Arsenal are in Leicester to play the wily Foxes who are licking their European exit-wounds. The elimination will still hurt and the manager and players will want to bounce back straightaway, so Arsenal are warned. The Gunners, on the other hand, have been victorious in Europe after a great comeback in the second half and will play today with a happy head but weary legs. No doubt Leicester will be exhausted too but they simply have to try and win today. Arsenal also need the three points of course, and if we play this cleverly they are up for grabs, despite the odds being against us.
Let’s sit back in this one and play on the counter/rebound. Let the Foxes make the play as they cannot afford to sit back in this one. If we do this with discipline and the right mix of players then I think we can win the game. Some players will need a rest to avoid injuries and I am particularly thinking here of Auba and Saka, but also Bellerin and Odegaard. So I would replace these four and would also give Holding a start instead of Luiz.
My preferred lineup would be:
By all means, Arteta can bring on the likes of Odegaard, Willian, Saka or Auba in the final 20-30 minutes to win the game for us, but let’s not start with them.
Come On You Rip Roaring Gunners!