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Didn't see any of that coming that's for sure. Firstly Mesut Ozil is out with a hip injury which is a crying shame. Breaking the assist record will now be quite tricky for the German with only a game to play after this one. I thought Francis Coquelin would almost certainly come into the side but Arsene has gone for a rather attack heavy side today. It looks as if Alex Iwobi will replace Mesut as the playmaker with Danny Welbeck moving wide in his place.

It is interesting to note that Gabriel has come straight back into the team in place of Per Mertesacker who made a couple of errors in midweek. The section looks quite front footed both at the back with our recovery pace and Welbeck and Alexis on the flanks, we could be in for quite the high energy, high pressing Arsenal teams that did so well against Manchester United back in October. 

Francis Coquelin is finally ready for a Premier League start which will please many Gooners around the world and he starts alongside Aaron Ramsey for the first time since the West Ham defeat back in August. Mathieu Flamini drops down to the bench. Hopefully the midfield have had a few training sessions to gel together. Per Mertesacker also returns to the starting 11 as Gabriel picked up a thigh strain. I wonder how that may affect our approach to the game given Leicester City's counter attacking game plan

I was always going to be a rather interesting team selection today, a real chance to rotate the squad given the returning players we have. We've all been patiently (or not so in some cases) waiting to get a glimpse of new signing Mohammed Elneny, he starts today alongside Francis Coquelin which for me is the most interesting part of the team selection this afternoon. We should have a lot of running, energy and athleticism in that part of the pitch.

 As expected Arsene has brought Mesut Özil back into the starting line up and Alexis Sanchez back to the squad by making him an option from the bench. Arsene has been very cautious about rushing him too quickly so a starting place was always pretty unlikely. New signing Elneny also keeps his spot on the bench. Oxlade-Chamberlain is the one to make way for Özil today and will join Alexis on the bench. I was hoping to see Tomas Rosicky in the squad but perhaps it is a tad too soon for him also. Club captain Mikel Arteta cannot get into the squad.

  • 15 Sep 2015
    So let me stop reminiscing of days gone by and let me focus on our Welsh wonder. Let me start off by saying that I think it is quite obvious that Aaron Ramsey is better in central midfield. His partnership with Mesut Özil, his running from deep and his underrated ball winning ability makes him a ...Read more