Pundits reckons Arsenal face disappointment against Leicester

Michael Owen reckons that Leicester City will beat Arsenal when both teams meet in the Premier League this weekend.

It is one of the most important games that Arsenal will play in this second half of the season and they will want to win it.

But Leicester City is determined to gatecrash the traditional England top-four, and they have been backing that up with their performances.

They are unbeaten in their last five domestic games and have won four of those matches.

Their lack of pedigree in Europe came to the fore again as they were eliminated from the Europa League by Slavia Prague.

Arsenal beat Benfica on Thursday to advance in Europe, but their league form hasn’t been the best and they lost their last game in the competition to Manchester City.

Owen thinks this game would end in another loss for Mikel Arteta’s side because the Foxes have an in-form attacking trio.

“There were differing fortunes for both these sides in Thursday’s Europa League fixtures. I was surprised to see Leicester crash out but was equally impressed by Arsenal’s fight-back against Benfica,” Owen said as quoted by the Leicester Mercury.

“I think if you asked Brendan Rodgers privately, he’d agree that UEFA Champions League qualification is the priority for the Foxes this season. It will be interesting to see how this one plays out. Arsenal will most likely have the majority of the ball, and I think that could play into Leicester’s hands.

“As I’ve previously mentioned, Messrs Barnes, Maddison and Vardy are all playing fantastically just now, and if they’re on song again, I think Leicester will win an entertaining contest.”

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5 Comments

  1. Sir Kaleka says:

    Football is a game of chance. No matter Leicester perform but am sure Arsenal will do

  2. David Rusa says:

    When did Michael Owen ever tip Arsenal to win a game? Not any time I can remember of. Therefore no one should be surprised by his predictions. The game will be played on the pitch not by predictions. We shall find out tomorrow which is just hours from now.

  3. Stephan Luc Larose says:

    Sadly, Leicester should be firm favourites to win by at least 2 goals.

    Arteta’s team selection and man management has been questionable all season. I’ve been defending him and saying give him time. But, come the end of the season, if we are a bottom half club with no silverware, no European football, Arteta’s position will be 100% untenable.

    Arteta’s footballing style destroys confidence. He seems clueless at how to create attacking threats, and he’s sending many of our top youth talent looking for the exit. The danger here is that the scope of Arteta’s failure causes the club to crater, without the funds to attract new top talent, and without any youth talent to rely upon. Even Smith-Rowe–who has been brilliant through the middle–will leave if he’s constantly shunted aside to the wing to make room for Odegaard, who’s yet to have much impact, has little experience in the PL, and is just going back to RM next season.

    The rationale escapes me. It just looks like a manager blowing holes in both feet of the club and leaving it an impossible mess that’ll take a decade to rebuild from. Arteta had better wise up quick.

  4. Wyoming says:

    Leicester will be in a belligerent mood .
    Their humiliating home loss to Slavia Prague will have cut deep.
    Now the league is the Foxes only pathway to Champions League football this season I expect a reaction from Brendon Roger’s men
    Arsenal have a habit of winning games we were not supposed to win while losing games we thought we would win. But with the El being our main target and Leicester smarting from being dumped out of the EL I think Leicester go in as favourite
    NB. This Slavia Prague outfit must be decent to beat 3rd in the PL. Might be worth running the rule over some of their players a bargain or two might be in the offing.

    1. Mohsan says:

      Of course because Leicester are world class team and it’s a given that it’s ok to loose against them as long as the score line is not embarrassing because everytime we loose to a team they are labelled as world class and our loss is hailed as an improvement due to small score line.

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