I'm sat in friends car on the way back from his stag do so I am feeling rather *worse for wear. Not only that but I am out of the loop with the latest news so I shall keep this short and probably not actually that sweet.
Thanks to Dennis Bergkamp, Leicester City away brings back some rather special memories as I'm sure it does for many Gooners. I won't be happy unless I see a similar goal to Bergkamp's 3rd goal back in 1997/98 from the likes of Mesut Özil, Cazorla or Alexis. Jokes aside, the quality of Bergkamp's goals overshadowed what was in fact a disappointing draw on the night, in hindsight the result was perfectly fine given the destination of the league title come the end of the season but the draw was not what Arsenal wanted.
You'd have to say that a draw today would bring about similar disappointment. Our opponents today have performed very well thus far. They showed great fight against Everton on the first game of the season. Then they made it pretty difficult for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. They could and should have taken the lead before Chelsea twisted the knife.
So today will by no means by any sort of walk in the park but it is games like this are fixtures that title winners quite often win so if our ambition is the title then we really have to do what we can to win the game.
I expect Leicester to try and counter us the way they did pretty successfully at Stamford Bridge.
From an Arsenal point of view our injury situation seems to be the same. We don't have any of our crocked back yet but I wonder if the squad will be used a little more than it has to date so far.
I suppose it is balance that Arsene has to find because he also has to consider the need to get his team playing on automatic and that hasn't been the case so far. So perhaps rotation isn't very likely but at the same time he has fresh players like Tomas Rosicky who do not have midweek heavy legs.
I am hoping that Alexis Sanchez has adjusted a little more to his centre forward role. I'd love another goal from him. A run of goals for him at this stage would be just what he and the team need as we aim to get him settled in as quickly as possible.
With the return of Aaron Ramsey and Arsene's choice to have Wilshere and Aaron either side of a more defensive midfielder it will be interesting to see what Arsene does with Santi Cazorla who was fantastic against Besiktas on Wednesday. Mesut Özil will be wide left and the Ox on the right gives us pace. One more player doesn't fit in so Arsene has a decision to make.
Mean Lean's Predicted Line
Szczesny, Debuchy, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Flamini, Ramsey, Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Özil, Alexis
* Excuse any errors in this piece. My eyes can not keep open long enough to proof read.
Enjoy the game