Arsenal v Leicester
Kick off: February 10th, 2015 19.45 PM BST
It was almost eleven years ago and a totally different stadium. Leicester, who had already been relegated, came to town to play the best team ever in the history of the Premier League – The Invincibles. The visitors didn’t come to be a part of a celebration though as they scored the first goal of the game and kept the lead until the break. Thierry Henry’s penalty at the beginning of the second half and Paddy Vieira’s goal restored order though and our unbeaten season was fulfilled.
This time, Leicester come to town as the last-placed team in the league. The Foxes had a false dawn at the beginning of the season with a victory over Manchester United being the highlight but have lost 14 out of 19 matches played ever since. They are still alive in the FA Cup though, they have beaten Spuds at White Hart Lane which suggests they can cause a lot of problems if any complacency appears.
We can’t afford another hiccup, especially after late goals from Southampton and Manchester United respectively. Leonardo Ulloa must be kept at bay by our defenders, especially in the air as the Spaniard has scored headers in both of his appearances against us.
I expect a slight rotation for this match.
David Ospina should take his place between the sticks. He wasn’t at fault for either of the Spuds goals last weekend and he looks more confident than Wojciech Szczesny at the moment.
Hector Bellerin should have more space for his overlapping runs as the opponents are likely to spend more time on the back foot than the Spuds did.
Kieran Gibbs might replace Nacho Monreal on the left as the Englishman offers more going forward.
Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny will start in the heart of the defence again with a remote possibility for either Gabriel Paulista or Calum Chambers to hand a rest to either of our starting central defenders.
Francis Coquelin is the first name on the team-sheet.
Tomas Rosicky might take Aaron Ramsey’s place in the starting eleven as the Welshman has struggled lately. Santi Cazorla should take the other available place in the midfield.
Theo Walcott and Mesut Özil might start on the flanks as I reckon both Alexis Sánchez and Danny Welbeck will be introduced in the second half at some point.
Olivier Giroud is going to be our focal point in attack again.
It won’t be an easy match as the visitors won’t just roll over and watch us score goals. Still, we are much the better team and a victory is imperative for us. 3:0 with a brace from Olivier Giroud and a fourth goal in as many starts for Mesut Özil.
Head to Head
Premier League (EPL) 31 Aug 2014 Leicester 1 – Arsenal FC 1
Premier League (EPL) 15 May 2004 Arsenal FC 2 – Leicester 1
Premier League (EPL) 06 Dec 2003 Leicester 1 – Arsenal FC 1
Premier League (EPL) 23 Jan 2002 Leicester 1 – Arsenal FC 3
Premier League (EPL) 25 Aug 2001 Arsenal FC 4 – Leicester 0
Bellerin Mertesacker (c) Koscielny Gibbs
Arsenal 3 v 0 Leicester