Arsenal team news: Leicester City (a)


Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed the latest team news ahead of his side’s trip to the King Power Stadium, where they take on Premier League champions Leicester City.

The north London side started the season in sluggish form by conceding a disappointing four goals at home and will be hoping to turn their fortunes around by winning at a stadium where they scored five goals the last time they paid a visit.

With Aaron Ramsey and Alex Iwobi both limping off last week against Liverpool, the Frenchman, speaking in his weekly news conference ahead of the game, confirmed that the pair would be out for around three weeks.

“Both of them have minor muscular problems. I think they will be out until after the international break but we feared worse – for Iwobi especially. It is a thigh problem for Iwobi, and Ramsey is a hamstring that will require two or three weeks. It is better news than we feared at the start.”

He did, however, reveal that Gabriel’s progress is going as expected and admitted that Laurent Koscielny, despite not being quite ready yet, is likely to feature against the Foxes this weekend.

“He is doing well, but it is six to eight weeks. He is in the boot, but it is very difficult to assess him because he cannot walk properly at the moment.

“Yes, I will consider them for selection this weekend. Of course they have not played any games for a while, so I have to be selective and I cannot go for the three because that would be too risky. But basically with Laurent Koscielny I have no choice! If I have to take a gamble on one, it’s certainly on him.”

It’s likely that the French central defender will be paired alongside Calum Chambers, although the impressive Rob Holding could push him into making a surprise decision.

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4 years ago

Hoping lessons are learnt from the Liverpool match both in terms of resting our Euro 16 contingent and benching the defensively deficient Elneny.

Hoping for the line up versus Leicester to read as follows:
GK: Cech
RB: Debuchy
CB: Holding
CB: Chambers
LB: Monreal
CDM: Xhaka
CDM: Coquelin
RW: Wilshere
CAM: Sanchez
LW: Ox
ST: Walcott

Solid defensive platform at the back and in central midfield, inverted dribbling wingers and a number 10 and striker who are willing to make off the ball attacking runs.

4 years ago
Reply to  Grant

1: Cech
2: Bellerin
3; Gibbs
4: Holding
5; Montreal
6; Xhaka
7; Ox
8; Elneny
9: Walcot
10: Cazorla
11: Campbell

Sub: Martinez, Chambers, Adelaide, Wilshere, Akpom, Ozil, Koscienly & Sanchez

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