Arsenal goes Head to Head in a Premier League thriller: Arsenal vs. Leicester

Arsenal vs Leicester

Both sides were victorious in the Europa League on Thursday night, but come into this weekend off the back of defeats in their last Premier League matches against Manchester City and Aston Villa respectively. The Foxes are winless in two premier league games with defeats to Westham and Aston Villa in the past weeks, conceding four goals and failing to register a single goal. Arsenal on the other hand has lost two games in the premier league this season, going down against the defending champions and last season runners up.

The foxes were without Vardy, Soyuncu, Gray, and Ndidi, however, Gray and Vardy remain likely to feature against the Gunners, with Brendan Rodgers quoted to have said the following:  “Hopefully, he comes through that over the next 48 hours and is available for the squad.” Vardy’s absence would provide Arteta’s men more comfort having scored 10 goals and assisting 1 in 10 premier league games against Arsenal, even in his toughest time, he always manages to put one past the Gunners.

The match at the Emirates is expected to be an interesting one with the winner can go as high as 3rd on the log. Both teams are aiming to bounce back from narrow defeats last weekend. While Arsenal seems to be more solid at the back, the home team needs to be more creative and may find Leicester approach more comforting for Arsenal attach to have more shots and run at the Foxes defence.

With Partey solid display in Europa League against Rapid Vienna, it is strongly believed that the Ghanaian may have his home debut against the foxes.  Likewise, Fofana has settled in pretty well at Leicester and Soyuncu might not be so missed after all.

Pepe Prepared?

Arsenal vs Leicester Pepe
Arsenal Possible Starting Team prediction:

Leno, Bellerin, Luiz, Gabriel, Tierney, Partey, Xhaka, Ceballos, Aubameyang, Pepe, Lacazette.

Leicester Possible Starting Team prediction:

Schmeichel, Castagne, Evans, Fofana, Justin, Mendy, Tielemans, Barnes, Praet, Maddison, Iheanacho

on Leicester's start to the season...

Well, they’re a really difficult team. I think Brendan and his team have done a great job. They dramatically changed the philosophy and the way of playing, since they arrived and I think they had an incredible season last season. This season, ups and downs, like almost every team in the Premier League and some incredible results, like when they played against City. They can adapt and play different ways and sometimes they are really dominant, sometimes they can defend with a low block but overall they’re a really, really good team.

~ Mikel Arteta

KICKOFF TIME: 8:15pm (WAT)

DID YOU KNOW: 

Not since September 1973 have Leicester won at Arsenal – a run of 27 visits to Highbury and the Emirates in all competitions which includes 20 defeats.

Arsenal Premier League form: WWLWL
Arsenal form (all competitions): WLWWLW

Leicester City Premier League form: WWWLL
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Our Prediction: Arsenal 3- 1 Leicester

COYG!!!

Match Preview by Yomi Babalola