Arsenal are in need of three Premier League points, but it won’t be easy against a confident Leicester side at the King Power Stadium.

Here are today’s official line-ups.

Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Evans, Soyuncu, Chilwell, Ndidi, Tielemans, Maddison, Perez, Barnes, Vardy

Subs: Ward, Justin, Morgan, Choudhury, Praet, Albrighton, Gray.

Arsenal: Leno, Bellerin, Chambers, Holding, Luiz, Kolasinac, Guendouzi, Torreira, Ozil, Aubameyang, Lacazette

Subs: Martinez, Sokratis, Tierney, Willock, Saka, Martinelli, Pepe

Follow the game on the Arseblog live blog

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leroy
leroy

tierney for kolasinac and it’s probably our best XI. feeling cautiously optimistic.

anonarse
anonarse

Pepe should be considered among the first XI imo.

David C
David C

Pepe finally starts playing well and now he’s benched….

You guys think this is a 3-4-1-2?

Me2
Me2

Pepe should not be considered anything.
I would rather have saka or nelson if he were fit…

Stephen
Stephen

Tierney and Pepe and it’s our best. Kola and maybe chambers off.

Martin
Martin

Why Chambers?

Fabulous
Fabulous

Then shift Auba out left? Hell naw

Martin
Martin

So being defensive is ok with you? Tierney our only decent crosser and Pepe coming into form on bench. Poor selection

Win,lose or draw Emery remains the wrong choice
Win,lose or draw Emery remains the wrong choice

I look at both teams and I’m absolutely that we can’t win this game with the resources that we have

Paul
Paul

Well he’s rolling the dice….COYG!

Atom
Atom

Pretty defensive – would have preferred to see Pepe abs attacking formation as we can’t defend anyways

Ballz
Ballz

Leicester are playing with 5 attackers and only one DM. We’re playing with 3 DMs, one of them being Chambers, and only 3 attacking players, with no wingers. Rogers wants to win, Emery wants to not lose. That’s been Emery’s problem since he came to arsenal

TDog
TDog

He can’t play 3DM’s so he has to compensate by playing an extra CB . It’s crazy . If you consider the wing backs/full backs as defensive minded players Emery only EVER plays a formation with 7 defensive players and 3 attacking. It’s pathetic mid table football and will never get us back in the top 4.

Richie

Maybe I’m mistaken but I’m reading that line-up as Bellerin and Kolasanic will play as the wingers, and I don’t think we’re playing with 3 DM’s; Chambers will likely be centre back, and Guendouzi will roam forward, so just Torreira at DM.

Nicolas Pepe
Nicolas Pepe

Gendouzi staying back and Torreira going forward but not doing very welll

yen
yen

Would prefer a 4-2-3–1 with Tierney & Pepe but this seems alright!

Let’s smash them as Unai’s parting gift!

(yes, this is wishful thinking)

Lord Bendnter
Lord Bendnter

Nope. It doesn’t seem alright. Looks like he thinks if we lose, he loses his job with it

yen
yen

Well hopefully there’s a reason for him thinking that as there should be

gus
gus

what? kolasinac and chambers in the same team, we doomed
he still aint got a preferred starting XI, making it up each week
what an utter plonker

looked at leicester —–unchanged—- says it all

Richie

I fancy Arsenal to win this one, we’re better than Leicester in every position.

Chamakhyungpark
Chamakhyungpark

I obviously want Arsenal to win, but what have you seen from Arsenal recently that suggests we have even the slightest chance of getting a result?

Goonerrific
Goonerrific

Except (and most importantly) the manager

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

LOL

BigArse
BigArse

I’m trying to be optimistic about us winning this game, just as I’m trying to be optimistic that we’ll have a new manager tomorrow. A win doesn’t save Emery’s job for me and the board must have a plan in place? Right? Am I delusional?

anonarse
anonarse

I doubt they’ll sack him if he win today, at least if it’s convincingly. If they have a plan and a replacement lined up, then I don’t understand why it hasn’t already happend.

Make Arsenal Great Again
Make Arsenal Great Again

Could it be that he is playing Chambers in the DM role? 4-3-1-2

Belfast Gooner
Belfast Gooner

That’s actually what the premier league website has us playing as. Want us to win as I always do, but if we lose he has to get the ‘Emily Attack’!!

MonkeyJoe
MonkeyJoe

Decent line up finally. I fear the worst, that we may not lose this one and prolong suffering. On the other hand if we lose, slimy fraud has to sacked in the morning. Let’s lose. Common gunners! #EmeryOut

anonarse
anonarse

I hope we have a board who has a plan and won’t sack or keep a head coach because of one result. If there’s a plan UE will be replaced sooner than later anyway. If we lose this one the fight for top4 will be difficult. So I hope we win, but that the board already has a plan to replace him. This might seem as a contradiction from my above comment (to BigArse), but quite frankly I don’t see them sacking him as long as we’re in the competition for top4, however I hope I’m wrong.

Martin
Martin

No Pepe. No Tierney. You really call this a decent lineup.

MonkeyJoe
MonkeyJoe

Relatively speaking and comparing to Emery’s previous abominations.

baluku
baluku

Another game, another defensive approach. Hope there will be some real defending. 7/10 outfield players are either defenders or defensive midfielders. Emery could have as well left Ozil, Laca, and Auba on the bench and bring in Tierney, Papa, and some other defender.

Futsboller
Futsboller

It’s no wonder we’re in sixth place, behind Sheffield United (a much more ambitious team than we are on the pitch this year), and equidistant from 2nd and 17th on points — truly middle of the table.

baluku
baluku

Wait for more misery after the international break as long as Emery is still in charge. We might be called devils for calling Emery out. But the reality is there for everyone to see.

Dom47
Dom47

3 at the back is never sexy, but I modestly like the lineup, obviously would have Tierney for Kola and a shame to not have Pepe there. Happy to see Chambers get a nod before Sokratis, and Holding in there.

UE had to be cautious, of course, he is that above all. This is bad news as he sees Lei as favourites obviously.

Wanted to see the back of him by today but the board and JK obviously want to give him more time, hopefully he is sacked after tonight after one more bad performance – no reason to expect our game to improve significantly in a week.

Can you imagine, if we get the three points Emery might go to the fans and cup his ear as Xh and Mustafi did…. :))

Because we are the problem of course. Meh.

Chamakhyungpark
Chamakhyungpark

I made Vardy my fantasy triple captain today. Enough said

Prince Gunneralaysia
Prince Gunneralaysia

Finally a break from Sokratis potential theatrics

………………. ….. Leno
Bellerin Chambers Holding Luiz Kolasinac
………… .. Torreira Guendouzi
…………………… .. Ozil
…………. .. Lacazette Auba

I Wish this could be it

GraeB
GraeB

We need to properly cover those long balls in behind wing backs or we’ve had it with Vardy running at those spaces.

tanned arse
tanned arse

If he instructs his wing backs to push forward whenever we have the ball and maintain attacking options all the way up the pitch then maybe it’ll be productive. If he tells them to be cautious well be bogged down with no outlets the entire match. Emery’s willingness to be positive is the key to how this game unfolds. Honestly, I think he’ll be cagey and if that’s the case the only way we take anything is through pure luck. I welcome being surprised though

TotsOfJack
TotsOfJack

Because playing your best eleven is too obvious. What a clown.

Billy
Billy

Ah three at the back again, safety first I always say. I head once games are won in the midfield, perhaps that old adage is gone now.

GraeB
GraeB

Wait for the return of O’Leary as sweeper behind the defence🤔

SuperTom7
SuperTom7

Is it wrong for me to wish we lose this one if it will get Emery sacked? I feel like shit just for feeling this way.

Me2
Me2

You probably won’t need to wish for anything.
Arsenal are the world’s best for shooting themselves in the foot.

He’s got no hair but we don’t care...
He’s got no hair but we don’t care...

Why the hell Is The Tank playing instead of Tierney?! Unless he’s insured it’s yet another pathetic decision.

Me2
Me2

Prepare for all hopes of champions league football for next season to be over once again…

Emery, Let It Be
Emery, Let It Be

a strong XI but not looking good at half time, played way too conservatively.

Lacaubapepe
Lacaubapepe

Another half to forget! We look shambolic and unpracticed. Surprised it’s still 0-0

FMT
FMT

Arsenal does not deserve to lose this game. Their play today has exceeded my expectations 😕

Make Arsenal Great Again
Make Arsenal Great Again

The score line suggests otherwise

Pat Rice and Beans
Pat Rice and Beans

Are you watching the same game that I am?
Leicester had/has Arsenal on the rope all game.

FMT
FMT

I Guess I spoke too soon…thumbs down totally deserved…lol

Bergkamp2Wright
Bergkamp2Wright

Was only a matter of time. I pray this means he’s gone by Monday, but fear our moronic board will give him more time.

Gooner Sam
Gooner Sam

Please sack him

Biscuit
Biscuit

Its every week.
When is this finally going to end?
When we are relegated?

Richie

Please save us Mr. Wenger.

MonkeyJoe
MonkeyJoe

If he is not sacked by Monday morning there should be riots or total boycott of home games. Basically only rioters should attend home games until fraud is sacked. #EmeryOut

Richie

Xhaka’s at home laughing into his Toblerone right now.

Santori
Santori

Cautious decision considering our inability to defend but simply an invitation to come at us and predictable in outcome.

1) We did not play our more consistent Cback in Sokratis.

2) Holding whom many here thought was the dog’s bollocks as I mentioned repeatedly has had his limitations. So easily turned, stands too tight to player, passing left much to be desired, often when backwards (Complaining about Xhaka?)

3) Our press should start from up top but our attack does not defend. Contrast Foxes (or any team) who press us immediately offering our backline little quarter with their over complicated play out the back system. We dropped and ceded the Leicester players so much space.

4)Defense starts from the top. Mentioned we needed the extra body higher up particularly with Ozil playing. Instead they cut through us consistently and we lacked control in midfield again even with Torreira. Ended up with two teenagers who looked wet behind the ears.

5) Don’t see any fight in this team. As mentioned, self inflicted wound with Granit will likely complicate things more for a struggling manager and a midfield with a fundamental lack of assets. Cebellos at best a (temporary) Ramsey replacement this summer. Torreira not a Santi Carzola. Arsenal fans fundamentally delusional.

Ultimately Unai has lost his way.

Whether changing him out now will make a difference depends if we can attract a better quality manager like Allegri.

BUT why would anyone want to come to Arsenal.

Brendan Rodgers for example far better off at Leicester than to come to a team with toxic self entitled fans who poison the atmosphere when their lofty delusional expectations are not met. With the Foxes, everything is upside. who wants to play for Arsenal?

Unai Emery the least of the problems.

No Wenger still struggling. No Mustafi still leaking goals. No Granit still no control in midfield. We got Ozil and still no product with one shot registered on target.

Arsenal fans will keep shifting blame on someone without any idea why we have truly been struggling all these years.

Now sack Emery and hope for the best Anyone-else will do.

Good luck.