Hey guess what? Arsenal have won two games in a row. It’s not much of a streak, but it’s a start, and it feels a lot better than it did two weeks ago to be an Arsenal fan, does it not? The new formation is paying off - it should, they’ve been working a lot on it - and while all of Arsenal’s problems aren’t fixed, and there’s still a ton of work to do, it’s nice to be able to look forward to a game and not fear it.
Speaking of sorry capitulations, tomorrow’s opponent is Leicester City, who followed up their impressive championship last season with some serious flirting with relegation this season. They’re probably just about safe - two of the relegation spots are pretty much sealed, and they’re six points above 18th with two games in hand - but that safety isn’t quite guaranteed just yet. Craig Shakespeare has the champions playing a lot better, to be sure, so this game won’t be a walkover, but Arsenal’s confidence is higher now than it’s been since probably January, so hopefully that translates into three more vital points.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
11.45 AMPT/2.45PM ET/7.45PM BT
Emirates Stadium, London
Fourth Place Trophy Watch:
Arsenal are currently seven points out of fourth, with three games in hand on sixth-placed Everton, and one game on the Manchesters in fifth and fourth. Turning these games in hand into maximum points is, not to oversimplify things much, pretty crucial. Dropping points here wouldn’t end the quest for fourth, but it would severely dent it.
No injuries of note from the Cup semi. I would expect the three man backline to be used again.
Cech; Gabriel, Koscielny, Holding; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Xhaka, Monreal; Ozil, Alexis; Giroud
How to watch:
In the US, NBC Sports Live Extra or Premier League Extra Time
In the not-US, check livesoccer.tv.