Arsene Wenger is reported to have jumped into the race to sign Loic Remy. Somehow I am not sure this would be true as if it’s between us and Chelsea and the player wants big bucks each week, there’s only going to be one winner. In any case, Wenger has said:
If we buy somebody, somebody will go because we have too many players. We have too many strikers.
There are just two days left in this transfer window to sign three players and I just can’t see it happening. Maybe Wenger will stun us all….
Match day today and a tricky trip to Leicester. Well, it shouldn’t be a tricky trip should it, fixtures like these should be a forgone conclusion but as we saw yesterday, both Manchester sides stumbled against ‘lesser’ sides and dropped points that one would have expected them to win, well City certainly.
Nothing is guaranteed in this game, especially when a side is lacking in a few positions and players are expected to perform miracles in an unfamiliar role but maybe that will change today. Perhaps Arsene Wenger will have watched Leicester in action and he’s ready to exploit any weakness they might have and nullify any strengths which offer a threat and he may just play with pace, with Ozil in the middle pulling the strings…
Ok, let’s just hope the boys dig in deep and get a victory…
- Arsene Wenger has never lost a Premier League game against Leicester. However, he was in charge when the Gunners exited in the FA Cup fourth round in 2000 after a penalty shoot-out defeat to the Foxes.
- Leicester have won just one of 16 Premier League games against Arsenal (W1, D5, L10). Their sole victory was 2-1 at Filbert Street on 23 November 1994.
- Arsenal’s last match against Leicester was their 38th and final game of the 2003-04 league season, when the Gunners’ “Invincibles” ended the campaign unbeaten.
That invincible year was a long time ago wasn’t it and boy couldn’t we brag about the quality in our side back then. They really were a joy to watch. Pace, strength, passion, clinical and ruthless in front of goal so often.
A bit like today’s side really. Seriously, I mean that. We have some super players in our squad, including a few world class ones too who other managers would love to be selecting each week but they are ours and if Arsene Wenger can get the best out of all of them, we could achieve many things this season. Yes we have a few duffers as well but if Arsene Wenger can get three key players before 11pm tomorrow night, those duffers will remain squad players and even back in 2003/04, we had a few of those in our squad.
I’m not going to guess who will start today, I’ll leave that to the manager.
None of our injured return for this fixture, although Arteta, Gibbs and Ospina are not far away from doing so. Aaron Ramsey is back though after missing out in midweek.
Games like this are there to be won, but we’ll have to work hard and play well to do so…
Have a good day all.