Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Lacazette up front, Pepe on the bench: Arsenal v Leicester team news

Arsenal face another tricky Premier League clash this evening, facing Leicester at the Emirates, kick off 20.15.

Here are the official line-ups.

Arsenal: Martinez, Bellerin, Mustafi, Luiz, Kolasinac, Tierney, Xhaka, Ceballos, Saka, Aubameyang, Lacazette.

Subs: Macey, Holding, Sokratis, Maitland-Niles, Torreira, Willock, Nelson, Pepe, Nketiah

Leicester: Schmeichel, Bennet, Evans, Soyuncu, Justin, Ndidi, Tielemans, Albrighton, Perez, Iheanacho, Varda

Subs: Ward, Morgan, Fuchs, Mendy, Choudhury, James, Praet, Barnes, Gray

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Kola must be doing something to keep starting ahead of Rob. Maybe just more fit? Would feel a lot more comfortable with Rob in his place as he’s a bit more mobile


It’s probably because he’s left footed


There’s something to be said about the idea of a stable defensive system that’s working. Holding is a better passer than kola, but this system and player combination seems to be working.

Lucas Sam

one thing for certain is that he is left footed and Arteta seem to like having opposite footed centerbacks (see pablo mari). It might help that Kola is techincally a left back too so he is more flexible to cover Tierny in a counter attack


I think Arteta likes a left footed player in the position.


Maybe he’s just more left footed.


or only left footed

Wiltoooooooooord !

this is so left now that this thread looks communist


He was poor on the ball vs. Wolves but he was good defensively. He’s quite the presence in that area when the opponent has the ball, and that has apparently been valued over better passing for this game.


There is also the ability to shift between a 3 man and 4 man back line this way if the game dictates.

And let’s not forget Holding hasn’t been actively starting for us much for quite some time. He was really just getting up to speed when the hole in the year appeared.

A make A great A

I don’t know for sure, but I get the sense that most coaches when selecting a back three like to mix in a full back…maybe too add a little more cover ad depth as opposed to three similarly profiled defenders.

Giuseppe Hovno

I believe he is left footed

Artetas Assistant

He’s athletic beside a limited attack Luiz. Balance

Bruce Lee

Rob for Saturday, perhaps




Where is Cedric?

Johnny 4 Hats

He died in the goblet of fire.


Went on to become a vampire, then batman


Wish the 10th doctor who would’ve been successful in avoiding that…at least the vampire part

SB Still

Lets win this ?


Don’t know who this “Varda” is… but i don’t like him ? COYG!!


Varda is a vardyng sign.


Darth Varda i believe. Let’s hope the force isn’t with him today


Luke, I am your Varda.

Giuseppe Hovno

She’s a famous and brilliant French film maker. Surprised to she’s up front for Leicester given that she passed away last year but good on her


Indeed Giuseppe… would love to see Jamie with Agnes Varda haircut!!!

David C

You have to keep Laca in there because he scored. If any of you have ever had a newborn then you know it’s a good idea to rest Pepe a bit. Eddie and Pepe off the bench in the 2nd half will be great.

Let’s go Gunners!!!

I’m really excited to watch us again. Boring ass Emery ball seems so long ago.


Blogs, let’s hope ‘ Varda’ doesn’t score against us today.


Arteta loves to have a left sided central defender


Starting to see some consistency in the lineup. Should only strengthen the team’s performances.


Pepe seemed like he was just starting to click whys he been dropped the last few games?

Scott P

The last game he wasn’t in the squad because his child was being born. Not sure about this time.


Maybe because his child was born three days ago?

Man Manny

His child has just been born.


Ah cool, happy days for him so, thanks ?


His wife had a baby during the last game

Terry Phelan

What is it he doesn’t like Rob?

Teryima Adi

Let’s beat them well. COYG!


I feel bad for Holding losing his spot. Went from MOTM to on the bench


Do we not practice throw ins? Every time they are awful. No one shows for the ball and they’re always so slow.


Pretty poor start.


I rescind my earlier comment. Great goal.


We should be 3-0 up

Naked Cygan

The work rate of Ceballos in midfield has improved dramatically. He is doing the dirty work, holding the ball, and helping the attack. Amazing!!


NOT A RED! Cheating fucking cunts




Of course there would be no red or VAR decision if the fucking idiot hadn’t gone in studs up aiming for his knee cap. How can you defend that? This is just Arsenal all over. Wake up and smell the Java. Arsenal shoot Arsenal in the foot – every time. Arsenal were comfortable until that moron got himself sent off. Nketiah is to blame for that – the only thing that is utter bollocks is you defending him..


Only he didn’t actually make contact with studs, as the reverse angle shows. And clearly no malice, he was pulling out of the challenge. VAR in slo mo makes it look like something is wasn’t.


Well done to Nketiah
This is classic Arsenal – the Arsenal that we know.
A whole team of calamitous morons waiting to fuck it up.
A refreshing change from the usual players though to be fair…
This just reinforces my opinion that Arsenal are simply incapable of challenging for anything.
Everything undone by the actions of a cretin who cannot control himself.
Useless – a singularly perfect one word description to describe everything about Arsenal Football Club…


I think you should find a new club to be a “fan” of.


Sorry for your pain.. Truthfully a mistake was made, but there are other positives to see since the restart. If you can’t be positive about this team then sit at home and watch Zeeworld


Leon it’s fans like you that breed negativity around this club

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