Land, Sea and Leicester!
After a disastrous summer, which saw Arsenal sell their captain and spend just £65m on new players, the struggling Londoners visit Leicester having only just managed to beat Crystal Palace, having just about made the Champions League group stages for the 17th consecutive time and having drawn away against Everton.
Arsenal are in 5th position, out of the Champions League places and a massive two points behind title favourites Chelsea and local rivals Tottenham Hotspur who have both won 100% of their games this season. Their season looks over already.
The Gunners are relying on Mesut Özil, who hasn’t done much in the past 12 months apart from topping all the stats for the World Cup winners’, and new signing Alexis Sanchez, who only managed 19 goals last season for Barcelona. Midfielder Jack Wilshere is, at the age of 22, nearing the end of his career without fulfilling the immense potential that he showed 3 years ago. His long-term injury record and the fact he missed an entire season should both be ignored.
One Cup Wonders!
At the back, Arsenal have looked worrying. Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny only managed to share the Golden Glove (awarded to the goalkeeper with the most clean sheets) last season rather than winning it outright, and the centre-back pairing of Per Mertesacker & Laurent Koscielny was only enough to win the Gunners a single trophy last campaign.
When you look at all these facts, it’s easy to understand why Arsenal fans are so worried. Their team hasn’t won a trophy of any kind since early August, and haven’t won a meaningful one since May. They travel to Leicester to face a team who won promotion from the Championship last season – something that Arsenal haven’t managed to do in their entire 128-year history.
The real test this weekend will be to see how many Arsenal fans actually live up to their long-standing claims of following the Arsenal over land, sea and Leicester. I suspect we might hear that song quite a lot on Sunday. Speaking (typing?) of that, not that I’m going to complain but how on earth is Leicester vs. Arsenal being shown on TV? Maybe it’s because 10 years ago we beat them to complete our unbeaten season. Probably not. Anyway – thank you, Sky.
I’m expecting a few changes from the Besiktas game, although we’ll have an international break to recover. It’s a domestic away game & I think Wenger will want a physical presence up front, so I can see Sanogo coming into the team for Alexis, Chamberlain or Cazorla. I also think we might rest Jack after he ran to Besiktas and back on Wednesday. I’m going to predict an Arsenal win by two goals. Please don’t sue me when you bet on that and we lose 4-0.
GP Is Le Boss
My team would be:
Szczesny, Debuchy, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Flamini, Ramsey, Cazorla, Özil, Alexis, Sanogo.
We all follow the Arsenal!