Arsenal face the current Premier League leaders Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday and even though there will still be 12 games left to play after the match, everyone accepts that we really need to win the game and close the gap to just two points or at the very least hold them to a draw.
And even though the Foxes have a very good recent defensive record, it is the fact that Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez have been on fire and they are the division’s joint top scorers that has been the driving force in their title challenge.
So stopping them from scoring is surely the biggest and toughest task facing the Gunners on Sunday, and the Daily Mail is reporting that Arsene Wenger has a plan to do just that and it is the continued inclusion of the fast and aggressive Brazilian defender Gabriel instead of Per Mertesacker at the heart of our back four that is the Frenchman’s tactical plan.
That would give us two very pacey centre backs and that could be key if Koscielny is drawn out onto the left to deal with the dangerous Mahrez. It might not be just the pace of Gabriel that is on the mind of Wenger either, but the incredible stats reported by Metro which show that Arsenal have conceded just one measly goal in the seven games which the Brazilian has started and finished this season.
But will our secret weapon at the back be enough to stop Leicester scoring and give Arsenal the platform for a vital victory?