Sofa Sports News’ Kyri previews Arsenal’s trip to the champions Leicester this Saturday.
So the new Premier League season kicked off last weekend and as usual we saw a number of shock results.
Leicester City started the defense of their tittle against a Hull side who’ve had a shocking pre-season to say the least. Firstly, manager Steve Bruce handed in his resignation having led the club back to the Premier League promise land. An injury list as long as my arm meaning they will be missing key players for months and to top it off they have failed to bring in any senior players. Hull City were most people’s pre-season relegation tip. Despite all of the above mentioned they began the campaign with the best possible start, turning over the champions.
The other major shock came the following day in North London when Liverpool came out of the Emirates stadium as 4-3 winners.
In all honesty, I didn’t really expect Arsenal to win the game with the team that was available and what surrounds the club at the moment but I certainly didn’t expect to witness us well beaten at home.
What can you say about Arsenal?
What has changed?
The answer to that question is simple, nothing much.
Another summer of endless rumors but with nothing actually materializing. It seems as though Arsene Wenger is trying to sign the best players on the cheap.
I will never turn around and call Arsene Wenger a c**t or ‘le freud’ or any of the other names that fans have been calling him. I love the manager for everything he’s done for the Arsenal, he’s been the best manager this club has ever had and their have been some pretty good managers down the years. When Arsene eventually does depart, there is no doubt he will be leaving behind a great legacy.
The frustration comes because it’s the same old story with Arsenal, he constantly fails to learn from his mistakes. I believe when Mr Wenger does call it a day, it will be a breath of fresh air and a huge relief for us.
When Arsenal completed the move from Highbury to the Emirates stadium we were assured as fans the move would allow us to compete financially with the monster clubs in Europe.
With this vision in sight the club endured a long transitional period in order to clear the stadium debt. That was paid off almost 4 years ago!
Arsenal now generate £4/5 million per home game, have a majority share holder who is richer than Roman Abramovich, Arsenal (like every other club in the Premier League) have just been given £250 million for TV money, not to mention the millions each season from Puma, Fly Emirates and all the other sponsorship deals. Despite all of this, the club still insist we cannot compete financially with our rivals and that we are not willing to over spend on transfers.
As fans, we massively overspend to support our team whether it be at home or away. Making it even more frustrating when the club flat out refuse to.
During the summer, Arsene Wenger has made some laughable bids for players. In his pursuit of Alexandre Lacazette he offered £5 million less than the bid West Ham had rejected a week earlier. Arsenal have been in negotiation with Valencia for Shkodran Mustafi and could miss out on the player for the sake of £2/3 million.
You cannot expect to get the players you want for the prices that you want to pay, modern day football doesn’t allow you to approach the transfer market in this way. This has been the case at the Arsenal for many years.
People can say there is still two weeks of the transfer window left and he can still buy. If he really rated mustafi and Lacazette and thought he could strengthen the squad with these players, they should have been signed 2/3 weeks ago. Even more so when you go into the first game of the season with two of your centre halves injured and the other one is given time off after the euros. He has taken the Arsenal into the new season unprepared. AGAIN.
Now to focus on Arsenal’s trip to the King power this Saturday evening and both teams will be desperate to register their first three points.
Leicester City will not want to begin their title defense with back to back defeats. The damage that could do mentally could be huge. However, a win against the Arsenal and the belief and the momentum will be back with Claudio Ranieri’s side.
Arsenal on the other hand are plagued with injuries (again), Alex Iwobi and Aaron Ramsey are out of action for 2/3 weeks and we are all wondering when Arsene Wenger will call back Ozil, Koscienly and Giroud. In my opinion, he hasn’t got a choice. They should have all been back and ready to face Liverpool.
It will be interesting to see how both teams line up on Saturday, I expect Ranieri to call back Mark Albrighton to the left who was left out of the team last week at Hull. His experience and work rate will be needed against Arsenal and it will be interesting to see if King plays along side Drinkwater in central midfield like he did last week. I firmly expect Jamie Vardy to get onto the score sheet after rejecting Arsenal this summer. It’s just written in the script!
I predict the Leicester starting line up to look like
As for Arsenal I predict Koscienly to come back into the side and play along side Chambers at the heart of the defence for me I think a defensive minded midfielder has to play in front of the back four and protect them because if somebody with Musa’s pace and trickery gets in behind that midfield and in at the defence he’s got Vardy (who I expect will target chambers) and Marhez making runs inside for company and Arsenal could really struggle with that.
I can see Wenger starting with Theo Walcott (because he loves him) and Alexis Sanchez on either flank and I expect Mesut Ozil and Oliver Giroud to return to the side.
I’d expect Arsenal to have a lot of possession on Saturday and I predict Leicester to go back to basics and play on the break.
I think it will be a great game for the neutral, an exciting match and I can see it ending in a score draw.
Kyri Predicts: 2-2
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