18:45 GMT 11 August 2017
After what feels like a very long summer without competitive club football, the Premier League finally returns and what a fixture to start with. The 2015/16 champions, Leicester City, visit the Emirates Stadium to face an Arsenal that missed out on Champions League qualification for the first time in 19 years last season. The Gunners finished 5th last term which means they will have to settle for Europa League football while the Foxes’ finished 12th in their title defence so they’ll be hoping for better this season.
Leicester have a rotten run of form against Arsenal and the last time they beat the Gunners was back in 1994 which is a run that lasts for 21 games. And the last time that Leicester won away at Arsenal was all the way back in 1973 so the stats are against Shakespeare’s Foxes. Both teams have scored in seven of the last nine meetings.
Even though they have had a whole summer to rest, there are several Arsenal players unavailable for the clash with Leicester, most notably Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil. They are joined by Aaron Ramsey, Gabriel and Santi Cazorla on the injury table while Laurent Koscielny misses out through a suspension he picked up as a result of a sending off on the last day of the season.
Latest matches: Arsenal FC
|06.08.2017||Comm||Arsenal FC||Chelsea FC||5:2||W|
|30.07.2017||Emir||Arsenal FC||Sevilla FC||1:2||L|
|29.07.2017||Emir||Arsenal FC||Benfica Lisbon||5:2||W|
|22.07.2017||Club||Chelsea FC||Arsenal FC||3:0||L|
|19.07.2017||Club||Bayern Munich||Arsenal FC||1:1||D|
Leicester have some injury worries themselves as Robert Huth is likely to miss the game with new signing, Vicente Iborra also unavailable through injury. Danny Drinkwater has been ruled out with a knock to his thigh. Harry Maguire could make his debut for the Foxes as could Iheanacho.
Latest matches: Leicester City
|01.08.2017||Club||Burton Albion||Leicester City||2:1||L|
|29.07.2017||Club||Wolverhampton Wanderers||Leicester City||1:0||L|
|28.07.2017||Club||Milton Keynes Dons||Leicester City||0:0||D|
|26.07.2017||Club||Luton Town||Leicester City||0:1||W|
Going into the first game of the season, there aren’t many teams who are stronger than Arsenal which is why they are favourites to pick up the first three points of the season. However, with the number of injuries to their players, it gives Leicester a great chance to take advantage and go top of the table before Saturday’s fixtures. Arsenal should have enough quality to take the win but a draw is possible depending on how the hosts line up. Both teams should score.
11 August 2017 - 18:45 GMT
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