View from the opposition – Arsenal

View from the opposition - Arsenal

A bit about you:

Name: Joby Vaughan

Current home town: Leicester

Birthplace: Wrexham

How long have you supported your team? 42 Years

Overview of your club:

Favourite thing about your home ground: It is simply a spectacular stadium

Favourite match played by your team & why: 1998 FA Cup Final win v Newcastle (not for the match but for the first double I’d experienced)

Favourite player of all time who played for your club: Dennis Bergkamp – because he literally changed the way Arsenal played football.

About our forthcoming match against you:

Your favourite current player in your squad and why? Laurent Koscielny – a solid underrated centre half.

Player in your squad we should most fear and why? Xhaka (with a 30 yard left foot strike into the top corner of the net).

Player in our squad you most fear and why? Vardy - because of his pace.

Up and coming prospect in your squad? Jeff Reine-Adélaïde

How do you think you’ll do against us? Hoping for a 3-1 win

General Questions:

Where do you think you'll finish this season? 4th

What did you think to your transfer activity this season? Alexandre Lacazette is a good buy for the money & Sead Kolašinac is a beast!  Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil will go.

Which three teams do you think will be relegated? Huddersfield, Brighton & West Ham

Who do you think will win the league? Man City

Next Up Arsenal 11 August 2017 7.45PM

Next Up Arsenal 11 August 2017 7.45PM

Manager        Arsène Wenger       Founded       1886

Ground          Emirates Stadium   Address   Hornsey Road, London N5 1BU

Capacity        60,432

Squad: 

2              France                                                 DF           Mathieu Debuchy

3              England                                                DF           Kieran Gibbs

4              Germany                                             DF           Per Mertesacker (captain)

5              Brazil                                                     DF           Gabriel

6              France                                                 DF           Laurent Koscielny

7              Chile                                                      FW         Alexis Sánchez

8              Wales                                                    MF         Aaron Ramsey

9              France                                                 FW         Alexandre Lacazette

10           England                                                MF         Jack Wilshere

11           Germany                                             MF         Mesut Özil

12           France                                                 FW         Olivier Giroud

13           Colombia                                             GK          David Ospina

14           England                                                FW         Theo Walcott

15           England                                                MF         Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

16           England                                                DF           Rob Holding

17           Nigeria                                                 FW         Alex Iwobi

18           Spain                                                     DF           Nacho Monreal

19           Spain                                                     MF         Santi Cazorla

20           Germany                                             DF           Shkodran Mustafi

21           England                                                DF           Calum Chambers

22           France                                                 MF         Jeff Reine-Adélaïde

23           England                                                FW         Danny Welbeck

24           Spain                                                     DF           Héctor Bellerín

25           England                                                DF           Carl Jenkinson

27           Costa Rica                                            FW         Joel Campbell

28           Spain                                                     FW         Lucas Pérez

29           Switzerland                                        MF         Granit Xhaka

31           Bosnia and Herzegovina                DF           Sead Kolašinac

32           England                                                FW         Chuba Akpom

33           Czech Republic                                 GK          Petr Čech

34           France                                                 MF         Francis Coquelin

35           Egypt                                                     MF         Mohamed Elneny

We have tried our best to ensure factual accuracy at the date of going to press – apologies in advance for any errors or out of date information.  

For the very latest updates please follow the link below to the club web site: www.arsenal.com

Going to Arsenal ?

Arsenal   N5 1BU

By car  103 mls, 2 hours 15 mins

Leave the M1 at Junction 2 and onto the A1, following the signs for City (Central London). Keep going on the A1 for around six miles, until you see Holloway Road Tube Station on your right. Take the next left at the traffic lights into Hornsey Road and the stadium is about a 1/4 of a mile further down this road.

There is little parking at the stadium itself or in nearby streets. An extensive residents only parking scheme operates around the stadium on matchdays. It's probably better to park further out of London around a tube station such as Cockfosters and get the tube to the ground  - it is only about 4 miles south of the M25.  It has its own car park but this can be full and it can also be difficult to exit after the game, with most drivers seeking to come out and cross the main road to head north.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

The nearest London Underground tube station to the Emirates Stadium is Holloway Road on the Piccadilly line. However, this is closed on matchdays as it relies mostly on lifts to transport passengers to and from street level and this could cause problems when large crowds are in attendance

Fans should therefore alight at the next stop on the Piccadilly line which is Arsenal tube station. It is only a few minutes walk from here to the stadium. On exiting the station turn right and follow Drayton Park Road around to the left. Then take one of the large bridges over the railway line to the stadium. Other tube stations in walking distance of the stadium are Finsbury Park on the Piccadilly Line and Highbury & Islington on the Victoria Line.

Otherwise you can take an overland train to Finsbury Park Railway Station from London Kings Cross. It is then about a 10 to 15 minute walk from Finsbury Park to the stadium.

By train journey to London takes approx 2 hours , off peak return £60.50 – singles may be cheaper

Where to drink

The traditional pub for away supporters is the Drayton Arms, which is located near to Arsenal tube station and Drayton Park railway station. This Courage pub overlooks the new stadium and is only a few minutes walk away.

The Twelve Pins (formerly the Finsbury Park Tavern) near Finsbury Park Tube Station normally has a good mix of home and away fans and about a ten minute walk from the ground. There is also a Wetherspoons pub called the White Lion Of Mortimer, which is a five minute walk away from Finsbury Park Tube Station along Stroud Green Road.

All information is provided in good faith but the Foxes Trust cannot be held responsible for any errors. Thanks to the Football Ground Guide.

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Vardy double earns vital victory for City

City 2 Borussia Monchengladbach 1

Report by Colin Hall

Two goals from England striker Jamie Vardy secured a win for Leicester City over Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach in the Foxes' final game before the start of the 2017-18 Premier League.

The result and performance will have eased tensions among a fanbase somewhat unnerved by a series of indifferent displays in recent days. A promising (albeit truncated) cameo performance by new signing Kelechi Iheanacho as a second-half substitute also helped to improve the mood.

News that midfielder Danny Drinkwater would be absent for this clash sent online rumour mills into overdrive. The club subsequently explained that he had suffered a knock in training, but this did not entirely quell speculation about a possible move to Chelsea.

The Foxes, sporting an all-white third kit, began the game strongly, with Vardy sending an effort narrowly wide after just three minutes. However, the visitors responded strongly, with Vestergaard forcing a save from Schmeichel before Stindl fired wildly over from close range.

As the action ebbed and flowed during an open, entertaining first half, Marc Albrighton and Wilfrid Ndidi both came close to giving City the lead, though Schmeichel was called into action again to deny a strike from Hazard.

But the Belgian, brother of Chelsea's Eden, found the scoresheet just nineteen seconds after the break, being left unmarked to fire home from 20 yards after a swift passing move from the visitors had unlocked the City defence.

The home side stepped up a gear in efforts to force a leveller, with Harry Maguire, Vardy and Shinji Okazaki all bringing fine saves from Gladbach keeper Sommer. Meanwhile Vestergaard earned the ire of the crowd when a Vardy challenge produced an over-reaction rather more suited for Curve than the King Power Stadium.

Midway through the second half, Craig Shakespeare made a double substitution which was to turn the course of the game. Iheanacho was given a warm welcome when he replaced Okazaki, but the reception for Riyad Mahrez, who came on for Albrighton, was somewhat more mixed.

Nevertheless, the breakthrough came a matter of seconds later, as Vardy raced on to a Matty James through ball to beat the Gladbach offside trap and sidefoot past Sommer.

Seven minutes later, the turnaround was completed as James and Mahrez combined brilliantly to send Iheanacho clear. The Nigerian had the chance to mark his debut for a goal, but instead squared the ball for his strike partner to put City ahead.

Although the substitute showed some useful touches, and linked up well with Vardy, the protracted transfer saga preceding his arrival at City, which cost him valuable training and game time, has had a clear impact on his match fitness.

When he struggled to shrug off an ankle knock sustained in a heavy challenge from visiting midfielder Benes, Shakespeare decided the prudent course of action was to take him off. The post-match news that the injury was not a serious one came as a considerable relief to the Foxes faithful.

City were able to see out the closing minutes with few undue alarms, and thus secure a confidence-boosting victory ahead of next week's trip to Arsenal.

There still remains plenty for Shakespeare to consider, though. While he will have been pleased by the performances of Schmeichel, Maguire, James, Ndidi and Vardy, other areas of the side remain a work in progress. Neither full-back had the best of evenings, while Demarai Gray, giving a starting berth in preference to Mahrez, failed to make full use of the opportunity handed to him.

The suspicion remains that City remain short of where they need to be in order to present a credible challenge at the Emirates. But there is sufficient quality in the squad to ensure that the season ahead should not be dominated by worries about relegation. 

City (4-4-2): Schmeichel; Simpson (Amartey 81), Morgan (c), Maguire, Fuchs; Albrighton (Mahrez 66), James, Ndidi (Iborra 72), Gray (Lawrence 81); Okazaki (Iheanacho 66 (Ulloa 84)), Vardy.

Goals: Vardy (67, 74)

Subs not used: Jakupovic, Hamer, Benalouane, Chilwell, King, Musa.

Referee: Andre Marriner

Attendance: 12 385

The views expressed in this report are the opinions of the Trust member nominated to file the report only and do not represent the views of the Foxes Trust organisation

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Maguire Distribution Triggers Better Second Half Display

Burton 2 City 1

Report by Ian Bason

Taking in a rare away game, the contrast in grounds between sitting high up behind netting in Porto, to standing nearly in touching distance of a corner taker at Burton can hardly have been in sharper contrast.

As the safe standing lobby took a significant step forwards last weekend following the results of the Spirit of Shankly (Liverpool Supporters Trust) survey, I have personally always been in favour of fans having the choice but always felt I would not use the standing section myself, but last night’s experience at the tight Pirelli Stadium could cause a re-think, more so if away sections in grounds had separate standing and seating sections, anyway on to the game.

The first half was largely a dis-appointing experience from an LCFC viewpoint, while recognising the majority of players featuring last night are unlikely to make the starting eleven against Arsenal, the lack of creativity with the notable exception of Mahrez, meant Burton looked the better side.

Far too many passes were square rather than testing the Burton defence, in part due to a lack of movement from Musa, Ulloa or King who seemed to be playing the more advanced role of a 3 man midfield, so it was mainly Chiilwell getting on the end of Mahrez’s balls into the box.

I was looking forward to my first view of Iborra, while Matty James had received positive reports from earlier pre-season appearances, but we failed to control the midfield, with Burton looking the more lively, while defensively it was hardly a surprise when Burton took the lead from a fairly basic cross into the box.

Lloyd Dyer was given a rousing reception prior to kick off and doesn’t seem to have lost much of his pace given a few years have passed since he left us, but several of the Burton attacking players continued to test the back four and a second Burton goal resulted, although it looked offside to me.

Benalouane’s attempts at reaching the strikers became increasingly embarrassing as half time approached, managing the touchline and directly out for a goal kick, with no LCFC shirt anywhere close by, but his night was only going to get worse.

Half time saw two changes with Hamer and Maguire replacing Jakupović and Morgan. If I had to pinpoint the main reason for the vastly improved second half performance  I would put it down to Maguires’s distribution from the back,  because again the central defensive pairing had plenty of the ball, but Maguire consistently made good use of it.

On the hour Gray replaced Mahrez and he contributed an excellent probing 30 minutes, which again sparked debate among the fans around me as to whether a formation could be found to accommodate both Gray and Mahrez (assuming they both remain at the club)

Numerous chances came and went before Maguire converted a re-bound from about the penalty spot in the 66th minute.  

Shortly afterwards Ndidi replaced James, however the next change was enforced when Benalouane made a challenge that was equally dangerous and totally unnecessary given  it was close to both the touch and halfway lines. In a League game, a straight red card would have been instantly flashed, but Shakespear immediately substituted him to keep an 11 vs 11 game

I have previously said to fellow fans that Benalouane is “a red card waiting to happen”, so let’s hope that’s it out his system and I was pleased to read Shakey’s after match quote “Reckless, would have been a red card for me. He’s got to learn from that. If he doesn’t he won’t be involved.” A clearer public message could not have been made.

Further chances came and went, although credit to Bywater for several excellent saves.  

Ndukwu, who had been an unused sub for several previous pre-season games, was finally given a cameo role and as part of if took the best corner of the night with vicious in swinger from the right, this followed several good quality corners from Gray. We could certainly do with that far more often in League games.

So will the Iheanacho deal finally be done before the final pre-season game on Friday or will the greediness of two rival agents mean we could face Arsenal with a player who may not start because he isn’t used to how his new team mates play. To me that is a disgrace and highlights all that is wrong with football.

Teams Here https://www.lcfc.com/match/22334#line-ups

The views expressed in this report are the opinions of the Trust member nominated to file the report only and do not represent the views of the Foxes Trust organisation