

  31. Kay123 says:

    We are soooo slow with and without the ball,,, so boring to watch Arsenal these dayss..

  32. CraigZWE says:

    put Ozil in middle, comeon

    hope Kos okay

  33. captinweestain says:

    Thank god we have chezza

  34. CraigZWE says:

    Leicester going to catch us on counter, we putting too many forward and too slow to get back.

  35. mark says:

    Noddy is on the pitch..! 😀

  36. RSH says:

    Bosscienly 🙂

  37. No Giroud, I'm happy says:

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS, Sanchez

  38. captinweestain says:

    alexissssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

  39. CraigZWE says:

    great goal Sanchez, get thinking Sanogo.

  40. nygooner says:

    Sanogo! Almost! Nice Sanchez!! WOO

    Also… should Kos really still be in?? Not a good idea IMO

  41. WembleyMay71 says:

    Brave Koscielny. Staple in the head and still playing.
    Alexis Scores!!!!!!!!

  42. Charlie Nick says:

    One – nil ….Alexis the goal machine…

  43. captinweestain says:

    Sonogaol’s legs go on forever, hang on that sounded gay

  44. CraigZWE says:

    Sanchez, this guy a real fighter.

    he takes responsiblity when he loses ball. rest must take note

  45. captinweestain says:

    POOOOO

  46. Matt says:

    Mertesaker’s lack of pace exposed, 1-1

  47. Ronny331 says:

    Thank god for AS 🙂
    Why so sh*t before the goal?!

  48. Charlie Nick says:

    Oh…FFS

  49. nygooner says:

    ….

    How did they not spot that pass down the flank from a mile away? Nice defending/awareness

  50. captinweestain says:

    CMON ARSENAL

  51. Ks-Gunner says:

    Stay the fak behind Mertesacker. Faking potatohead

  52. Ronny331 says:

    God we suck!!
    How far we’ve fallen since the invincible team 🙁

  53. CraigZWE says:

    counter all day long

  54. No Giroud, I'm happy says:

    What’s wrong with Mert, he is so slow

  55. GOONSTER says:

    Mertesacker is just too much.. He leaves us exposed all the time.. F.F.S..

  56. captinweestain says:

    Ozil wasted on the left, why wenger why ?????

    1. cardo87 says:

      Pissing me off playing Özil out of position all the time. I don’t know when Wenger is going to get it.

  57. blondin says:

    Mert HAVE to be sold or given away for FREE-always misplaced,slow and confused.

    1. captinweestain says:

      Stupid comment, do not read, nothin to see here!

  58. medvet says:

    this do not look well…. We MUST sign a CB…..

  59. Ronny331 says:

    @Matt. When is Wenger and all the fans going to realise Mert is shi*e!!
    As soon as I see him on the team sheet I’m worried and 3 games after we bought him I could see he was not Arsenal quality.
    How can everyone not see this? he’s in the running for the worst CB in the PL!

  60. captinweestain says:

    Yeah lets sell our German international world cup winning CB. Makes sense.He has the best denfesive vision in the bpl i say, slow yeah, but so was Adams

    1. captinweestain says:

      I would go with my gut intsintc and say yeah.

    2. arsenal19 says:

      Yes sipped doesn’t run the game class does

      1. arsenal19 says:

        Speed* autocorrect

  61. Ks-Gunner says:

    Not sure if Giroud or Mertesacker. Go faking defend in your poz m.f

  62. captinweestain says:

    Ozil bossing it in the middle, thank you

  63. captinweestain says:

    Get lost ,dived

  64. captinweestain says:

    didn’t touch him

  65. luvdaguns says:

    man, am i glad alexi sanchez is a gunner, that guy has a motor that does not stop running, going to enjoy a lot of years of sanchez

    1. Mark Mywords says:

      Yeah, I would like to see Sanchez on the right and Alexis on the left.

      1. captinweestain says:

        Eh, both wings, same player ?

        1. Mark Mywords says:

          Joking, mate 😀

          1. captinweestain says:

            With the engine he has, he probably could ha

            1. Mark Mywords says:

              That’s what I was thinking. You could run two players with his engine.

  66. gunnerman8701 says:

    What is Wenger smoking??? Win the league with Giroud and Sanogo?

  67. Ronny331 says:

    @captinweestain. WC winning CB who was exposed in the WC also and dropped!

  68. No Giroud, I'm happy says:

    Chelsea acquired L. Remy

  69. Brada b says:

    Sonogoal iz weak we need a st asap otherwise kiss the pl trophy, 4th place & cl goodbye

  70. Mark Mywords says:

    For some reason I trust Chambers sooo much more than Mert.

    1. nygooner says:

      you are not alone

  71. GOONSTER says:

    Mertesacker back to his old self… He is making me nervous.

    And the whole team as a whole look so off pace, sorry but we look ordinary.

  72. jackieboy says:

    No pace outside of Alexis in our starting 11, and it shows when Leicester break.

  73. captinweestain says:

    Do you gunners change you’re spots every game ?

  74. captinweestain says:

    Hammond that’s 5 fouls now, ref yellow the cu7t

  75. Ronny331 says:

    People just telling it like is and stating what they see!

    1. captinweestain says:

      It could be worse, we could be spurs or man united.

      1. Ks-Gunner says:

        20 time champions. They are already done with domination. And what are Spurs?

        1. captinweestain says:

          Sorry spuds, shitest team in history, south, north london 😉

          1. Ks-Gunner says:

            fak em. if we choose to compare our selfs with them i am done with football 😛

  76. Ks-Gunner says:

    Arsenal as a team is like a bottle of wine which has been already drunk up. Useless

    1. muffdiver says:

      what do u do with the bottle then?

      1. Ks-Gunner says:

        Wenger fills it with water and claim its wine. Praise him.

  77. Greg says:

    Breaking news- loic remy has moved to chelsea on a four year deal!

    1. muffdiver says:

      thats another 15-20 goals added to their team.

      lol, sanogo and giroud to the rescue

      1. Jim A says:

        Support our team.

  78. captinweestain says:

    Well first half tells me Wenger must buy Carvalho, a Cb and a striker, still no change.
    Carvalho, that greek defender, and a loanee falcoa, cavani 😉

    1. Ks-Gunner says:

      17 years of Arsenals shows that he needs to go.

  79. nygooner says:

    Wow that’s 100% amateur… how can you be offside on that Sanogo…

  80. captinweestain says:

    Miles off ffs

  81. GunningSoulman says:

    No urgency in our game. Its weird seeing us like this. We look slow as well

  82. rock88 says:

    I don’t like Sanogoal.

  83. Matt says:

    Cazorla looking shite just like all season so far, Sanogo is just a nobody, Ramsey believing his own hype, no pace, we can’t counter, no clinical striker, we lack so much in our team it’s disgraceful.

  84. RSH says:

    Sanogo painfully average. my goodness.

  85. muffdiver says:

    wtf our central defence looks very weak.wow

    leicester could win this

  86. Brada b says:

    LISTEN HERE AW U BETTER START SPENDING WE LOOK LIKE A CHAMPIONSHIP DIV TEAM, & SONOGOAL IZ NOT READY TO B OUR STRIKER COME ON AW SPEND SPEND SPEND !!!!!

  87. REiGN says:

    Don’t worry… We have chambers there!!!

  88. Ks-Gunner says:

    Using Ozil on the wings is a crime. Wenger for F. sake, get Chamberlain on the wings and also use Rosicky. And whats up with this old geezer not wanting to start Poldi at least on the Lw.

  89. WembleyMay71 says:

    Chambers is just full of confidence.
    Beautiful play from him.

    1. RSH says:

      seriously… he almost gave away a 2nd goal, yet everyone on here jumps on Mertesacker. So much bias its embarrassing…

      1. WembleyMay71 says:

        Since you brought up the potential 2nd goal, I’m sure you don’t need to be reminded that it was Mertesacker who actually gave the equaliser to Leicester. Lost his man, couldn’t run and was found in No Man’s Land.

        Try not to generalise your comments. Thank you.

  90. Mark Mywords says:

    I lreally ike Sanogo as a person, but he is quite useless on the pitch.

  91. Charlie Nick says:

    When are we gonna start to play well?? Poor since season started…no excuses now…

  92. captinweestain says:

    No vocal point in midfield, hence we need a monster carvalho.

  93. Ronny331 says:

    Campbell up front for Sanogo 2nd half.

  94. RWRW says:

    DO YOU STILL THINK SANOGO IS GOOD ENOUGH WENGER? YOUR A TOTAL IDIOT

    1. Brada b says:

      Hes a total cu*t

    2. rock88 says:

      Wenger will say when we signed Sanogo he was injured for 6 months and his goal scoring record
      before his injury was a goal in every game. He has been built his muscle in order to be physically
      strong. He has improved a lot and don’t forget he scored 4 goals against Benfica. It’s only a matter
      of time when he scores his first goal he will score every weak.
      Wenger is clearly being biased towards the French connection therefore he is giving opportunity to useless Sanogo ahead of better players Campbell and Akpom.

  95. gunnerman8701 says:

    Costa would have had a hat trick. AFC looks very ordinary.

  96. rock88 says:

    Wenger please bring Campbell and Ox on. Cazorla and Sanogo off

    1. Mark Mywords says:

      Cazorla definitely has to be subbed. He has been awful since the season started. With him off, Özil can flourish.

  97. REiGN says:

    Don’t understand why wenger doesn’t wanna play Campbell. I mean, this kid has a much greater potential than sano”goal”

    1. Kay-Solo says:

      Because Sanogo is french. No other reason. Do u think if Falcao was french he wouldn’t have got him already? Webber has killed us this season. Other teams in top four have strengthened and what has he done? He has not improved the team as he should’ve. Chambers for Vermalean, Debunchy for Sagna, Ospina for Fabianski. The only buy is Sanchez. And the defenders brought in are not at the level of the ones that we lost. Should any one wonder why Chelsea is doing well?

    2. fezzo afc x says:

      Go get BENZEMA right now ! Wenger ! Right now ! Falcaos going r.madrid ! I mean fcuking NOW !!

    3. Uche Edochie says:

      Don’t worry @reign, Sanogo is going to win us the league! Wow. This is the worst match I have watched this season.

  98. Matt says:

    Sanogo is f*cking shit and belongs back at Auxerre, Wenger only signed him because he’s young and French, May aswell have signed Cinnor Wickam or Andy Carrol, what a joke! Another season scraping fourth although this time we won’t win a trophy.

  99. angryblackman3 says:

    It’s ok guys, we are going to scrape through. Sanchez looking aggressive

    1. Mick The Gooner says:

      Waiting for a convincing performance though. Haven’t seen a convincing win in a while

    2. NY_Gunner says:

      @angryblackman3
      Sanchez is the “benchmark” of how we should be playing. Pressin them in their half agressive both on and off the ball. The rest look like the could care less.
      Take off Ozil, put on Rosicky and we’re laughin…

  100. RSH says:

    If not UCL or not at Wembley, Cazorla is just so average, doesnt look like he cares. And Sanogo not good enough at all.

    1. reddb10 says:

      spot on mate. cazorla needs five touches to control the ball and is just too over rated. I am p$$$d off at seeing Ozil walk through every match like he doesnt give a S$$t.
      only Ramsey and Sanchez look up for it.

    2. GOONSTER says:

      What about Ozil?

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