Tonight Arsenal take on Premier League Champions Leicester City at the Emirates, although there’s still seven games to go the Gunners need to pick up every point possible in order to be playing Champions League football next year.
There’s not really any team news as we didn’t manage to pick up any injuries during the win against Manchester City at the weekend, both of which were miracles. However, with the match going to extra time, it’s surely going to have had some kind of effect on the players. Though, with this being a big match against Leicester (who have been surprisingly good of late), is it worth the risk?
Oxlade-Chamberlain did leave the ground on crutches on Sunday, yet this was just a precautionary measure and was in full training with the first team squad yesterday. Maybe this could be the sort of game where Luas Perez and others on the fringes of the squad can get some game time.
Although Wenger might find this the perfect opportunity to start Welbeck up front and see if he fits into the formation better than Giroud, pushing Perez in behind the striker, maybe giving Ozil or Alexis a rest.
The attitude of the team on Sunday was great, with the Arsenal players all working together, for once in a while and even managing to hold onto a lead for more than five minutes, hopefully, this can continue. The manager talked pre-match about needing seven wins to reach the top four, one of which will hopefully be tonight. Although this seems like an impossible task, made even harder by the run in: Tottenham, Manchester United, Stoke and Everton all left to play, it can be done.
Hopefully, we can pick up the three points needed tonight and build from there.