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. vijaygunner says:

    wow why are we soo boring?! ozil needs to step up now..

    1. RSH says:

      so after that firts half, Ozil is the player you decide to have a go at… wow, thats embarrassing. Maybe if sanogo wasnt crap and we had players who want to make runs… and maybe if Mert wanted to defend a bit… but nope, its all Ozil’s fault again even though him and Ramsey are the reason we have so much possession.

  2. mike1977 says:

    Abysmal so far. Why is it that every time Leicester attack they rush and burst forward and cut us to pieces, yet when we attack it’s all the same nonsense of passing through the eye of a needle against two solid banks of four. Ox and Campbell should be on the pitch.

  3. Mick The Gooner says:

    Podolski and Campbell on for Sanogo and Cazorla, shift Özil to the middle.

  4. Mallu_Gooner says:

    People think sanogo is good when he is compared to donkey giroud. When will wenger realize he is no better ? get campbell in for sa-no-goal and either play him or sanchez a striker

    1. Mick The Gooner says:

      I really don’t know what Wenger sees in him, maybe he’s right, he’s produced many great strikers over the years. But at the moment at least, he is not good enough to start for the first team.

  5. isaaclys says:

    no target man up front. Couldnt make any crosses.
    passes were too slow in the midfield. the lads always slowed down the play, even in counter attacks.
    very sloppy at the back

  6. Justsoccerfan says:

    First half performance, we are still far far away. When we attack, there is no fear factor there. This half I only saw sanchez, the rest I don’t know where are there.

  7. GOONSTER says:

    Lets be honest all the trouble is coming from that LB position.. Ozil not helping out defensively, Debuchey not reading the game and that is leaving Mertesacker treading water…

    1. RSH says:

      you are obviously not watching the match. Alexis has been on the left almost the entire match, and has been helping out Monreal a lot.

      1. Robin Vanpayslip says:

        Goonster taking his Ozil hatred way too far hahahaha

  8. Justsoccerfan says:

    Look again to their goal, look like we gifted them.

  9. rock88 says:

    Sanchez and Monreal surprisingly are two best players in the first half.
    Wenger please sign a goalscoring striker.

  10. Invincibles49 says:

    No pace in the movements. When you have an opposition like this , what they try to do it compact the midfield always,minimize the space and prevent the game from being stretched. The only way you can score the goals is to stretch the pitch and create spaces for the players. And the only way to stretch is to pass the ball quickly and forward which is absent completely in the first half.

    Our defense looks so shaky. No one else on the bench either. No Depth. Wenger likes to walk a thin rope doesn’t he ?

    Honestly we were lucky to get the first goal. Leicester have been the better team in the first half.

    Ozil is complete waste in the wide area. Cazorla looks lazy/tired i don’t know what.

    Sanogo : Oh what can i say. He has won only one header till now. Lost the ball on so many occasions. And i do not expect him to score either.

    I am trying to find Flamini in the game but he is a complete ghost. Wenger are you getting any hint ?

    We are well into season and still a newly promoted side is making us look like we are the one newly promoted. Pathetic.

  11. Mark Mywords says:

    People have been saying it’s a good sign Arsenal getting results even while playing badly. BUT that is true only when playing against strong(er) teams. Against weak teams a classy club (like AFC aspires to be) has to be dominant and assertive. I do not see that from this Arsenal site. It’s a shame. We seem weaker than last season.

  12. RSH says:

    sanogo needs to come off, Poldi or Campbell on. And then NEW FREAKING STRIKER, so we dont have to rely on SaNOGOALS anymore.

  13. Ks-Gunner says:

    Who thinks in this site that we can win the tittle?

    1. Mark Mywords says:

      I actually fear that with these kinds of performances and these tactics we can’t even make fourth place.

      1. atid says:

        Agree screw 4141 go back to 4411

        ozil just off sanchez

        I would like to know who made the call to send kos back on?

        Even David blunkett could see he wasn’t right.

  14. RWRW says:

    Honestly, this is where wenger NEEDS to be sacked. Relying on Sanogo up top means the signings of Ozil and Aleixs totally irrelevant!!!!

    WENGER OUT IF NO STRIKER SIGNED

  15. captinweestain says:

    Just don’t play Ozil on the left, and i’ll be semi happy
    I just don’t understand that hand wenger is playin’, it’s almost a total mindf*ck!

    1. atid says:

      Agree screw 4141 go back to 4411

      ozil just off sanchez

      I would like to know who made the call to send kos back on?

      Even David blunkett could see he wasn’t right.

  16. rock88 says:

    LOIC REMY IS ANNOUNCED AS AN CHELSEA PLAYER AND IGNASI MIQUEL IS UNDERGOING
    MEDICAL AT NORWICH CITY.

    1. captinweestain says:

      WTF MIQUEL going ??

      1. rock88 says:

        yes acc to sky sports

    2. atid says:

      Surely that.is good news?

  17. juhislihis says:

    Same s*it, different opposition. All this seasons matches follow the same pattern.

    This kind of display will achieve another raping against City in 2 weeks.

  18. rock88 says:

    DORTMUND HAVE ANNOUNCED THE SIGNING OF KAGAWA. WHEN WILL WE GET GOOD NEWS?

    1. muffdiver says:

      lol at least your consistent with your unrealistic transfer buys

    2. captinweestain says:

      Alexis.

  19. atid says:

    Well at least we can stop with remy rumours.

    Finally confirmed a 3rd choice chelsea striker, nice ambition son!!

    Still at least you will have plenty of time on your hands for gang bangs in a travel Inn, classy chav mug!

    1. muffdiver says:

      dnt be bitter. we could have remy while he was at marseille.but wenger said no.
      such is life

  20. Invincibles49 says:

    With our defensive performance today, sides like MANC, Chelsea and Liverpool would have already netted in two or three in the first half. We are lucky to be playing against Leicester. I can’t believe i am writing this.

    1. Matt says:

      You are so right, our sqaud lacks so much needed quality.

  21. rock88 says:

    We have been very poorly since the start of the season.

    1. muffdiver says:

      we were poor last season too !!

      highlights were napoli game, dortmund and everton fa cup
      alot of scraped wins and poor performances.

      arsenals beautiful game has died

  22. RSH says:

    i gave you a thumb down because you said he’s a Reus replacement. Get over it already, were not getting Reus, my goodness.

    1. Ks-Gunner says:

      I noticed that Wenger smiled and farted during the match mayb thats some secret sign. Dont give up believing

  23. HA559 says:

    Chelsea have replaced all of their strikers this season.

  24. Matt says:

    Stop all the hype over Joel Campbell please… This game needs Ox and Wilshere, we only have two subs left, this is why I think we should play two up top…

  25. Invincibles49 says:

    Get ready for the 3rd/4th place race Gooners. COYG!

  26. rock88 says:

    Our full backs are exposed because of Wenger playing Cazorla or Ozil on the wing.

  27. captinweestain says:

    We probably have spuds on board, don’t let it bother you m8, let Arsenal’s first half performance bother you instead.
    Admin, scrap the thumbs!

  28. Cartman says:

    Sanogo scores 4 goals in a friendly and people start thinking he is better than Giroud. I hope this teaches people to not judge a player by one game.

    He may one day become better or even world class but right now Giroud is better.

    Btw- I am not looking forward to going to Stamford bridge and looking at the way Chelsea played against Everton AWAY, I’m not looking forward to them coming to us.

    Seriously, if we don’t sort ourselves defensively and figure out how to score more goals we could have a heavy defeat this season like 8-2

    Just being honest

  29. Invincibles49 says:

    Some Gooners are saying “Kagawa is Reus’ replacement”. LOOOOOOL. Read this twice and thrice and if you are not laughing your guts out, then you are insanely stupid.

    1. Ks-Gunner says:

      XD

    2. muffdiver says:

      im laughing on the outside…
      crying on the inside

  30. Justsoccerfan says:

    If we don’t win this match and Wenger didn’t buy any more players, I will every day come to this site to say WENGER OUTTTTTTTTTT.

    1. captinweestain says:

      Don’t be foollish

      1. Ks-Gunner says:

        I will do it too. I am feed up with his stubborn bs attitude towards football.

        1. captinweestain says:

          You will destroy this site

          1. muffdiver says:

            chill out weewee stain its not a picasso painting its just a website

  31. captinweestain says:

    Arsenal only have 1 gear, can you remember the days when we had 3, we shift up the speed and rinse teams out!

    1. muffdiver says:

      i took are beautiful football for granted, it was mesmeric to watch from start to finish. wish sky plus all those games now..there was hundreds

  32. Invincibles49 says:

    Sanogo is like “Ok here is the ball at my feet. Lets just shoot. To hell with the positions of the defenders or space. If i fire 100 blanks may be i will get one” LOOOL.

  33. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    Sanogo just held the ball up. Wenger is probably drafting him a new contract tight now.

    1. muffdiver says:

      lol…the lampost clause has been activated

      1. Robin Vanpayslip says:

        Like you once said, tall and French – you had me at hello

  34. lol2304 says:

    the difference between an ambitious team vs Arsenal? buying Loic Remy when you already have Diego Costa; buying Mario Balotelli when you already have Daniel Sturridge; buying Louis Suarez when you already have Neymar and Messi…. and us? usiing Sanogo when we LOSE Olivier Giroud. do you find any logic in this?

    Im realistic, and dont get me wrong but, sincerely i dont find us winning the EPL this year. there are teams which are far much better than us (just look at the football we play compared to theirs).

    im disgusted.

  35. Invincibles49 says:

    If Wenger is looking for someone big and strong to hold the BALL, he should sign my d*ck.

  36. captinweestain says:

    Hit and hope at the moment

  37. nygooner says:

    Santi? You think that will ever be called a penalty? Get up and get the ball goodness…

  38. RSH says:

    Are you serious Cazorla????

  39. Invincibles49 says:

    When you play bad , you can still get results against Leicister. But when you play badly against Liverpool,ManC,Chelsea you know what you get : Arse fu*cking.

  40. captinweestain says:

    FFS

  41. nygooner says:

    LOL. we should be down 2-1 right now.

  42. gunnerman8701 says:

    Who else thinks thus team will win the league?

  43. NickTheYank says:

    Wtf is the giraffe still doing on the pitch. He goofed the Sanchez goal, was offside when he didn’t need to be and gave the the ball away a lot. Please put Campbell on with more than 30 minutes to go. Or Podolski. Pull Santi and put on the Ox so Ozil can move to the middle.

    Chambers just got used!

  44. Invincibles49 says:

    For fu*ck’s sake this is embarrassing.

  45. reddb10 says:

    apparently we did not need fabregas because we have an abudance of midfielders. What cazorla, ozil, arteta, flamini, wilshere, diaby.
    god help us when we play a big team wenger will never learn.

  46. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    OMG Ozil just defended

  47. Brada b says:

    Lc looks better than us on the attack

  48. Mark Mywords says:

    Leicester have a much better striker than we do.

  49. Demwan Jones says:

    Our passing has been abysmal

  50. RSH says:

    we suck defensively with this 4-1-4-1. People just ghosting past Flamini like he doesnt exist.

  51. Arsenalover says:

    Wenger brought Sanogo to learn how to play football in Arsenal and we are waiting for trophy !!!!

  52. Ks-Gunner says:

    Cambell striker
    Sanchez Lw
    Chamberlain Rw
    Ozil in the middle
    Ramsey out give Wilsher a go.

    Comon Wenger you old fart

  53. lol2304 says:

    im starting to fear what is going to happen to arsenal this season..

  54. NickTheYank says:

    That! Do more of that!!!!

  55. nygooner says:

    omfg ramsey pass to sanogo wide open…

  56. ihsan says:

    Just play ROSICKY, we need him to improve our performance.

  57. Charlie Nick says:

    We need to stop crosses coming in

  58. captinweestain says:

    The only way you will get Wenger to spend money, is to slash his tires.
    We won’t spend anymore, i get the feeling

  59. Charlie Nick says:

    Flamini’s a bit of a tit

  60. Daedric_Lord says:

    sanogo cant score!!!!!!!!!!!!

  61. nygooner says:

    what is sanogos shots to goals ratio?

    1. goonerretic says:

      infinity

    2. Robin Vanpayslip says:

      Divide anything by zero you get zero!!!!!!

      1. goonerretic says:

        no you get infinity

  62. NickTheYank says:

    Imagine what we could do if everyone ran like Sanchez when they lost the ball. So refreshing to see someone fight Like he does.

  63. Matt says:

    Sanogo is beyond poor, infact, he’s dire.

  64. Demwan Jones says:

    Yaya sanogo hahahahaha

  65. captinweestain says:

    C’mon sono no goal, look where you shoot, place the shot, he’s just blasting FFS

  66. REiGN says:

    Wow. 72% possession. We’re not using it well are we? What does sanogo has got to do to score in the BPL?!

  67. Mark Mywords says:

    I’m sorry, but Sanogo needs to go.

    1. atid says:

      Sanogo needs to play u21 football to get some confidence. If he then outscored akpom (which I doubt) then bring him back into the first team.

      He definitely has something, like giroud he gets in position, but whereas giroud scores 1 in 5, sanogo currently gets 0 in 5.

      All we need is someone who gets 2 in 5 and will are 100% better than with giroud up front. I actually support giroud he is a great option from the bench, but it’s now time to spend £20m on a falcao loan or £50m on cavani or £40m on benzema or £20m on bony. At the very least we need to take sanogo out of the firing line and let a world cup winner with over 100 German caps and almost 50 international goal plus 28 goals in 53 arsenal Starts have a go.

  68. Invincibles49 says:

    Sanogo is like “Ok here is the ball at my feet. Lets just shoot. To hell with the positions of the defenders/GK or space. If i fire 100 blanks may be i will get one” LOOOL.

  69. captinweestain says:

    ARghhh not 4th place trophy again, please no.

  70. mortal says:

    this Current arsenal team isn’t good enough.

  71. Brada b says:

    Im cryin out for my #14 plz hurry & come back we need u baddddd!!! #WALCOTT and start shooting for goal I gunners & stop wit that tiki tac football its not working ffs ahhhhhhhhh!! Im fustrated

  72. captinweestain says:

    140 k Ozil playing out of position, can anyone try, try and explain please ?

  73. Justsoccerfan says:

    Let guess when will Wenger make substitution.

    1. REiGN says:

      Never!!!….. Jk.

  74. captinweestain says:

    Don’t think i can watch anymore ;(, i had a heart attack last game

  75. Justsoccerfan says:

    What happened to Ramsey, make so many mistakes.

  76. lol2304 says:

    WHY IS WENGER SOOO STUBBORN??? FOR FU*KS SAKE, sell or loan that arsehole called Sanogo and bring on someone worthy of being called a striker. we people can see what is our major weakness! why cant the manager see it then???? i bet a fan could manage arsenal better than what wenger is CURRENTLY doing..

  77. Invincibles49 says:

    Can’t believe i am getting relieved when we are getting a goal kick ! 😀

  78. REiGN says:

    Wow. This is actually a really entertaining game. Even though Its frustrating.

  79. Invincibles49 says:

    Gooners saying Sanogo needs to go on loan. But for that there should be teams who want him on loan too. I don’t think there would be any 😛

  80. captinweestain says:

    Help SANCHEZ OUT LADS!

  81. RWRW says:

    MAKE A CHANGE WENGER YOU CNUT.. WE ARE DRAWING TO LEICESTER!!!!!!!!

  82. RSH says:

    why is Leicester making a sub before us?

    1. goonerretic says:

      because they are going for the win

  83. Invincibles49 says:

    The Wenger algorithm is running Gooners. Substitution coming in around 75 min as usual.

  84. Mark Mywords says:

    I’m sooo sick of our players standing three feet apart and passing the ball to one another with nothing gained at all. Sanchez is our best player because he has not yet fully embraced that bs Wenger style of play.

  85. Demwan Jones says:

    The giraffe heads over

  86. Brada b says:

    Fuk this im going & smoke some weed to calm myself

    1. captinweestain says:

      Puff puff pass, i have some valium’s for you lot ha

  87. Charlie Nick says:

    Ok get Campbell on….no point having him if we are never going to play him

  88. captinweestain says:

    Sonogo real profession is basketball, put campbell on now

  89. nygooner says:

    this is pathetic

  90. Justsoccerfan says:

    Fk Wenger plus win this match if not I will haunt you all season.

  91. mortal says:

    did never expected this,when we meet city hmmmmm I wonder.

  92. Cartman says:

    Sanogo > Costa

  93. RSH says:

    is Alexis our only defender today?

  94. cardo87 says:

    Still no Ox or Pod. Smh. I love an underdog but sanogo is awful. Our ballers don’t even wanna pass to him!!

  95. Matt says:

    Cazorla’s been in decline for a while now

  96. Mick The Gooner says:

    Still waiting for substitutes…

  97. Invincibles49 says:

    Game plan by Wenger : I do not want spectacular goals people. Just walk the fu*cking ball into the net. That is what i want. We need to play beautiful guys. This is AFCCCCC.

  98. Justsoccerfan says:

    When we need a tactician, when we look to bench, there is no body there.

    1. mezoafrika says:

      Wenger u became old and emotional dumb. Your tactical aspcet is 0, I love you but you are retard. Viva arsenal.

    2. joejoe says:

      Guys, I said on this forum, that with Giroud and Sanogo, only a deluded gooner would expect Arsenal to win the PL. Now there seems to be another problem….. TACTICS. Wenger seems to be lacking in tactics at times. WHY DOES HE NOT PLAY CAMPBELL FOR GODS SAKE? Wengers one-mindedness is so frustrating…..

  99. captinweestain says:

    make a sub before i punch my screen

  100. No Giroud, I'm happy says:

    This game today shows how our tactics are sh##t

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