Those who are regular readers of the site will know that our pre-match posts are usually written by blogger BigRaddy but this weekend we have two build up posts in Raddy’s absence. The first is from Norfolk Gooner and the second from RA.
It’s off to The King Power Stadium in Leicester to face the “Foxes” today for a 3pm start.
Leicester City, they were originally called Leicester Fosse, were founded in 1884 but despite being around for so long they haven’t exactly set the footballing world alight.
Their best ever finish, in the top flight, was second but that was back in the 1928/29 season.
They have been runners up in the FA Cup four times and hold the dubious record of the most appearances in the final without actually winning the trophy.
The Foxes have won the League Cup three times and the Charity Shield once and that under strange circumstances. It was in Arsenal’s double year, 1970/71, when we didn’t contest the shield due to our European commitments. Leicester, as winners of the second division, were invited to play Liverpool, the beaten FA Cup finalists and won 1 – 0.
Two of the finest players produced by the Foxes joined Arsenal, Frank McLintock and Alan Smith. Frank later went on to succeed another Arsenal luminary, Jimmy Bloomfield as manager there.
This little history lesson is proof only that I don’t know much about the Leicester City team of today, save that they have made a very good start to the season, currently lie fourth in the table having won three and drawn three.
The midweek win over Spurs has, hopefully, dispelled any hangover from the Chelsea game and so we go into today’s match in reasonably good shape although we will be without the newly suspended Gabriel, Santi is serving his one match ban and Le Coq is probably out with a knee injury picked up in that infamous game at Stamford Bridge.
I expect our defense to return to it’s more normal shape with the return of Cech, Bellerin and Monreal.
With both Santi and Le Coq absent a mid-field pairing of Arteta and two goal hero Flamini looks likely. With Alexis, Mesut and either The Ox or Aaron to play just behind Theo.
I can’t quite decide between Ramsey and Oxlade-Chamberlain, both have been a bit off lately, so a good point for discusssion.
A win today will move us up to fourth which will provide the necessary impetus to head for ever more dizzying heights.
C’mon The Glorious Gunners!!
The above is written by Norfolk Gooner.
The following is written by RA
Who are our opponents? None other than Leicester Fosse — oops I mean Leicester City.
Like us they have had a name change from when they were originally founded in the summer of 1884 as Leicester Fosse, so called as they played in a grotty old field filled with cows near Fosse Road.
The were renamed Leicester City after WW1 in 1919 to avoid any association with cows. [OK that last bit I made up.]
It’s most famous person was Robert de Beaumont, who became the first Earl of Leicester, c 1150, after the Normans beat up the Anglo-Saxons, but talking of name changes he preferred to be called by his Frenchie title as Count de Meulan.
He might have had pretensions to playing football by lopping off heads and kicking them around when he got bored.
In 1564, Queen Elizabeth 1st made her boyfriend Robert Dudley the Earl of Leicester again, after his forebears had become careless and lost their heads – literally.
Back to today, the Foxes as they are known, have not beaten us in the last 5 meetings between us, but this season under the Tinker Man they remain unbeaten – yikes – and lie fourth in the table above us with 12 [points having beaten a few duff teams on the way.
I am looking forward to the guy linked with us, Mahrez, who is known to be rapid. Chaser will take care of him.
For us Cazzor is back from a one match ban – and Gabriel takes his place in the naughty boy cupboard. So it will be a slightly changed team today – but who cares – we will win.
Bollox to percentages – I feel it in my water that we will cruise home 1 : 3.
Written by RA