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Arsenal v Leicester: the injuries, the line ups, Leicester tactics, and more videos.

By Bulldog Drummond

Moving on from the first part of the preview of the Leicester game we might note that Craig Shakespeare said in July, “I’m not a fan of saying we have to get to the 40-point target – I think we have to aim higher than that.”  So maybe they will try and take the game to us, building on Arsenal’s famous poor start to the season in recent years.

If so they may well use their prime tactic which seems to be to bemuse the opposition by changing tactics alternatively using 4-4-1-1, 4-3-3, 3-4-3 and finally 3-5-2.

The manager declared that their opening fixtures offer “a challenging and exciting start”.  Early games also include Man U away, and Chelsea and Liverpool, although it should also be noticed they also play Brighton, Huddersfield and Bournemouth early on. If they are going to establish themselves as top six challengers they will need to be picking up points in those games.

Mahrez is still at the club and still wants to leave, and the club will sell him for around £50m if anyone comes along with that price. “He wants to play for a top-six club,” said the manager,  “if we don’t get an offer from a top-six club, he stays.”   But according to the press, he’s already left for Roma.

But Mahrez didn’t do much last season: six league goals and three assists, all told.  Vardy scored 13 goals in 35 league games last season and got five assists, fractionally more than Giroud who scored 12 league goals and gave three assists.  But then Arsenal also had Alexis with 24 goals and 10 assists.  Vardy was Leicester’s top scorer.

Indeed, to use the Guardian’s analysis, he was the only Leicester player in double figures.

And this leads us into the problem that Leicester have.  In the aftermath of their league title, there was masses of paper talk about bigger clubs buying up their talent, and all that silly larking about with one particular player saying he would go to Arsenal and then saying he wouldn’t.

During this spell, Leicester ran around doing the headless chicken shuffle giving a number of players new extended and higher priced contracts.  But, and this is the problem, Leicester had only one season of additional income to pay for this – last season, in which they got Champions League money.

There was no extra income from the crowd – they always sell out – and no extra from marketing (which as we have noted now several times was suspiciously high from unnamed sources anyway).  Financially they are stuck with these higher salaries and extended contracts and only the slightest chance of getting more money from just one source – a top six finish.

But enough of that, “are you not doing injuries this season or not?” I hear you shout, and yes indeed I am.   So here we go with the first injury league table of the season, which sees Liverpool! top (!) equal with our old chums State Aid United.  Arsenal, following our protests about the way Physioroom.com deal with the returning players (seemingly handled differently by different clubs) are way down the league in 13th.

Pos Club N0 down  Last man out What he got
1 Liverpool! 7 J Henderson Illness
2 West Ham United 7 A Cresswell Muscle Injury
3 Everton 6 A Lennon Knock
4 Crystal Palace 5 B Sako Muscle Injury
5 Tottenham Hotspur 5 K Trippier Ankle Injury
6 Bournemouth 5 J Defoe Groin Injury
7 West Bromwich Albion 5 N Chadli Knock
8 Leicester City 5 V Iborra Groin Strain
9 Stoke City 4 B Krkic Calf Injury
10 Manchester United 4 A Young Hamstring Injury
11 Swansea City 4 T Abraham Groin Injury
12 Watford 4 C Cathcart Knee Injury
13 Huddersfield Town 4 M Cranie Hip Injury
14 Arsenal 3 A Sanchez Abdominal Injury
15 Brighton and Hove Albion 3 B Kayal Broken Leg
16 Newcastle United 3 D Gayle Hamstring Injury
17 Manchester City 2 B Mendy Thigh Strain
18 Chelsea 2 T Bakayoko Knee Injury
19 Southampton 1 V van Dijk Foot
20 Burnley 1 D Marney ACL Knee Injury
Arsenal’s three  injuries line up like this.
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Who? What’s wrong? When will we see you again?
Alexis Abdominal Injury August 27, 2017
Gabriel MCL Knee Ligament Injury September 9, 2017
Santi Cazorla Plantaris Injury No Return Date
Leicester’s  injury list (giving them 8th place in the injury league) on the other hand goes like this and suggest that two of the six might just make it today.  We shall see.
PLAYER What’s up doc? When you coming back? Today?
V Iborra Groin Strain August 26, 2017 No
K Iheanacho Toe Injury August 11, 2017 Maybe
D Drinkwater Thigh Strain August 19, 2017 Slight Doubt
I Slimani Gashed Leg August 11, 2017 Maybe
R Huth Ankle Injury August 26, 2017 No
As for the game of Arsenal v Leicester here are the recent results…
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Date Match Res Score Competition 
25 Aug 2001 Arsenal v Leicester City W 4-0 Premier League
23 Jan 2002 Leicester City v Arsenal W 1-3 Premier League
06 Dec 2003 Leicester City v Arsenal D 1-1 Premier League
15 May 2004 Arsenal v Leicester City W 2-1 Premier League
31 Aug 2014 Leicester City v Arsenal D 1-1 Premier League
10 Feb 2015 Arsenal v Leicester City W 2-1 Premier League
26 Sep 2015 Leicester City v Arsenal W 2-5 Premier League
14 Feb 2016 Arsenal v Leicester City W 2-1 Premier League
20 Aug 2016 Leicester City v Arsenal D 0-0 Premier League
26 Apr 2017 Arsenal v Leicester City W 1-0 Premier League

And here, as promised in the headline with the mention of videos is the game from last April

Actually Leicester’s winless run against Arsenal goes back 21 games during which time they have managed seven draws.  Although we could note that Vardy has scored Leicester City’s last three goals against Arsenal in the Premier League, but of course has not been on the winning side.

However you will know that we don’t do well on opening day fixtures, having won just one of those in the last seven years.   We also gets lots of opening day red cards – and seeing who the referee is we can expect this to continue.  In fact I would be surprised if we didn’t actually have one or two players sent off while in the tunnel, waiting to come onto the pitch.  It’s that sort of match.

But to put it in a nicer way, the last time we lost three opening day league fixtures in a row was 1958-1960.   In 1958 we lost 1-2 away to Preston.  In 1959 we lost 0-1 at home to Sheffield Wednesday. And in 1960 we lost 2-3 away to Burnley.

The manager was George Swindin, and these were his first three seasons.  In his fourth and final season we started with a 2-2 home draw to Burnley, meaning he never managed to win the first game of the season – quite probably the only long term (ie four years or more) manager to achieve such a rotten starting record.  What we really need is three or four penalties to get Lacazette into his form.

And so, I hear you cry, what of the teams?

Ramsey, Ozil, Wilshere and Mertesacker are all training, but the first three are still probably not ready, and we have such a squad these days that it would seem pointless to risk anyone, except perhaps Mert.  But I just wonder if Ramsey might sneak in, if he really is up and ready.

Koscielny as we know it serving the second of three, Alexis is out for a couple of weeks, and Mustafi is still working his way back after a late return but he could be back.

So I’ve come up with

Cech

Mustafi Mertesacker Monreal

Bellerin                               Kosasinac

Xhaka             Ramsey

Ox                           Iwobi

Lacazette

If Ramsey doesn’t play the Ox could play alongside Xhaka and Welbeck could play as one of the two players alongside Iwobi, feeding Lacazette.  If Mert or Mustafi are not playing then we could use Holding or Elneny in the back three.

Beached: Obviously depending on the above a selection from Elneny, Giroud, Ospina, Welbeck, Nelson, Walcott, Holding, Maitland Niles

And I can’t finish without September 2015.   The hour and a half waiting to get out of the car park was, for once, bearable, although the result was so much contrary to what the media expected they seemed to just let it go by.

From the Arsenal History Society: Arsenal v Leicester always reminds us of the very first league game played at Highbury: Woolwich Arsenal vs Leicester Fosse.  There is a report of that match, an extract from the programme and the background in our article here.
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81 comments to Arsenal v Leicester: the injuries, the line ups, Leicester tactics, and more videos.

  • Sam Sayyed

    I am excited about the new season.

    Contrary to what the media would have us believe, we have lots of reasons to be excited (unlike Totteham who have lots to worry with a move to a temporary stadium where they haven’t performed well at all, unrest among the players about their low salaries, inability to make big money signings and offer higher wages due to financial constraint of building a new stadium which will last for a good few years, but most of the media ignores these points).

    We have not lost any of our players and have managed to add the most clinical striker in Europe and the best left back in the Bundesliga last year. We have some exciting youngsters (Reiss Nelson) and some more mature young players (Iwobi and Chambo, if he stays).

    The uncertainty over Wenger’s contract is over for at least another year, and as per him it might have impacted the team last year, so that’s one less thing to worry about.

    We have had a good run towards end of last season including the FA Cup and a good start to the season beating last year’s champions with most of our first team missing.

    We might have Cazorla back in October too giving us tremendous bench strength overall.

    So there is a lot to be optimistic. So clearly it became incumbent upon Mike Riley to foul the mood by sending Mike Dean to referee our first game – a move which I can honestly say I expected after our community shield win.

    However, I am a little hopeful that this year the refereeing might be a little better than last year. You see VAR (video replays) will hopefully be introduced from next season so the Referees might think that it would look very odd if there is a sudden improvement in their decision-making after VaR is introduced, so they may want to smooth out their performance away from the attributes we have increasingly seen in the Mike Riley era.

    I have been eagerly awaiting VAR for past few seasons thinking that once it is introduced, Arsenal will win the league within 2 years. I feared it might be too late for Wenger last year, but I am happy that Wenger would get at least one year working under VAR where Arsenal would have less chance to be screwed over by the PiGMOLe.

  • Andy Mack

    The advertising scripts are causing problems trying to read this site again. Although it’s William hill shite rather than skybet shite for a change…

  • Josif

    It’s time for me to make the prediction for the new champions. I was successful last year and I fear I will make the correct prediction again.

    1.Manchester City – they have added a new goalie and three full-backs to their ranks which means their middle of the defence will be better protected. They have enormous talent upfront and should bang goals for fun. I expect them to win the league while also claiming the best attacking record. Their minuses are central defence and central midfield where they are too light.

    2.Arsenal – we have added two important players for a relatively small amount of money (while also breaking the transfer record). If we get one more central midfielder (Rabiot, Matuidi, Krychowiak or someone like them), we can compete with City for the title. Lack of CL football might play in our favour and I reckon that our new formation will make us stronger. We have a lot of attacking options. If we lose Alexis by the transfer deadline, we won’t make Top 4.

    3.Manchester United – I predict a lot of ugly 1:0 victories for United and the referees making sure that the most expensive team ever doesn’t miss out on CL position again. Lindelöf was a comic relief in the preseason. I reckon they haven’t solved the LB issue and Mourinho seems to be unable to bring the best out of their attacking potential (which is hardly a surprise).

    4.Chelsea – they will suffer a decline, I reckon. Without Hazard for the tough opening of the season, European football for the first time for N’Golo Kante and the whole Costa issue don’t work in their favour. Also, they lost one of their senators John Terry which influence in the locker room will be missed.

    5.Liverpool – with or without Coutinho, they won’t make Top 4 as Klopp doesn’t know how to deal with the league without a winter break and how to make his squad work on both domestic and European front.

    6.Tottenham – Wembley, departure of Walker, disappointment among the players with lack of signings, heads getting turned with higher wages elsewhere…

  • SamuelAkinsolaAdebosin

    Will the Arsenal FC team of the Gunners during the Premier League opening match tonight at the Emirates Stadium not pounce and pound the visiting Leicester City Foxes team by 4 ruthless goals to nil at the end of this match to collect all the 3 points at stake? I believe the Gunners on behalf of the Arsenal FC and us the Gooners will pound 4 Foxes down to the ground by the butts of their guns during the match and capture them and caged them into cages for exhibition show, first for the Emirates Stadium faithful fans goers to behold there at the Ems. And for us who are not in the Ems but watching on TV to see them on the TV screens during and after the battle of the game has concluded with no any Gunner seen getting pawed by the pawing nor bitten by teeth biting by the Foxes during the game battle.

    So, that’s it.

  • Andy Mack

    Josif, do you really think the $iteh full backs will settle in that quickly?
    FB is an easier position to settle than many others but that will still be an impressive feat.

  • Josif

    @Andy

    Yes, I reckon they will. They have looked pretty impressive in the preseason with a 3-goal thrashing delivered to Spuds.

    They were weak on the flanks as they had players past their prime (Sagna, Zabaleta, Clichy) or were never close to top quality (Kolarov). That left their defence too exposed to counter-attacks. Important thing about Danilo and Mendy: both came from the clubs that won things last season which means they are likely to bring some winning mentality with themselves. Walker is completely opposite as an ex-Spud but will bring more stamina and marauding down the flank than either Sagna or Zabaleta could have brought.

    Their weakest spot, in my opinion, is the central midfield. Gündogan is a player I absolutely adored at Borussia Dortmund (I saw him as a legitimate heir to Arteta) but he’s been going through years of injury set-backs. Yaya Toure is as old as I am and that’s too old. 🙂 He is 34 and has never liked defending. Fernandinho is primarily a central midfielder who has to put an extra effort in the defence due to Yaya’s weakness. If Kompany gets another injury, their central defence will have to rely on Otamendi (pretty unreliable lad, in my book) and youngster Stones (he makes Holding’s transfer even bigger bargain every day).

    As for Arsenal, I reckon if we go through the first five games unscathed (11 points or so), we can win the league or at least put a serious battle for the title. We have three difficult away games (Stoke, Liverpool, Chelsea) and we manage to get points from those three games, we might have a great campaign. My biggest worry is our central midfield as we have two top options (Xhaka, Ramsey), two useful options (Coquelin, Elneny) and two options that we can’t rely on due to injuries (Cazorla) or injuries/possible departure from the club (Wilshere). If we could lead the league until Santi returns… Maybe, just maybe we could win the league.

    We’ll have at least 28 official games until the end of the year (provided that we go out in Carabao Cup on the first hurdle) due to World Cup 2018 which should play in our favour given that we can use our “too big” squad for Europa League and focus our best team on the league. Liverpool have at least 8 European games this year, Man City 6 CL games as well as Man United, Tottenham and Chelsea.

    Another key period will be February-March when we usually have problems in the league due to European obligations. If we don’t get out of EL group, we’ll be able to focus on the league and big games we play in that period.

  • Samuel Akinsola Adebosin

    Mr Drummond, I think it should be bravo or kudos to me by you for getting Le Prof starts 100% for our home PL game against Leicester tonight in my comment posting on Wednesday responding to one of the UA article postings.

    From the #arsenal twitter account, it’s
    Cech
    Holding Monreal Kolasinac
    Bellerin Xhaka Elneny Ochambo
    Ozil Lacazette Welbeck.

    Wow! Arsenal 4-0 Leicester @ FT plus added time.

  • Gord

    If we are trying to draw 11 starting players from a population of 28, assuming any player can play any position, it only takes about 21.5 million tries to have at one correct.

    COYG!

  • Gord

    Games hasn’t started yet, and both Daily Mail and Guardian are taking shots at Arsenal. Dorks!

    COYG!

  • ARSENAL 13

    Gggooooooaaaaaaaaaallllllllllllll………..

    Craka laka…..

    Come on Gunners

  • GoingGoingGooner

    Welcome to the Premier League, M. Lacazette!

  • GoingGoingGooner

    offside

  • Gord

    Bah horsefeathers!

    Nice header Lacazette.

    Also nice to see 13 and GGG here.

    COYG!

  • Al

    And we ve already seen the first illegal goal of the season… going to be a long season.

  • Gord

    Can you expand on that Al? Neither Guardian or Daily Mail mentioned anything.

    COYG!

  • Gord

    Okay, two or 3 minutes later, Guardian says there was a hint of offside.

    COYG!

  • ARSENAL 13

    New rules make him onside though.

    Come on Gunners…

    Having played as a Goalkeeper, I know what Cech will be feeling about that goal.

  • ARSENAL 13

    Ooooooo ox.

  • Al

    Gord
    The Leicester player who knocked the ball back into play was offside, but hearing the new rules mean he was on.. 😩

  • ARSENAL 13

    That should be a card…. Hope he’ll be consistent.

  • Al

    McGuire hauls Lacazette down stopping a promising attack and just gets a talking to.. let’s for a moment it had been Xhaka at the other end… think I’ve seen enough of this league 😡😡

  • ARSENAL 13

    @Al,

    OKAZAKI was offside when the ball was played. But when the ball came back he was on. So should be a legal goal as per new rules….

  • ARSENAL 13

    Mahrez dived there!!!!!!

  • Al

    Ok thanks for the clarification, Arsenal 13

  • ARSENAL 13

    Oooo kolasinac

  • ARSENAL 13

    Rare Ozil mispass

  • ARSENAL 13

    Oops…

    Come ooooooonnnnn uuuuuuuuuu ggggguuuunnnnneeeeerrrrrrssss

  • Gord

    I’m not seeing any commentary related to Mahrez diving.

    There was some commentary referring to Carragher as a side kick. I think he could probably use a side kick (to your choice of body part).

    COYG!

  • GoingGoingGooner

    a poor giveaway

  • Gord

    Horsefeathers again!

    Well, I will have to leave the cheering to you guys. I have to leave for a couple of hours I think.

    COYG!

  • Al

    Have left too Gord. All I’ll say is we have to win this match; dean’s appointment was no coincidence, we lose this one they’ll do us over again next week at Stoke. And it’ll be a ‘crisis’ again before the season has even begun.

  • ARSENAL 13

    Yyyyyyyyyyyyeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrhhhhhhhhhhhh

    Ccccooommmmeee ooooooonnnnn uuuuuuuuuu ggggguuuunnnnneeeeerrrrrrssss

    Dany buoyo…

    Yyyyyyyyyyyyeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrhhhhhhhhhhhh

  • GoingGoingGooner

    Danny!!

  • ARSENAL 13

    No no no….we are in for a win.

  • ARSENAL 13

    @gord.

    Mahrez ran past a player and went down without any contact….at half line.

  • GoingGoingGooner

    Had to turn the sound off. Can’t take listening to a f*cking Scouser put down the Arsenal. “Same thing as at the start of last year”…bloody hell…any problems we have with a back 3 are NEW because we weren’t playing a back 3 at the start of last year…*&$#@# git! The first goal was a scramble, the second goal was a giveaway by a midfielder and a very good cross. Yes, the central defenders should have been closer to Vardy but it was the giveaway that caused the problems.

  • ARSENAL 13

    Worry not lads…

    Giroud and Rambo yet to come on….2 more goals expected 😬

  • ARSENAL 13

    Duery and Beglin… For us on commentary.

  • Chris

    I’m going to get the sound off, becasue even in french braodcasting, the BS level of the commentary is incredible.
    And what am I heraing : Goal by Vardy, the henchman of Arsenal in the past years

    Guess they have not read the piece above and ignore we have not lost against the Foxes in this millenium…

  • ARSENAL 13

    Hahhahahaha…our commentary team says Ozil isn’t world class.. Hahhahahaha.

    “A player with world class moments, but not world class. 😂

  • ARSENAL 13

    That was superb by Cech

  • ARSENAL 13

    Noooooooooooooooooo

    Ccooommmee ooooooonnnnn ARSENAL

  • para

    We are not direct enough.
    We need more balls in their box.
    Making so many mistakes.

  • ARSENAL 13

    Come on ARSENAL
    Come on ARSENAL
    Come on ARSENAL

  • ARSENAL 13

    That’s a bum save by their keeper

  • Josif

    Awful defending tonight but we can still turn this shit around!

    COME ON ARSENAL!!!

  • ARSENAL 13

    Why is stamping at Ozils feet never a foul….

    Here comes the Welsh wizard…

  • GoingGoingGooner

    moving to a 4-4-2. Some can learn from Elneny…ran off to give his team more time.

  • ARSENAL 13

    Come ooooooonnnnn ARSENAL

  • para

    If we dont start to close them dowm like before we will lose this.
    And stop the silly mistakes please.

  • ARSENAL 13

    Good game by Danny buoy

  • para

    Change out Oezil please, not Danny

  • para

    It’s our training system that effs us up at times. Not a very good performance at all.
    We will lose 2-4

  • ARSENAL 13

    Rambooooooo

    Yyyyyyyyyyyyeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrhhhhhhhhhhhh cooooommmmeeeee ooooooonnnnn

  • GoingGoingGooner

    Ramsey!

  • para

    Oh i’m glad my prediction did not come true

  • ARSENAL 13

    Ccooommmee ooooooonnnnn ARSENAL

  • ARSENAL 13

    Giroooooooo yyyyyyyyyyyyeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrhhhhhhhhhhhh cooooommmmeeeee ooooooonnnnn uuuuuuuuuu ggggguuuunnnnneeeeerrrrrrssss

    Wwwoooohhhhoooooo

  • GoingGoingGooner

    Giroud!

  • para

    Yessssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss
    Phew!

  • ARSENAL 13

    Giroud scores despite the shirt pulling

  • ARSENAL 13

    Sing aloud gooners…

    Sing aloud

  • Chris

    We’ve got one hell of a team, with loads of options.
    And I hope Kolasinac has a 10 year contract…. this guy is just incredible.

  • GoingGoingGooner

    amazing…where did the 5 minutes come from…all those injuries, I guess.

  • Chris

    5 minutes added time ?!?!?! wher the f…k did he compute that ?!?!
    It used to be Fergie time, it looks like it is AA (Anti-Arsenal) time ?

  • GoingGoingGooner

    checked in on the commentators and they are going on and on about that “handball” that wasn’t called on Oezil

  • ARSENAL 13

    Beast kolasinac

  • GoingGoingGooner

    never mind the handball in their own box by the Leciester defender.

  • Chris

    Say what you want about Mr Wenger, he has balls and his call to go for all the marbles was brilliant.
    And he’s now got options galore.
    Next time we need to change the keeper, just let the Ox play in the goals !!

  • GoingGoingGooner

    Yes!

  • ARSENAL 13

    Yyyyyyyyyyyyeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrhhhhhhhhhhhh

    Win win win win win win win win win win win win win win win win

    Ahahahahaha

    Come on Gunners.

    Rusty but not a bad start. Monreal absolutely beautiful. Superb game.

  • Josif

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHHAHAHAHAHHA!

    VICTORYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!

    Kolašinac doing Zidanesque pirouette! Holy shit!

  • para

    Greattt game indeed, but we have a few issues to sort if we want to step up another level.

  • GoingGoingGooner

    Some thoughts…loved the way Kolasinac was positive from the back…the Ox as right full back…not too shabby, eh?…Xhaka and Ramsey are going to be OK in the middle.

  • Swapneel

    Dean’s expression says it all
    HAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA

  • ARSENAL 13

    Ox… brilliant. A little bit composure in final third and he’ll be unbeatable. Come on Ox. Come on ARSENAL

    Btw. Giroud one short of 100. Not bad for a lamp post.

  • GoingGoingGooner

    As for our defence…might have to have the opposite wing back tucking into the middle when we move up the wing to give some extra solidity on defence. Maybe between the defence line and the midfield.

  • Swapneel

    Near the end they shown Ozil’s handball atleast 4-5 times, just wanted to ask was it of any significance?

    Their handball and Offside goal get no mention at all, even thou it surely hand much more impact on the match.

    Typical Sky coverage

  • Nitram

    If Man city had done this they’d be cheering them to the rafters.

    You score 1 we’ll score 2.

    If you score 2 we’ll score 3.

    Or maybe, if you score 3 WE’LL SCORE 4 ??

    Isn’t that what they’re all looking forward to at the Etihad this season?

    Isn’t it that kind of football that’s going to win them the title?

    Well maybe, just maybe, it might be the type of football that will win US the title. You never know.

    Thing is, when City do it, it’s all jolly good fun and a genius manager. If we do it it’s endless criticism of our defence, and a conclusion that on the basis of that performance we have no chance of winning the league.

    Well we’ll see. For me we were brilliant going forward, but dodgy at the back. But the central 3 where all back ups and the left wing back new, so very understandable.

    In my humble opinion, and at this very early stage, I’m very very optimistic.

  • Menace

    What a game! I was amazed that Dean didn’t find some excuse for not awarding our last goal. He had to accept the watch clicking on his arm saying Goaaaaaaaal. It wasn’t shown in the usual slow motion.

    Dean the PGMOL cheat spoke to Leicester players a lot & evaded booking them. There should have been several yellow cards & probably 2 reds (2nd Yellows). Lacazette was being fouled incessantly every time he tried to turn. The assistant & Dean did the usual selective vision.

    I was proud of Kola bear. He is just too good to be true. They call him the tank but he is so smart in his movement & pre-empts movement. He is an absolute steal.

    Graet to have beated Leicester & Dean & screwed Rileys PGMOL plans.

    What a game. What an atmosphere! What a result!

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