I saw an article the other day that was talking about the Arsenal game against Leicester this Sunday and suggesting that there was going to be one key battle that would determine the result and it was the question of whether our French defender Laurent Koscielny could keep the Premier League’s top scorer Jamie Vardy quiet.
Now while this is obviously important I think it is too simplistic a way of looking at the big match. In fact I would say that there are likely to be three key battles that Arsenal need to win to get the right result. Keeping Vardy from scoring is all well and good but it is not just Koscielny that needs to be on the ball.
If Arsene Wenger decides to revert to his usual pairing and bring Mertesacker back, you know that Vardy will try to play off the German so how the BFG handles him would also be crucial and the same can be said of Gabriel who I expect to get the nod.
Then there is the threat of Riyad Mahrez down our left flank. He is not too far off Vardy in the scoring stakes and he also has 10 Premier League assists to his name so there is a case for him being the bigger threat. Thankfully in Nacho Monreal the Gunners have arguably the best left back in the division and the Spaniard is especially strong on the defensive side of the role.
However, I would say that this is not just a battle between Monreal and Mahrez but a battle for control of that side of the pitch, with the Foxes right back Danny Simpson and our Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez included. Alexis needs to be on his toes and do the tracking back and harrying that was a key part of his game before the injury in November. And if he can get his attacking game flowing it will force Mahrez to drop back to help his full back.
That brings us onto the final big battle because even if we stop them from scoring it is vital that we breach their defence and that has looked very strong recently. They tend to defend deep and allow the ball to go wide, expecting their big centre backs Huth and Morgan to be able to deal with crosses, but our wide men tend to cut in and that could help.
The real key for me though is our creative genius Mesut Ozil. If he can work his magic then Arsenal will have good chances to score and hopefully we can finish at least one of them. But in Kante and Drinkwater Leicester have two very effective and hard working central midfielders and they will know that stopping Ozil will give their team a great chance of success.
So can Arsenal win these three key battles and claim the points in this crucial and possibly pivotal match?
Kante has already come out said that their whole team will be out to stop Özil ?
Gabriel is out injured with a muscle injury (thigh) He could be out for a month, As per usual and for tactical reason’ s, wenger won’t say anything until the last moment.
So, Mertesacker needs to drink a box or two ( 12 cans) of Red bull in the hope that it will give him some Wings,
his gonna need it.
Paul Merson suggested that Bellerin, man marks Vardy,
That’s not a bad idea but we know that Wenger doesn’t even bother man marking players like Messi.. So.. that’s that idea gone!
All I know is that Wenger needs to do his homework tonight to produce the goods tomorrow, otherwise if he turns up with the same old lazy effort of team selection, then we will get severely dry humped on Valentine’s Day ?
With No chocolates… No Flowers
and definitely, nooooooo lubrications ?
Where does info about Gabriel being injured come from?
I have a master’s degree in making bull ? up!! ??
where do you think, I found that information from?
You will find out tomorrow when and if wenger is honest about it. ?
CECH again mate, Never underestimate the COQ power. If you know what I mean.
Kante…. the guy is world class. people talk about Vady and Mahrez yes they do but don’t forget the engine in the name of kanteeeeeereh
Yep and wenger knew about him long before Leicester signed him…. So the old kante said ?
Its my birthday tomorrow..i really hope i get to be euphoric after the match..but if the team fails to win,well i won’t let it get to me, i will sing all through out: pharell williams: because am happy!! its val and my birthday
Martin Atkinson is the ref.
We should be fine.
Looking forward for the big match even though its far to early so we need to be very loud we need to create a loud atmosphere to push on our team we need to wake them up the atmosphere tomorrow is very crucial for the win come on you Gooners
I need to hear you I need to hear you really LOUD
score 3 lucky goals and defend like there is no tomorrow ;p
Neymar Ozil Messi
Doesn’t look bad at all 😉
Hello fellow gooners..Just wanted to say something before the game today. WHY WE HAVE TO FEAR LEICESTER? BECAUSE OF THEIR PACE? STAMINA? well we should show them TH SAME AS WE DID WHEN WE BEAT THEM LAST TIME…we should be FEAR OF BARCA but not a team which last years was almost relegated but this year is doing fantastic due to the BIG ONES DOING SO POOR..WE ARE PLAYING AT HOME..LET’S SHOW SOME INTENT AND BEAT THEM ..what’s all the fuss about? we need to replicate the same half hour against UTD and score 3 goals then control the tempo of the game so when they get desperate we kill them with their own medicine..TEAM SELECTION AND SUBS ARE KEY TODAY..in fact, WE ARE ARSENAL..NO FEAR…good luck