Welcome to the GunnersoreArse blog. Being blogged 918.74 kilometeres (in a straight line) from the Emirates Stadium.
You have to go back to the premiership of 2003/04 for our last away game to the Foxes, it ended 1-1 and in 2000/01 we beat them 3-1 at Filbert Street. On those two occasions Leicester went on to be relegated. In 1929/30 however, it must have been a right cracking game, finishing 6-6. Some of you on here may have been at that game? A famous supporter of the club was Engelbert Humperdinck, who when I googled him, is surprisingly still alive) and Frank McClintock played for them from 1957 -1964 before he came to the Arsenal and was also their manager in 1977/78. Out of 60 games at Filbert Street, Leicester have won 21, we’ve won 18 and 21 have been drawn. But since Wenger we’ve not lost a game against them.
In their first game in the top flight for a decade Leicester managed to keep Everton to a 2-2 draw at the now King Power Stadium, coming back twice from behind to deny the Toffees the three points. Then a week later against Chelsea the Championship winners caused the Chelsea defence some anxious moments. They appear to be very good on the counter attack and have a couple of good strikers in Nugent and Ulloa. They have also just signed Cambiasso from Inter Milan but I doubt if he’ll be ready for today’s game.
News from London Colney is that Arteta and Gibbs are still not ready to return, Diaby played 45 minutes in mid-week for the U-21’s so will probably not be included today. Ramsey is available again after being suspended for the game against Besiktas. David Ospina is now back to full training and is available again but not entirely match fit. Gnabry is progressing but is nowhere near to being back in the group.
I have a feeling that Sanchez may be rested or at least start on the bench. He has had three tough games since the start of the season and on Wednesday night against Besiktas literally ran until he dropped. I’d be surprised if Wenger plays him from the start. Leicester aren’t going to be a walkover but it could be a good time to rest him. Campbell, Oxlade, Sanogo and Cazorla should give us enough options up front to do the job today. The other night Mertesacker didn’t seem fully up to speed so perhaps Chambers will step in next to Koscielny. I don’t see any reason why Wenger should not go for an attacking team line up, so my amateurish guess will be:
Bench: Martinez, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Flamini, Rosicky, Sanchez, Podolski.
Flamini could be used for the defensive midfield role but on Wednesday night Jacko had an excellent game and I could imagine Wenger giving him a chance to build upon that. And Sanogo could always start instead of Campbell but my thinking is that Joel needs a start and I’m not sure if Sanogo is 100% fit. So surely this would be the game to let Campbell stretch his legs, despite having played in mid-week in the U-21 game. But then again, there have been rumours galore this week that Campbell is on his way out on loan again, I would be very doubtful if that were true.
Wenger still has lots of options for team rotation despite our current injury list, however, his comments in recent press conferences have intimated that he hasn’t finished in the transfer market. We have till tomorrow to find out if he has been active or not. For todays game, whatever the starting XI, I’m predicting a cheeky 3-1 to the Arsenal, Ramsey to get at least one.
The Sunday Recipe.
This idea has been marinating in my head since I first started this blog and a few days ago on Arsenal Arsenal the talk turned from football to food. Whilst reading some of the comments my idea started to cook again as an idea for this blog. This simple but delicious recipe was given to me by Claudette, a neighbour of mine when I first moved to Avignon. Claudette was from Normandy and often used to invite me to eat with her. She was 84 years old and still loved to cook. So I’m going to call the dish, ‘Claudette’s Boozy Chicken’, it’s a creamy, alcoholic dish with hints of orange.
Ingredients: (serves four)
4 lean chicken breasts without skin
Flour, seasoned with salt and pepper
Two diced onions
half cup of Grand Marnier.
half cup chicken stock
250ml single cream
Coat the chicken breasts in the seasoned flour and shake off excess. Heat the butter in a large frying pan and fry the chicken until golden brown, turning once. Remove from pan and keep warm. Fry the onion gently until translucent and return the chicken pieces to the pan. Add half of Grand Marnier and the chicken stock, cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove the chicken to a serving dish and keep warm.
Add the remaining Grand Marnier and the cream to the pan, stir gently until warmed through, check for seasoning and then pour over the chicken. This dish is good served with rice but my favourite accompaniment is roasted new potatoes and carrots glazed in caramelised sugar. It’s a very quick and tasty dish to do. bon appétit!
Right, time for a glass of wine and some spicy chorizo…. hope you enjoyed your visit. Until the next time.
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