Young guns on the bench: Leicester v Arsenal – team news

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Arsenal take on Leicester City this evening in our penultimate game of the Premier League season.

Can we carry on where we left off against Burnley on Sunday? Here are this evening’s official line-ups.

Leicester: Jakupović, Simpson, Morgan (c), Maguire, Fuchs, Choudhury, Silva, Mahrez, Diabaté, Iheanacho, Vardy.

Subs: Hamer, Benalouane, Dragović, Iborra, Barnes, Gray, Thomas

Arsenal: Cech, Maitland-Niles, Holding, Mavropanos, Kolasinac, Xhaka, Ramsey, Iwobi, Mkhitaryan, Welbeck, Aubameyang

Subs: Ospina, Osei-Tutu, Mertesacker, Mustafi, Willock, Nelson, Nketiah

Follow the game on the Arseblog live blog

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Rayk-47
Rayk-47

Ah, wanted some Lacabameyang. Nice front three still tho!

JosGoon
JosGoon

Xhaka must really be one fit monster. He plays far more games than most in the squad and he hardly ever gets injured.
Really like the guy and hopefully the next manager helps him improve on some of his flaws.

GHunner
GHunner

The English press and pundits will hunt you and yours down for that comment.They’re already trying to recover from Wenger’s shock departure and you dare suggest will become a better player?

GHunner
GHunner

*Xhaka

yen
yen

Fair to point out Xhaka obviously worked on his flaws under the current manager as well – he’s been consistently really good for last 2 or 3 months already.

What I love about him is that his passes do not only have the right direction, but also the right intensity, which is important as well.

What I’d like him to work on next is to be a bit more adventurous in his forward passing – I noticed some very good runs (especially from Laca) against Burnley which went unnoticed. If I remember it correctly, he actually did try a lot more forward passes when he was new in here, so maybe? he was instructed not to.

Make Arsenal Great Again
Make Arsenal Great Again

His lack of speed and situational awareness were his biggest problems. But the situational awareness has improved a lot in the last few months. His positioning in the last few weeks has been impeccable.

I dare to say that he may come good, after all.

I AM ARSENAL
I AM ARSENAL

His only real mistake in recent months is diving in on Pogba…The guy has been much improved..I was one of the ones who was about done with him but can admit his improvement has been massive.

Mayor McCheese
Mayor McCheese

Looking at those line-ups, my first thought is that you have to master Diabate before you get to Fuchs.

Paul
Paul

Oh dear. 🙂

Mayor McCheese
Mayor McCheese

It’s all part of the English game, Paul. Even Philippe Senderos recognized it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBdLMjm-MmU

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

If that’s your first thought I’d be worried

santori
santori

Good to see Holding get a sniff into the squad.

Certainly has an end of season (little consequence) reserve feel to the whole thing now.

I feel without the team tends not to cope with pressure terribly well.

With nothing to play for, the handbrakes may come off and we may play with better abandonment.

Certainly the new gaffer’s job coming in will be how to make this team work together as a better coherent unit but also how to deal with pressure better.

The many times we come out of a half time talk (if there is one) in a stupor this season, we need better focus and maybe that’s a result of the lack of consequence with Wenger who tends to mollycoddle his developmental projects.

Hope we chalk up some big wins in the final two matches to make up goal difference.

We are the leagues second or third most prolific scorers as is. We need to be more water tight at the back but this is consequence of the entire team’s efforts not just the Cbacks.

That said, good to see BOTH Holding and Mavropanos given the chance today. They won’t be developing polishing the bench.

afan
afan

pleased holding is getting some game time

Tas Gunner
Tas Gunner

Yeap.A decent test for the young pair against vardys pace,mahrezs dribble and more pace from kelechi.Hope they comes out of this one stronger.

Linno
Linno

Get real you lot about Xhaka, he is a liability & should be sold soon as. He can’t defend but he sure can pass a ball sideways & backwards, loads of money for a very very average championship player.

Tas Gunner
Tas Gunner

what?

Tas Gunner
Tas Gunner

maybe watch the game from now instead of munching on MOTD.

Martin
Martin

Obviously you are so biased you refuse to see the improvement he has made and is now an essential part of the team. Statistics show is one of the most positive passers in the country which gives lie to your comment

Tas Gunner
Tas Gunner

Nice one.Auba vs morgan,Mavro vs vardy,ndidi vs xhaka will be tasty.later two will tell us a bit more about their respective progress.and morgan is in real decline,rooting for another double,better yet a hat-trick from our #14 to to seal our first away vic of ’18! #COYG

sauce
sauce

Ndidi done did hi hamstring 2weeks ago

Divianshu
Divianshu

Where the fuck is Lacazette ?

Billy Bob
Billy Bob

Where is ozil and Laca?

Billy Bob
Billy Bob

Ugh we are being beaten by dross and with a promising CB being sent off!!! Not good!!! Is it bad that I want chavski to pop spuds to 4th spot – both are vile but I think spuds need mashing