Arsenal v Leicester City Preview by AH
Arsenal v Leicester
Premier League, 2015-16
Date: Sunday, 14 February, 2016
Time: 12:00 BST
Venue: Emirates Stadium
Where to watch: Sky Sports 1
Leicester City face their second top three opponent in back-to-back games as the Premier League leaders face Arsenal the Emirates on Sunday.
Arsenal are one of only two sides to have handed Claudio Ranieri’s team a defeat this season – a 5-2 thumping at the Emirates back in September. Alexis Sanchez netted a hat-trick that afternoon which saw the Gunners leapfrog Leicester in the table. That cannot happen this weekend with the shock Premier League leaders five points ahead of both Tottenham and Arsenal.
Leicester are on a three-game winning streak since being eliminated from the FA Cup and all fairly handsomely; 3-0 winners over Stoke City and 2-0 winners over Liverpool before collecting three points at the Etihaad last weekend.
We ended a four-game winless streak with our 2-0 victory at Bournemouth last Sunday – goals from Mesut Ozil and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the space of less than 90 seconds midway through the first half put the game to bed.
Petr Cech has only conceded one goal in his last four now but Gabriel Paulista looks like he has a mistake or two in him and Jamie Vardy is in the kind of form this season to take advantage of that. And the same will apply if Wenger chooses Per Mertesacker.
A winner in this match would certainly shift to being the favourite to win this season’s Premier League title. A win could put the Foxes 8 points clear of the Gunners and in a very dominating position for the title race. However, Arsenal will be confident and could deny Leicester a win at home with the bookies officially stamping the Gunners as favourites for this match.
Alexis Sanchez, Aaron Ramsey and Francis Coquelin have all returned in recent weeks and Wenger will have the same squad available as he has done for the past few games.
Mathieu Flamini was a surprise starter at Bournemouth but I’d really expect Coquelin to partner Aaron Ramsey in front of the back four for this game.
Sanchez scored a hat-trick in the first meeting between these two but the Chilean has yet to score or assist a single goal in any of his three games since returning.
Olivier Giroud has only scored in one of his last eight league matches but faces little competition for the starting role up top. How much supply the German will get from Mesut Ozil remains to be seen, as our playmaker lines up against the machine that is N’Golo Kante.
Injuries have been kind to Leicester this season and Claudio Ranieri will have his usual squad of players to pick from.
Possible Lineups: Arsenal vs Leicester City
Leicester City: Kasper Schmeichel; Danny Simpson, Wes Morgan, Robert Huth, Christian Fuchs; Riyad Mahrez, N’Golo Kante, Danny Drinkwater, Marc Albrighton; Shinji Okazaki, Jamie Vardy
Arsenal: Petr Cech; Hector Bellerin, Gabriel Paulista, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal; Aaron Ramsey, Francis Coquelin, Joel Campbell, Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez; Olivier Giroud
Arsenal’s defence have been back to their miserly self recently, but the Foxes have also been keeping tighter at the back in recent games, but I still think there will be lots of goals in this, but Arsenal score more?