Preview and Prediction
Arsenal and Leicester respectively sit on the fourth and third of the table. They both are also playing in Europa League in the midweek, which forces them deeper pool in the squad for more stable form, preferably in all competitions of course. This weekend, these two will be facing off in Emirates Stadium for a better position in the standings and surely to endure their positive trend.
The teams’ previous games
The Gunners picked up a 2-1 win while taking on Rapid Wien on the road last thursday. David Luiz and Pierre Aubameyang scored their winning goals in Austrian capital within less than five minutes after the host took the lead at the early second half by Taxiarchis Fountas.
The Foxes also secured a 3-0 win while hosting the Ukranian Zorya Lugansk. Kelechi Iheanacho was the man of the match in this midweek fixture. He provided two assists for James Maddison and Harvey Barnes at the first half before he netted himself on the second half.
Mikel Arteta is likely to return to his favourite 3-4-3 formation after failing with 4-3-3 against Manchester City last weekend. Unfortunately, Willian and Dani Ceballos are doubtful to be fit for this game due to their injury. Thus, the former Everton star shall prepare Nicolas Pepe and Alexandre Lacazette to accompany Pierre Aubameyang. In the midfield, Arsenal should not worry as they have Thomas Partey on their side, which is even better option than Dani Ceballos.
Brendan Rodgers, on the other hand, will not risk deploying 4-1-4-1 against the superior midfielders and swift attacking lines from the Gunners. Moreover, Jamie Vardy and Caglar Soyuncu have to be sidelined along with Winfred Ndidi, Daniel Amartey and Ricardo Perreira. Therefore, opting for 4-5-1 would be best. Kelechi Iheanacho will still be the frontman, while in the midfield, Youri Tielemans will be the anchor accompanied by Napalms Mendy or Hamza Choudhury and James Maddison, while Ayoze Perez and Harvey Barnes will operate wide.
Players to watch
Arsenal’s new late signings, Thomas Partey, is likely to become the key figure of the season pairing up with Granit Xhaka in the middle. Some other notable names to watch are Bukayo Saka, David Luiz and last but not least, Pierre Aubameyang.
In Leicester, Vardy’s absence is a great loss for the team. Yet, this could be the opportunity for Ayoze Perez to be the main scorer beside the former Manchester City man, Kelechi Iheanacho. Another vital man to watch is the Belgium international Timothy Castagne.
Arsenal vs Leicester City Prediction
The forward crisis on the visiting sides could be the trouble Arteta’s men are hoping for. Kasper Schmeichel and Co’s defeat last weekend while hosting West Ham indicates the declining form of their attack without the senior Jamie Vardy. Thus, Arsenal should earn at least a narrow win at home.