Leicester 0-0 Arsenal: A Fair Result in the Grand Scale of Things

Rob Holding v Leicester City

Match ReportMatch HighlightsPost-Match Press Conference

There wasn’t total meltdown following the loss to Liverpool but the fan base of the club were in anguish following a terrible display at home ot Jurgen Klopp’s side. A game against the defending champions wasn’t on to look forward to but they also suffered a shock loss in the League opener against Hull City. The injuries to Aaron Ramsey and Alex Iwobi paved the way for Granit Xhaka and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to get into the side. There was also a shake up in defense as the new vice-captain, Laurent Koscielny, led his troops to battle, having cut short his holiday rest. Koscielny’s return to the side saw Calum Chambers resume his bench warming duties.

The game itself was fiercely contested encounter but kudos should go to Mark Clattenburg for not allowing himself to be fooled by the home side’s antics in the box. On another day, Mike Dean an official would have pointed to the spot for Koscielny’s invisible challenge on Danny Drinkwater or Hector Bellerin’s invisible touch on Ahmed Musa. You know, these things happen.

Still some players have to be mentioned for their outstanding performance on the night. Rob Holding is one of them, putting up a great shift after the torrid time he got on his debut. For a player so young, that lad is very solid, and with his performances from preseason up until this moment, Chambers deserves to spend some time on the bench. With Koscielny next to him, Holding looked very coordinated and tidy in possession. Another positive in my opinion, was the return to action of mercurial midfield maestro, Mesut Ozil and our alpha-dog in attack, Olivier Giroud. Alexis Sanchez is a great chap but he’s no center forward and these games have proved it.

Theo Walcott flattered to deceive yesterday, as he put up one of the frustrating shifts we’ve become accustomed to seeing, while I feel the Ox should have done better with his end product. The inconsistency we continue to face with our English lads. It was a game that could have gone either way, so in my honest opinion, a draw was a very fair result in the grand scale of things. Confidence isn’t as high as we would want, but at least the lads are doing what’s required of them – at least, some of them.

The clean sheet was vital at the home of the defending champions, and the Gunners can do their bit to get their first win of the campaign against Watford next weekend before the international break. Wenger waxed lyrical about Holding’s performance in his presser,

“I believe he had an outstanding performance for a young boy who has never played in the Premier League and played against top strikers today. So I can only reiterate that I am happy to speak about him because it’s good for English football that a young boy gets a chance in a big club in England and shows that he will be a quality player.”

He took a rather offensive demeanor when he was asked about transfers but it’s something we have come to terms with as fans. The club will never release its transfer secrets in public so we have to take a patient approach, even though we are aware that the transfer window closes in 10 days.

Do have a happy Sunday.

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Leicester Preview: Team News, Injury Updates and Predicted Lineups

Yesterday night saw Manchester United’s new boy, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, continue his great start into the new season, with four goals in his first three games, retaining the Red Devils status at the top of the Premier League. Today, a host of teams would face off against themselves before the day is closed by what would prove to be an exciting clash between Leicester City and Arsenal. Both teams would be eager to get their first set of Premier League points of the season.

This fixture doesn’t favor the Foxes historically, as Claudio Ranieri’s team are on a 19-match winless run against Arsenal in the Premier League (D6, L13) and lost both games last season. You have to go as far back as November 1994 for the last league victory of today’s hosts against their more illustrious opponents.

Leicester Team News

The defending champions are set to welcome Robeth Huth to the starting XI following his suspension for an altercation with Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini. Jeffery Schlupp has been heavily linked with a move to West Brom but he still remains a Leicester player at the moment. It’s going to be very interesting to see the approach Vardy takes into this game. Not long ago, Arsenal were genuinely interested in his services and activated his release clause but the player turned down the move and stayed with the club. Wenger was understandably asked about his take on how it panned out and as you’d expect, he said he respected Vardy’s decision to stay with Leicester.

Leicester Injuries / Suspensions

None

Leicester Predicted Lineup

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Arsenal Team News

The boss has admitted he could thrust Laurent Koscielny into the fray with the Gunners’ lack of options at the back. As it stands, Arsene Wenger has only Calum Chambers and Rob Holding to call upon, with Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista out for some time. He also confirmed the absences of Aaron Ramsey and Alex Iwobi that suffered fresh injuries on the first game of the season. You have to feel for Iwobi that enjoyed a good preseason campaign and even created an assist for Walcott last weekend. Now he’s crocked.

Thanks to the team’s depth, the manager has a host of players in his disposal he can choose from.

Arsenal Injuries / Suspensions

Per Mertesacker, Carl Jenkinson, Danny Welbeck, Jack Wilshere (knee), Alex Iwobi (thigh), Aaron Ramsey (hamstring), Laurent Koscielny, Mesut Ozil, Olivier Giroud (lack of match fitness), Serge Gnabry (unavailable due to participation at the Olympic Games)

Arsenal Predicted Lineup

Arsenal 4-2-3-1 football formation

Team Form

Leicester

  • Last Five Games: W L L L L
  • Last Result: Hull 2-1 Leicester
  • Leading Goalscorer: Jamie Vardy (1)

Arsenal

  • Last Five Games: W W W W L
  • Last Result: Arsenal 3-4 Liverpool
  • Leading Goalscorer: Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Calum Chambers (1)

 

Gooner Daily predicts a 2 – 1 win for Arsenal.

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Good News on Welbeck and Pre-Leicester Stuff

There would be a Premier League game by 8pm tonight. It’s something that we would take some time to get used to but it’s certainly a fun way to start the weekend. After the anguish of last weekend, more tales of Shkodran Mustafi surfaced in the course of the week but no new center back joined the club obviously. The manager hinted in his presser that he could bring Laurent Koscielny into action ahead of his rest schedule but there will be more on that as the days progress.

The game against Leicester would be one for the fans, as they would be thinking about how two of the club’s prized assets, Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy, used Arsenal as a smokescreen to get new contracts, so all eyes will be on them to see how they perform. Bar his penalty, Mahrez had a pretty much average game against Hull while Vardy had a stinker. The Foxes will be boosted from the news that one of their key defenders, Robert Huth, has completed his suspension, so he’s in contention to start against the Gunners.

The Leicester players have been on the news lately, talking about how they are gonna make things right when they take on the Gunners. For some reason, I take such news with a pinch of salt. I’ve seen Arsenal players come to the media after losing a game with bs about ‘bouncing back’ or ‘returning back to basics’ and all that, only to lose heavily in the next game. Just keep quiet and let your football do the talking.

Moving on to more Arsenal related news, Arsene Wenger has revealed that there has been considerable progress in Danny Welbeck’s recuperation from the meniscus tear he suffered at the tail end of last season.

‘He had an inflammation of his knee and they had to go in again to see if it is healing well or not. ‘If the healing was not good, he would have been out until April. But the news was excellent and he will be back around Christmas.

‘He had a second check, not a procedure, a check with a camera inside. That was the good news of last week, the only good news. That was very positive.’

Welbeck had suffered a long term injury early in the campaign and went through surgery, but he made his comeback in February and scored that crucial goal against Leicester. Following a couple of impressive performances in attack, Welbeck eventually usurped Olivier Giroud in attack before suffering the knee injury that made him miss England’s debacle in Euro 2016, as well as the start of the new campaign.

With Wenger stalling on signing a new forward, Welbeck is the next best thing we have to Giroud so I’m happy that he is four months ahead of his rehabilitation schedule. Then again, this is Arsenal. You can never be too sure with the club when it comes to injuries but let’s ope to see Dat Guy Welbz during Christmas.

I’m sure he would look like a new signing.

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