Leicester City takes on Arsenal at King Power Stadium in a high-stakes Premier League match, with Arsenal looking to maintain their lead at the top
Leicester need results to climb but Arsenal must win to stay in the hunt for the title. (Photo credit: Arsenal.com)
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|Leicester need results to climb but Arsenal must win to stay in the hunt for the title. (Photo credit: Arsenal.com)|
There would be four simultaneous fixtures in the Premier League on Saturday, but the one most people would fix their gaze on is the one at the King Power Stadium between 2016 champions Leicester City and current league leaders Arsenal.
The Foxes seem to be awake, and despite being humbled at Old Trafford last weekend, they look like a team that has it in them to do the job when they want to and cannot be underrated by even the best of teams in the land.
Arsenal can go five points clear of Manchester City to heap pressure on the reigning champions by beating Leicester before City file out against AFC Bournemouth.
There won’t be any excuse for the Gunners, and they also don’t need extra motivation to get the job done.
Leicester missed a host of chances against Manchester United last Sunday, and had they converted one or two of those chances, things may have panned out differently for them.
Kelechi Iheanacho and Harvey Barnes were denied by David De Gea, and they’d look to do better against Arsenal.
With a great but chaotic win over Aston Villa, Arsenal moved back to the top of the table.
While it was a performance that underlined their title credentials, Arsenal fans would rather the team wrap up the result before the final quarter instead of leaving it late.
Leicester would be more unpredictable, Iheanacho or Jamie Vardy, who has an incredible record against the Gunners?
Wilfred Ndidi in the middle of the park, or Boubacar Soumare? Mendy and Dennie Praet are other options, but we’ll wait to see what Brendan Rodgers would do.
Arsenal will play the same eleven if they’re all fit; that has been the hallmark of Mikel Arteta’s reign.
He doesn’t fix what isn’t broken, but word on the street is that Eddie Nketiah could be unavailable while Thomas Partey travelled with the team.
Arsenal beat Leicester home and away last season; in fact, the Gunners have a great record against the Foxes.
Arsenal was the only team to complete a double over Leicester in that unbelievable 2016 season, and they’ll look to do it again this season.
Gabriel Jesus is back on the grass, but he’s not ready to feature.
The Brazilian opened his account for Arsenal against Leicester last August, but Arsenal would look elsewhere for inspiration on Saturday when they travel to the King Power.
Watch out for Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli, watch out for the midfield battle as well as the runs of James Madison.
It’s a game that will entertain the neutrals, but with Leicester struggling down the table in the 14th, a loss could heap more pressure on them, but Arsenal must win to keep title hopes alive.